November 08, 2013

A Cramp In Your Metcalf

Dick Metcalf, longtime gun-writer, decided to pen what has been perceived as a column condoning gun control (to some degree). That got him fired and an editor, Jim Bequette, assumed responsibility and resigned. What was so bad about his column?...
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October 04, 2013

More Linky Goodness

I'm still swamped but it's easing up a bit. I decided to send someone's kid(s) through college drop my bike off at a shop to have the rest of the mechanical work done to it instead of knocking it out...
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September 06, 2013

Can Ten Save Two?

A story is making the rounds about how many folks were denied permission to purchase firearms in July here in Colorado (the first month the "universal background check" law was applicable). Here's one and here's another. I'm not sure if...
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May 28, 2013

The Not So Secret Police

If you thought the gun owner control laws here in Colorado wouldn't be enforced vigorously, think again: "Agencies from across Metro Denver have come together in an effort to prevent firearm violence this summer, the group announced today. The effort,...
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May 18, 2013

A Full Court Press

The majority of Colorado sheriffs have filed suit to stop the recently passed gun control laws. Michael Bane is all over it. The folks over at Shall Not Be Questioned have videos up. There's an article about the suit that...
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May 10, 2013


According to Shall Not Be Questioned, the SAF is backing gun owner control again. The specifics are that while Manchin is trying to drum up support for his and Toomey's universal background check bill, an SAF article is saying it's...
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April 18, 2013

Victory You Say?

So Reid has shelved the gun control package after not securing enough votes to pass a background check amendment, or any other gun owner control amendments. Obama and his companions are visibly upset, blaming the nefarious "gun lobby" for interfering...
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April 17, 2013

Pratt Behind The Lines

Here's Larry Pratt of GOA in an interview discussing the current push for gun owner control in the u.S. senate. Here's a full segment from CNN that includes Mr. Pratt discussing the same issues with Wolf Blitzer (Pratt's interview starts...
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April 11, 2013

Where The Devil Is

First, a grammatical pet peeve. Ages ago (during the Danian stage of the Paleocene to be specific) I had a girlfriend with one linguistic tick that drove me up the wall. She habitually eliminated "to be" from a sentence. For...
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April 04, 2013

An Indulgence

Gun owners (and those generally in favor of our gun culture) have tried for decades (millenniums if you take the general concept of owning weapons, not just guns per se) to use facts to persuade folks to not punish us...
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April 03, 2013

The Master Cometh

Obama is coming to town, and the press seems all a tither: Obama to praise Colorado gun control laws Wednesday at Denver Police Academy: "The landmark legislation has made Colorado, a state with a deep western heritage that’s also endured...
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March 25, 2013

Godwin Damn It

A newspaper article attempts to provide a bit of fact checking to claims made concerning Nazi gun owner control laws. "Objectively, it might have made things worse' if the Jews who fought the Nazis in the 1943 Warsaw ghetto uprising...
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March 20, 2013

Slippin' Into Darkness

Hickenlooper signed the magazine ban, the universal background check and the background check tax bills into law this morning. They'll become law on July 1rst....
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March 18, 2013

Governor To Sign Bills On Wednesday

A spokesman said that Governor Hickenlooper will sign 3 anti-gin owner bills on Wednesday. This is the contact form for his office email. This should be his email address: His office phone number is (303) 866-2471 This is his...
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March 12, 2013

It Still Ain't Over Til It's Over

At least one Colorado house dem may change his mind on a gun owner control bill: "...The Senate amended the bill, and it must go back to the House, where one Democrat who supported it earlier now says he's undecided...
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March 11, 2013

What Happens Next

5 gun owner control bills passed the Colorado senate today. For a recap of what these bills do look here. HB 1228, the background check tax, heads straight to the governor's desk. SB 195, the bill that bans complete online...
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March 08, 2013

A Bad Check

Colorado senate republicans are planning to filibuster the gun owner control bills being heard today. That ought to make for interesting viewing. If they attempt this they'll be under a lot of pressure, as there's a storm moving this way...
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March 07, 2013

More Things To Do

The Colorado Senate appropriations committee passed 3 bills to the senate floor. This will come as a shock, but the three bills all passed on party line votes. The other four bills didn't have to go through appropriations so they...
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February 27, 2013

Mag Nificent

MagPul is going to put Colorado orders first. (h/t Shall Not Be Questioned) The deal will be up to 10 standard capacity AR mags with a flat rate $5 shipping charge and being bumped tot he head of the line....
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February 23, 2013

Things To Do

The Colorado Senate will commence its version of de show a la dog and pony the first week of March. Assuming the republicans hold fast, 3 democrats would have to vote no in the senate to stop any one of...
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February 18, 2013

Virtual Carpetbaggery

A long time ago (called right now) in a state far far too close (that'd be my, the state)... Senator Barackatine, who became chancellor amidst vows to rid the Republic of the corruption that threatened to topple it, became frustrated...
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Want to be a 15 percenter?

This is exactly the kinda thing that made me realize I shouldn't even try lotto: Virginia Beach pizza shop offering discount to gun owners Show up, show proof of gun ownership - like pointing to your sidearm or flashing a...
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February 15, 2013

Anti Gun Owner Bills Pass 2nd Hurdle

All 4 anti gun owner bills ( HB 1224, HB 1228, HB 1229 & HB 1226) passed a 2nd reading in the House today, after a lengthy debate. (HB 1224 was amended in committee to 15 rounds for cartridges and...
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February 12, 2013

HB 1229 passes first hurdle

Colorado HB 1229 has been passed out of committee on a 7-4 party line vote. (For a refresher on what HB 1229 does look here.) I saw the hearing. They trumped out the usual types - relatives of folks murdered...
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February 11, 2013

Colorado Action Alert

In the extended entry you'll find an alert concerning the legislative goings on in Colorado this week, along with some contact info for the local congresscritters, courtesy of the fine folks at RMGO:...
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Bill It To The Head

Things will start to get a bit tense this week. Some of the anti gun owner bills in Colorado will be in committee. Michael Bane has declared a Colorado Emergency. There are also a few pro gun bills in committee....
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February 05, 2013

Proposing A Proposal

Well, it's about to begin. Colorado Dems held a press conference today to unveil their gun owner control package. (and of course they had the usual props - victims and kin of victims of murderers who used firearms). Among the...
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January 29, 2013


There’s no point in taking the offensive, or even staging a defense, if you don’t have a clear idea of what outcome you want. It doesn’t have to be precise, detailed in minutia, but it does have to be clear....
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January 24, 2013

State of the State

That'd be my, the state of course.. Sadly I can’t talk about the happenings in Colorado without mentioning what the feds are doing. Most of y’all know the situation anyway; after Obama got re-elected the panic buying started. After Newtown...
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May 03, 2007

Do Tell

If you know anyone in Switzerland you might want to give them a call. seems like they're about to get hit hard with what we've been through for a few decades over here so any insights you have would help...
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April 24, 2007

NRA Pushes For More Gun Control Again

In this post called "Crazy" (where I argued against an expansion of mental health records in the NICS system) I pointed to The Liberty Zone & The War On Guns for more information on rumors that the NRA was talking...
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April 19, 2007

More Links On Virginia Tech Massacre

Rushed yet again. In the extended entry I'll list a bunch of links that you may find interesting. All are concerning or related to the Virginia Tech Massacre &/or the calls for more gun control in its wake....
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April 17, 2007

Politics Of The Virginia Tech Massacre

There are two aspects I wish to discuss. Of course one is the political side of things as this will be used as a rallying cry by the anti's in the next few weeks &/or months. The other is the...
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April 13, 2007

Get Your Mitt Off My Guns

Dave Kopel has a piece up entitled "Romney, a Second Amendment Killer? Bill Richardson for president!?" (h/t Say Uncle) In it he looks at not only Romney but a few other presidential candidates' views on the Right to arms. Although...
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March 17, 2007

Fisking Erwin

(After I had finished the bulk of this post I took a break & noticed that The Smallest Minority had seen fit to fisk Mr. Chemerinsky's article as well. By all means go read his post.) A law professor of...
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March 13, 2007

Problems With Parker

This is not an analysis of the decision in the broad sense. It's merely touching on some areas of concern from the decision itself. I'll skip the discussion of standing & try to get to the heart of my concerns....
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February 20, 2007

RMGO Bill Watch Update

Via RMGO's Bill Watch page here's a .pdf of Colorado House Bill 1278. The gist is that it'd give municipalities with populations over 100,000 people authority to prohibit the carrying of loaded firearms in vehicles unless the person has a...
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February 08, 2007

From The DOP

That'd be the Department of the Posterior since it seems they're staffed by a bunch of asses. The VCDL (along with OFCC) tried to petition the Deprtment of Interior to revise its regulations concerning firearms in National Parks. The DOI...
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February 04, 2007

No Need To Read The Denver Post

I mentioned a few days ago that the Denver Post had an editorial up condemning the proposed expansion of Colorado's use of force laws. Let's go ahead & give it a proper fisking shall we? "No need to expand home-intruder...
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January 29, 2007

U Got It Bad

Usher again (I've been in an R&B mood lately - lately being defined as the past 25 years). This is a slow R&B tune that always captivated me for some reason. It's about being in love with someone & possibly...
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December 30, 2006

Grim But Important

I can't imagine it's a particularly pleasant endeavor, but it's necessary. "Holocaust historians are only now piecing together the scattered research in many languages to understand the vast scope of the camps, prisons and punishment centers that scarred German-ruled Europe,...
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December 29, 2006

Wayne Fincher

The War On Guns has a letter posted from Wayne Fincher. There's also a link to some background on Mr. Fincher. & here's Kim du Toit's post on Mr. Fincher's situation. the gist is that Mr. Fincher is fighting the...
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December 25, 2006

Physician Heal Thyself

It looks like one did. "...DeBakey, 98, is the oldest survivor of the operation he developed to repair a damaged aorta, the main artery from the heart. He is back to working nearly full days and walks increasingly longer distances,...
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December 14, 2006

It Don't Matter To The Sun

It's a tune from a Garth Brooks album but it's not country. In fact nothing on the album was; it was R&B/Soul. Poppish yes but R&B/Soul nonetheless. (I played a few tracks off the album to some guys in an...
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December 07, 2006


A John Mayer tune. He's a good guitar player, a decent singer & I do dig the way he writes. The song in question is cute, sad, just about bittersweet but still catchy. The subject is nothing new but the...
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October 19, 2006

Colorado Bulldog

Mr. Big. Helluva tune if you dig the hard/progressive rock thing. Matter of fact here's them doing it live courtesy of I used to love playing that stuff when I was a kid (though my fav was "Addicted to...
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October 02, 2006

Hell Is For Children

A Pat Benatar song that deals with child abuse. Again not exactly spot on as far as the song's content goes but the title sums up things pretty well for this post. I was at a friend's the other day...
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September 26, 2006

Go Rest High On That Mountain

A Vince Gill tune. A very sad sweet Vince Gill tune. When my mother was dying I'd well up every time I heard it & to be honest it has been known to make people well up when no one...
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September 17, 2006

Brothers In Arms

Colonel Jeff Cooper isn't doing well. Michael Bane & Say Uncle have both quoted different sources saying the good Colonel suffered a heart attack & has signed a Do Not Resuscitate order. If you're the praying sort that's about all...
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July 31, 2006

Violence Begets Violence Part Two: Ensurance

"One bleeding-heart type asked me in a recent interview if I did not agree that 'violence begets violence.' I told him that it is my earnest endeavor to see that it does. I would like very much to ensure —...
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July 19, 2006

Kanadian Ordnance?

I've been meaning to write about this. Say Uncle has some links to a couple of news stories about KT Ordnance. They can be accessed by clicking here & here. It honestly sounds like a bad novel. The sheriff asked...
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July 10, 2006

The Bane Of Five Points

Michael Bane has a 5 point plan he'd like to see implemented. I think I've mentioned here & there over the years that the pro-gun crowd doesn't have any sort of plan so a single point one would be an...
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July 04, 2006

Me Like

MSSA is Montana's pro-gun org. So there will be no confusion with the NRA I offer you this bill that the MSSA is supporting for Montana. Let's see the NRA get behind something like this....
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ID '06

Here's last years Independence Day post. Not much has changed in the grand scheme of things. sure, there are new outrages & new birght spots here & there, but overall I don't think we're any closer to having the republic...
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June 13, 2006


NSSF. That’s the National Shooting Sports Foundation. They want you to support a few bills which could be coming up in the house judiciary committee this week. One of them is HR 1415 which is being called the National Instant...
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April 30, 2006


Recently in the pro-gun bloggers community there has been some debate between the Absolutists & the Incrementalists. Some of the relevant posts are listed below. Absolutists vs. Incrementalists from Say Uncle Continuing to mine an old tradition from Toys in...
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March 10, 2006

Innocent Until Proven Gun Owner

The gist is that Angel is out & has lawyered up. Gary Marbut has a page up that is archiving all the info on Angel's ordeal & there is a defense fund you can contribute to if so inclined. But...
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March 04, 2006

Angel Shamaya Being Held

Angel Shamaya started & ran it through much adversity - both personal & relating to the site. He let it go last year as he figured it was the best thing to do for the cause. He's given a...
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November 24, 2005

Californians Should Look At This

Via this thread at The High Road I found something interesting. There are some folks in Cali who are trying to get constitutional recognition of the Right to Arms. & no less than strict scrutiny review from the courts! lol...
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October 12, 2005


I'm sure I don't have to catch you up; Bush has nominated Harriet Miers to fill O'Connor's position on the Supreme Court. There's a big divide over whether this was a good move or not. On one side conservatives are...
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October 02, 2005

Colorado's New CCW Vs. Colorado's Old CCW Vs. Colorado's Proposed But Tabled CCW

This is an oldie but a goodie. It was origninally posted here on April 3rd, 2003. Like the title says it's a comparison of three ideas for concealed carry that Colorado was considering. Another thing worth reading is this...
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September 30, 2005

Hunting Vs. Shooting

Michael Bane has been doing point-man work on this. The shooting industry seems to be placing a lot more (actually almost all) emphasis on hunting rather than shooting. For reasons why this is a bad idea I refer you to...
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September 27, 2005

New Orleans Restraining Order & The NRA

Clayton Cramer has published part of the restraining order barring New Orleans from stealing any more guns. Mr. Cramer was kind enough to let me take a peak at the order itself but unfortunately there's a "Not For Publication" disclaimer...
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August 04, 2005

Your Cash; Your Cause

The NRA has done two things right. Yes; I said it. (It's really me; Publicola & I really like Garands - that should prove it's me). Moreover one of those things they got right other pro-gun groups have gotten wrong....
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April 24, 2005

Big "L's" & Little "L's"

Reading Walter In Denver I'm occassionally surprised. He's a golfer but I try to not hold that against him. He's also a Libertarian that lives in Denver (hence the catchy title). He has two fairly new youngin's to take care...
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April 13, 2005

Barret: An Fine Example To All Gun Makers

Via Say Uncle I read that Barret is refusing to sell firearms to any Califonria government agency. The sole piece of evidence I've seen to substantiate this claim is the photo int he last link. It's possibe that it could...
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February 18, 2005


No; it's not a new rap group. I've mentioned Natural Point of Aim before in The 5 Main Firing Positions For Rifle. Cabinboy of The Revolutionary War Veterans Association has a more in depth treatment of the subject in a...
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January 24, 2005

Around Colorado - And Beyond

Some odds & ends from Colorado....
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January 18, 2005

Rest In Peace

In case you haven't heard Neal Knox passed away. It happened Monday the 17th after a struggle with colon cancer. Here's a message Mr. Knox wrote on January 5th, 2005 about his condition. We've lost a great friend & he...
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December 03, 2004

Trust Who?

I was waiting while having some work done to my car. Normally I brave the elements & watch the mechanics automotive technicians rob me blind perform the valuable, timely & economical service to my vehicle. Today it was colder than...
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November 22, 2004

Ashamed Of Winners? Or Afraid Of Winners?

Gunner of No Quarters has a post up called Avoiding Winners? In it he questions why the CCRKBA & the NRA distance themselves from the Virginia Citizens Defense League. There are several explanations that come to mind. Two seem plausible,...
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September 28, 2004

Codrea Ain't Havin' It

David Codrea is none too pleased with CCRKBA over the Guvenator. Here's an e-mail Mr. Codrea sent me (reprinted with permission). I'll post it without comment....
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September 04, 2004

Gun Owner Influence In Elections

Evan Derkacz Writes in The Athens News about The NRA's influence at the polls. The piece is called Does Kerry have a chance to wing some of the NRA vote?. It raised some interesting points but makes some errors in...
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May 27, 2004

Utah, Switzerland, St. Tucker & other gun links

Just a round up of a few interesting posts around the blogosphere....
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May 23, 2004

Want to help a valuable site? was down for a few days. They've been having server problems & from what I understand they're in need of a new server. Servers cost cash & there isn't a whole lot to go around in the coffers...
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May 14, 2004

One More Reminder About the Machine Gun Shoot

The Rocky Mountain Fifty Caliber Shooters Association will be holding their annual .50 BMG Rifle & Machine Gun Shoot this weekend in Cheyenne Wells, Colorado....
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