Monthly Archives: June 2011

A good overview of this year’s NC Second Amendment legislation

UPDATE: This Paul Valone is actually F. Paul Valone III, Civitas Intern, not F. Paul Valone II, his father and the President of GRNC. Sorry to both Pauls.

Paul Valone has an article that gives a good overview of the various pro gun bills that were introduced in North Carolina this year.

The past legislative session has been a historic victory for Second Amendment rights.  Since claiming both chambers in the North Carolina General Assembly for the first time in over a hundred years, Republicans have made significant Second Amendment advances.  Several bills have been introduced in the legislature and the most comprehensive bill, HB 650, has been signed by Gov. Perdue.
He’s not afraid to name names, either.
And
The actions of Representative Stamm were harmful to Second Amendment rights. We may have to explain to him that he is only there to represent us, not rule over us. If he keeps forgetting that he’s there to protect our rights, we will have to stop electing him.

NC Governor signs Militia Law

Do you live in North Carolina? Did you know that you are a member of the Militia? The Governor of North Carolina recently signed House Bill 250, which updated the laws that govern the Militia of North Carolina.
In North Carolina, the Militia is composed of several bodies. First, the North Carolina National Guard
The North Carolina National Guard, both army and air, Army and Air, shall consist of regularly commissioned, warrant and enlisted personnel between such ages as may be within the age limits established by regulations promulgated by the secretary of the appropriate service and shall be organized, governed, armed, equipped and have such the duties and responsibilities as hereinafter provided.provided in this Chapter.
Second, the Naval Militia
The naval militia shall consist of regularly commissioned, warrant and enlisted personnel between such ages as may be within the age limits established by regulations promulgated by the secretary of the appropriate service and shall be organized, governed, armed, equipped and have such the duties and responsibilities as hereinafter provided.provided in this Chapter.
Third, the “State Defense Militia” which is an organized militia not subject to federal call up.
The State defense militia shall consist of commissioned, warrant and enlisted personnel called, ordered, appointed or enlisted therein by the Governor under the provisions of Article 5 of this Chapter and shall be organized, governed, armed, equipped and have such the duties and responsibilities as hereinafter provided.provided in this Chapter.
Fourth, the “Historic Military Commands” which sound interesting, but I don’t know anything about.
Historic military commands are those historic groups which remain active by meeting at least once a month and which follow military procedures. Only such groups as may be designated by the Governor shall fall within this branch of the militia. Any maximum age limits prescribed by this Chapter shall not be applicable do not apply to members of historic military commands.
And finally, the Unorganized Militia.
The unorganized militia shall consist of all other able‑bodied citizens of the State and of the United States and such all other able‑bodied persons who have or shall declare their intention to become citizens of the United States, who shall be at least 17 years of age, except those who have been convicted of a felony or discharged from any component of the military under other than honorable conditions.
You can see from the quoted paragraph that some changes were made to the law governing the Unorganized Militia. This should tell you that if something else was intended, they could have very easily changed it. Unfortunately for those anti-gun types who dispute that the Militia exists, and that it includes much more than the National Guard, this law confirms that each and every able bodied adult citizens of North Carolina, minus a few exceptions, are members of the Militia. Note carefully that it does not restrict militia membership to men. That means that women are also members of the NC Militia. Yay equality!
The Governor can call the militia if she wants to.
The Governor shall, when ordering out the unorganized militia, designate the number. He The Governor may order them out either by calling for volunteers or by draft. He The Governor may attach them to the several organizations of the North Carolina National Guard, the State defense militia or naval militia, as may be best for the service.
If the unorganized militia is ordered out by draft, the Governor shall designate the persons in each county to make the draft, and prescribe rules and regulations for conducting the same.it.
Every member of the militia ordered out for duty, or who shall volunteer or be drafted, who does not appear at the time and place ordered, shall be liable to such punishment as a court‑martial may determine.determined by a court‑martial.
So if the word goes out and you don’t show up as ordered, you get a Court Martial. The Governor doesn’t need to worry about me. If the State is in such a bad bind that I would be considered more of a help than a hindrance, I’ll show up.
There’s even a section where the State will promote marksmanship.
The Adjutant General is authorized to detail a commissioned officer of the North Carolina National Guard or member of the State defense militia to promote rifle marksmanship among the State defense militia and the unorganized militia of the State. Such The officer or member so detailed shall serve without pay and it shall be his dutythe duty of the officer or member  to organize and supervise rifle clubs in schools, colleges, universities, clubs and other groups, under such rules and regulations as prescribed by the Adjutant General shall prescribe and in such a manner to that will make them, when duly organized, acceptable for membership in the National Rifle Association. Provided, that such these duties and efforts shall in nowise interfere or conflict with clubs of schools or units operating in R.O.T.C.Reserve Officers’ Training Corps or similar schools under the supervision of armed forces instructors.instructors of the Armed Forces of the United States.
Oh, dear. Does that mean that the State is supposed to offer organized marksmanship training in regular schools throughout the State? And worse, these training clubs should be organized in a way acceptable to the evil NRA?!?! I wonder if they will be promoting Appleseed shoots? Do you think I can convince them to loan me a proper rifle for my training class?
Well, that puts paid to the ignorant concept that the “Militia” referred to in the Second Amendment refers solely to the National Guard. Don’t let the gun grabbers know. With all the other things going on, they’d probably not take it well.

Slit throat, left dead for a week

A grandmother was found dead in her home Friday in Columbus County. The accused?
Maybe he should have been handed a jail term. People in jail don’t kill their grandmothers. Also, who slits the throat of their own grandmother?

Shotgun to the chest constitutes neighborly dispute?

I’m starting to feel like Paul Harvey. The media tends to give you just a sanitized version of what’s happening in the world.
So here’s the rest of the story.
Do you think that this killing might have been job related? Thieves have no respect for property, nor any respect for the owners of that property. So little respect that she decided to kill?

Cellphone store thief captured, rats out accomplice

So on Sunday night they CMPD picked up the armed cell phone store robber. She didn’t keep her secrets to herself.
It won’t surprise you to find out that the already jailed accomplice also has a record. And not a nice one either. It looks like some drug convictions, Assault With a Deadly Weapon, and lots of Larceny.
Update: Heroin.
Wouldn’t hurt anyone? You had a gun! What were you planning on doing with that gun, conducting a symphony? In North Carolina, even now before the new Castle Law goes into effect, it’s perfectly legal to shoot a person who merely displays a firearm. If she walked into the store and showed the gun with the intent of intimidating someone, anyone in the store would be perfectly justified in shooting her dead, on the spot.
Once again we get to see that crime tends to be the exclusive province of practiced, even career, criminals. Maybe we should think about identifying those relatively few criminals and controlling them more effectively. Instead, the gun grabbers want to control us. Now if two drug saturated career felons can get weapons in order to commit armed robbery, what makes them think that taking our guns away will change that?
Oh, I forgot. Crime reduction isn’t really their goal.

A weekend pass doesn’t mean go commit more crimes

So let’s say you’re 17, already in a “Juvenile Justice Facility,” and you get a weekend pass. What would you do? Pizza party? Chase women?
So he got together with three friends and tried to rob a home at 4 AM. At least two of the three friends were known to the cops.
The best part of the story is reported by NBC17
So the kid was shot with a gun that he and his friends brought to the scene of the crime. That’s poetic justice.
They say that birds of a feather flock together. Well one got shot down. It’s only a matter of time before the other three find out how they like living in a cage.

New rule: Don’t sell motorcycles to felons

So you sell a motorcycle to a person and he stops making payments. Should you repossess it?
I’m going to advise that in future, if you aren’t taking full payment in cash, don’t sell your property to a person with a record like this. Drugs, Larceny, and Possession of Stolen Goods aren’t considered points in your favor during a credit check.

Armed robbery, cellphone

I’ve heard that criminals tend to have one plan and stick with that plan. I wonder why she keeps hitting cell phone stores?
Maybe she knows something about Boost Mobile that I don’t. Maybe they make a lot of money in cash and Verizon stores get their money in credit cards. Who knows? What isn’t in doubt is her previous record.
So once again we see that people don’t just grab a gun and start committing crimes. They usually start out with less confrontational crimes and move up to faster, more violent ways to get money. Here’s her conviction records. I think it’s time to offer her a lengthy stay at the Women’s Prison here in Raleigh.

Too many second chances

There are many people that seem to get endless “second chances.” Here’s one of them.
Another case of a gun causing an otherwise normal law abiding citizen to snap?
I’m guessing that none of the 2 years in prison has helped him see the error of his ways. He’s already been to jail for possession of a firearm by a felon. This is his second go around on that charge alone. I think he’s had enough chances.

Breaking and Entering, Hoofed and Dangerous (*Video*)

Here’s your Sunday funny. Cary, the Containment Area for Relocated Yankees, is a suburb of Raleigh.

At least the Church has kept a sense of humor about their two broken windows