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The NRA speech, Virginia, and the VCDL

DrMark

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In my estimation, the NRA's approach present in their recent speech is an intelligent one.

Remember how politics works... Compromise and negotiation may sound like dirty words, but they always take place before a bill becomes law.

The genius of the approach the NRA has taken lies, in part, in changing the subject of the conversation. Now, when talking compromise, we can talk about how many armed people should be protecting our schoolchildren, how we pay for it (which is where armed citizenry [my preference] vs police enters the conversation), and so on.

Soccer moms scream, "We have to act now!" Now, we can reply (with equal emotion) that we agree, and discuss whether police, armed parents, or both should be the on-site protection.

Soccer moms scream, "We need gun control!" Now, we can point instead (with irrefutable logic) to a national discussion on a solution to yield actual protection, and suggest she focus on helping to address the problem instead of attacking the parents' civil rights.

Soccer moms scream, "Guns are evil!" Now, we can point instead to a national discussion on the evil of glorifying criminal violence through entertainment. (No one is suggesting banning media, gamers.)

Now, though we may not agree with everything in the speech, we have a rallying point. This can be referenced in our calls and e-mails to our elected representatives, when we make our reasoned points not solely as reactionaries, but as constituents seeking solutions.

Of course, I'll remind these representatives that I'm a gun owner, and I vote on the basis of their respect for those rights.

To expand on one point, now that the conversation has turned, in part, to good guys with guns protecting our children, we can discuss the best way to do it.

Though discussed at the federal level, I expect anything that's implemented will vary greatly be state.

Repressive states like NJ, MD, or CA will likely continue to reject addition protection, preferring the status quo that brought us the tragedy in CT. Freer states (I hope VA is among them) may decide that armed protection from school admin/teachers/parents, who are already in the schools, through eliminating laws preventing carry in schools, is a better approach in terms of both finances and reduced Federal Government intrusion.

I certainly don't steer VCDL, but I hope no VCDL energy is expended on criticism of the NRA. Instead, take advantage of their changing the conversation, mention the points of agreement (armed good guys is WIN, gun control is FAIL), and work to implement a better variation of the NRA's concept in our Commonwealth.

Like I mentioned, hopefully in VA we can push for
armed protection provided by school admin/teachers/parents, who are already in the schools. We can eliminate laws preventing carry in schools. In my opinion, this is a better approach than doubling the number of police, in terms of both finances and reduced centralized Government intrusion.

I'd like an end state of teachers, admin, and parents being able to carry
in our schools as they see fit, including mode (open or concealed). Perhaps we can get closer to that end state in VA. That's what I plan to work for.


 

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I agree with DrMark.

I watched the NRA press conference yesterday on MSNBC, which only aired LaPierre's speech and followed it with the expected bashing by their team of "analysts".

I also watched Night Line's interview with Mayor Bloomberg (http://abcnews.go.com/Nightline/). Cynthia McFadden did an excellent job of bringing the contradictions of gun control to him. I found it especially pleasing that she asked him about the appropriateness of his armed escorts in the face of his stand on guns in the hands of citizens. He replied "Of course." She also corrected him on his description of the assault rifles he wants to ban (and that he apparently thinks everyone owns) as being guns that continuously fired with a single pull of the trigger. (NB: While he described what we define as "assault rifles", he clearly erred in applying that description to the guns he's trying to ban.) The program also had clips from victims and their families of mass shootings. Didn't have any from victims or families who complained about being attacked in a gun free zone.

No one interviewed wants a repeat of Sandy Hook, but there is a strong disagreement about how to accomplish this.

This will be a tough fight to retain the rights we have now, even in Virginia.
 

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This will be a tough fight to retain the rights we have now, even in Virginia.
Its especially going to be hard with all the lies the media is selling to the public about the AR15. If I didn't know any better just from watching CNN I'd think that the AR15 is the same fully auto machine gun rifle that the military uses.

There needs to be a debate like the republican and democrat presidential candidates have. The anti-gunners can get up there an make up lies and show their ignorance, then the NRA needs to set them straight and point out to the public what the true facts really are.
 

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Its especially going to be hard with all the lies the media is selling to the public about the AR15. If I didn't know any better just from watching CNN I'd think that the AR15 is the same fully auto machine gun rifle that the military uses.

There needs to be a debate like the republican and democrat presidential candidates have. The anti-gunners can get up there an make up lies and show their ignorance, then the NRA needs to set them straight and point out to the public what the true facts really are.
The NRA skirted the meat of this. I'm not sure if that's good or bad but they certainly didn't take a hard stand on the BS.
The hardest one to swallow is all the hoopla about the mythical gunshow loophole that had nothing to do with the shootings.

Then the AR hysteria and if there's any truth to this, he didn't even use an AR:

[video=youtube;de3lmAD5kXo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=de3lmAD5kXo[/video]
 
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The NRA skirted the meat of this. I'm not sure if that's good or bad but they certainly didn't take a hard stand on the BS.
The hardest one to swallow is all the hoopla about the mythical gunshow loophole that had nothing to do with the shootings.

Then the AR hysteria and if there's any truth to this, he didn't even use an AR:

[video=youtube;de3lmAD5kXo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=de3lmAD5kXo[/video]
According to the governments own figures, gun show sales (private) account for less than 1% of sales. Doesn't sound like a loophole to me more like the eye of a needle.
 

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http://www.france24.com/en/20121223-us-lobby-issues-point-blank-no-gun-control

The NRA, the most powerful gun lobby in the United States, ruled out any support Sunday for greater regulation of firearms or ammunition magazines

"I think that is a phony piece of legislation, and I do not believe it will pass for this reason," LaPierre told NBC's "Meet the Press." "It is all built on lies that have been found out."
 

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http://www.france24.com/en/20121223-us-lobby-issues-point-blank-no-gun-control

The NRA, the most powerful gun lobby in the United States, ruled out any support Sunday for greater regulation of firearms or ammunition magazines

"I think that is a phony piece of legislation, and I do not believe it will pass for this reason," LaPierre told NBC's "Meet the Press." "It is all built on lies that have been found out."
Thanks for the link Marco.
I feel a little better now that they're looking it in the eye.
 

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I agree with Dr. Mark except getting our word out and debunking the anti's lies will be hard if not impossible. The media is in the tank for the anti's and cut off any 2A guest from fully explaining their position.

I was at tumbling with my daughter right after Sandy Hook and got into a short discussion with a local prinicipal about armed teachers etc. She cut off the conversation saying that we will have to agree to disagree and that she didn't want to talk about it anymore. I added right after that, that the charging of the assailant by the unarmed principal was courageous, but I wish she was allowed to have a better weapon to accomplish the task.

The left will cut off any discussion that they know they will lose. They will spread lies, irrational fears and emotional arguments.

You would think that this country doesn't already have good examples of guns in schools like Utah or a district in Texas, Michigan allows CHP holders to carry on school property. So there are already many places where there is no blood running in the halls where guns exist but listening to the anti's you would think the opposite.

I hope that we here in Virginia can ignore the liberal anti screed and get rid of the GFSZA totally in Virginia allowing staff and parents to carry in schools just like we do everywhere else. If we are successful, (its Christmas Eve so I can dream) I can already imagine my first confrontation in the school gym at a basketball game with an anti calling police, hyperventilating or getting in my face about me having a gun. Patience and restraint will be needed on our part to build up the notion that responsible people with guns ARE the good guys. :)

Merry Christmas all!
 
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I've said this before about Obama. The danger isn't going to come from Congress directly, at least not at first and in fact it's started. The ATF is considering new ammunition regulations. This is the tip of the iceberg I think.

From Grass Roots of North Carolina Alerts (These people are on top of everything)

Will consider public comments until Dec 31st...

TheBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is considering further restrictions for various types of ammunition used in both rifles andhandguns. The new restrictions stem from the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968, which among other things restricted “Armor Piercing”ammunition and also set forth exceptions that were allowed. One such restriction banned handgun ammunition which had a composition where the materialswere harder than lead.

In what appears to be yet another anti-gun initiative by the Obama administration, the BATFE is now consideringreversing previous policy by banning ammunition which was originally designed for rifles but can also be used in certain handguns, such as theThompson Contender or pistol versions of semi-automatic rifles, by claiming that some such ammunition does not meet the exception standards. At issuenow is what changes the BATFE would make in further determining exceptions under the “sporting purposes” exceptions.

As BATFEdocuments note: “…in developing a narrow sporting purposes test, ammunition in traditional hunting calibers will becomeregulated.” Translated, common rifle ammunition, including steel-core ammunition, would be banned simply because a handgun happensto be chambered for that caliber – as such handguns have been for many decades.

For more information, please go directly to thewebsite provided by the BATFE:http://www.atf.gov/firearms/industry/

There is still time!

The BATFE has opened the issue for publiccomment until December 31st, 2012. That gives us less than a month to have our voices heard in this issue. Take a moment and write to the BATFE usingthe email address provided below and let them know your concerns as they consider future changes to the “sporting purposes” exceptions tothe Gun Control Act of 1968 which very well may result in further restrictions on commonly used ammunition.

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As BATFE documents note: “…in developing a narrow sporting purposestest, ammunition in traditional hunting calibers will become regulated.” Regulated? It would be effectively banned. I will not stand idly bywhile bureaucrats try to ban common rifle ammunition, including steel-core ammunition, simply because a handgun happens to be chambered for thatcaliber – as such handguns have been for many decades.

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I sent my Christmas email to the BATFE as the above suggested. Let's see if I get any visit from them in the near future. :-( I was a bit less politically nice than their suggested email content.
 

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To add to that video.. That looked like a Saiga shotgun to me.
It may have been. From Wikipedia: (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Hook_Elementary_School_shooting)

A large quantity of unused ammunition was recovered from the school along with three semi-automatic firearms found with Adam Lanza: a .223-caliber Bushmaster XM-15 rifle,[SUP][61][/SUP] a 10mm Glock 20 SF handgun [SUP][5][/SUP][SUP][62][/SUP] and a 9mm SIG Sauer handgun.[SUP][4][/SUP][SUP][63][/SUP] A shotgun was found in the car Lanza had driven to the school.[SUP][/SUP]
 

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At least one other company makes a side charging AR (AR-15 & AR-10):
http://www.americanspiritarms.com/r...24-inch-bull-barrel-side-charger-ar-15-rifle/


The also have parts for builds: http://www.americanspiritarms.com/ar-15-m4-upper-parts/
correct there are a few other companies making a side charging AR. but BUSHMASTER only makes one, every single report is claiming the AR used was a bushmaster.

the charging lever would also not be on the right side(the pic in the link you posed even places it on the left side) of the gun as it would interfere with the forward assist and it would require you to remove your hand from the grip and trigger to charge the rifle.
 

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correct there are a few other companies making a side charging AR. but BUSHMASTER only makes one, every single report is claiming the AR used was a bushmaster.

the charging lever would also not be on the right side(the pic in the link you posed even places it on the left side) of the gun as it would interfere with the forward assist and it would require you to remove your hand from the grip and trigger to charge the rifle.
two posibilities 1) pic flipped causing charging bar to appear to be on left. or 2) rifle setup for left hand shooter which would place charging bar on left side.
 

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correct there are a few other companies making a side charging AR. but BUSHMASTER only makes one, every single report is claiming the AR used was a bushmaster.
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Quite possible it's a BM lower and another companies upper.....Franken AR....
 
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