Notes From HPS

BY Herschel Smith
5 years, 8 months ago

David Codrea:

A federal judge has upheld the State of Connecticut’s sweeping gun control laws enacted last year in response to the Sandy Hook “gun-free zone” shootings …  leaving the Constitutional mandate “shall not be infringed” unacknowledged.

That’s not all the judge did or said.  But the Hartford-based judge said Connecticut’s law does not “amount to a complete prohibition on firearms for self-defense in the home.”  Of course as readers know, the Second Amendment has to do with more than self defense.  It has to do with ameliorating tyranny.  I think clarity is needed on this issue.  I’ve said before than the Second Amendment frames in the federal government in its latitude to enact gun control laws, and I still support that view.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that the doctrine codified in the Second Amendment doesn’t give us a road to follow at the state and local level.  It certainly does.

All federal laws concerning firearms are unconstitutional because of the Second Amendment.  This is special case because it is a federal case concerning a state law.  These are becoming more frequent.  Purely as a matter of practicality and workability, I do not see the federal court system as a legitimate protection of our God-given right to bear arms for both personal protection and amelioration of tyranny.  They just won’t oblige this role or duty, and neither will the executive or legislature branches of the federal government.  What this means is varied and far reaching, but one obvious result of all of this is that the real fight is at the local and state level.  If this makes its way to the Supreme Court (and I doubt that it will), don’t expect them to overturn this abomination.  Patriots will have to decide when it is time to move to freer states, and states will have to decide when it is time to remove the shackles of burden welded on by the federal government.

David is also covering the threat of immigration to gun rights.  David and I have both covered this as well, where the bonanza of voters for the democratic party would be overwhelming and determinative.  In a related issue, David is pointing out yet another good reason to guard the Southern border.  Gun control, having largely failed in the U.S., is being prepared as an invasion from the South.

Here are some of Saldias’ examples of increasing restrictions Latin American gun owners have recently experienced:

-Peru has limited gun ownership to only four firearms, 2 handguns and two long guns—period.

-Bolivia passed a “temporary” ban on importing firearms and ammunition, and Ecuador then followed suit. Bolivia’s ban is in its third year, but Ecuador dropped the ban.

-In Argentina the government publishes gun owners’ names and addresses on a public access website.

-In Chile, citizens can buy and possess firearms, but all firearms are legally the property of the government, which can recall them at any time by Presidential decree.

-According to the Venezuelan Hunting Federation, before Chavez came to power they used to sell over 20,000 hunting licenses per year; now, that number is less than 1,000.

-Costa Rica and the Dominican Republic have totally banned all hunting.

-Paraguay narrowly missed passing legislation to ban lead hunting ammo and now the same proposal is in front of Argentine legislators. Such a ban would be disastrous. “There are no alternatives to lead ammunition in Latin America,” Saldias said. “A ban would effectively end all hunting.”

Folks, this is easy.  We close the borders, inspect every vehicle that comes across from the South, reduce the number of checkpoints through which traffic can flow, shoot invaders, implement E-Verify on a national basis, and prohibit the hiring of any illegal immigrant.  The corporate interests won’t allow it.

Kurt Hofmann is covering microstamping and the silliness behind the new California law.  He also points out, once again, the dual standard with which law enforcement and citizens are treated.  I’ve covered this, but on the other side of the equation (i.e., by Smith & Wesson, from whom I haven’t heard back on my questions to them).  The new California law strips rights from the citizens, but exempts LE.

Kurt Hofmann: ““These pro-gun guys say they have rights that can’t be interfered with, but I think we should get rid of the Second Amendment …”  Has Kurt gone anti-gun, or is he quoting someone else?  You’ll have to drop by and see.  Besides, although late to the game, the Illinois constitution also recognizes the right to bear arms.  Did we forget about that little document?  States matter, folks.

John Jay discusses what it means to have milspec parts.  I think John may not have included enough of the idea of rapid target reacquisition during maneuvers in which fighters have engaged selective fire in his discussion of intermediate cartridge.  But this post is about as good as it gets in understanding what it means to get parts that are “milspec,” what it does not mean, and what it might mean.  As for my Rock River Arms AR-15, with its Wylde chamber, can shoot 5.56 mm and 0.223 with equal (very good) accuracy, and I love the way it shoots.  But the Wylde chamber isn’t milspec.  It’s something RRA does for their rifles that isn’t included in the Stoner design, per se.  John’s post is long but well worth the time to study it.

Uncle wants to know why the anti-gunners are so violent?  I have wondered the same thing before.


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