I had this topic scheduled for tomorrow, but sometimes when you try to stretch out material, it’s old news before you can blink an eye. So I’ll go tonight, with Dave Hardy, who is reporting that the Supreme Court had just made an interesting move in the case involving the magazine ban in Sunnyvale, California. The motion to stay enforcement until the case had been decided was denied by the District Court, and again by the 9th Circuit. It was appealed to the Supreme Court, and Kennedy just told the city it needed to respond by tomorrow. Interesting! We will eagerly see how this goes.
A reader sent me details about a company called Global Digital Solutions filing a Form 8-K with the SEC announcing their intent to acquire Remington Outdoor Company, previously known as Freedom Group. At first I thought this might be some conspiracy stuff, but as I started looking into it myself, I think we might have something to really be concerned about here. Because what else is GDSI known for? Personalized Gun Control. Their technology essentially provides, according to their release “Encrypted, password-protected, digital, trigger-locking capability.” and “Secure, real-time online tracking,” and if that’s not enough to get your tin foil hat in a bunch, “Encrypted, cloud-enabled databases.” No sir. You make guns with this, I won’t buy them. In fact, that would pretty much ensure I never buy any other product from Remington Outdoor ever again. I am also not the only gun owner who feels this way. You can take that to the bank. They do add:
In the commercial marketplace, the company emphasized that use of the encrypted locking device and other GDSI Gatekeeper safety and security features would be completely voluntary on the part of individual small arms owners and authorized dealers.
“Here in the United States, the right of the people to keep and bear arms is constitutionally protected and inviolable,” Sullivan added. “The Gatekeeper program will provide additional safety and security for law-abiding gun owners in the United States and elsewhere. We believe Gatekeeper’s secure locking and tracking features could encourage millions of people who might have shied away from keeping firearms in their homes because of safety concerns to reconsider. And collectors would be able use make use of Gatekeeper’s tracking and database features to exercise greater control over their prized firearms collections.”
It’ll be voluntary until you put this on the market, then it’ll be mandatory. That’s already the case under New Jersey law. All it takes is a declaration from the state Attorney General and this will be the only technology you can buy there. Also, if this naive CEO thinks the “right of the people to keep and bear arms is constitutionally protected and inviolable” I have a bridge to sell him.
Now I want to be clear, GSDI’s offer is unsolicited, meaning Remington didn’t approach them. It doesn’t mean Remington Outdoors is having anything to do with these yahoos. But I want to be clear to GDSI that they will have one hell of a poison pill to swallow in what the gun community will do to the Remington companies if a deal like this were to ever go through.
The news cycle is a double edged sword. Gun control isn’t getting much play in the media, which is good for us, but kind of makes things difficult if you’re a blogger. Though, it’s always good to see the PSH in the news because of something we’re doing, and we do have some of that:
Indiana is considering a bill to allow people to keep firearms locked up in their vehicles while on school grounds. Needless to say, Indiana resident Shannon Watts isn’t happy. We’re happy to be doing things to keep her attention focused on Indiana.
More debate on the 1911. I’m with Uncle on the M1911. I can shoot an M1911 more accurately than most other pistols. I even do better with Para’s LDA trigger than with a Glock. But I’d still never carry a 1911.
Only Guns and Money is joining a podcast. I agree with him that blogs aren’t dead, but I think it is becoming increasingly difficult for hobby blogs to compete for limited audiences with commercial players who are doing it for a livelihood. You won’t see an SNBQ podcast. I have a voice meant for writing.
For someone who is a PR professional, I often don’t get Shannon Watts. She decided to make a story out of something that wasn’t a story. CSGV particularly has been going into the realm of lunacy as of late. They’d be in the category of “help I don’t want,” if I was a sensible person on their side of the issue. But I question whether Watts is actually sensible.
Campus Carry in Idaho is on the Governor’s desk. Now he has to be convinced to sign.
Glenn Reynolds writes about the militia. The closest thing we have to such a thing today, in terms of how they were structured, are volunteer fire departments. I kind of wonder if SWAT teams were volunteers whether they’d feel quite as good about kicking down grandma’s door because she was growing some pot as the people getting paid for it.
Glenn Reynolds responds to Eugene Volokh’s article about magazine capacity: “Personally, I think civilians and police should be able to carry the same kinds of weapons. That’s a useful check on the militarization of the police.” I couldn’t agree more.
Russian ammo rumors are bogus. Though I do hold out the possibility we could lose Russian ammo supplies under economic sanctions. I’m not sure the fear is bogus, even if it’s business as usual for now.
Yeah, I’m kind of with Bob Owens on the idea of using George Zimmerman as a celebrity. The worst he may be guilty of is poor judgement when it comes to women, but it’s just not the kind of celebrity I’d want as a face of the issue. Sometimes gun show promoters are our own worst enemies.
Yes, there are really people who believe this: The crooks only have guns because their victims do.
Some cops are living up to their oath in Connecticut. We need to encourage this. I actually think we need a foundation in this country that offers to help cops who were fired from their jobs for refusing to obey unconstitutional orders, or kick in doors that don’t really need to be kicked in, and help them move to departments that are more amiable to their principles.
Tam pretty much channels how I feel about the Ukraine/Russian situation. I think the Obama Administration was stupid for considering Russia no threat, but making overtures about putting NATO on Russia’s borders was bound to provoke the bear, and if you’re not prepared to shoot the bear, you shouldn’t provoke him. It just makes you look weak when he charges and you’re not really prepared.
This guy is my kind of Aussie: “I said to myself, if I’m going to cark it I’m going to have a beer, so I got a Goldie out of the fridge and drank that; ’cause you know eastern browns are the second most venomous snake in the world,” Keep calm and have a Goldie.
In the study, Millennials opposed gun control by a margin of 50-48 percent. Although it’s a small margin, WAMC Northeast Public Radio points out it is “roughly at par with the attitudes of older generations.”
Though, if Millennials say they are against gun control but don’t vote against it, it won’t rightly matter. The GOP so far has not shown itself very effective with this generation, so the gun control groups can still hold out hope that this generation keeps voting Democratic, despite the party’s position on guns, because of other issues.
GUN BAN / MAG BAN
& TRANSPORTATION BILL
AT ASSEMBLY HEARING THURSDAY
Hearing Time Changed to 1:00 p.m.
Gun Owners and Sportsmen Need to Pour it On
Between Now and Thursday!
The rescheduled hearing of the Assembly Law and Public Safety Committee that was cancelled due to winter storm Titan will take place on Thursday, March 13. The hearing time has been changed to 1:00 p.m. Please plan to attend and testify in person if you are able.
The hearing is scheduled to take place in the State House Annex, 125 West State Street, Trenton, New Jersey 08608, in
committee room 12 on the 4th floor. The committee room is subject to change without notice (please inquire when you arrive).
Between now and Thursday, it is extremely important that gun owners sustain their efforts to urge members of the committee to oppose A2006 (gun ban / magazine ban), and to amend A2777 (transportation of firearms) to make a one-word amendment to restore judicial discretion on reasonable deviations in transport. Contact information for committee members is at the bottom of this alert.
Committee members have already been overwhelmed with calls and correspondence from gun owners over the past two weeks, and that needs to continue throughout this and every upcoming phase in the life of this legislation. Legislators who won’t see the light need to feel the heat. (Note: one legislator, Assemblyman David Rible (R-30), has responded to each of the thousands of gun owners who have contacted him, indicating his opposition to the A2006 gun ban/mag ban. We will have a further update on those who support the Second Amendment after the hearing).
A2006 IS A GUN BAN
About 800 people turn out in Montpelier to tell the Vermont Legislature “no” on the Burlington gun control ordinance. In Vermont, there is preemption, but there’s a provision for the state legislature to approve local ordinances.
Looks like good turnout. There’s always a worry I have that all the lefties that have been relocating to Vermont will start making the idea of passing restrictive gun laws plausible.
It’s a slow news day folks. After a pretty good beginning of the week, the end of the week is looking, well, weak. I’m struggling here just to offer some news links:
Good show from a Chicago Police Officer who was off duty when he was robbed. Notice how he takes back the initiative from the robbers like a boss.
It’s looking possible to topple Malloy in CT, and even Hawaii is in play. Booting Malloy would be a great victory for gun owners. Tom Foley seems to be a bit tepid on the gun issue, but is making overtures at least toward the gun vote. Booting the person who screwed you still has value.
Illinois IGOLD rally for 2014 was yesterday, and Thirdpower has pictures. Some drop off from previous years, but not nearly as much as I would have expected given that they got concealed carry this year. Stay hungry, Illinoisans, you still have a lot of improvements that need to be made.
Another boner of an article from Lt. Col. Robert Bateman. Ted Nugent sure is a good foil for the other side.
AR-15 giveaway stirs outrage in New York. Even the world’s ugliest AR-15 is too much for them. That should tell you something.
Apparently the Dems are doing all they can to defend their gun control policies in Colorado. I’d note that 6200 is way way way off the 40% these doofuses were floating around when they were hawking the bill. Either that number of bogus, or, like in Connecticut, there’s massive non-compliance. I suspect it’s a combination of both.
Venture Beat falls for the PR spin of the ridiculous gun control groups. But hey, if they fall for it, then it’s a win. They could probably just make all kinds of victories up and the media would buy it. Meanwhile, the Washington Times calls it like it really is. Robb has a peek at the new interface for Facebook.
A whole lot of truth being said here. Hopefully people can handle the truth.
Guns aren’t required for mass murder. Good thing no one had any guns or someone might have gotten hurt.
Rally this Sunday in Montpelier, for those of you in Vermont.
Wayne LaPierre is giving his CPAC speech now. This is usually where the antis get their ad copy for the next few years.
From March 8-11, 26 cyclists will pedal from Sandy Hook, Connecticut to Washington DC, and their route will take them through my county. There is a rally planned in Doylestown for this Sunday to protest. I gave some thought about whether or not I will attend, but I am of mixed feelings on the best way to deal with this situation, and I have some reservations about the organizers.
One the one hand, the Sandy Hook riders don’t seem to be getting much attention. They currently rank 5063 “likes” on Facebook, with 632 “talking about this.” Hardly a movement. They also aren’t really pulling down much news coverage, at least as of now. There does come a point where all you’re accomplishing by protesting is helping them make a story and get in the news, when they might otherwise be ignored.
On the other hand, I also think they shouldn’t ever be allowed to occupy the field without being opposed if our side still retains the energy for opposition. They should know they are wading into controversy, and that there are fellow citizens who oppose their political agenda. They shouldn’t be able to get away with making their positions look non-controversial, or trying to pass off an obvious political statement as a memorial ride.
So I’m torn on whether a counter-protest is even the right tactic at all, but if protesting is the right thing, the deciding factor turns on what is the best protesting tactic. In my opinion passive opposition is the way to go here. I don’t think passive opposition is always the correct tactic, but I think it is in this particular circumstance it is. The group organizing this protest is Concerned Gun Owners of PA (formerly Concerned Gun Owners of Bucks County) who are not known for using passive tactics. They are better known for armed demonstration combined with aggressive, in-your-face tactics.
CGOBC sprung up right after Sandy Hook, and I attended several of their meetings and rallies. We attended a few meetings with some of their leaders. The group ended up splitting into two organizations last year, largely due to disagreement about tactics. I soured on CGOBC after the mother’s day rally, especially when they started to generate negative headlines having one of their leaders photographed screaming in the face of a little old lady. When you’re in a position of strength, as we are now, I think it’s best to behave as if you’re in a position of strength. Passive protest is the right tactic in this circumstance. Just be seen, and have someone ready to speak to the media when they come around. Don’t let the headline become armed protesters show up to intimidate a memorial ride. Unfortunately, CGOPA hasn’t shown (to me, at least) that they are good at using wise tactics.
UPDATE: Yep. It’s a parody site. It would have been interesting had it been true.
I have no way of knowing whether this is credible or not, but this article suggests that the reason Connecticut isn’t going through their
registry record of sales to round up illegal “assault weapons” is because if they did so, they’d have to round up most of their cops.
With in hours a print off of all sworn Law Enforcement officers in the state was obtained. Comparisons of the list of gun owners who failed to comply with registration requirements and sworn LEOs showed a startling figure. Just over 68% of Connecticut cops had failed to register firearms according to the new law.
Of course, if this is true, it means they are running the numbers and thinking about door-to-door confiscation. But I thought the very idea of that made us paranoid whack jobs? These guys really have no idea what kind of fire they are playing with.
UPDATE: Someone in the comments thinks it’s parody. I’ve never heard of this site before, so it’s possible it’s a parody.
Sadly, I managed to lose a number of tabs in Safari, so that means a smaller news dump today than usual:
Are people really this stupid? Sadly, yes.
When they come. When you boil away all the feel good nonsense, Bob’s nightmare scenario is what gun control means in the end. They don’t enforce these laws with time outs and hugs at the end. If you’re going to make something a serious felony, it had better be worth subjecting people to this, because that’s what it means.
Predictions of doom from Idaho on allowing campus carry. None of these predictions have panned out anywhere else. By now they should have zero credibility.
Massad Ayoob: Why gun people need to travel carefully.
Brady’s fuzzy math on NICS denials. They act like every single one of those people denied would have robbed a bank or something if they had gotten a gun. A large percentage of them are actually false positives.
Ruger is expanding in North Carolina. We won the Civil War because the North had all the arms manufacturing. My guess if America wants to excise the blue state appendix in the future, it will have little trouble.
NRA is scoring the surgeon general vote. I’m kind of surprised they’d pick a fight over this. Does anyone care what the surgeon general has to say these days?