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Folks who know me, and who have followed Dragon Leatherworks from its infancy, know that I tend to not mince words, and at times I can be rather…blunt.
I started as a holster maker in upstate NY with a total investment of $500, some leather-working tools, and a converted 10′ x 12′ outdoor shed. Un-insulated outdoor shed. Winters in upstate NY can get mighty cold. But I was on a mission…after getting my carry permit in NY, and finding no comfortable, easy way to carry my handgun, I decided to make holsters not only for myself, but for those folks who wanted an alternative to the mass-produced stuff.
I also thought, when I lived there, that getting a carry permit in NY was a pain in the ass, and bordered on un-Constitutional.
Boy, was I ever wrong.
I just finished Emily Millers book, “Emily Gets Her Gun” (Regnery Publishing). To quote a line from a very popular short-lived TV show “There’s all sort of twists and cul-de-sacs. It’s wild.” Emily, much like myself in upstate NY, was on a mission.
That was what I took away from this book. How can ANYONE exercise their Second Amendment RIGHTS when a city like D.C. erects so many barriers in order to thwart gun-ownership? And that was Emily’s same reaction when she started the process to be able to get a handgun as a D.C. resident, to simply have it in her home as a method of self-defense. I applaud her for her tenacity because she was on a mission, and refused to be kow-towed into just giving up and slinking away like a good little peasant when her “betters” that occupied positions of self-inflated authority did everything in their power to make it as difficult, costly, and time-consuming as possible to get a gun in the district. They erected said barriers in the hopes that by making sure that if just one more law-abiding citizen was disarmed, that would be the tipping point where the D.C. Utopia would finally emerge, and “gun violence” would simply go away.
Emily wrote her book after documenting her rather convoluted journey through the muck and mire that is the D.C. regulations and codes, finding herself reading one procedure that references another, then another, then circling back to the first one, where there was no seemingly clear step-by-step procedure laid out for what you need to do, when to do it, how to do it, and how much it would cost. After her wildly popular multi-weekly editorial gained interest from the gun-rights community, she compiled her articles into various chapters, interspersed with other chapters of opinion, commentary, and stories of folks who were caught up in D.C’s Draconian and Byzantine amalgamation of laws that were put into place to “keep the District safe” but did nothing more (and to this day STILL do nothing more) than punish the unwary, and the law abiding.
Being a recent escapee from the “utopia” that is New York State (never regretting it for one moment), and having experienced poorly written laws that do nothing but disarm the law-abiding, I was immediately drawn in by her story and her experiences. And I know that had I been a D.C. resident trying to get a gun and having to deal with the people she had to deal with, I would have been MUCH more snarky, MUCH more of a wiseass, and downright condescending and belittling.
I would have definitely NOT been a good ambassador for pro-gunnies. That is why I’m not a journalist either. I don’t have the temperament for it.
Which is why I cannot stress enough the wonderful job that Emily did in her book, the level-headedness and calm she exhibited whilst navigating the nightmare that is the D.C. Firearm Licensing adventure, and also why I cannot thank her enough, with humbleness and humility, for being exactly the kind of public-facing ambassador we need in our fight to protect our Second Amendment rights, so as to win converts to the cause.
Folks…do yourselves a favor, get the book. You won’t be disappointed. Give it as a Christmas gift. Or Chanukah gift, or Kwanza, or whatever your particular flavor of diety-worship might be.
And to drive home the fact that I’m not blowing smoke out my ass here, I’ve gone and given her book a place of VERY high honor in my store, so that folk who come in to sit, have coffee, and just relax, can peruse the pages of her book while hanging out in my gun store.
You see…in my store, I have what I call the Patriots Corner.
That corner where the Army flag, POW flag, and Old Glory hang, is a special place. That American Flag was loaned/donated to the store by a friend who is a retired Army Captain. He started his military career as an enlisted man, then went to OCS. Served in Iraq, then retired with 20+ years. When I opened my store this past summer (August 2013) he felt that it needed something…and he had just the thing.
That flag flew for fallen men in Iraq, who were all local to East Tennessee (generally, the greater Knoxville Metro area). Next to the flag, on the wall, is a plaque with the names of the men for whom this very flag flew at half-mast, in Iraq.
Emily’s book has a place of honor in the store, because that is how highly I think of her tenacity, and her patriotism. It rests on a shelf just below the plaque of names of the fallen, next to the flag that flew in Iraq for these men.
She earned that place.
OK…my thoughts on the shooting in Manhattan, in the area round the Empire State Building.
1) Mayor Bloomie HATESHATESHATES guns, and blames the other 49 other states (and the knuckledragging Upstate New Yorkers) for the *illegal guns* that are a problem in his salt-free / fat-free / sugar-free Utopian Paradise.
2) Mayor Bloomie insists that ONLY THE TRAINED PROFESSIONALS THAT MAKE UP THE NY POLICE FORCE should be the ones with da’ gunz.
3) Disgruntled employee accosts former employer, pops the guy with a .45 cal slug in the head. One shot / one kill.
4) NY City PoPo track the perp across five or so city blocks.
5) TWO of the PoPo pull their duty weapons (NYC PoPo are allowed to carry more than the civilian limit of 10 rounds…they were each carrying 15 in the magazine) and between the two of them have 30 rounds in their guns. They PoPo COMPLETELY UNLOAD THEIR WEAPONS by pulling the trigger until the gun stops going BANG!
6) PoPo hit the perp ONLY TWICE, sending the remaining hail of 28 rounds down the street, KILLING ONE INNOCENT BYSTANDER and sending another NINE INNOCENT BYSTANDERS to the hospital.
So where is the media? Where is the outrages? Where is that retard Bloomberg? Why isn’t he out there telling us that ONLY TRAINED PROFESSIONALS can have da’ gunz?
And now there’s some NY Times idiot claiming that the reason the NY PoPo killed an innocent and sent nine other innocents to the hospital IS BECAUSE NOBODY IS LISTENING TO MAYOR BLOOMIE, and there are too many guns on the streets. See, in this numbnuts world, if guns were completely and utterly banned, the cops wouldn’t have had to use *their* guns, and the one dead innocent would still be alive, and the other nine wouldn’t be in the hospital with bullet wounds.
What a moron.
We’re hearing a lot about how the failed AWB of 1994 would have prevented the Aurora shooting because it would have made unavailable the AR-15 that the shooter used.
The AWB was all about *scary looking* rifles. In other words, it was about *cosmetics*. It did nothing else.
You can use a *hunting rifle* version of a popular *assault weapon*, and what you have is a very normal looking rifle with exactly the same firepower as its military counterpart.
Make no mistake, this is all about the Left trying to control inanimate objects because they are too scared to actually come out and try to control the nutjobs committing the crimes. We need swift jury trials, limited to one appeal, and sentences carried out within 90 days of convicton. Period.
THAT would be a deterrent. As it is now, this orange-haired whackjob knows he’s going to get 3 hots and a cot for at least 15 years, maybe even 20, before he gets whacked.
What kind of justice is that for those wo lost loved ones?
And now, predictably, Sen. Frank Loutenberg is planning on introducing legislation geared toward banning *High Capacity Magazines*. Dancing in the blood of those who died in Aurora, gleeful that there was yet another event with which to push his statist agenda.
Problem with his argument is that the *high capacity magazine* jammed, and the rifle stopped functioning.
So how, you ask, did this guy wound 71, and kill 12, if he didn’t have use of his *high capacity magazine*? Simple…he had the laws of physics on his side…point-blank range, people packed close together. Take one shot, that bullet will travel through at least two people, and lodge itself in a third.
Plus, his first firearm was a Remington shotgun….one pull of the trigger, and about 12 to 14 lead pellets spray out the end. The Remington holds 7 rounds in the tube, and one in the chamber, for a total of 8 shots, each shot containing 12 to 14 lead balls. You do the math, and figure out how many folk were hit if even only half those lead balls found a target?
But the Liberal Blood Dance is to be expected…they can’t make their arguments on anything other than visceral emotional reaction in a knee-jerk fashion.
“Just one armed person could have taken this guy down and saved all those people”.
I’ll say it again…BULLSHIT.
And its time we, as promoters of the Second Amendment, stop treating every situation withthe knee-jerk *one guy could have saved them! ZOMG!!!!* attitude that makes us look like complete fucking idiots.
1) Dark theater showing a film that was made in subdued and low-key lighting. ie: the screen isn’t tossing much light back onto those seated, let alone casting off enough light to see dark recesses of the theater.
2) Perp comes in and tosses one, maybe two (jury is still out on that factoid) canisters into the crowd in order to induce confusion, then panic.
3) Perp, dressed in dark colors, then starts walking up a SIDE AISLE and starts shooting down the ROWS lengthwise. His odds of hitting someone are greatly enhanced.
4) As people move to the exits they are illuminated by the lighting typically found above the doorways there, and as such are PERFECT SILHOUETTES for the shooter, and he picks them off easily.
5) Shooter is wearing chest armor, leg armor, headgear, dark clothing and dark gloves. Standing against dark-colored walls. In dim lighting.
Now, is anyone going to tell me, with a straight face, that THEY could have taken this guy out with a HEAD SHOT (he’s wearing body armor, so a center-mass hit would be useless) in:
1) A dark movie theater…
2) A dark movie theater with rolling clouds of eye and skin irritants…
3) A dark movie theater with rolling clouds of eye and skin irritants and people running across YOUR LINE OF SIGHT in a panic…
Yeah, right. In that situation, you wouldn’t have been able to do jack diddly squat. A lawfully armed citizen wouldn’t have been able to do jack diddly squat. The conditions were so damned poor, you would be lucky to get off a shot in his general direction.
Being a Second Amendment supporter is fine. Being a Second Amendment Supporter making wild-assed claims that *even one person armed in that theater could have stopped the massacre* is plain ludicrous, and so full of BS that even a Hollywood scriptwriter would toss that idea in the trash.
When a STATE decides that its going to pass gun-friendly laws, pass laws that protect gun manufacturers from frivolous lawsuits where a family of someone who is shot goes to court and sues the gun MAKER because they see that as a huge payday, then yes, the pro-gun movement is WINNING.
When a STATE follows up on its gun-friendly laws with economic incentives (such as tax breaks for manufacturers) to get more GUN MAKERS to locate in the state, THAT IS WINNING!
What is NY going to do when it looses the premier names in firearms, along with the tax revenues and employment opportunities at Remington, Kimber, Kahr, Turnbull and Dan Wesson? Remington is synonymous with rifles and shotguns, Kimber is a VERY high-end handgun/longgun maker, Kahr is another sought-after gun that is known for high quality, and Dan Wesson is one of the most sought-after names in Cowboy Action revolvers.
Massachusetts stands to loose too….along with Connecticut.
How ironic is it, that three of the States that were originally COLONIES, who are located in the proverbial Firearms Valley which dates back to colonial times and provided the tools to free an oppressed citizenry, that were instrumental in winning freedom from a tyrannical King through sheer determination and FIREARMS, are all treating gun makers like red-headed stepchildren, coming out almost DAILY spewing hatred and vitriol towards gun makers.
Well, Mayor Mike may well get his wish and all the EVIL GUN MAKERS will leave NY for a friendlier state like Idaho. One could only hope….
Actually, guns. Plural. As in two guns…one shottie, and one pistol.
Her husband died on Christmas Day. Some scumbucket saw the obit, and came to her house saying that he was a neighbor wanting to say hello.
Not even a full week later, the same scumbag comes with a partner, armed with a 12″ hunting knife.
Got that? A TWELVE INCH knife. Two or three pokes with that, and you’re as good as dead.
She has a 3 month old baby in the home too.
So she grabs a 12 gauge, sticks a bottle in the kids mouth to keep him quiet, then grabs a pistol as backup and calls 911. She BEGS the dispatcher to send someone out right away. Meanwhile, the dirtball breaks in and comes at her with the knife.
She asks the dispatcher if its OK to shoot an intruder. He says you gotta do what you gotta do.
Intruder is now pushing up daisies. His accomplice high-tailed it, but later turned himself in.
Sad part, is that she was on the 911 call for a total of 21 minutes beforethe PoPo arrived.
If she didn’t have the guns, she and her kid would be dead. Best part was this statement by her to the news media… “It’s not an easy decision to make, but it was either going to be him or my son. And it wasn’t going to be my son. There’s nothing more dangerous than a woman with a child.”
This is what happens when someone tries to do the right thing…
*City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., D-Queens, chairman of the Public Safety Committee, personally asked Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office not to push for the 3 1/2-year minimum sentence for Meredith Graves, 39, the New York Post reports.
“By prosecuting this woman and seeking 3 1/2 years of jail, we are shooting our own [gun-control] efforts in the foot and giving the rest of the country ammunition,” Vallone said.
Graves had a .32-caliber Kel-Tec handgun in her purse when she went to the memorial on Dec. 22 and tried to check it with a cop after she saw a sign reading “No Guns.”
Vallone cited a recently passed House bill that would allow people to carry registered guns between all states regardless of local laws.
“Clearly, the laws are too strict here, but that’s something we need to work out for ourselves without honoring licenses to carry guns in states where felons can carry them” he said.*
First, Mr. Vallone…IN WHAT FRACKING UNIVERSE DO THE TN LAWS, OR ANY OTHER STATE LAWS, ALLOW FELONS TO CARRY GUNS????
This is what Vallone thinks of the other 49 states in the Union…that NY is the only sensible one, and every other state is full of cousin-humping rednecks who have done jail time and have rap sheets a mile long, and those other states give out carry permits at the same time as they print the Certificate of Live Birth at the hospital when they are born.
I got news for the NY City Council dolts, and for Bloomy…if you prosecute this gal and give her anything more than a suspended sentence, you WILL make her the martyr and poster child of the NRA. You will personally guarantee that HR822 gets passed and gets signed into law by Obama.
We need mandatory reciprocity. HR822 must be passed now.
So, when we moved down, I went to register and title the vehicles. Figured that the titles would take the same amount of time as in NY, roughly 6 to 8 weeks.
Nope. Took all of 6 DAYS…
Business certificates? A week and a half, and everything was in my hands, mailed immediately from the state.
Applied for my carry permit three weeks ago. Came in the mail today.
ONLY THREE WEEKS….in NY it took over 5 MONTHS, and at that it was only the wait time for the interview with the judge to see if I was of *good morale character* enough to be trusted with a handgun. The license took another 3 weeks after the interview.
I love living in Tennessee….they treat you like an adult, as opposed to the nanny state of NY that treats you like an annoyance that they have no choice but to deal with because the law says they *have* to go through the motions of abiding the law regardless of if they actually give you permission to have a gun or not.