Walkabout In The Weminuche Wilderness

Herschel Smith · 05 Aug 2018 · 39 Comments

"There are no socialists in the bush" - HPS All of my physical training only barely prepared me for the difficulty of the Weminuche Wilderness (pronounced with the "e" silent).  It's National Forest land, not National Park.  The Department of Agriculture no longer prints maps of the area, so we relied on NatGeo for the map, and it's good, but not perfect. We have a lot of ground to cover, including traveling with firearms, the modification I made to one of my guns for the trip, the actors…… [read more]

Based On The Testimony Of One Witness

BY Herschel Smith
2 weeks ago

This is why the Holy Writ requires two witnesses to convict.  And in case you had to be told (I hope you don’t), be careful how well you manage your home life.  I personally have a very good friend whose wife was unfaithful to him, demanded a divorce (that he didn’t want), and took half of everything he owned in court, along with alimony payments.  If red flag laws existed at the time his guns would be owned and operated by the police today.  And not one bit of the whole ugly affair was his fault.

AR-15: Lock on it.

Cop: Tries to cycle the charging handle three times before he concludes it is not loaded.

Good Lord.

Alabama Extreme Risk Protection Order Bill

BY Herschel Smith
3 weeks ago

Al.com:

Coleman’s bill would create a measure allowing the court to prevent a person deemed a threat to themselves or others from owning or buying a firearm for one year. The bill, if signed into law, would require the surrender of all firearms and ammunition and would allow law enforcement to search the residence for firearms and ammunition.

Family members, law enforcement officers or educators could request a gun violence protective order, which the court could issue immediately without notice to the person it concerned, based solely on information and testimony from the petitioner. This is called an ex parte gun violence protective order.

Yes, even in Alabama.  It’s everywhere, no small indication that the controllers aren’t just in New York, Chicago or Washington, D.C.  It’s popular and easy now to push red flag bills and declare yourself free of “controller guilt” because you did a “good thing.”  But the point is that takes a controller at heart to do it.  Most politicians are controllers at heart, regardless of what they say.

Recall what I said about that.  “The desire to control others is the first sign, incorrigible pathology and premier sin of the wicked.”  The desire to control others is always and everywhere evil.  To my Alabama readers, see if you can beat this back, and then make the proponents of this bill pay for ever bringing this up in the first place.

Philly Sheriff Gets Guns Away From Alleged Abusers Fast

BY Herschel Smith
4 weeks, 1 day ago

News from Philadelphia:

“Our concern is that in the immediate timeframe, that family is safe,” Williams said. “Imagine it’s cold out, there’s a family with children that’s just run out of the house with no coats or shoes on to get away from danger. We pick them up, we bring the whole family back to the house, we remove the bad guy and the guns and we make it safe.”

The Sheriff’s office is responsible for more than 1,000 firearms confiscated from accused batters due to Protection From Abuse orders. Their office’s Warrant Unit can execute Protection From Abuse orders signed by a judge 24/7, Williams said.

[ … ]

“We do this every day. We’re not making a judgment if this person is guilty or innocent, we’re enforcing the order,” said Sheriff’s Office deputy chief Paris Washington. “The courts determine whether they get them back, whether it’s vacated, or whether it lasts longer.”

Just obeying orders, like cops everywhere will do when pressed.  The operable phrase here is “alleged.”  It’s in the title of the article, I didn’t make it up.

So we don’t have to imagine anything.  All it takes is an accusation or allegation.  Presto.  God-given rights to self defense abused in a flash.  One phone call, one statement to a judge, one allegation to a social worker, true or not.  But no one is making a judgment, of course.

USCCA Supports Red Flag Laws

BY Herschel Smith
4 weeks, 1 day ago

The US Concealed Carry Association supports gun control.  Via reddit/firearms, this screen capture:

Remember that.  If you do not present a danger to yourself or others and are acting lawfully, there should be no reason to be concerned.

Unlike, say, if you lawfully defend yourself and the prosecutor wants to put you in prison anyway because the system is abused, necessitating a high-powered second amendment lawyer paid for by your USCCA dues.  That’s the only situation where abuse happens.  Or perhaps they know there will be abuse, and it’s another chance to score membership dues from the sheeple.  People will need those high-powered lawyers to get their guns back when they’ve been falsely accused of something.

What a bunch of hypocrites.  Hey, USCCA.  If you’re not careful, you’ll take up the mantle from the NRA as the most well-connected and well-financed gun control organization on earth.  Would that make you proud?

Will Red Flag Laws Be Used To Set Up Gun Owners?

BY Herschel Smith
1 month ago

David Codrea:

It’s fair to ask what protections will exist to prevent abuse and catch innocents up in a net that will strip them of rights and leave them on their own to fight a state with virtually unlimited resources?

What’s to stop false accusations, and incentives offered to make them?

Yes, the system will be abused, but I’ll go further.  Such abuse could only begin after an ungodly, unrighteous bill was signed into law.  There is no provision in the Scriptures for presuming to know the future and acting to punish people based on what you foresee they might do.  That’s God’s domain, not man’s.  In a Biblical economy, those guilty of divination are cut off from the people, a virtual death sentence.  See Leviticus 19:26-31, Leviticus 20:6, Deuteronomy 18:9-14, and many other passages.

The authors of this detestable thing have set themselves against God and upon the throne of the Almighty.

Is It Safe For S.C.’s Lindsey Graham To Write A Gun Bill?

BY Herschel Smith
1 month ago

McClatchy.

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham supports laws to temporarily revoke guns from people who might harm themselves or others, and he’s working on legislation that would give grants to states that pass such statutes.

It’s a controversial position among gun rights advocates, but the South Carolina Republican’s not worried about alienating his base.

“Not my base,” he said of his opponents of this issue, adding they are the “the fringe of the fringe.

“I think most Americans believe that multiple murderers shouldn’t have gun rights. Most Americans support background checks,” Graham continued. “The Second Amendment’s important to me, but it’s not a suicide pact.”

The “fringe of the fringe.”  That’s how Miss Graham sees you and me.  And she’s lying.  This bill isn’t about preventing “multiple murderers” from getting guns.  That’s already covered in the laws.  This bill is about removing God-given rights from people who have committed absolutely no crime whatsoever.

From the department of pre-crime, Miss Graham knows what you’re going to do before you do it.  And the voters of South Carolina will flock right to her corner on election day because of a few nice things she said about Trump, the other gun grabber who gave us the bump stock ban and suggestion for red flag laws, something even Obama never did.

Liars and soldiers of the Trojan Horse, they are.

Massad Ayoob: “Give The Cops All Your Guns”

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 1 week ago

Massad Ayoob:

For April 2019, the question was what to do if the police showed up at your home with a warrant authorizing them to seize your firearms.  You can find it here.

Spoiler alert: their unanimous advice is “Don’t resist.  Allow them to take the weapons. Sort it out later in court.”

So at the risk of being too simplistic, this isn’t really a viable long term strategy because red flag laws are subject to the whims of the court, and the color of your eyes may disqualify you from owning firearms.  Massad Ayoob still believes in the “American Justice System.”  I believe in that too, just without the word justice.

Wirecutter saw this one too, and titles it And to think I used to like this guy.  Eh … I never really liked him.  I never saw why folks thought he was so special.

Lindsey Graham: Gun Controller

BY Herschel Smith
1 month, 3 weeks ago

News from the arm pit of the universe, the abode of demons, gargoyles and pit vipers.

“I think passing a federal law is probably beyond what the market will bear,” he said in his opening remarks on Tuesday. But he said the federal government could give a nod to the states that “if you do it in a certain way, the federal government will incentivize you.”

“I think that’s the best way at least initially to solve this problem,” Graham said.

Give the state some money to do the dirty work.

So I read an article a day or two ago that stated Lindsey Graham has seen his support increase in South Carolina since he decided to glom onto Trump.  Of course, he’ll be facing an election soon.

If South Carolinians fall for his opportunism, they’re idiots.  And if anyone thinks Trump is pro-second amendment, he is equally an idiot.

Police Seize More Than 450 Guns Under Florida’s New ‘Red-Flag’ Law

BY Herschel Smith
4 months, 2 weeks ago

Outdoorhub:

Hundreds of gun owning Floridians have been ordered to surrender their firearms under a new ‘Red-Flag’ law signed by the governor just three weeks after a gunman entered Stoneman Douglas High School and opened fire.

The Risk Protection Order, signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, essentially strips a person’s second amendment rights if a task force team and a judge believe it is warranted – meaning if the person shows any signs of being a threat to themselves or others.

According to WFTS-TV, Sgt. Jason Schmittendorf, of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, said approximately 200 guns have been confiscated in Florida since the red-flag law was enacted. “Around 30,000 rounds of ammunition were also taken,” he stated.

The team has reportedly filed 64 risk protection petitions in court, which is the second highest number of cases in a Florida county – Broward County has the most, with 88 risk protection petitions filed since the law was ordered into effect in mid-March.

Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri – who chairs the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Commission – shared this sentiment when asked about his decision to devote an entire unit to carry out the new law:

“It’s a constitutional right to bear arms and when you are asking the court to deprive somebody of that right we need to make sure we are making good decisions, right decisions and the circumstances warrant it.”

According to the report, every petition filed under the order in Pinellas County has been granted by the judge, with the vast majority involving people with a previous history of mental illness.

So here’s the gouge.  As long as they can get a community witchdoctor to say it’s okay, a judge will reflexively grant the petition.  So much for the justice system called “Department of pre-crime.”

If they were so dangerous, why hadn’t they already committed a crime?  Worry not about details, dear folk.  There is an entire unit devoted to carrying out this confiscatory policy.  I’m sure Trump is happy, along with the NRA.  For two more years, anyway.

White House School Safety Report Recommends Gun Confiscation Orders

BY Herschel Smith
5 months ago

Breitbart:

The White House School Safety Commission’s report will be released this week, and it will include calls for such confiscatory laws. On December 18, 2018, Breitbart News quoted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s  preview of the report, saying, “Our report endorses states adoption of extreme risk protection orders, which temporarily restrict access to firearms to individuals found to be a danger to themselves or others.”

DeVos stressed that the White House wants the confiscatory orders structured in a way that is “cognizant of due process protections and respectful of Second Amendment liberties.”

Brought to you by the department of pre-crime, whether a democrat or republican administration.  Yea, I’m sure these laws won’t be abused by estranged spouses looking for revenge.  I’m sure all such confiscations will be perfect in their prophesy of would-be felons.

And I’m sure all of these laws will follow due process, and won’t infringe on the second amendment.  And I’m sure Trump is a proud father of such laws.

The progressives are closing the vise.  Their design and desire for control will never be abated.


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