We all know that your rights trump everyone else’s ability to turn a profit, right? You run a business, you must provide health insurance for your full time employees or pay a penalty. According to Dahlia Lithwick, and several others, the fact that your religion forbids participation in abortion doesn’t change a thing.
I wholeheartedly agree. We cannot allow this spectacle to continue. We cannot permit the basic human rights of all Americans to be trampled because a few capitalists refuse to pony up the money. I just don’t think she goes far enough.
The Second Amendment, unlike this new found right to receive health insurance from your employer, is written directly into the foundation document of our government.
This isn’t remotely difficult to understand. What we never seem to recognize is that proper training is vital to ensure that our militia is “well regulated.” The most basic of all training is individual firearm instruction. It is well within the powers of the Federal Government to insist that everyone be proficient in the safe and effective use of firearms, but it would be unfair and discriminatory to force the citizens to pay for this training themselves. To limit a person’s rights under the Constitution simply because they cannot afford to exercise those rights is completely unacceptable.
What I propose is the “Affordable Firearm Training Act,” or “AFTA.” Congress shall pass a law that requires all businesses with 10 or more full time employees (30 or more hours a week = “full time”) shall be required to pay for or directly provide individual firearms instruction to their employees.
Because it not only says “keep,” it says “bear” arms in the Amendment, employers must pay for the necessary training not only to become proficient in the use of firearms, but also for each employee to meet the requirements of their State to receive a Concealed Handgun License or the equivalent. At a bare minimum all employees shall be trained to a standard that shall include,
If there is any further training necessary to “bear” arms in that State, the employer shall provide that training as well.
And as Dahlia Lithwick so eloquently points out, corporations are not people. They have no faith, conviction, or conscience, so they don’t get to complain that they oppose being forced to pay for this sort of training.
No one could possibly disagree with this approach, could they? We’ve already established the principle that if the government deems something to be a right, the government has the power to force someone else to pay for it. Just look at Obamacare!
You see, I’m that “gun blogger” in Raleigh who “turned out two-dozen people shaking green signs that read: Guns Save Lives.” Of course, it wasn’t because all my blog readers turned up, it was because I was leading the Grass Roots North Carolina protest. It was GRNC who emailed all their members in Wake and Durham counties asking them to show up at an unknown (at the time) location with about 24 hours notice. We didn’t know where we were going to set up until 10 hours before the event where it was even going to be! Their secrecy was deliberate, because they didn’t want us to show up. Sadly (for them!) they failed. From my blog wrapup of that event…
(Read the whole thing for photos and even some news video coverage.)
And now, months later, NBC is citing us and one of a number of reasons that the Astroturf anti-gun movement is failing.
If you ever wonder, “What can I do to make a difference,” think about me and those 25-30 people standing on a sidewalk in July, sweating, and doing TV interviews. We made a difference. Just by showing up, we made a difference. We showed the world the difference between Astroturf anti-gun and grassroots gun rights. We taught them all a lesson that no matter how much money you have and no matter how nice the private jet you flit about the country on, we have the numbers, intensity, and votes to beat you.
I’ve asked the author for a correction, noting that the protest was a GRNC event More importantly, I’ve emailed all my fellow protestors to let them know that NBC is pointing to them as one of the reasons that Astroturf anti-gunners have failed. They won a great victory for us that day.
EDITED TO ADD: One of the stated aims of the Giffords/Kelly tour was to visit states where vulnerable Senators voted for or against the Toomey/Manchin gun control bill. Senator Kay Hagan, (D-NC) voted for T/M and is one of the most vulnerable Senators in the 2014 election. I saw no evidence at all that Hagan made any attempt to meet with Giffords or Kelly during this visit. This matches what happened in North Dakota where Democrats distanced themselves from her politically as well as physically.
North Carolina is shedding its reputation as The Massachusetts of Dixie when it comes to gun laws. We are poised to end a bunch of stupid prohibitions with House Bill 937. And if there’s one thing that North Carolinians can’t stand it’s outsiders coming here to tell us how to run our lives. Strange how a kid from California can move here and go all native, huh? All you Yankee Carpetbaggers, GO HOME!
Today was the last day of Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly’s whirlwind tour of the USA. Seven states in seven days.
Anyone know what this is?
That is a photo of the private jet Gabby and Mark flew around in. It’s a $25,000,000 Candair Challenger CL-600. It’s owned by Montfort Aviation, which is owned by the Montfort brothers. Charlie Montfort owns the Colorado Rockies baseball team. It must be nice to have such generous friends to fly you all across the USA to push for further infringements on our rights.
Dubbed the “Rights and Responsibilities Tour” (and hilariously hash tagged #RandRTour, yeah, that plane looks like Rest and Relaxation to me!) Giffords and Kelly seemed to be pushing the Spiderman theory of gun ownership. “With great power comes great responsibility.” The reality is that their organization, “Americans for Responsible Solutions” has four goals.
So however they spin themselves, they are just another garden variety gun grabber group. We met them on those terms.
It took a lot of doing to find out where the R&R Tour was going to show up. So much so that I actually went to the airport to meet the plane in hopes of getting info on their planned stops for today. The cops kicked me out.
Luckily, the media told us what was happening. We heard several variations, but the basics were that they would shoot sporting clays, have a round table discussion with gun owners, and meet with their supporters. The general consensus was that their round table discussion with gun owners would happen at “The Pit Authentic Barbecue” in downtown Raleigh at around 11AM. Paul Valone of Grass Roots North Carolina couldn’t make it, so he put me in charge and asked me to make it happen. With less than 10 hours notice, we wrangled a crowd of about 25-30 people. Here we are at the beginning when the media showed up
Photo Credit: Eric S, Raleigh
Immediately the media descended. I gave 4 on camera interviews and one print interview. Our main message was, not surprisingly, “Why is Gabby Giffords trying so hard to avoid the group she claims to represent?” That message set the tone for a lot of the coverage.
Here’s the video. I don’t speak on camera, but I spent quite a bit of time explaining to the reporter how they billed this as a “Round table with gun owners,” but we gun owners were excluded. I guess he listened. Listen for the bomb he drops on them for excluding us. You can see me in the crowd scene rocking the purple shirt.
UPDATE: The WRAL video has been pulled from the WRAL website. We’re trying to get another copy.
Note also how many people they have in the “round table.” Fourteen. We had double that on the street outside.
Our mission was to deny them the chance to claim to be the middle ground. They are trying to play the “We’re moderate” card. Note how every reporter titled their story except N&O. “Gun Control.” There’s no euphemisms like “Gun Safety.” No “Common Sense Gun Laws.” It’s straight up “Gun Control.” That is pure win for our side.
I am really pleased with how the protest went. GRNC looked pretty good and Gabby Giffords and Mark Kelly were variously tarred as lying about the round table and as plain old gun controllers.
If they were hoping to sweep in and change anything, they’ve failed. They’ve only managed to get my face on 3 of the 4 major news channels and GRNC’s repudiation of them in every single story printed. Having failed in their mission, they got in their jet and flew to Asheville so Gabby can continue her rehab.
I hope that Gabby gets better. There’s no reason a would be assassin should destroy her life. There’s also no reason she and her husband should try to use that assasination attempt to take away our rights.
…to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.
—Moby-Dick, Chapter 135. “The Chase.—Third Day
Doesn’t that sound just like a gun grabber screaming his/her hatred towards guns and gun owners?
The White Whale swam before him as the monomaniac incarnation of all those malicious agencies which some deep men feel eating in them, till they are left living on with half a heart and half a lung. That intangible malignity which has been from the beginning; to whose dominion even the modern Christians ascribe one-half of the worlds; which the ancient Ophites of the east reverenced in their statue devil;—Ahab did not fall down and worship it like them; but deliriously transferring its idea to the abhorred white whale, he pitted himself, all mutilated, against it. All that most maddens and torments; all that stirs up the lees of things; all truth with malice in it; all that cracks the sinews and cakes the brain; all the subtle demonisms of life and thought; all evil, to crazy Ahab, were visibly personified, and made practically assailable in Moby Dick. He piled upon the whale’s white hump the sum of all the general rage and hate felt by his whole race from Adam down; and then, as if his chest had been a mortar, he burst his hot heart’s shell upon it.
Yeah, because that’s how we Hatriots roll. We see two Muslim killers and we start burning down mosques and running wild in the streets hitting hijab wearing women with bats.
For once, I wish the story wasn’t about me and people like me. For once I’d like to be left alone. They should at least have the decency to accept that it wasn’t a white militia member waving a Gadsden flag without blaming me for some mythical backlash too.
But as surely as night follows day, now that the last bomber is caught, tomorrow the airwaves will be filled with Leftists “hoping” that we unwashed racists can hold in our prejudices long enough for the oppressed Muslims in our society to get to safety.
Me? I just want to know if they worked alone or had help.
No word on whether he means to include pressure cookers, and look alike military style crock-pots in his background check bill. It’s a sad country that lets ordinary citizens wander up to any cash register, plunk down cash, and buy any legal product.
Rather than background check everyone, wouldn’t it be easier to just make a list of all the dangerous people and put them in jail or the mental ward? Or is that too easy?
She laid on the floor and hid in another building and now, 20 years later she’s attacking my rights to own a firearm. In any other case, we’d be doing whatever we could to help a poor woman get over her PTSD. Instead the media and the Left (but I repeat myself) is celebrating it and encouraging her to wallow in it.
The three protesters were me, Josette from GRNC, and Bob Murdock, a retired police officer who I first met at the Durham press conference.
UPDATE: Want to “Punch Back Twice as Hard?” Check out this post with email addresses and twitter link to call the mayors out for their deceit.
Today was awesome. I had to be in Durham today, and just this morning I found out that the Durham Mayor, a (Illegal) Mayors Against Illegal Guns was holding a press conference to push for passage of Harry Reid’s anti-gun bill. There’s something really cool about seeing the faces of three Mayors when they realize that they’ve invited a question at a press conference from a political opponent.
Harry Reid’s bill, S649 includes an almost carbon copy of Senator Shumer’s “Fix Gun Checks Act.” That bill would have criminalized something I did last year. My wife wanted to learn to shoot my Ruger 10/22. I took my rifle to a friend’s farm and gave it to him. My wife went up to his farm and he taught her to shoot it safely out on the “back forty.” Then he put it in her truck and she brought it home. He had the rifle for about 4 months. S649 would put all three of us in Federal prison for 5 years each, minimum. I asked the mayors, “How would making me, my wife, and our friend Mike into federal felons keep criminals from selling guns to each other on the streets of Durham, Morrisville, or Chapel Hill?” Here’s the video that they played at 6pm.
I wish you could see how it went down. It was incredibly fun to mess up their set piece press conference. They had children from a local school, a bunch of the sort of women you’d expect for something like this, and some dorky looking fool in a cheap suit and a bad haircut who claimed to be working for MAIG.
The story that went with this video quoted me pretty extensively.
I have some questions from that pair of rich elitist New Yorkers, Bloomberg and Shumer about their “comprehensive background checks.”
This pretend Fudd is saying we need “comprehensive background checks.” to “stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns.”
After reviewing the info on PAGunBlog, I have some questions. Could either Chuck Shumer or Mikey Bloomberg please answer the following?
How will slapping me and my wife with felony charges for leaving my guns in the house and going on an 8 day business trip prevent criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns?
How will criminalizing me borrowing my friend’s gun to go hunting stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns?
How will criminalizing gay partners and unrelated roommates every time one leaves a gun in the home for 8 days and leaves stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns?
How will criminalizing my borrowing my friend’s rifle to go shoot a weekend Appleseed stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns?
How will criminalizing me teaching someone to shoot on their own land stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns?
I once loaned my rifle to a friend so he could teach my wife, who is afraid of guns, how to shoot. I drove it to his farm and handed it to him. That week, when my wife went up there, they went out on his back 40 and shot holes in a cardboard box. He kept the rifle for a few months, and my wife went up there several times. Then he put the rifle in her truck and she drove it home. I pulled it out of the truck and put it back in my closet. Let’s count the felonies. One for me giving it to him. One for him putting it in her truck (unlawfully transfering it to her). One for me taking it out of her truck (unlawfully transfering it from her to me). And too many to count each time they handed the rifle back and forth to each other when they were shooting. How will each of us getting a mandatory 5 years for each felony stop criminals and the dangerously mentally ill from buying guns?
These are the questions that I expect my Senator will ask about Chuck Shumer’s bill.
Does Open Carry, in an Open Carry state, give police a reasonable articulable suspicion that a crime is occurring?
Cops can’t just stop you, frisk you, or demand identification from you. Terry v. Ohio decided that a police officer must have “reasonable suspicion that the person has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime and has a reasonable belief that the person “may be armed and presently dangerous” before he can detain you. But does that change if you’re hanging out with a person who openly carries a firearm?
The long and short of it is that doing something legal, like openly carrying a firearm, can’t be used to justify a detention and a search. We can agree that Black was breaking the law. But we can’t allow the police to decide that my carrying a gun permits him to search all my friends.
Great decision by the Fourth Circuit.
Takeaway from this? Insist on your rights. When the cops try to detain you, say that you want to leave. Try to leave. Force them to prevent your departure. I wouldn’t go so far as to run and make them tackle me, but by trying to leave he was able to prove in court that his stop wasn’t a consensual encounter.