Sean does a masterful job of welcoming Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly. He asks a pretty simple question: if you are interested in dialog with gun owners, then why are you hiding from the gun owners?
Thanks to all the GRNC guys who made it to the protest.
…or “Major Kudos to a Fellow Gunnie”
I’ve known Sean Sorrentino from NC Gun Blog for a few years now. This most recent report from behind enemy lines does not surprise me.
Sean has consistently been on the front lines here in NC. He does the unglamorous, boring, and absolutely necessary work. His simply showing up, on a week night, to provide a counterweight to the MAIG vigil, a point of view that otherwise would not have gotten out. On GRNC rally day, Sean spent most of the morning teaching other people how to lobby. He presents a thoughtful, intelligent, reasonable perspective on gun rights.
Kudos, brother. I’m glad you are on our side.
An AP article examining some of the history of Nazi gun control. The article itself is fairly balanced, but there are some wacky quotes. Like this:
Paulsson said it is possible that if Polish Jews had limited their resistance, Nazi troops might not have destroyed the ghetto, allowing more to survive in hiding or escape. When armed Jews shot at mobs or troops at other times in 1930s and 1940s Poland, it incited more vicious counter-attacks, he said.
Right…because we saw how well non-resistance worked in the rest of Europe.
Good news. Now let’s kill the registration bill.
Folks, the fight in Colorado is the fight for all the marbles. If we are successful in turning back the ban there, then I believe that the worst is over. Bloomberg, who is evil as Satan, but no dummy, chose Colorado for his offensive very carefully. In many ways, it was the ideal state for a ban: a largely blue state where a highly publicized act of mass murder took place. If they can pass a ban in a state that is historically fairly gun friendly, then it sends a message to the rest of the country: gun control is no longer the political third rail that everyone assumes. If we can stop them, then they will have taken their best shot and it will have failed. The whole issue goes away, again.
Our friends in Colorado have done a great job stalling the bill and sending the message that passing a ban is not without consequence. Magpul, as everyone knows by now, has said that they will leave Colorado if the ban passes. Micheal has said that he will stop producing his shows in Colorado if the ban passes.
If you are not in Colorado, there is still something that you can do. Hunting is a $1.5 billion business in Colorado. Make sure that legislators in Colorado know if they pass this bill, you will take your hunting dollars elsewhere.
Senate Judiciary Committee:
Senator Lucia Guzman (Chair)
Senator Jessie Ulibarri (Vice Chair)
Senator Irene Aguilar
Senator Steve King
Senator Kevin Lundberg
Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee:
Senator Angela Giron (Chair)
Senator Matt Jones (Vice-Chair)
Senator Ted Harvey
Senator Evie Hudak
Senator Larry Crowder
Law enforcement agencies have begun adopting a new policy on so-called “active shooters,” encouraging civilians to take safety into their own hands and take down gunmen who threaten them at work or school.
So we have finally realized that the tactics have to change. Great! Now isn’t the next logical step ensuring that the people have the tools to do what you have asked them to do?
Seems Chris at Arma Borealis had an exchange with the company. It did not go well.
You can read the whole thing, but I wanted to pick out one part of the the response by Mark Westrom, President of Armalite
We are well familiar with the fact that most rifles serving Police Officers are purchased by the officers themselves, and that they shouldn’t be punished for the actions of their political elite.
Baloney. Why should police officers be any more insulated from the negative effects of the actions of the state than the citizens who they serve?
One of two things is true here:
1) As President Obama says, “These are weapons of war, and have no place on our streets!” If this is true, then it raises the obvious question “Who are the police at war with?”
2) These are defensive weapons, in which case they should be available to everyone who needs defending, citizens and police alike.
I’ll add one more thought, and that is to say that by definition, a boycott is an attempt to solicit a particular behavior from someone who isn’t doing what you want them to. In other words, it is by definition a hostile action. Armalite’s policy is misguided. The political leadership in New York has demonstrated that they won’t listen to the citizens of their state. Maybe they will listen to their police.
My buddy Sean at An NC Gun Blog has set up the “New York Boycott” page to heap praise on those manufacturers who are applying consistency in state gun laws.