Tuesday, November 20, 2007

2nd Amendment Blogging

Sometimes spending time on a blog regarding the 2nd can pay off outside narrow interest blogs like this one. If you go to this page of Reuters News you will find one of my efforts published there. It will depend on how many decide to look at it how much effect it has. I was going to cross post it from Chuck for but it is now dated. This is why keeping our point of view out is so important, it not only supports the 2nd, but does it as Democrats.

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear "District of Columbia v. Heller, 07-290"

On Tuesday (11/20/07) the U. S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the 2nd Amendment case concerning the D.C. ban on handguns and assembled rifles/shotguns in one's home. There's plenty of coverage on the Internet on this case (search on "District of Columbia v. Heller, 07-290), but I thought one quote from an article on Comcast.net said it all:


"Supreme Court Will Hear Guns Cases"

. . . "Washington banned handguns in 1976, saying it was designed to reduce violent crime in the nation's capital . . ."

Yeah. And we've seen how well THAT worked.

Whatever your party, don't let the candidates duck this issue in '08. If the Supreme Court sides with the District, it will set off a rash of copy-cat bans nationwide--make sure you don't elect anyone who would support those. Vote to defend your rights, your safety, and your liberty.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Exercise your rights--get your name on a list

Gun advocates are sometimes mocked as paranoid when they resist efforts to create national databases for gun registration. The piece below--reprinted with permission from Kevin Starrett of OFF--shows that you're not paranoid if people really are out to get you. (Or if you just have reasonable cause to think they are.)

The basis of the article is that Bob Hunter, editor of the Medford Mail Tribune, has demanded the local sheriff provide him with a list of names of everyone in Jackson County who has a concealed carry permit. Mr. Hunter has not explained what he intends to do with such a list but so far Jackson County Sheriff Mike Winters has refused to comply.

Printing a list of concealed permit holders is the same as hanging out a sign begging someone to burglarize their house while they're not home or to expose them to sanctions in the workplace from biased or uneducated employers.

For those who do not follow this issue, understand that this is precisely the kind of thing that destroys dialog with gun owners and leads the pro-2nd Amendment community to say "I told you so" when it comes to gun registration and calls to close the so-called "gun show loophole."

Please note too--in pursuing this story, The Oregonian also did research to try to find teachers or school board members who also are concealed carry permit holders. The Oregonian had the good sense not to publish any of the names they found--for which they should be commended.

Read on...
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Original piece from the OFF website:

MEDFORD NEWSPAPER SUES TO GET NAMES OF GUN OWNERS

As you may have heard, the Medford Mail Tribune has sued to get the names of concealed handgun license holders.

This action was taken as a result of the lawsuit brought by a Medford teacher against the Medford school district. As you know, teacher Shirley Katz was suing to be allowed to carry her defensive firearm to work at Medford High School.

The Mail Tribune, which has repeatedly editorialized that licensed, trained adults should NOT be allowed to carry firearms on school property, believes that one of the ways to promote its anti-gun agenda is to intimidate gun owners by demanding that the Sheriff turn over the names of license holders.

What possible purpose this would serve, beyond invading the privacy of the most law abiding residents of Oregon, remains a mystery. But the Tribune's Editor, Bob Hunter is determined to proceed.

Jackson County Sheriff Mike WInters has so far refused, correctly pointing out the dangers this would present. “We were reluctant to hand over the names because we don’t want to make it easier for anybody who would use the information for harm in terms of credit card fraud or identity theft." Winters said.

Editor Bob Hunter believes that he has the right to those names for whatever purpose he chooses to use them. "This is information bought and paid for by the public, and the public has a right to it.” But of course, that's not true. The public did not buy and pay for this information. The information was paid for by the fees license holders are forced to pay to exercise a "right." But Bob goes on “It’s important for news media to take a stand on something like this because if public information is withheld in this way it will diminish the amount of public information the public is allowed to see,”

The truth is, whether it is legal for the press to obtain these names or not, (and attorneys have recently informed us it may NOT be legal) the only purpose being served is to chill the rights of gun owners. It would be no different if we published the home addresses and phone numbers of Tribune staff and hid behind the First Amendment.

While the Sheriff should be applauded for his efforts to protect license holders,Bob Hunter and the Mail Tribune and its advertisers should know that it's wrong to promote their anti self-defense crusade by threatening the privacy of gun owners.

You can contact Hunter by e-mail here bhunter@mailtribune.com or by regular mail and phone here:Mail Tribune P.O. Box 1108 111 N. Fir St. Medford, OR 97501 541-776-4411

[End of article.]

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Ruger No.1 45-70 Govt Peep Sight

***Originally Posted on Chuck for...

This rifle will fire a 500 grain bullet at 1900 feet per second and possibly more, I have no intention of putting my face behind a scope. So:




***Left click for full size picture***

This is a New England Custom Gun Service, Ltd #N-100 peep sight for Ruger No.1 and M77. The sight is a receiver mount adjustable peep sight with two apertures, 0.093 inch and 0.125 inch. The sight mounts to the rear scope mount point machining with two knurled knobs driving crescent moon dadoes into the machined rear scope sight mounts. There is a depression machined in the top of the scope mount point into which another dado inserts for positive locating. Windage is adjusted using the two knobs, the right has a hex head lock screw. Elevation is adjusted with a slotted screw in the top of the sight, loosening the aperture frees the screw.

The sight is robust in construction and pretty much idiot proof. It will certainly withstand the significant recoil of this rifle and looks to be capable of the insults available during hunting. The machining is precise, it takes care to align all the mating surfaces, it simply will not go together if everything is not precisely mated. I used the Ruger back-up leaf sight to set windage and elevation during install, it looks as though with elevation bottomed out the front sight will center at around 150 yds. NECG notes in its advertisement that all Rugers shoot differently and the front sight may need replacing - they also supply those.

The Ruger flip up leaf sight might be adequate in case of scope failure but they certainly are not useful as a dedicated sight. There are quite a few calibers available in Ruger #1 that would not make a scope an iffy proposition, but two things are in operation here, recoil and the amount of drop at the speeds these rounds can be fired at.

You will find NECG here. For more on Ruger NO.1 45-70 see this.