Ammo Ammo, Who’s Got The Ammo?

There has been all kinds of speculation recently about where our ammunition has gone. Lots and lots of speculation.

1. We’re fighting two wars.

2. The Chinese are buying up huge amounts of copper.

3. The military has decided to destroy their brass so it can’t be reloaded.

4. Obama and his henchmen have conspired to . . . . (more…)

Published in: on June 20, 2009 at 12:03 pm  Comments (2)  

Congealed Carry?

There are stirrings out in the fifty subordinate entities formerly known as states, regarding a national concealed carry licensing standard for handguns. Great idea, huh?

Really? You think that’s a great idea?

Because I know a great idea when I hear one and national concealed carry didn’t even get on the great idea radar when I first heard it. Don’t recognize my expertise in the field? Let’s see if I can buff up my “great idea” bona fides. I not only recognize great ideas, but I’ve even HAD great ideas. The ketchup bottle with a cap so wide you can store it upside down? That’s mine. I had that idea more than 25 years ago. Never bothered to market it. And that’s probably why I’m blogging on WordPress, a free website, instead of declaring bankruptcy for my newspaper conglomerate today. See, my mother was right. Things really do work out for the best. (more…)

Published in: on June 17, 2009 at 12:32 pm  Comments (1)  

No Guns Here! Please Move Along

Today’s post is one for all you gun hating folks. You hate guns. You hate thinking about guns. And you hate people who either like guns or believe they are necessary to maintaining a free society.

Are you also convinced that unilaterally destroying every weapon owned by our military would accomplish peace and freedom? And I don’t just mean nuclear weapons. Because the logic that says we citizens are better off as a disarmed population in the face of armed criminals and heavily armed government  is the same logic that would claim that we as a nation are better off disarmed in the face of foreign criminals and governments, who presumably wish us no harm as long as we are not interfering in their business. (more…)

Published in: on June 15, 2009 at 1:08 pm  Leave a Comment  

Un-Concealed Carry?

You’re out on the town, concealed carry permit all plastic-coated shiny, tucked away between the folds of your eel skin wallet. Very chic. Very cosmopolitan. Very self-satisfied. Very dangerous.

Huh? How can a shiny plastic piece of heaven like a concealed carry permit be dangerous? The edges aren’t very sharp. I supposed if you flung it at a hundred miles per hour, Chinese throwing star style, it could sever a few millimeters of skin. If you wadded it up and left it on an arctic beach, I imagine a baby seal could choke on it. How about that mug shot of you, smiling and proud to have the state’s seal of approval (license) to practice your natural human right to self-defense? Well, a picture of me could scare small children most days, but I’m guessing your picture isn’t likely too dangerous. (more…)

Published in: on June 12, 2009 at 9:49 pm  Comments (6)  

But, They’re CRAZY People!

In almost every state in the country, there is a bill nicknamed the Veteran Disarmament Bill working its way through the legislative obstacle course. And for the most part, this bill has sailed through with little change and much less fanfare.

The Veteran Disarmament Bill (Nevada’s AB46) recently went to the governor of Nevada’s desk, and he signed it so quietly that as noted yesterday, the nice folks answering his phones mostly didn’t know that he’d signed it four days ago. And the signing also didn’t make its way to the state website until four days after the fact.

The story of how this bill showed up everywhere at once, and how it passed in Nevada is the story of two things: 1. Bribery and 2. Political Spinelessness. (more…)

Published in: on June 9, 2009 at 7:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

Stealth Anti-Gun Rights Legislation

The legislative session is now completely over here in Nevada. When they call Sine Die (end of business), don’t you sort of wish they’d go away and never come back?

Here’s why I say that. We were able to kill two out of three anti-gun rights bills. Were the bills named something like the “We’re Going to Take Away Your Guns Act”? Of course not. One was called “Real ID” and the other was, well, it really never had a catchy name. It started out as a bill forcing county hospitals to offer cancer treatment as part of their indigent care programs. Then, it became a bill to treat not wearing your seatbelt as a primary offense. So, maybe we’ll call that the “Cancer Kills You, But Not Wearing Your Seatbelt Gets You A Search Of Your Car And A Fine Act.” If you want to check out what was in these bills, they were formally called Senate Bill 52 and Assembly Bill 433, and they can be found on the Nevada Legislature website. Not from Nevada? No problem. Look at your own state’s legislative pages and you’ll find the same bills floating around there, as well as something nicknamed the Veteran Disarmament Act (AB 46 in Nevada.) More on that tomorrow. (more…)

Published in: on June 8, 2009 at 1:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Concealed Carry Mindset

Those who carry guns are often accused of being “cowboys” and of “itching for a fight.”

Surely that’s why we hear report after report of concealed carry weapons being flashed in grocery stores, libraries and movie theaters at the smallest provocation. And that’s why we hear about shootouts over line jumping at the Dairy Queen.

Goodness knows a Blueberry Blizzard at DQ is worth fighting for, but there is a very simple reason you don’t hear about those gun fights the Brady Campaign would have you believe happen all the time. It’s because they don’t happen. Why not? Because just about everyone who carries a concealed weapon for protection understands that even the most righteous shooting will bring a world of pain and anguish down on him or her. Even if completely justified and unavoidable, there are few things as traumatic as shooting another human being, and possibly taking his life.

Those who carry nearly all tell me the same story. They avoid places that are poorly lit or prone to crime. They avoid putting themselves into situations where they might have to use their weapon. They try not to go shopping after dark. They don’t dilly dally when getting into their car. In a parking lot, they scan the lot as they approach their car, then take a quick look around the car before getting in. The first thing they do after getting into the car is lock the doors. And they DON’T EVER amble through a parking lot with a cell phone to their ear, oblivious to their surroundings, while being regaled with tales of Aunt Irma’s shingles.

They maintain proper spacing on the roadways. No reason to anger someone by tailgating. They don’t pull right up to the car in front of them at stoplights because there is never a reason not to leave yourself an escape route. And they don’t ride their horn and scream at other drivers who have made a mistake. (That kind of behavior should be reserved for your friends and family. Just ask my kids.)

In this world, there may be some very good reasons for ending a fight, but there are very few good reasons not to avoid a fight, and almost no good reasons to start a fight. That’s the proper mindset for someone who’s carrying a deadly weapon. And the reason you don’t hear about the Dairy Queen Marauder is because that is the mindset of those who carry concealed. Until next time.

Published in: on June 5, 2009 at 5:03 pm  Comments (3)  

Guns Engender Good Behavior

A friend of mine used to be a deputy constable. He was a big man. Six feet tall and over three-hundred fifty pounds. He was also diabetic and suffered from diabetic neuropathy, so he didn’t always know quite where his feet were. He had to serve warrants and sometimes make arrests. And his standard arrest speech went something like this:

I’m old. I’m slow. And as you can see, I’m not in great shape. So if you run, I’m going to be forced to shoot you. The choice is yours.

Nobody ever decided to test his resolve.

See what I mean? Even though he never had to use his gun (thankfully), he was able to engender good behavior just by having it available.

Until next time.

Published in: on June 4, 2009 at 5:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

What Exactly Is Underneath Those Robes?

Okay, just a quick note. Check the previous post if you’re from Nevada and call the governor. Hizzoner still has the Veterans Disarmament Bill on his desk and from what I hear, he’s wanting to sign it. PLEASE ENCOURAGE HIM TO VETO THIS BILL – AB46. Thanks.

On to today’s topic: Judges. I’ve spoken of “incorporation” of the Bill of Rights before. This happens when federal judges find that either the “due process” clause or the “privileges and immunities” clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the Bill of Rights prohibits state and lower governments from depriving us of those rights enumerated (and conceivably unenumerated) in the Federal Bill of Rights.

Seems simple, right? But where our rights are concerned, and more specifically our gun rights are concerned, judges want to make us crawl across a bowling alley parking lot on Sunday Morning to claim them. (Yes, I’m alluding to a thousand broken beer bottles worth of glass.) They’ve come up with a “selective incorporation” racket. That means we have some rights and not others. Nice, huh? (more…)

Published in: on June 3, 2009 at 11:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sine Die – Oh Me Oh My – We’re Not Quite Done

2pm June 2nd – Only one more piece of legislative flotsam left to take care of and we can shake off what will surely be called the Session Of The Living Dead in Carson City. So many bad bills were resuscitated during this session that there were zombie sightings all over town before the offending bills eventually stumbled back to their graves last night. We’ve done very well to avoid these zombie bills so far.

What’s left? JUST ONE MORE THING. You need to call The Honorable Jim Gibbons: 775-684-5670 and tell him to VETO AB46, the Veterans Disarmament Act. This bill will add countless new hurdles to the already shaky Brady Check System.

There are already many stories of Nevadans being denied the ability to purchase a firearm because of mistakes in the Brady System and the state run “Baby Brady” system. Now add mental health records, shake, stir, take away due process rights for years, and you have AB46.

Call Governor Jim Gibbons: 775-684-5670 and tell the very nice lady who answers the phone that you want the Governor to VETO AB46 – The Veterans Disarmament Act.

Published in: on June 2, 2009 at 2:05 pm  Leave a Comment