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Well I liked it! Grumpy

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Some thoughts on Heller

Each Generation, Interpreting the Text of the Constitution

Oliver Wendell Holmes
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. was an American jurist who served as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1902 to 1932, and as Acting Chief Justice of the United States from January–February 1930

Fayetteville, AR –-(Ammoland.com)- I am told by gun control advocates that the Heller decision was a radical reinterpretation of the Second Amendment, a reading that is not to be found anywhere in legal thinking or rulings before 2008.
While the case law is thin, in fact, there always have been two understandings of the text: protection of individual rights or collective powers of the state.

It is true to say that the 2008 ruling shifted the presumption away from the claim that ordinary Americans had to prove their need toward one that accepts ownership and carry of firearms as something that belongs to each of us.

Does that negate the force of the ruling?

To people who favor control, it does, though they should ask themselves how far they are willing to go with this line of thinking. The modern reading of several amendments seem apparent to many today, but this is not, in fact, the reality.
Take as an illustration of this the First Amendment. It’s protections of free speech, and a free press is foundational to a democratic society, but that is a measure of enlightenment that has taken us centuries to work out.
In the view of the English jurist, William Blackstone, free speech simply meant that no prior restraint could be imposed.
You couldn’t be stopped from speaking your mind, but if what you said displeased those in power, you could be punished afterward. Think of Mel Gibson’s William Wallace shouting, “freedom!” before being relieved of his head.
Initially, the Bill of Rights did not apply to the states. The framers were under the impression, erroneous as it has proved to be, that the states were the more reliable guarantor of fundamental rights.
The ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment was in part a response to the gap in the protection of rights, and over time, more and more of the first ten amendments have been incorporated under the due process clause of the Fourteenth against the states.
But even then, the old thinking about what free speech means remained until Oliver Wendell Holmes, the turn of the twentieth century’s Anthony Kennedy, went through an evolution of his understanding.
As Thomas Healy discusses in his book, The Great Dissent, Holmes initially had no love for the idea of individual rights.
It was his association with Harold Laski, at the time a democratic socialist, and others who convinced him that the promise of the progressive movement could only be fulfilled if each member of a society can offer points of view that are contrary to the settled beliefs of the majority.

All of this is to say that we have gone in a promising direction in our thinking about more than one right. And since each generation must come to terms with what the Constitution means, it’s good to see that we’re headed in the right direction.

The claim is often made that we have a living document as if that excuses any re-imagining that anyone desires, but the life of a free society will last only if the growth we go through preserves and expands the value of individual rights.
That growth is to be celebrated, not opposed, and as with the First Amendment, so with the Second, we are going where we should.


Greg Camp
Greg Camp

About Greg Camp
Greg Camp has taught English composition and literature since 1998 and is the author of six books, including a western, The Willing Spirit, and Each One, Teach One, with Ranjit Singh on gun politics in America. His books can be found on Amazon. He tweets @gregcampnc.

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Care to guess on who got a new toy yesterday ?

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That’s right Dear Friends & Readers! Seems that I was finally able to find me a really nice Ruger 10/22 at one of my favorite gun shops – American Gun Works in Glendale*.Image result for ruger 10/22

In that I have always wanted one for the past 40 odd years. But I never had the cash or the opportunity to get one. So I guess that God has finally taken pity on this old Sinner.
Hopefully I am planning to take it to the range and get it zeroed in. Hopefully I we see some of you guys at the Angeles Range soon!
As to the shop American Gun Works, that I bought it from.

They are one of the few Gun Shops out here that have both an excellent selection of firearms. That and they have a great Gunsmith, who really has his shit together!  Plus & most Importantly a great attitude toward their Customers!

* Here is their website. If you are in the Area. It would behoove you to check them out, as it would worthy of your time.
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Burt Reynolds, Movie Star Who Played It for Grins, Dies at 82

The World is a little Less Funny now! – Grumpy

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From the NRA – In Wake of Jacksonville Shooting, “News” Outlet Recycles Article Calling for Firearm Confiscation

In Wake of Jacksonville Shooting, “News” Outlet Recycles Article Calling for Firearm Confiscation
It’s sometimes said that insanity can be defined as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
If that’s true, it doesn’t speak well of gun control advocates’ mental health, insofar as they repeat the same ritual after every high-profile firearm-related crime, with little or no lasting impact on public opinion or national policy.
Their standard procedure is: immediately misreport basic facts of the incident; unleash the indignation of anti gun politicians and celebrities on social media;
condemn the NRA and anyone else who offers thoughts and prayers while awaiting reliable information;
demand the same types of gun controls that failed to prevent the incident; insist that the gun debate has reached a turning point;
and abruptly stop talking about the incident when emotions cool and facts emerge that show how existing gun controls failed.
The defining tactic in this whole chain of events is to seize and define the narrative in the immediate aftermath of the event before anybody actually knows what happened.
The website Vox.com, however, took this tendency to new depths by using a double-murder/suicide that took place at a video game competition in Jacksonville, Florida, to re-run nearly word-for-word an article the outlet had published in May after a firearm-related crime in Sante Fe, Texas.
In both cases, the author used his limited propaganda window to express opinions that gun control advocates usually shun in the calm, cold light of reasoned debate.
“What America likely needs,” he wrote, “is something … like Australia’s mandatory buyback program — essentially, a gun confiscation scheme — paired with a serious ban on specific firearms (including, potentially, all semiautomatic weapons).”
Yet if it’s crazy for gun control advocates to expect different results from doing the same thing, it’s equally crazy for Second Amendment supporters to ignore what the opposition says when they believe they have the leeway to really speak their mind.
Simply put, when someone tells you he wants to take your guns, the only safe bet is to take him at his word.
This is the reality of the gun control agenda: its adherents see guns as the problem and the absence of guns as the solution. Everything they do is geared toward the goal of reducing and eventually eliminating civilian firearm ownership.
The only variable is the speed at which they’re willing to accomplish this objective. Sometimes they’re willing to do it by attrition, with an eye toward the gradual tapering off of new gun owners.
But the temptation to extol mass firearm confiscation is one many simply cannot resist when their outrage is in full bloom.
To be fair, the Vox author admitted that his plan is not viable in the short term and that “[p]art of the holdup is the Second Amendment.” He was quick to endorse whatever “milder” gun control the U.S. will tolerate in the meantime, while it works up the will “to take the action it really needs.”
But again, let’s not kid ourselves about what this “milder” gun control really accomplishes.
It’s certainly not public safety, a fact illustrated by the Jacksonville incident itself. According to media accounts, the alleged perpetrator bought the pistol he used in his crime in Maryland, which has one of the nation’s strictest gun control regimes.
He then reportedly used that pistol to commit a multiple-murder/suicide in a state known for a more lenient approach to gun control. The scene of the crime was also a gun-free zone.
And while the media is indulging in its usual obsession about what “should have” stopped him from buying gun, the alleged perpetrator cleared every “evidence-based polic[y]” the Vox author suggested might at least lead to “reduced injuries and deaths.”
This includes Maryland’s licensing and background check requirements, its expansive mental health disqualifiers for firearm ownership, and even its “assault weapons” and “large capacity” magazine bans.
This was “state of the art” gun control in 2013. It was Maryland’s “solution” to “preventing” something like what happened the year before in Newtown, Connecticut.
And now that it has failed so publicly, the Maryland legislature is said to be considering – you guessed it – even more restrictive gun control.
Because, ultimately, the only thing that gun control accomplishes is conditioning the public to accept ever more gun control under the false premise that we’re somehow just a few laws short of overcoming the problem of human evil.
Come to think of it, that’s a pretty good definition of insanity, as well.

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Your basic Stuff that an Old School Gunfighter would carry!


Colt Cobra in Galco leather & a  Bianchi speed strip loaded with Hornady Critical Duty ammo.
Stolen from OldNFO

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Some useful Information from the NRA to California Deer Hunters / Bambi Busters

Reminder for California Hunters: Phase 2 of Non-Lead Ammunition Requirements Currently in Effect

With deer season underway in some parts of the state and fast-approaching in others, and upland game bird season just around the corner, including dove-opener this weekend, it is important for hunters to be mindful of California’s non-lead ammunition hunting requirements imposed by AB 711 (2013) which NRA opposed. NRA has previously alertedhunters about the first and second phase of AB 711, which drastically expanded California’s restrictions on hunters using lead ammunition from previous years. These restrictions remain in effect this season.
Given the drastic changes caused by AB 711, its provisions were decided to be phased in over time, up until July 1, 2019, when they will be expanded to apply to the taking of any wildlife with a firearm in California. The first phase, which has been in effect since July 1, 2015, requires all California hunters to use certified “non-lead ammunition” when taking: (1) Nelson bighorn sheep anywhere within the state; and (2) any wildlife within a state Wildlife Area or an Ecological Reserve.
Additionally, as of July 1, 2016, AB 711’s second phase has taken effect. It requires hunters to use certified non-lead shot when taking any upland game birds anywhere in the state, except for dove, quail, snipe, or any game birds taken under the authority of a licensed game bird club. In other words, it requires use of non-lead shot statewide for taking turkey, chukar, and pheasant that are not hunted on the grounds of a properly licensed club. This second phase restriction also applies to game birds taken with a shotgun under a depredation permit.
Dove hunters should be aware that various prominent locations for dove hunting are inside Wildlife Areas and Ecological Reserves where non-lead shot will be required. For example, the Imperial Wildlife area includes the Wister Unit, Hazzard Unit, and the Finney-Ramer Unit—some of California’s most popular dove hunting locations. The Camp Cady Wildlife Area near Barstow and the Ash Creek Wildlife Area in Lassen County are also very popular. For a map of California’s existing Ecological Reserves and Wildlife Areas, visit https://map.dfg.ca.gov/lands/. And for more detailed information about specific Ecological Reserves and Wildlife Areas, visit: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Lands/Places-to-Visit.
While those hunting dove, quail, snipe, or any game birds taken under the authority of a licensed game bird club need not worry about the “Condor Zone” and instead only Wildlife Areas and Ecological Reserves, deer hunters must worry about both. Deer hunters should be aware that the California Condor Range includes portions of zone A, as well as all of zones D7, D8, D9, D10, D11, and D13. Hunting deer in any of these areas will require the use of non-lead ammunition.
For your convenience, NRA and CRPA have put together a quick reference guide to determine whether a particular hunt will require using non-lead ammunition.

 
For a full-size downloadable version of this map, visit https://nrm.dfg.ca.gov/FileHandler.ashx?DocumentID=122314&inline
 
We strongly encourage all hunters to contact the California Department of Fish and Wildlife before going out to the field to determine whether the area you plan on hunting requires use of non-lead projectiles. For more information, contact the Department’s Wildlife Branch – Game Management at:
1812 9th Street, Sacramento, CA 95811
Phone: (916) 445-0411
Additionally, you can also call or visit any one of the Department’s Field and Regional Offices, a list of which is available online at https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Explore/Organization/LRB.
 
 
Hunter’s Guide to Understanding and Complying with
California’s Lead Ammunition Ban Now Available on NRA’s Website
 
NRA and CRPA have been at the forefront of the fight to protect traditional ammunition in California for years and achieved important successes prior to the passes of AB 711. Despite this setback, NRA and CRPA are not giving up on protecting their members who hunt in California from the lead ammunition ban. They will continue to monitor its implementation and enforcement to make sure hunters are treated fairly and according to the law.
To that end, NRA and CRPA have now published the Guide to Understanding and Complying with California’s Lead Ammunition Restrictions, which can also be found on the California Stand and Fight web page.  This helpful and important guide serves as a comprehensive resource for hunters who need to know about California’s lead ammunition restrictions. The guide will aid hunters in navigating California’s complex lead ammunition regulations, especially when using traditional lead ammunition for hunting while doing so remains legal in certain areas for a limited time.
As explained above, the new law will require the use of non-lead ammunition for all hunting statewide beginning July 1, 2019. In the years leading up to the total statewide ban, lead ammunition used for hunting will be incrementally restricted in phases. The guide explains each of the three phases in detail and will help hunters comply with these patchwork restrictions as they take effect.
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There is always something weird going on, somewhere in the Green Machine

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The Real Reasons for Chicago's Deadly Crime Wave BY JACK DUNPHY

(Jack Dunphy was a LAPD Cop. Who writes better than I can & it is worth your time to read in my humble Opinion – Grumpy)

Chicago Police officers investigate the scene where two people were shot in Chicago. (Tyler LaRiviere /Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

But  If you were somehow to identify and arrest every single one of the shooters involved in the weekend violence, you would no doubt discover that nearly all of them came from homes with absent fathers, and that nearly all of them had been previously arrested for violent crime. (They won’t come close to arresting all of the shooters, or even a quarter of them; the website Heyjackass.com reports Chicago P.D.’s murder clearance rate for 2018 so far is 14.6 percent.)

As Rahm Emanuel knows, to take a stand against hit-and-run fatherhood is to cast blame on a significant portion of the Chicago electorate. What’s more, to do so would also cast blame on the leftist policies that gave rise to the welfare state and to which he owes his political career. The vast government apparatus that over the years has come to make fathers unnecessary, at least in a financial sense, lies at the very heart of Democratic politics. Single mothers may do their best, but the research is consistent and irrefutable: boys raised without fathers are far more likely to become involved in crime.

And if Rahm Emanuel cannot bring himself to address the long-term source of Chicago’s troubles, perhaps he can do something about the short-term ones. If the city is plagued with a cohort of dangerous young men, what’s to be done about them? As noted above, the short-term solution is well known but politically fraught: You encourage your police officers to identify and arrest the lawbreakers, and you encourage your prosecutors to bring appropriate charges and seek appropriate sentences. To those who are troubled by the specter of “mass incarceration,” a question: Given the blood running in the gutters of Chicago’s streets last weekend (and most weekends, especially in summer), are there too many people in jail or too few?

But to address this crime wave requires a police force that is fully staffed, suitably equipped, and well led, none of which describes the Chicago Police Department in its current state. Incredibly, Rahm Emanuel acquiesced to allowing the ACLU and the socialist front group Black Lives Matterto participate in the crafting of a consent decree soon to take effect in Chicago, a measure that will divert vast amounts of police manpower and resources from fighting crime to complying with the minutia the decree will demand. The ACLU was already successful in foisting on Chicago’s cops the “Investigative Stop Report,” the two-page form completed on every person detained, however briefly, in the course of a cop’s work day. If your goal is less police work, just add to the paperwork requirement and soon you’ll get what you want. The result of all this in Chicago is clear: the city’s thugs are less fearful of the consequences for their predations than are the police for the consequences of trying to oppose them. If the cops do what must be done, it will result in more violent confrontations between them and the lawbreakers, including more officer-involved shootings, even the most plainly justifiable of which brings protests and accusations of racism. This is how you get 74 people shot in one weekend.

What’s more, Chicago has hundreds of police openings, and retirements and resignations currently outpace hiring. Much of the police technology is out of date and police stations and detective bureaus have been shuttered. Most important, Superintendent Eddie Johnson is simply not up to the task of leading the department through its current crisis, and too many in his command staff are equally as incompetent. What Chicago needs is a proven leader, perhaps someone from outside the department, if any such would dare seek the job. Witness what William Bratton accomplished in Boston, New York, and Los Angeles, where he showed that cops who are equipped, trained, and motivated to fight crime while honoring the Constitution can solve problems once thought to be intractable.

Rahm Emanuel will never do what needs to be done to repair what ails Chicago. He is up for re-election next year. How will the voters choose?