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Congress critter update #5

06 Mar

Yesterday I received this email from Patty Murray’s office. I feel it is a little out of place because I haven’t emailed her lately and I believe my last contact with her was the Ruger advocacy link which she already responded to.

Dear Mr. Xxxx:

Thank you for writing me about the problem of gun violence. It was good to hear from you.

As a mother, grandmother, and former preschool teacher I was shocked by the tragedy that unfolded in Newtown. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families and loved ones of the victims whose loss is difficult to comprehend.

Unfortunately, this horrific tragedy was another in a long line of gun violence episodes that have ranged from places like Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Aurora to coffee shops in Lakewood to the corner of South Byron Street and McClintock Ave South in Seattle. These episodes have plagued our cities, our schools, and our shared sense of security. This cannot go on. As a society, we need to come together and have a real conversation about what factors contribute to these horrific instances of gun violence. I support the rights of law-abiding gun owners, but I believe we also need to take specific action to bolster our current gun safety laws.

For instance, we need to strengthen existing gun laws by closing loopholes that put guns in the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. I support universal background checks that include sales made at gun shows and by private sellers. I have also long supported banning the sale of assault weapons and dangerous high-capacity magazines to keep weapons of war off of our streets.

Preventing tragedies like the one in Newtown will take more than just common-sense gun policies and enforcement. It will also take a renewed commitment to understanding and dealing with the root causes that lead isolated individuals to carry out these atrocities.

Our nation is at a crossroads, and we must take the path that protects future generations from re-living these gun violence tragedies over and over again. It will take the courage of people with opposing views but a common purpose sitting down with one another and agreeing that the status quo is unacceptable.

Please be assured I will keep your views in mind as I work with my colleagues to address this crisis. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my updates at http://murrav.senate.gov/updates. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me, and please do not hesitate to contact me again.

Sincerely,
Patty Murray
United States Senator

 
 

Possibly onto bigger things.

28 Feb

As this post goes live I will be on my way to what will hopefully be a successful job interview.

It’s an internal interview to become a supervisor in my current job. It would mean worse hours, more stress but a bigger paycheck and its a needed stepping stone for my planned career advancement.

Luckily my wife is willing to put up with me working night shift for the chance to advance. She’s a saint like that. Or she forgets how grumpy I am on a goofy sleep schedule.

Either way it will be exciting and hopefully it will lead to good things. But the even better news is that I enjoy my current job so worse case I stay the same. Truly a nothing to lose situation.

 

Weight Watchers Week 15 (50LBS DOWN!!!)

17 Jan

This week was historic for me. I crossed the 50lb mark in weight loss. I can honestly celebrate now. I will be posting a before/ after picture later this week, since right now I’m in my pajamas and nobody needs that picture on the internet. This week at our meeting we had an auction with phony money that we earn all year for meeting goals and bringing in good ideas. I won a pretty lame wall hanging but my sister in law won a whole bag of goodies and shared some of her loot with the rest of us in the house.

This upcoming weekend I will be going away with a buddy of mine and his wife for a little couple getaway deal in a town built around German food. My wife and I have agreed to be sensible but enjoy ourselves. So when I hit my usual meeting in 2 weeks if I have stayed the same I won’t beat myself up.

 
 

Maybe its a PR problem

03 Jan

As I got home last night I flipped on the TV and it was on one of the Cable talking head shows (Hannity to be specific). They were talking about gun control and the future of gun rights. So I stayed tuned in for a moment. The gentleman they had representing the anti gun side ( who I don’t know the name of but I DVR’d a later broadcast so I will check tonight ) first said that he doesn’t want to trample on the 2nd Amendment. When asked what trampling meant to him he said he didn’t want to repeal it.

Next he said that he wanted to ban “multi bullet clips” frankly that sounds like a piece of reloading gear but I assume he meant magazines and he didn’t say anything about capacity so when he says multiple that means more than 1.

Then when confronted about this by Hannity he said he had no problem with Americans having a 9mm pistol for home defense. Well it’s a good thing there is such a glut of bolt action and break action pistols out there.

While I’m sure that this isn’t the brightest gentleman the anti’s have he is at least popular enough to get invited onto a prime time cable news show.

This made me think of an old Jeff Foxworthy quote.

southerners are as smart as anybody else in this country,
our only problem is we just cant keep the most ignorant amongst us off the television. That’s the truth. I mean, every time we have a disaster, they never film a doctor or a lawyer, they always get that woman in the moo-moo and the sponge rollers. “It was pandelerium! I thought we’d be killed or even worse. I looked out the window in time to see the chicken’s house go right over our roof! All I could think was Caroline still has my casserole dish

So at best the anti gunners need to self police at worse they really are that dumb.

 
 

I do love my surplus rifle

28 Oct

It dawned on me today while buying some ammo for my Mosin M44 that I paid less for 60 rounds of surplus 7.62×54  on stripper clips. than I did last week for 20 rounds of factory 30-30win. Of course its not a perfect comparison but the point is valid. A rifle that I paid $79 for full of ammo that is cheap as far as center fire rifles go. would make it mighty easy to stock up if one wanted to. Or as a good training tool, or just for fun.

 
 

Blogging shall return soon

28 Sep

Second night this week of getting home over an hour late and I rarely have time to blog between 12hr shifts anyway. Tomorrow is toast with work and my wife’s birthday and an Octoberfest party.

So yea eventually my brain droppings will return.

 
 

Top 20 songs on my iPhone.

22 Sep

Everybody else seems to have already done their 20 most popular songs on their Iphones, so here is mine.

But here is the disclaimer, VERY RARELY use my phone to play music so in reality this list is mostly my workout playlist that I use at the gym.

On the other hand I spend 2-3hrs a day in the car listening to a podcast but since none of those get multiple plays they don’t show up here.

Chuggin’ Along Luke Bryan
Hicktown Jason Aldean
Politically Incorrect Gretchen Wilson
Down In Mississippi (Up To No Good) Sugarland
Amarillo Sky Jason Aldean
My Give A Damn’s Busted Jo Dee Messina
Rain Is a Good Thing Luke Bryan
These Are My People Rodney Atkins
Trailerhood Toby Keith
Bonafied Miss Willie Brown
Gunpowder And Lead Miranda Lambert
I Love This Bar Toby Keith
What Country Is Luke Bryan
19 Somethin’ Mark Wills
People Are Crazy Billy Currington
Don’t Rock the Jukebox Alan Jackson
I’m Gonna Miss Her Brad Paisley
Rollin’ (Urban Assault Vehicle) Limp Bizkit
Get Drunk and Be Somebody Toby Keith
Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) Big & Rich
ticks Brad Paisley
 

Lance Armstrong didn’t win that.

24 Aug

Well as of today Lance Armstrong is calling it quits in his long battle against the US anti-doping agency.

They responded by saying they will be stripping him of all 7 of his tour de france wins. There are still questions is the USADA has the authority to revoke his wins but they claim they do.

Now don’t get me wrong if he cheated then strip his wins take back the money and fix the error. However Armstrong has consistently passed his drug tests. Frankly I think they wore him down with the constant investigation based on anonymous sources and shady evidence.

Lance Armstrong was kind of a role model for me because I was at the right age to watch him win as a kid. Frankly I’m not convinced of his guilt.

Live Strong Lance

full article from cnn

 
 

Online gunnie book club?

15 Aug

There are lots of great books out there that are written by gunnies, of course the Books by Larry Corria are some of my favorite but I just finished reading Uprising US by George Hill and I have to say its mighty good. So I noticed that the sequel to it Uprising UK is availible as an ebook and paperback on Amazon and I thought hey I should read that before the next Monster Hunter Novel comes out. So anybody else interested in informally all reading the same book at the same time and then posting our reviews online?

I would suggest that since Monster Hunter Legion Comes out on September 4th that we start reading George Hills Uprising UK today and then all make our posts by the time that MHL comes out. At that point we will start reading that book. It should provide some interesting discussion and some free press for some good gunnie authors. I would like to keep this going and would love more suggestions for authors or books that are written by gunnies and are at least mostly “gunnie approved”

 

 

Disclaimer: Both of the above links go to Amazon and use my associate ID so if you were to purchase using the above links I would get a small cut but your price would not change. Feel free to get the books however you want from wherever you wish.

 

My love hate relationship with organized ranges

07 Aug

As I mentioned in my previous post about how unproductive yesterday was, I had plans to pattern my new 870 Express super mag only to find that they dedicated patterning board was out of service. After a brief discussion with the chief RSO of the range he explained that they had to shut it down after finding multiple people using the shotgun pattern board as a private pistol range as well as sighting in rifles on it and developing a big hole in the middle of the board. Since there is no significant berm behind the pattern board the board is going to be relocated.

This is not the first time that rules have been modified or created due to people doing stupid things. This is not the first range that I have been a member of that has had this issue. Frankly I don’t have any great suggestions as to how to solve it, the truth is that there are things that I enjoy doing with a firearm that work just fine out in the woods against a cliff or down in a sand pit that just don’t work in a big range. One of these is shooting different types of firearms at the same targets at the same time. I use to set up bowling pin matches between friends where some of us would use a rifle and other use a pistol. This doesn’t exist at any range, in fact my range now bans bowling pins after having too many ricochet issues.

One of the things that bothers me to no end is that my range had enacted a one shot per second rule as well as magazine restrictions. Both of these bother me because they feel like anti gun thinking. The given reason for the one shot per second rule is not that people were firing faster than they could control but that nearby neighbors would call the sheriffs department and complain that the range was “training murderers”

Of course the trap is that I have 2 very nice ranges within 10minutes of my house and in order to find a safe vacant spot outside of a range I would be driving an hour into the mountains, which is not feasible all the time specifically with $4 gas.

So what rules has your range been forced to adopt or what changes to ranges would you like to see?