friday fire away bit…while you still can

okay, so the gun rights battle wages on…

…on a total side note, when i first typed the line above i accidentally typed “fun battle” which sadly, to some of you, is the same thing.

i’ve talked about the second amendment before – about how it does protect our right to “keep and bear arms” but does so “in order to maintain a well regulated militia…”. that other part gets ignored a lot. the second amendment does NOT protect our right to sixty round banana clips, armor piercing ammo, or shotguns shells that shoot bursts of fire. all that shit is cool and fun as hell, but not constitutionally protected. regardless of what the “in-are-eh?” might tell you.

just so we’re clear.

all that being said, there’s an old saying (not like from confucius or some shit, more from bumper stickers and t-shirts) that “if guns are outlawed than only outlaws will have guns”. that statement is fundamentally flawed – if ANYTHING is “outlawed” (i.e. made illegal) than anybody who possesses said item is technically an “outlaw”, i.e. a “criminal”. the statement might as well say “if cocaine is [illegal] than only [criminals] will have cocaine”.

truth. it’s called “possession”. i have friends that can attest to this.

some guns are already illegal and highly regulated. shotguns that slip easily into a backpack, for example. or a fully automatic ak-47 or uzi. but criminal organizations still have them. why? because they’re FUCKING CRIMINALS. if you know the right people you can get this kind of shit. hell, i’ve never spent a day in jail and i could get this kind of shit with two phone calls and a short drive…and there’d never be a record of it ever happening in any government database ANYWHERE.

so how’s that for your fucking restrictions?

(i should hastily point out that i wouldn’t do this nor will i tip anybody off as to how they might be able to…)

all that being said, i’d like to address some of the more “common” concerns my gun-loving friends are freaking out over in the wake of this new wave of “gun control mania” brought on by the tragic shooting of first graders (which, as my friend pointed out, if the psycho had driven his car into the side of the school it would have killed just as many kids and i GUARANTEE they wouldn’t be trying to outlaw cars – or regulate that they all have certain sized wheels or engines so they could go slower or not be able to penetrate a brick wall…i’m just sayin’).

the background check thing, part i

in rare instances i agree with the “in-are-eh?” and this is one of ’em – before we start adding NEW gun laws how ’bout we start enforcing the OLD ones? we have background checks – and if you falsify info on them it’s illegal. says so right there on the form. but do they actually prosecute people who will lie about their criminal history so they can get a firearm and commit newer, more violent crimes? nopers – only ten percent or so of those caught lying on those forms are actually ever punished…we save the jail cells for psycho motherfuckers that really harm society by having weed.

the magazine thing

i’ve said this numerous times to numerous people in addition to saying it on here – you simply do not NEED the capacity to hold more than ten rounds of ammo at a time. period. just carry multiple clips and be done with it. that too cumbersome for you? a problem ’cause you have to re-load every ten rounds? maybe you need to look at your life and ask yourself where things went wrong that you pissed off enough people (or the wrong kind of people) to where needing more than ten bullets at a time falls under the “need” versus the “want” category in your world.

the background check thing, part ii

one of those rare occasions where i agree with the people trying to get the new regulations kicked in. right now there are background checks if you buy a gun through a gun store or pawn shop. but anybody can walk into a gun show and buy one and it falls under the “private individual sale” rule. look, i don’t have the ability to check your background – but i can sell you my SKS and fifty round clip ’cause i’m a private sale, not a store. they want to change this. i’m not gonna lie – i agree. if you look me up in some government database it will say i have six guns to my name, which is a whopping FIVE off. i sold a glock 22 back in 1998 but it was hand shake deal to JAB’s boss at the time so no paperwork. likewise with my SKS and fifty round clip (i wasn’t making that detail up) to a dealer at a gun show. and a tec-22 with a fifty round clip i traded for a boa (that died within a couple years i might add). then there was the sig pro i sold to a co-worker at dell ’cause he really wanted it and i really needed the money, and the baby glock i sold to bret ’cause it gave me slide bite and he wanted a compact for his glove box since crime in NOLA is pretty bad. but since all were sold WITHOUT paperwork if any of these were used in crimes it might come back to me and i don’t have a leg to stand on really until i prove i was no where near the scene. not cool. cool at the time ’cause i needed the money, but, in general, not cool.

as you can see i only own one gun currently:

gun pic

not that i’d EVER go out like that in a million years – i just wanted at least one disturbing image on the site a month, and figure that covers us for january.

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  • sean Jan 18, 2013 @ 19:14

    so none of those even happened – but here’s what did, in case you’re curious…

    Gun Violence Reduction Executive Actions:

    1. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal agencies to make relevant data available to the federal background check system.

    2. Address unnecessary legal barriers, particularly relating to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, that may prevent states from making information available to the background check system.

    3. Improve incentives for states to share information with the background check system.

    4. Direct the Attorney General to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun to make sure dangerous people are not slipping through the cracks.

    5. Propose rulemaking to give law enforcement the ability to run a full background check on an individual before returning a seized gun.

    6. Publish a letter from ATF to federally licensed gun dealers providing guidance on how to run background checks for private sellers.

    7. Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.

    8. Review safety standards for gun locks and gun safes (Consumer Product Safety Commission).

    9. Issue a Presidential Memorandum to require federal law enforcement to trace guns recovered in criminal investigations.

    10. Release a DOJ report analyzing information on lost and stolen guns and make itwidely available to law enforcement.

    11. Nominate an ATF director.

    12. Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.

    13. Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.

    14. Issue a Presidential Memorandum directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence.

    15. Direct the Attorney General to issue a report on the availability and most effectiveuse of new gun safety technologies and challenge the private sector to developinnovative technologies.

    16. Clarify that the Affordable Care Act does not prohibit doctors asking their patients about guns in their homes.

    17. Release a letter to health care providers clarifying that no federal law prohibits them from reporting threats of violence to law enforcement authorities.

    18. Provide incentives for schools to hire school resource officers.

    19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and institutions of higher education.

    20. Release a letter to state health officials clarifying the scope of mental health services that Medicaid plans must cover.

    21. Finalize regulations clarifying essential health benefits and parity requirements within ACA exchanges.

    22. Commit to finalizing mental health parity regulations.

    23. Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.