Thoughts from the Sage...

The purpose of “Thoughts from the Sage” will come into focus if you view it as a political and cultural spotting scope, scanning the Wyoming landscape for those unique thoughts, developments and perspectives that support or threaten our way of life and our values, particularly those relating to the 2nd Amendment and, by extension, the nature of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I hope you find it to be insightful, informative and thought-provoking.

Welcome to the conversation...
April 26, 2019

First Amendment Challenge to L.A.’s Requirement That Contractors Disclose Ties to NRA

THE DEMS HAVE ABANDONED ANY PRETENSE OF CONSTITUTIONALITY IN THEIR ATTACKS AGAINST THE SECOND AMENDMENT. NOW, IT'S ALL ABOUT CRASS VIRTUE-SIGNALING AND CONFIRMING THEIR "WOKE" BONA FIDES.  The ordinance won't withstand constitutional scrutiny:

So the ordinance violates the First Amendment just because of its disclosure requirement alone. And it also invites First Amendment discrimination lawsuits by individual contractors who are denied contracts after they disclose that they deal with the NRA, just as an employer's asking applicants to disclose their religion would invite religious discrimination lawsuits by applicants who aren't hired (and even in the absence of specific regulations barring such question).

Naturally, the same would be true if a city asked companies whether they do business with or sponsor the NAACP, the ACLU, or any other group because of the group's political advocacy. But note that this principle applies only when the disfavored groups are selected because of what they say or what laws they support; the analysis would be different if an ordinance focuses on nonspeech actions. Asking companies where they have any contracts for building a border wall, for instance, would not violate the First Amendment, because such building isn't protected by the First Amendment. (Some such queries might in some situations violate other rules, such as those related to federal preemption, but that's a separate matter.)

February 27, 2019

DEM GUN BILL THREATENS TO TURN GUN OWNERS INTO CRIMINALS

Bad policies make bad laws, and THIS GUN BILL [LINK] proves the point.  In an effort to stem the non-existent problem of mass killings attributable to the private sales of firearms, the Left has proposed a bill that would have no deterrent effect on criminals but would ensnare a broad swath of otherwise-innocent citizens as unintentional felons.  

"The bill is H.R. 8, the “bipartisan” Background Checks Act of 2019. As introduced, the legislation would mandate background checks even when a gun is temporarily transferred from one person or entity to another.  

This would cover transfers of firearms with historical significance to a museum for public display, a suicidal person who asks a friend to take his guns, or an injured car accident victim who alerts an emergency responder that there is a gun in his vehicle and asks the responder to keep the gun from falling into the wrong hands when the vehicle is towed."

As you ponder the absurd consequences of the bill, keep in mind that its underlying purpose has little to do with stopping criminal activity and everything to do with furthering the broad political agenda of the Left: bigger and more invasive government, undermining traditional American culture, disarming the citizenry, and placating the Dem's emerging socialist base.  

February 20, 2019

THE LEFTISTS WILL EVENTUALLY EAT THEIR OWN (IT’S ALREADY STARTED)

I wish the sponsor of THIS GEORGIA BILL EXEMPTING THE TAX ON FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS OUT OF FAIRNESS TO WOMEN and the BROWN UNIVERSITY ADMINISTRATOR WHO DECIDED FEMININE HYGIENE PRODUCTS SHOULD BE STOCKED IN THE MEN'S RESTROOMS would get together and decide whether or not both men and women need such products.  The answer was self-evident from the beginning of human history until last year, but it now appears that the Left is suddenly divided on the issue.  I have no problem exempting those items from taxation (the fewer taxes, the better), but if the reason for doing so is to remove an inequitable burden on women, what do you tell the "men" at Brown who use them as well?

At some point, the edgy concept of intersectionality will, by necessity, collapse under its own weight because, if our woke thought-police continue to slice society into an infinite number of distinct victim groups, eventually everyone becomes both a victim and a perpetrator.  This emerging reality is exemplified by the recent REACTION TO MARTINA NAVRATILOVA'S OPPOSITION TO TRANSGENDER ATHLETES.   Remarkably, Navratilova, a legendary tennis star and pioneer of women's rights and gay rights, is now cast as an oppressor in the emerging turf war within the LGBT community.   When victimhood becomes power, the race becomes one to the bottom, and everyone loses.

February 20, 2019

SHOWING RESPECT FOR OUR FALLEN HEROES

SIG M17'S STAND GUARD AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER: 

"The Beretta M9s that stood guard at the Tomb of the Unknowns for more than 11,000 days were relieved of their duties on Oct. 11 during a special ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. SIG Sauer officially presented a set of finely crafted M17 Tomb of the Unknown Pistols to the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment—“The Old Guard.” The fit, finish and honor built into their design makes them a befitting heir at one of our nation’s most-solemn sites."

February 18, 2019

Smollett and AOC: Dems Reach New Heights of ‘Magical Thinking’

I've spent decades trying to understand the overarching paradigm that guides and informs the Leftists' policies, seeking that philosophical key that would reveal to me the source of their enlightenment.  Alas, I found no such key (or enlightenment), but the theory of MAGICAL THINKING may be the closest we'll ever come to a cogent answer regarding the underpinnings of their agenda.  While humorous on its surface, it actually has as much explanatory power as most of the high-brow theories proffered by the pundits.  

February 18, 2019

LOS ANGELES CITY COUNCIL CREATES NRA CONTRACTORS BLACKLIST

If there had been any remaining doubt, it's now abundantly clear that the issue of guns is not one being honestly contested in the hopes of reasonable political compromise between the Right and the Left or achievement of the venerated but undefined "common sense gun control".  The Left is undertaking an all-out, unbounded assault on those who support the Second Amendment, using McCarthy-like tactics to shame and diminish, including BLACKLISTING FROM PUBLIC PROJECTS CONTRACTORS WITH NRA TIES.  Can you imagine the apoplexy we'd see from the Dems if a state or city created a similar list of contractors with ties to Every Town For Gun Safety or some other anti-gun group?  The ordinance is likely unenforceable on First Amendment grounds, but whether it stands or not, rest assured that this isn't the last we'll see of this sort of end-run around the courts, Congress and the prevailing will of the people.

February 18, 2019

IT WON’T BE LONG NOW….

February 18, 2019

February 18, 2019

February 18, 2019

A VERY MODEST PROPOSAL

This past week saw two political issues dominate the national news: the border wall and the proposed “Green New Deal”. The arguments and the outrage from both parties were predictable. The Dems/Socialists supported Occasional-Cortex’s Green New Deal but argued that the border wall was impractical and ineffective. Republicans/Libertarians, by contrast, supported the wall but found the Green New Deal to be fanciful and dangerous. Rather than leaving the debate in the hands of the talking heads, I would propose that we put the issues to a practical test and see who’s right. Our republic was based on the concept that […]
February 8, 2019

Good for them.  SHERIFFS IN NEW MEXICO STAND AGAINST PROPOSED GUN LAW.   And they acknowledge that they'd be violating their oath to defend the Constitution by enforcing them.  "Safe storage" laws are the simplest example of gun laws that will alter the conduct of only the law-abiding.

February 7, 2019

WHY I CARRY A GUN

Take a look at this SIMPLE  BUT POWERFUL VIDEO, explaining the fundamental reasons people choose - and should have the right to choose - to carry guns for protection.  It's worth the time.......

February 1, 2019

SOUTH DAKOTA GOVERNOR SIGNS LAW TO ALLOW CONCEALED HANDGUNS WITHOUT A PERMIT.   The issue of concealed carry gets a lot more attention than it deserves, but good for South Dakota.  Better late than never.    

February 1, 2019

THE LIE OF “GUN VIOLENCE”

OTHER WEAPONS USED IN CRIME MORE THAN GUNS.  Of all the false, deceptive and intentionally-confusing phrases and concepts proffered by the Dems to distort the truth and hijack political conversation, none is more disingenuous - or effective - than the oft-deployed tribe of "gun violence."  That phrase, along with its rhetorical sibling  "common sense gun control", is used not to inform or guide any honest policy debate, but rather, to distort and obfuscate what is a simple and uncomplicated issue.  Guns - like cars, hammers, ladders, alcohol, fighter jets and nuclear power plants - are inanimate objects.  They have no moral bearing and no inherent capacity for good or evil, construction or destruction, violence or peace.  They are objects, tools, that can be used for the the good - and the bad - of society, depending entirely upon the user.  The term "gun violence", however, is used to craftily personify guns and thus gives them agency.  And, as agents of violence, they warrant judgment, restraint and punishment.  The overwhelming majority of gun owners are good, decent people, however, and that decency presents a real problem for the Left.  That is, how do you justify broad, categorical restrictions on people when only a minute fraction of them are bad actors?   You don't.  Instead of implicating the people, or more accurately the actions of those people, you simply blame their tools, as if the tools were autonomous.  In that way, the Dems create a scapegoat, a non-human proxy on which to cast political blame without restraint.

Not surprisingly, that  tortured, scapegoat logic is not applied to objects other than guns.  Consider other common objects in our society that are used by people to perpetrate violence on a scale similar to or exceeding that of guns.  Cars and alcohol are the easy examples.  Using round figures, approximately 35,000 people are killed and 2.5 million people are injured each year in the United States as a result of vehicles crashes.  Alcohol is a cause in 60% of the 400,000+ instances of domestic violence each year (guns, by contrast, were used in only 2% of such cases).  Alcohol is also a contributing factor in a significant percentage of robberies, assaults, murders and rapes.  Cars and alcohol are exponentially more likely than guns to cause violence.  If stemming violence was truly the goal of the Left, the voices condemning  "vehicle violence" and "alcohol violence" would be deafening.  Yet, when violence is related to anything other than guns, the narratives are invariably focused on the perpetrators: the wife-beaters, the drunk drivers, etc.  If you think back to the tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia where a white supremacist rammed his car into a group of liberal protesters and killed one person, the subsequent adjudication from the talking heads on the Left (and the Right) focused exclusively on the perpetrator, not the vehicle.  Blaming the driver was entirely appropriate.  And the response from the government - criminal charges against the individual - was similarly appropriate.  To no one's surprise, the incident spurred no political outcry to impose "common sense vehicle control"  (maybe crowd-triggered shutoff switches, or a ban on vehicles without padded bumpers?).   That such restrictions should strike us as ludicrous is informative.  Why would a rational society force an entire nation, an entire industry, and an entire category of products to be restricted simply to account for the statistically-aberrant behavior of the irresponsible few?  The answer is that a rational society wouldn't.       

The Left recognizes that, while all of these other objects that occasionally are used for violence, they have countervailing benefits and that any misuse resulting in violence against others is a function of the individual using them, not the innate nature or characteristics of the item.  Guns are no different.  They offer "good" to society through hunting, self-defense, defense of others, fighting wars, policing, etc.  They also  serve society by acting as a civilian counterweight to the threat of unconstitutional and tyrannical actions by the government.  It is that last attribute that is hated by the Left and is the genesis of their unscrupulous arguments against guns, including their insistence on the term "gun violence".  Individual liberty - which is the greatest threat to an all-powerful government (which, by the way, is a tyrannical government) - is inextricably intertwined with the right to defend oneself against the usurpation of that liberty.  So, rather than attack liberty or the people who support it (which is bad political strategy), the Dems vilify the tool of that liberty, guns, and thus seek to contaminate morally those who would choose to use them.  

Unfortunately, most political debates these days seem to be won or lost not on the merits of the arguments, but rather on the acceptance or rejection of  the false premises which frame the issue.  If society accepts "gun violence" as a meaningful and valid description of the problem, the argument has already been lost as to the range of acceptable solutions.  Words matter.

January 27, 2019

SHOT SHOW THOUGHTS……

While the Supreme Court's decision to hear a pivotal gun-rights case was a popular topic of conversation at this week's Shot Show in Las Vegas, the most significant takeaway was the overwhelming number of exhibitors offering the type of firearms that keep the gun-grabbers up at night.  The display of NFA-compliant, AR-styled "pistols" (calibered from .22 to .308), high-capacity tactical shotguns, and .50 caliber sniper rifles was remarkable.  If the Dems' criterion for banning guns is, in essence, whether or not a gun is "scary looking" (which seems to be pretty much the case), the Shot Show was a veritable fright fest.   The most amazing statistic, however, is that 67,000 (yes, 67,000) people attended the Shot Show and - despite the presence of tens of thousands of firearms and the absence of any security-screening for backpacks or weapons - there was not a single incident of "gun violence".  All of the guns behaved themselves admirably.

January 18, 2019

STUDENTS HATE ‘TOXIC MASCULINITY’. . . BUT DON’T KNOW WHAT IT IS.

IF WE DIDN'T HAVE TOXIC MASCULINITY, I GUESS WE'D HAVE NO MASCULINITY AT ALL (link).   Most disturbing about this article (and VIDEO) is not its third-wave-feminist disdain for men but, rather, the students' willingness to condemn something - in this instance, the nature of an entire gender - based on a politically-contrived buzzword that they clearly don't understand.  The result is opinions and worldviews devoid of substance, merit or nuance.  And, this anti-intellectual display is not coming from a group of Trump's "low-information voters', but rather, from students at one of America's most exclusive universities located, coincidentally, in the nation's capital.  You'll find the same sort of mindless sycophancy arising out of similarly-vacuous but powerful political terms, such as "common sense gun control", "fair share of taxes", "social justice", "climate change", "environmental responsibility", "offensive", "hate speech" and the ever-growing list of "-isms", including of course, "sexism" and "racism".  Like "toxic masculinity", these terms are - by design - too amorphous to either attack or defend logically.  In the Dems' playbook, that's not a bug; it's a feature, as the undefined and ethereal nature of these terms is entirely consistent with, and necessary to, their end-game of affecting emotions and feelings rather than substance. 

January 18, 2019

TWELVE BEST COUNTRY SONGS OF ALL TIME

THEY PROBABLY GOT THE LIST MOSTLY  RIGHT (link), but how can you omit Garth Brooks and every song after 1993?

January 18, 2019

SURVIVING A GUNFIGHT: TIPS FOR PREPARATION & PROBLEM-SOLVING

NEWS YOU HOPEFULLY WON'T HAVE TO USE (link).  

January 17, 2019

THIRD CAT TESTS POSITIVE FOR BUBONIC PLAGUE IN WYOMING

NEWS YOU CAN USE.  YIKES

January 16, 2019

PROPOSED OREGON LAW HAMMERS 2A RIGHTS

NEW OREGON BILL WOULD LIMIT MAGAZINE CAPACITY TO 5 ROUNDS AND LIMIT AMMO PURCHASES TO 20 ROUNDS PER MONTH.  It almost certainly won't pass, but don't think for a minute that this bill isn't the gold standard for Anti's everywhere.  In their lust for control, banning bump-stocks and AR's is just foreplay.  In sum, the Oregon proposal: 

"Requires person to secure permit before purchasing or otherwise receiving firearm. Specifies qualifications for permit and manner of applying for permit. Creates procedures for appealing denial of permit. Punishes receipt of firearm without valid permit by maximum of 364 days’ imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both. Requires person who owns or possesses firearm to secure firearm with trigger or cable lock or in locked container. Punishes failure to secure firearm by maximum of 30 days’ imprisonment, $1,250 fine, or both. Requires person who owns or possesses firearm to report to law enforcement agency loss or theft of firearm within 24 hours. Punishes failure to report loss or theft by maximum of 30 days’ imprisonment, $1,250 fine, or both. Prohibits possession of magazine with capacity to hold more than five rounds of ammunition. Provides that person in possession of such magazine must sell or otherwise dispose of magazine within 180 days of effective date of Act. Punishes unlawful possession of magazine capable of holding more than five rounds by maximum of 364 days’ imprisonment, $6,250 fine, or both. Requires criminal background check before transfer of ammunition. Restricts ammunition receipt to 20 rounds within 30-day period. Prohibits transfer of firearm by gun dealer or private party until latter of 14 days or Department of State Police has determined that recipient is qualified to receive firearm." 

January 16, 2019

TRUMP’S SHUTDOWN TRAP?

We can only hope so.  There is no doubt that the federal bureaucracy - including the workforce - is both bloated and, as an institution, working at odds with any effort to reign in governmental power (or even slow down the seemingly exponential growth of same).  No one but Trump would even consider USING THE FEDERAL "SHUTDOWN" AS A TROJAN HORSE TO RIGHT-SIZE THE BUREAUCRACY, but even by Trumpian standards that would be an incredibly ballsy move.  

January 16, 2019

PITTSBURGH SEEKS TO BAN. . . BB GUNS

If only this were satire....... PITTSBURGH CITY COUNCIL SEEKS BAN ON AR-15S, BB GUNS, STARTER PISTOLS . 

"The ban also references 'facsimile firearms,' which the City Council describes as 'any toy, antique, starter pistol, or other object that bears a reasonable resemblance to an operable firearm, or any object that impels a projectile by means of a spinning action, compression, or CO2 cartridge.'"

The proposal speaks for itself - and for the Council members who thought it was a good idea (so, no need to pile on) - but I can't help but wonder about the range of devices that may fall within the gambit of  an "object that impels a projectile by means of a spinning motion".  Just ponder that idea for a minute.  Absolutely amazing.  If you ever question whether you are too skeptical or cynical about the nature and capacity of Regressive politicians - don't.  

January 15, 2019

GOD, GUNS AND BABIES

Dems' worst fear?  You better believe it.  YOUNGEST BLACK LEGISLATOR IN AMERICA WON ON A PLATFORM OF "GOD, GUNS AND BABIES".   Today's acerbic political environment is described by the liberal elite as largely a function of racism.  Nothing undermines that false narrative more quickly or completely than Trump 'deplorables' falling in line to support a young black man in the heart of rural America.  

 

January 15, 2019

REVIEW: RUGER SR1911 CUSTOM SHOP

High-end, custom firearms is not the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Ruger.  I've bought Rugers over the years based on value and unsurpassed practicality, but I bet their custom shop is a success.  Hope so.  RUGER JOINS HIGH-END PISTOL MARKET WITH KOENIG 1911.  

January 15, 2019

BUT, WE KNEW THAT ALREADY…

BACKGROUND CHECKS:  NO IMPACT ON CRIMINALS  Criminals find myriad ways to obtain guns, but buying them at gun shows isn't one of them.  

January 14, 2019

NEW “PRO-HUNTING” GROUP SEEKS TO REDEFINE ETHICS

JACKSON HUNTER SEEKS MORE REGULATION IN EFFORT TO PROMOTE FAIR CHASE AND ETHICAL KILLS.   I wonder it it's ever dawned on him that "fair chase" (i.e., giving the animal a sporting chance) and "ethical harvests" (i.e., quick, clean kills) are, at some point, internally-inconsistent objectives.  When it comes to advocacy, sometimes staying on the sideline is the best way to help.

January 14, 2019

WYOMING SENATORS SUPPORT GUN BILL

ENZI AND BARRASSO BEHIND BILL TO EXPAND NATIONAL CCR RECIPROCITY. Faster, please.
January 11, 2019

TROPHY HUNTING: “WORTHY OF SCORN”

JACKSON HOLE PROTESTERS TARGET TROPHY HUNTING.  Just more virtue-signaling, but kudos to the hunters who plan to counter-protest.  

January 11, 2019

WYOMING BILL WOULD LIMIT “GUN FREE” ZONES, EXPAND CCR

REPEAL OF LOCAL GUN-FREE ZONES GAINS STRONG SUPPORT IN LEGISLATURE.  “Gun-free” zones are a misnomer, and they become catastrophic when honored only by those who intend no harm, which unfortunately, seems to be the only time we ever hear about them.  Such a law would also help eliminate the spider-web of conflicting and legally-questionable local ordinances, such as THE TOWN OF LANDER’S DEADLY WEAPONS LAW.
January 11, 2019

A DOSE OF SANITY IN INTERSTATE RECIPROCITY

Regressives try to resurrect Clinton's AR ban (which will fail.....for now), but the more important issue is John Cornyn's bill that would require all states to honor concealed-carry permits of other states.  DEMS INTRODUCE GUN-BAN BILL AS GOP SEEKS TO EXPAND GUN-CARRY PROTECTIONS.

January 10, 2019

SO, THAT’S WHAT THEY MEAN BY A “VOLUNTARY” TAX SYSTEM. . .

THE IRS HAS 4,500 GUNS, 5,000,000 ROUNDS OF AMMUNITION
January 10, 2019

GET READY FOR A FINANCIAL ASSAULT ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT

With Heller firmly in place and the Dems' hopes of recasting the Supreme Court quickly fading, mounting pressure - social and political - is being applied to choke out the firearms industry.   These maneuvers to subvert the Second Amendment may be constitutional (in the same way that a newspaper is not violating the First Amendment by declining to publish certain content) and, as such, may pose a more existential threat to the right to keep and bear arms than do the more notorious assaults through legislation and regulation. 

January 9, 2019

DEMOCRATS UNVEIL NEW UNIVERSAL BACKGROUND CHECK BILL

THIS BILL almost certainly won’t make it through the Senate and, even if it does, Trump will likely veto it.  But don’t dismiss the significance of the issue.  The Dems are winning the P.R. battle by framing universal background checks as a simple step to close the “gun show loophole”.  Loopholes, by their very nature, should be closed, right?  In reality, there is no loophole.  The background-check system is a regulatory requirement imposed upon, and applicable only to, holders of federal firearms licenses.   The fact that private citizens – whether at a gun show or anywhere else – are not subject […]
January 9, 2019

YES, REALLY, IT’S A “PISTOL”

FN 15 PISTOL PACKS A PUNCH IN .300 BLK.  “Don’t argue with The Man. Bureaucrats aren’t used to anyone or anything challenging their authority, so when the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) says a stockless AR-­15 is a pistol, the correct answer is ‘roger that’.”
January 9, 2019

SURVEY SHOWS DISCONNECT BETWEEN GUN CONTROL RHETORIC AND REALITY

More virtue-signaling, no substance.  Despite polls showing gun control being a low priority for voters, new DEMOCRAT LEADERS PLAY TO THEIR BASE WITH GUN CONTROL AGENDA.
January 8, 2019

GUN BUYBACK PROGRAM GONE HILARIOUSLY WRONG

All virtue-signalling, no substance.  But, again, that seems to be a recurring theme on the Left.  MAN SELLS SCRAP TO STATE TO RAISE MONEY FOR GUN PURCHASE.

January 7, 2019

DON’T COMMIT AN UNINTENTIONAL FELONY

NEWS YOU CAN USE:   Traveling with Firearms:  Tips for the Interstate Concealed Carrier.

 

January 7, 2019

THE WAY YOU CHANGE THINGS…

If you want to make an enduring difference in our political landscape, work to MAKE LIBERTY POLITICALLY PROFITABLE for all candidates.   

"As Milton Friedman put it, the way we change things is not by electing the right people.  It’s good to elect the right people, but that’s not the way we change things.  No, the way we change things is by creating a climate of opinion such that it becomes politically profitable for the wrong people to do the right things.  That means that you need to worry less about the candidates running and more about convincing the electorate of the principles and values you want to further."

January 6, 2019

WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE YOUR STEAK?

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE:  NO RIGHTS, JUST RULES.   Uniformed law enforcement officer told to leave restaurant because “There was another customer who was ‘scared for her life’… because ‘police are shooting people.’”  Unfortunately, hysteria has become the most consistent criterion for decision-making on the Left.

January 6, 2019

GUN CONTROL: PUSHING BACK

GUN OWNERS CALL BS ON RESTRICTIVE MEASURES IN NJ AND CANADA.  

 

January 6, 2019

BOULDER RESIDENTS OPENLY DEFY AR REGISTRATION LAW

Hippie gun owners in Boulder (yes, Boulder) are refusing to register their “assault rifles” as required under new city ordinance.  Anyone – regardless of lifestyle or politics – who stands up for individual liberties is a defender of us all.   
January 6, 2019

WORST QUOTES OF 2018

IN THEIR OWN WORDS.  If you think the Dems’ goal is a return to the political center post-Trump, think again.  They are hurtling left and embracing a radical dismemberment of U.S. (and traditional Western) values.  While discomforting to watch, it bodes well for 2020.  More of these soundbites, please. Trump’s next series of campaign ads are writing themselves.

January 6, 2019

LIVING RENT-FREE IN THE DEMS’ HEADS

DONALD TRUMP IS COMPLETELY TRANSFORMING THE DEMOCRATS.  Just think of him as political chemotherapy, and the reactions from both sides suddenly to make sense.   

January 6, 2019

STATISTICS LIE

FIREARMS-RELATED ACCIDENT DEATHS PLUNGE MORE THAN 40% SINCE 1999 – MEDIA FAILS TO REPORT TRUTH.  Yes, too many people are killed or injured by guns each year. But the same is true of cars (40,100 U.S. deaths per year), ladders (300+ deaths and 500,000 injuries in the U.S. each year), and French fries (300,000 U.S. deaths per year due to obesity). So, why do guns – the only constitutionally-protected item – induce such hysteria and vilification? Well…… Regressives have a basic, working understanding of cars. French fries don’t restrain tyrants. And the NRA hasn’t yet endorsed ladder ownership.

January 6, 2019

COWBOY UP

American colleges have lost their collective minds (The Ten Most Outrageous Higher Ed Stories From 2018). Sad to say, but in that context, the University of Wyoming deserves kudos for not caving into the made-up social justice hysteria over its new “The World Needs More Cowboys” campaign.
January 6, 2019

BEST SHOTGUN GAUGE FOR HOME DEFENSE

Bottom line: If you hit ‘em right, it really doesn’t matter.

January 6, 2019

GUN CONTROL

TRUE:  Those who are mentally unstable and pose an imminent threat shouldn’t have guns.  ALSO TRUE: Existing “red flag” laws have already proved ineffective, and you’re a fool if you don’t believe that, in deciding how these laws should be enforced, our Betters on the left start with the baseline supposition that gun owners are categorically unstable and threatening.   America’s Red Flag Warning: Understanding the Developing Narrative

January 6, 2019

POVERTY, HUNGER NEED WYOMING’S ATTENTION

TRUE, but don’t accept the premise that government-compelled charity is ever the only – or even best - solution.

January 6, 2019

MORE CIVILITY FROM THE LEFT

Sen. Behind Social Media Checks For Gun Buyers Law Tweets ‘Kill Yourself!’ at GOP Aide

January 6, 2019

BEST HUNTING AND FISHING STORIES OF 2018

From 52-point whitetail to “calico” lobster…….

January 6, 2019

EYE ON THE ANTI’S

DAVID HOGG, Erudite. As long as the Regressives take him seriously – and I guess his admission to Harvard removes any doubt – it’s all going to work out just fine.

January 6, 2019

WYOMING WILDLIFE

ELIMINATE TETON MOUNTAIN GOATS TO PROTECT BIGHORNS?   YES.

January 6, 2019

GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS

Citizen comes to aid of cop, shoots assailant when officer’s gun jams.
January 6, 2019

FAITH ISN’T SUPPOSED TO BE DOWNSTREAM OF CULTURE

As Regressives seek to undermine liberty in the political sphere, they unwittingly cannibalize their own illiberal insurgence into politicized Christianity:

"Practitioners of the progressive dogma of “intersectionality”, notes atheist philosopher James Lindsay, resemble the old
churchmen in anathematizing those who disagree with their dogma. These practitioners, he suggests, “tend to focus on moral
purity for the in-group. They tend to demonize the out-group. They especially demonize heretics or blasphemers or anyone who goes
too far outside that dogmatic structure of belief and threatens it. Those people are often excommunicated.”

I guess the religion of tolerance goes only so far…..

January 6, 2019

LOWER COURTS UNDERMINING HELLER

Interesting D.C. case, supported by amicus brief from noted 2A scholars, seeks Supreme Court review to clarify that “interest-balancing” is not the proper test for judicial review of Second Amendment cases under Heller:

"Some major lower court cases have used the Two-Part Test to treat the Second Amendment as a second-class right. They defy Heller by using a rational basis test for laws against law-abiding firearms owners and gun stores. They allow the government to prevail on thin or conclusory evidence. They apply a feeble version of heightened scrutiny that does not consider less burdensome alternatives."

If SCOTUS grants certiorari, the case would likely be heard in the fall of this year.

January 6, 2019

WILDFIRES: FUELING THE PROBLEM

COMMON SENSE ISN’T COMMON ENOUGH. For those of us who live, hike or hunt in heavily-timbered areas of Wyoming, it is self-evident that the immense volume of latent fuel clogging the forests is a driving force behind the recent ferocity of wildfires in our state and throughout the West. The good news is that President Trump signed an executive order late last year increasing the permitted annual volume of timbering to 3.8 billion board-feet on U.S. Forest Service lands and 600 million board-feet on Bureau of Land Management lands. The bad news is that those harvest targets (while a significant increase from 2017 levels) represent only 25% or so of the 1974 harvest.

January 6, 2019

GUN CONTROL: WORDS MATTER

When any political organization – sadly, in this case, the far-left wing of the Christian church – combines the words “social change” and “gun safety”, just know that the conversation has nothing to do with the safe use of firearms.

January 6, 2019

GUN BANS WORK. . . IT JUST DEPENDS ON HOW YOU DEFINE SUCCESS

Venezuelans Regret Gun Ban:

“Guns would have served as a vital pillar to remaining a free people, or at least able to put up a fight,” Javier Vanegas, 28, a
Venezuelan teacher of English now exiled in Ecuador, told Fox News. 'The government security forces, at the beginning of this debacle, knew they had no real opposition to their force. Once things were this bad, it was a clear declaration of war against an unarmed population.'"

SHOCKING!

January 6, 2019

BUMP-STOCKS UPDATE

NEWS YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TO USE: ATF how-to instructions – including helpful diagrams(!) – for properly destroying your bump-stock.  If you prefer to deliver your device personally to your nearest ATF office, you can find an office here.

January 6, 2019

WORST SCOPE BITE IN HISTORY?

I SURE HOPE SO! (link)

January 6, 2019

LIBERTY NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE

For many today, the word “liberty” conjures images of outdated white guys in the American colonies standing up against a since-diminished empire in protest of long-forgotten political issues, none of which has any practical bearing on the realities of our “progressive”, modern society. Last month was the 145th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party. Lest we fail to learn the lessons of history, that rebellion was not about tea or taxes, at least not at its core; it was about individual liberty and the never-ending struggle to define the proper role of government and the conviction to keep it in its proper place. The Boston Tea Party and the war that followed represented a bipartisan mandate against the unyielding expansion of tyrannical government. Left or right, Democrat or Republican, we would all be wise to remember that government cannot create liberty; it can only take it away.

January 6, 2019

GUN CONTROL: THE ROADS THAT LEAD TO CONFISCATION ARE MANY

. . . and most of them are (intentionally) unmarked

January 6, 2019

SUPPORT WYOMING’S GUN MANUFACTURERS

Think "Wyoming" when you think about your next gun purchase.  Invest in those gun manufactures who call our state home, including:  FREEDOM ARMS, WEATHERBY (coming soon), GUNWERKS, BIG HORN ARMORY, and WYOMING ARMS

 

January 6, 2019

RACISM: HOW CAN WE MISS YOU IF YOU WON’T GO AWAY?

Myths about racism are certainly rampant (in the church and elsewhere

), but the vast majority of people on the right earnestly want to stop viewing people through a racial lens. In fact, we’re sick and tired of not being allowed to do so. The Regressives, however, are hell-bent to make sure that never happens. Sad, but when viewed in context of the socialism-is-good-movement, certainly not surprising or likely to change any time soon. (Suggestion: if you want quick litmus test to evaluate any political issue or controversy, ask yourself whether it favors individuals and individual rights or, conversely, groups and group rights (which, in truth, don’t exist). Most of our current disputes ultimately boil down to that basic ideological distinction.)

January 6, 2019

GUN LAW MADE EASY

If you haven't seen these quick-read summaries of gun laws in Wyoming and the other 49 states  (including concealed carry, transportation, etc.), please do.  If nothing else, it will give you another reason to be grateful you live in Wyoming rather than, say, California

January 6, 2019

I AM WOMAN

All-women’s college begins accepting transgendered women.That development is neither surprising nor, as a practical matter, troubling, but I continue to be amazed that supposedly liberated, strong, and intelligent women insist that womanhood is now defined (primarily, if not exclusively) by one’s capitulation to the shallow, female/feminine stereotypes that, until just a few years ago, feminists were valiantlyfighting to debunk.

January 6, 2019

GUNS & AMMO GUNS (AND SCOPE) OF THE YEAR

Handgun:  SIG SAUER P365.   Strong Praise.

Rifle:  BROWNING X-BOLT PRO. Sub-MOA, sure, but best rifle “without a doubt?"

Shotgun: MOSSBERG 590M & REMINGTON 870DM.  Tactical guns both.

Scope:  LEUPOLD VX-5HD.  Good Choice?  YES.

January 6, 2019

NEWS YOU MAY HAVE TO USE

SURVIVAL DEBATE: Best handgun - 9mm or .45?  I'll take the .40, thank you.

January 5, 2019

THE RELIGION OF CLIMATE CHANGE

The percentage of Americans who claim to have no religious affiliation (affectionately known as “Nones”) is growing steadily, particularly among Millenials.  That trend, however, is only half as revealing as the statistics imply.  Arguably, everyone is religious. Many just worship a different type of god.  Reason was once such a new god. . . .
January 4, 2019

GRIZZLIES AND GOVERNMENT

U.S. Fish and Wildlife files notice of intent to appeal re-listing of grizzlies. Legal battle could take “two years”.

January 4, 2019

THE ANTI’S LOVE “RADICAL” GUN OWNERS

Gun Owners Are Being Othered, And We’re Letting It Happen.  The public’s perception of guns and gun ownership is up to us.   Make a statement - not a scene – in how you carry yourself (and your gun).  

December 20, 2018

Gun Control – Do Facts Matter to Politicians and Judges?

ANSWER: Of course not.
December 19, 2018

WILL YOU BE A CRIMINAL ON MARCH 26TH?

BUMP-STOCK RULE BUMPS UP AGAINST THE CONSTITUTION: Some of you own "bump-stocks" (and for those of you who don't, bump-stocks are plastic attachments to semi-auto rifles that utilize the recoil of a single gunshot to repeatedly "rebound" the trigger against the shooter's finger, resulting in rapid fire that mimics the fire of a machine gun).....

November 29, 2018

Trump and the Ongoing Culture War

If you’ll just view Trump as political chemotherapy, all of the the reactions will suddenly begin to make sense.  Trump and the Ongoing Culture War.

October 20, 2018

Firearm-Friendly Websites

The anti-gun, social media bullies don’t run the world; they just think they do.  Pro-gun platforms arise in the void left by Twitter and its mob brethren.  Firearm-Friendly Alternatives to Anti-Gun Websites.

September 13, 2018

2nd Amendment Rights

Arm your brain before trying to defend your 2nd Amendment rights.  The 2A is not absolute, so make sure you understand where the Regressive’s arguments fail (and where they prevail) in the gun-rights debate.  This seminal law review article, “A Critical Guide to the Second Amendment”, by noted commentator, law professor and 2A advocate Glenn Harland Reynolds is a must read.
September 10, 2018

Expanded Cartridge Options

Expanded cartridge options – including 6.5 Creedmoor - for black rifle hunting.