First, let me state I support both organizations. You may see links to them (along with other fine organizations) on this blog.
Frankly, I’ve not had the time (okay, the inclination) to study this issue in depth. Mea culpa.
Thankfully, Erin Palette of Lurking Rhythmically has done quite a fine, succinct analysis. You may see it here.
The issue appears to be The Second Amendment Foundation is considering acquiring the financially-troubled Jews For The Preservation Of Firearms Ownership.
Like Ms. Palette, I’ve no opinion on this issue. Go to the link to see her analysis.
The kerfluffle appears to be some folks don’t like the SAF, and think they would somehow water-down or edit the JFPO’s message…
h/t Lurking Rhythmically
I’ve posted before in this venue about what a cesspool Detroit is and how 60 years of socialist politics have brought a once proud hub of American Industry to it’s knees, and even the police have advised the citizenry they must fend for themselves.
Apparently, they have listened and responded!!
(Below, a short snippet from the article)
Space prohibits a thorough account of Detroiters fighting criminals with lawfully obtained firearms, doing so would run longer than our infamous Hillary piece (our longest column ever, as several critics were kind enough to note). But a search of the Detroit papers for 2014 reveals instance after instance. Just one week’s reportage from February should suffice to demonstrate:
■At 2 a.m. Feb. 22, two men broke into a house on the city’s southwest side; the homeowner shot both men. A 21-year-old man died and the other man escaped.
■Earlier on Feb. 22, at 12:30 a.m., a woman who was surprised by a gunman when she pulled her car into the garage was able to reach for her own gun and fatally shot the man.
■A woman on Feb. 17 opened fire on three teens who kicked in her door. The alleged intruders, ages 14, 14 and 15, were caught by police and charged with home invasion.”
Now if only New Orleans, Oakland, New York and Washington, D.C. would pick up the same mantle!
h/t Kevin Baker
(via Legal Insurrection)
Federal Court Rules California 10-day Waiting Period Unconstitutional (for Some)
As reported by Calguns, California’s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases has been ruled unconstitutional (for at least some residents), in Silvester v. Kamala, in the US District Court for the Eastern District of California (full decision embedded below):
California’s 10-day waiting period for gun purchases was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge this morning in a significant victory for Second Amendment civil rights. The laws were challenged by California gun owners Jeffrey Silvester and Brandon Combs, as well as two gun rights groups, The Calguns Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation.
In the decision released this morning, Federal Eastern District of California Senior Judge Anthony W. Ishii, appointed to the bench by President Bill Clinton, found that “the 10-day waiting periods of Penal Code [sections 26815(a) and 27540(a)] violate the Second Amendment” as applied to members of certain classifications, like Silvester and Combs, and “burdens the Second Amendment rights of the Plaintiffs.”
Under the court order, the California Department of Justice (DOJ) must change its systems to accommodate the unobstructed release of guns to gun buyers who pass a background check and possess a California license to carry a handgun, or who hold a “Certificate of Eligibility” issued by the DOJ and already possess at least one firearm known to the state.
BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!
Louisiana Court Rules Ban on Gun Possession Near Alcohol Unconstitutional
As reported at the Volokh Conspiracy, a Baton Rouge ordinance (§ 13:95.3) that banned the possession of guns on property where alcohol is served or sold–inclusive of the parking lots of such establishments, the scope of which includes grocery stores and Walmart–has been found unconstitutional in Taylor v. City of Baton Rouge by the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana (decision embedded below). Interestingly, this decision was made in response to a motion for default judgment, indicating that the city of Baton Rouge had simply failed to adequately respond:
[T]he Court finds that Taylor’s allegations, which the Court accepts as true based on Defendants’ default, are sufficient to establish a viable claim for relief under the Second Amendment. Consequently, the Court concludes that Plaintiff has established a sufficient basis for judgment in his favor.
Our Rights are being gradually re-acknowleged, one court decision at a time! – Guffaw
Protesters in Texas thought that showing up topless to an Open Carry rally to protest the protestors was a good idea.
Carrying signs that said, “Boobs are for Babies” they had no idea how big a favor they were doing for the Open Carry folks.
These protests for open carry are to draw attention to the issue. Who knew that 4 nipples would bring so much attention.
–Too bad the breasts were not nicer looking.
And here I was hoping for gun pr0n! (Women with Guns
is better – some NSFW. Many not following the Four Rules!)
Remember the (infamous) FBI shootout, wherein a number of agents died and the end result was the agency adopting the 10 mm? Which became the .40 S&W (because some agents couldn’t handle 10 mm). Then some specialized units of the FBI adopted the 1911, in .45 ACP?
Well, it’s time for gun/ammo roulette once again, folks!
THE FBI IS ADOPTING A 9MM SIDEARM
Because 9mm has been shown to be so effective in the street.
I see this as a combination of federal agencies employing physically smaller persons (some minorities, women) and those folks being unable to handle (or perhaps not being properly trained to handle) firearms in a major caliber.
Or, perhaps it’s just because they bought a boatload of 9mm…
h/t Maddened Fowl
Another fine shooting teacher and gentleman gone.
Beginning in South Africa, and emigrating to the United States, he was a range officer @ Jeff Cooper’s Gunsite, before striking out on his own with Yavapai Firearms Academy.
No word yet as to what happened.
h/t Tamara Keel, Facebook
My dear friend Brigid and her ‘partner-in-grime’ (as she puts it) EJ have taken over ePostal Match duties temporarily from Mr. Completely (as he is involved with medical issues – heal quickly, bro!)
In an effort to kick it up a notch, they have designed this month’s target to have a STEAMPUNK theme!
Please visit the link above for the particulars. I know some of you are just crazy enough to dress in full regalia to shoot your black powder or pinfire smokewagons. :-)
If I had such finery, I would!
I’d love to hear about some montebank or ne’er-do-well in a morning coat and topper pull his Velo-Dog pistol from his (or her) waistcoat and commencing to engage the target.
Or, Hell, use your Deagle – whatever works! :-P
or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” – Benjamin Franklin
I have addressed this concept previously, with regard to the threepers, Oathkeepers and others fighting amongst themselves.
Don’t you think this is exactly what the Administration, Bloomberg, the Brady Bunch and every other rights-restricting group wants?
I recently received an email with a ‘news release’ attached (in part)…
Dudley Brown and his “National Association for Gun Rights” (NAGR) have built a reputation by attacking every other major gun rights organization and even pro-gun politicians, to the detriment of the gun rights movement. His rhetoric has done more to marginalize Second Amendment activism than all of the slanders from gun prohibition lobbying groups combined.
Now Dudley has spewed his venom toward Alan Gottlieb, a true champion of Second Amendment advocacy with a proven track record of accomplishment. Gottlieb is founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA).
In his latest effort to raise money for his own self-aggrandizement, Dudley Brown has launched a vicious canard against Alan Gottlieb, accusing the veteran gun rights advocate of “Leading the fight for national gun registration.”
Alan Gottlieb has never advocated for gun registration in his life. His legislative efforts have been to prevent that, and Dudley knows it. (…)
Now I’m a member of the NAGR, and post a link on my blog I am a Life Member of the NRA, and post a link to them, as well. I also link to the Second Amendment Foundation, whom I support.
(And I know nothing as to the accuracy of the charges listed in the above release.)
With regard to the NRA, I read with interest (and agreed with) In the MIDDLE of the RIGHT blog. It seems B (of said blog) complained about being sent unsolicited a POS cap and folding knife, accompanied by a request for a donation. The materials were manufactured on the PRC (!)
I don’t blame him for being pissed, both at the cheesy effort, and the use of communist-made materials to solicit funds.
NRA - seriously?
Personally, I tire of the emails and snail mails from them trying to sell me crap and solicit additional funds. I don’t have any extra money to give anyone, but I bet they would save a bundle on postage and tchotchkes and have more money for their political efforts if they would just have a box on their solicitations to check to spend such funds for rights-preserving purposes!
Let’s stop the infighting, backstabbing and unnecessary spending and get on with the task at hand.
Or I fear Dr. Franklin may be right.
(OKAY, the election AFTER that!)
Now that we’re focused on BENGHAZI, and keeping (the do-nothing and dangerous)
Senator Secretary of State Bill Clinton’s wife-in-name-only from becoming President, remember…
No one fired over Fast and Furious
According to the ATF Director, no one was fired over Fast and Furious.
An Inspector General investigating the matter also found that allowing one employee to take accumulated leave prior to retirement while working full time for private company violated ATF policy… but no mention was made of any punishment for the violation.
The Justice Department is still withholding documents:
Though the failed operation has been out of the news for some time, Congress is still pressing the Justice Department to release documents on the matter. In a bipartisan vote in 2012, 17 Democrats joined House Republicans to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress. President Barack Obama even invoked executive privilege in the course of the investigation. The matter is being fought in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Take a close look at that. The House held Holder, still the sitting Attorney General, in contempt of Congress in 2012. The matter was taken to court around the same time. It is now 2014, two years later. Holder has announced retirement plans. An election approaches. And the Justice Department is still withholding documents.
I have no doubt that Obama will manage to destroy anything incriminating on his way out of office, and none of the criminals in his administration will be brought to justice.
Dave Hardy has a transcript of selected remarks, and points us to a summary of actions taken to silence whistleblowers. (c/o Say Uncle)
And, of course, there’s what’s-her-name having been FIRED from the Watergate Committee due to being self-serving and lacking ethics. And Whitewater, Vince Foster, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
But it’s important to elect a WOMAN because they all think alike and…George Bush!
Remember, they are all part of the same team whose goal it is to fundamentally transform the United States into something NOT Constitutional. And they have had successes.
I know, I’m largely preaching to the choir, here.
I fondly remember Col. Cooper telling the story of the grunts in the movie theater, watching some movie wherein a woman produces a semiautomatic and fills some guy with lead. A guy in the crowd yells, “Okay Lady, police your brass and move off the line!”, to the knowing roar of the crowd.
Policing brass. The curse of the responsible (and green) shooter. Many times over the years for me, it meant bending over in the desert picking dusty brass out of the dirt, cactus and gravel, and putting it back into the boxes from whence it came. Or a Ziplock, or a plastic grocery bag. Or a jeans pocket. To be sorted and cleaned later. Maybe.
I’m disabled. I’ve a fused right hip (amongst other infirmities). This makes policing brass problematic at best. But, when I can, I do it.
Unlike so many others who lay waste to the desert with non-biodegradable target materials and spent brass!
Reportedly works well on concrete, desert floors not-so-much…
(That big blue plastic tarp drop cloth still looks pretty good, huh? :-) )
h/t New Jovian Thunderbolt
FTC – Ammo Up give me nothing!