The San Fernando Valley NRA Members' Council http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org Your NRA MC in the Valley Sat, 16 Mar 2013 09:00:17 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.1 Sentio ergo sum http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/16/sentio-ergo-sum/ http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/16/sentio-ergo-sum/#comments Sat, 16 Mar 2013 09:00:17 +0000 Steve http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/?p=1469 I feel, therefore I am.

Or in Dianne Feinstein’s case, it’s “I feel, therefore I legislate”.

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Why would anyone believe anything from NBC?! http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/16/why-would-anyone-believe-anything-from-nbc/ http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/16/why-would-anyone-believe-anything-from-nbc/#comments Sat, 16 Mar 2013 08:51:55 +0000 Steve http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/?p=1466 From the network who’s news department really should be writing fiction for the prime-time line up comes this latest line of bull: That the NRA is OK with background checks.

IT ISN’T!

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A little more on Mark Kelly’s dreaded AR-15 http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/15/a-little-more-on-mark-kellys-dreaded-ar-15/ http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/15/a-little-more-on-mark-kellys-dreaded-ar-15/#comments Fri, 15 Mar 2013 07:10:07 +0000 Steve http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/?p=1464 As mentioned before, anti-gun activist Mark “Mr. Gabby Giffords” Kelly was outted trying to purchase an AR-15 “assault weapon” at an Arizona gun store. After he got caught, he claimed that he was just trying to show how easy it is to purchase an ugly, black rifle. And, he claimed that he would be turning the gun in to the Tuscon PD.

But, he hadn’t taken possession of the rifle yet and it turns out that there’s a reason why. The gun was second hand. It had been sold to the shop by its previous owner and Arizona law requires a 20-day wait to complete the sale. This is to check that the gun wasn’t stolen or being sought by the police as part of a criminal investigation. Because of this delay, the background check that Kelly went through to purchase a .45 pistol that day will no longer be valid when the waiting period is over. He will have to fill out the paperwork all over again and resubmit a second background check.

Hardly what one would call “easy”, is it?

Now, if he really was attempting to show that it’s “too easy” to buy a semi-auto rifle, then why didn’t he buy a brand new one? He could have walked out with it that day. That would have served to prove his point much better than the doubled paperwork and the extra trip to the gun store. But instead, he went for the gun that was harder to purchase. Why? My guess is that he did it for the same reason I would have: It’s cheaper than a new gun. Which means that he and I would also share another reason for such a purpose: He intended all along to keep the gun all along.

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Only the beginning http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/14/only-the-beginning/ http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/14/only-the-beginning/#comments Fri, 15 Mar 2013 06:01:03 +0000 Steve http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/?p=1462 Some gun grabbers are more chatty than others. Most of the seasoned anti-gun stalwarts know when they’re about to say too much and shut up. Not Illinois Rep. Jan Schakowsky. She makes it quite clear that her side won’t stop after a few symbolic gun laws

Breitbart reported a videotaped exchange between Ms. Schakowsky and a reporter. She called the current political climate on gun control “a moment of opportunity,” and said politicos “want everything on the table.”

Ms. Schakowsky also said “we’re on a roll now, and I think we’ve got to take the — you know, we’re gonna push as hard as we can and as far as we can.”

The reporter asked if the proposed assault weapons ban was the beginning of something larger, Breitbart reported.

“Oh, absolutely,” Ms. Schakowsky said, in Breitbart. “I mean, I’m against handguns. We have, in Illinois, the Council Against Handgun. … Yeah, I’m a member of that.”

Yup. About as stealthy as… Um… Let’s not bring that mental image up again.

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Anti-gun show ordinance to be voted on in Glendale next week http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/14/anti-gun-show-ordinance-to-be-voted-on-in-glendale-next-week/ http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/14/anti-gun-show-ordinance-to-be-voted-on-in-glendale-next-week/#comments Fri, 15 Mar 2013 05:52:30 +0000 Steve http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/?p=1460 The Glendale city council has decided to vote on the proposed ordinance next week. The law would ban the sale or possession of firearms at all city parks or other facilities. But curiously, the bill would make it legal to sell firearms on streets or sidewalks. I guess that means that a sidewalk sale of black guns on Brand Blvd. is just ducky with them, while selling an over-and-under shotgun at the civic auditorium is not. Go figure!

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“There’s no way to rule innocent men…” http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/14/theres-no-way-to-rule-innocent-men/ http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/14/theres-no-way-to-rule-innocent-men/#comments Fri, 15 Mar 2013 05:39:00 +0000 Steve http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/?p=1456

“There’s no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren’t enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws. Who wants a nation of law-abiding citizens? What’s there in that for anyone? But just pass the kinds of laws that can neither be observed nor enforced nor objectively interpreted – and you create a nation of lawbreakers – and then you cash in on guilt. Now that’s the system, Mr. Rearden, that’s the game, and once you understand it, you’ll be much easier to deal with.”

-Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand

I, for one, would have never imagined that New York Senator Chuck Schumer had read Atlas Shrugged. A reading of his “Universal” background check bill says otherwise; though he’s come away from it with the wrong message. He’s clearly learned that one must make criminals when confronted with a nation of honest citizens.

J.D. Tuccille looks at some of  the provisions hidden in Schumer’s bill over at Reason.com. There are plenty of ways that Mr. Schumer manufactures criminals.

Ed Stone at the Examiner actually read the “Fix Gun Checks Act of 2013,” for which he deserves credit, and warns that, “[i]n short, the bill is designed to land you in federal prison.” Unfortunately, that’s really not an exaggeration in a bill that most of the press, like CNN, is simply billing as “legislation … that would expand background checks covering all U.S. firearms sales.” But Schumer’s S. 374 does so much more. It requires background checks through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) via a federally licensed dealer, with some exceptions, for any transfer that “shall include a sale, gift, loan, return from pawn or consignment, or other disposition.” Exempted are gifts within a family, such as by grandparents to grandchildren, and other very specifically defined circumstances in which somebody else is allowed to touch your firearm. Pretty much anything else flirts with prison time.

I cited my practice of shooting with friends on public land because that’s very common in much of the country, and it doesn’t win Sen. Schumer’s favor. If you want to try a buddy’s gun, it has to be:

at a shooting range located in or on premises owned or occupied by a duly incorporated organization organized for conservation purposes or to foster proficiency in firearms and the firearm is, at all times, kept within the premises of the shooting range

or

at a target firearm shooting competition under the auspices of or approved by a State agency or nonprofit organization and the firearm is, at all times, kept within the premises of the shooting competition

No for-profit events, please!

And of course, as we’ve discussed on this site before, the real point is to create a stealth gun owner database. Only it turns out that “stealth” isn’t very stealthy in the case of S.374…

By the way, the point has been made that background checks make sense only if they include registration of firearms and owners, otherwise the provision is unenforceable. Ah, yes. The legislation specifies:

Regulations promulgated under this paragraph—

shall include a provision requiring a record of transaction of any transfer that occurred between an unlicensed transferor and unlicensed transferee accordance with paragraph (1)

Hmmm …

About as stealthy as a Rosie O’Donnell in blaze orange tights, rollerskating through Times Square, and playing the bagpipes while juggling eight rabid cats.

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Are you smarter than a 6th grader? http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/14/are-you-smarter-than-a-6th-grader/ http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/14/are-you-smarter-than-a-6th-grader/#comments Fri, 15 Mar 2013 03:37:22 +0000 Steve http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/?p=1452 Note that DiFi doesn’t answer the question…

 

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Yet another reason why I’m glad the NRA stood by Harry Reid http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/10/yet-another-reason-why-im-glad-the-nra-stood-by-harry-reid/ http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/10/yet-another-reason-why-im-glad-the-nra-stood-by-harry-reid/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 05:52:24 +0000 Steve http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/?p=1450 Republicans have this annoying habit of thinking that the “R” in NRA stands for “Republican”.

It stands for “Rifle”.

So as you can imagine, some of them pitched quite a fit when the NRA wouldn’t endorse Sen. Reid’s opponent in his last election. But if they’d had their way, and Harry Reid had lost his reelection bid, then Chuck Schumer would be the Senate’s majority leader right now. And that ramps up the pucker factor on this story from Ben Shapiro at Breitbart.com by about 30 dB.

The increasingly unreliable House Speaker, John Boehner (R-OH), and his lieutenants are toying with the idea of tossing aside the “Hassert Rule” and passing legislation without majority GOP support.

House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on Sunday that he would be open to ramming through bills without the support of a majority of his own Republican caucus. Not just on small bills. On issues like immigration and gun control, McCarthy said, he’d be open to taking rogue Republicans across the aisle to work with Democrats.

“It is better if the House does their work,” said McCarthy. “We should be sending bills to the Senate.” As CNN host Candy Crowley pointed out, McCarthy refused to give a straight answer on whether he would continue to uphold the so-called Hastert Rule, under which Republican leadership moves forward with bills only if they have a majority of Republican support.

Normally one would think that a GOP controlled House would be the bulwark against new gun control laws. Instead, it’s Democrat Harry Reid in the Senate.

Wanna tell me again how that “R” should stand for “Republican”?

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If gun control is such a good cause… http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/10/if-gun-control-is-such-a-good-cause/ http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/10/if-gun-control-is-such-a-good-cause/#comments Mon, 11 Mar 2013 05:31:44 +0000 Steve http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/?p=1448 …then why do its proponents think that it’s necessary to lie in its support?

One would think that a good cause would be able to stand on its own merits. So what should we think when a cause is so often supported through dishonesty? The latest is The Self-hating Gun Owner. The star of this little NYT fantasy is one Michael Kundu. Mr. Kundu, we are told, is an AR-15 owner who loathes guns. To fluff up his creds, we are further told that he’s no ordinary shooter; he’s “a master marksman from rural Washington”. It makes for quite a ripping yarn…

Mr. Kundu is a master marksman from rural Washington who owns pistols and assault rifles for self-defense, all while claiming to detest the presence of guns in his life and in the broader American culture.

“I’d love to see all guns destroyed,” he said. “But I’m not giving up mine first.”

Mr. Kundu, 48, who works for the federal government, is a conflicted gun owner, one of many such Americans whom researchers and social scientists are just beginning to study as a potentially moderating influence in the escalating gun debate.

In Mr. Kundu’s case, the conflict is that he enjoys competitive shooting even as he perceives danger in what he describes as a local arms race that he feels powerless to escape.

Out of “common sense,” he said, he needs to be as armed as his neighbors, some of whom he describes as troublemakers with assault rifles. “It is so discouraging, so paranoia-inducing,” he said. “It makes one feel as though you’ve got to be continually vigilant and defensive instead of living your life free.”

Other gun owners interviewed for this article expressed similar reservations, citing their enjoyment of hunting or of introducing family members to the sport while expressing support for stricter gun control legislation. Mr. Kundu, for instance, supports a ban on the kind of assault weapon that he owns, a rifle manufactured by Panther Arms.

It is these voices of ambivalence that policy makers say are likely to be drowned out by the passion at the extreme ends.

But there’s a trick to spinning a really good ripping yarn: Know when to say when. There comes a point when you’ve said way too much and someone’s gonna smell a rat. Pagunblog.com’s Sebastian smelled a rat and started digging

Kundu claims to be a master marksman in Washington State. The governing body for that kind of shooting is the NRA or WSRPA. Most competitive shooters will have match results online somewhere, especially at that level. So I decided I would start digging. If he is truly ranked Master in high-power, someone should have heard of him, or shot with him, and there should be a record. When you do that kind of competition, and are ranked highly, you’ve shot with an awful lot of people in an awful lot of matches. I couldn’t find any match results indicating this guy is a serious competitor, but what I did find destroys the whole NYT narrative. Michael Kundu, who the New York Times claims is the new “middle ground” in the gun control debate, is neither an ordinary gun owner, or any kind of moderate voice.

This is not the first time Kundu has been in the media pitching himself as a self-hating, anti-hunting gun owner. CNN has taken the bait too. So who is Michael Kundu? Well, he was School Board President for Marysville School District who ended up in hot water in the past for writing a racist e-mail as a school board president. Also, as School Board President, he attempted to censor dissenting viewpoints on global warming from being discussed in schools.

So lemme get this straight: A profesheenul journalist couldn’t uncover what a mere blogger had no trouble at all locating. I sounds to me like there really wasn’t much of an interest in vetting Kundu’s story. Probably because it fit the narrative too well.

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Humor break http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/10/humor-break/ http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/2013/03/10/humor-break/#comments Sun, 10 Mar 2013 20:51:39 +0000 Steve http://www.sanfernandovalleynra.org/?p=1446 No, this isn’t RKBA related, but we all need a laugh now and then…

Wait a minute… That isn’t funny. THESE PEOPLE VOTE!! AAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

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