And, yes Jimmy Buffett fans, coffee is strong at the Cafe Du Monde, and the "donuts," a.k.a. beignets, are too hot to touch, and just like a fool when those sweet goodies cooled, I ate 'til I ate 'way too much!
But it's back to the War. First, a little house-cleaning.
RE: the Internet rumor that we're headed to an outdoor media apocalypse, yesterday afternoon I spoke to the CEO of OUTDOOR CHANNEL and Jim Shepherd spoke with my old friend Jeff Paro, top guy at InterMedia. It is just that, an Internet rumor. Note that it was promulgated by an unnamed ex-employee...cops would call that a "clue." Simple truth, we're always under hellish budget pressure...can we make 'em faster and cheaper? That's television these days, and we all live with it.
I spent yesterday at the Colorado Legislature. We had what may be a productive meeting with the Governor's legal rep. We're talking hard economic numbers and presenting legal opinions on these laws unintended consequences. Am I optimistic about next week? Honestly, no. But I will be at the Legislature all day Monday testifying against the magazine restriction ordnance and anything else I can testify against.
And you all need to keep the emails and phone calls coming! I've pasted the NRA Alert at the bottom of this post. I can tell you we ARE having an effect!
PLEASE, be brief and courteous in your contact with this people! Yesterday they were successful in shifting the narrative to the "hostile" communications being received by Democratic lawmakers. Interestingly enough, the worst so-called "threat" received by Rep. Fields, who is Bloomberg's cat's paw in these bills, was quite appropriately turned over to the Feds, who yesterday rules that the comments fell under the First Amendment. In short, the Democrats seem surprised that the majority of Colorado citizens hates them for this. I said on Fox News last night that these people will pay in spades in the 2014 elections.
RE: Gun Trusts...here's the post from the NFA Gun Trust blog. My trust attorney, Doug Turner, and I decided on a Revocable Trust not to protect the guns and accessories such as magazines from confiscation, but to clarify ownership in the face of the horribly drafted Bloomberg legislation being considered for Colorado. Under the proposed Colorado law, your grandfathered standard capacity magazine can NEVER leave your possession. Let's say you're at the range shooting with your kids, and you drop a Ruger 25 round 10/22 magazine on the ground. You son picks it up to hand it to you...THAT WILL BE A CRIME FOR BOTH YOU AND YOUR SON UNDER THE NEW LAWS. That is worse that California statutes!
Should you create a Firearm Trust that includes all the members of your family as trustees, all the members of the trust have equal access to the firearms and accessories. KEEP IN MIND THAT I DO NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE! Frankly, none of us can say whether the Trust is enough to protect us...it'll be up to the courts to make the final decisions.
RE: Hunting boycott...is picking up steam. If these laws take effect and you plan to hunt Colorado, DON'T! These laws are designed from the ground up to make hunters and shooters into criminals, and you will be risking your guns, your money, your lifelong gun rights and ultimately your freedom by hunting or shooting in Colorado. DO NOT spend your money here if these laws pass!
More as we put this together...
RE: Things Coloradans need to do right now...first, talk to your personal attorney about your exposure to these laws...we are all at risk here. Secondly, buy standard capacity magazines! As many as you think you'll need for the rest of your life. I believe the magazine capacity bill would go into effect 1 July if it is passed, so you'll have a window to stock up.
Even if you don't have an AR, but you think that at some point in the future you might want one, buy the mags...think a minimum of 10. I strongly urge you to buy through the MagPul "Boulder Airlift" program or the One Source Tactical "Colorado Special." AR mags are coming back into the market; CDNN is listing Israeli steel 30-rounders for $19.99, and they're pretty good magazines.
Don't forget pistol magazines for those guns with a standard capacity of greater than 15 (standard Glock 9mm G17 magazines are as scarce as hen's teeth, but a few are out there...don't expect Glock magazines to loosen up anytime soon...my cherubs and seraphim tell me the backorder situation on Glock mags is...historic). Think about guns you may want to own in the future...an example would be one of the flawless STI competition pistols...consider buying magazines or magazine tubes for that gun you may want to purchase.
Remember shotgun magazine tubes...the Colorado law caps shotgun capacity at 8 rounds. If you're a 3-Gun shooter, you want as much magazine capacity as you can get. The law is so poorly written, BTW, that it bans 90% of all pump and semiauto shotguns because they can be "readily converted" to accept more than 8 rounds...supposedly there will be an amendment on this, but God only knows at this point. As David Kopel noted, these laws were written by people who know exactly nothing about firearms — that would be Michael Bloomberg's shills in New York — and the unintended consequences are huge.
If you're a prepper, and you know who you are, concentrate on making sure your primary systems are covered! That is, your rifle-pisol-shotgun basic self-defense module. If you're not in Colorado or any one of the other states in the Occupied Zone, thank your lucky stars and START PREPARING NOW! The War will be coming to you, too.
That's all I can think of for now. I'm shopping for 10/22 25-rounders from Ruger or the steel-lipped Butler Creek versions. I also go caught out on my Sweetie's FNH FNP 9mm...the gun was never that popular and, as is typical with FNH, the magazines don't interchange with their other 9mm pistols (at least I don't think they do).
Meanwhile, read this article in the Business Insider, Americans Don't Want Gun Control Enough:
If new gun laws aren't passed this year, then they likely won't be passed at all. Past history indicates that the current tide of opinion in favor of gun control will ebb over the course of the year. After Columbine, the only event in recent history with a comparable increase in favor of gun control, the high-water mark dropped after a year.
The reasons are twofold. First, the movement in favor of gun control has been driven mostly by media coverage. The media has yet to abandon stories about gun control, but time and a business imperative will eventually take their toll. Newer and more compelling news stories will fill the headlines, and most people will follow where the news coverage leads.STAND AND FIGHT!
This weekend I'm conditioning a Spanish cazuela clay pot for cooking and spending some time on the Internet in the probably vain hope of finding a box of .458 Socom ammo...
- At 10:30, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear the following bills in the Old Supreme Court Chamber (Room 220) of the state Capitol:
- Also at 10:30, the Senate State, Veterans, and Military Affairs Committee will hear the following bills in Senate Committee Room 356 on the third floor of the state Capitol:
- Please make plans to arrive at the state Capitol in Denver no later than 9:45 a.m.
- Once you arrive, please make your way to the respective committee rooms so you can sign up to testify in opposition to these measures. You will be assigned a number indicating the order you will be able to testify. This will allow all interested parties the opportunity to testify before both committees.
- Please note, you will be limited to three minutes of testimony in each committee to address all of the bills.