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Gun Bill by Cruz and Grassley
April 19, 2013, 3:31 pm
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At Townhall.com Kevin glass reports that Grassley from Iowa and Cruz from TX have authored a new gun bill, the difference with this bill is it makes some sense. What these two Senators are trying to have happen is that existing law will be enforced. What a strange idea, that we would actually want the government to enforce the laws already on the books. Of course they also want to restrict the government from another “Fast and Furious.”

One of the things that is supposed to be a part of the NICS system is convictions (felony) and mental illness which has not been reported in many states at all. In the case of the last few nuts who killed innocent folks, they had issues that were never reported. Sen. Grassley is very concerned about this, and said; “I’ve been very interested in the mental health aspect of this debate, so we include provisions to study and address that issue.” Also Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire is co-sponsoring this bill.

These Senators want to improve and reauthorize grants for the NICS database. Require Federal Courts to submit relevant info to NICS, that is a part of wanting the government to support the and enforce laws, it is a shame when the Federal Courts won’t support the law of the land. The also ask that mental health records are submitted to NICS, many States have ignored that requirement. Federal Grant money will not go to states that do not submit mental health records to NICS. Increase fed prosecution of gun violence. Also we need to see prosecution of those people who are caught lying on their statements regarding trying to purchase guns.

There are many other provisions that do not infringe on 2nd Amendment rights, but do place the onus on those who are tasked to provide law enforcement. Also to basically force the DOJ to do the job it is tasked to do, and stop the political focus of prosecution or lack of same.

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Colorado Female Senator
March 6, 2013, 6:26 pm
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At a hearing on the Colorado bill HB 1226, listens to a rape victim say that if she had her gun she could have stopped the rapist. This woman was a martial arts expert, but the rapist was much bigger than she and had a weapon. The Senator has the audacity to say to this woman that, even if she had a gun the attacker probably would have been able to get it from her and use it on her. She says that statistics are against her being able to defend herself against a larger more aggressive male attacker.

There are two obvious wrongs here, one the woman was attacked on a college campus and two this Senator doesn’t know her head from her nether region. There are two things that this woman should have said to this woman, then shut her mouth before her foot reached it. One, I am sorry that you were attacked, and, perhaps we need to step back from taking away your right to protect yourself. I am really amazed at these Democrats in Colorado, they do not want a woman to have the right to protect herself, and they want to make all women on campus fair game for rapists, robbers and other assorted trash, by making sure the campus is a gun free zone.

At one time I thought Colorado would be a nice place to live, now I know it is not. I’ll stay in Texas where common sense prevails. We even have school districts where the teachers and administrators are allowed to carry concealed. I don’t understand the mentality that wants to allow killers, rapists and other scum of the earth to be able to prey on innocent children, women and men teachers, just to keep the campus safe from guns. That Colorado State Senate chamber needs to be cleared of idiots who have no conception of real life, and bring in some folks who have actually done something productive. You know, ranchers, oil field workers, mechanics, send the lawyers packing so that maybe some common sense will prevail. While we are at it would be a good thing to do the same thing in Washington D. C. get rid of the lawyers and bring in working people for a change.

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2nd Amendment
February 27, 2013, 12:22 pm
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A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

In Daniel Websters 1828 Dictionary this is the meaning of Infringe:
INFRINGE, v.t. infrinj’. [L. infringo; in and frango,to break. See Break.]

1. To break, as contracts; to violate, either positively by contravention, or negatively by non-fulfillment or neglect of performance. A prince or a private person infringes an agreement or covenant by neglecting to perform its conditions, as well as by doing what is stipulated not to be done.

2. To break; to violate; to transgress; to neglect to fulfill or obey; as, to infringe a law.

The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States is quite clear, it specifically states: “shall not be infringed.” the folks who wrote it knew that it meant you were not to break, or violate, or any of the other ways in which you could negate this right. Without going into all of the ramifications of what is going on in our country right now, other than to state that the actions of some states have broken the covenant between the people and the government. The laws that the Federal politicians are trying to pass are also breaking the covenant they have with the people of this great land.

The 10th Amendment to this same Constitution states:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

Since the 2nd Amendment does not grant any power to either the Federal Government, or to the State Governments, that indicates that neither the individual States, nor the Federal Government many “INFRINGE” upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms, only the people have that choice. They can choose not to carry arms, but they also cannot infringe upon the right of other people, who are equally sovereign persons, to carry.

I agree with laws that are aimed at keeping guns from the hands of convicted felons, and from persons who are mentally unstable, as witnessed to by a Doctor. I disagree with any law that attempts to take away my right as a law-abiding citizen of this nation to own and carry a gun. I live in a dangerous part of the country and believe that I need to be prepared to defend myself, my family and perhaps even those around me as neighbors and friends.

In addition to this of course is the rifle that I use for hunting, and that depends on what I am hunting. If I am after wild pig or deer, it is one rifle, if varmints it is another, snakes it is going to be a different one, usually a shotgun. So, my wife and I, each are hunters and when we are on the ranch to work animals we both like to carry a rifle and shotgun plus a handgun, because you never know what you might run into out there. All this is to say, don’t infringe on my right to be prepared to carry (bear) and use my guns.

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Concealed Carry on College Campus
February 20, 2013, 5:34 pm
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In Colorado, students have been able to carry guns on campus since 2012 so, there has been no bloodbath, as a matter of fact, no one really knew except the young people who were carrying. Now, however, the Democrats want to take that right away, and they have made some really BAD, one might even say STUPID arguments for taking this right away. Since there has been no outcry against these young women and men carrying guns on campus, and there has not been any evidence of negligence on the part of anyone why is it that Democrats want to take away this right?

One Democrat made the comment that a woman might think that she was in danger of being raped, and pull her gun out and shoot an innocent person. Why has this not happened before now? There are many situations where a woman may feel threatened, yet no one has been shot yet. How about this thought from Wisconsin; “University of Wisconsin Oshkosh police department posts “Tips for Preventing Sexual Assault” on its website. The “tips” include “passive resistance” strategies when faced with an attacker, like making yourself vomit or urinate, or faking an epileptic seizure.” Like a rapist is going to be put off by a woman peeing her pants, it will probably turn him on even more. Please people this is absolutely idiotic.

With 1 in 5 women college students suffering rape every year, which one of these people are going to be there to stop the rapist. Let’s be real, the cops can’t be everywhere there are not enough police to be able to do that, why is it that Democrats don’t want to allow women to protect themselves? Why can’t women have the RIGHT TO CHOOSE in this case like they can in other parts of their lives. It seems that the government wants to control every aspect of our lives, and they seem to think that they know better than you or I what is the best thing for us. They seem to want to micro manage your life and mine, and I don’t like it very much. No matter what they do, good people, law-abiding people will do what we have always done, we will try to work within the law. Bad people, criminals, don’t care about the law, they will continue to be criminals and that is where the government has NO CONTROL.

I like to be able to make my own decisions about my life and protection of myself and my wife. I think other people should have the same right to make decisions for themselves. The government needs to get the blazes out of our lives and let us live our lives as we want to.



Confiscation is not the answer
January 10, 2013, 1:40 pm
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I hear the Mayor of NYC and the governor of New York State screaming about the need to confiscate guns, take guns away from law-abiding citizens so that crime will go down. The real idiocy with these things is that Law Abiding Citizens are not the ones committing the crimes, with guns. The ones who commit gun crimes are those who don’t care about laws in the first place, they are called criminals.

The history of gun control is that it does not work, crime increases when citizens do not have guns with which to protect themselves from criminals with guns and other weapons that destroy lives. Where I live is a prime example, when we are out feeding our animals, we never know what or who we will meet up with. I do know that the border patrol has caught a number of drug smugglers and people smugglers in our county, some on our property. These people are armed with semi-auto and automatic (assault weapon) weapons. You see that is the other problem with this discussion, one side seems to want to make any gun an assault while the other side wants to make every gun OK to own. Somewhere in the middle is where I am. I own handguns, and semi-automatic rifles and a single shot 30-06 rifle.

None of my guns is an “assault” weapon, because none of my guns can be fired on full automatic. Yet it is said that anyone who owns a gun that can hold a magazine of more than 10 rounds is an assault weapon. Wrong! Assault weapons are those weapons that are capable of firing either one round at a time of 10 rounds at a time. The law says that those weapons are not available for sale to the general public, in other words, I can’t buy an assault weapon even if I wanted one, which to be perfectly honest I do not.

Interestingly enough, criminals seem to be able to get and use assault type weapons in committing their crimes.

The UK has taken guns away from their citizens, the police who used to go around with only a club as their protection and weapon. Are now armed with guns, simply because the criminals who they have to go up against began using guns once the citizenry had no way to protect themselves. So it seems that if you take away the guns from those who will obey the law, then those who do not obey the law will be able to get guns anyway, and are more than willing to use them in the commission of crimes. So, once again I find myself asking why are we trying to remove a deterrent from our law-abiding citizenry when it does actually cut down on violent crime? Just look at the Florida, when the citizens were not allowed to have guns, gun crime was rampant in the state, when they passed the law that allowed citizens to begin carrying concealed weapons, violent crime went down. In every state where this has been tried, violent crime has decreased. Where are there more gun related deaths? Try Chicago, Washington D. C. and other places were guns are not allowed in the hands of law-abiding citizens, but the criminals have plenty of firepower.

So in this debate, let us scrap the “feel good” stuff and begin to look carefully at what it is we are trying to accomplish. So called “Gun Free Zones” are the places were these crimes happen, over and again. Whether it is a movie theater or a College campus or an elementary school. How do we deter these things or at least protect those who are the innocent victims? We make sure that there are armed persons there to protect those places. Not necessarily, teachers but persons who are trained in the use of guns and are willing to use them to protect those teachers and kids. There are many who are trained. Most of us who served any time in the military, know about and respect guns, and how they are to be handled. In States were Concealed carry is acceptable, you have a group of folks who are able to protect themselves and others.

I know that I would be happy to spend a day or two a week in our school system to protect those who are there to learn and to grow, and there are teachers who also do not want to carry guns, as well as those who do have the license. Let us use the resources we have to protect those who cannot protect themselves, it will be a deterrent when the school or theater is no longer a “gun free zone.”

What do you think? Does this make sense, or do you have a different perspective?



Emotion Rules the Conversation

The more I see and hear about the conversation on guns and gun control issues, the more I see that emotion has taken charge. When a Senator says that we should put the National Guard in our schools, I know that she is not thinking, she is reacting emotionally to what has happened. Of course there are also the folks who say that NRA members should be shot, or they are the new KKK, which is patently outrageous, and of course there are also the folks who are saying that all guns should be taken away and no one should have a gun for any reason at all.

Somewhere in the middle of all the rhetoric, is where we need to be. Now let me say this, as a rancher in South Central Texas, just a few miles from the Mexican border and the violence that happens there on a regular basis, when I go out to feed our deer and other animals I go armed. We have had illegal persons caught on our ranch by the border patrol, some were armed some not, but the ones that were armed were smuggling drugs. They were more than willing to exchange bullets with the agents chasing them. The other side of that coin is wild animals that we may run into. Namely wild boar, Mexican Mountain lion, and of course the ubiquitous rattle snakes. So please get real about taking away my guns thank you.

So now that we have established a place where conversation can be held, let us look at what is going on here. A person who, legally could not own a firearm, stole them from his mother, killing her in the process. He then went to the school, shot out a window in order to bypass the security of the locked door, once inside he went to the school office where he killed the women inside, before going to the classroom. He then killed 20 children and their teacher, finally, killing himself.

Had there been just one person in that building who was armed, the picture might very well have been very different. I do not suggest that we put the Army or the National Guard in our schools, nor a police presence per se. What I do suggest is that we have those folks who are retired police/sheriff deputies/military who know about guns and how to safely use them. I would think that at least some of these are also grandparents of young kids and would be glad to volunteer to guard the schools that those children are in, even the schools that other children are in. I know that many teachers do not like or want to handle firearms, I don’t see why they should have to do so if that is their feeling in the matter. I know that I would be glad to volunteer my time one or two days a week to help protect our local schools. Of course you might want us to have an authority to answer to, say the local sheriff or Police Dept.

I think that would solve the problem, while costing next to nothing, you might want to feed us lunch, and of course you want to do a background check to be sure that none of those folks have any problems around children. Of course concealed carry, requires a background check, as does the purchase of a firearm. Let us understand too that we cannot stop people from doing crazy or stupid things, but we can stop them from doing these things in our schools.

One other thing I have heard a great deal about is the gun show loophole, supposedly you don’t have to have a background check if you buy a gun at a gun show. I have purchased guns at gun shows, every time I did I had to give ID and they did a background check on me. It is a requirement if you want to purchase a gun. What do you think about all this? Leave a comment, join the conversation, become a part of the solution, because our politicians seem to thinking emotionally, not logically. The sad part is that as a member of the NRA, I am disappointed in Wayne La Pierre. His statements about placing police persons in the schools, does not take into account the reality of how thinly our Police Departments are already, and the cost of doing so is prohibitive for any Government entity to do. You are talking many millions, if not billions of dollars to accomplish this.

So lets hear what you have to say, thank you for reading this blog of mine, I hope it has been helpful in the midst of a difficult time in our nation.

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How do you stop evil?
December 18, 2012, 4:40 pm
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I keep hearing these talking heads discussing how you can make schools safe, and how can we stop people from doing this again. We have the same discussion every time someone does something evil, and it always seems to devolve to the choice of tool not the person.

We always want to do away with the tool, in this case guns, but there are those who then ask the obvious question, since more people are killed by drunk drivers than are killed by guns, should we then get rid of cars, or alcohol, or drugs. You see it is a vicious circle, the tool, is just that a tool. In the hands of a stable law-abiding citizen, the car, the drink, the gun are used properly. Let me say that I am an instructor in handgun use, and the first thing I teach is that we have to watch what we are doing with any tool. The handgun being a tool. 1. The gun is always loaded, do not pick up a gun thinking it is unloaded, please be sure that it is indeed not loaded. If you don’t know how to do this, DO NOT PICK UP THE GUN. 2. Never point a gun at anything you are not willing to shoot at, (some would say, destroy). If you have a gun in your hand make sure it is pointed downrange, or in a safe direction. Better yet, put it down or put it in your holster.

I was reading a piece earlier today that spoke about getting retired first responders, Police officers, Military personnel or others who have experience with firearms, to volunteer at your local school. Of course these would be armed persons, that would be able to at the very least slow down the assailant, and at the best stop that person before they could harm anyone inside the building or grounds. I would add persons who have qualified for concealed carry license, they have learned how to use a gun, they are licensed to carry and they have no criminal record. I know of a couple of people who would be glad to volunteer to protect the teachers and the especially the children in schools. It is a shame that there is a need to protect children in what should be the safe place for them, but our society has become somewhat coarsened over the last 50 years or so.

New gun laws, banning this or that gun, I note that a number of politicians and pundits keep referring to automatic weapons, these have been illegal for almost 50 years, what they are actually talking about are semi-automatic guns. You fire only one bullet when you pull the trigger, not a burst of bullets, just one. If you want to fire another you must pull the trigger again. Another thing that the politicians want to ban is the magazine that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition. The problem there is simple, if I am out on my ranch, which just happens to be very close to the southern border of the USA, with Mexico. You don’t know what you will run into while feeding cattle or goats, or whatever it is you are raising. There can be anything out there from poachers, to human traffickers, to drug runners. All of them armed, now in the case of poachers, you probably will not have any real problem, but with the drug runners and human traffickers, you will be dealing with a number of guns looking back at you. I want to be able to protect myself with a decent amount of bullets that I can return fire with.

Some of these guys do have true assault weapons, so they can fire multiple rounds with one pull of the trigger. I can only hope that I can stop them before they end my life. So there are those of us who actually do need larger magazines. So let’s have a discussion that is not governed by emotion, or politics, but rather by common sense. First, lets talk about enforcing the law on the books now. Second, if you are going to have a school or place of business go into lockdown, then make sure that the bad guys can’t get past the locked door by shooting out a window and climbing in. Common Sense is a wonderful thing, and usually helps to being some decent ideas to the table.

What kind of ideas to you have about all this craziness? Add your comments to the discussion, I’d love to hear from you.

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