Archive for the 'second amendment' Category

Dumping Norton Antivirus

norton.pngOur subscription for Norton (Symantec) Antivirus Protection will expire in 30 days or so. Today, I saw a charge on our credit card initiated by Norton for automatic renewal of our antivirus protection package.

We have been Norton customers forever, but due to their recent rejection of the NRA, we previously decided to seek internet cyber-protection elsewhere. Besides, the renewal rate was twice what we paid for it the last time we renewed.

I got on their website with my sign-in credentials and requested a refund of the credit card charge. Of course, it wasn’t going to be that simple. They required me to engage in a “chat” with one of their operatives to process the request.

Follows an excerpt of the chat:

Rahul: May I ask why you would like a refund of your Norton product?
Minstrel: I no longer wish to do business with Norton.
Rahul: Could you please tell me the issue. So that I can solve that. We do not want to lose customers like you.
Minstrel: Norton cut its ties with the National Rifle Association (NRA) of which I am a member. I will not do business with anyone who is against my right to self defense.
Rahul: I am sorry for the hassle caused to you. We are still in discussion with NRA team, so if you want to continue, you can still continue with Norton. I can definitely refund your order; however, if you like I can also offer you a 50% refund of the automatic renewal price, and you can continue to use your Norton Product for the next year. Is this something you might be interested in?
Minstrel: No I want to immediately discontinue my subscription.

The bottom line is that they will still charge my credit card for the automatic renewal but will issue a refund for the charge in 7-10 days. Good riddance to bad garbage.

We still have some other issues to resolve with companies that have shown their anti-2A bias. Again, I won’t hesitate to let them know why they are losing our business. I hope y’all are doing the same.

Who, other than Norton, provides good internet security for our Windows 7 and 10 machines? Any suggestions will be helpful.

Back in Free America

California/Nevada State Line

After nearly a month in the PRK*, we’re finally back in the Free American state of Nevada. We won’t miss the crazy traffic, rude people and air pollution a bit. We purposely planned the route to get us out of there on the first day of travel.

Once we’re out of that bastion of liberalism, we open up the safe in the RV’s closet and re-arm ourselves. The unconstitutionality doesn’t end at the border, however, because we believe that Nevada and most other states with a permitting process to “allow” carrying a weapon are infringing the RKBA. Nevada, unlike Arizona and ten other states, does not have Constitutional Carry. We are “fortunate” inasmuch as Nevada “recognizes” our Arizona Permit.

With the exception of PRK, we avoid going to places that do not offer reciprocity with Arizona or Utah, the two states where we have valid permits. The ONLY reason we ever go to PRK is to be with family and friends that we cannot persuade to leave that damned/doomed place.

*People’s Republik of Kalifornistan

Another Knee-Jerk Reaction Aimed at Disarming Us

bump.jpg

Image - the notorious BUMP STOCK!

Feinstein and her 38 co-sponsors of S.1916 Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act, know that this proposed regulation would do nothing to prevent criminal acts. Their long-term goal is not to enact this silly legislation, but rather to get their foot in the door for additional regulation and who knows what.

By her own admission, Feinstein knows that no law would have prevented the Las Vegas tragedy. Her sinister long term goal is to just have us law-abiding folks “turn them in.”

Arizona Citizens Defense League has made it real easy for us to contact our congress critters, no matter in which jurisdiction you may live.

A pre-written letter has been prepared for you to send to your Senators and your Congressman in our Legislative Action Center. You may send it as is or edit it as you see fit. It only takes a few mouse-clicks to make a big difference. Don’t wait, contact them right away! You know those who want to disarm you are not hesitating. This letter can be sent by anyone from any state. Please share this with your family and friends.

The link is here. Just do it. It took me less than thirty seconds to send out to both senators and my representative in congress. Congress will be looking at the volume of support. You can rely on the fact that the other side is bombarding them with their anti-gun nonsense.

Landmark in Iowa

Brownells

As the big RV lumbered down I-80 westbound passing Grinnell, Iowa, The Better Half took this clickable image of the main headquarters of The World’s Largest Supplier of gun parts and accessories. We have been customers of this place in the past and probably will be in the future.

The building in the image above is largely truncated. It actually extends about five times the width seen in the photo. It would be difficult to capture the whole building with a standard lens since it is so close to the highway.

Just a note about the “fly-over” country we have seen on our trip regarding firearms: there are plenty of gun stores and places to buy ammo and shooting supplies. There is a lot of hunting in these areas and, no doubt, low crime rates because of the availability of defensive weaponry.

The Proliferation of CCW Reduces Crime

nssf.png

The National Shooting Sports Foundation published an article which shows the positive effect on crime rates when and where law-abiding people carry sidearms. The NSSF liberally quoted from a paper written by John Lott on the subject of permit holders.

Here are a couple of key paragraphs from the NSSF article:

Today, there are more than 16.3 million concealed carry permit holders nationwide. A record 1.83 million permits have been issued in the last year alone. John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center reports that 6.5 percent of adults have a concealed carry permit. But because 14 states do not require a permit, having recognized a constitutional right to carry in all or part of their states that figure under-counts the number of Americans choosing to carry a firearm for self-defense.

. . .

The data show that individuals who hold concealed carry permits are more law-abiding than the general population. In fact, Lott cites data from Texas and Florida that show permit holders commit crimes at even lower percentages than police officers. This makes sense because citizens must go through an often demanding process to qualify for a permit to carry concealed. Criminals who misuse guns are not going to put themselves through that process.

In the second paragraph above, it is interesting to note that, as a group, CCW holders are MORE law-abiding than law enforcement as a group. One of my daily stops is to read posts at The War on Guns where David regularly takes the “only ones” to task for their misdeeds.

Just a note about issuing ‘permits’ to carry guns - when the Founders wrote the Second Amendment to the Constitution, the language is quite clear that they were not allowing citizens to be armed, but rather that the God-given and natural right to defense was to be hands-off guns on the part of government. It is sad to see so many who view 2A as a permit to carry when it is actually a statement relative to the security of a free country by virtue of its citizens to be armed. Requiring a permit to carry (or to disallow it altogether) is an infringement.

Enjoying the Spa in the Summertime

Being Prepared

During the Summer Months, The Better Half and I keep the spa at temperatures in the mid-eighties to ninety degrees F. That is plenty cool enough to contrast with our normal daytime temperatures of 100 degrees plus. Once in the spa, the water cools us right down.

Prior to getting in, we go through our Spa Checklist:

  • Towels for drying when getting out - check
  • Drinking water - check
  • Water temperature/level OK - check
  • Spa jets activated - check
  • Personal defense accounted for - check

We aren’t terribly remote from civilization, but our lot size is the better part of an acre isolated on three sides by hilly, natural desert. If some danger were to present itself in the two-legged form, it would likely have to enter via the driveway which encircles the house. If something like that sort of threat were to occur while we’re in the spa, we want to ensure our personal protection by providing for that ourselves, thus the loaded Glock 30 (Fat Man) next to the spa.

The day I took this photo, the temperature on the patio was 105° in the shade and the water temperature was 87° in the spa. TBH and I had an enjoyable fifteen or twenty minute dip in the spa. Clickable image.

AZCDL and H.R. 38 (National Reciprocity)

acdllogo.jpgOver the weekend, The Arizona Citizen’s Defense League issued the following regarding H.R. 38, the House’s Bill, The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017:

A major pro-rights federal firearms bill filed this session is H.R. 38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017. It was introduced on January 3 by Republican Representative Richard Hudson of North Carolina. H.R. 38 has 205 co-sponsors, including Arizona Representatives Trent Franks (R-AZ-8), Paul Gosar (R-AZ-4), Martha McSally (R-AZ-2), Andy Biggs (R-AZ-5) and David Schweikert (R-AZ-6). It has been assigned to the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.

As written, if H.R. 38 becomes law it would require any state that allows people to carry concealed firearms to recognize permits issued by other states or allow a person to carry without a permit if they are “entitled to carry a concealed firearm in the State in which the person resides…” (i.e., Constitutional Carry). Where you would be able to carry when visiting other states is still subject to their laws.

If H.R. 38 becomes law it appears that, as a resident of Arizona, you would be able to carry in any state that allows concealed carry, with or without a CCW permit, since Arizona issues permits and is also a Constitutional Carry state.

H.R. 38 contains provisions that place the burden of proof on each state to show that a person discreetly carrying a firearm did not comply with their laws. It also provides for the award of attorney’s fees and damages to victorious plaintiffs. However, the proposed federal law does not prevent you from being arrested in states that refuse to recognize your right to carry. It only means that, if you can get your case to federal court, the law is more apt to be on your side.

A final caveat about H.R. 38, or any similar bill, is that once national reciprocity is covered by federal law, future congresses could potentially amend it with virtually insurmountable permit issuance requirements in order for a state to qualify for reciprocity under federal law.

As written, and without modifications, AzCDL supports H.R. 38.

In case you haven’t signed the White House Petition urging President Trump to follow through with his promise to push this legislation, you may do so at the following link:

 

« Previous entries