Category Archives: Guns

Sarah Did It!

A madman shot 19 people and killed 6 and Gabrielle Giffords fights for her life today.  Rep. Giffords by all accounts was worthy of our respect and admiration.   That one man can wreak so much havoc is  at a place called “Safeway” is irony in its cruelest form.

Immediately following the initial reports the leftist pundits looked towards the right for blame.

Olberman blames Beck and Palin

Krugman blames Sara Palin, The Tea Party And Republicans in general

Charles Kuffner implies it might be the “violent rhetoric and imagry” that is involved in current day politics

This strikes me as kind of weird because Rep. Giffords isn’t from the hard left, and the leftist seem to have unleashed even stronger rhetoric against her. The link is now dead, but a screen capture can be found here

My CongressWOMAN voted against Nancy Pelosi! And is now DEAD to me!

Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is dead to me now. I won’t lift a finger, make one phone call, nor will i EVER vote for her in the future. And why did she do this? Giffords never told me she was conservative Democrat. And her voting record is okay. Damn.

All these accusations from the left seems to suggest that the rhetoric is only coming from the conservatives. They don’t recall President Obama’s call to bring guns to a knife fight.

I don’t believe that the rhetoric is such a bad thing. Politics is somewhat warlike. After all the word campaign is military term, and a politicians attempt to get elected will require that politician to fire up the people, and get them emotionally involved.  Who is going to give money and time and work for a candidate if that candidate doesn’t emotionally inspire them.  Politics is war, and there are a lot more losers in every campaign than there are winners. Any references to fighting, battles, or even warfare seems appropriate. It is a fight of sorts over who gets to rule.

I noticed there was a flury of reports this morning of linking Jared Loughner to the  to “anti-Semitic race hate group American Renaissance”. Google found a magazine that that was similarly named, but its not clear there is any such organization.  After a quick flury the references have gone away, and I suspect that it was just an effort of the MSM to tie Loughner to some sort of right wing extremist group.

The quest to place blame is a leftist thing. They can’t accept that these are the soley the actions of a mad man, and that its possible he and not society that is completely to blame. Perhaps this is just one of things that happen in a free society.

But suppose that, instead of being hit by a bullet, Representative Giffords had been struck by a rock falling from space. It does happen occasionally, after all. And you know what? It happens about as often as an American politician is shot by a crazy person.

But that wouldn’t be anywhere near as interesting, because anyone who proposed that politicians never again have public meetings outdoors, or that a crash project  be undertaken to sweep the sky clean of meteoroids to make sure that one was never again hit by one, wouldn’t be taken seriously, or have op-eds published, or bills introduced to implement their ideas. They would instead be treated as the lunatics they would be. People with any sense would understand that life carries risk and uncertainties, and that we have to accept them, and get on with it in the face of them.

This is no different. People get randomly struck by lightning, and sometimes there are storms and lightning strikes in human minds, setting off events that are impossible to either predict or prevent. Just as we have to accept that sometimes rocks fall from the sky, or that sometimes a politician can keel over without warning from a previously undiagnosed heart condition, we also have to accept that in a free society, occasionally someone will snap, pick up a weapon, and use it. Though it is still early, that is what appears to have happened in this case.

Texas Gun Bills

Pulled from the new Texas Firearms Coalition’s new website is a list of the currently filed bills. The site will continue to monitor the status of these bills as they move through the process.

HB25 – By Guillen: Exempts watercraft from the general prohibitions on carrying a handgun in Texas Penal Code §46.02.  Status:  Pre-filed.  Good Bill

HB77 – By Flynn: Exempts watercraft from the general prohibitions on carrying a handgun in Texas Penal Code §46.02.  Status:  Pre-filed.  Good Bill

We are allowed to transport hand guns in our motor vehicles under certain conditions this will allow us to have handguns in our boats in Texas waterways. The handguns will be required to be concealed. and under control of the boat owner and operator.

HB86 – By Simpson : Campus-carry. Status:  Pre-filed. Good Bill

This is the big one,   To many the right of criminals to slaughter unchallenged outweighs the right of Licensed CHL holders carry just as they do just about everywhere else in Texas.  CHL holders are now allowed to carry on the property of college campuses, but not in the buildings, forcing them to leave their handguns in their cars.  CHL holders for the most part are over 21, and as group they have  very low crime rate.

HB145 – Laubenberg: Purports to exempt firearms, firearm accessories, and ammunition manufactured in Texas from federal regulations and laws. Status: Pre-filed Well-intended Bill.

I don’t know if this bill will have any real effect but it challenges the authority of the feds to regulate firearms that stay within Texas Borders.   I don’t know if the Feds will take this laying down, but it will prove interesting if  this bill makes it though. Montana has also passed such a law, Several states have similar bills pending.

HB175 – By Jackson (?): Dealing with alcohol licensing. Includes a provision to deny a liquor license to anyone with, inter alia, any firearms related offense within five years. Status:  Pre-filed. Neutral on bill.

This Bill deals with licensing with on-premises liquor establishments. I don’t know why firearms offences are brought up and treated any different than any other felonys.   If I understand this correctly a midomeaner gun offence could restrict someone from getting one of these licenses.

HB145 – By Miller, Sid:  Exempts firearms and ammunition from Texas sales tax.  Status:  Pre-filed. Good Bill .

This is a session where the budget is tight, and any restricting of revenues is going to be looked at at closely. I wonder what the motivation of this bill is? Is it just to reassure the status of gun ownership a constitutional right?  Personally I would rather see things like school supplies or toiletries put on the exempt list.

This might be to protect folks involved in face to face private gun sales from being persecuted over not paying taxes, particularly at gun shows.

HB190 – By Walle:  Allows certain counties to regulate noise generated by loud speakers.  Status:  Pre-filed.  Neutral on billCAVEAT:  Watch bill for firearms related amendments.

The warnings on this relate to gun ranges, Any allowances for anti-gun ordinances has to be looked at carefully.

HB242 – By Craddick (R A): Requires law enforcement agencies to issue retired credentials to honorably retired officers. Status:  Pre-filed.  Good Bill.

This would ensure that retired LEOs to their right to not only carry in Texas, but in the rest of the country.  Retired officers could be targeted by vengeful criminals whom they may have crossed during their careers.

HB356 – By Burnam (D F): Requires Texas Residents to have a Texas CHL to carry in Texas. Status:  Pre-filed.  Bad Bill.

Another bill designed to strip folks from the right to bear arms.

Senate Bills

SB294 – By Hinojosa:  Requires DPS and TABC to study feasibility of check points to search for firearms, drugs and contraband in vehicles leaving Texas and entering Mexico.  Check points must be within 1 mile of the border.  Guardedly neutral on Bill. CAVEAT:  Watch bill for detrimental amendments.

While we wish to protect our border and believe we need to give the tools to Law enforcement Agencys. We should have the RKBA thought the whole nation including the last mile.  This bill seems to be intended on protecting Mexico’s right to disarm its citizens, I don’t believe we should be contributing assisisting in stripping the stripping rights of these people. The Texas Firearms Rights Coalition and the TSRA are single issue organizations. This seems like it has to many constitutional and civil rights issues to be allowed to turn into law.

There will be other bills added, most notably is the Parking Lot Bill, which will permit employees to keep their arms in their cars while they work.

Brian Aitken Free.

Brian Aitken got caught up in a perfect storm of a screwball Judge,  an overzealous prosecuting attorney and unreasonable gun laws. Today justice is served.

New Jersey’s governor Chris Christie set Brian Aitken free today, correcting a great injustice at the hands of New Jersey police, prosecutors, and courts.

RKBA hasn’t been one of Governor Chris Christie’s biggest priorities, we are glad that he has stepped in in to repair a great injustice.  New Jersey is lucky to have him as their leader.

We hope Brian Aitken and his family have a very merry Christmas.

Arming the Womanfolk

Over at One Partiots Thoughts:

31,000 Women in Texas obtained a

Right-To-Carry (RTC) permit last year.

This is the largest number since Texas began issuing RTC permits in 1996.

More than likely there will be even more this year.   While its a growing number, its a number that needs to grow even more. BTW it is a CHL (Concealed Handgun License) in Texas.

Texas CHL law is  considerably a result efforts of Suzanna Gratia-Hupp. Who as a Texas Legislator told her story to her fellow state reps and pushed for the passage. As this You Tube video demonstrates, she makes a convincing arguement This particular impassioned speech was before a Congressional Commitee.

The CHL law is a recognition that restraining orders, strict laws or even the police aren’t able to always protect us.   In this area the the local media advertises heavily for women to enroll in CHL classes,  Some handguns have been marketed towards the ladys, but mostly they prefer the same handguns we do.  Todays Texas woman understands that often it is up to her to protect herself and her family.

The Danger Across the River

Screenshot of UTB/TSC : 11/5/2010

Gunfire across the Rio Grande has caused the University of Texas Brownsville to close its doors.

The campus is closed and evening classes have been canceled today and Saturday, Nov. 6 because of gunfire taking place across the Rio Grande. Anyone who needs to come to campus or has questions about events can call Campus Police at 882-8232 or 882-8233. Homecoming activities for Saturday, Nov. 6 have been affected. Coffee with the President has been canceled. The Golden Scorpions Reunion at noon will be on the patio at Lolas Bistro at 1335 Palm Blvd. in Brownsville. The Distinguished Alumnus Award event has been postponed until further notice. Enrollment Management’s Scorpion Saturday event has also been canceled. The mens and womens soccer semifinals of the Red River Athletic Conference Tournament have been moved to the Brownsville Sports Park. The womens game that UTB/TSC is playing in is at 8 p.m. and the mens game that UTB/TSC will play in is at 10 p.m. today. The womens soccer final will take place at 5 p.m. and the mens soccer final will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6 at the Brownsville Sports Park.

It is dangerous on this side of the river too.

She’s Just Happy to See Us

We in Texas won’t have the only pistol packing governor if the vote goes as expected to our Neighbors to the West.

Alamogordo, New Mexico (CNN) – When CNN interviewed Susana Martinez, New Mexico’s Republican candidate for Governor, we got a surprise. Our cameraman John Torigoe was trying to clip the microphone pack to the candidate’s belt when she pulled away and said “Be careful, that’s a gun back there.” Martinez tells CNN she has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

She was packing heat when she addressed a gathering in Alamogordo, New Mexico on Monday. She warned them not to get too confident because “as Republicans we’re outnumbered.”

Perhaps someday Martinez might have a gun made in her honor.

Voted Today

Disarmed and voted today. Giving up one right to exercise the other. Our family votes together, pretty much as a block.  Most people wouldn’t understand, but it just seems wrong to have to disarm to enter a voting booth.

There weren’t many people  before 8:00 AM on a Saturday.  Early voting makes it a lot easier than trying to scramble home on time to get my vote in on a Tuesday evening.

Proving a Negative.

One family’s fight to prove dad isn’t a bad guy.

My daughter gave her daddy a gun for his birthday. As a law-abiding citizen he went to transfer ownership. Ten days later a letter arrived from the Department of Justice — transfer denied, stated my husband is a felon and he can’t have fire arms. Shock: He knew he was not a felon, had bought and registered guns for years, and now that department states that he is a felon since 1972 and can’t have any guns.

My husband called the Department of Justice. No, they could not tell him what his crime was or anything about it. They could only talk to him about it if he brought up what the crime was first. As he did not know what his crime was, he could not tell them and they refused to give him any information. Their answer was he would have to go to the police department and pay to have a Live Scan or copy of his record done. He did that. Three week later, still no answers.

He did eventually get it all settled out… but serves as a warning on how a government acusation can be almost impossible to prove.

Luis Alberto Delgado told ICE he was a natural born citizen, he even provided his Drivers license and birth certificate, but his English wasn’t so good. So they deported him to Mexico.  The local authorities in Arizona haven’t foaled up this bad. Maybe they are suing because they are afraid comparisons make them look bad.

U.S. Border Patrol agents detained Delgado after a traffic stop in South Texas on June 17 and held him for eight hours, questioning him about his citizenship.

Delgado said he gave immigration agents a copy of his birth certificate showing he was born at Houston’s Ben Taub Hospital, a state of Texas identification card and a Social Security card.

But Delgado, who was raised in Mexico after his parents divorced, said immigration agents were suspicious of him because he did not speak English well, and insisted the paperwork he carried belonged to someone else.

Delgado said he eventually signed paperwork that resulted in his removal to Mexico because he wanted to be released from immigration custody, and thought he could fight his case from Houston.

“I believe (the agents) discriminated against me because I didn’t speak English,” he said. “If you don’t speak very well, I think they just assume you’re Mexican.”

I think it is worth noting that Delgado doesn’t fit the definition of an “anchor baby”,reminds me of Cheech Marin’s “Born in East LA“, except its not near as funny.