Just got a letter back from my letter to Robert Pittenger, my Representative. (Three actually, I’ve been writing weekly.) The relevant paragraph:
Over the past several weeks, I have heard from many of my constituents who are still trying to understand the actions of a mad man and attempting to have an adult conversation about gun control. In ordering the Constitution of the United States, our Founding Fathers placed “the right to keep and bear arms” second in importance only to “the freedom of speech”. With every right comes an equal responsibility. Careless exercise of these rights can be detrimental to society as a whole. The actions of an errant few who abuse their freedoms should not curtail those of the majority of law abiding Americans.
Sounds like he’s on the right side.
Grass Roots North Carolina is sponsoring a Second Amendment Freedom Rally on February 5th.
Now February 5th is right in middle of my employers annual kickoff meeting. So as you might imagine, they were a bit annoyed when I said that I would not be attending kickoff.
Plan on attending. It’s important.
The Journal News has taken down the list of Westchester and Putnam pistol permit holders. Pity it led to two break-ins.
So, the opening move has been played, and it is impressive. The New York bill:
- Replaces the existing “two feature” test with a “one feature” test. Anything with a magazine and a pistol grip is now banned.
- Requires registration of all existing “assault weapons”
- Removes the “grandfather clause” on pre-94 magazines.
- Creates a new ban on all magazines that hold more than 7 rounds. Existing magazines that hold more than 7 rounds but not more than 10 rounds are grandfathered, but may only be loaded to 7 rounds.
- Creates a definition of a “seller of ammunition” and requires the same to register with the state
- Essentially requires a background check before any sale of ammunition
- Prohibits private sales
- Requires pistol licenses to be renewed every 5 years
- Requires “mental health professionals” to report individuals under their care who are “likely to engage in conduct that will cause serious harm to him- or herself or others.” It prohibits civil or criminal liability if the report is made in “good faith”
Well, the bar has been set.
It looks like my former home state of New York is preparing to ban a whole bunch of things, including magazines that hold more than 7 rounds.
I would hope that Glock, Sig, Smith & Wesson and the other big law enforcement suppliers in New York would take a page from Ronnie Barrett’s book and refuse to sell anything to law enforcement that is illegal for the rest of us to own.
A sad, sad day.
Story here. Looks like a business decision for now, but you have to wonder what was said in the Biden meeting last week.
UPDATE: Wal-mart is denying.
The letter seemed mostly positive, and Senator Hagan doesn’t have much of a record on guns. However, the letter contained one cryptic sentence:
As always, it is important that we not unnecessarily infringe on the legitimate Second Amendment rights of responsible gun owners.
So, what the heck, I thought, lets continue the illusion that we are correspondents. I replied to Ms. Hagan:
Thank you for your response on 01/10/2013 to my earlier email. As you may recall, I wrote to tell you that I strongly opposed any new restrictions on our Second Amendment rights.
I was encouraged by your letter, however, I did have one question. You wrote: “As always, it is important that we not unnecessarily infringe on the legitimate Second Amendment rights of responsible gun owners.” I am unsure what you mean by this, and looking at the blogosphere, several other people received the same letter and had the same question.
Could you please clarify what exactly, in your opinion, would constitute a necessary infringement?
Not sure I expect a substantive response, but if my fellow Tarheels wrote to the Senator, it would achieve two purposes. First, it would remind her that we are out there and watching. Second, it would alert her to the fact that we are watching very closely. As a Democrat up for re-election in 2014 in a reddish-purple state, I would think she would be responsive to the right kind of pressure.
Keep your powder dry, write, phone and email your reps, join the NRA, and write, phone and email your reps again. This fight hasn’t even started yet.
What he said. Do that.
Keith Ratliff, a manager at the FPSRussia YouTube channel, has been found murdered.
Maybe all those guys on Twitter calling for the murder of gunnies weren’t kidding.
The link that I use is the GunTalk link from Tom Gresham. If you use my link, you get a small discount, and Tom gets a commission. He takes that commission, and turns around and sends the money to the SAF. So you help two gun organizations for the price of one!
At the end of the day, I don’t care whose link you click. If you care, even a little bit, about the gun rights fight, then you need to belong to the NRA. Full stop.