It was a magazine column designed to generate a discussion of gun rights.
“Way too many gun owners still seem to believe that any regulation of the right to keep and bear arms is an infringement,” the column said. “The fact is, all constitutional rights are regulated, always have been, all need to be.”
Titled “Let’s Talk Limits,” the column was published in the December issue of Guns & Ammo, the well-known magazine based in Florida, and written by longtime contributing editor Dick Metcalf.
And it enraged readers.
Over the last few days, opposition to Metcalf’s stance reached a boiling point. On Wednesday, the magazine’s editor, Jim Bequette, posted an online letter of apology that addressed Guns & Ammo readers and announced that both he and Metcalf would no longer be working at the magazine.
Although he had been planning to step down Jan. 1, Bequette announced he would resign immediately, hastened by the outcry.
In his apology, Bequette wrote that he had thought the column would “generate a healthy exchange of ideas on gun rights.”
“I miscalculated, pure and simple. I was wrong, and ask for your forgiveness.”
The DC laws on ammunition are clearly designed and used to directly interfere with gun ownership, despite an epic slap down by the Supreme Court.
If you think gun owners are utterly baseless in the perception pf persecution, read the whole article and re-evaluate. This is absolutely unacceptable. It’s not just to treat a spent brass cartridge or a box of ammunition an empty magazine as a gun under the law. Using SWAT for terrifying the family and making a big media splash is truly and excess use of force and power.
The article is quite long. In essence a man who is a hunter and keeps his guns at a relatives residence in Virginia is still considered some kind of major threat to public safety. This is an example of unashamed intimidation by the District Of Columbia and it’s police. Shame on them.
Mark Witaschek, a successful financial adviser with no criminal record, is facing two years in prison for possession of unregistered ammunition after D.C. police raided his house looking for guns. Mr. Witaschek has never had a firearm in the city, but he is being prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The trial starts on Nov. 4.
Police based their search on a charge made by Mr. Witaschek’s estranged wife, who had earlier convinced a court clerk to issue a temporary restraining order against her husband for threatening her with a gun, although a judge later found the charge to be without merit.
Two weeks after the June raid, D.C. police investigators went to his sister’s house — unaccompanied by Virginia police and without a warrant — and asked to “view” the firearms, according to a police report. She refused. The next day, the D.C. police returned to her house with the Arlington County police and served her with a criminal subpoena.
For those who wonder why some gun owners can feel persecuted in certain places. Especially those places that have a history of anti gun laws so egregious and unconstitutional, the Supreme Court overcame a century of reluctance and ruled against them. The very same city that pondered prosecuting a journalist for using an empty magazine to make a point in a television report. A city that did charge a man who saved a child’s life from a violent dog with a gun that had not been locally registered. Whatever you think of guns, you probably understand an empty magazine absent a gun, and an empty brass cartridge is no threat to anyone or anything.
Washington police are operating under orders to arrest tourists and other non-residents traveling with spent bullet or shotgun casings, a crime that carries a $1,000 fine, a year in jail and a criminal record, according to a new book about the city’s confusing gun laws.
“Empty shell casings are considered ammunition in Washington, D.C., so they are illegal to possess unless you are a resident and have a gun registration certificate,” pens Emily Miller in her investigative book, “Emily Gets Her Gun: … But Obama Wants to Take Yours.”
Under the law, live or empty brass and plastic casings must be carried in a special container and unavailable to drivers. Having one, for example, in a cup holder or ash tray is illegal.
She told Secrets that the police are “under orders to arrest tourists or other legal gun owners from out of state who wouldn’t think to empty brass and plastic from their cars or pockets.”
In a battle of crazy conspiracy theorists who think everything is an Illuminati plot, far right — I mean really far right — radio show host Rick Wiles is attacking Alex Jones for helping promote a rally of armed gun owners marching on Washington, DC scheduled for July 4.
Trunews radio host Rick Wiles today denounced the upcoming Open Carry March on Washington scheduled for July 4, 2013. The march is organized by Adam Kokesh. Participants are urged to carry loaded firearms to Washington and walk across the Memorial Bridge in a show of defiance against demands by the Obama Administration to the Congress to pass stricter gun control laws…
“This call for citizens to march with loaded firearms across the Memorial Bridge is highly irresponsible and dangerous,” said Wiles. “No responsible citizen should participate in an event that has a high risk of ending in a violent shootout with federal law enforcement officers. This proposed march borders on being an incitement to instigate an armed mob.”
In the wake of the Newtown massacre in December, lawmakers in nearly every state in the nation have introduced gun legislation, either to strengthen gun controls or push back against them. There has also been a flurry of activity in local jurisdictions. Some of the proposals fall into the category of reasonable policy ideas, while others just seem to fire wildly, in both political directions. Here are 10 of them:
Glocks and gimlets: Allowing guns in bars has become something of a trend lately. A bill introduced in South Carolina would legalize concealed carry in bars and void the current law punishing the same with a fine of up to $2,000 or three years in jail. Gun owners would be required to remain sober, but the prospect of patrons packing heat in places where alcohol and attitudes mix remains worrisome, especially as self-defense laws grow increasingly lax. Another bill awaiting approval from the state senate in Georgia would allow guns in bars and churches.
K-12 teachers packing heat: Never mind that recently armed guards in schools have forgotten their guns in restrooms and fired them by mistake: Lawmakers in at least six states have pushed bills since Newtown to allow K-12 teachers to carry guns. A few school districts around the country already allow teachers to carry them; in early March, South Dakota became the first state to sign into law a bill explicitly giving all its teachers the right to do so.
Just like George Killerman, another blood thirsty asshole from Florida armed himself, got out of his truck, and shot an innocent person:
A man walking his dog was shot in the leg by a disgruntled motorist when the animal lurched into the road, forcing a pickup to stop.
St. Petersburg police are searching for a man who shot Peter Harbachuk, 46, on Friday after his dog got off its leash.
The 4-year-old dog wiggled her way out of the leash and jolted across the road near 88th Avenue North and Seventh Street North, running out in front of a dark pickup truck.
The truck stopped, and a woman got out and yelled at the couple, St. Petersburg police said.
Minutes later, the woman got back in the truck and a man stepped out. He had a gun.
“Some dude hopped out and he pointed a gun toward my head,” Harbachuk said. “I said, ‘Hey. This doesn’t have to go down like this.’”
The man lowered the gun a bit, closed his eyes and squeezed the trigger, he said. He and the woman quickly sped away, and police and paramedics arrived soon after.
Police said the man is 30 to 35 years old, about 5-foot, 10-inches tall, about 200 pounds, clean-shaven and muscular. The woman is 25 to 30 years old, about 5-foot, 5-inches tall, petite and has short, brown hair. [comment: no description of race/skin color is provided]
It’s only a matter of time before the gun fetishists/apologists blame video games, bath salts, Hollywood, Union Thugs, Obama, Benghazi, etc. In the world according to gun fetishists/apologists, gun owners are “law abiding” up to the point where they shoot someone and then they are “crazy”.
All Around Pizza, in Virginia Beach, VA, only employs gun-carrying delivery drivers - and is now offering firearms owners a 15 per cent discount off their food bill.
The idea came to owner Jay Laze after he saw a similar incentive being touted by a Utah frozen yogurt store.
“All they have to do is show me that they’re carrying a weapon or they can show me their concealed weapons permit and they can get the discount”
Aiming to make his business a favorite target (get it?? …”TARGET”!?!!! har har har, Derp) for sharp shooters, he said the plan was a “unique way” to demonstrate his support for the Second Amendment.
“I actually hire delivery drivers that do carry openly.”
I’m sure teatards around the country are now currently placing orders to ‘All Around Pizza’ to show their support for their fellow gunnut/pizza guy. I’m guessing the owner will now make no fewer than 3 appearances on Faux over the next week.
A sane person might argue that the president and his family require special protection because they face threats the rest of us don’t. But the NRA and many of its most fervent supporters don’t see it that way. As far as they’re concerned, all of us are just as threatened as the person in the Oval Office. The fact that you’re an ordinary person and not the leader of the most powerful nation on Earth doesn’t mean you haven’t already been targeted by an al Qaeda death squad or a murderous drug gang, so you’d better be prepared, not just with a gun but with an entire arsenal of military-style weaponry.
But the real threat in the fantasy world some gun owners have spun inside their heads isn’t terrorists. You know the people I’m talking about: the “doomsday preppers,” the angry tea partiers talking about “watering the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants,” the folks who can’t talk about guns for 30 seconds without bringing up Hitler (who, for what it’s worth, didn’t actually disarm the German people, as so many gun advocates believe). What’s important isn’t just that these folks are paranoid, it’s who they’re paranoid about: the United States government.
Take, for one vivid example, James Yeager, the CEO of a Tennessee company called Tactical Response. In response to the prospect of stricter gun laws, he posted a YouTube video saying, “If that happens, it’s gonna spark a civil war, and I’ll be glad to fire the first shot. … I’m not letting my country be ruled by a dictator. I’m not letting anybody take my guns. If it goes one inch further, I’m gonna start killing people.”
Massachusetts can require gun owners to either lock their firearms or render them inoperable to unauthorized users, the state’s high court ruled.
John McGowan was charged with violating the gun storage ban in October 2008. He had an argument with his female roommate over $10. She grabbed his loaded Smith and Wesson .40-caliber semiautomatic handgun and threw it into the neighbors’ bushes.
When McGowan left the house to retrieve the gun, his roommate locked him out. He called the police, who ended up arresting him on a charge of violating the gun-storage law.
McGowan challenged the constitutionality of the law, and the motion judge referred the case to the Massachusetts Court of Appeals. The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts then took the case over and upheld the law Tuesday.
“Even though the obligation to secure a firearm in [the law] applies only where the gun owner chooses not to carry a firearm or keep it under his immediate control, the defendant suggests that the brief period of delay needed to unlock a secure storage container or trigger lock suffices to render this requirement in violation of the Second Amendment’s right to self-defense in the home,” Justice Ralph Gants wrote for the seven-member panel. “We disagree.”
More: Courthouse News Service
I AM a New England liberal, born and bred. I have lived most of my life in the Northeast — Boston, New York and Philadelphia — and my politics are devoutly Democratic. In three decades, I have voted for a Republican exactly once, holding my nose, in a mayoral election in which the Democratic candidate seemed mentally unbalanced.
I am also a Texas resident and a gun owner.
I can relate to this op-ed quite well. Not all gun owners are conservative. Not all gun owners are nuts. Not all gun owners keep our guns in the closet. And so on.
Point out the nuts and laugh, but please use an appropriately sized brush when you paint them…