Friday, 7 November 2008
|1021 - One bit of preparation for a leftist government|
One thing I'm absolutely certain of: the incoming Federal government will do its dead level best to gut the Second Amendment. In particular, I see a revival of the ugly gun ban as one of the first items on the agenda.
I've just placed an order for 10 30-round magazines for the AR-15 rifle. I'm also going to build up at least one, and maybe two, AR-15s themselves. If I get it done before Congress revives the ugly gun ban, I'll have weapons I can legally own, even after the ban passes.
To those of you reading this who came here looking for geeky stuff, I'll point out that you can geek out over guns just as much as you can over computers or anything else. They're interesting machines, and there are details that need to be right in order for the gun to function well, accurately, and reliably. (Yes, I've said in the past that making a gun is extraordinarily simple, and I stand behind that; it's the difference between "works" and "works well" that's important here, as it is in lots of other fields.)
I plan to use all of the features I can that piss off the gun grabbers: bayonet lugs, flash hiders, bipods, pistol grips, and so on. My goal is a weapon usable in combat, with the features that make that use both practical and optimal. The antis won't like that. Too damned bad.
current mood: determined
Although it's a pain in the ass in Jersey to get a gun...I'm seriously considering it. (Or, at least, some ammo...before the State makes it illegal to sell it.)
Not only do I know that it's possible to "geek out over guns" (and I would definitely call you a "gun geek" from what I know) - as I consider myself a "geek of all trades", and can confidently say that you can be a geek on damn well anything if you're passionate for the topic and know your stuff about it; but I also fully well understand all the intricacies of the machine, that they're actually quite complicated, and are complex machines. You may not know this about me (and may be quite surprised to learn this, considering I'm a "leftist, liberal pinko" and all :) ) but I was in the Canadian Armed Forces for a while (have been out since 1997 I think) and had to train on the weapons they assigned us (C-7s, yes I can hear you chuckling from here, but keep in mind this is Canada, we're not exactly a military superpower) - I had to take my weapons test *five times* because I kept failing it, not spectacularly, but I'd forget one little thing or another and that'd make me fail the test (the pass level on this test is, as you might imagine, extremely high), reminding me all too well that it is an intricate machine and you have to make sure you know all her parts and in which order to push her buttons (was good prep for marriage) until she can do things for you.
And this is coming from someone who is decidedly less of a gun fan than you! (I wouldn't say I'm anti-gun at all, nor would I want to see something like the Second Amendment here in Canada, at least not as how it's worded now, but I'm not nearly as enthusiastic about them as you are :) )
How about this wording:
The right of the people to keep and bear arms for self-defense and defense of the homeland shall never be infringed, limited, rescinded, interfered with, or prohibited by any decree of law, decision by court, or policy by executive branch or any of its agencies.
Ohhh - toys!
Looks like you're not alone