here lies gun control

Born out of racism in 1751.

Died from civil rights efforts, 11DEC12.

No one will miss it.

Ok, no, "gun control" is far from dead, unfortunately, and even if we had managed to shove a stake through its heart, there would still be cultists trying to raise it back to life, but the point is that there is not a single state in the Union left wherein it is 100% illegal for a law-abiding citizen to carry a firearm on their person. Furthermore, this establishes an existing precedent – at the circuit court level, sure, but still a precedent – that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to carry firearms in public. Granted, there are more than a few states wherein it is functionally impossible to do so, but we are working on those, and as the record shows, we have a remarkably uncanny history of successes in the past few years.

What successes do the "gun control" fetishists out there have, except the parade of crimes committed by criminals aided and abetted by their victim-disarmament policies?

Someone who cares about the hateful, vindictive, bigoted anti-rights extremists at the Brady Campaign, CSGV, VPC, and the rest of those disgusting organizations – someone not me – should probably hold an intervention and keep those petty authoritarians away from the booze, heights, rope, sleeping pills, and whatnot else for the next few days…

they should share notes

So here is a random thought… 

According to the great and all-knowing Federal Government, I am sufficiently mature, trustworthy, law-abiding, and responsible to safely and lawfully operate items regulated by the National Firearms Act, up to and including fully-automatic firearms, suppressors, and even grenades. 

However, according to the sheriffs and other law-enforcement entities of San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, California (among other cities there), Maryland, New Jersey, Illinois, and Hawaii, I am insufficiently… something… to be trusted to safely and lawfully carry a firearm on my person in public. 

"Gun control"… it just does not make sense. 

upcoming events

September is looking to be a rather busy month for pro-rights activists around the country.

First up, we have the Gun Blogger Rendezvous:

gunbloggerrendezvousThis year’s Gun Blogger Rendezvous is going to be a blast, with lots of raffle prizes, including several guns, lots of door prizes, two range days, food, conversation, lack of sleep, pizza, the NRA, special offers from sponsors, and a ton more cool things. Even with all the fun things going on, the best part is the chance to meet up and spend some time with all of the Gun Bloggers attending the Rendezvous. Although it is a fun event, a charity event, and a shooting event, more importantly, it is a social event, a feature often overlooked by other gatherings. The primary attraction is not the events and activities, it’s the attendees themselves, and that makes a huge difference. You can not imagine what an interesting bunch of folks make up the Gun Bloggers gang!

The Gun Blogger Rendezvous is September 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th. A number of us show up on Wednesday, though, and don’t leave town until Monday morning, the 12th.

You do not have to be a Gun Blogger to attend the Rendezvous. The Rendezvous is open to anyone who reads the Gun Blogs, is involved in shooting sports, follows and participates in 2nd. Amendment and RKBA issues, is in the industry, or is in any way interested or involved in the stuff we write about on the Gun Blogs.

I attended back in 2008, had a thoroughly enjoyable time, and would strongly recommend that if you are able to go, you should – you get to meet all kinds of interesting folks, shoot all kinds of interesting guns, and share why the pro-rights community is so awesome. (One of the reasons is fairly easy to guess at – what do the anti-rights cultists have that could even compare?)

Later in the same month, we have the Gun Rights Policy Conference:

gunrightspolicyconferenceCome meet national gun rights leaders and your fellow grassroots activists at the 26th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC 2011) in Chicago, IL, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago O’Hare hotel on September 23, 24, & 25, 2011. This is your once-a-year chance to network, get an insider’s look and plan pro-gun rights strategies for the coming year.

Past GRPCs have outlined victory plans and made public the latest firearms trends. They allow you a first-hand chance to hear movement leaders–and make your voice heard.

This year we’ll take a look at critical issues such as: city gun bans, "smart" guns, concealed carry, federal legislation, BATFE policies, legal actions, gun show regulation, state and local activity. We’ll also review the 2010 elections, discuss the 2012 Presidential race and analyze Right to Keep and Bear Arms court cases.

The full roster of GRPC 2011 speakers has not yet been set. Past speakers include: Alan M. Gottlieb, Joseph P. Tartaro, Eugene Volokh, Bob Barr, Alan Gura, Wayne LaPierre, John Lott, Sandy Froman, Massad Ayoob, Tom Gresham, G. Gordon Liddy, Michael Reagan, Larry Elder, Ken Hamblin, and many others.

I have never had a chance to attend this particular event, but I have heard nothing but good things from those who have, so, again, if you are able, you should think about going. Unfortunately, I will be unable to attend either event – the former because of scheduling, funds, and an intense desire not to deal with the Thousands of Sexual Assaulters currently occupying our nation’s airports, and the latter because of scheduling and its placement behind enemy lines. If, however, you are not afflicted by my particular hang-ups, either/both events should be worth your time.