Posts Tagged ‘amendment’

With a lot of state’s now at least considering a weapon ban of some sort, many manufacturers and distributors (here’s the current list) have come together to help put a stop to it.  If you haven’t already heard, many companies are no longer selling products to law enforcement agencies in states that have taken rights away from the residents.

What’s fair for one is fair for all.

The government can’t take away the rights of the people without facing consequences themselves.  Is this a good thing?  I think so.  I think it sets the stance of all gun owners.  We wont sit back and watch our rights be taken.  Some people would argue that its only making the situation worse and that we should never disarm our law enforcement officers.

Will it prevent them from getting ammo and firearms?  Certainly not.  Will it make it harder?  Absolutely.  I think as gun owners, we should stand behind companies who have enacted these policies.  Let them know we support their decision by supporting them.

The list below is provided by The Blaze and it shows over 20 of the companies who have decided to take this stance.  You can see their entire post right here.

What do you think about this?  Where do you stand on this issue?  Let me know in the comments.

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I am not an extremist when it comes to politics.  I tend to find myself in the middle on most issues.  And as a result, I am getting very irritated with the extremists on both sides of the gun control issue.  We don’t need to issue every man woman and child a gun.  And we don’t need to disarm and criminalize law abiding citizens.  There is a middle ground and we just need to find it.

I had the pleasure of going to DMV this morning to get a new title for my car.  On the side of my local DMV there was Virginia’s state seal.  The figure, Virtus, standing atop of a tyrant at the end of a battle, his crown tossed aside.  The seal represents peace and freedom.  Along the edge of the seal it reads:  “Sic Semper Tyrannis” – Thus Always to Tyrants.

Wikipedia defines a tyrant as “a ruler of a cruel and oppressive character who is an absolute ruler unrestrained by law or constitution, or one who has usurped sovereignty”.  Tyrants come in all form and are not just dictators or kings.  I’ve known several in my life.  Even worked for one once.  I hate tyrants in every form.

If we had not had firearms back in 1776, we might not even be talking about this right now.  We were living under the rule of a tyrant from across the seas.  We had firearms for hunting and self defense.  We had firearms well before we even had the Constitution!  And it was with those firearms that we won our freedom.

We shouldn’t be discussing this as an item that affects the constitution.  We shouldn’t be discussing how to ban a right that we have had from the beginning.  We should instead be talking about how to maintain and protect that right while at the same time, protecting everyone’s right to life and safety.  Having firearms, in the hands of law abiding citizens, is the greatest check on government that exists.

We don’t need to arm everyone.  And we don’t need to disarm everyone.  The government does not need to tell us what we can and can’t do.  Every added law and restriction is one step toward tyranny; one step toward less freedom.  Many would classify Obama and his administration as tyrants, but I wont go that far yet.  We’re a long way away from a dictatorship or monarchy right now and Obama still requires lawmakers to work with him.

So lets all stop blaming the other side and try to work together.  Because tyranny rises when one person (or group) refuses to bend to the will of others.  When they do what they want, when they want, with no consequences.  This could happen for either side as well.  Like I said though, we aren’t there quite yet.  As the saying goes, Rome wasn’t built in a day.  With time, any government can turn tyrannical, and if that happens to us, we better hope we still have our guns . . . sic semper tyrannis.

I came across an article that discussed one reason why a higher percentage of police chiefs are in favor of “gun control” while a lower percentage of sheriffs are. I had never given it much thought until I read the article.

Click the quote below to see the whole article:

This contains some concepts that many folks haven’t considered. We are not siding with or against the police or advancing excuses for them and we hope it does not appear we are picking on them either; we aren’t.

I always thought it was just a rural vs city kind of thing but it seems like its more than that. The article explains that sheriffs are elected and more likely to defend the rights of their county’s residents, while police chiefs answer to city counsels,mayors, governors, etc. Politics play a much larger role for them.

I’m lucky enough to live in a county where my local sheriff has said they will not enforce any federal laws that violate the Second Amendment. I don’t know about the rest of VA, but around here guns are a big thing. I don’t see gun control being popular here any time soon.

Where do your police chiefs and sheriffs stand?  Let us know in the comments below.

I found this to be pretty interesting. Just wanted to share it with everyone. Hope you enjoy!

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Why Carry a Gun?

My old grandpa said to me ‘Son, there comes a time in every man’s life when he stops bustin’ knuckles and starts bustin’ caps and usually it’s when he becomes too old to take an ass whoopin.’

I don’t carry a gun to kill people.

I carry a gun to keep from being killed.

I don’t carry a gun to scare people.

I carry a gun because sometimes this world can be a scary place.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m paranoid.

I carry a gun because there are real threats in the world.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m evil.

I carry a gun because I have lived long enough…

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One of the blogs I follow, The Grey Enigma, posted something he found online and I wanted to share it.  Click here for his post:  The Root Cause of Gun Violence.

What I wanted to share was the quote that he picked out of the article over on Spectator.org.  It really says something about why there is gun violence in America and I have to agree with what it says.  The whole article (two pages) is a good read though so you should definitely head over to Spectator and give it a read.

Here’s the quote:

About 20,000 people live in my hometown of Oxford, Miss., and there are probably twice as many guns. Folks own handguns, shotguns, rifles, and all kinds of weapons I’ve never even heard of. But I can’t remember the last murder story in the local paper.

That’s because my town has lots of guns, but lots of fathers, too.

Chicago doesn’t have a gun problem; it has a father problem….

When young men don’t have fathers, they don’t learn to control their masculine impulses. They don’t have fathers to teach them how to channel their masculine impulses in productive ways.

When young men don’t have fathers, those men will seek out masculine love — masculine acceptance — where they can find it. Often, they find it in gangs.

In my little town, if some boys tried to form a gang and do violence on our streets, the fathers wouldn’t bother calling the sheriff. Those boys would face a gang of fathers hell bent on establishing order in our community. And if that meant using physical force, so be it.

I think we should start looking at areas that have gun violence issues and try to find a better solution than banning firearms.  Many responsible citizens across the country would agree that guns are not the problem.  People are the problem.  Our current moral compass is the problem.  We don’t need more laws and restrictions; our country becomes less free by the day, all in an attempt to protect the people from themselves.

We certainly need something, but it isn’t more gun control.  Let me know what you think we need in the comments below.

Also, I plan to do another Ammo Update tomorrow morning.  Make sure you’re subscribed so you don’t miss it!

I know the name of my blog is “Backyard Shooter” and I normally write about things related to gun rights and shooting in general.  Lately though, just as our Second Amendment rights have come under fire, the rights of those of us who play video games have also taken a hit.  It seems there are those in the pro-gun crowd that would start taking away rights that gamers have while calling those after their rights “gun grabbers” and “socialists”.

Senator Lamar Alexander, you can’t attack another group of people just because your own group is looking bad.  Video games are protected under the First Amendment as freedom of speech.  Just as pro-gun activists slam the anti-gun crowd for trying to destroy the Constitution, I have to call them out for doing the exact same thing.  What’s good for one is good for the other.

If you care about your rights as a gamer, or your rights as a citizen of The United States of America, please click here to help the Video Game Voters Network spread the word to lawmakers that we, as gamers and U.S. citizens, refuse to let our rights be infringed.

This is the message they want to be seen by our lawmakers:

I am writing today to respectfully encourage you not to allow video games to become a scapegoat in the ongoing national debate over violence in the United States. As a voter, constituent, and avid video game player, I am concerned with the efforts of some to paint my choice of entertainment as the cause of recent tragic events.

I would like to share some key facts about video games and those who play them. The average video game player is 30 years old and the average game purchaser is 35 years old. In addition, women 18 and older represent a significantly greater portion of the game-playing population (30 percent) than boys age 17 or younger (18 percent), and 29 percent of game players are over the age of 50.

I believe that parents, not politicians, are in the best position to determine entertainment choices for their families and, according to the Federal Trade Commission, parents are involved in the purchase and rental of their children’s games over 89 percent of the time. Also, according to the Entertainment Software Association, 91 percent of parents monitor the content of the games their children play. It is very important to help parents and caregivers ensure that the computer and video games children play are appropriate and parent approved. However, the video game rating system is already doing a great job by providing parents with detailed video game content descriptors and parental controls available on all video game consoles.

In addition, through partnerships with retailers across the nation, the video game industry has the highest level of retail enforcement of any entertainment form. Instead of blaming video games – which numerous studies have shown do not incite violence, but instead help to advance technology and society – we should be discussing new solutions that strike at the heart of the real problems we face. I completely stand with the American people who are rightfully demanding action in response to recent tragedies. What these events require is serious debate and serious solutions, and blaming video games and gamers is neither.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

We are more than just consumers.  We are members of a worldwide group.  Just as gun owners feel a camaraderie with other gun owners, we feel the same sense of belonging with members of the gaming community.   Stand up for your rights because this is starting to look ugly for the entire country and I’m afraid every part of the Constitution is going to come under attack.  It is unacceptable to persecute a group of people in order to prevent your own from suffering.

We are a nation of once-free people.  Now we’re a country of people who can’t responsibly make decisions for themselves.  Our founding fathers are writhing in their graves right now as they watch what a mess we’ve made of this great country.  It’s time we stop looking for blame and start trying really hard to find a solution.

I am an avid gamer and firearms enthusiast.  I will defend the rights of all people in this great country to the best of my ability.  Will you do the same?

Just to keep things light, here’s a humorous image

We’re all well aware that prices have jumped considerably over the past few months.  It’s affecting all gun owners and firearm enthusiasts.  But it didn’t really hit me how much the prices had changed until I bought a box of Tula Ammo yesterday.

Before the school shooting in Newtown Connecticut, Tula .223 ammo was really cheap.  I bought it pretty regularly throughout most of 2011 and 2012 at $0.25 a round.  In bulk I saw it selling for about $0.20 a round.  But with ammo so plentiful at the time, I only bought it as I needed it . . . sure regret that now.

The box I just bought, with price tag

The box I just bought, with price tag

Box of ammo with receipt showing price

Box of ammo with receipt showing price

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before the shooting, Tula sold for $4.95 a box at Walmart and around $5.25 a box at the local shops.  I didn’t mind buying at the additional cost since it helped local business.  Now however, Walmart has absolutely no .223 ammo whatsoever.  And local shops are selling what little Tula they have for $10 a box!  That’s just under a 100% increase in price!  And the jump occurred in less than a 2 month period.

.223 ammo isn’t the only kind to suffer either.  Almost all calibers have experienced extreme increases.  Since I have two 22lr pistols and a conversion kit for my AR15, I went through quite a bit of that ammo from August to December. Probably several thousand rounds.

Before the shooting, Blazer ammo was $0.04 a round.  You could find it for that price almost anywhere.  After the shooting, the price doubled to $0.08 a round.  Fiocchi ammo experienced the same price jump of 100%.  Not a huge jump, and still affordable.  But there’s not a 22lr cartridge for sale in my county at this point.

Ammunition isn’t the only thing that has shot sky high either.  Before the shooting and weapon ban talks, there was a plethora of magazines available.  After the shooting it’s almost impossible to find a magazine in stores locally.  And online is just as bad.  The magazines that can be found have more than doubled in price.

Before the scare, I could buy 30 round AR mags locally for $15.95 a piece.  One of my local shops usually kept like 20 of each color in stock.  That’s certainly not the case anymore.  The only mags I have found locally in recent weeks were two 30 round mags for $20 each.  Since then I have only seen 20 round magazines, and those were selling for over $25 each.

Right now, at online gun trading sites as well as local gun shows, 30 round AR15 magazines are selling for between $30 and $60 a piece.  That’s a considerably higher jump than ammo experienced.  Right now a lot of online retailers have magazines back-ordered until after June.

I know some of this is supply and demand, but I think a lot of it is price gauging by people who are just exploiting peoples’ fears.  I really hope this all passes soon because the way it is right now, I don’t even want to go shooting because I don’t know that I’ll be able to replace my ammo any time soon.  And a gun is no good without ammo . . .

For more examples of how prices have changed, check out my post from the past weekend when I went to a local gun show.  I include prices I saw for rifles and ammo of all kinds.  Leave a comment below and let me know how much the prices have jumped in your local market.