Dancing in the Blood...
...even though there really wasn't much of in the the NY mall bullet spraying incident. The
socialist komrades progressives of Jointogether.org (commie fuckwads don't get links)are calling for NY to enact a more restrictive state AWB. (Note to Jeff at Alphecca for your Weekly Check: that link goes to a JT.org press release, and was sent to me on a Google News alert. Google News does not send me press releases from the NRA, GOA, CCRKBA, SAF, or any other pro-2A group.) The press release generally isn't worth reading, unless you want to try to cost JT.org some $$ by using up some of their bandwidth. The usual garbage about assault weapons Homeland Defense Firearms only being made "to kill as many people as possible" and having "minor cosmetic changes" to evade the law. That stuff has all been argued and de-bunked before.
And, via this thread at THR, we learn that some
totalitarian fuckwads Democrat legislators in Albany have done just that, introducing a bill that would confiscate and destroy all Homeland Defense Firearms that were grandfathered under the old law.
Apparently the Constitutional provision (Art. I, Sec. 9) against ex post facto laws doesn't apply in New York.
Remind me not to move to the state until after Osama nukes New York City.
This Is How Criminals Get Guns
Livermore firearms theft worries federal officials
Bay Area heist is fourth of its kind in five weeks, federal officials say
This happened in the town where I grew up. I bought some of the camping gear I used in Boy Scouts at this store. (I also remember when this store was much smaller, selling mostly GI surplus stuff, and didn't sell guns at all.) But note: The PRK is making it increasingly difficult for law abiding citizens to buy guns. And there have now been 4 large scale firearms thefts in five weeks, five since December.
The story notes a stolen ".50 caliber handgun" as being "easy to conceal." There aren't very many .50 caliber pistols-the Desert Eagle in .50 AE and a few revolvers in .500 S&W are all I know of. And those things are only "easy to conceal" if you're an NFL lineman who habitually wears a trenchcoat. More fear-mongering editorializing masquerading as straight reporting.
Is It Just Me?
Or did reading that list of proposed .50 cal bans makes anyone else out there want to buy one, if only to piss the GFWs off.
I don't have easy access to a range where I could shoot one (these things have big Surface Danger Zones or SDZs), nor am I really into long range precision target shooting-being able to hit a man sized target with iron sights out to 300 meters is good enough for me. But the fact that they say I don't 'need' on and shouldn't have one just makes me want one, for the same reason teenagers want noserings, mohawks, and music that sounds like cats being tortured.
And if I got one, it wouldn't be one of those single-shot things, either. I'd want at least a magazine-feb bolt action.
First Trip Around the Sun
Today was HL Jr.'s first birthday. 2142 local time officially marks a full year.
He was very happy to get his presents.
And he greatly enjoyed his first taste of chocolate cake.
Happy birthday little guy.
PSA: .50 Caliber Ban Proposal Roundup
A roundup of proposed .50 caliber bans-CT, WA, MD, NY, and Fedgov from the folks at the Fifty Caliber Institute. It includes a link at the bottom to make a donation and enter a drawing for a .50 caliber rifle (in an non-.50BMG Screw-You Ah-nuld caliber) worth about $7500.
A periodic update from the Fifty Caliber Institute on the defense of
your RIGHT to own the rifle caliber of YOUR choice....
As we alerted you to near the end of last year and again early this
year, the first bills have been submitted in legislatures banning the .50
BMG caliber rifle in three states, one in the US Congress, and others
in other states due up any time.
In Connecticut, SB #714 is due for a hearing before the joint Public
Safety committee on this coming Tuesday, February 15. Details in the
bill are sketchy, merely banning rifles in that caliber. If you have a
means of attending the hearing, you should do so. In addition, they
are accepting written testimony. Details on all this are available at
In Washington state, SB 5593 banning the .50 caliber is even more
odorous than California's recently enacted ban. The Washington state bill
calls for home inspections, regulates storage in your home, initiates a
ban IMMEDIATELY upon the bills being signed into law, etc. This one
is particularly infringing on your rights as a US citizen. The Senate
Judiciary website is here:
In Maryland, on February 10, HB-948 was introduced that will ban the
Barrett "Light 50 Semi Auto" (apparently referring to the M82, but
"copy-cat" firearms (whatever they decide to define that as) are also
covered. Contact info for your legislators is here:
In New York state, also on Feburary 10 (see a pattern developing here
?), Assembly Bill # 4471 will require that states residents to turn
them in (for an unspecified amount of money). You can consult with your
legislators via their website:
And, as happens every session of Congress in recent memory, the same
old, tired legislation to ban the .50 caliber nationwide was
reintroduced. It is unchanged from the previous editions. While the Washington
state ban lists the caliber being banned by cartridge dimensions (like
California), the federal proposal bans .50 calibers of ALL types
including (presumably) some historical, buffalo gun calibers dating back to
just after the Civil War. During the latest VPC manipulated dog and
pony show, oneÂ Congressman (from a well-known elitist
EasternÂ family) called those opposing this legislation to be insane. (Apparently
America has been unknowingly suffering from 'the Great Buffalo Gun
Threatâ' for over a 100 years.)
With all the legislative action spooling up, the Fifty Caliber Institue
will be very busy this legislative year. We're going to need YOUR
support every step of the way.
1. If you're from one of the affected states, contact your elected
representatives and tell them enough is enough.
2. Consider providing the Institue with some financial support so we
can keep up the fight on your behalf.Â In the process, you might even
win the FCI's "California Endangered Species Special Edition" EDM Arms
Windrunner rifle in the new, California-compliant, .510 DTC Caliber.
(In California, the condor isn't the only endangered species. So are
firearms owners.) Regardless of which state the threat appears in, the
Fifty Caliber Institute will be there working to turn paranoia in
rationality. But such work comes at a huge monetary cost. Your financial
help, now, will be appreciated.
P.S. With a new year and new threats to your Bill of Rights, the
Fifty Caliber Institute will be revamping and streamlining our website.
Look for these changes soon at:
Mother Nature Fails to Cooperate
I had planned a nice afternoon at the range-an outdoor rifle range-as part of Valentine's Day with my wife (have I mentioned that I love my wife?). The plan was to shoot the new AR-15, along with one of the SKSs and my Mosin M38. Unfortunately, Mother Nature decided that the Columbia area needed rain yesterday, so we ended up going to the indoor pistol range instead. Still a fun way to turn gunpowder into noise, but not much new about putting holes in paper with the Kimbers. We'll try the rifle range again later in the week.
Responses to NY Mall Shooting Predictable
So, another individual with probably mental problems goes on a shooting spree. This brings about the predictable responses from the usual suspects, who, as usual, are 11 up and 3 down.
-Media outlets mis-identify the type of weapon used, in this case calling it an "assault rifle," a mistake I saw several times. The weapon used was not select fire (unless the shooter performed some illegals mods on it), and there fore was not an assault rifle. Kudos to the New York Post, the first outlet I saw to correctly ID the weapon as a Hesse Arms 47 Kalsihniklone.
-GFW groups like the Bradys issue calls to ban "assault weapons" because they're much too lethal for ordinary
serfs civilians to have. Um, the dude fired like 50-60 shots, and only hit two people, and didn't kill either of them. Not quite the spray-fire bullet hose WMD you chickenshit littles are crying about all the time.
-Gun-grabbers like Sen.
UpChuck Schumer claim that is points out the need for a renewal of the AWB. I've got news for you Chuckie-Hesse Arms folded even before the AWB expired. Kudos to the Times-Herald Record for pointing out what all us gun-folks already know.
Notable by her absence, at least in reported comments, was the Hildebeast. Guess she's learned the lesson from what the '94 ban did to her husband, and what being a gun-phony did to the Poodle, and has decided that the best thing to do to prepare for 2008 is to keep her mouth shut.