No Chicken Pin!

Apparently I was supposed to note that I should get a pin on last week’s score, so this week I didn’t get my chicken pin.   No fear though, because this week I also shot 10 chickens in a row, and was careful to note it properly this time, so next week I will have my chicken pin.

Sorry for the slow posting, tonight was Silhouette obviously, and also… Lost is back!  Which means I watch after coming back from shooting metal animals.

Georgia Alert

Looks like HB89 has had some pro-gun amendments attached to it today that include:

  • further allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry in recreational areas, wildlife management areas, and public transportation;
  • allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry in restaurants; and
  • creating a stricter time line for various stages of the concealed carry license application process.

This amendment was tacked on by Representative Tim Bearden, and would appear to contain several of the measures that were in HB 915.  This sounds like a positive development, but NRA is alerting that people need to contact their representatives in order to ensure passage.

Don’t Tase Me Dad!

Apparently the dad who beat his kid to death over an Xbox has some competition for the vile parent of the year award:

The father of an 18-month-old child is off to jail for four years after being found guilty of using a stun gun on the boy. His reason for using the 100,000-volt Dragonfire, which resulted in muscle damage to the kid’s heart, was because he wanted his son to be “the toughest cage fighter ever.” Yeah, the toughest heart-damaged, cage-fighting 18-month-old ever.


I’m glad I won’t be the only one …

holding my nose come November.  Read the whole thing. Even for those who are predicting this will be the end of the republic, I don’t see any reason to open up the vein and help it bleed out faster by handing the election to Hillary or Obama.  I think The Republic will survive John McCain, and will, at the end of eight years, be better off than it will be under Obillery.

Zero Brains

In Central Pennsylvania, a “zero tolerance” policy is making it difficult for a junior rifle team to bring air guns into the school so they can hold matches.

To me this is the same type of issue as sex education in schools.  You can either have the kids learn responsible gun use from responsible adults, or they can learn from video games and movies.

Gun Show Loophole Bill in Senate

Armed and Safe talks about a federal gun show bill. The Democrats aren’t going to touch this before the election, but it’s a good example of the types of bills that will await us if the Democrats manage to shore up their majority if Republicans decide to stay home in November.

Quote of the Day

Today’s quote is from Joe Huffman:

Come out of the closet. In the early days of the gay rights movement there was a phrase, “Silence equals death!”. Getting people to come out in the open about being a gun owner helps the anti-gun people realize we aren’t red-necked, knuckle dragging, Neanderthals, who beat their wives, complain about the “coloreds” lusting after our women folk, and whose idea of a good time is shooting our empties while chugging beer from the tailgate of our pickups. It worked for the gays and it can work for us.

I agree with this.  When I first started getting back into shooting in my mid 20s, after not having shot since I was a kid shooting cans, I was pretty quiet about it around coworkers.  These days virtually all my coworkers know I shoot Silhouette on Thursdays, am a member of the NRA, and am politically active in the gun rights movement.

It is a risk, because you never know when some corporate drone will decide you’re too dangerous for the company to keep around and fire you.  I think it’s a risk we need to take.  Others who have preceded us have taken far far greater risks in the name of preserving freedom, and if we can’t step up in this manner, we’re doomed.

Of course, the one caveat is that being out only helps if you’re actually normal.   If you’re building a bunker in your cubicle out of old QIC computer tape cartridges and reams of copier paper, in preparation for the day the UN sends in the blue helmeted ones to impose the New World Order on your workplace, you might want to think about staying in the closet.

Packing the Court

Kevin doesn’t trust McCain to pick the right kind of justices. I don’t really either. But you know what? I didn’t trust Bush to make good selections either, and, Harriet Meyers debacle aside, we wouldn’t be thinking about winning Heller if Al Gore or John Kerry had won. Bush could have done better, but Roberts and Alito are far from the worst choices that could have been made.

I know exactly the kind of justices that Hillary and Obama will pack the court with. How does the thought of Obillery picking Scalia’s replacement sit with you? It doesn’t sit well with me either, but Scalia will be 81 by the time the next president leaves office. Think he’ll make it? If either of those two win, I certainly hope so.

For whatever reason, conservatives didn’t have their act together this primary, and so we’re stuck with the second string. Perhaps folks will say I’ve drank the kool-aid, but can you imagine the damage that up to six Obillery nominated justices will do as we try to refine the scope of the second amendment post Heller? Make no mistake about it, I think that McCain’s choices are likely to be less than stellar, but I see no reason to slit our wrists electorally and let Obillery seriously alter the ideological composition of The Court.

One thing to consider is that while we might not get exactly what we want as president, McCain can’t be guaranteed to get exactly who he wants as Supreme Court justice. Justice Kennedy and Souter are prime examples of that. Also note that our most conservative justice, with the greatest fealty toward the constitution, Justice Thomas, was nominated by the decidedly unconservative George H.W. Bush.  With McCain, we run a much better chance of getting a more favorable justice than we do with either of the Democrats.