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
My buddy Sean at An NC Gun Blog was invited to appear on the Triangle Tactical podcast. Topics include the NY boycott and restaurant carry in NC. Have a listen!
This began as a comment at Sean’s place, but it evolved into a bigger thought.
Friday, I took a few hours off from work and took a tour of the local gun shops. The cases were pretty bare, but there were guns to be found. In my favorite shop, I found and bought a Ruger SR22. Great little pistol; I had hoped that it would fit the kid’s hands well, and it does perfectly. And the model that I got came with a threaded barrel for a suppressor, which is on my buy list soon.
I’ve known the guys in the shop for years, and we had a long talk about the current state of the industry. Here’s what they told me:
- They are getting the same amounts of guns and ammo that they always have; it just goes out the door just as quick.
- The majority of the demand is new people. They are getting a ton of new gun owners and people who have owned guns before, but not in a long while.
- This rush is much, much bigger than 2008. Their suppliers are saying 18 months to two years to refill the pipeline.
- They had several ARs, and a bunch of lowers in stock.
- Pistols were not to be found. No M&Ps, no Glocks, although oddly enough, every shop I went into had a Glock 29. Guess sub compact 10mm isn’t selling too well. Gander Mountain had a bunch of XDs. You could find Taurus and a few Kahrs
So that’s the situation, at least in the Charlotte area.
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?
So, the US Postal Service is slowly going bankrupt under a crushing load of unfunded pensions and union wages. Fortunately, there is an obvious solution.
What? Re-negotiate the labor contracts to something sustainable? No, no, no. The answer we were looking for was promote brand awareness by starting your own clothing line.
“It will make a contribution, but it’s bigger than that,” Betts said. “It’s really brand reputation, brand awareness, in addition to revenues.
I can totally see how this plays out: “Man, what a cool jacket! I think I’ll go home and send some *correspondence*, yo!”
I personally can’t see how this could possibly fail.
Other bloggers have commented on the, oh shall we say, breathtaking stupidity that was Joe Biden’s “tactical advice” to women looking to defend themselves. I console myself with the thought that maybe he isn’t deliberately giving bad advice to women to advance a political agenda, advice that could potentially get them arrested.
Maybe he is just an ignorant blowhard.
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.