Weathering the Storms of Life

Have you heard the latest news on Gun Ownership in the United States?

Household Gun Ownership Hits New Low–Fewer Than One Out of Three American Households Has a Gun

Gun-Free Households are a Substantial Majority, Gun-Owning Households a Shrinking Minority

Washington, DCHousehold gun ownership in the United States has dropped to its lowest level since it peaked in 1977 according to a report issued today by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) analyzing new data from the General Social Survey (GSS) conducted by the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. The GSS has tracked household and personal gun ownership since the early 1970s and, except for the U.S. Census, is the most frequently analyzed source of information in the social sciences.

If this is true – and I don’t believe it is, simply because general distrust of our government has widely increased – wouldn’t it be just a little more conceivable that gun-owners have simply stopped registering their weapons? How do they account for guns sold in those states that have banned the federal registry of their guns? It would be impossible to keep any sort of accurate count in those states.

I know that the schools have done their best to make children afraid of guns and weapons with their idiotic “zero tolerance” policies that have expelled students for using a butter knife. It seems our so-called “tolerant” society isn’t all that tolerant.

What concerns me is what might happen when a major catastrophe hits, when  local government  services break down –  and they always do. Not only won’t you be able to protect your family against looters, but you won’t be able to protect the family cat or dog from a mountain lion either. Mountain lion sightings have become more and more common in populated areas due in part to their growing numbers combined with a shrinking habitat, as more and more houses are built.

All I can say is you better move near a river because you won’t be able to provide meat for your family either. Those without a gun will be at a definite disadvantage in their ability to feed themselves. We have plenty of wild  deer, squirrel and turkey in our neighborhood. If necessary, we could kill, dress and prepare food from the local wildlife in order to sustain ourselves.

When disaster strikes, will you be prepared?

Medical Marijuana

Stories like the following simply boggle my mind. Someone ‘leaked’ the following story regarding what should have been a non-issue – since the federal government had no jurisdiction in the first place. The federal government knows no shame.

Feds to issue new medical marijuana policy

Oct 19, 2009

By Devlin Barrett

Medical Marijuana

Federal drug agents won’t pursue pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers in states that allow medical marijuana, under new legal guidelines to be issued Monday by the Obama administration.

Fourteen states allow some use of marijuana for medical purposes: Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington.

It shouldn’t make a piddlers dam who the president du jour is, the feds or the various tentacles of their fascist policymakers don’t have any business dictacting to the several states matters of law and public policy. These officials have sworn a solemn oath to uphold the United States Constitution, violation of such is punishable under the law.

The duties and responsibilities of the federal government are well defined. So, why are our state governments allowing our sovereignty to come into question?

Though I’ve never been to Montana, it makes me proud to know there are leaders in Montana who have guts and gumption. They thumbed their noses at Washington D.C. and told those fascists where to go. Montana, as well as a few more states, have introduced or passed legislation regulating the sale of firearms to state residents. It’s a small step in the right direction. The federal government has been walking over states rights for over 40 years now.

Attorney General Eric Holder said in March that he wanted federal law enforcement officials to pursue those who violate both federal and state law, but it has not been clear how that goal would be put into practice.

The memo, the officials said, emphasizes that prosecutors have wide discretion in choosing which cases to pursue, and says it is not a good use of federal manpower to prosecute those who are without a doubt in compliance with state law.

Again, unless we are talking about huge drug cartels, the Mafia or international drug traffickers, there is that pesky little Constitutional issue standing in the way of the DEA prosecuting drug-related crimes. This is the right and responsibility of the individual states – it’s not a federal crime.

Granted, technically, I suppose the feds could target anyone using the federal highway system since it is paid for with federal dollars. You had to admire New Hampshire, the only state willing to tell Washington flunkies where to shove their federal highway dollars. New Hamphire is the only state in the union without a seat belt law. I salute New Hampshire lawmakers – good for you.

“This is a major step forward,” said Bruce Mirken, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project. “This change in policy moves the federal government dramatically toward respecting scientific and practical reality.”

In particular, the memo urges prosecutors to pursue marijuana cases which involve violence, the illegal use of firearms, selling pot to minors, money laundering or involvement in other crimes.

And while the policy memo describes a change in priorities away from prosecuting medical marijuana cases, it does not rule out the possibility that the federal government could still prosecute someone whose activities are allowed under state law.

The key words here are “allowed under state law”. The last time I checked each state has it’s own constitution, it’s own set of codified laws and elected officials. What more can I say? The Federal Government needs to butt out.

Internet Sales of Ammunition?

Internet Sales of Ammunition?

I had no idea how far gone our country really is until I spoke with my son tonight on the telephone. I haphazardly mentioned that legislators are attempting to prevent the sale of ammunition over the Internet.

He is totally sold on the liberal idea of preventing access to guns and now access to ammunition.

It is our right to protect ourselves — no ifs, ands or buts. It is our right to carry a weapon if I feel threatened in any way. We believe in the absolute constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Let’s face it, the world isn’t getting any friendlier.

Once our guns and ammunition are gone, our government has no counter balance, nothing to hold it in check. It’s only a matter of time before the rising oppression of American’s comes out into the open with no restraint.

It truly shocked me, to hear him talk about restricting access. His father was very ardent in his support of our constitutional rights. It saddens me that so many young people are being deceived by slick themes and propaganda. Many have received a great deal of flack for comparing the Obama Regime to Hitler’s Third Reich. Frankly, I’d have to agree with their observations.

This is just one reason why it is vital that our nation’s children are taught history. One must understand our past before you can clearly see our future.

I am terrified with what has become of this country. We turned off the television years ago and I’m glad we did. The ugliness of the world doesn’t need to come crashing into our living room each night, like an exploding bomb in Iraq.

I admit I’ve been rather lax in doing my civic duty to participate in government, but I plan to start writing letters to my congressmen, to my senators and the water board. I’m really upset with our local water board. I think I’ll work on that, too.

If you haven’t written your legislators — and I’m not talking about sending off an email, I mean an honest to goodness letter with a U.S.P.S. stamp affixed, I encourage you to sit down and write a letter. Don’t use a form letter, though for complicated matters, I have taken portions of those mass letters, just to be clear.

Write your legislators today. You’ll feel better once you have.