It’s been a long time since a common rite of passage among our nation’s men was to put on a uniform and defend your nation, community, and family. Yet at a time of increasing hyperpolarization in our country, as well as the deteriorating state of our nation’s youth in mind, body, and soul, national military service may be an idea worth considering once again.
National service has been ever-present in our country’s history. From militias in the Revolutionary War era to the wartime drafts in the Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, to peacetime drafts through various parts of our nation’s past.
The legacy from those eras of conscription still remain in the form of the Selective Service system, which many of us remember being notified that we needed to register for upon reaching age 18.
The Selective Service system also has been the subject of debate in recent years, as many persons have considered whether women should register for it as well – such as during the 2016 Presidential election when Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton called for such.
Among other republics and democracies in the world national service is relatively common, from the nations of Europe to Africa, from the Middle East to Asia to South America. Conscription began falling out of favor since the end of the Cold War, as the general state of worry over military conflict faded.
Perhaps the most noted military conscription program is that of Israel, which requires all men and women to serve about two years in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), with few exceptions. While brought about by military necessity, it has also cultivated an Israeli citizenry that has the character, grit, and sense of duty to keep their nation thriving.
It used to be that way in America, as serving in the military was a relatively common experience. In 1980, veterans totaled 18% of adults in the United States. In contrast, by 2016 that number had fallen to 7%.
At a time when our nation is reeling from divisions along seemingly every line possible, it is worth considering a common and shared experience as national service to reconnect our country together. The benefits are very clear in other nations, as despite often no overt military conflict conscription still provides a variety of security and social benefits to the country.
Undoubtedly the implementation of a conscription program, not seen in our nation for almost half a century, would be difficult initially. Not only have the times and culture changed, but so has the very nature of our armed forces.
Our military nowadays is an extremely high-tech organization and finding how to best utilize the massive manpower from our almost 330 million person nation would require careful delineation.
Furthermore, many of our nation’s youth, estimated currently at 71% of those between the ages of 17 and 24, are grossly unfit for military service. Creating a new conscript category and integrating them usefully into the nation’s military would be challenging, but given how seemingly every other nation is able to do it effectively we undoubtedly can find a way to as well.
The idea of national service would undoubtedly require a significant period of pilot programs and testing. The idea has been proposed frequently in the national discourse throughout the years and particularly during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. It is a big, nation-changing policy that certainly, if it gets further traction and consideration, would be a serious national debate.
National service is a very realistic program that could do a lot in solving many of our nation’s otherwise seemingly unsolvable problems, as well as reigniting reflection on the meaning of citizenry in a republic.
I think it is worth considering at our present time, as, although it seems a big change, nonetheless could revive our American spirit and heal our nation in an extraordinary way.
Detroit, MI –-(Ammoland.com)- Legally Armed In Detroit, a gun rights advocacy group, announces that it gave a free-range safety briefing and a complimentary shooting lesson at a southeast Michigan target range to a record class of 700 women.
Seven hundred (700) women who expressed an interest in learning about fundamental firearm safety and target shooting were recently given a free range safety briefing and a complimentary shooting lesson in metro-Detroit. The annual event – now in its seventh year – safely introduced all of the women participants to firearms on Sunday, May 20th at the Top Gun Shooting Range in Taylor, Michigan.
This annual event seeks to introduce women to firearms in a safe and supportive environment. The women were scheduled to participate in one of several range safety briefings in which basic firearm safety rules were taught along with training on shooting stances and elements of marksmanship.
After every group briefing, each woman was paired up with one vetted firearm instructor for a shooting session. The session consisted of loading a 9mm semi-automatic pistol with 20 rounds of ammunition which were then shot into a hanging paper target. Feedback and support were then given to every participant by her individual instructor.
This program was conceived by Rick Ector – a Detroit area gun rights advocate – seven years ago. One night while viewing the local news telecast for that evening, he saw a story about a woman who was murdered; her body was dumped in a vacant lot. The story haunted Ector as he pondered what could be done to help women better protect themselves. He came up with the idea of offering a free shooting lesson for women.
That first year only 50 women signed up and attended the program. Ector along with five fellow firearm instructors conducted the training. The next year 100 women signed up, and the program continued to grow by leaps and bounds. Last year, 600 women were trained by the program which needed roughly 40 firearm instructors to help oversee the activity. This year’s program needed 50 firearm trainers to safely train a record 700 women participants.
The firearm instructors who helped run this year’s program are a diverse group. They are too numerous to list individually by name but the organization they represent are listed as the following: the National Rifle Association (NRA), the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), Michigan Gun Owners (MGO), Michigan Open Carry (MOC), National African American Gun Association (NAAGA), and Legally Armed in Detroit (LAID). Many ancillary members also performed useful tasks to keep the event orderly and safe.
Sponsors also had a huge role in this massive training event. First, the Top Gun Range of Taylor graciously donated their facility for the day. Aguila Ammunition donated 16,000 rounds of 9mm ammunition, Doug Holloway of ATEi donated the use of his firearms, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) donated gun locks, and NRA-ILA donated canvass tote bags.
In all, this year’s firearm training event was a huge success by any measure. Of course, the most important metric was zero injuries, as safety is the most important component of an organized activity this large and complex. In the coming weeks, we will assess how well everything went and set program goals for next year! We may “shoot” for 1,000 women to be trained next year.
For more info about this annual program that trains Detroit-area women how to safely operate 9mm handguns, please contact:
Reloader, Bob Shell, tests a range of assorted powders loads and bullet weights in 30-30 Ammunition and finds it still is an effective round 120+ years later. Editors Note: Caution, Reloading is dangerous, read our “Reloading Disclaimer“. The reloading data published by this website is intended for discussion purposes only. As with all data collection, mistakes are possible. You have been warned.**
Apache Junction, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- One of the very first smokeless rounds designed for sporting purposes was the 30-30 cartridge introduced in the Winchester model 94 rifle.
It became generally available in 1895. The original factory ammo offering was a 160 grain at 2,000 FPS.
In that day such velocities were almost unheard of. Typical black powder rounds usually produced 12 to 1400FPS. While 2,000 FPS sounds pedestrian by today’s standards, it did the job and hunters quickly realized that this was the wave of the future. For much of the woods hunting the 30-30 has plenty of power. Later on, the 150 and 170-grain bullets were added, and velocity increased.
A few years later other manufacturers realized the potential of the 30-30 ammunition round and brought out their versions as the Winchester model 94 rifle was selling like hotcakes, and they wanted a piece of the pie.
Savage brought out the 303 Savage also in a lever action though it had a box type of magazine and Remington introduced the 30 Remington round in some pump and semi-auto rifles. I have owned and shot all of them, and ballistically they are virtually identical to the 30-30. It would be a personal choice as to the type of gun as they all perform the same. The 30 Remington and 303 Savage were popular for some years, but they are no longer made. Guns can still be found as well as ammo and reloading components with a little shopping.
However, the 30-30 Ammunition Cartridge is as popular as ever.
One of the companies that makes manually operated firearms have been around for a number of years and they advertise that everything is made in America. Another unusual thing is they advertise on TV which few others do. Evidently it works or they would drop it. If you want something different you should definitely check out Henry Arms. They have a large variety of rifles including rimfires. They have the mares leg handgun, a lever action in 410 gauge and the Henry 45-70 rifle among other arms. Single shot shotguns are available as well. For info you can go to www.henryusa.com for info.
Henry Lever Action .30-30 Rifle
One of their products is a lever action rifle chambered for the 30-30 in various models. My model is a Henry Lever Action .30-30 Rifle, model H009 which is a blued steel model with a round barrel.
It is drilled and tapped for a top mounted scope which will enhance accuracy beyond a hundred yards. A Hawke scope is the planned one for this review. I have used the Hawke on many occasions and they always come through. They are reasonably priced and the rifle selection is good so for info you can go to us.hawkeoptics.com on their products. For a budget conscious hunter who wants a good scope at a reasonable price, you would be missing out if you don’t check the HAWK Scopes out. I have done quite a bit of testing with this scope and everything checks out. It is clear at all ranges and power settings. With this scope, you have the ability to take a long shot if available and using something like the Flex Tip bullet. Based on my experiences with the Hawke brand I recommend it.
The wood of the Henry Lever Action .30-30 Rifle has a pleasing figure while the bluing is not glossy but even. Another odd feature is it loads by a tube under the barrel as many 22 RF guns do. Most 30-30 lever guns load through the receiver. There is no politically correct safety of any kind which is a plus. Common sense gun handling tends to prevent those types of accidents. The trigger pull is good not too light or heavy.
We did find that the lever screw and a tang screw were loose. Not a big deal but perhaps they might want to look at during production.One other thing we noticed is the way it loads. Most people will put a round in the chamber in order to get the seven rounds. However, when loading the tube your hand may be in front of the muzzle at various times. So, if the chamber has a round in it and is cocked a small misstep may cause it to fire. Such an incident may cause a serious hand injury so be careful see pix.
One thing that was noticeable is the figure on the stock. It has some of the most attractive wood I have seen for a while. Yes, composite stocks are more durable but if looks are important to you then this rifle will definitely have a place in your cabinet.
There are other chamberings and styles available plus some shotguns. So why a 30-30 rifle? It has been around for over 120 years, and one would think that it would be obsolete and no longer made. Nothing is further from the truth. There are several other rifle makers, and the Henry 30-30 is one of the top sellers. Most are lever guns, but some single shot and bolt action rifles are available. The 30-30 round has been used by many hunters, and when used as designed it produces good results often ending with a deer in the pot. It is usually considered a woods gun meant for moderate ranges. However, with the new and improved powders and flex tips the range can be extended. Some people feel that as long as a bullet produces 1,000 FT-LBS of energy at the target, it is considered adequate for deer sized game. With Hornady Flex Tip bullets that number can be obtained at 300 yards with safe loads and regular lever action.
30-30 Cartidge Loadings
Here are some examples when the powder charged is increased by one grain. Some brands of bullets were more consistent than others which is normal. That is why if you are working up a load for serious purposes it is important to try different powder and bullet combos. Each gun has its preferences.
32gr RL #7
Good Hunting Load
Ok but can increase
Long Range Potential
160gr Flex Tip
10gr Unique Mossberg
10gr Unique Henry
180gr Horn RN
180g Horn RN
220 gr cast GC
Just for info, the 10 grains of Unique and the 165 gr cast was fired in a Mossberg and Henry both lever actions and a 20” barrel. The results were very similar, and Unique is one of the very best powders for reduced loads.
For those who are interested in the potential of a 30-30 at different ranges here is some info that may help.
As you can see the 150 grain drops below 1000 LBS before reaching 200 yards while the FTX extends the range to 300 yards a 35% increase in usable range. The 170-grain flat point launched at 2200 FPS drops below 1000 FP LBS of energy at over 150 yards so the 160 grain FTX would double the useful range. Therefore it would be a mistake to sell the 30-30 short.
I wanted to see what 30-30 ammunition could do in a stronger rifle and I have a TC single shot and used it for the test.
I wont be listing the loads here as someone would try them in a lever action which could cause a catastrophic event. It would probably hold them but would cause excess wear and could damage the gun. So why take the chance especially if you don’t understand the ramifications of using such loads.
For this experiment, here is list of the top velocity of the bullets tested. It will become obvious quickly that these velocities are quite a bit above normal and I know that they are that is why the loading data isn’t included. If you have a TC or strong bolt action then these velocities can be safely obtained. This is a little off the subject but it shows that the 30-30 is more than just a short-range woods load. The Henry rifle is well built and has as good an action as any 30-30 but I would not try these loads in it. If you were carrying a 30-30 in grizzly country them one of the heavy bullets may serve but for 99% of us the factory spec loads will do just fine. These are the velocities obtained in a single shot rifle.
Factory 30-30 ammunition is usually produced with a 150 or 170 grain bullet. That takes care of most hunting situations that a 30-30 should be used for. Recently they added a 160 grain Flex Tip which enhances its range. One thing that puzzles me is they never offered a 180 or 190 grain RN. The 303 Savage offered it in the 190 grains at one time and it had a good reputation.
The 180 would give a little extra penetration if you were hunting large black bear or large boar. They shoot well and have their uses through a 150 or 170 would cover deer and similar game. The Hornady 180 grain feeds ok but care must be taken to seat deep enough in fact with any gun and ammo types you should cycle them before you go hunting. You can’t seat it in the cannelure, doing so will make it too long. Since it has a long neck a cannelure isn’t needed. However, if you have a bullet that needs that procedure that is an easy task. I have a CH cannelure tool which comes in handy on many occasions. In the last decade or so factory ammo has improved a lot.
In fact, it can be a challenge to do better than the factory loads. The only downside is the cost. An indication of how popular round is the variety offered by various ammo companies. Hornady a leading ammo maker offers 5 different loads for this round. For more info, you can go to www.hornady.com/ammunition for a listing on their products. Another fine ammo maker is Barnes. They brought out the copper bullets which have turned out to be great hunting bullets. They offer the 30-30 ammunition in the 150 gr Vor Tex and they shoot well for info you can go to www.barnesbullets.com for more info.
Handloading, the 30-30 ammunition, brings out the potential and with a Henry rifle with the Hawke scope your usable range will increase. Some hunters tend to look down on the 30-30 ammunition as obsolete and no longer effective. Apparently, since 1895 deer have grown tougher and may have some armor at least that so is the thought process for many when buying a rifle these days. They go with the short, medium and long magnums for woods hunting. They feel that a bullet screaming along at over 3000 FPS is needed to kill a deer at moderate ranges.
After some years pass some of those super magnums will be a footnote while 30-30 ammunition will carry on.
About Bob Shell
A Custom Reloader of Obsolete and Antique Ammo, Bob Shell, writes about the subject of Guns, Ammo, Shooting and Related Subjects. Visit: www.bobshellsblog.blogspot.com
Is Poland experiencing an economic miracle or a bubble waiting to burst? According to Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, “Poland is on a good path to reach EU average income within 10 to 15 years.” On the surface, the stars seem to be aligned. Economic growth was solid in 2017, at 4.6 per cent, and the government anticipates another strong year in 2018. But there is a catch. More than anything else, Polish growth reflects a growth of consumption, which accounted for 76.3 per cent of gross domestic product in 2017, especially private consumption fueled by entitlement schemes introduced since 2015 by the governing Law and Justice Party.
True, exports expanded too in response to a favourable economic environment in Europe. But in the light of the slowdown seen in the eurozone in the first few months of the year, that growth is unlikely to be sustainable. Worse still, the current GDP growth forecast of 4.3 per cent is based on an unrealistic assumption of investment growth of 8.7 per cent — more than double the 1998-2013 average. The government’s jubilation is not shared by the country’s financial markets. The key stock market index, the WIG, is down more than 5 per cent over the past year, a period during which even Russia’s RTS index has risen 12.3 per cent, notwithstanding that country’s lacklustre economic performance. Markets might be wrong but they do anticipate a downturn. The list of possible concerns is long.
A bipartisan group of senators recently introduced a bill that would relax both electronic logging device and hours-of-service requirements for livestock haulers. Sen. Ben Sasse led a group of fellow lawmakers in introducing the Transporting Livestock Across America Safely Act to the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation on May 23. Introduced as S. 2938, the legislation states that HOS and ELD requirements would take effect only after a driver travels more than 300 air miles from his or her source.
He said that Study Webs of Active Learning for Young Aspiring Minds (SWAYAM), a new programme introduced by Ministry of Human Resource Development and the central government to deliver massive open online courses (MOOCs) which is aimed to achieve Access …
On June 14, the school board of Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS), the tenth largest school division in the United States, will convene and likely approve a number of changes to its sex-ed program, including replacing the term “biological sex” with “sex assigned at birth,” teaching that children aren’t born male or female, minimizing the role of abstinence, and excising clergy from a list of “trusted adults.” Although I am a product of FCPS, as was my mother and a long list of aunts, uncles, and cousins on both sides of my family, my children will not be attending their local elementary school. The radical sexual pedagogy promoted by FCPS, coupled with its well-publicized laxity in confronting illegal sexual behavior by its staff, has convinced me that my eldest daughter, who will enter kindergarten this fall, would be safer in a private school.
The latest recommendation by the county’s Family Life Education Curriculum Advisory Committee builds upon other sex-ed trends in FCPS, where “oral sex” is introduced to kids as young as 12. Thirteen-year-olds, meanwhile, are told about “anal sex” 18 separate times in one year’s worth of lessons. I understand why: the proliferation of pornography accessible to our youth has made sexting and increasingly aggressive sexual activity ubiquitous problems for FCPS and school districts across the country. Studies have shown that a majority of pornography depicts violence against women. As the adage goes, “monkey see, monkey do.”
Still, the committee’s recommendation to remove clergy from the list of “trusted adults” is ridiculous, given that FCPS has been dogged by illegal sexual activity by its employees for years. In March, a Sandburg Middle School teacher was charged with possession of child pornography. Last year, a former girls’ basketball coach at Lake Braddock Secondary School was accused of sexually harassing players—the school administration kept him on staff for months after the allegation was raised. A 2016 investigation by the local News4 I-Team discovered that the response of FCPS to multiple teachers accused of sexual misconduct—with students, no less—had allowed those educators to keep their teaching licenses for years after the offenses. A Bailey’s Elementary School teacher was arrested in 2015 and charged with sexually assaulting a teenage boy between 2004 and 2010.
FCPS has repeatedly demonstrated its lack of responsibility with our children, maintaining a policy towards sex offenders more relaxed than my local Catholic diocesan schools, while introducing children to sexual practices fraught with health dangers. Why should I trust a school system that perpetuates the demonstrably false narrative that public school educators are more trustworthy than priests, pastors, or rabbis? It’s bad enough that one day my children may attend colleges that permit, if not encourage, the kinds of risky sexual behavior depicted in Jon Krakauer’s 2015 best-selling book Missoula. Without a proper education, they’ll lack the maturity to navigate these treacherous waters as 12- and 13-year-olds, let alone as college freshman. As Cicero warned, “the enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.”
I suppose I’m not terribly surprised by the increased abasement of the school district that educated me. When I was in tenth grade, a ninth grader at my school attended a party where she got drunk and was persuaded into a compromising position by upperclassmen. Those boys (who to my knowledge were never punished) took pictures and sent them to a popular local radio host, “Elliot in the Morning,” who spoke about them on-air. The girl was, of course, humiliated and ended up transferring schools. I think she even changed her name. (As an aside, how has that DC101 disc jockey avoided legal scrutiny? He spoke publicly about viewing what amounts to child pornography!) We’ve certainly come a long way since 1999. With handheld, Internet-accessible phones now ubiquitous among our children, how could things not descend into even more alarming harassment, abuse, and misogyny?
FCPS still boasts an impressive educational pedigree. As their website notes, the class of 2018 has 223 National Merit Semifinalists, and Fairfax County high schools are recognized annually by the Washington Post as some of the most challenging in the United States. Yet as C.S. Lewis warned, “education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil.” Teaching kids just entering puberty about how to “properly” use contraception and engage in safe anal sex can only be classified as a first-rate education in delinquency. Most American public schools have lost sight of Aristotle’s important maxim: “The happy life is regarded as a life in conformity with virtue…not spent in [sexual] amusement.”
Excluding my children from a public education is a hard decision for me, as I would think it is for many families—these are the institutions that have inculcated American ideas and ideals for generations of our citizens. I spent every year of grade school except kindergarten in the same public school district, which had an indelible impact on my socialization into our culture as well as on how I think and view the world. Public school districts also continue to employ huge numbers of our citizens: FCPS is the third largest employer in the state of Virginia. My mother spent more than 30 years in the system as an occupational therapist, from which she herself graduated in 1972. I was so inspired by my public education experience that I worked as a substitute and then a full-time high school history teacher, as well as a high school tennis coach.
Though I am a product of public schools and still take pride in my education, I won’t send my kids there—not as long as I can afford to send them elsewhere. Given the Catholic Church’s robust security policies in the wake of the early 2000s sex scandal, my kids are safer in my parish’s elementary school. My decision will stand until our public school systems—enduring what has become a nationwide sexual crisis—adopt policies that resist, rather than capitulate to, the worrying trends wreaking havoc on our families and our children.
Casey Chalk is a student at the Notre Dame Graduate School of Theology at Christendom College.
The Charleston City Council will consider a bill that would increase the fine for an overtime parking meter and allow free evening and weekend parking in city garages. The bill, which was introduced to the council May 21, would increase the fine for an …
Delray Beach, Fla. –-(Ammoland.com)- Century Arms, the exclusive importer of Canik handguns and accessories, has introduced new accessory upgrades and line extensions to compliment the Canik TP9 9mm pistol series. The full accessory line made its debut at the 2018 NRA Show in Dallas, Texas.
“Canik popularity has experienced tremendous growth and we have seen a dramatic increase in requests for various accessories to compliment and customize the TP9 Pistol Series,” said Bill Barrett, Century Arms VP of Firearm Accessories. “The new accessory line includes spare parts and expands into highly requested items like suppressor height sight sets and threaded barrels.
The new accessories are built to the same rigorous standards as the Canik TP9 series pistols. The accessory line-up consists of parts that are great for “just in case” backup parts in your kit such as firing pins, replacement screws, and extended mag and slide releases. Magazine extensions will be available to increase magazine capacity without any permanent modifications to the handgun or magazine.
Replacement and threaded barrels have been added to the accessory line for consumers to have a spare or the option of adding a suppressor to their Canik pistol. Warren Tactical sights are now also available as a separate accessory item that are compatible with all TP9 series pistols produced after January 2016. In addition, factory recommended night sights are now available for your Canik TP-Series handgun featuring TRUGLO’s FOCUS•LOCK ring front sight and U-notch rear sight for fast and accurate sight acquisition, angled rear sight for one-hand operation, and premium Swiss Tritium, you can now outfit your Canik TP-Series handgun with sights providing unmatched visibility in low-light conditions.
The new accessory line will be available for sale online at www.CenturyArms.com and at local retailers throughout the country. Century Arms will be adding to the accessories and gear section of the newly redesigned Canik website throughout the year. Consumers are urged to check back frequently for their one-stop shop for all Canik related needs.
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Morey doesn’t call it that, of course. She claims it is for “Extreme Risk Protection Orders” to keep all those mass killers (the ones the media endlessly encourages) from possessing guns.
Doesn’t HB 976 just keep guns out of the wrong hands?
But like most “reasonable sounding” gun control proposals, what hides behind the curtain should outrage not only gun rights supporters, but anyone who values the U.S. Constitution.
Somebody complains, and the nightmare begins…
To give you a sample of what Morey and her Democrat cohorts have in mind for you, consider what could (and inevitably WILL) happen:
A VENGEFUL EX (or stepchild, or roommate, or even somebody you dated ONCE…or perhaps declined to date?) decides to “get you” by filing a complaint alleging that because you own guns you are “imminently dangerous.”
NO TIME TO RESPOND. That complaint, however flimsy or false, produces an IMMEDIATE “EX PARTE” (EMERGENCY) HEARING, as in “24,7,365” – whether court is in session or not.
YOU DON’T GET TO DEFEND YOURSELF. The hearing will be held without even giving you notice that you’ve been accused. Even if you find out about the proceeding held THAT SAME DAY; even if you find a lawyer and pay him or her big bucks to defend you, should you chose to testify in your own defense, the hearing could GET YOUR GUN CONFISCATED FOR A YEAR OR MORE.
YOUR GUNS GET SEIZED. If the judge decides enough evidence exists for a “temporary” order (and they almost always do), you get 24 HOURS TO SURRENDER YOUR GUNS, after which THE SHERIFF WILL TAKE THEM, BY FORCE, IF NECESSARY.
LOSE YOUR RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS. Although the ex parte order is only valid for 10 days (renewable, of course), the next hearing will likely result in a FULL ‘EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDER’ valid for renewable periods of up to ONE YEAR.
PAY TENS OF THOUSANDS IN LEGAL FEES. Ex parte hearings, court proceedings, motions and counter-motions, incurring legal fees at $300 per hour or more. It is entirely possible you might have to MORTGAGE YOUR HOUSE TO FIGHT FOR YOUR GUNS.
YOUR ACCUSER CAN LIE. Although the penalty for perjury is normally 10-20 months in prison, HB 976 GUARANTEES YOUR ACCUSER CANNOT SPEND EVEN ONE DAY IN JAIL FOR LYING TO CONFISCATE YOUR GUNS – the only penalty it allows for lying is 1-30 days of community service…and that is in the unlikely event they get caught at all.
YOU GET REPORTED TO N.I.C.S. You will be a prohibited person in the national background check database. Even if the court order is allowed to expire, odds are it will take an act of Congress to get you out of the NICS database.
YOU COULD PAY UNTOLD THOUSANDS FOR ‘STORAGE.’ No maximum storage fees are stipulated, so the sheriff who confiscates your guns can charge you whatever he wants for “storage.” He can also fire them to obtain and record ballistics data. Moreover, we know anti-gun sheriffs have a habit of returning confiscated guns in less than ideal condition.
YOUR GUNS COULD BE DESTROYED. So congrats! You’ve spent perhaps $50,000 fighting seemingly endless court orders and motions, but you are victorious: The Gun Confiscation Order is finally lifted. One little problem remains: Now that you are broke, the sheriff wants $10,000 for “storage” in order to return your guns. Oh, yes, did we mention that if you don’t raise the money to file YET ANOTHER MOTION to get them back within 90 days, YOUR GUNS CAN BE DESTROYED.
This is your ‘due process of law’
This, the gun banners claim, is the “due process of law” you are promised under the Fifth Amendment. After all, you got your day in court, didn’t you?
Will HB 976 become law?
The good news is that Morey’s bill, like the companion bill introduced by anti-gun Democrats in the Senate, has been shunted to the Rules Committee where such bills usually go to die.
The bad news is that gun ban advocates are holding public forums and press conferences, and issuing press releases to the fawning media as a run-through for next year, when they hope Governor Roy Cooper will sign it into law.
Where are the Republicans?
In theory, we elected a Republican majority to defend our gun rights and champion conservative ideals. So what are Republicans doing to defend against the gun ban onslaught?
How about Speaker Tim Moore’s School Safety Committee? Did they recommend arming faculty or even providing more armed school resource officers to defend students? Nope.
Has Senator Phil Berger promised to give HB 746 a hearing in order to expand concealed carry? Hah! Not bloody likely.
Have the ostensible “conservatives” responded with vision to provide an alternative to the endless gun control being pushed by liberals? Nope. Not a whisper.
Republicans: The Party of Cowards
When YOU elected a Republican supermajority to the General Assembly, they promised to champion conservative ideals; to not only defend your rights, but to expand your freedoms.
Instead, Speaker Tim Moore, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse are responding to recent tragedies by hunkering down in the bunker like refugees.
Instead of advocating effective solutions to school shootings such as eliminating “gun-free” zones and equipping faculty members to protect students against violent sociopaths, their “solution” is to bottle up bills in committee and avoid sticking their necks out.
Pablum for the masses
We would be remiss not to mention the “pro-gun” initiative Sen. Berger has been shopping to Republican groups – a constitutional amendment for hunting and fishing.
Yep. You heard it right. As the left dances in the streets, making plans and hanging Republicans in effigy; as the media and gun ban advocates invent new ways to steal your liberties; our side has come up with a plan.
And that plan is to placate you with meaningless pablum designed to pacify you because clearly you are stupid enough to mistake it for something meaningful, right? (Oh, yes, and it would bring a few “sportsmen” to the polls in November to vote Republican, while they’re at it.)
Tell Republicans to stop cowering and lead!
It’s time to deliver a loud and clear message to Republican leadership that you aren’t the slightest bit interested in the little “consolation prize” they are offering to compensate for their cowardice in not moving HB 746. In fact, tell them to GROW A SPINE.
Call AND email Sen. Phil Berger and tell him to pass HB 746: Contact Berger at (919) 733-5708, [email protected]
Call AND email Speaker Tim Moore on school safety: Contact Moore at 919-733-3451, [email protected] and tell him that beyond the wimpy solutions proposed by his “Select Committee on School Safety,” he should support arming volunteer school faculty members as contained in the bill currently being drafted.
Call AND Email NC GOP Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse: Leave a message for Woodhouse at the GOP’s headquarters (919) 828-6423, email him at [email protected] or tweet to Woodhouse at @DallasWoodhouse. Tell him to stop telling supporters that the GOP won’t move gun bills in the short session of the legislature.
Help GRNC elect pro-gun LEADERS in November: The GRNC Political Victory Fund spent everything it had on the May primary elections. WE NEED YOUR HELP. You can donate to help elect candidates with spines by going to: www.grnc.org/grnc-pvf/donate-to-grnc-pvf
You can also still buy tickets for the SECOND drawing of the “WMD Raffle” – with the potential to win either a 12 gauge Mossberg Shockwave or its 20 gauge twin – by going to: www.grnc.org/grnc-pvf-raffle-2018
So please tell Republican leaders to develop spines, and then help the GRNC Political Victory Fund elect legislators with the courage to actually stand up to the left and defend your freedom!
Armatissimi e liberissimi,
F. Paul Valone President, Grass Roots North Carolina Executive Director, Rights Watch International Radio host, “Guns, Politics & Freedom”
About: Grass Roots North Carolina/Forum for Firearms Education is a non-profit, all volunteer organization devoted to educating the public about trends which abridge the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, and engaging in grass roots activism to preserve those freedoms. Formed in 1994 to conduct a highly successful rally for the Second Amendment, GRNC has gone on to conduct projects like “Remember in November: A Gun Owner’s Guide to Voting,” bringing concealed carry to North Carolina. Visit:www.grnc.org