Louisiana Legislators Make Strong Stance In Defense Of Second Amendment

H/T Bearing Arms.

Louisiana Legislators are making their state more Second Amendment friendly.

Louisiana has a lot of guns. They also have a lot of homicides, unfortunately.

These two facts aren’t necessarily related, but anti-gunners routinely conflate them as if correlation automatically equals causation. Still, it’s brought up by Louisianan anti-gunners as evidence that more gun control is needed in the state.

Luckily, lawmakers aren’t buying it. Instead, they’re heading in another direction.

The Louisiana House on Tuesday passed proposals that would expand the state’s reach over local regulation of gun control and boost existing “stand your ground” laws, indicating a momentum of gun legislation in the state.

The House voted 68-30 to support a bill by Rep. Blake Miguez, R-Erath, which would eliminate the authority of local governments to prohibit the possession of firearms in certain businesses and public buildings.

On the House floor, Miguez contended that the current law is “a patchwork of regulations [that] confuse those trying to follow the law.” Gun law should be consistent around the state, he added.

“A good guy with a gun always stops a bad guy with a gun,” Miguez said.

Indeed.

If there’s a pro-gun criticism to be made, it’s that the new law doesn’t go far enough. While it does bar local governments from creating new gun-free zones, it stops well short of preemption of local laws. For example, there’s still a mandatory reporting law in New Orleans. That’s something that can trip up a recently arrived resident of the Big Easy.

The flip side is for folks like me to remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day. These draconian anti-gun laws didn’t spring up overnight. It’ll take time to remove them all.

Further, some people are uncomfortable with what has been done. Doing more might well have jeopardized the effort completely. Once these new laws are in place–assuming it passes in the Senate–and the homicide rate does anything short of increasing, it’ll be far easier to pass additional repeals of draconian gun control regulations or outright preemption.

That’s clearly what’s motivating this effort. The truth is, no amount of money being spent on law enforcement will combat a high homicide rate, but what will is empowering ordinary citizens to act in both their own self-defense and in defense of others. Bolstering the state’s Stand Your Ground law is another good thing being accomplished here.

Louisiana residents have a right to want safety. The problem is that the government can’t provide it. They’ve tried for decades and failed. Now, it’s time for the government to get the hell out of the way and empower the citizens to take care of themselves. That’s likely to be far more effective.

Bad guys know to avoid police uniforms. It’s harder to avoid ordinary citizens who are bound and determined to be neither a victim nor a statistic. They’re willing to fight rather than capitulate to the demands of a thug. Empower that and the criminals can’t account for it. They’ll start reevaluating their life choices…assuming they aren’t the types that have to learn the hard way.

Uh Oh: Trump Responds To Judge That Blocked Border Wall Funding

H/T Town Hall.

Hopefully, this Obama appointed judge’s ruling gets overturned on appeal.

We need to have the border wall to be built as we need a secure border.

Federal Judge Haywood Gilliam of the Northern District of California on Friday night blocked President Donald Trump’s move to tap the Department of Defense’s budget to build the border wall along the southern border, CNN reported. According to the Obama appointee, Trump is unable to make the move without Congressional approval.

“The position that when Congress declines the Executive’s request to appropriate funds, the Executive nonetheless may simply find a way to spend those funds ‘without Congress’ does not square with fundamental separation of powers principles dating back to the earliest days of our Republic,” Gilliam wrote in his 56-page opinion.

“Congress’s “absolute” control over federal expenditures—even when that control may frustrate the desires of the Executive Branch regarding initiatives it views as important—is not a bug in our constitutional system. It is a feature of that system, and an essential one,” he said.

The lawsuit was brought about by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on behalf of the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition.

President Trump took to Twitter to slam the judge, saying his administration plans to appeal the decision.

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@realDonaldTrump

Another activist Obama appointed judge has just ruled against us on a section of the Southern Wall that is already under construction. This is a ruling against Border Security and in favor of crime, drugs and human trafficking. We are asking for an expedited appeal!

41.3K people are talking about this

The decision comes after Trump declared a national emergency in February. The goal was to obtain funding for a border wall since Congress refused to provide the president and his team with adequate funding.

CONFIRMED: Two Airports Now Under Federal Investigation After BANNING Chick-Fil-A [Details]

H/T Flag And Cross.

My hope is that both of these airports are forced to let Chick-Fil-A open in them.

And boom goes the dynamite…

It’s okay to discriminate against certain Americans…

…as long as those certain Americans have any ties whatsoever to conservatism.

Take Chick-Fil-A, for example. An executive comes out in favor of the biblical definition of marriage and the left has a conniption.

Lefties have gone as far as banning the popular chicken joint from airports.

Not so fast, says the FAA.

From Daily Mail:

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has launched an investigation into two airports over complaints of religious discrimination after Chick-Fil-A was banned from the premises for over the company’s controversial LGBTQ+ views.

FFA officials are now working to determine whether the San Antonio and Buffalo Niagara International airports acted in a discriminatory way towards the Southern Baptist influenced fast-food chain.

‘The Department of Transportation has received complaints alleging discrimination by two airport operators against a private company due to the expression of the owner’s religious beliefs,’ the FAA said in a statement.

According to the agency, airports that are funded federally are forbidden from discriminating on the basis of religion.

Radical Congressional Democrats, the mainstream media and Hollywood are all winning.

They’ve been pushing for a non-Christian America for quite some time.

Now, they are seeing results.

Apparently, the largest “religion” in the United States is now “none” – or, atheism.

Yes, for real.

Think about that for a second.

From Daily Wire:

For the first time in history, atheists constitute the largest religious group in America. According to the General Social Survey, the number of Americans who have no religion has increased 266% over the past three decades and now account for 23.1% of the population, just barely edging out Catholics and Evangelicals as the nation’s dominant faith. Mainline Protestant churches have suffered the greatest collapse, declining 62.5% since 1982 and now comprising just 10.8% of the U.S. population.

There are some stories that just make you facepalm.

Smith & Wesson’s New Departure Safety Hammerless: A Gun Ahead of its Time

H/T AmmoLand.

A look at a historical firearm.

Smith & Wesson's New Departure Safety Hammerless: A Gun Ahead of its Time
Smith & Wesson’s New Departure Safety Hammerless: A Gun Ahead of its Time

U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- There have been some handguns over time that have been considered legendary by their design, the Colt Single Action Army, the 1911 Government Model, the Glock, and then there are those that have come and gone without much notice even though they were innovative and ahead of their time. One such gun was the Smith & Wesson New Departure Safety Hammerless revolver.

One has to trace the Smith & Wesson’s New Departure line of revolvers back almost to their first design, the Number 1, which was the first cartridge firing revolver. While Colt was still building their black powder guns like the 1860 Army and looking ahead to when the patent on the bored through a cylinder, held by Smith & Wesson, that company was taking advantage of the patent. The Number 1 which was only in .22 and somewhat underpowered for a personal defense gun still proved to be very popular. One of the features was that to unload the revolver the barrel tipped up from the frame exposing the cylinder and allowing the empty cartridges to be dumped out although by hand.

Breaking open the revolver cleanly ejects the empty casings.

Once Colt was able to make use of the bored through cylinder design the legendary Single Action Army was unveiled and started being produced which became the standard for the next few decades. Smith & Wesson though stuck with the design of having a revolver that could break open to load and unload, and with the Number 3 Schofield, they reached their high water mark. It was chambered in a powerful cartridge, the .45 Schofield and to someone on horseback or in combat, the ability to quickly eject the empty cases and load new rounds over having to do this one at a time as with the Single Action Army was a huge advantage. The only drawback was, of course, the ammunition, having two cartridges of different sizes issued to troops that could only work in one of the revolvers, the Colt, pretty much sealed the fate of the Schofield in the hands of the US Army. The .45 Colt was too long to fit in the cylinder of the Schofield, but the shorter length of the .45 Schofield meant it could still be used in the Single Action Army, much like a .38 Special in a .357 Magnum revolver.

Smith & Wesson did not abandon the design, instead, they moved into an entirely different market, smaller more concealable revolvers. While the Colt Single Action Army was a wonderful gun, it is large and not the easiest gun to put in a vest or trouser pocket. Smith & Wesson also went in the direction of a double action revolver meaning that the shooter didn’t have to rely strictly on single action guns that would be slower to fire when the need arose.

The first Smith & Wesson Double Action revolver was introduced in 1880 in both .32 and .38 S & W cartridges. These were five shot guns available in a variety of barrel lengths and either nickel or blued finish. They were double action but had an exposed hammer so it could be fired single action as well. They were small, fairly compact guns, especially compared to the larger guns out there like the Single Action Army but weren’t tiny derringers that only fired one or two rounds, usually of a tiny caliber rimfire round. They were a huge hit, especially in the east or where a man was more likely to be wearing clothing that made carrying a gun more discreet.

Smith & Wesson's New Departure Safety Hammerless
Smith & Wesson’s New Departure Safety Hammerless

The success of the Double Action model led to some very innovative chances being taken by Smith & Wesson, which in 1887 led to the New Departure being introduced. Smith & Wesson, even at that time, realized the benefit of having a double action only revolver for concealed carry. There is no hammer to snag on clothing when trying to pull it from a pocket, and under stress not having a hammer to thumb back or in the way is one less thing that can go wrong.

In addition to the fact the New Departure model, also known with the moniker of Safety Hammerless, had with being double action only, was that Smith & Wesson also added a checkered safety that runs nearly the entire length of the revolver’s grip. The safety had to be depressed in order for the trigger to be pulled and was considered almost revolutionary for the time. Like the Double Action model before, the Safety Hammerless dubbed the “Lemon Squeezer” was chambered in both .32 & .38 S & W cartridges and still held five rounds.

The Safety Hammerless’ key feature was the checkered grip safety that ran the length of the grip.

I picked up a .38 S & W version of the Safety Hammerless recently, and I was shocked at how good the double action worked and really how smooth it operated. The serial number puts the gun as having been made sometime around 1907, so to have a gun that is 112 years operate so well is even more astounding.

Ammunition for .38 S & W guns is not that easy to come by, a few makers do offer it but it is not something that is going to be found at your local big box store. I found a box of new 146 grain lead round nose Remington ammo, which has a listed muzzle velocity of 685 fps which is certainly no barn burner, it’s even about a hundred feet per second slower than the slowest .38 Special round. Still, one has to consider, when these guns were being carried, there was no .38 Special, at least at first, and no 9mm, .380, or any of the other popular pistol cartridges.

I set up a couple of targets and first tried shooting a cylinder full at 10 yards. The front sight on the little Smith & Wesson is about the same thickness as a dime and the notch for the rear sight which is on the latch that is on top of the takedown is about the narrowest I have ever seen on a gun that I can recall. Recoil in .38 S & W is pretty much non-existent even in a small gun like this. It’s not hard to see why these revolvers were so popular, the action is smooth and it groups as any gun even made today.

The front sight of the Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless was very fine.
The narrow rear sight was integrated into the takedown latch.

I put up another target, this time at 15 yards and the results were the same, although the Smith & Wesson seems to shoot a bit left. I found that was a bit more apparent when I set up a silhouette target at 7 yards and shot a cylinder full fairly rapidly. . With a bit of practice and a bit more time getting used to the trigger pull of the Smith & Wesson I’m sure the group size couple be improved on, but I doubt there were a lot of people practicing as we do now in 1907.

I put up another target, this time at 15 yards and the results were the same, although the Smith & Wesson seems to shoot a bit left.
I put up another target, this time at 15 yards and the results were the same, although the Smith & Wesson seems to shoot a bit left.
The Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless was ahead of its time when it was designed.
The Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless was ahead of its time when it was designed.

The Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless was ahead of its time when it was designed. It was made for the sole purpose of self-defense and concealability. It’s hard to imagine that a company was working on that problem only a couple of decades since cartridge revolvers had been introduced.

The fact that the Safety Hammerless was made for so long was a testament to its popularity even after newer, more advanced handguns were introduced. Some 260,000 of these revolvers in both .32 and .38 S & W were made until 1940 when the guns were discontinued, not because they weren’t selling, but because the factory was gearing up for wartime production. Following the war, the Safety Hammerless was considered old fashioned and out of date and the line was allowed to fade into history.

There was also a slew of companies that copied the premise of the Safety Hammerless and pocket break open revolvers that were not quite up to the standards of the Smith & Wesson but were made for decades. Iver Johnson, Harrington & Richardson and others made copies of the Smith & Revolvers well into the 1940s.
For the collector and shooter these guns are still very affordable and are a downright joy to shoot. Having a Safety Hammerless shows where Smith & Wesson’s start in smaller compact revolvers, something that they continue to do so well today, began all those years ago.

 

 

 

 

Federal Judge Block President’s Border Wall in Stunning Decision

H/T Flag And Cross.

This does not surprise me as U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr was appointed by Bathhouse Barry Obama.

Donald Trump will NOT be happy.

From the very moment that Donald Trump stepped onto the political scene in America, the southern border was on the top of his list of priorities.

Trump has long recognized that our immigration system is broken, and his hopes to build a “big, beautiful” wall on the southern border show that.  Of course, the democrats have insisted that this physical barrier is unnecessary and possibly even racist, in a bit of resistance rhetoric that flies directly in the face of their own previous views on the matter.

The President insists that the border wall will help funnel would-be asylum seekers and immigrants to safer, legal access to America, eliminating the dangerous, cross-desert journey that many face.

A federal judge today has thrown another wrench in the gears of the President’s plan today, however.

A federal judge in California has blocked President Donald Trump from building sections of his long-sought border wall with money secured under his declaration of a national emergency.

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. on Friday immediately halted the administration’s efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border.

His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas.

The fight over border wall funding could easily find its way to the Supreme Court, given how adamant the administration has been regarding the subject.

Two Men Die After Trying To Jump An Open Drawbridge In Their Car

H/T The Daily Wire.

Two of the latest Darwin Award Winners  23-year-old Alejandro Cazares of McAllen, TX and 32-year-old Roberto Alejandro Moreno of Edinburg, TX.

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The “Dukes of Hazzard,” they were not.

MEMORIAL DAY 2019

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Luxembourg American Cemetery

Just a Common Soldier (A Soldier Died Today)

by A. Lawrence Vaincourt

He was getting old and paunchy and his hair was falling fast,
And he sat around the Legion, telling stories of the past.
Of a war that he had fought in and the deeds that he had done,
In his exploits with his buddies; they were heroes, every one.

And tho’ sometimes, to his neighbors, his tales became a joke,
All his Legion buddies listened, for they knew whereof he spoke.
But we’ll hear his tales no longer for old Bill has passed away,
And the world’s a little poorer, for a soldier died today.

He will not be mourned by many, just his children and his wife,

Michael, my son.

For he lived an ordinary and quite uneventful life.
Held a job and raised a family, quietly going his own way,
And the world…

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Memorial Day weekend…

H/T Old NFO@Nobody Asked Me.

‘In Flanders Fields’ is a poem that was written in 1915 by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to honor a soldier friend of his, Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, who had been killed in battle. The poem was also the inspiration for the use of the poppy to honor and remember those who have died in war, which, after all, is the true meaning of Memorial Day.

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky the Larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead. Short days ago we lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders Field.
Take up our quarrel with the foe: To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders Field.

LTC McCrae died in 1918 in France. There were several poems that were penned by individuals in honor of McCrae’s poem. One was titled ‘America’s Answer’ by R. W. Lillard.

America’s Answer

Rest in peace, ye Flanders dead. The fight that you so bravely led
We’ve taken up. And we will keep true faith with you who lie asleep
With each a cross to mark his bed, and poppies blowing overhead,
When once his own life-blood ran red. So let your rest be sweet and deep
In Flanders Fields.
Fear not that ye have died for naught; the torch ye threw to us we caught,
Ten million hands will hold it high, and freedom’s light shall never die!
We’ve learned the lesson that ye taught
In Flanders Field

The poppies ended up growing in the now named Poppy Valley at Gallipoli too…

James A. Garfield’s Decoration Day Speech, May 30, 1868

H/T The Blog Of James A Garfield National Historic Site.

On May 30, 1868, a crowd of more than 5,000 gathered at Arlington National Cemetery for the first Decoration Day (now known as Memorial Day) exercises. Before strewing flowers upon the graves of the dead, the crowd listened to an address by James Abram Garfield (1831–81), then an Ohio congressman who had served as a Union major general during the Civil War. In this first of such annual addresses at Arlington National Cemetery and across the nation, Garfield set a standard by explaining what Decoration Day is all about and why it should be commemorated.  Garfield was elected the twentieth President of the United States in 1880.  He served just four months in office before being shot by an assassin on July 2, 1881.  He lingered for the next 80 days, dying at age 49 on September 19, 1881.

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James A. Garfield during the Civil War. Garfield had no military experience prior to being commissioned a Lieutenant Colonel of Volunteers in August 1861. He taught himself military strategy and tactics by reading army textbooks and histories of the Napoleonic campaigns. When he left the army at the end of 1863 to go to Congress, he had risen to the rank of Major General. (Library of Congress)

I am oppressed with a sense of the impropriety of uttering words on this occasion. If silence is ever golden, it must be here beside the graves of fifteen thousand men, whose lives were more significant than speech, and whose death was a poem, the music of which can never be sung. With words we make promises, plight faith, praise virtue. Promises may not be kept; plighted faith may be broken; and vaunted virtue be only the cunning mask of vice. We do not know one promise these men made, one pledge they gave, one word they spoke; but we do know they summed up and perfected, by one supreme act, the highest virtues of men and citizens. For love of country they accepted death, and thus resolved all doubts, and made immortal their patriotism and their virtue. For the noblest man that lives, there still remains a conflict. He must still withstand the assaults of time and fortune, must still be assailed with temptations, before which lofty natures have fallen; but with these the conflict ended, the victory was won, when death stamped on them the great seal of heroic character, and closed a record which years can never blot.

I know of nothing more appropriate on this occasion than to inquire what brought these men here; what high motive led them to condense life into an hour, and to crown that hour by joyfully welcoming death? Let us consider.

Eight years ago this was the most unwarlike nation of the earth. For nearly fifty years1no spot in any of these states had been the scene of battle. Thirty millions of people had an army of less than ten thousand men. The faith of our people in the stability and permanence of their institutions was like their faith in the eternal course of nature. Peace, liberty, and personal security were blessings as common and universal as sunshine and showers and fruitful seasons; and all sprang from a single source, the old American principle that all owe due submission and obedience to the lawfully expressed will of the majority. This is not one of the doctrines of our political system—it is the system itself. It is our political firmament, in which all other truths are set, as stars in Heaven. It is the encasing air, the breath of the Nation’s life. Against this principle the whole weight of the rebellion was thrown. Its overthrow would have brought such ruin as might follow in the physical universe, if the power of gravitation were destroyed and

“Nature’s concord broke,
Among the constellations war were sprung,
Two planets, rushing from aspect malign
Of fiercest opposition, in mid-sky
Should combat, and their jarring spheres confound.”

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Decoration Day in Arlington National Cemetery, May 30, 1868. This was the first national Decoration Day event and was organized by the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), the largest and most influential Union veterans’ organization. Congressman James A. Garfield delivered his keynote address from this speakers’ rostrum. (Library of Congress)

The Nation was summoned to arms by every high motive which can inspire men. Two centuries of freedom had made its people unfit for despotism. They must save their Government or miserably perish.

As a flash of lightning in a midnight tempest reveals the abysmal horrors of the sea, so did the flash of the first gun disclose the awful abyss into which rebellion was ready to plunge us. In a moment the fire was lighted in twenty million hearts. In a moment we were the most warlike Nation on the earth. In a moment we were not merely a people with an army—we were a people in arms. The Nation was in column—not all at the front, but all in the array.

I love to believe that no heroic sacrifice is ever lost; that the characters of men are molded and inspired by what their fathers have done; that treasured up in American souls are all the unconscious influences of the great deeds of the Anglo-Saxon race, from Agincourt to Bunker Hill. It was such an influence that led a young Greek, two thousand years ago, when musing on the battle of Marathon, to exclaim, “the trophies of Miltiades will not let me sleep!” Could these men be silent in 1861; these, whose ancestors had felt the inspiration of battle on every field where civilization had fought in the last thousand years? Read their answer in this green turf. Each for himself gathered up the cherished purposes of life—its aims and ambitions, its dearest affections—and flung all, with life itself, into the scale of battle.

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James A. Garfield as he appeared around the time of his successful 1880 presidential campaign. (Library of Congress)

And now consider this silent assembly of the dead. What does it represent? Nay, rather, what does it not represent? It is an epitome of the war. Here are sheaves reaped in the harvest of death, from every battlefield of Virginia. If each grave had a voice to tell us what its silent tenant last saw and heard on earth, we might stand, with uncovered heads, and hear the whole story of the war. We should hear that one perished when the first great drops of the crimson shower began to fall, when the darkness of that first disaster at Manassas fell like an eclipse on the Nation; that another died of disease while wearily waiting for winter to end; that this one fell on the field, in sight of the spires of Richmond, little dreaming that the flag must be carried through three more years of blood before it should be planted in that citadel of treason; and that one fell when the tide of war had swept us back till the roar of rebel guns shook the dome of yonder Capitol, and re-echoed in the chambers of the Executive Mansion. We should hear mingled voices from the Rappahannock, the Rapidan, the Chickahominy, and the James; solemn voices from the Wilderness, and triumphant shouts from the Shenandoah, from Petersburg, and the Five Forks, mingled with the wild acclaim of victory and the sweet chorus of returning peace. The voices of these dead will forever fill the land like holy benedictions.

What other spot so fitting for their last resting place as this under the shadow of the Capitol saved by their valor? Here, where the grim edge of battle joined; here, where all the hope and fear and agony of their country centered; here let them rest, asleep on the Nation’s heart, entombed in the Nation’s love!

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By the late nineteenth/early twentieth century, “Decoration Day” was more commonly known as “Memorial Day.” But it all began on May 30, 1868 with James Garfield’s speech in Arlington National Cemetery. This image from 100 years ago-May 30, 1917-was published as American troops were preparing to enter World War I. (Library of Congress)

Hither our children’s children shall come to pay their tribute of grateful homage. For this are we met to-day. By the happy suggestion of a great society, assemblies like this are gathering at this hour in every State in the Union. Thousands of soldiers are to-day turning aside in the march of life to visit the silent encampments of dead comrades who once fought by their side. From many thousand homes, whose light was put out when a soldier fell, there go forth to-day to join these solemn processions loving kindred and friends, from whose heart the shadow of grief will never be lifted till the light of the eternal world dawns upon them. And here are children, little children, to whom the war left no father but the Father above. By the most sacred right, theirs is the chief place to-day. They come with garlands to crown their victor fathers. I will delay the coronation no longer.