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I'm a 40-something Christian, conservative, pro-life, Constitutionalist, motorcycle-riding, pick-up truck driving, wife, mother, state employee, ham radio operator and part-time college student, enlisted in the Texas State Guard. Everything else is subject to revision without notice.

Friday, March 30, 2007

Zumbo Fires Back at Levin

Copied from The Outdoor Wire. Click on today's date on the calendar then scroll approx. half-way down.

An Open Letter to the United States Senate

Dear Honorable Ladies and Gentlemen:

It recently came to my attention that one of your colleagues, Michigan Sen. Carl Levin, has chosen to attack firearms owners using remarks I wrote in mid-February as his launch pad. As you probably know, Sen. Levin has been making anti-gun speeches every week for the past eight years because of a promise he made to the Economic Club of Detroit in May 1999.

Mr. Levin has an agenda, and he should have spoken to me before using my name in one of his speeches, especially since his remarks were entered into the Congressional Record. I would like my remarks here entered into the Congressional Record as well.

Sen. Levin is only one of 16 members of the Senate to vote against the Vitter Amendment to the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act. This amendment prohibits the confiscation of a privately-owned firearm during an emergency or major disaster when possession of that gun is not prohibited under state or federal law.

Eighty-four senators voted for that amendment, inspired by the egregious confiscation of firearms from the citizens of New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina in the summer of 2005. Those seizures, you will recall, led the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association to join in a landmark civil rights lawsuit in federal court that brought the confiscations to an abrupt end.

The taking of private property without warrant or probable cause - even firearms - was considered an outrage by millions of American citizens, and yet Sen. Levin joined 15 of his colleagues in voting against this measure. It is no small wonder that Sen. Levin gets an "F" rating from gun rights organizations. He would have American citizens disarmed and left defenseless at a time when they need their firearms the most, when social order collapses into anarchy and protecting one's self and one's family is not simply a right and responsibility, it becomes a necessity.

That in mind, Sen. Levin must know that almost immediately after I wrote those remarks, I recanted and apologized to the millions of Americans who lawfully and responsibly own, compete with and hunt with semi-automatic rifles. I took a "crash course" on these firearms and visited with my good friend Ted Nugent on his ranch in Texas, where I personally shot an AR-15 and educated myself with these firearms.

Some of us learn from our mistakes, others keep making them. Legislation to which Sen. Levin alluded, HR 1022, would renew the ban on so-called "assault weapons," and dangerously expand it to encompass far more perfectly legal firearms. For the Congress of the United States to even consider such legislation is an affront to every law-abiding firearms owner in this country.

This legislation that Sen. Levin appears to endorse is written so broadly as outlaw not only firearms, but accessories, including a folding stock for a Ruger rifle. As I understand the language of this bill, it could ultimately take away my timeworn and cherished hunting rifles and shotguns - firearms I hope to one day pass on to my grandchildren - as well as millions of identical and similar firearms owned by other American citizens.

It is clear to me that the supporters of this legislation don't want to stop criminals. They want to invent new ones out of people like me, and many of you, and your constituents, friends, neighbors and members of your families. They will do anything they can, go to any extremes they believe necessary, to make it impossible for more and more American citizens to legally own any firearm.

In his final paragraph, Senator Levin misrepresents what I said. I never spoke in favor of a general assault weapons ban. Again, I immediately apologized for my blog statement that was exclusively directed toward hunting and not gun ownership.

I will not allow my name to be associated with this kind of attack on the Second Amendment rights of my fellow citizens.

A few weeks ago, in a letter to Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, I promised to educate my fellow hunters about this insidious legislation "even if I have to visit every hunting camp and climb into every duck blind and deer stand in this country to get it done."

I will amend that to add that I will bring my effort to Capitol Hill if necessary, even if I have to knock on every door and camp in every office of the United States Senate. In promoting this ban, the Hon. Carl Levin does not speak for me, or anybody I know.

James Zumbo
Cody, Wyoming

The Hon. (sic) Carl Levin certainly does not speak for me, either, and probably not for a whole lot of other folks as well!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Common sense

Perry signs off on changes to self-defense law
By Kelley Shannon / Associated Press Writer
Article Launched: 03/27/2007 02:57:56 PM MDT

AUSTIN - Intruders beware. Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed into law Tuesday a new bill that gives Texans a stronger legal right to use deadly force to defend themselves in their homes, cars and workplaces.

Both chambers of the Legislature overwhelmingly approved the measure earlier this month. The bill, backed by the National Rifle Association, the leading gun owners' lobbying group, states that a person has no duty to retreat from an intruder before using deadly force.

''The right to defend oneself from an imminent act of harm should not only be clearly defined in Texas law, but it is intuitive to human nature. You ought to be able to protect yourself,'' Perry said, surrounded by lawmakers who had pushed for the law.

The law, which takes effect Sept. 1, has been referred to as the ''castle doctrine,'' drawing from the idea that a man's home is his castle and he should have the right to defend it. At least 15 other U.S. states have passed similar laws.

Under the new law, the building or vehicle must be occupied for the deadly force provision to apply, and the person using force cannot provoke the attacker or be involved in criminal activity at the time.

Sen. Jeff Wentworth, a San Antonio Republican who pushed for the measure in the upper chamber, said it changes previous Texas law that in some cases requires a person to retreat from an intruder.

The new law will also provide civil immunity for a person who lawfully uses deadly force in any of the circumstances spelled out in the bill. Police and prosecutors can still press charges if they feel deadly force was illegally used, legislative sponsors said.

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press.

Article courtesy of The El Paso Times, but also available via a number of other news sources. It's actually a "stand your ground" bill, not "castle doctrine." Perry's got it right - "you ought to be able to protect yourself." This bill takes effect September 1st; the Brady Bunch is already predicting "blood in the streets" just like they did with the other states that have passed similar legislation in recent years. It hasn't happened yet.

One step at a time, 2A is being re-recognized as part of the law of this land.

Friday, March 23, 2007

Link o' the day

Found via The LawDog Files.

why the gun is civilization.

It's definitely a must read. Go take a look.

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Atmospheric Miscellany

AM the first
One of our early morning customers came in wearing so much perfume that I could smell her as soon as she opened the door. And I was the lucky one that got to assist her... I had to use my inhaler afterwards, & took a full dose of antihistamine as well. I also wound up turning my fan on to try to clear the air around my desk. Even so, I could still smell the perfume a good hour after she left.

There are some colognes/perfumes that will literally knock me out, if the wearer has on more than what can be detected from 3 feet away. I've got nothing against perfume, & there are some I like the smell of (even if I'm allergic to them), but I really don't know why some folks have to wear so much.

AM the second
Today was cooler (mid to upper 70's) and overcast most of the day, with the usual spring breezes. The cloudiness & slight increase in humidity is making me long for a nice, steady, warm spring rain (with lots of thunder). I really, really want to go outside in shorts and flip flops, and just stand in the rain for a while.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Sunday morning weigh-in

Got another pair of jeans I can wear again.

Friday, March 09, 2007

I don't believe Fenty, and this is good news

I would be remiss if I didn't mention this news... please forgive and indulge me if you've already seen it.

Gun Law in District Overturned by Appeals Court
Mar 9th - 8:22pm

It doesn't completely strike down the DC gun laws (which Fenty has pledged to continue enforcing, in spite of the court's ruling), but it's a very good start. If you'd like to read the actual decision, you can find it here.

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


FBI Confirms It: Criminals Ignore Gun Laws


The FBI recently completed a major study of shootings of police officers. Titled "Violent Encounters: Felonious Assaults on America's Law Enforcement Officers." Since its publication, the existence of the damning report on the five-year study by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) about how cop-killing criminals ignore gun laws, and where they get their guns, has not been publicized. Calgunlaws.com has one of the first copies of the report obtained publicly.

The existence of the report was first discovered by self defense civil rights activists in January 2007 when it was mentioned in a law enforcement newsletter. According to the December 28, 2006 issue of Force Science News, the FBI research focused on 40 incidents involving assaults or deadly attacks on police officers, in which all but one of the guns involved had been obtained illegally, and none were obtained from gun shows.

The Force Science News is published by the Force Science Research Center, a non-profit institution based at Minnesota State University in Mankato. The newsletter quotes Ed Davis, an FBI Criminal Investigative Instructor, who told the International Association of Chiefs of Police that none of these criminals who attacked police officers was "hindered by any law - federal, sate or local - that has ever been established to prevent gun ownership. They just laughed at gun laws." The newsletter also stated, "In contrast to media myth, none of the firearms in the study was obtained from gun shows."

The report is a 'smoking gun' in terms of revelations about the sources of crime guns and the failure of gun control. Apparently anti-gun owner politicians and police chiefs do not want the public to know the truth as they campaign against the so-called "gun show loophole". Now it's time for the IACP leadership, police officials, and political leaders to acknowledge that gun laws don't stop criminals, that they only restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens, and that gun shows are not the 'arms bazaars for criminals' as they have been portrayed.

The FBI's website says that "Violent Encounters: Felonious Assaults on America's Law Enforcement Officers" is available from the Uniform Crime Reporting Program Office, FBI Complex, 1000 Custer Hollow Road, Clarksburg, WV 26306-0150 or by calling 888-827-6427.

You can also download the report through the Calgunlaws.com website here.

More on Zumbo and 2A

Outdoor writer apologetic for online criticism of assault rifles - By Jim Zumbo

The bottom line is that to hunt with a firearm, we must be afforded the legal right to own one.

The Second Amendment, which guarantees us the right to keep and bear arms, has nothing to do with hunting, but everything to do with gun ownership.

Read the entire article here, courtesy of the Cody Enterprise archives. I think he's starting to catch on.