Once again our old world kept on a turning and the stars, sun and moon stayed in
their places so here we go again. Each month in these pages, I try very hard to find
and pass on information about your rights, legislation, and the whacky things that
go on around us. Some months I find a lot to pass on and some months not so
much. But there is always something going on that is worthy of note. So let get
It should come as no surprise to anyone that the operations of our governmental
agencies sometimes don’t run as advertises. In particular when it comes to
firearms and enforcement. Case in point the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms, and Explosives. We all remember the debacle that was ‘Fast and
Furious’. This is where the BATFE made an attempt to run a sting to curtail the
trafficking of guns across our boarder in Mexico. The result was that thousands of
guns went south and in at least on case on of them was used to kill a U.S. agent.
Of course the administration turned a blind eye to it wrong doing and hid behind
what was called executive privileges.
Well the U.S. Justice Department has once again issue a report slamming BATFE
for its practices. In this report it points out that federal agents lacked proper
guidance and experience while conducting undercover sting operations that were
aimed at disrupting illegal gun sales in Milwaukee and several other cities. The
BATFE ran storefront sting operations in Milwaukee; Pensacola, Florida; Kansas;
and Boston. The operations were designed to curb illegal gun trafficking by luring
people with illegal weapons into the store where agents could identify them, buy
their guns, and get the weapons off the streets and trace the gun’s history.
According to the report, BATFE established 53 store fronts throughout the country
between 2004 and 2013.
Problems found with the operations included: agents overpaying for guns with
taxpayer monies, guns were stolen from BATFE vehicles, and stores were
burglarized. If one case, agents left behind an operations plan at the store when
they shut it down. The document included undercover agent’s names, vehicle
descriptions, cell phone numbers, and secret signals. Of the persons charged with
trafficking, most were low level offenders and the operation failed to capture any
major criminals. In Boston, agents ran their operation out of a van that traveled
around the city hoping to encounter someone on the street who wanted to sell a
gun. The report also examined whether the five storefronts, including a sixth in
Portland, Oregon, targeted people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
The office found that no evidence that BATFE targeted or used disabled people
because of their disabilities. However, the report did conclude that enforcement
agencies lack policies addressing how to apply federal law prohibiting
discrimination based on disabilities in their operations.
The report offered 13 recommendations, including developing operations
protocols, using experienced agents, tracking firearms quickly, and building a plan
to ensure disability compliance. BATFE Deputy Director Thomas Brandon
promised to concur with all the recommendations. But in a letter, he also stressed
the five operations the report reviewed prevented more than 780 guns from
entering illegal commerce and resulted in charging recommendations against 120
people. (You the reader be the judge if that significant.)
And speaking of gun, and we were, let us look at gun ownership in America. As
expected the number one state for gun ownership is Alaska with 61.7% of adults
owning guns. Coming in second is Arkansas with 57.9%, followed by Idaho with
56.9%. The others above 50 % are West Virginia, Wyoming, and Montana, at
54.2%, 53.8%, and 52.3% respectively. Oregon is at 26.6%. Surprisingly, Texas
has a rate of only 35.7%. The lowest states are Rhode Island and Delaware with
5.8% and 5.2% respectively. The above percentages are based on 2013 figures and
probably have changed a little with the higher guns sales in the last few years. The
guess would be that a higher percentage of adults in all states now own firearms of
The Second Amendment is more popular than ever according to recent polls.
Sixty-five percent of likely voters say that the Second Amendment is important to
their vote, with 47% saying the issue is ‘very important’ according to Rasmussen
Reports. The survey conducted by Rasmussen revealed that the right to keep and
bear arms enjoys more popularity than either major party presidential candidate.
How this will play out in November remains to be seen provided those voters with
gun rights in mind cast their ballots. Second Amendment activists have been
pressing gun owners to vote, and there have been voter registration efforts already
underway. SO THE WORD IS HERE, IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS
VOTE. IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE, GET REGISTERED AND
And this could come as no surprise to anyone – armed citizens who regularly carry
concealed sidearm for personal protections and are licensed to do so are among the
most law-abiding group in the country according to the Crime Prevention Research
Center. There are now more that 14.5 million people who now carry according to
the report issued in July and of that number only a tiny number are involved in
criminal activities. Some states are actually seeing a decline in permit holders as,
like Kansas, it is legal to carry without a permit. Called “Constitutional Carry” this
is something of a new phenomenon with 11 states no longer requiring permits to
carry in all or most of their jurisdictions. According to the report 6.06% of the
adult population is licensed to carry, in ten states more than 10% of the population
is licensed, and Indiana has the highest ranking with 15%. The report also states
that there has not been a decline in training courses and that the demand for classes
remains strong because people want education when they carry.
Let’s conclude with these.
The sign at the veterinary clinic on Cordon Road reads: ‘Don’t worry. Pee
Happy’. (Sounds like good advice).
And more good advice. An old woman walked up and tied her old mule to the
hitching post. As she stood there, brushing some of the dust from her face and
clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a
bottle of whiskey in the other. The young gunslinger looked at the old woman and
laughed, “hey old woman, have you ever danced?” The old woman looked up at
the gunslinger and said, "no, I never did dance… never really wanted to."
A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said "well, you old bag, you’re
gonna dance now," and started shooting at the old woman’s feet. The old woman
prospector — not wanting to get her toe blown off — started hopping around.
Everybody was laughing. When his last bullet had been fired, the young
gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the
The old woman turned to her pack mule, pulled out a double-barrelled shotgun,
and cocked both hammers. The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air,
and the crowd stopped laughing immediately. The young gunslinger heard the
sounds, too, and he turned around very slowly. The silence was almost deafening.
The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old woman and the large
gaping holes of those twin barrels.
The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old woman’s hands, as she quietly
said, “son, have you ever kissed a mule’s back side?” The gunslinger swallowed
hard and said, “no ma’am… but I’ve always wanted to.”
There are five lessons here for all of us:
1 – Never be arrogant.
2 – Don’t waste ammunition.
3 – Whiskey makes you think you’re smarter than you are.
4 – Always make sure you know who has the power.
5 – Don’t mess with old people; they didn’t get old by being stupid.
Well, that is all for now. More maybe next month if the world keeps turning and
the sun doesn’t get too close to the earth. Until then, shoot straight, keep em in the
ten ring, be safe on the range, be vigilant and protective of your freedoms, and God
bless the USA.