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Second Amendment Resurgence
Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2013 | Bob Barr

Posted on 12/18/2013 5:30:59 AM PST by Kaslin

John Cooke holds two 30-round magazines in his hands. In one hand is a 30-round magazine purchased before July 1st, when Colorado’s new gun laws took effect and banned purchases of magazines larger than 15-rounds. In his other hand is a 30-round magazine that “maybe” (Cooke is not getting into specifics) was purchased after the deadline. Two magazines, virtually identical in every aspect, except one is legal and the other is not. Cooke, who serves as Sheriff of Colorado’s Weld County, says that’s exactly his point. His deputies cannot enforce the law if the law is so vague as to make it practically impossible to distinguish what’s legal from what is illegal. Therefore, Cooke, along with all but seven of Colorado’s 62 elected Sheriffs, are suing to block the law.

Last Saturday marked the one-year anniversary of the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. In the year since a lone deranged individual took the lives of 20 children and six adults, more than 1,500 gun bills have been considered by state legislatures across the country. According to USA Today, 109 of these measures became law; adding to President Obama’s recent 23 Executive actions related to control of firearms. Yet, to the dismay of Democrats, many of the laws are having the opposite effect

Citizens are rebelling, and Democrats are losing their jobs.

In Colorado, for example, two elected Democrats already have been recalled as a direct result of their support of the new gun ban; and a third has resigned to avoid recall. The recall votes were successful despite gun control organizations (including one run by outgoing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg) outspending Second Amendment activists seven-to-one. Even tens of millions of dollars was not enough to save Democrats from pro-gun constituents infuriated with the unconstitutional measures.

Even when not successful, recall elections are sending a loud message. In Exeter, Rhode Island, four of the five town council members nearly faced a similar fate last week as the town decided whether to recall the officials for anti-Second Amendment votes.

The gun industry is fighting back against anti-gun laws, as well. Earlier this year, I wrote about how gun manufactures were taking stands against new gun laws in their home states. Olympic Arms, for example, refused to sell recently-banned items to police and government officials, so long as private citizens were prohibited from possessing the same items. Other companies have moved their business operations to more gun-friendly states. PTR Industries left Connecticut for South Carolina, taking 40 jobs with it. “They are not feeling loved right now in Connecticut,” South Carolina State Representative Alan Clemmons, who helped bring PTR to the Carolinas, told the New York Times; adding, “we’re delighted to have them.”

Dozens of other gun manufacturers are considering similar moves, enticed by offers from pro-gun governors -- largely from southern states -- who welcome the added jobs and revenues. According to the NRA, Connecticut-based Stag Arms CEO Mark Malkowski said he had “about one hundred offers” to relocate to a new state.

Congressional Democrats are using their state colleagues as the canary in the coalmine for gun legislation, and the results are not positive for them. This is perhaps why, following last week’s school shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado that was miraculously limited in its scope, Democrats have remained largely silent. This differs from previous shooting tragedies after which gun control advocates began sending fundraising emails even before the crime scenes were fully secure.

The Arapahoe shooter took his own life within two minutes of starting his rampage, and after being cornered by an armed guard placed at the school -- a safety measure proposed by the NRA following the Newtown shooting. Even though the proposal for having trained and armed personnel at schools was loudly derided by the Left, having an armed guard at the school in Arapahoe saved lives.

Citizens and legislators at all levels of government, in conjunction with firearms retailers and manufacturers, are fighting back as never before against the relentless push by gun control advocates to infringe our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms. This is good news for all Americans, whether they be gun owners or not. Standing up for the Bill of Rights is never wrong.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; banglist; firearms; guns

1 posted on 12/18/2013 5:30:59 AM PST by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

As the government gets more tyrannical the Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are going to become more and more popular.


2 posted on 12/18/2013 5:43:12 AM PST by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; me = independent conservative)
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To: Kaslin

Guy in the pic seems to be holding that gun all wrong.


3 posted on 12/18/2013 5:48:32 AM PST by refermech
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To: refermech

No he doesn’t.


4 posted on 12/18/2013 5:51:47 AM PST by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: refermech
You mean he should be holding it on the barrel?

Sorry I couldn't resist

5 posted on 12/18/2013 5:52:07 AM PST by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin
The Arapahoe shooter took his own life within two minutes of starting his rampage, and after being cornered by an armed guard placed at the school -- a safety measure proposed by the NRA following the Newtown shooting

There are nine school districts in Arapahoe County. Does the sheriff's department have a deputy in each school during the school day? Or was this a case of lucky timing and the officer happened to be on site when the guy showed up?

6 posted on 12/18/2013 6:00:43 AM PST by DoodleDawg
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To: Kaslin; Mrs. B.S. Roberts

Once again, a post regarding a mass shooting (anywhere) contains the phrase “DERANGED SHOOTER.” Movie theater, mall, school, campus, Army base, Naval shipyard, downtown (wherever) that phrase constantly is at hand.
We have degenerated into a society that cherishes, protects and assures the human and constitutional rights of the criminally insane while the basic “right to life” of law abiding people of all ages are being slowly eroded in the name of Political Correctness.
How far down will we sink?
Meantime, keep the magazine full, one in the chamber and the safety “ON”. They pray you never NEED that thing.


7 posted on 12/18/2013 6:27:44 AM PST by CaptainAmiigaf (NY TIMES: We print the news as it fits our views.)
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To: Kaslin

The R party and the anti-conservative people in the R party may want to consider that the one group of people in the US that has held the line and held up under withering attacks the past two years is the American gun owner. The NRA is having success by fighting for what they believe. Meanwhile, the R party, funding ambiguous candidates and losing key elections (Romney), attacks the Americans who are fighting back successfully and who are generating a new wave of popular conservative understanding and appeal.


8 posted on 12/18/2013 6:32:44 AM PST by iacovatx (Conservatism is the political center--it is not "right" of center)
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To: refermech

It’s just a high hold favored by competition shooters. It allows for less muzzle flip and faster follow-on shots. Most regular shooters, myself included, use a more traditional hold.


9 posted on 12/18/2013 6:47:16 AM PST by Rinnwald
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To: refermech
Guy in the pic seems to be holding that gun all wrong.

You do what works for you. No points for style.

10 posted on 12/18/2013 6:58:57 AM PST by Starstruck (If my reply offends, you probably don't understand sarcasm or criticism...or do.)
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To: Rinnwald

Is this a revolver? I figured it was a semi auto. If it’s a revolver then I can see that position although his fingers on his left hand might get a shot of hot gas from the cylinder leakage. Seen some ugly pics of left hand damaged in just that way.


11 posted on 12/18/2013 7:04:55 AM PST by refermech
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To: refermech

Second look, it’s his thumb that might get a little hot.


12 posted on 12/18/2013 7:06:48 AM PST by refermech
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To: Rinnwald

I don’t recognize the gun. Is it a 22?


13 posted on 12/18/2013 7:09:08 AM PST by refermech
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To: refermech

The guy in the pic seems to be holding that gun correctly.


14 posted on 12/18/2013 7:44:35 AM PST by fatboy (This protestant will have no part in the ecumenical movement)
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To: refermech

Looks like a good grip to me.

Care to enlighten us how that is a poor grip?


15 posted on 12/18/2013 10:30:54 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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To: refermech
The guy holding the gun is doing it right but that fashion faux pas standing next to him deserves to be called out for the socks with sandals violation and escorted from the range...LOL!!!
16 posted on 12/18/2013 10:41:18 AM PST by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: refermech

Looks like a race gun, probably a hicap 1911 in .40 or 9mm.


17 posted on 12/18/2013 11:03:03 AM PST by Trailerpark Badass (There should be a whole lot more going on than throwing bleach, said one woman.)
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To: refermech

What TB said. A semi-auto, probably built on a 1911 frame. The danger of the high hold is having the slide run over your hand, but the guy looks like he knows what he’s doing.

I use the thumb-by-thumb hold for revolvers too, but you never let the left thumb get very far forward, because of the danger of cylinder gap gases, like you warned. The left hand should be pressed against the right hand and the front of the grip, not wandering somewhere on the frame of the gun.


18 posted on 12/18/2013 1:53:53 PM PST by Rinnwald
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To: refermech
Guy in the pic seems to be holding that gun all wrong.

Now you done done it!

That just another newer stance being used in recent years. The parallel stance is now kaput. The Weaver stance was outlawed ten or fifteen years ago. Whatever you learned back in the military will no longer work; your targets just absolutely will not fall down.

Unfortunately, these competition shooters aren't aware that the newest, kewlest shooting stance is the "Obama" style -- one limp wrist, and one knee pointed inward, while saying "eeeewwwww".

19 posted on 12/18/2013 2:05:21 PM PST by meadsjn
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To: refermech

I’m kinda wondering about the spent casings that will fly into the guy standing next to him...

They have the potential to cause an exciting reaction called the “Ohhh, I got a hot casing down muh shirt and its burning muh nipples” dance...

;-)


20 posted on 12/18/2013 6:42:56 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: meadsjn

Massad Ayoob did an article on the “Obama stance” a while back...;-)


21 posted on 12/18/2013 6:46:14 PM PST by stevie_d_64 (It's not the color of one's skin that offends people...it's how thin it is.)
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To: meadsjn
Unfortunately, these competition shooters aren't aware that the newest, kewlest shooting stance is the "Obama" style -- one limp wrist, and one knee pointed inward, while saying "eeeewwwww".

I've always favored the "Troubadour" stance.

It's best for "shooting the bull" at the range ;o)

22 posted on 12/18/2013 7:02:32 PM PST by papertyger ("refusing to draw an inescapable conclusion does not qualify as a 'difference of opinion.'")
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To: Kaslin

Time to show people who are against our freedoms the other places where they are welcome like China (mainland), muslim countries in the Middle East like Iran. If folks don’t like it here, they are more than welcome to leave !


23 posted on 12/21/2013 6:55:12 AM PST by CORedneck
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