Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Assault weapons ban

EDITOR:

The current call for an “assault weapons” ban from the usual cast of characters in Congress and in the media, begs the question of what they believe an assault weapon is and what preventive effect a ban would have. This purposely uninformed group disingenuously tries to convince us that a fully automatic military style rifle with “scary looking” accessories is the same as the semi-automatic civilian version of the rifle we use for self defense, hunting and plinking. They purposely leave out the fact that fully automatic weapons have been prohibited to the general public since 1934.

Sadly, instead of focusing on ways to identify the troubled individual who controlled the firearm and caused the havoc in the first place, this congressional/media group reached into its “fool the public into thinking we are doing something meaningful” bag of tricks to resurrect the usual smoke screen that calls for yet another failed attempt to ban assault weapons. With well over 300 million legally owned firearms currently in the possession of law abiding citizens, this congressional/media group is well aware that any ban or limitation of firearms will not have the effect they say they seek other than disarming law-abiding Americans.

ANTHONY J. ARJIL
Placerville

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  • R.J. CarterFebruary 20, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    Yes, Mr. Arjil it's all true, but unfortunately facts to Liberals is like sunlight to vampires....The latest tidbit of Liberal logic comes from Colorado State Senator Jesse Ulibarri who has just saved us all by informing the world that using a gun against a gunman is a bad idea due to possibility of crossfire...He went on to say, if you ever find yourself trapped and being shot at you should instead defend yourself with a ballpoint pen........With all the common sense of bored, misguided teenagers, Liberals just keep dropping these flaming bags of dog-poop on America's front porch as they ring the door-bell and scurry away....

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  • James E.February 20, 2013 - 3:13 pm

    To defend oneself with a ballpoint pen would require close access to the shooter's eyeballs or neck. Otherwise, not going to work. R.J. where you been?

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  • R.J. CarterFebruary 20, 2013 - 4:11 pm

    James...I still follow the MD posts for entertainment value, but I find I've more or less lost the will to sit around and type much anymore...The feeling seemed to hit me right around Nov. 7th of last year..LOL.

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  • R.J. CarterFebruary 21, 2013 - 8:17 am

    Just when you thought the gun argument couldn't possibly get any more insane, yesterday our fun-loving V.P., crazy Uncle Joe Biden entered the mix and offers up his solution on how to defend your home against intruders ....Uncle Joe say's to go out and get yourself a double barrel shotgun, then when those bloodthirsty intruders begin kicking your door down just go out on your balcony (your balcony, really??) and fire two warning shots in the air...(A gun with only two shots and fire two warning shots, really???)..Then Uncle Joe say's, at that point they'll either run off into the night or just unconditionally surrender while your standing there in your pajamas holding an empty shotgun ....Works every time right???....

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  • James E.February 21, 2013 - 8:49 am

    R.J., I have to agree with you on two points: 1. A shotgun to be effective has to be loaded. 2. Not good to, at the first strange sound, to run out and shoot both barrels into the darkness. Give the VP some slack, he does say strange stuff sometimes.

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  • James E.February 21, 2013 - 8:52 am

    OK, off to breakfast and to read the paper. Be back later.

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  • R.J. CarterFebruary 21, 2013 - 10:41 am

    Yes Col. I'll Give Biden a tad bit of credit..I will say Uncle Joe wasn't too far off the mark when he said how well a shotgun can work toward home defense....My homestead is well protected by an inexpensive Remington 870 12ga. with tactical barrel...Using 00 buckshot I can send off roughly 63 .32 cal projectiles in just a matter of seconds, raining holy hell on any intruder within 120 feet.....I only use my old single action Army "peacemaker" for rattlesnakes and such, too easy to shoot a toe off with that damn thing...

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  • R ichardFebruary 27, 2013 - 5:48 am

    The need for background checks is obvious, its one of the ways we can help law enforcement fight illegal gun trafficking. The NRA argument against gun registration is: they will know where you live and how many guns you have. They already know where you live and if your buying and selling guns legally, what difference does it make?

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  • Jim RiordanFebruary 27, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    Hello Cowboy and Col. One interesting thing. It is nearly impossible to find ammo in CA. My son in LA says there is not a 22LR to be found in any gun stores. One of my friends who owns a gunstore right here in town can only get enough .38 or .40 ammo to sell ONE box to someone who buys a new gun. So whom do you think is buying up all the ammo in this state? And, I wonder if this happening in every state. One of my buds just showed me a box of 9MM he ordered on line and it came from EGYPT with Egyptian writing on the box . . . .I am not a conspiracy theorist but some have said the government is buying up all the ammo .. .if they can't control guns they can buy up all the ammo . . .what do you guys think is the true cause?? Anyone else have any ideas??

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  • R.J. CarterFebruary 27, 2013 - 4:19 pm

    Jim...Good question...The scarcity of ammo everywhere also has me puzzled...The gun shops tell me they sell out soon as they get it in, but who knows...Then, when you do find what you need they want an arm and a leg for it..I personally think it's just a problem with supply and demand, but lets keep our eye on the Feds anyway, ya never know.......

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  • Michael MIroFebruary 27, 2013 - 8:30 pm

    My compliments to Anthony J. Arjil! Well done, sir! You nailed the key points with your astute comments! Bravo!

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  • Michael MiroFebruary 27, 2013 - 8:40 pm

    R.J. - Here's my take on it. It's simply a run on the available supply! So many folks are afraid of what this Administration has up their sleeves, that gun owners are storming the shelves, stocking up on what they need as fast as they can! Can't blame 'em! WIth the lunacy coming from legislators on the national and state level, it's no mystery. They want to disarm the American citizen. It's THAT simple!

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  • rodFebruary 27, 2013 - 9:12 pm

    Just stopped at Cabelas in Eugene OR a few days ago, most ammo is available but only two boxes per person per day. These employees know whats up, Feds not only buying huge quantities (9mm, 40 and 45) for that last 18 months, but have orders extending into 2014. (this negates any civilian orders) Also many firearm accessories, lights, lasers, hi cap mags... are also backordered. So, if you can find it, buy it... it may be 'regulated' by supply default... and save your brass! Even reloading equipment has flown the shelves.

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  • RichardFebruary 28, 2013 - 8:27 am

    Look out, the boggy man coming! Key words, “if you can find it buy it,” that’s what its all about, sales! Don’t you guys feel stupid with your conspiracies?

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  • Michael MiroFebruary 28, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Richard- I'm afraid you're off-track on two counts: First, the original instant background system deletes records, once the purchaser has been cleared. what you fail to grasp, is that the system being touted by the Administration apparently will keep those records permanently, constituting defacto registration.. Thus, opening the door to confiscation, which is actually Feintein's, Bloomberg's, Schumer's, Culmo's , et al. Self-avowed end game. Second, there is a major push to attempt to severely regulate ammunition, including registration. again, if they know who's buying, they know where to go to confiscate later. That accounts for the current run on ammunition. BTW, if you're trying to allude to a nefarious character, the most popular spellings are: "bogey man" and "Boogie Man" - not "boggy man." Unless one has a lower intestinal tract issue... Cheers!

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  • EvelynFebruary 28, 2013 - 9:27 am

    Richard: What's a boggy man?

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  • R.J. CarterFebruary 28, 2013 - 9:33 am

    And, Richard asks if WE feel stupid..What a dope....

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  • DB SmithFebruary 28, 2013 - 9:50 am

    Richard, if you want to see the real "boogy" man then please go to http://www.ijreview.com/2013/02/38482-humorous-women-take-joe-bidens-buy-a-shotgun-advice/

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  • cookie65February 28, 2013 - 10:13 am

    Those attempting to disarm American citizens will exempt themselves from laws directed at us. Just like obamacare, insider trading laws and many, many others. I bet Mayor Bloomingidiot has a 2 litre bottle of soda at his house. We need to re-establish the magna carta in our Constitution as a basis for every law passed.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureFebruary 28, 2013 - 10:44 am

    What's a "Boggy Man"? I'll tell you what a Boggy Man is; When Richurd's septic system has been overwhelmed due to the copious amount of crap produced at his residence, he has to go out and wade around on his hands and knees in the "bog" created over the septic tank feeling for the lids of the tank so they can be opened for Ned Carnett to do his job. Richurd is your worst nightmare; for he IS the "Boggy Man". Keep your fingernails clipped short Richurd.

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  • R ichardFebruary 28, 2013 - 11:39 am

    In the time long past, a dreaded evil of Disco reared it's ugly head. After several years of being plagued by the horrific spasms, that some mistook for a form of dance, the Republican Intergalactic Corporations United with United Intergalactic Corporations to control this vile disease and it's Maker - the Boogy Man. The hard fights with modern weapons was led across the worlds in hopes of extinguishing this vile plague of Disco, by many faceless mooks with headphones blasting, heavy pop music. Many died dancing in those times. In fact the current planet XR-31, was previously known as the Memorial burial of Space Disco victims, before it was demolished to make way for the new Intergalactic Casino Space way. At the brink of defeat, seeing that the party was about to end with all weapon confiscated, Boogy Man decided to cryogenically freeze himself and revive at some other time, when his reign will be forgotten. Happily for us, several hundred years have passed until his cryogenic capsule opened. Now, his Space Disco is about to spread across the galaxy, again.

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  • EvelynFebruary 28, 2013 - 11:46 am

    Richard: Periodically I stop by to see what you most recently have said. EVERY TIME you make the trip worth while!!! Thank you.

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  • R.J. CarterFebruary 28, 2013 - 11:56 am

    Hey Paddy...I think your last post popped something in Richard's brain...He's bat-cr*p crazy now.....

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  • Paddy O'furnitureFebruary 28, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    Richurd, your grammar needs help as much as your ideology. When using "it's" as in "reared it's (sic) ugly head", you do not need to apostrophize the "it's". "It's" is only apostrophized when used as a contraction of "it is", as in "It's so sad how badly deluded (not diluted)liberals are". Sorry to pick nits.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureFebruary 28, 2013 - 12:15 pm

    R.J., You mean Richurd's worse now? Is that possible?....... Anybody know the status of the four-legged friends of Dee and James?

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  • cookie65February 28, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    Paddy, If you are able to get some video of Richard cesspool snorkeling be sure and get is posted on youtube. There is a site that follows political corruption in Oregon with that title. http://bojack.org/2006/09/cesspool_snorkeling.html

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  • cookie65February 28, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    10 bucks says Richard has a leisure suit and disco ball.

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  • cookie65February 28, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    It would seem that Richard has the same room temperature IQ as maxine waters who told a crowd of room temperature IQ obama voters that sequester could cost 170 million jobs. The woman is the like the crash test dummy biden. A surviving brain donor. Haven't seen anything about the 4 legged pals. Been there, done that.

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  • EvelynFebruary 28, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    Easy on us libruls, pleeze. Even EYE can spell ITS and IT'S when called upon to do so. And ....... speaking of such things, I hope tonight's 50 Grand Commenters' Confab is still on. If I'm the only one present the Minutes of our first Official Meeting will read however I write them!!! I'm looking forward to meeting some of our fellow/fella blabber mouths.

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  • Ri chardFebruary 28, 2013 - 1:23 pm

    Our family, which consisted of my three brothers, grandpa, mom and dad, always had guns around. My dads and grand fathers hunting rifles were always locked up, as were the service revolvers in my dad’s garage shop in front of our barn. They were never in any way readily accessible. Anyone could’ve broken into our house and he’d be helpless, his guns at the other end of the house in the garage. That was my experience with “legal” gun ownership. It’s also what I expect of people who advocate “responsible” gun ownership. Ironically, working with gangbangers years later in Oakland, I discovered them to be the, “ ultimate armed libertarians (of a certain stripe).” They were engaged in the free market of one sort or another, often selling products that were unregulated, resisting any regulations. They took it upon themselves to protect themselves and their families—they didn’t call 911. They were self-made men and women. They were tough individualists, relying only on themselves. Gangbangers don’t have unemployment accounts. If their business activities fail, they don’t get government handouts. In short, they fend for themselves in a dogs eat dog society. So that’s my family experience with guns other than the military. The people who were “responsible” gun owners kept their guns locked up and occasionally went hunting. “The criminals used them for self protection and walked around armed. ” The arguments that many make for why they need their guns are founded in logics not that dissimilar from the reasons that inner-city gangbangers walk around armed. In both cases it is founded in a, “notion that the government is not to be trusted and that one’s life is in one’s own hands.”

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  • James E.February 28, 2013 - 1:41 pm

    Paddy, my little guy survived his operation on Tuesday. They found three tumors and we will find out in a couple of days whether they are cancer. He is a bit groggy, but slowing coming back to life. We are currently acting as ICU nurses to Fred who is thankful that he has a good medical plan. It's what we promised him when we rescued him -- lots of loving, good food, good water, a king sized bed, and a medical/dental plan (financed by me). Not related, but I note the Texas talk. I once lived in Texas for three years -- it wasn't too bad -- it grew on me. But, everything was brown and I was happy to see green when I returned to California (despite all my travels around the world, coming back to California always seemed magical to me). When I was a kid, there were around 13 million people in California. There was enough room to breathe so if enough people leave, we might be able to breathe again.

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  • cookie65February 28, 2013 - 1:46 pm

    Gangbangers in oakland have a lot in common with the government. If they want something they steal it from someone who earned it. If they used guns only for self defense the residents wouldn't be living with bars on all their windows. Like the government the biggest threat to them are armed citizens. They have gotten so bad down there that the citizens having lost all faith in the police have taken to patrolling their own streets and neighborhoods.

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  • cookie65February 28, 2013 - 1:50 pm

    James, happy to hear about your puppy dog. Hope the news is all good. Here is the story on Oakland. http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013/02/26/arcadia-park-residents-policing-their-streets-as-they-lose-faith-in-opd/

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  • DeeFebruary 28, 2013 - 2:00 pm

    Paddy-Zoe was fourteen with many medical issues. She had reached the stage where she was existng on 3 pain meds, eight pills a day. So we decided it was better for her if she ceased being in pain. If it holds true that every year of dog life equals seven of human, she was 98, not bad for Lab mutt stray.There is certainly a hole in the household.-----Have fun tonight.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureFebruary 28, 2013 - 2:43 pm

    James, hope things go well for Fred. Dee, very sad for you. Every time I lose a pooch I swear I'll never do another. Hurts too much. But since I've never had only one at a time, I haven't been able to do without. I love my pups. Take care, both of you.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureFebruary 28, 2013 - 3:06 pm

    I'm having my kids read Ri churd's comments and telling them "see kids, this is why you don't want to do drugs". They just stare at me wide eyed and nod, comprehendingly. Cookie-"surviving brain donor", now that's funny, right there. I don't car who y'are.

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  • R ichardFebruary 28, 2013 - 5:03 pm

    The standard augment by our local gun enthusiast seems to be: Widespread gun ownership is a guarantee against tyranny. Doesn’t make a lot of sense and doesn’t seem to have anything to do with contemporary life. If this was the case then despots would constantly overthrow mature democracies, but they aren’t. We shouldn’t right laws based on the fantasies of smiling, white, middle class conspiracy theorist.

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  • cookie65February 28, 2013 - 7:40 pm

    The standard argument is history proves that people who allow their government to disarm them end up being abused by their government. Which is why those old dudes gave us our other standard argument. "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." And no matter how much you protest, for what reason, no one knows, it still reads the same.

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