A great gunnie giveaway for a great charity! Support Soldier’s Angels!

Walls of the city has a pretty cool promotion going to raise money for the organization Soldier’s Angels. Read all the details at the link, but basically you either spend money on certain websites to send presents to soldiers or you donate money and you get tickets. When the promotion ends a whole lot of very cool prizes are given away, and most are gun related.

I’ll be getting a few tickets myself here in the next week or so. I hope you will as well.

The Denver Post promoting common sense gun laws? We must be winning!

The law banning firearms in post office lobbies and even post office parking lots is ridiculous. I often carry a firearm in my vehicle, and if I forget and park in the Post Office parking lot to get my business mail I’m a criminal. If my wife borrows my car (the gun is secured in a car safe which she normally doesn’t even have a key to) and drives through the parking lot to mail a letter she’s likewise automatically a law breaker.

The law/regulation is a legacy from anti-gun days and now only exists as part of a web of laws to snare law abiding gun owners and make gun ownership just that much more legally dangerous.

But now a normally liberal and sometimes anti-gun paper, the Denver Post, has actually taken a common sense stand — against a law which does nothing but endanger the futures and livelihoods of law abiding gun owners:

We don’t think that a post office — let alone an adjoining parking lot — qualifies under the court’s standard as a “sensitive place” where guns may be comprehensively banned. So we’re glad a federal judge in Denver has allowed a lawsuit to go forward challenging the U.S. Postal Service’s ban on guns.

Read the whole thing if you’re interested. It’s not really pro-gun, it’s just common sense. Real common sense.


Off Road

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil war of “progressives” vs. patriotic American traditionalists and a family caught in the middle, Off Road is a journey into the uniquely American world of God, guns, big trucks … and family.

More information here. Buy it at amazon.com in paperback or Kindle (only .99 for Kindle, which can also be read on a PC with a free reader). Or at Barnes and Noble in paperback or Nook (only .99 in Nook format). Or from the iBooks book store for Apple products. Or in any Ebook format, even .html or .pdf, for .99 from smashwords.com.

AR-15s at Walmart! Is there any question that black rifles are now the norm?

AR-15s at Wal Mart

AR-15s at Wal Mart

I was doing some late night shopping at a nearby Walmart in Littleton, Colorado, and what did I find? Several sporting type “black” semi-automatic rifles in the rifle rack. Nicely priced, too. I’ve seen plenty of .22LR semi-auto rifles at Wal Mart, but here are some .223 AR-15′s in both carbine and hunting configuration. One even has a normal capacity (30 round) magazine and telescoping stock — both nice features.

I plan on buying another rifle this summer, my daughter’s first (probably a Ruger 10-22) and Walmart will now be on my A-list of possible stores to purchase it from.

I don’t know if Walmart went through with its plan from a while back to video tape all gun purchases and etc., but I’m not as concerned about that as I am about making sure that semi-automatic modern rifles stay in the mainstream. And “mainstream” and “common use” (the latter a phrase referenced by the Heller Supreme Court case) means Walmart to most of America.


Off Road

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil war of “progressives” vs. patriotic American traditionalists and a family caught in the middle, Off Road is a journey into the uniquely American world of God, guns, big trucks … and family.

More information here. Buy it at amazon.com in paperback or Kindle (only .99 for Kindle, which can also be read on a PC with a free reader). Or at Barnes and Noble in paperback or Nook (only .99 in Nook format). Or from the iBooks book store for Apple products. Or in any Ebook format, even .html or .pdf, for .99 from smashwords.com.

Thinking about the OWS movement …

When I was a kid, youth took to the streets to protest war and civil rights issues. Now, they take to the street to protest that other people make more money than they do.

I understand their anger, because the ongoing recession is grating on us all, and it’s easy to give up and believe there will never be a recovery and that the whole system is irreparably failed. But the system has looked irreparably failed before and with a little time and faith we’ve not only recovered, but prospered. I’m just not sure why these kids are attacking the business people who have the capacity to bail us out rather than working to vote out the current administration that keeps us stuck in the mud.

An interesting fact … my family has long generations, and I’m basically the same age during the growing OWS protests as my own WWII Veteran father was during the Vietnam protests. And it’s helping me understand the outlook he had at the time — on the one hand he and his generation knew war and understood why the younger generation was against it and certainly the reasons for the war were questionable. But he didn’t understand what they thought they would accomplish by doing sit-ins and mob protests that turned violent on the fringes (just like we’re seeing now) and working outside the system rather than within it.


Off Road

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil war of “progressives” vs. patriotic American traditionalists and a family caught in the middle, Off Road is a journey into the uniquely American world of God, guns, big trucks … and family.

More information here. Buy it at amazon.com in paperback or Kindle (only .99 for Kindle, which can also be read on a PC with a free reader). Or at Barnes and Noble in paperback or Nook (only .99 in Nook format). Or from the iBooks book store for Apple products. Or in any Ebook format, even .html or .pdf, for .99 from smashwords.com.

Is there a conservative Presidential candidate to be excited about?

I’d love just once to have a presidential candidate I can be proud of rather than a “lesser of two evils.” In my life I’ve voted in every Presidential election save one (traveled unexpectedly) but on few occasions was I voting for my candidate so much as against his opponent. I hope I don’t find myself in that situation again as I watch the Republican front runners stumble.

But … I have a few thoughts on the criticisms the top line Republican candidates are facing even IF they turn out to be true …

  • I’d rather vote for a Herman Cain that’s pinched a couple of fannies than an Obama who’s pinched off oxygen to the American economy with extreme regulations and Western European type socialist policies.
  • I’d rather vote for a Mitt Romney that flip flops to please the American public than an Obama who rolls over the American taxpayer for liberal causes (Solyndra, Cap and Trade, drilling embargo, etc.) that do nothing to make our lives better or our country stronger.
  • I’d rather vote for a Rick Perry acting a little tipsy during a speech (watch the whole thing, not just the 8 minutes that his opponents stitched together, he actually looked fine) than a sober Obama.
  • And I’d danged sure vote for a Rick Perry that gets results than an Obama who promises hope and change but drives our economy further into the ditch with Greek sized unsustainable debt.

In fact … while there are some headlining news stories that are less than favorable for just about all the Republican candidates … I’d vote for any of them over the incumbent. And while it would be another “lesser of two evils” votes it would be the one I felt strongest about.


Off Road

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil war of “progressives” vs. patriotic American traditionalists and a family caught in the middle, Off Road is a journey into the uniquely American world of God, guns, big trucks … and family.

More information here. Buy it at amazon.com in paperback or Kindle (only .99 for Kindle, which can also be read on a PC with a free reader). Or at Barnes and Noble in paperback or Nook (only .99 in Nook format). Or from the iBooks book store for Apple products. Or in any Ebook format, even .html or .pdf, for .99 from smashwords.com.

The pro-gun vs. anti-gun White House petition situation — meh!

Earlier I was worried that we on the pro-gun side were going to lose a grassroots type online vote.  Turns out to be a non-issue.

The first pro-HR822 (nationwide CCW) poll went down with less than the 5,000 votes in 30 days required for an administration response, but it did come fairly close.

The anti-HR822 poll, promoted by Mayor Ramsey of Philadelphia, skyrocketed quickly to 8,000 votes and seemed on track to hit the 25,000 votes currently required for an administration response, but died as quickly as it exploded. It has been stuck at less than 9,000 votes for some time with only 10 days left and little chance of making the grade.

There is a new pro-822 bill to vote on, and I hope you will, but unfortunately pro-gun/conservative types tend to be adverse to posting their contact information to a white house server (though I really don’t understand why).

So the whole poll thing is pretty much a joke. The administration will (supposedly) have to make some statements on some odd subjects that got enough votes, many having to do with legalizing pot, but with the new threshold for a response set to 25,000 votes in 30 days … it’s unlikely many polls will make the cut.

Meh.


Off Road

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil war of “progressives” vs. patriotic American traditionalists and a family caught in the middle, Off Road is a journey into the uniquely American world of God, guns, big trucks … and family.

More information here. Buy it at amazon.com in paperback or Kindle (only .99 for Kindle, which can also be read on a PC with a free reader). Or at Barnes and Noble in paperback or Nook (only .99 in Nook format). Or from the iBooks book store for Apple products. Or in any Ebook format, even .html or .pdf, for .99 from smashwords.com.

Are we actually losing a “Grassroots” vote to anti-gunners?

I realize that some pro-gun and conservative types have a problem registering to vote on the White House’s Petition Site,  not wanting to give the administration their email address and zip-code even though they already have our IRS history. But we’ve got to get over it, my friends! While I realize that winning a petition on this site will have no real effect, losing on an issue will bolster our opposition to claim they they actually have a grassroots following. Which they really don’t, so let’s prove it.

VOTE on these petitions, or see this anti-gun/anti-carry petition succeed where we’ve failed. It still has less votes than the pro-gun/pro-carry petition, but it’s gaining votes much faster. And again … I realize it’s not a big deal if it does succeed, but I really don’t want to see anti-gunners gloating about how they got a few more thousand people out of 300 million to choose their side than we got to choose our side. They never get to win these contests because they don’t have millions of supporters — or virtually any — so why are they getting more numbers in this case?

So here are petitions to vote on, and vote on TODAY. Several of these have a good chance of reaching the threshold that require an “official” administration response, so let’s force this administration to take a stance before the election, eh?

Petition to allow ownership of post 1987 automatic weapons.

(the above is mine, and at least it’s got a response from all 50 states and nearly 1,000 individuals)

Petition to end the stupid Federal laws banning silencers

(does being quieter make a gun more dangerous? Does being louder make it safer? To whom?)

This is our most popular petition, to support the bill for national CCW.

(Another common sense gun law that supports the positions of 40 shall-issue states)

This petition supports ownership of short barreled rifles and shotguns.

Thanks! Pass these links around to your friends and promote everywhere.


Off Road

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil war of “progressives” vs. patriotic American traditionalists and a family caught in the middle, Off Road is a journey into the uniquely American world of God, guns, big trucks … and family.

More information here. Buy it at amazon.com in paperback or Kindle (only .99 for Kindle, which can also be read on a PC with a free reader). Or at Barnes and Noble in paperback or Nook (only .99 in Nook format). Or from the iBooks book store for Apple products. Or in any Ebook format, even .html or .pdf, for .99 from smashwords.com.

Petitioning the White House — vote now to promote pro-gun issues

Future petitions at the White House petitions site must get 25,000 votes in 30 days to mandate an “official review” from the white house, but it looks like existing petitions still only have the original 5,000 vote threshold. So please … take a minute and vote on these petitions now as they aren’t yet garnering votes fast enough to force a response (though they are doing many, many times better than the anti-gun petitions I’ve seen). Let’s see if we can get the Obama administration to take a position on these common sense changes to gun law — because this is the kind of change I’ve been hoping for!

Petition to allow ownership of post 1987 automatic weapons.

(the above is mine, and at least it’s past the 150 vote threshold to be searchable)

Petition to end the stupid Federal laws banning silencers

(does being quieter make a gun more dangerous? Does being louder make it safer? To whom?)

This is our most popular petition, to support the bill for national CCW.

(Another common sense gun law that supports the positions of 40 shall-issue states)

This petition supports ownership of short barreled rifles and shotguns.

Thanks! Pass these links around to your friends and promote everywhere.


Off Road

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil war of “progressives” vs. patriotic American traditionalists and a family caught in the middle, Off Road is a journey into the uniquely American world of God, guns, big trucks … and family.

More information here. Buy it at amazon.com in paperback or Kindle (only .99 for Kindle, which can also be read on a PC with a free reader). Or at Barnes and Noble in paperback or Nook (only .99 in Nook format). Or from the iBooks book store for Apple products. Or in any Ebook format, even .html or .pdf, for .99 from smashwords.com.

Another important petition — to make silencers generally available

One truly common sense fact about guns is that being loud doesn’t make a gun safer any more than being silenced makes it more dangerous. The law forcing us to pay a punitive tax to own a simple device to make a gun less loud is ridiculous, and it’s time to petition the government to remove it. Which is exactly what Sean at A NC Gun Blog has done by putting a petition on the Obama White House website (he beat me to it — I was going to post such a petition today).

The petition is here if you want to go directly to it. And while you’re there …

Sign this petition to allow ownership of post 1987 automatic weapons.

And this one to support the bill for national CCW.

And this one to support ownership of short barreled rifles and shotguns.

Any of these issues that get over 5,000 votes have to get an official response from the administration. And I hope we can do it, because I’d love to see the current administrations views on these items.


Off Road

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil war of “progressives” vs. patriotic American traditionalists and a family caught in the middle, Off Road is a journey into the uniquely American world of God, guns, big trucks … and family.

More information here. Buy it at amazon.com in paperback or Kindle (only .99 for Kindle, which can also be read on a PC with a free reader). Or at Barnes and Noble in paperback or Nook (only .99 in Nook format). Or from the iBooks book store for Apple products. Or in any Ebook format, even .html or .pdf, for .99 from smashwords.com.

Help me petition the Obama administration to support middle class firearms rights

So the Obama administration has put up a website for citizens to post petitions. And they have a policy that any item that receives more than 150 votes will be made public, and any item that receives more than 5,000 votes will get a response from the administration. So please join me in bringing this subject to the attention of other firearms owners and pushing the Obama administration to remove the prohibition from the 1986 Firearms Owners’ Protection Act (FOPA) against registering automatic weapons produced after 1986 (or at least to take a position on it). It’s just common sense that if something is legal, it should be legal for everyone.

This petition doesn’t go as far as some would like by removing even the 1934 restriction that all automatic weapons be registered, but what say we take this one step at a time?

Here is the petition. And here is what I wrote:

American ownership of firearms is a constitutional right and cherished tradition. This includes thousands of automatic weapons. But though virtually none of them have been used in a crime, and for political reasons rather than public safety, ownership of this type of weapon has been limited by production date. But is a 2011 firearm more dangerous than an identical firearm from 1986?

This law has not reduced violent crime. It has simply made such weapons too expensive for middle class hobbyists – which is not fair or democratic. Should we limit ownership of any legal item to only the well heeled?

President Obama claims he is a class warrior for the middle class. Will he fight for us on this issue and allow registration of newer weapons? Or continue to restrict ownership to the wealthy?

Please take a minute to sign up and vote for this and pass it around to everyone you know. Wouldn’t you love to see the administration have to take a stand on this issue?

You do have to create a login to vote, but it only requires your email address and zip code. If you don’t think the government already knows that much about you … well, don’t know what to say about that.  Not everyone wants to get themselves noticed on 2nd amendment issues, of course, but as a wise man once said: We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.!


Off Road

Off Road

The best book ever written!

By me, anyway.

Set against the background of the American civil war of “progressives” vs. patriotic American traditionalists and a family caught in the middle, Off Road is a journey into the uniquely American world of God, guns, big trucks … and family.

More information here. Buy it at amazon.com in paperback or Kindle (only .99 for Kindle, which can also be read on a PC with a free reader). Or at Barnes and Noble in paperback or Nook (only .99 in Nook format). Or from the iBooks book store for Apple products. Or in any Ebook format, even .html or .pdf, for .99 from smashwords.com.