Yeah, I know. No cheese with that whine.
Let me join the crowd referring everyone to read Larry Correia's piece on the coming gun control fight. He really does cover it well.
Some other time before the first, listen to Michael Bane's Down Range Radio podcast, largely on the same subject.
Today, I got an email from the NAGR saying Marco Rubio, my senator, is backing off his support for gun rights and it's time to bombard him. They cite this article from "The Hill", which simply begins "Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is open to a "comprehensive study" of gun laws, an aide said." The actual text of the statement sounds quite different to me. It reads:
"In the aftermath of the unspeakable tragedy in Newtown, Sen. Rubio, like millions of Americans, is looking for public policy changes that would prevent such a horrible event from happening again," Conant said in an email to The Hill. "He remains a strong supporter of the Second Amendment right to safely and responsibly bear arms. But he has also always been open to measures that would keep guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill.Frankly, that sounds pretty sane. As long as by "serious and comprehensive study", they include the elimination of gun free zones almost everywhere and ensuring teachers, janitors or other staff who can legally carry will be encouraged to do so.
"The challenge with gun laws is that by definition criminals do not follow the law. For example, Connecticut's gun laws, some of the strictest in the nation, were not able to prevent this atrocity. Nevertheless, he supports a serious and comprehensive study of our laws to find new and better ways to prevent any more mass shootings."
Listen, I like NAGR, and I send money to them every year, but it's no small coincidence the abbreviation can be pronounced "nagger". They are the biggest nags for money of all of the gun rights groups. Every day is a couple of emails over another crisis and another demand for more money. They are worse than the NRA, and that's saying a lot. At least those come by snail and can be tossed on sight. By contrast, I've never heard a word from the SAF asking for anything. I have to put reminders in my calendar to remember they exist.
And speaking of AWB2, the reaction to the anti-gunners has been nothing short of stunning. Tam has an excellent perspective, based on working in gun stores, and links to these pretty impressive pictures. SurvivalBlog posts a link that Brownells has sold out of - what they thought was - a three and a half year stock of AR magazines in three days. The NRA, demonized and threatened with personal attacks (note to twits writing this: do you think they're not able to defend themselves?) has been having new members sign up at an all time record pace, 8000 per day. Kevin at The Smallest Minority reports from a friend in the biz who talks of selling out over 9300 Magpul Pmags in 12 hours, and one Magpul distributor selling 70,000 last weekend. Stores everywhere are reporting being out of, well, just about anything newbies have heard of. Americans don't take well to being told what they can and can't buy. God love us for that. At least some of that still exists.
So no magazines, no AR uppers, minimal parts for AR builders, almost sold out of handguns, Mosins moving like hotcakes. Way to go Babs, you're creating the country you want. Whether you know it or not.