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Bushmaster Carbon 15 Follow up Review.

18 Feb

I bought my Carbon-15 on Halloween of 2012. Its no surprise that when I bought it I wasn’t the only person buying an AR at the time. But I didn’t know anybody else with one of these. In fact until about a week prior to buying it I didn’t even know that anybody made a rifle with a carbon/polymer receiver.

 

All the review that I read on line were terrible for the “1st generation” and pretty solid for the second gen rifles. Well I have now had the rifle for about a year and a half and although I have only put about 12oornds through it. So far it is perfect. One of the debates that happens with this rifle as well as many AR-15 style rifles is that you aren’t supposed to run steel cased ammo through it. Well I am here to say that at least 500 of the 1200 I have but through the gun have been steel. While I understand that it is harder on the gun it has yet to choke and if I experience a FTE I will certainly post about it.

The rifle came with a pretty cheap reddot scope that actually worked really well BUT its still a 1x reddot so I want to put a better scope on it for some longer range shooting because frankly I suck without a little magnification. The rifle also came with a hard sized rifle case that is virtually useless because it doesn’t actually hold the rifle with the scope that they provided mounted. Also although the rifle came with 2 steel 20rnd mags I run pretty much exclusively Pmag-30’s.

So a 16months later the rifle is performing great and as soon as I put a better optic on it should be set up as a nice predator gun. Of course my long term plan is to get a nice .300blk upper and use it as my deer gun but that may take a few more days of overtime to accomplish.

 

I proudly supported a Democrat fund raiser and I will do it again next year.

31 Jul

Each year the last weekend of July is automatically the time for my vacation. Since I met my wife every year we have gone to the Sun and Surf Motorcycle rally in Ocean Shores, WA. Its a pretty standard rally lots of vendors some bike games, a custom bike show and a few exhibition teams.

The crowd is pretty much exactly what you would expect, tons of people dressed in leather, lots of loud bikes and plenty of patches on their leather vests explaining exactly how they feel about everything from the fact that loud pipes save lives to remembering those we have lost. This a crowd that screams “I’m my own person back off and let me do what I want”. Its not uncommon to see openly carried firearms on hips and a large numbers of people with patches on their jackets or stickers on their bikes voicing opposition to gun control.

That being said one of the vendors that has been their for a large number of years is the Gray’s Harbor Democrats, they sell onion burgers from a food truck. Oh sure their truck is covered in signs for candidates I don’t endorse but they serve a damn good onion burger at a fair price (at least competitive to that event) and they don’t preach while they serve food. The rally has been loosing vendors in the past few years and these guys have come back every year, paid their fees and supported the rally. So while I know that some of the money I pay for that delicious onion burger will go back to campaigns I’m not a fan of I have to think that they are aware of the crowd and at least partially receptive to the message.

 

Appaently there is nothing else on Obamas agenda.

16 May

So myself and MANY others emailed the bejesus out of our congress critters on the topic of gun rights in the last 6 months. And in exchange about a month ago the bills in congress died and we haven’t heard much about how evil I am for owning a firearm so evil and cutting edge that it was designed just 50yrs ago.

So imagine my surprise when I got this in my email today.

Dear (Xxxx:)

Thank you for taking the time to write. I have heard from many Americans regarding firearms policy and gun violence in our Nation, and I appreciate your perspective. From Aurora to Newtown to the streets of Chicago, we have seen the devastating effects gun violence has on our American family. I join countless others in grieving for all those whose lives have been taken too soon by gun violence.

Like the majority of Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms. In this country, we have a strong tradition of gun ownership that has been handed down from generation to generation. Hunting and sport shooting are part of our national heritage. Yet, even as we acknowledge that almost all gun owners in America are responsible, when we look at the devastation caused by gun violence—whether in high-profile tragedies or the daily heartbreak that plagues our cities—we must ask ourselves whether we are doing enough.

While reducing gun violence is a complicated challenge, protecting our children from harm should not be a divisive one. Most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale. Most also agree that if we took commonsense steps to curtail gun violence, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown. We will not be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing we can do to reduce gun violence—if even one life can be saved—then we have an obligation to try.

That is why I asked Vice President Joe Biden to identify concrete steps we can take to keep our children safe, help prevent mass shootings, and reduce the broader epidemic of gun violence in this country. He met with over 200 groups representing a broad cross-section of Americans and heard their best ideas. I have put forward a specific set of proposals based off of his efforts, and in the days ahead, I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality.

My plan gives law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals, and the public health community some of the tools they need to help reduce gun violence. These tools include strengthening the background check system, helping schools hire more resource officers and counselors and develop emergency preparedness plans, and ensuring mental health professionals know their options for reporting threats of violence. And I directed the Centers for Disease Control to study the best ways to reduce gun violence—because it is critical that we understand the science behind this public health crisis. From improving mental health services to looking more closely at a culture that too often glorifies violence, we must leave no stone unturned when working to keep Americans safe.

As important as these steps are, they are not a substitute for action from Congress. To make a real and lasting difference, members of Congress must also act. As part of my comprehensive plan, I have called on them to pass some specific proposals right away. First, it is time to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun. Second, Congress should renew the 10-round limit on magazines and reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban. We should get tougher on those who buy guns with the purpose of selling them to criminals, and we should impose serious punishments on anyone who helps them do this.

These are reasonable, commonsense measures that have the support of the majority of the American people. But change will not come unless the American people demand it from their lawmakers. Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love. We owe the victims of heartbreaking national tragedies and the countless unheralded tragedies each year nothing less than our best effort—to seek consensus in order to save lives and ensure a brighter future for our children.

Thank you, again, for writing. I encourage you to visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/NowIsTheTime to learn more about my Administration’s approach.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

That’s right folks in the middle of at least 2 major scandals the Obama administration pushes out form letters to correspondence written months ago.

Frankly it would have been better to get nothing. I am not so naive as to believe that Obama is actually busting out this email to me personally. It’s a form letter and that’s all I expected. Frankly the only reason I would ever email the president is to be counted as one more “vote” on a certain side of an issue. If I contact my local state rep I can call him on his cell phone (done it) if I want to contact my federal legislators I know the response is still pretty formulaic if not just a policy statement. But I’m pretty confused on why the administration would send out this form letter when both sides see that further gun laws are not politically viable. I’m especially confused as to why the email still talks about a new assault weapons ban when that provision didn’t even make it into the final bill.

 

A background check bill I could support.

18 Apr

Yesterday’s headlines were all about how the so called “compromise bill” failed to meet the 60 vote requirement in the Senate and thus failed.

Even within the gun rights community the idea of background checks on private sales is a divisive issue. Some gun owners who want to see every transaction go through a federally licensed dealer and others who want guns to be treated like just about every other consumer good and sold off the shelf no questions asked.

I am nether. First let me explain my position so you can see what my potential bias may be.

We already have a system where guns bought from a dealer go through a background check. In most states this is done by using the NICS database. I’m fine with that. Also in most states I can legally sell a firearm to another private party as long as neither of us are prohibited from legally possessing a gun and we reside in the same state. ( this is what the anti gunners refer to as the gun show loophole )

Also right now gun purchased through the Internet on such sites as Gunbroker MUST BE SHIPPED TO A DEALER and then transferred to the buyer just as if they bought that gun from that dealer. So the recent arguments that Internet purchases arn’t currently being checked fails as well.

So here is what I propose and I’m pretty confident that it would pass congress.

1. All dealers continue to sell firearms just like they have except we remove the field on the form 4473 that asks for the guns serial number. This prevents a registration database from being created.

2. Anytime ownership of a gun is transferred from one individual to another the seller must run the buyers name through a new expanded background check system. The system would consist of an online or phone based check using the same information as the form 4473 has. Each transaction will be given a unique transaction ID. This id number is good for the transfer of up to 5 guns between the same to people within 7 calendar days. This provision will cover the vast majority of inheritance and gift transactions. I’m ok with saying this receipt with this ID number needs to be retained for 1yr from the purchase.

3. If more than 5 guns need to be transferred (such as a collection being inherited ) the transaction goes through a dealer who can list up to 100 guns on the same 4473 form.

4. If a state issues their concealed handgun permit/ concealed weapons permit / whatever your state calls it and that permit meets a basic set of requirements namely that it has a picture and your vital stats on it and that it’s issues by a city, county or state government then it is deemed valid in all states. This reciprocity treats your CHL like a drivers license. If you go to a different state you have to obey their laws just like driving. But it fixes the issue with so many of us having to maintain multiple permits and with states refusing to issue non-resident permits.

They way I see it this bill will calm the current political fears will update the system to be more in line with modern technology and will give both sides something that they would have a difficult time accomplishing otherwise.

Yesterday I saw a lot of “we won the fight is over ” mentality on the pro-gun side. I think that view is wrong at the moment I believe the political left still wants this and they might be beaten up now to accept national reciprocity as a barter tool.

Of course the problem with any legislation is that the original text and the version that gets voted on are often worlds apart. But let this serve as an outline for a bill that would garner support from both sides.

 

Economists on Gun Contol

15 Feb

I really can’t speak highly enough for this specific podcast episode. It’s a really fact based discussion on gun violence and the real numbers.

Honestly this episode has so many great pull quotes I could list them all but I would end up trampling all over their intellectual property. So I listed just one below.

Here is a link to the full episode

And here is the FULL transcript if you prefer to read

If I’ve done my calculations right, any particular handgun in the United States will kill a person about once every 10,000 years. Okay, so in order to prevent one homicide in a year, you would need to get 10,000 guns brought back in a gun buyback. Okay, but the thing is you don’t get 10,000 guns, and they’re not the guns that are used to kill people. So the typical gun buyback program I would guess saves approximately maybe 0.0001 lives. And I think that’s being optimistic about the size of the effect.

 

Congress critter update local edition

01 Feb

My State Senator got back to me today in regards to the Ruger contact link. When I met him this past election season I really liked him. Now I REALLY believe in him.

Just as a side note the first time I ever emailed him his reply was “here’s my cell number give me a call” and we chatted for about 15minutes that evening.

Thank you for contacting me on this very important issue. Let me assure you that, both as an avid hunter and shooter, I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment right to bear arms. I am opposed to any laws that would increase the burdens on gun owners or would diminish the rights of the people to defend themselves with firearms. More importantly, the Second Amendment operates as a safeguard against tyranny. That was the opinion espoused by the founding fathers and it is one I believe in whole-heartedly.

I am of the opinion that the lives lost should not serve as capital to achieve a political end. Removing firearms from the hands of law-abiding citizens is a reactionary policy that does not offer solutions to substantive problems.

As we proceed through this 2013 legislative session, the first in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, there can be no doubt that the sheer pain of innocent lives lost is on all of our minds. I, as with every other individual elected to the Washington State legislature, am committed to finding solutions to prevent such a terrible tragedy. Specifically, I believe the first action item is to ensure that schools have procedures in place to protect our children in the event of such an attack, which is why I introduced SB 5197 to enhance school safety features and future construction plans. Second, our state must enhance and more effectively target its services for the mentally ill.

I believe that these tragedies cannot be prevented by merely eliminating guns or placing restrictions on sales to law-abiding citizens. They can be prevented through inter-agency cooperation to find those among us who have the capacity to commit such a horrendous act, and provide them with critical services.

Again, thank you for reaching out to me on this issue and I hope that you will stay in contact with me going forward.

Very truly yours,

Bruce Dammeier
Senator
25th Legislative District
Bruce.Dammeier@leg.wa.gov
360-786-7648 (Olympia)
253-840-4523 (District)

Update Feb 15th 2013

Last week I got this response from my other state Rep. Meant to toss this up earlier.

Thank you, Mr. DeVietro, for taking the time to contact my office. I am working on strengthening mental health services and funding the involuntary commitment legislation that was passed last year.

Sincerely,

Rep. Dawn Morrell (D-25)
Chair, Appropriations Subcommittee on Health & Human Services
Serving on Appropriations, Health Care & Wellness, Technology & Economic Development Committees
Telephone: 360-786-7948
Toll free: 800-562-6000
TTY: 800-635-9993
E-mail: Dawn.Morrell@leg.wa.gov

Mailing Address:
PO Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504

 
 

The Scissors video and my thoughts.

31 Jan

This video has been getting passed around today on blogs and Facebook. Seems like most of the gun guys are attacking it on the basis of it not supporting firearms for defense.

Here are my thoughts.

I like that it at least presents the idea of fighting back. Even if the weapons they show are sub-par. Even a fire extinguisher is way better than scissors.

I like that it tells you the cops are going to take a while to get there.

I don’t like that it doesn’t connect these two points. Until the cops show up your on your own and you may very well be forced to take lethal action.

I don’t like the theme of prepare to trust everybody who looks like a cop, don’t talk to them and don’t ask questions.

While I understand the sentiment I think it creates a false sense that a “bad guy ” would never try and look like law enforcement. I think it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with what your local pd and even their swat teams dress like. Look at patches and of course use your brain.

 

Congress critter contact update #3

31 Jan

On Tuesday Jan 29th I used the Ruger Advocacy link to contact all of my elected officials. In addition to my previous individual contacts to my federal representation.

Today I received this response from Senstor Patty Murray.

Dear Mr. Mdev

Thank you for contacting my office. Your thoughtful comments are greatly appreciated.

The views of Washingtonians are very important to my work. I will keep your thoughts in mind, and I encourage you to stay in touch. If you would like to know more about my work in the Senate, please feel free to sign up for my weekly updates at http://murray.senate.gov/updates. Again, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with me.

Sincerely,
Patty Murray
United States Senator

After all my contacts this is the first response I got from her office.

UPDATE 1445 Thursday Jan, 31st

Got this from Senator Cantwell today. Likely in response to the Ruger link.

Dear Mr. Devietro,

Thank you for contacting me to express your views on gun ownership and violence prevention. I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

As you know, on January 16, 2013, President Obama announced a series of legislative proposals and executive actions intended to reduce gun violence. I applaud the President’s efforts to close gun purchase loopholes and to create new tools for further background checks.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced a bill to regulate assault weapons (S. 150) on January 24, 2013. The proposed legislation bans certain military-style, semi-automatic weapons, and makes it illegal to produce, import, or sell magazines with capacity over ten rounds. The bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee, where it is currently awaiting further debate and review.

In the past, I supported the original Assault Weapons Ban and the Brady Bill, as well as the Youth Handgun Safety Act of 1993, which prohibits juveniles from possessing or receiving handguns. I look forward to work with my colleagues in the Senate to strengthen responsible legislation to rein in gun violence. We need to work to close the loopholes in existing laws that allow criminals and children to gain access to firearms contrary to the law’s intention. One example is the well-known “gun-show loophole” which allows people to purchase firearms at gun-shows without undergoing the background check required when guns are bought from licensed dealers. Lastly, I believe we must support increased gun-safety and gun-use education.

I support the Second Amendment and the rights of law-abiding Washingtonians who own guns. I also remain focused on addressing the deeply troubling violence in this country and making our state and our country as safe as possible for all people, including our most vulnerable citizens, our children. I believe both of these goals are important and can be simultaneously accomplished through common-sense gun laws and stricter enforcement of existing laws.
Along with addressing gun violence, making services for the mentally ill and their families more accessible will encourage those suffering from mental illness to seek needed care and support. Mental health care is a critical component of our healthcare system and an individual’s overall health status. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in 17 Americans suffers from a seriously debilitating mental illness. I care deeply about mental health care and understand the important role behavioral health services play in the lives of both those who suffer from mental illness and their family and loved ones.

Thank you again for contacting me to share your thoughts on this matter. Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can be of further assistance.

Sincerely,
Maria Cantwell
United States Senator

 
 

Registration for gun felons?

31 Jan

I have mixed feelings about this. A Washington law maker is purposing that individuals with gun convictions be required to register in a database similar to sex offenders.

The bill would require felony gun violators to register into a statewide database twice per year and allow police to perform random house checks.

“One thing we are not addressing is going after the offender. That’s what this bill does,” Hope said.

Hope, who is also a Seattle Police officer, said reducing felons from committing repeat offenses would make a serious dent in gun violence. Also, he says it would be a tool for law enforcement to more easily perform background checks on the street.

On face value it seems ok since these individuals where convicted of a felony thus preventing them from owning firearms anyway. However I don’t like the idea of giant lists maintained by the government and I also know that the sex offender lists are at best not effective and have been used too broadly including against teens who sext and other similar “victimless ” crimes.

To put it in gun terms I am fine with keeping tabs on the guy with an armed robbery conviction. However the guy who got caught with a 12 round magazine in a state with a 10 round limit isn’t a threat. In the society we have today where constructive possession is a real threat I don’t see the benefit of this database.

Full article here.

 

Congress critter contact update

26 Jan

Last night at work I put the numbers of my senators and my congressman in my phone and decided to call each of their offices on my way home. Here are the results.

Rep. Dave Reichert- our office is closed and voicemail is full. I was unable to leave a message.

Senator Patty Murray- left voicemail express my viewpoint.

Senator Maria Cantwell- got a live staff member.

Me: I hope that Senator Cantwell will take the pro-rights position on future gun legislation.

Staff member: So you support more gun regulations.”

Me: Not at all I value my liberty.

Staff Member: I will pass your viewpoint along to the Senator.