Maine Scores a F – HURRAY!! 

A story circulating in the local news and media this weekend reports the Giffords Law Center has given the State of Maine, my new forever home, a score of F in its 2021 Annual Gun Law Scorecard. You know what, that’s a damn good thing and I couldn’t be prouder. 

For those of you who don’t know them, the Giffords Law Center, formerly known as the Legal Community Against Violence and the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, is an ultra-left-wing activist and legal support center for gun control. Under the guise of “gun safety”, Giffords is known for assisting states and municipalities create highly restrictive gun control laws. They also provide pro bono legal services, so government entities have nothing to lose by implementing ever tighter gun control regulation. Chances are if your state or community is trying to implement some form of gun control, the Giffords Law Center’s fingerprints are all over it. 

So why did Maine score so badly? 

Giffords says of the “The State Of Gun Violence In Maine”: “Maine’s lack of basic gun safety laws puts its residents at grave risk, and lawmakers owe it to their communities to stand up to this crisis.” “Maine passed a reckless permitless carry law in 2015 that allows residents to carry loaded, concealed handguns in public without a permit or background check.”

One would think that with a score of F, Maine would be one of the most crime ridden, violent states in the country. In reality, the exact opposite is true. Maine has always been an extremely safe state, routinely ranked as # 1, 2 or 3 with New Hampshire and Vermont. It’s important to note that New Hampshire and (until recently) Vermont also have the same ‘dangerous’ lack of gun control laws. 

Giffords makes a big deal of Maine’s 2015 decision to allow a “reckless permitless carry law in 2015”. As they always do when any state or institution proposes Constitutional / permitless carry, Giffords flooded the public with messages that predicted it would be the wild, wild west in Maine and people would be settling all their disputes in the streets with guns. Of course, EACH and EVERY time Constitutional / permitless carry is implemented, the opposite occurs. Crime goes down, as it did in Maine, placing the state firmly as #1 on the safest list. 

What does Giffords want Maine to implement? 
Universal background checks
Gun owner licensing
Extreme risk protection orders
Most domestic violence gun laws
Assault weapon restrictions
Large capacity magazine ban
Waiting periods
Concealed carry permit
Open carry regulations

Giffords also notes “More than 88% of gun deaths in Maine are suicides, and nearly 54% of all suicide deaths in Maine involve firearms.” 

To this I respond as I did in my September 12, 2016, article, “Gun Control vs. Suicide Prevention”, suicide is NOT gun violence. 

The gun control lobby has forever included suicide numbers in their counts of “gun violence victims”. They’ve also infamously included mass shooting perpetrators who took their own life after killing others or were lawfully killed by law enforcement. Why wouldn’t they, it increases the numbers. However, I don’t see an individual taking their own life and an act of violence towards another person – by any means – as being the same thing. One is done voluntarily to oneself; the other is done involuntary to another.

In case you’re curious who scores the best on Giffords Scorecard? California (A) and New Jersey (A) with Connecticut (A-) Illinois (A-) New York (A-), Maryland (A-), Massachusetts (A-) and Hawaii (A-) following closely behind. 

Perhaps those draconian gun control laws the Giffords Law Center are pushing are contrary to what is needed for actual safety. Yes, Giffords and the rest of the gun control zealots point to evidence from research (funded and directed by gun control advocates) that says, “gun laws save lives”. At the same time, they ignore the skyrocketing violent crime rates in the most gun-controlled states and cities. Perhaps allowing law-abiding citizens to carry firearms for their own protection and the protection of their families is the deterrent the rest of the country should be modeling. It seems like Maine is the state doing things right. 

Note: The official Maine motto is Dirigo, Latin for “I direct” or “I lead”. I’d say it’s time for those gun control states to start following Maine’s lead.

A final thought for you to ponder. You want to go someplace safe with your family. Are you going to choose A ranked California or New Jersey, or F ranked Maine? 

Bob

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Smart Guns – They’re Ba-ack!

Much like the evil that came from beyond the static in Poltergeist, so-called smart guns are trying to reach out and take over your gun safe. No, that’s not an over exaggeration. Despite no interest from the firearms community, the smart gun concept is being pushed by gun control groups and the government as the greatest advancement in “gun safety”. That should be a clue. 

As I wrote on May 6, 2016 – “Not So Smart Guns”, the technology these so-called smart guns are based on has been around for years, but with huge limiting factors. Hollywood loves to showcase this kind of technology as being 100% accurate in only allowing a designated person to fire the gun. In the real world, it is sketchy at best. 

The previous state of the art was German made Armatix iP1, a 22 LR pistol which required a special watch be worn on the shooting wrist to communicate through RFID and unlock the gun. It also featured a time out lock feature and an optional Target Control module which would allow it to fire only at permitted targets. While the battery life and questionably l o n g time required to connect and unlock and the RFID were all reasons to not trust something like this with your life, it was very quickly discovered the security could be defeated quickly and effectively with… a small magnet. They didn’t even have to hack the perpetually insecure RFID technology, they just had to know where to place the magnet.

Fast forward to 2022 and we have three companies leading the new smart gun charge. SmartGunz, LodeStar and Biofire. These ‘new & improved’ smart guns use much of the same technology that has been tried before. SmartGunz uses RFID technology, albeit passive (but still hackable) with a ring containing an RFID chip. LodeStar also uses RFID technology with a ring or bracelet RFID chip, but also adds a fingerprint reader, pin pad and Bluetooth for smartphone activation. Biofire utilizes a fingerprint reader. 

The downsides to all this tech? Well, the most obvious is battery life. All the tech in the world only works when there is sufficient charge to run the computer chips. Then of course there is the hackability of RFID, Bluetooth and the smart phone itself. Rings and bracelets get lost or simply not worn and anything that reads fingerprints doesn’t work with gloves or sweaty or bloody hands. Advertised limitations also include ONLY being able to shoot right-handed or with the hand with the RFID ring or bracelet on it.  

The SmartGunz offering is reported to be in testing by an unnamed law enforcement agency, in the corrections field.  In a recent video demonstrating the SmartGunz product, a range officer clearly says he’s going to fire two rounds but is unable to get the firearm to shoot the second one. The SmartGunz’s one model, with one magazine/battery, will retail for $2,195 or $1,795 for law enforcement.

SmartGunz was at the 2022 SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show, but despite claiming their product will be available for consumers by April 2022, did not bring a working model. Perhaps because they intend to sell directly to consumers but ship to a local FFL (Federal Firearms Licensee) to run the background check and deliver, they didn’t feel the need to show off a working model at SHOT. But then you’d think they’d want the industry’s leading manufacturers, wholesalers, dealers, trainers, and firearms experts in the civilian, law enforcement and military fields to be able see and potentially recommend what they are bringing to the market. Perhaps. 

There is still no word on if the new smart guns will have GPS and remote lock capabilities, something built into the previous generation. The real danger surfaces when those two features are combined. Like the GPS software in newer drones, geofencing allows a virtual barrier to be placed around sensitive areas disallowing operation. The most common areas for drone operators are airports. Now move this into firearms restrictions. Government buildings, Post Offices and courts are the first to come to mind. But what about schools? Since anything within 1000 feet of a school is already a federally defined gun-free zone, your smart gun probably won’t work there. If you live within 1000 feet of a school, the Second Amendment won’t apply to you.

Now consider a riot, protest or disturbance of any kind in your neighborhood. The beauty of connected systems is a geofence can be set up anywhere, anytime. The first action taken to an incident in your neighborhood can easily be a gun-free geofence set up around it to protect the first responders. It won’t matter if you are the one lawfully defending yourself at the time, all smart guns will be shut down.

Like most people in the firearms industry, I have no issue with the development of new firearms technology. However, I do get concerned when it has the potential to be mandated. A 2002 New Jersey law banned the sale of any handgun EXCEPT so-called smart guns once they became commercially available. That law was replaced by a 2019 law that required all firearms retailers to offer smart guns for sale when available. While New Jersey is leading the way here, I expect other firearm restrictive states will jump on the bandwagon soon. 

As a reminder, firearms are supposed to do ONE THING and one thing only, sending projectile out the end of the barrel every time the trigger is pulled. Anything that has even the remotest possibility of preventing that from happening is a threat to your life. Safety, security, and marksmanship are the sole responsibility of the owner, not a computer chip.

For someone like me who has invested many years of his life into the promotion and training of firearm safety, that ONE THING is EVERYTHING. Adding not-ready-for-prime-time electronics into something that is designed to be a last chance to save your life is unwise. I would hate to see a situation where someone bet their life or the lives of their family on a smart gun only to have it fail. 

Remember, just because the government says something is safer and better for you, doesn’t mean it is. If you don’t believe that, go out and buy a new government approved design gas can. The good news is at least you won’t have to defend your life with it.  

Bob

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Revolvers, Pistols and Shotguns, OH MY! 

The 44th annual SHOT (Shooting, Hunting and Outdoor Trade) Show opens today in Las Vegas. The latest and greatest firearms and accessories for sporting, hunting and defense will be on display for those in the industry. After going virtual last year due to the ongoing Two Weeks to Flatten the Curve, SHOT Show is back and bigger than ever. It’s almost as if the demand for firearms in the US of A is getting stronger, not woker?  Who’d a thunk it..

Anyone who has anything to do with the firearms industry can tell you the last two years have been insane. Just about every brand and type of firearm has been challenging to impossible to buy. For ammunition, the demand has been so high that it’s been difficult to find, or find any at a price you can afford. Fortunately, stock levels improved significantly in 2021, but inventory can still be hard to locate. 

The National Instant Criminal Background Check (NICS) verifications, the proxy used for firearms sales in the country, was 21 million for 2020 and 18.5 million for 2021. Those number include 8.5 million first time buyers in 2020 and 3.2 million for just the first half of 2021. 

Who is buying firearms is as relevant as where the firearms are being purchased. In short, it is everyone and everywhere. Purchases cross all race, gender, religion, political affiliation, economic status and location. In other words, it is a cross section of the entire country, including the bluest blue states with the strictest gun control laws. 

Why demand has skyrocketed is unfortunately easy to understand. With unchecked BLM/Antifa riots raging across the country, local law enforcement agencies defunded, restructured, and restricted on the way they can address crime, prosecutors refusing to charge those who are apprehended for crimes, or practicing “catch & release” and, using COVID as a pretext, prisoners being released ‘for their safety’, the public are the ones who have paid the price.

Violent crime is skyrocketing in major cities thanks to the ‘woke’ policies of the administrations and prosecutors. Armed daylight robberies, assaults, homicides, larcenies, and burglaries have become so commonplace and undeterred some police departments have informed their residents “be prepared to give up your cell phone and purse or wallet” or simply “cooperate and comply.” What a disgrace.

Less enforcement and prosecution have of course led to more crime. With no fear of the law or any consequences for actions, people can just do whatever the hell they want. Fights in airports and on airplanes? No problem! Assaults in stores or restaurants? No problem! Walking down the street and want to hit or kill someone? No problem! Walk into a store and walk out with bags worth of merchandise? No problem! Beating anyone that gets in your way? No problem!  It’s not like anyone is going to stop you OR if you do happen to trip over the police on the way out, there will be any punishment. You’ll be back on the street in hours. 

While it’s easy for politicians to think of crime in terms of numbers and trends, some saying it’s only ‘x’ percentage here and there, the victims of crime see it differently. They see it as pain and suffering, injuries, hospitalizations, loss of work, money, home and business, and the loss of loved one’s lives. Is it any wonder that everyday Americans across the country have chosen to purchase firearms AND training so they can take control of their own safety and that of their families?  

All of this leads to a strange new reality for the gun-control elitists, many of whom are now arming themselves as unchecked crime is literally breaking down their front doors in their once safe communities. With more and more people purchasing firearms for self-defense, the old narrative of more gun control and less guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens is being exposed as false. Support for gun control is continuing to decline as the support for citizens’ rights to carry firearms, both with and without government permission is increasing. 

Firearms are used to defend lives in this country every single day. For those who contend more guns equals more violence and death, recall those long-buried CDC (Centers for Disease Control) studies that found civilian defensive use of firearms outnumbered felonious use by a rate of 3 to 1, to the tune of 2.5 to 3 million uses per year. It is critical to note that not all the events involved the discharge of a firearm by the civilian. Often, the mere presenting or challenge to the criminal with a firearm was enough to stop the intended crime. It’s also important to realize this number ONLY includes persons who were not performing defensive duties as part of their employment such as law enforcement or security services.

There will always be those among us who seek to take advantage and prey upon others. No amount of legislation or societal control will ever be able to provide for your safety, it is up to you. 

What you can do is take control of your own safety and the safety of your family. You can make a commitment to NOT be a victim. You can use the best, most effective tools available to you. Millions of Americans have made that choice in 2020 and 2021. Hopefully, millions more will join them this year. 

Bob

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Can You Hear Me Now?

Borrowing the catch phrase from an old TV commercial, this the question those of us in the Second Amendment community have. Censorship of the firearms industry or anyone advocating for Second Amendment protected rights is nothing new, although it has gotten exceedingly worse in the past few years. But now that censorship has expanded to include those who choose to hold and speak out on conservative held values or simply question the government narrative. Although many are speaking out, the message may not be getting through. 

Censorship of the firearms and 2A community by mainstream news outlets and social media companies has been going on for years. Shadow banning, the practice of partially blocking or restricting the content and comments online to limit visibility is commonplace. Pages and commentators with thousands, hundreds of thousands or millions of followers have found their messages only reaching a tiny percentage of them. Why? It’s simply because those who own the platform don’t like their message. That’s all. 

Then there are fact-checkers. Our nation’s free and independent press used to be our fact-checkers since they had an interest in the truth and exposing those who didn’t speak it. But with free and independent giving way to biased and prejudiced reporting, the press simply isn’t trustworthy anymore. Besides, traditional news organizations weren’t set up to handle a 24/7 immediate response model. Enter the fact-checkers. 

These so-called fact checkers have emerged as anonymous, unaccountable, supposedly third-party organizations, often directly funded by the very same companies they are “independently” fact-checking for. It should come as no surprise that the sponsoring organization’s ideology and biases towards those they don’t agree with are mirrored in their checks of facts. All the fact-checkers need to do is find an article with an alternate version of “truth” and that becomes the basis of YOUR facts being wrong. Once tagged with a fact-check, even if the fact-check indicates your article is true, its visibility is further reduced. 

And let’s not forget Terms and Conditions of Use or Community Standards, the ultimate restriction on content. Social media companies can define anything they want as being “otherwise objectionable” and completely ban it and the users who share it. They don’t have to justify it any further than that and they don’t have to apply the standards equally across the board. They get to decide all by themselves what is true, what is false and what is acceptable for YOU to experience on their platform. These convoluted documents are supposed to make you think they are applying their ideology in a fair manner in your best interest.  They are not. 

What kind of power do they have? They can ban the sitting President of the United States of America and a member of the United States Congress for so-called offensive content. Yet, at the same time, they permit those who advocate acts of violence against others, target members of political parties or those of a certain race. They also allow actual, bona fide terrorist organizations. Simply questioning an official government narrative or presenting actual / factual information that may cause others to question it, is enough for a permanent ban. 

Of course, there is the argument that the social media platforms are private property you use for free. As such, First Amendment speech protections do not apply, and you are perfectly welcome to start your own social media platform. Well…. There are some problems with that logic. 

First is the direct connection between one side of the United States government and the news and social media companies. If the White House, members of Congress or members of a political party are contacting these companies and asking them to limit or remove certain content, then you’re damn right the First Amendment applies. The government doesn’t get to do an end run around the Constitution and claim no free speech infringements when they are the ones directing the private companies to do it on their behalf. 

Second, let’s not forget the case of Parler, the free speech alternative to Twitter. Liberal talking heads complained the platform was nothing more than a conversative “echo chamber” that attracted and encouraged extremists. In reality, it was simply getting too popular and didn’t employ the same nanny-level liberal fact-checking the other social medial platforms did. So, using the tenuous at best association with the events of January 6th, Google, Apple and Amazon conspired to take down the platform. Yes, it’s back online now with a new infrastructure and management, but the damage has already been done. 

I’ve seen dozens of my favorite firearms related businesses and commentators have their content removed and the owners banned over the past few years. All their content was 100% legal, but none of that matters. Of course, they can appeal, but it’s a byzantine system of anonymous company drones who have the final say, and it should be no surprise it doesn’t go in your favor very often. 

Keep in mind, banned content doesn’t let people have information that might help them in their own lives. Banned content can’t inspire someone else to speak out in support of a position. Banned content doesn’t allow people to unite around a cause. Banned content can’t question the only “facts” allowed to be shared. Banned content doesn’t exist, at least as far as you know.

There are some new platforms and more coming out soon which may help shift the tide of information sharing to those who have been censored. I believe their success will largely be dependent on the ability to attract the big-name content makers and get them to leave the current social media and news platforms behind. That should start a cascade of others who will be willing to leave and never look back. 

For now, we’re all going to have to be creative and spread our message the best we can. There are a lot of us out there, and that’s exactly what they are afraid of.

Can you hear me now? 

Bob

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The Only Thing Necessary… 

The Only Thing Necessary For the Triumph of Evil is that Good Men Do Nothing.  While this quote is generally misattributed to Edmond Burke, even directly by President John F. Kennedy in 1961, the meaning and intent remain, as does the call to action for people like you and me.  

I’ve been on a little break to deal with some geography issues, and still am, but that’s a story for another day. During this time, a lot has transpired impacting our constitutionally protected rights, and specifically the Second Amendment. As with most consequential things, it’s important to understand what has happened to guide us to the future. 

It’s safe to say that over the past two years, our individual rights have taken a savage beating. In the name of ‘what is best for society’, we have seen our rights to free speech, religion, press, association and to petition our government for redress of grievances stripped away. Our right to keep and bear arms, highly restricted in many places, has been even further regulated and ‘put on hold’. We have been subjected to unreasonable searches and seizures, been denied bail, subjected to cruel and unusual punishment, and denied the right to a speedy trial.  

For the new year, I’m going to need to play catch-up on some past events in order to move forward. While my focus is, and always has been, the Second Amendment, we can’t ignore some other abuses of our rights. We don’t get to pick and choose what rights we want to defend and those we don’t care as much about. For most certainly if we allow rights in one area to deteriorate, then how long will it be for all of them to be nothing more than words on old pieces of parchment. 

If you doubt that by banding together with other like-minded individuals has no chance of success, let me drop another quote on you from cultural anthropologist Margaret Mead. 

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” 

If you still have an open slot on your resolutions list, let one of them be getting involved in your local, county, state and federal politics. For far too long we’ve let others serve and be involved and we now see the result of that. 

The Odd Stuffing crystal ball tells me 2022 is going to be a bumpy ride. It’s time for patriots to hop in and buckle up. 

Bob

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Independence Day 2021

Today we celebrate the publishing of the Declaration of Independence proclaiming us no longer subject to Great Britain’s rule in 1776. This year it comes at a time when our nation is being shamed by those who supposedly represent us for not living up to our potential or being a racist, evil capitalist society. Some are offended by the mere sight of the American flag, the sound of the National Anthem or the words in the Pledge of Allegiance. What a crock! 

For those who wish to malign our nation and way of life, to say we are a systemically racist and oppressive society, I support your freedom to do so as protected by the First Amendment to the Constitution. But don’t expect me or anyone else to promote your lies and indignation while exercising the same guaranteed rights you are trying to deny to others. Your ability to say these things without legal repercussions is due to the very system YOU are trying to destroy.

Our nation is the shining beacon of freedom it is today because 245 years ago today, patriots from the original 13 colonies decided it was better to live dangerously free than under the relative safety of an oppressive government that no longer represented their interests. Our Bill of Rights, those inalienable Rights unique to the United States of America, have never been duplicated anywhere. Why is very simple. Free people with guaranteed and protected rights are difficult for the government to control. And that my friends, is the whole idea. 

Last week I had the occasion to spend some time in several small, rural towns. What struck me was the level of patriotic spirit being displayed in preparation for the Fourth of July. Not only was Old Glory proudly displayed on nearly every home, but also on every single utility pole along the main streets of the towns. Most of these towns will be celebrating with their own small parades and community get-togethers, proudly and respectfully. 

Patriotism is not dead or even declining. It is as strong as it ever was and getting stronger every day. The more we are told to be embarrassed by our patriotism and national pride, the more people are waking up to the words written by our Founding Fathers. 

Independence Day is for every American, even those who are too foolish to realize it. Be proud of our nation and don’t be afraid to show it. You are the majority, and you are among a nation of patriots. 

If you haven’t read the Declaration of Independence lately, today is a good time to do it. https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript

Libertatem diu vivere!

Bob

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A Direct Threat To Public Safety

This quote was part of the California Governor’s response to the ruling from U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez declaring the state’s 32-year-old ban on so-called “assault weapons” unconstitutional. While this matter is nowhere close to being final, the June 4, 2021, ruling in Miller v. Bonta is a substantial step forward in the restoration of Second Amendment protected rights in the State of California, as well as the rest of the country. 

The first part of this ruling is: 

“Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR-15 rifle is a perfect combination of home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment. Good for both home and battle, the AR-15 is the kind of versatile gun that lies at the intersection of the kinds of firearms protected under District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008) and United States v Miller, 307 U.S. 174 (1939).”

Of course, the Governor and State Attorney General Rob Bonta immediately attacked this ruling:

“Today’s decision is a direct threat to public safety and the lives of innocent Californians, period. The fact that this judge compared the AR-15 — a weapon of war that’s used on the battlefield — to a Swiss Army knife completely undermines the credibility of this decision and is a slap in the face to the families who’ve lost loved ones to this weapon.”

By attacking the analogy used by Judge Benitez instead of the facts of the case, then continuing to perpetuate the “weapon of war” lie, it showed how little understanding the Governor and Attorney General really have about firearms, crime, violence and the Constitution.

The comparison is apt as the iconic Swiss Army Knife is universally recognized as an indispensable, multi-function, multi-use tool. The Judge could have just described the fact that the AR-15 is an indispensable, multi-function, multi-use tool, but he decided to use the common analogy to make the point. Thinking it compared lethality or anything else is absurd. 

Of course, the “weapon of war” lie is one of the most popular myths among the gun control extremists. It attempts to portray the AR-15 as the exact same firearm used by military forces. Naturally it is not, and the incredibly HUGE difference is military firearms that ‘look’ like the AR-15 are select fire; having the ability to fire multiple rounds per trigger pull, either in a burst or fully automatic. The AR-15 has NEVER been used by our military or any other as a “weapon of war”. It is simply a semi-automatic firearm, just like any other semi-automatic firearm without the so-called “evil” cosmetic features. But you already knew that. 

While the full ruling is 95 pages long, I encourage you to take some time and read it. Like all of Judge Benitez rulings, it is extremely well thought out and documented with verifiable, factual evidence, even if the State of California ignores it. The link to it is below. 

The big question is of course, what happens now? Judge Benitez stayed the ruling for 30 days within the ruling itself, ironically expiring on the 4th of July. The State will appeal, as they have promised in their public statements.  

California is the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, well known for its hostility towards and rulings against anything Second Amendment related. Cases in the Ninth tend to be decided by the political ideology of the judges assigned to the case rather than facts or Constitutional issues. 

The success in this case was made possible thanks to generous donations and the member supported organizations behind it. The cost has been significant and will continue to grow as it goes to the next stage. 

Now realize the State of California has unlimited resources to fight this case. Why unlimited? Because they are fighting this with YOUR tax dollars. The highly exorbitant tax dollars you pay to the state not only pay for their socialist agenda items, but to litigate cases like this to protect their ability to strip your rights away from you. If the State needs more money for the effort, they simply shuffle money from one account (like the DROS fund) to another. If they run out of money, well guess what, there’s more of that where it came from, YOU. 

And let’s not forget the billionaire funded anti-gun “grassroots” groups and lawyers who do not want this case to become precedent for the entire country. 

With the ruling stayed pending appeal, the State has everything to gain and nothing to lose by dragging out their appeals. The longer the case go on, the more resources are drained from firearm rights organizations. More dollars spent on this case means less dollars spent in other cases. All they need to do is drag this case out long enough for the 5-4 conservative majority on the United States Supreme Court to be reversed, or the Supreme Court to be packed by liberal appointed Justices, whichever comes first. 

This case is FAR from over and it is going to be years before it makes it to the Supreme Court. Even so, there is no guarantee it will be granted a writ of certiorari OR be heard by a Court supportive of Second Amendment protected rights OR be adjudicated in our favor. Even in the absolute best of circumstances, it’s a crapshoot. The chances of getting any law reversed, even a bad one, is slim at best and the only ones who are certain to win are the lawyers. 

I will repeat what I have said time and time again, the ONLY way to prevent these kinds of idiotic, non-sensical gun control laws from going into effect is to STOP electing people who are promising to take away your rights. 

Bob

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Memorial Day 2021

Memorial Day is our nation’s time to pay tribute to those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. At least that is what it is supposed to be. However, these are not normal times. The American flag is considered by some to be offensive when flown on our own soil. Patriotism is seen as a threat to our republic. And worst of all, those who fought and died for our freedom are being dismissed and forgotten.

I do not share these views. In fact, I’m willing to bet that the vast majority of our nation still believe in our country and that those who perished to guarantee our freedom were heroes. Memorial Day is celebrated to recognize these men and women’s sacrifice and what it means to all of us. This is not the time for politics, it is a time for honor and remembrance. 

The freedoms we enjoy as United States citizens came at a horrific cost, the blood, flesh, bone and souls of American service members. While they all gave their lives in service to their country, each of their lives were unique and valued. Each had their own family, friends and community that was forced to go on without them. 

Our lost service members’ remains are buried in our national and state veterans cemeteries, and countless city, town and private cemeteries around our country. Many are interred on foreign soil, in the ocean or scattered to the winds. The final resting places of others are known only to God. 

In 2000, Congress passed the National Moment of Remembrance Act. It encourages all Americans to pause wherever they are at 3 p.m. local time on Memorial Day for a minute of silence to remember and honor those who have died in service to the nation. I ask you to please consider this in your own plans this Memorial Day.

In the end, the most important thing we can do is to not let these brave men and women’s sacrifice be in vain. We must continue to cherish and protect the rights, the freedom and the country given to us. 

For all of us who live free for your service, we celebrate your memory, we honor your sacrifice, and we shall never forget.

Bob

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