Monday, September 28, 2009

Poll at the local bird cage liner

I was reading the local paper, and saw an interesting poll asking if there was any concern about the availability of guns and ammunition. My response is here:

I am indeed deeply concerned about the availability of guns and ammunition throughout our state and country. It has become increasingly harder for people to find ammunition and certain firearms are either non-existent or on back order for weeks or months to come. Seeing as how many firearms and most ammunition is in short supply in these rough political times, I suggest that the firearm and ammunition companies petition the government for either a bailout to help increase production, or perhaps nudge congress to pass a law enabling more ammunition to be manufactured and forcing producers of guns and ammunition to sufficiently arm everyone interested. Perhaps more of the "trickle-up" thinking, except with firearms and ammunition instead of taxpayer dollars?

Perhaps the article was asking if I was concerned about the rampant availability of guns and ammunition in these United States compared to other countries. Perhaps the article is trying to link the availability of guns and ammunition that honest and law abiding citizens purchase to the ownership and usage of guns by criminals. Surely no one would ever equate honest citizens to criminals based solely on their ownership of an inanimate object?

No criminal has ever been hindered in the least by any gun law on the books, nor by the "availability" of any sort of weaponry. A good example would be the hometown of our community-organizer-in-chief, Chicago, or perhaps even Washington, D.C., wherein handguns are banned and longarms are heavily regulated. Thus any crime committed with a firearm is totally unpossible and has never occurred, due to the lack of availability of firearms in those utopias of peace and understanding.
(Any report otherwise through any news media must be the result of the evil NRA gun lobby teaming up with the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy to promote lies and untruths simply to push their agenda of arming everyone in these areas.)

Thomas Jefferson: "Laws that forbid the carrying of arms...disarm only those who are neither inclined or determined to commit crimes. Such laws only make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assassins; they serve to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."

George Washington: "Firearms stand next in importance to the Constitution itself. They are the people's liberty teeth (and) keystone... the rifle and the pistol are equally indispensable... more than 99% of them [guns] by their silence indicate that they are in safe and sane hands. The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference [crime]. When firearms go, all goes, we need them every hour." (Address to 1st session of Congress)

I'm wondering if it will ever see the light of day. Here's to hoping!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Blogging? Sure. Why not?

Well, I've been meaning to update my blog for some time now and now that I got me one of them there iPhone thingys, I can post much easier and more frequently.

I had every intention of getting things running again here on Blogger, but I was absolutely swamped for time this summer, as I was taking a combined 12 hour course load at my local institute of higher edjumacation. I got done with summer classes just in time to catch my breath and then start my fall classes. In addition to school, I work at a full time job, and try to balance a family on top of that.
I would say that i've been to busy to blog, but you probably already guessed that.

I've been spending some of my spare time (what little I have, anyway) down at my local gun club. The downside to living out in this part of west Texas is that there is only one gun range within an hour or two's drive. The upside to that is that it's only 100 bucks a year to join and go as often as you want, and it is pretty much a full-featured range. There are bays for just about any kind of shooting and any kind of rifle or pistol. There is also another range owned by the same people that's a shotgun-only range for trap and skeet shooters. It's also a really nice facility with a decent pro shop and a number of other niceties.

It's odd being out in this part of Texas when I compare it to northeast Texas where I grew up. There are a lot of similarities but a number of differences too. I kinda enjoy living in a town where it is not unusual to see a coyote chasing a jackrabbit through part of a park adjacent to a college campus. That same campus is not only in town, but is minutes from my home. I enjoy the small town feel this area has, even though there is about 250k people in the surrounding area. There is a distinct lack of Obama stickers in this area as well. I enjoy that. The area of Texas I moved from was overflowing with them when I left, leading me to believe either a lot of idiots had moved in, or people from that area were increasingly buying into O's bullshit and drinking the B.O. Koolaid.
It sucks watching a small conservative town outgrow itself over the years. However, given the availability of inexpensive land out here and the large libertarian base, I am pretty sure I can get back to my own rural Texas roots with ease. Buying up a few dozen acres and building a house in the middle of nowhere should pretty much guarantee that I will be happy for some time in this area. Given how desolate it is outside the city limits and the number of rattlesnakes crawling around, I don't think the jehovahs witnesses will be knocking on my door anytime soon.
Hopefully I can start updating this more often, and get back in the circle of blogging friends I had once established.