Micro-stamping passes in the broke and broken People’s
Republic Democracy of California!
Of course, anyone familiar with this kind of ‘technology’ and gun control legislation knows that it’s expensive, extremely flawed, and can be defeated.
But that never stopped the rights-control freaks, previously.
C.D. Michel, the NRA’s West Coast regional attorney, had a much grimmer prediction.
“This is not going to help solve crimes,” he said. “It’s easily defeated, easily wears out and can be used to lead police down false alleys” if the serial numbers are altered.
Worse yet, Michel said, manufacturers will be unwilling to add this expensive feature to guns sold in a single state, and will instead keep manufacturing weapons for the other states, where demand already far exceeds supply. The effect, he said, would be a ban on new semiautomatic handguns in California, which the NRA will challenge in court.
And, I predict (parodying the President’s statement regarding his energy policy) that the sales of revolvers in California will necessarily skyrocket!
h/t SF Chronicle
It took the Federal Government taking Associated Press telephone records to FINALLY get the attention of the Fifth Estate that THIS Administration is up to no good. Guess they know where their bread is buttered.
I could go on, but, I would overdose on my antacids. And that would probably bring me to the attention of the FDA…
And I wouldn’t want THAT.
I received a large envelope from the NRA in the mail yesterday. On the outside it said Health Care Reform 2013.
I was intrigued. After all, I’m on disability and Medicare, and any help with things medical and insurance would be welcome. I cannot afford any ‘doughnut hole’ coverage.
So, I began to peruse the envelope’s contents. Basically, it appears to be coverage for cancer, and will pay up to $300,000 CASH directly to the policy holder (eligible NRA members) in case of such a diagnosis. They even include a plastic membership card!
AND, the fees are quite reasonable. Even I can afford them! ($6.77/month at my age)
The not-so-fine print states I cannot apply if I’ve been diagnosed and/or received treatment for CANCER, Leukemia or Hodgkin’s Disease within the past 10 years. They do allow skin cancer (which I also have had)!
And I had lymphoma, which was treated with chemotherapy, within that time frame.
(not really – but I had you going there, didn’t I?)
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
Sadly, there does seem to be an escape clause in the Amendment. (but in a manner prescribed by law)
And there was even one relevant case - Engblom v. Carey, 677 F.2d 957 (2d. Cir. 1982)
In 1979, prison officials in New York organized a strike; they were evicted from their prison facility residences, which were reassigned to members of the National Guard who had temporarily taken their place as prison guards. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled: (1) that the termowner in the Third Amendment includes tenants (paralleling similar cases regarding the Fourth Amendment, governing search and seizure), (2) National Guard troops count as soldiers for the purposes of the Third Amendment, and (3) that the Third Amendment is incorporated (that is, that it applies to the states) by virtue of the Fourteenth Amendment.
In an earlier case, United States v. Valenzuela, 95 F. Supp. 363 (S.D. Cal. 1951), the defendant asked that a federal rent-control law be struck down because it was “the incubator and hatchery of swarms of bureaucrats to be quartered as storm troopers upon the people in violation of Amendment III of the United States Constitution.” The court declined his request. Later, in Jones v. United States Secretary of Defense, 346 F. Supp. 97 (D. Minn. 1972), Army reservists cited the Third Amendment as justification for sitting out a parade. Similarly far-fetched arguments in a variety of contexts have also been denied in a number of court cases. Thus, Engblom v. Carey remains the only significant Third Amendment case law. (Wikipedia)
You should go and visit the Wikipedia page, and perhaps do some other research on your own. Every Amendment in The Bill of Rights has been, and continues to be under constant attack by those who think they ‘know better’.
We need to stand firm not just on the Second, but the entire Bill of Rights. Tyranny is insidious.
“A desire to resist oppression is implanted in the nature of man.” - Thomas Jefferson
We need to maintain vigilance.
I hesitated to post this, as most gun bloggers who post about food post about fine food: seafood, chili, gourmand cuisine. Think Brigid, and many others.
I like to cook, and am not half bad at it – traditional American fare: lasagna, deep-dish pizza, steak, hamburgers, hot dogs. Baking. Some sugar-free stuff. But, with my various infirmities, standing and cooking usually isn’t a pleasant experience. (I need to eat more salads, anyway).
So, I’ve taken to finding foods I like near my new digs. Mexican food, bar & grills, pizza. Usually accompanied by alcohol (or diet soda ). Much depends on how close it is to ‘payday’.
We used to frequent a pizza place near my old house. Our favorite waitress appeared to be a recovering tweaker from Boston – always pronounced beer as beah, so we adopted that. For fun. (Yes. sarcasm and mockery are our stock in trade!)
Of late we (my roommate and I) have found a couple new places. One had excellent burgers and fries – at steak prices, and 52 craft beers available. We took immediately to Mr. Pineapple Ale, then found out the craft beer was $7.00/pint!
As much as we liked the food, we went on the hunt to find Mr. Pineapple, and found it at another place we have been known to frequent. For $4.50/pint! Have three beers and you’re saving money! (see what I did there?)
The problem is, the food at the cheaper beer place, while good, is not as good (or as costly) as the expensive beer place. They do have 1/4 pound BACON-WRAPPED hot dogs, though!
I’m certain my doctor would agree.
Probably without the dark chocolate, though…
FTC – San Tan Brewery gives me nothing. Now go away!
Stormbringer points us to a Pew Research Center study, which shows that…well you can read…
Recent Pew Research of Gun Violence in America found gun violence has dropped at an incredible level between 1993-2010, however, in spite of these FACTS, 56% of American’s believe gun violence is higher than 20 years ago.
The primary findings of the research center on these salient points:
1. Homicide rates are down 49% using a time-series analysis between the years of 1993 and 2010.
2. Victimization rates for violent crimes with a firearm are down 73% during that same time period.
3. Despite incredible decline of gun-related violence, 56% of those surveyed (which was a scientific representative sample) 56% of American’s believe gun crime is higher than 20 years ago.
GEE, how did THAT happen?
Public mass shootings are rare crimes that account for less than one percent of gun homicides. They are a matter of great public interest and concern. The mass shootings in Newtown, Conn., Aurora, Colo., and Tucson, Ariz., were among the public’s top news stories in recent years.
And, of course, the number of States with licensed concealed firearms carry or Constitutional Carry have increased. And the Clinton Assault Weapon Ban went away. Then how could this perception be?
Can you say there’s an agenda in the mainstream media (sorry Biff). Sure you can. Visit his link and read the rest. If you dare0
The issue is NOT gun violence – the issues are crime and terrorism. And Constitutional rights.
h/t Sean Linneane
Dr. John Lott may be familiar to some of you. He’s an economist and political commentator, most famous for debunking gun control as effective crime control, through the use of statistics. He recently posted some stats on his blog, after the NYT did another hit piece regarding a woman’s concerns about her child visiting a home of gun owners.
The statistics speak for themselves:
What is the risk of a six year old dying from an accidental gun shot?