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Not Better The Second Time Around.

Scope-and-handgun-ROH The New York Times is reporting that members of the Senate are working “quietly” to bring back a new gun control measure to the floor of the Congress after the defeat of the Manchin-Toomey Amendment.

There are a couple of things we wish point out in how the Times spins this issue and how there are some real, uninformed clowns in Congress.

Drawing on the lessons from battles in the 1980s and ’90s over the Brady Bill, which failed in Congress several times before ultimately passing, gun control supporters believe they can prevail by working on a two-pronged strategy. First, they are identifying senators who might be willing to change their votes and support a background check system with fewer loopholes.

Loopholes? The issue with the Manchin-Toomey Amendment was not so called “loopholes” but the fact that the bill was too restrictive and onerous. If the bill had simply stuck to the idea that if one buys a gun at a gun show, they need to complete a background check, very few people would have complained. Instead, the Amendment tried to overreach into every transaction, even those between private parties within a state, and people said “we don’t want that.”

But we’ll let the Times speak for itself as to what the “loopholes” are:

“We’re going to work it hard,” Mr. Manchin said Thursday, adding that he was looking at tweaking the language of his bill in a way that he believed would satisfy senators who, for example, felt that background checks on person-to-person gun sales would be too onerous for people who live in rural areas far from a sporting goods store.

Those concerns were an issue for Alaska’s senators, Lisa Murkowski, a Republican, and Mark Begich, a Democrat.

Got that?

The Times article never states a “loophole,” but yet to demonize those who voted against the bill, they turn the reasons around. Instead of accurately saying right out of the gate that people voted against the bill because it was too restrictive, they say they voted against it because “loopholes” weren’t addressed.
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Newtown – Weapons Part III

Newtown-Weapons-ROHEDITOR’S NOTE: This is the sixth of our posts on the shootings that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut.

On Friday, December 14, 2012, the small town of Newtown, Connecticut was the epicenter of a horrible, unspeakable act ending in the deaths of 28 people. Shortly after 9 AM, a 20 year old entered Sandy Point Elementary school and proceeded to shoot 26 individuals, including 20 children.

The names of the victims and their date of birth are as follows:

– Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
– Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
– Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female.
– Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
– Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
– Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
– Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
– Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female
– Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
– Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
– Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
– Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
– James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
– Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
– Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
– Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
– Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
– Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
– Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
– Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
– Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
– Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
– Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
– Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female
– Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
– Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female

The shooter himself was found dead in the school.

Also killed was the 52 year old mother of the shooter who was found in her home.

We never want to forget the victims in this incident. That is why we listed them first. You will see these first couple of paragraphs every day we write about this because we never want to forget the victims.


We want to go over some of the reasons we have heard and to which we have been exposed on the issue of weapons, gun control and Newtown.

“Why does anyone need a gun?”

This has always baffled us. What other right does a person have to “prove” a need for? For example, NBC, ABC, CNN, etc all have freedom of the press and freedom of speech. Do they have to “prove” that a website for their company is “needed?” Do we have to “prove” a right not to be searched without cause or a warrant? No one has to prove a “need” to exercise a right. The government has to prove a “need” to override that right.

“We need to ban automatic weapons.”

We have done that. The 1934 Firearms Act bans automatic weapons.

“What about nuclear weapons? Cannons? Does the Second Amendment allow for that?”

We already have bans and restrictions not only on nuclear weapons, but on the material to make such a weapon.

As for something like a cannon, it should be remembered that at the time of the Constitution, cannons were private property. They were owned by individuals – not the government. But no one is demanding that people be allowed a cannon or a howitzer. Both arguments are specious at best.

(True story…… years ago we were coming home from work on a weekend and pulled up behind a pickup truck with a bed topper on it. We looked at the bumper upon which was a sticker that said “MY OTHER GUN IS A CANNON.” Thinking that was somewhat humorous, we glanced up into the back of the truck and saw a cannon pointing at us. We kid you not. A big cannon. Turned out the guy was a Civil War re-inactor and was part of a artillery unit.)

“Who needs a AR-15 for defense?”

First, in many cases a rifle is better in a situation where accuracy is paramount. People forget that a handgun can be wildly inaccurate. If you have someone in your house, an AR-15 is a good, accurate weapon that will dissuade someone without putting other people in the house in as much risk as handgun with a higher powered round.

Secondly, who needs a AR-15 for defense?

This 15 year old kid protecting his 12 year old sister:
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Newtown – The Weapons Part II.

Newtown-Weapons-ROHEDITOR’S NOTE: This is the sixth of our posts on the shootings that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut.

On Friday, December 14, 2012, the small town of Newtown, Connecticut was the epicenter of a horrible, unspeakable act ending in the deaths of 28 people. Shortly after 9 AM, a 20 year old entered Sandy Point Elementary school and proceeded to shoot 26 individuals, including 20 children.

The names of the victims and their date of birth are as follows:

– Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
– Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
– Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female.
– Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
– Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
– Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
– Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
– Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female
– Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
– Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
– Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
– Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
– James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
– Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
– Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
– Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
– Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
– Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
– Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
– Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
– Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
– Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
– Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
– Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female
– Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
– Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female

The shooter himself was found dead in the school.

Also killed was the 52 year old mother of the shooter who was found in her home.

We never want to forget the victims in this incident. That is why we listed them first. You will see these first couple of paragraphs every day we write about this because we never want to forget the victims.


We talked a little yesterday about the basis of the Second Amendment and the right of individuals to bear arms as methods of self defense.

The question that often comes up when talking about self defense is “how often is a gun used in self defense?” We believe that is a reasonable question and unfortunately, no one is quite sure.

What we do know is that a gun is actively used in self defense somewhere between 1.8 million to 2.5 million times a year by individuals. That figure does not include the number of times a gun is brandished or simply shown to a potential criminal and the criminal runs away. At this point in time, that statistic is not kept, but it seems to us the number would be fairly significant.

We believe when a person is entering your house, or looking to rape you, or looking to rob you, or any other crime, a gun is a good deterrent. It is good for the exercise of self defense, a basic, fundamental human right.

But if we are going to talk about weapons, and specifically the weapons that were used in the Sandy Point Elementary shooting, we need to define some terms first.

First, the term “assault rifle” and “assault weapon” are not the same, even though politicians and the media often use them interchangeably. We aren’t sure whether that interchange is deliberate or made out of ignorance but either way it is a detriment to the issue.

An “assault rifle” has been defined since the 1930’s as a “short, compact, selective-fire weapons that fire a cartridge intermediate in power between submachinegun and rifle cartridges.” Most people recognize the German StG 44 as the first assault rifle.

Does that mean the AR-15 used at Newtown was an “assault rifle?”
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Newtown – The Weapons.

Newtown-Weapons-ROHEDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fifth of our posts on the shootings that occurred in Newtown, Connecticut.

On Friday, December 14, 2012, the small town of Newtown, Connecticut was the epicenter of a horrible, unspeakable act ending in the deaths of 28 people. Shortly after 9 AM, a 20 year old entered Sandy Point Elementary school and proceeded to shoot 26 individuals, including 20 children.

The names of the victims and their date of birth are as follows:

– Charlotte Bacon, 2/22/06, female
– Daniel Barden, 9/25/05, male
– Rachel Davino, 7/17/83, female.
– Olivia Engel, 7/18/06, female
– Josephine Gay, 12/11/05, female
– Ana M. Marquez-Greene, 04/04/06, female
– Dylan Hockley, 3/8/06, male
– Dawn Hochsprung, 06/28/65, female
– Madeleine F. Hsu, 7/10/06, female
– Catherine V. Hubbard, 6/08/06, female
– Chase Kowalski, 10/31/05, male
– Jesse Lewis, 6/30/06, male
– James Mattioli , 3/22/06, male
– Grace McDonnell, 12/04/05, female
– Anne Marie Murphy, 07/25/60, female
– Emilie Parker, 5/12/06, female
– Jack Pinto, 5/06/06, male
– Noah Pozner, 11/20/06, male
– Caroline Previdi, 9/07/06, female
– Jessica Rekos, 5/10/06, female
– Avielle Richman, 10/17/06, female
– Lauren Rousseau, 6/1982, female (full date of birth not specified)
– Mary Sherlach, 2/11/56, female
– Victoria Soto, 11/04/85, female
– Benjamin Wheeler, 9/12/06, male
– Allison N. Wyatt, 7/03/06, female

The shooter himself was found dead in the school.

Also killed was the 52 year old mother of the shooter who was found in her home.

We never want to forget the victims in this incident. That is why we listed them first. You will see these first couple of paragraphs every day we write about this because we never want to forget the victims.


Of all the circumstances and factors surrounding the incidents at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the one that has caused the most debate has been the issue of gun control.

At Newtown, the shooter was armed with what was reported to have been an AR-15 Bushmaster rifle and several hand guns. Additionally, what appears to have been a shotgun was found in the shooter’s car.

Immediately cries came from people screaming we had to institute “gun control.” Some went further demanding a ban on guns. On the other side of the debate, there are people very committed to the idea of self-defense and the Second Amendment to the US Constitution.

The United States was founded on the idea that the people – not the government – possessed certain rights. It is not the duty of the government or monarchy to impart those rights to people, but rather it is the responsibility of the government to protect those rights.

The Declaration of Independence states:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

An individual has the right to protect their life. We have the right to self defense.
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Military Lunacy In England – UPDATED!

On November 17, 2012, we brought you the story of Sergeant Danny Nightingale of the British SAS who pleaded guilty to the charge of illegally possessing a firearm in England.

We won’t go over the details here as you can read them at the original post (as well as peruse the comments from a reader who thinks Nighingale’s punishment was just.)

We disagreed with the sentence Sergeant Nightingale had been given. We still disagree with it. The sentence was, and is, sheer lunacy. It is a case where the black letter of the law may have been followed, but certainly not the spirit of the law. The surrounding circumstances of Nightingale’s service and contribution to both his fellow countrymen and the world should have mitigated any jail sentence.

Instead, Nightingale was sentenced to 18 months in jail, as well as loss of his rank and pension.

Lunacy.

The British Court of Appeals has agreed and has set Sergeant Nightingale free.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, Mr Justice Fulford and Mr Justice Bean heard legal argument at a hearing in the Court Martial Appeal Court.
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Military Lunacy In England.

Allow us to introduce you to Sergeant Danny Nightingale of the British SAS. Nightingale served for 17 years in the British military, including 10 in the SAS who are similar to the US’s special forces. Nightingale has served multiple tours in Irag and Afghanistan as a sniper, a trainer and a medic. Nightingale also developed the “Nightingale dressing,” which is a large bandage used in hostile environments. The bandage adheres to the skin – even if the skin is dirty and sweaty – saving the lives of countless people now and in the future. By any measure, Danny Nightingale is one of the “best of the best” in the British military.

Shortly before Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom, (which is the equivalent of Memorial Day here in the United States) Nightingale was sentenced to 18 months in jail. How a court sentenced this decorated, respected husband and father of two young girls to jail is a tale which is hard to believe.

In 2007, Sgt Nightingale was serving in Iraq as part of a secret British-US counter-terrorist unit known as Task Force Black.

The unit was composed of members of the SAS and Delta Force, its American equivalent, and their mission was to kill or capture members of al-Qaeda.

Baghdad was then at the nexus of a violent insurgency driven by terrorists who thought nothing of killing hundreds of innocent civilians every day.

Every evening Sgt Nightingale’s team, working alongside a group of Iraqi special forces known as “The Apostles”, would venture onto the streets to hunt down al-Qaeda terrorists. It was later described as the most intense period of war fighting in SAS history.

Towards the end of the tour Sgt Nightingale was presented with a 9mm Glock by the Iraqis as a gift.

He intended to have it decommissioned and hung on the SAS sergeants’ mess wall as a war trophy, alongside dozens of others amassed by the regiment in operations.

In November of 2007, two of Nightingale’s friends were killed in a helicopter crash. He was assigned the duty of escorting the bodies of his fallen comrades home. After his hasty departure, members of his unit packed Nightingale’s belongings. The commemorative the Glock was placed into a locked box and along with the rest of his operational gear, was sent to the SAS headquarters in Hereford, England. The Glock remained in the locked box until 2010 and was never opened.
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Quick Hits

A new “Quick Hits” post and a Rule 5 boxer will help usher in the New Year.

The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has told the sponsor of the “Redneck Olympics” to stop using the term “Olympic” as the USOC has exclusive rights to the word.

Uh huh. Because we all know events like “mud runs, tire popping, bobbing for pigs feet and toilet seat horseshoes” are easily confused with the 100 meter dash, synchronized swimming, and gymnastics. (To say nothing of an Olympic torch being the same as a plastic pink flamingo on fire.)

We understand the idea that the “Olympics” wants to protect its brand name, but there is no confusion here or devaluing of the word “Olympic” when used by someone else. Given the USOC hits everyone for money and believes “America doesn’t send athletes to the Olympics, Americans do,” Americans have a stake in the name as well.

At least Harold Brooks, the sponsor of the Redneck Olympics, has a sense of humor about the whole thing:

Brooks says he’s planning on selling t-shirts that read “Redneck ________” with a picture of the word game hangman next to it. He says if the U.S.O.C. asks what goes in the 8 blank spaces after the word “Redneck” he’ll say it’s “Bull****”.


A Marine with no criminal history is facing a 15 year sentence for carrying a concealed weapon.
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Gun Control Explained

Our friends over at Battlefield315.com have a new video out on gun control. As usual, it is well done and guts the position of those who wish to ban legal gun ownership in this country,

Enjoy.





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