GUNS, and MORONS


 A DISCUSSION OF GUNS, GUN SHOWS 

THE NRA, POLITICS, VOTING and DEATH


I WAS A SHOOTING ENTHUSIAST
In a materialistic world, next to my MAC computers, I jokingly value my personal defense weapons the most, because of what I write as a consumerist.  When you write critically about those in Politics, Bad Food as a critic, False Prophets, and Fake Evangelicals who are involved in politics, this writer might just need a backup just in case.  

The NRA didn’t do too bad with 7,000,000 members at $30.00 each plus donations from corporate gun manufacturers. There are better uses for these funds, real people in need.  

Your frickin money went for bribes of our politicians. These positions are all based on lies, positions of no significance and some really stupid followers doing some really stupid things. 

You really can get rich, ask  Wayne LaPierre by telling little white lies and his successor, OLLIE NORTH another dribbler of fact and fiction from the reagan Administration.

From a certain angle, North’s ascension is a peculiar choice for the NRA, both given the current political moment and given North’s own history. North came to national prominence in the Iran-Contra affair, in which the US illegally sold weapons to Iran—violating an arms embargo—then funneled the proceeds to the Contras, who were fighting Ortega’s left-wing government. 

North, a Vietnam veteran, was then a lieutenant colonel serving on the National Security Council. He was charged with various felonies related to Iran-Contra and convicted of three.

The New York Times editorial board tartly panned his verdict: “Oliver North won’t go to prison, even though he lied to Congress, shredded White House documents and accepted a $14,000 security fence from an Iran-contra arms profiteer.” As it turned out, North’s convictions were reversed and vacated altogether because a judge ruled that the prosecution had used testimony North offered.


LOVED COMPETITION, MY GUNS and MY FELLOW COMPETITORS

I spent years and lots of dollars as a dedicated competitive shooter earning points, not kills, in state and regional events for the sport of it.  The combat defense side, rifle and some simple sniper training was provided by the Armed Services, and shortly enhanced by IPSIC, and as a certified range officer.  I loaded my own ammunition, in Dillion setups and LEE and MEC brand for shotgun.

I was fully emerged as club secretary and the NRA was in a leadership role at one time in the shooting sports, not anymore. I really liked the sporting clays and skeet shooting.  Less running for tired legs.

I retired from competition some years ago, my age and related arthritis told me I was done, it means slower reflexes and I couldn’t compete against the kids anymore.  

The long rifle and the shotgun were edging me into a condition called TMJ by displacing the cheekbones my right side.  I still use my handguns and retrain once a month at the range with Glocks, Rugers and Colts keeping fit.

My carry armament was never used for harm, simply sport and protection. War was different.  They gave us guns and I used them for what they were intended when we were not busy dropping bombs. 

I worked on charity events for the women’s sporting foundation, potentially meeting some of the younger shooters priming for the Olympics.

I shot sporting clays with the bear, General Norman Schwartzkoph, one hell of a shooter.  I met with the Beretta family, even got a hat and borrowed a 20,000 dollar shotgun and fired it on one stage.  I was ready to sell the house and get one.

Then I was introduced to Louise  Mandrell, an American country music singer. She is the younger sister of fellow country singer Barbara Mandrell, and older sister of actress Irlene Mandrell. 

I loved the game, the competition and as club VP created websites for the industry in the days when the computer was born and supported one company on the web for 34 years.   

When children stated dieing in numbers all over the country at school shootings, the NRA and me parted company.  I felt and saw no compassion for dead children, no support, no condemnation, excuses commonly used like the gun didn’t do it, and the usual NRA propaganda song.

Barack was going to take your guns away, high cap mag ban and the other propaganda soft minds believe. I lost interest with the bullshit from those in the industry just as ingrown with party beliefs as their own knowing it’s all false.  Those who oriented themselves and took bribes and don’t listen to their constituents.  

I support the second amendment when it protects people, but not when it is abused and lied about.   The amendment is a very relative suggestion, all the amendments have lines of reason.  You may own a gun but not a rocket launcher, nor a grenade. (They never mentioned the military weapons as sporters)

Gun ownership is a privilege, not an excuse, and safety and proper usage is it’s defining role. I cried when I saw what happened to those children having kids in that school range, and middle to high school, and thinking it can’t get worse, I was wrong.  When you knew one of those kids, you take it personally.

It has happened again and again and in my own state three times. Now adding 17 more to the carnage enough is enough.  It is a time for action not words, it has turned me against the lies and the politicians bought off by the gun lobby.

One picture here is significant, the guy in the grey shirt shooting an M-16 Shorty with picatinny rails, forward assist, small scope, collapse stock IS ME   

35+ years ago when the shorty or correctly designated the M-4 carbine prototype was being field tested, a privilege and had not been issued as yet. Let me explain, the guy in the picture has hair, dark and plenty of it and during the test it was referred to as the M-17.  

Thirty-five years ago I had dark hair, now what little is left comes from a tube of that new dye shampoo, which is great both as a shampoo and for color rejuvenation.  I played with and analyzed the improvements to the kit, the  M4-A1 was   smaller, lighter just as accurate with the improved barrel changes, better ammo.  

I cleared my targets in seconds , this beast was fast and accurate and light.  I wanted one, but since I was not planning on shooting three gun nor lots of people, I  didn’t need one.  Once again practicality overcame wants and needs prevailed, I bought in on another airplane. A really nice PA-28 four place Cherokee 160.


ALL ABOUT THE SUPPOSED RUSSIAN SPY - ADDED NEW NEWS
JULY 18, 2018 - Maria Butina is an accused Russian spy who has been charged with infiltrating the NRA to influence US politics and help elect Trump in 2016.   “No matter how strongly Donald Trump denies collusion, his own Justice Department has indicted a Russian national by the name of Maria Butina,” explained Igor Volsky of Gun Down. “And it has accused this lifetime NRA member of working on behalf of the Russian government to infiltrate the National Rifle Association,  to create division within the American political system and naturally, advance Russian interests.” 

In 2011, Butina co-founded a group in Russia called Right To Bear Arms with top Putin insider Alexander Torsion  And, apparently, nobody at the NRA wondered why close Putin allies would form an organization advancing private gun ownership, when Putin himself had rejected that idea.   

Prosecutors allege that Butina and Torshin were trying to set up secret meetings between then candidate Trump and President Putin.  And though the meetings never took place, they did connect with Donald Trump Jr.   

It’s unclear how much the NRA knew about Butane’s agenda, though the organization is reportedly under FBI investigation for potentially funneling Russian money into the election. And the whole indictment highlights what many have already known about the gun lobby — that it will clearly stop at nothing to grow its political power.  


REMINGTON ARMS - FILES FOR FEDERAL BANKRUPSTY PROTECTION

Gun maker Remington, America’s oldest, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.  The Remington Outdoor Company, the oldest US gun manufacturer, has filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection according to court papers filed in Delaware late Sunday. 

ED: More known for hunting and sporting arms, it’s hard to compete when everyone wants to own “People Hunting Guns”

After it was confirmed that Adam Lanza used one of the company's Bushmaster XM15-E2S guns in the Connecticut massacre in which he killed his mother and 26 children and educators at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Remington was cleared of any wrongdoing in the tragedy. 

In December 2012, citing the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting as "a watershed event that has raised the national debate on gun control to an unprecedented level," Cerberus announced it would sell all of its investments in Freedom Group. The private equity firm said it would retain a financial adviser to sell its interests in Freedom Group, and would return the proceeds to investors.

The decision was made after a California pension board, a Cerberus stakeholder, announced it would dispose of all stakes it held in firearms manufacturers that make weapons banned by state law.  As of February 2018, Cerberus still owns the company.   On August 15, 2017, James Marcotuli announced his resignation as Chief Executive Officer citing personal reasons as his cause of departure.  On October 25, 2017, the company announced that Anthony Acitelli would take on the role of CEO.   Remington first announced that it would file for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 12, but the Parkland shooting two days later in which 17 people died may have delayed it.


WHERE IS THE NRA I KNEW?

I was a life member of the NRA, and quit when they became political hacks, liars, story tellers and bribery became their main calling with your dues being given to politicians.  Years ago, I forget exactly, maybe late 80’s at an NRA rally in Tampa,  I was a member and believer in the NRA and asked to and addressed with several other speakers, the mostly adult crowd at the Tampa police Range, now closed, some in semi military uniforms with cute children in matching camos and cowboy boots.  This is the South, and dress for success has some unique codes and some very strange members.  

The crowd was pretty well charged up.  My turn to speak and I defended our rights under the second amendment and basic Republican principles of self determination and, I promoted the NRA,  and then:

  • I asked them to raise their hands and show their membership card  if they supported the NRA, hands went up. 
  • I asked them to hold up their drivers license’s, most raised their hands with licenses.
  • I asked them if they had a credit card, yes, hands went up about half. The other half had checks.
  • Then I asked them to hold up their Voter Registration cards… and it was pathetic.  

Its simple, the NRA lobbyist group exists because our Congressmen take their bribes.  And refuse to discuss gun control or create false narratives claiming it is not the time.  Blaming it on anything they can other than truth, mental health, climate change, the Russian hoax, ingrown toenails, and bone spurs, alone kept these celebrity hair-do’s out of the military and many of them are into pubic service instead of public service.

Our Coward Commander TRUMP “  who claimed he unarmed was going to run into the school to save the children”.  Bullshit, he never served, he was a five time draft dodger with medical offs payed for by daddy.  Just like our Secretary of the Interior Zilke who had a nervous condition and avoided the draft.  Trump attended a military school, his military academy friends thought he had shiniest shoes in the brigade.  Other comments using words we cannot repeat.  He thought they loved him...

GOP politicians,  If they vote positive for  gun control the NRA will spend their money on votes against them in their next re-election.  So who controls gun control, the scumbags at the NRA and the Congress.  Children die and they do nothing.  They just put millions in their pockets, and those with death of loved ones get the usual  “  thoughts and prayers”.

Mitch McConnell, the obstructor of the Senate who gets a real biggie from the NRA,  Paul Ryan who organizes the bills that don’t make it to the Congress floor.  But tripled his wealth since he has been in Congress. He getting out, to be with family, I don’t believe it, he’s getting out because the sh*t is about to hit the fan when the tax bill starts to connect in a very bad way.

$5,900,000  Given to Republicans in 2016 election cycle,   $106,000 given to Democrats in 2016 election cycle.  The Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan think tank that tracks money in politics, found that in 2016 more than half of the members of the House of Representatives — or 232 of the 435 — received money from gun rights groups like the National Rifle Association and Gun Owners of America. That money went disproportionately to Republicans. Only nine Democrats received campaign contributions from these groups.  POLITICO tallied contributions to representatives after Speaker of the House, Paul


MURDER IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS
Since 2004, the group has averaged about $128 million a year in total membership revenue. But that number has varied from $72 million in 2006 to $228 million in 2007, a peak it hasn’t come close to matching since.   Membership revenue seems to spike following mass shootings and the resultant national discussions about gun control and gun rights. For instance, that 2007 peak came in the year that a gunman murdered 32 people on the campus of Virginia Tech. 

And in 2013, membership revenue increased by 63 percent over the previous year, following the killings of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in late 2012.  Membership revenue declined slightly in 2016, the most recent year for which IRS data is available. The group also raised the price of annual memberships that year, which may have something to do with the decline.


SEN. MARCO RUBIO ( FLORIDA)

Senator Marco Rubio, now certified as a Trump liar and supporter, after being a first round candidate loser, and a first rate loser period basically relying on his youth, good looks, and doing nothing, after being elected to no less than three jobs in Florida.  And no one can remember anything he did except run for the next job.

Rubio and a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association were repeatedly heckled at a nationally televised forum on Wednesday night in Florida after they refused to back new gun control measures. Thus they are Scumbags...

The spokeswoman for the N.R.A., Dana Loesch, offering the group’s first public comments after a shooting last week at a Florida high school, strongly defended the gun advocacy group’s positions in front of students and teachers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and “People who are crazy should not be able to get firearms”. Brilliant...

Mr. Rubio, Republican of Florida, also drew the ire of the crowd for refusing to support a ban on assault weapons and for saying that he intended to continue accepting money from the NRA and other groups that support his pro-gun agenda.
I proposed a suggestion he should be removed from office for not doing his job which is to serve and protect the constitution and his constituents.  It
s blood money.

THE CHILDREN DIE

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