Friday, April 18, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Politicians propel gun sales

EDITOR: After reading Mr. Daley’s column mocking the 100-round magazine (which due to its size almost nobody uses) I thought it would be useful to first visit the Second Amendment and see what has actually been accomplished by attempts at gun control versus what was intended to be.

First, the Second Amendment was not designed to protect hunting guns; the guns protected at the time were equal to those used by the military at that time. Also, the militia at that time was not any form of National Guard, but basically everybody over 18 that was not a convict. In fact, what the Founding Fathers feared most was not an armed citizenry, but a standing army. This is why the U.S. spent most of its early years with an army not much bigger than a few Boy Scout troops.

Now to what has actually been accomplished by gun control efforts versus what was intended. For about 20 years before entering my current career I worked in the retail firearms industry. The place where I worked was a very large gun store. We normally had between 2,000 and 3,000 guns in stock and were warranty repair for seven companies.

Being a Colt distributor, we had a full line of their products, which included the AR15. We had a rifle wall about 40 feet long with upper and lower racks so that you had basically 80 feet of rifles one next to the other. Since, as I said, we were a Colt distributor there were four AR15s on the wall. Customers would see them and make comments like they could have one if they wanted one since it was a free country, but they didn’t need one and went on to buy their hunting rifle or shotgun.

Then along came Feinstein ranting about how citizens should not be trusted with such weapons. That did it. Those AR15s that I used to have to dust periodically so that they wouldn’t look like they’d been on the wall forever (which they had), that up to that time I almost couldn’t give away, suddenly started flying off the shelves. They sold like hot cakes. By the bushel. Magazines and ammo for them by the bushel too. Things quieted down for awhile until 1994 when Feinstein went on the rampage again. I remember stacking wooden cases of ammo 6 feet high and watching them almost immediately get picked clean right down to the floor. Then I’d build another stack and down it would go too.

Now in the news you hear about record numbers of FBI background checks. Millions of them. Daily reports of how gun stores are being emptied of merchandise by panicked customers buying any gun they could get. At this point it is useful to note that Clinton’s Justice Department said the 10-year assault weapons federal ban had no effect. Now if these gun-control idiots had just kept their mouths shut those AR15s would still be gathering dust on the shelf. Instead, what have those bozos achieved? I’ll tell you. The most massive arming of America in history. People like the Brady Campaign should be getting a commission from the gun manufacturers because they have sold more hardware than Oliver Winchester ever dreamed of.

GEORGE ALGER
Placerville

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJanuary 14, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    George, this is the kind of talk that drives these folks batty. To know that Feinstein did more to hype and promote the "assault rifle", and that Obama has done more to promote gun and ammo sales than any politician in history makes them seethe. They couldn't leave well enough alone, and now they're reaping the rewards of their ill-fated efforts. It's kind of funny really. While Smith & Wesson, Sturm Ruger, Colt, and Springfield Armory are obviously pro-2nd Amendment, Obama has most certainly been responsible for the most profitable months these companies have ever seen. But alas, the majority of Americans have very short attention spans and are easily distracted by shiny things and the WalMart sale catalog, so this too shall pass. Maybe by summertime a new diversion will come along and America will resume her course, although MUCH more heavily armed :^)

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  • Phil VeerkampJanuary 18, 2013 - 10:08 pm

    INDEED!!!

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  • Jim RiordanJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:30 am

    Good letter George. One fact left out is that the hypocrite Feinstein went and got HER Concealed Carry permit at the same time as she prevent any guns in the city limits. It's OK for that "old bag" Spendstein to have one, but no one else in her crime ridden city. If you look up hypocrite in the dictionary, there should be a picture of her there. . . .TERM LIMITS . . . .

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  • RichardJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:30 am

    Ramblings of a few who belong to one of Americas many, noisy fringe groups.

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  • Jim RiordanJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:33 am

    OOOps s/b "prevented" . .

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 21, 2013 - 12:33 pm

    NRA has done MORE for the Gun manufactures in the last 10-years and done NOTHING for their members. Our family joined the NRA to learn Gun-safety and important information about "Responsible Gun Ownership."... Yesterday "Gun Appreciation Day" THREE different gun shows had SHOOTING ACCIDENTS. What has happened to the NRA??? It appears that NO ONE knows about Gun Safety....just greed (More, more, more) and hatred.... Let's get back to what Gun ownership was really about instead of this "I hate Obama" BS! HE has NEVER said he is TAKING anybody's guns.... ONLY FOX-NEWS.... Change the channel people....

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJanuary 21, 2013 - 1:22 pm

    Dink, If you don't like the NRA, cancel your alleged membership. And if you don't like Fox news, don't watch it. But, is okay with you and all the other gun-phobes and lefties if I keep my NRA membership? Will you allow me the freedom to watch Fox News if I so choose? (Whether or not I do watch it is not the point-I don't have a TV and I don't watch internet video news, I read). Just askin'

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  • James E.January 21, 2013 - 2:05 pm

    I've always wondered how people are shot "accidently." I thought the rule was when you pick up a weapon you point it away and clear it. And, if you put it down, and come back to it in 5 minutes or 5 hours you point it away and clear it again. Basic gun safety.

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 21, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    Point made, James. I made sure my sons attended gun safety classes before they ever owned a gun. The NRA sponsored safety classes in the past. But after hearing that five people were shot at these "Gun Shows" I wonder: Is the NRA more busy taking $$$ from the gun manufacturers than pushing SAFETY 1st? and were there ANY "real" (responsible) gun owners around?

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJanuary 21, 2013 - 3:02 pm

    More than likely, the gun buying frenzy that Obama, Cuomo and DiFi (hereafter known as OC&D) have set off has brought generated interest in gun ownership amongst people who have had no exposure to them in the past, and thus don't know the first thing about them. Training, training, training. Before OC&D go on another sales campaign, they should emphasize safety first. Of course, these kinds of accidents only play into their hands. -Don't know why there would have been a loaded gun at a gun show that was not tucked snugly into a holster. Someone's definitely got some 'splainin to do. somehow, the NRA must be to blame...

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  • Theres always the 10% who dont get it!January 21, 2013 - 11:09 pm

    January 17, 2013 Vice President Joe Biden The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington DC 20501 Dear Mr. Vice President, I am elected Sheriff of El Dorado County, California and as such I am sworn to support and defend the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the state of California against all enemies, foreign and domestic. I was also elected by the people of El Dorado County to manage and direct the 358 employees of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office. As a leader, I take my oath of office seriously and in doing so; set an example to those I lead. My agency's Mission Statement reads as follows: The mission of the El Dorado County Sheriff's Office is to uphold the law through the investigation and enforcement of criminal and civil law, top provide leadership and law enforcement support to allied enforcement agencies, to deliver consistent and humane treatment to those placed in our care and custody and to perform these responsibilities in a manner that is responsive to the needs of our community and faithful to the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of California. As you can see, the United States Constitution, the foundation of our liberties, that we are both sworn to support and defend, is the crux of our duty and honor we owe to all we serve and lead. The purpose of this letter is to go on record of re-affirming my oath of office and making it clear that I and my staff will never violate that oath by being pressured into enforcing any unconstitutional provision, law, or executive order. It is well known and proven with facts, not emotional interference, that gun control of any kind, has no effect on reduction of crime, anywhere. If all manner of firearms were removed from within the borders of the United States those in society would who have no respect for the rule of law, would still find a way to obtain and use firearms. This is an absolute fact given the current laws we have in this nation and in California that ban possession by felons and prohibited classes yet law enforcement continues to encounter the aforementioned individuals in possession of firearms. Our Nation's problem with violent crime is not an issue of firearms; it is an issue of mental illness and antisocial behavior. If as much efforts were expended in keeping criminals out of our communities and identifying and treating our mentally ill are are expended in the folly of gun control, this Nation would experience an immensely measurable decrease in violent crime. My agency will continue to support and defend the Constitutional rights of all we serve, without any mental reservations or purposes of evasion. Respectfully, (SIGNED) John D'Agostini Sheriff-Coroner Public Administrator

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  • Political posturing on the issue of Gun ControlJanuary 21, 2013 - 11:39 pm

    In our nation today, out of 3,250 Sheriffs and almost 18,000 Police Chiefs less than 37 in good standing Nation wide oppose gun control. Our Sheriff John D'Agostini is one of them. Political posturing, on the most divisive issue in our country today reflects poorly on El Dorado County and the Sheriffs Department.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJanuary 22, 2013 - 6:50 am

    PolPost, reaffirming one's oath is political posturing? Stating the facts of the affects of disarming law abiding citizens is political posturing? Capitalizing on a tragedy like Sandy Hook to further your pre-existing agenda, now THAT'S political posturing! And where did you get the 37 number? The list is well over a hundred and growing every day. Don't count the chickens till they're ll don't hatchin'.

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  • National Sheriffs Assoc supports ObamaJanuary 22, 2013 - 9:24 am

    National Sheriffs' Association, told Officer.com that there group supports the executive orders made by President Obama.

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  • James E.January 22, 2013 - 10:34 am

    Latest gun news: Senator McConnell sends out emails requesting donations (he's up for election in 2014) with two messages: 1. They're coming for our guns. 2. They have us surrounded. Good old McConnell throwing some gas on the fire for money. Also, a security guard accidentally shot off his p****. Cannot use the real word as it is prohibited by the MtDemocrat. Wait, it happened in Trinidad so it isn't applicable to the United States. Thank goodness.

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  • We Have to Pass the Bill to Find Out...January 22, 2013 - 10:39 am

    "The National Sheriffs’ Association applauds the Administration’s initiative and efforts to reduce gun violence. Although NSA has not yet had time to thoroughly review details of the 23 executive actions, NSA believes the steps above can be implemented quickly and without legislative battles". Did I read that right??? "Has not yet had time to thoroughly review..." but we support it.

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  • Jim RiordanJanuary 22, 2013 - 11:01 am

    Paddy, I heartily second that motion and emotion. We have a great Sheriff. Every statement he made was 100% on the mark.

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  • Tuesday 11:00 AMJanuary 22, 2013 - 11:11 am

    Multiply victims shoot at Texas College:

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 22, 2013 - 11:49 am

    Since Newtown: 1103 killed by guns, 96 children.... THIS WEEK (7 days): NM son kills 5 (3 young children), New Orleans parade 5 shot (not killed), and then TODAY Lone Star Campus in TX.... we don't know yet....but that's only one week... Is this what the Forefathers thought about when they wrote.....WELL "REGULATED" MILITIA?.... Oh, OH, I understand...cross out those words in the 2nd Amendment.... Just the "Bear arms" part counts.

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  • RichardJanuary 22, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    Very clear case of political posturing when someone stands or moves in a way that they hope will make other people notice and admire them. This clearly is the case of EDC Sheriff John D'Agostini. Who recently used his office to support the Guns and Roses fund raising event in El Dorado County on behalf of the California Gun Owners Association. And now writes to the Vice Presidents of the United States portraying mental illness, not guns as the root cause of gun violence in America, mimicking both the NRA and Republican Congressman McClintock.

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  • barf13January 22, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    I quit my membership in the NRA something like fifteen years ago. I also DO NOT go to gunshows. Everyone who attends those gunshows are having their pictures taken. Past and present NRA members are on a list. When Obumbmer send his stormtroopers to your front door, you can guess how they found you.

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  • Gun show surveillanceJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:18 pm

    barf13, where I think you may be a little to the right of the NRA, I can confirm your suspicions’ about surveillance at gun shows by local law enforcement. And if you think for one second the NRA hasn’t passed on your membership information in return for some concession, you’re naive.

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  • Vic SubiaJanuary 22, 2013 - 2:54 pm

    Re: Sheriff's Letter to the Vice President. All too often the issues of crime and crime prevention get lost in the emotions of those people that are for or against gun control. Thank you Sheriff D'Agostini for writing and making public a non-emotional and clearly stated letter regarding this issue. You are entirely correct in stating that mental illness and antisocial behavior are the real problem behind violent crime. More importantly, it is critical to our nation that our leaders not bypass the constitution to force their desires on its citizens. Vic Subia, Public Safety Consultant, Retired

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  • Dink LaneJanuary 22, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    Sheriff D'Agostini's letter says "I won't violate the constitution."...... Where in the VP's letter is he asking for the sheriff to violate the 2nd Amendment? THE VP DID NOT!... the VP asked that guns that D'Agostini collects in a CRIME investigation......to let the ATF TRACE the gun's history....... WHAT? ... So D'Agostini WANTS TO GIVE THE GUN BACK TO THE CRIMINAL??? ..... Or is he saying that he wants to give the Gun to the other officers or sell it at a gun show???? ...... This is NUTS! READ THE VP'S LETTER PEOPLE!

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  • Sheriffs PR guyJanuary 22, 2013 - 4:34 pm

    Vic has a history of calmly affirming many public statements the Sheriff makes.

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  • Wake-up SheriffJanuary 22, 2013 - 4:48 pm

    Wake up: It's really easy for those that haven't been personally been affected by gun tragedy to want less strict gun control. Until you are personally affected by a completely preventable death of a child by a gun, you really don't have a clue! People please wake up! Look at the statistics and you will see the states with stricter gun laws such as New York have much less crime and accidental deaths by guns. It's common sense!

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  • The Sheriff is AwakeJanuary 22, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    DC - Since the gun ban was struck down, murders in the District have steadily gone down, from 186 in 2008 to 88 in 2012, the lowest number since the law was enacted in 1976. The decline resulted from a variety of factors, but losing the gun ban certainly did not produce the rise in murders that many might have expected.

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  • RichardJanuary 22, 2013 - 10:06 pm

    So if the Sheriff is not posturing, and he’s awake, why does he oppose gun control? He can’t possibly believe that by treating those with obvious mental illness issues alone will solve our nation s gun crises or decrease the ever growing numbers of available guns. I think not. Sheriff D’Agostini is acting more like a man who thinks he has a future in politics.

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  • billJanuary 28, 2013 - 1:44 pm

    The purpose of the Second Amendment is to arm people in order to prevent future tyranny. They need the tools to do this. The term "Well Regulated" in the Second Amendment meant "Well Manned and Equipped " in 1791 as was determined in the 1939 United States v. Miller case after referencing the autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. The concept of Government Regulation, as we understand it today, did not exist at the time. United States v. Miller also determined that the term "Arms" refers to "Ordinary Military Weapons" (not crew operated). American Citizens have the right to Keep and Bear, which means Own and Carry, any weapons that a soldier carries into battle. That includes past, present and future weapons. A Militia consisted of armed volunteers willing to fight with their personal arms and not under government control. The 2008 Heller v. Washington DC decision reaffirmed that the Right to Bear Arms was an Individual right. The 2010 McDonald v. Chicago decision reaffirmed it yet again and made it clear that it applies to every state, every city and every town in the United States. To limit the Second Amendment to muskets would be the equivalent of limiting the First Amendment to writings in quill pens. Liberty is worth the risk of death!

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