Many of us leave our house every day with a pistol securely stowed in a holster and a flashlight tucked in our pocket. We feel safe knowing that we’re proficient with our gun and are prepared for any encounter, even it it happens after dark. How many of us practice shooting while using a flashlight? That question is exactly what I started thinking when I saw an upcoming class for Low Light Pistol Skills 1 & 2 from MDTS training. I believe having the tools to defend yourself is only a small part of the task. Knowing how to use them plays a larger part of a situation.
NYSRPA is holding a sporting clay’s fundraiser on 9/26/09 10:00am at Wallkill Rod and Gun Club in Wallkill, NY to raise funds for the NYSRPA Pollitical Victory Fund. Money raised will be used to promote pro-second amendment candidates statewide. The shoot will include 100 targets and there will be awards given for High overall, High Woman, High Junior, and Lewis Class Awards. A brazed breast of pheasant lunch is included. Registration is $100 before 9/21 and $125 per shooter thereafter. Details, including contact information, can be found in the event flyer and the registration form is posted online.
If you can not attend the fundraiser but would like to help support an organization that looks our for our second amendment rights you can send a check or money order payable to “NYSRPA-PVF” to:
New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
P.O. Box 1023
Troy, New York 12181-1023
You can also donate online at the NYSRPA-PVF website.
With a little time you can have your gun looking like new again.
This week I spent an evening refinishing the slide on my Springfield XD Subcompact .40 S&W. I’ve never done this before but following the directions on the products I was happy with the results. Read on for a step by step description of what I did and pictures of the process.
Dr. Paul Maurer, the leading Neurosurgeon in the area and most likely in his field, will be at the Genesee Conservation League in Penfield, NY on August 31st from 7pm to 9:30 or 10 for his famous Ballistics and Wounding lecture.
If you have attended this before, stop back and get a refresher. If you have never attended, you need to see this presentation. Dr. Maurer will talk about bullet differences and how they interact with the biological medium. Very good information to know, especially about your own carry choice for ammo.
This seminar is free and open to anyone, member or non member of GCL. Please contact RochPersDef for a reservation as this highly popular lecture will fill up and seating is limited.
When: August 31 7pm to 9:30 pm
Where: Genesee Conservation League, 1570 Old Penfield Rd.
Pre-orders are being accepted from now until Monday, August 24, 2009. When the pre-order ends they will be printed and mailed directly to you from the printer.
These 100% cotton t-shirts are made in the USA and are printed here in New York State. The cost is $15.95 each ($16.95 for XX-Large) plus sales tax and $2.99 for standard flat rate shipping. Both paypal and major credit cards are accepted.
Once this limited run of green shirts is gone, an off white “natural” shirt with green print will become available. However, this shirt will not be made in the USA. If you have any questions please private message darkvibe.
A closer look at the logo:
Mark Laramie of Boonville, NY won the 2009 National Trophy President’s Rifle Match. He placed first out of 1,262 shooters in the competition. He made the best of 15 to 20 mile per hour winds to score a 94-3 in the 600 yard final to earn an aggregate score of 390-13. Congratulations to Mr. Laramie. Full results are posted here. Read about the match at the CMP Online Magazine website.
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is a well rounded not-for-profit organization that was developed to preserve Second Amendment rights and to promote firearm safety, education, training and the shooting sports in general in NY State. The organization brings a lot to our community. I’m sure you’ve seen the email messages I’ve passed on that originated from NYSRPA and seen the posts about their legislative reports during the recent legislative session.
We would like to give something back to them by trying to promote and encourage new members to sign up for NYSRPA. I would like to thank Jacob and everyone else at NYSRPA for their generous offer of $5 off a first time membership for any member of NYFirearms.com.
As a member of NYSRPA you will not only be supporting one of the largets Second Amendment organizations in the state but also receive many benefits. These include receiving their bi-monthly publication, shop discounts and the ability to participate in their shooting events. For a complete list of benefits visit the member benefits section of their website.
Cost to join through this special offer is as follows:
To take advantage of this offer you will need to use this application (Link removed, offer has expired). Note that this is different than the application on the NYSRPA.org website and you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view it.
Please take a minute to view their website and consider supporting an organization that supports our Second Amendment rights as New Yorkers.
This letter to the editor ran in the Rome, NY Daily Sentinel. I think it’s well written and intelligent. Too bad some people don’t have enough common sense to realize he’s right.
I am writing regarding Marie Coco’s column “Guns and the link we won’t admit.” Though I am happy to consider anyone’s opinion, this piece presented factual errors and faulty logic to make the case for more gun control. I use such terms not as diatribe or insult, but because I think that arguments for abridging freedom should be held to particularly high standards. I would like the opportunity to rebut Ms. Cocco’s piece not only because of her destructive ideas but also in an effort to encourage an intellectual lifting of the debate.
Ms. Cocco directly implies that the availability of guns causes people to commit horrible crimes. Inanimate objects cannot cause people to carry out any actions. Does alcohol cause drunkenness? Do wrenches cause people to fix their own leaky pipes? Do shoes cause more pedestrian traffic? I know that such statements are ridiculous: That is my point. The idea that guns cause people to commit crime is equally ridiculous, but it is the logic of Ms. Cocco’s piece.
Ms. Cocco describes James Von Brunn, a man with a long history of open, violent racism. Would such a man, ready to break the highest law, including murder, have ever hesitated to break a law against acquiring a gun? And in fact, laws did not prevent him from committing his crimes. As a convicted felon (whose felonies included illegally possessing guns) it is illegal for von Brunn even to touch a gun. Under the strongest possible regulation of guns, an outright total ban, von Brunn’s actions would have been no more illegal than they already are, and if he was not deterred now, why would he be deterred after a ban?
The gun trace legislation that Ms. Cocco mentions actually specifically states that gun trace data will be released to any law enforcement organization at any level in the course of investigating a crime. The only prohibition on law enforcement is that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will not release data if it is not in connection with an active criminal investigation. And that prohibition is supported by the Fraternal Order of Police, among others.
Ms. Cocco also mentions Richard Poplawski and the crimes he committed with a gun identified as an AK-47, which Ms. Cocco implies would not have been possible if the “Assault Weapons” ban was still in force. This is not true. The AK-47 is a machine gun, capable of fully-automatic fire, and is not regulated by the “Assault Weapons” ban but rather by the National Firearms Act.
Perhaps the most important point here is that Ms. Cocco gives no indication of why we should think that stricter gun control will prevent crime. The examples she gives are in fact ones of why gun control does nothing to prevent crime. Other countries that have strict gun control do not see a decline in illegal guns, and criminals in South Africa, Russia, and even Taiwan , the Netherlands, and Luxembourg are just as quick to commit murder despite the fact that guns are not widely and legally available.
And what of the tens of millions of Americans who own guns under the current system of regulation yet commit no violent crimes with them? They don’t suddenly become filled with violence when they walk into a sporting goods store. The number of legal gun-owners far exceeds the total number of violent criminals, but Ms. Cocco lumps them all together as a threat to society. It is good that Ms. Cocco is looking for ways to reduce violence, but if she proposes to do so by abridging the long-held freedoms of American citizens, she should at least get her facts straight.
I did not write the following but wanted to share it with you.
Let’s set things straight right up front. Yes, some guns are being smuggled into Mexico from the U.S. Most are handguns. It should come as no surprise that guns are smuggled into Mexico. But, the problem being portrayed by the U.S. media and our government is not as it seems. Mexico doesn’t allow ownership of most firearms, so ordinary Mexican people seeking self-protection will find a way to get them into Mexico. As for the drug cartels operating in the border towns along the U.S., they have other sources for their firearms; fully automatic weapons are what they want. The public US gun market can’t supply these.
Cartels buy their arms from countries around the world on the black market, or from countries wishing to destabilize North America. They arm themselves from a worldwide multi-billion dollar black market of full auto military weapons including grenades, land mines and RPGs. They also “procure” their weapons from within the Mexican military itself.
The drug cartels can easily afford to fly their arms into Mexico using their own fleet of aircraft on to remote airfields, or land them on remote Mexican shores, they do it with drugs all of the time. The thought of drug cartels buying semi-auto AR15 or AK rifles in small quantities from U.S. gun dealers is viewed as a joke. The only people fooled by all the political rhetoric are Americans listening to the likes of Attorney General Eric Holder and other anti-gun politicians.
The next time you see a news report of illegal full-auto weapons and grenades being found here in the U.S., you know where they came from. It wasn’t from a gun store in Tucson or Phoenix. The administration is right that gun trafficking along the U.S./Mexico border is a problem. Not only do we have drugs and illegal aliens coming in our southern border, but we also have military arms and explosives coming into our country illegally as well. That’s the issue and our government is being disingenuous in its argument.
Supreme Court Judge Thomas McNamara refused to rule on whether or not last week’s Senate “coup” was legal citing the New York State Constitution. “Courts may well be suited to analyzing such a question and providing a reasoned objective conclusion,” Judge Thomas McNamara wrote in his decision. “Nonetheless, a judicially imposed resolution would be an improvident intrusion into the internal workings of a co-equal branch of government.”
Judge McNamara may have been referring to the section of the NY State Constitution that reads:
§ 9. A majority of each house shall constitute a quorum to do business. Each house shall determine the rules of its own proceedings, and be the judge of the elections, returns and qualifications of its own members; shall choose its own officers; and the senate shall choose a temporary president and the assembly shall choose a speaker.
Hopefully this disagreement keeps any anti-gun bills from being voted on this session. Read an article about the decision here.
Details are still emerging but it appears that the GOP has taken control of the State Senate. News reports say that Pedro Espada Jr. of the Bronx and Hiram Monserrate of Queens, both democrats, voted with the republican minority to remove Senate majority leader Malcom Smith of Queens and return the senate to republican control. We’ll update as the situation develops.
Read about it in this article.
This morning state Senate leaders blocked members of NYSRPA, NRA and other pro-gun organizations from attending a meeting on microstamping today while the company that owns the microstamping technology, The Brady Campaign and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence were in attendance.
NYSRPA published a press release on the subject.
The Rome, NY Daily Sentinel published an editorial on President Obama’s comment that ninety percent of the firearms recovered in Mexico are traced back to The United States.
A link to the editorial can be found HERE.
“More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States”
Those 15 words from President Obama are not true. But it doesn’t matter. Fake but accurate is good enough. Although debunked, the meme was repeatedly repeated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen Diane Feinstein (D-CA), the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Times, NBC, the Chicago Tribune and others.
Factcheck.org says, “What Obama should have said is that 90 percent of the guns submitted by Mexican authorities and traced by the U.S. come from the U.S.” The number of guns used in drug-related crimes is unknown and probably countable. Where the guns are manufactured is not significant; it’s a serial number that would assist traceability. Most AK-47 assault rifles, for instance, don’t have serial numbers and would not be submitted to American authorities to trace. As the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms clarified for Factcheck.org, the 90 percent figure represents only guns that were submitted and could be traced.
But, gosh, don’t let accuracy get in the way of a good story. NPR certainly didn’t. They followed up concerns about the accuracy of the 90 percent figure with Polifact.org. Polifact concluded that the 90 percent number was wrong, but “We think the ATF number, presented in its proper context, provides legitimate and useful information to weigh when considering U.S. policy.” Huh? Give Polifact a Dan Rather Bobblehead Doll since they believe that for a good cause, fake but accurate is good enough. NPR, having checked its brains at the door, was greatly relieved to have its prejudices assuaged with verbal legerdemain.
It is useful to know that guns are being transported illegally into Mexico. It is not useful to lie about it. It cheapens the discussion and leads us to discount anything the speaker says.
Obama’s 15 words remind us that George Bush’s famous 16 words regarding Saddam’s pursuit of WMD toasted the brain cells the mainstream media, too. Whether Obama’s 15 words or Bush’s 16 words, mainstream media apparently consists of hounds that can’t hunt.
In Nordyke v. King the US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco has ruled that the Second Amendment is incorporated against the states and local governments. The ruling was written by Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain with a concurring opinion from Judge Ronald M. Gould. The suit was originally brought about in an attempt to stop Alameda County from passing an ordnance that prohibits firearm possession on county property in order to prohibit gun shows at the county fairgrounds. The decision references Heller v. DC by saying that it abrogated Hickman v. Block (1996) which declared the Second Amendment only a collective right and not an individual one. However, the courts decision says that the Heller v. DC ruling centered on the ability of individuals to defend themselves in their homes but the ordnance enacted by Alameda County did not directly impede or limit armed self-defense in the home and not all laws that make exercising a right more difficult are automatically an infringement of that right.
How is this important to us here in New York State? The ruling applies to the states in the Ninth Circuit’s district which are AK, AZ, CA, HI, ID, MT, NV, OR and WA. Although New York is not in their district, this ruling can be cited in other circuits. Even if cited by another circuit, the decision is not binding.
This decision comes after a previous decision by the Fifth Circuit Court decision to uphold the individual right to bear arms. That district includes TX, LA and MS.
This is another positive step forward for individuals who wish to legally own firearms.