The Bidens Are Irreparably Corrupt

The O.K. Corral

Hunter Biden, the dullard, drug-using, stripper-banging son of Democrat Presidential nominee Joe Biden was given Secret Service protection on hundreds of junkets around the country, and the world.

The son of the former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee in waiting used Secret Service protection on at least 411 international and domestic trips during the Obama years, according to records released this month under the Freedom of Information Act to the conservative watchdog Judicial Watch.

The records show Hunter Biden made at least 29 international trips between January 2009 and July 2014 and hundreds more criss-crossing the United States.

Most of the trips were likely to China and Ukraine. How else was Hunter going to explain his multi-million dollar do-nothing job?

While it is normal for the Secret Service to provide family members of a president and vice president with security details, Hunter Biden’s security logs stand out for…

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A Friend Asks For Cards To Make Veteran’s Birthday Special

H/T War History OnLine.

We need to make this birthday real special for Vincent Corsini.

Courtesy of The Greatest Generation Foundation
Courtesy of The Greatest Generation Foundation

D-Day veteran Mr Vincent Corsini (ICo/116th/29ID) will be celebrating his 96th birthday this July 4th (coincidentally).

His wife, unfortunately, has been hospitalized since early January and due to COVID-19 he has been unable to properly visit her.

In addition to his wife being in the hospital, he has been living alone under quarantine these past few months. I would love to flood his mailbox with birthday cards and well wishes.

Originally from Kings New York, Mr Vincent Corsini joined the Army in 1943 and served as a member of I Company, 116th Infantry, 29th Infantry Division. As such he participated in every major action involving the 29th from D-Day to the Siegfried Line.

Wartime portrait of Vincent Corsini. Photo from Vincent Corsini’s personal collection.
Wartime portrait of Vincent Corsini. Photo from Vincent Corsini’s personal collection.

Of the nine companies landing in the first wave, only Company A of the 116th RCT at Dog Green and the Rangers to their right landed where intended. E/116, aiming for Easy Green, ended up scattered across the two beaches of the 16th RCT area.

G/116, aiming for Dog White, opened up a 1,000-yard gap between themselves and A/116 to their right when they landed at Easy Green instead. I/16 drifted so far east it did not land for another hour and a half.

Vincent Corsini in Paris, c. 1944. Photo from Vincent Corsini’s personal collection.
Vincent Corsini in Paris, c. 1944. Photo from Vincent Corsini’s personal collection.

On 6 June, he was part of the 3rd assault wave to hit Omaha Beach around 7:30 am landing at Easy Green sector (original landing sector was Dog Red, but they had drifted).

After an exhaustive fight inward, Vince and company fought for ~30 days through the hedgerows of Normandy through to St Lo on to Vire and then Brest. Vince served with the 29th until Oct 1944 when he was evacuated IVO the Siegfried line, finishing the war with ADSEC.

After the war, Vince returned to NY where he pursued his college education eventually taking a job as a draftsman and engineer. He married in the 50’s raised a family and retired in North Carolina.

Vincent Corsini, WW2. Photo from Vincent Corsini’s personal collection.
Vincent Corsini, WW2. Photo from Vincent Corsini’s personal collection.

When abled, Vince was heavily involved with the 29th Infantry Division Association, returning to Normandy 3 times for the 25th, 50th and most recently the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

I was lucky enough to be able to send him back for the 75th. In addition, I was able to petition his congressman and the NARA to have his records updated to reflect awards he should’ve received 75 years ago. Vince is the last original surviving member of his company.

Vincent Corsini today
Vincent Corsini today

His updated awards are as follows. Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Good Conduct Medal, WW2 Victory Medal, EAME Campaign with 2 bronze star and Arrowhead device, French Croix de Guerre, French Legion of Honour

For those of you that would like to wish this hero a Happy Birthday, please use the address below. Thanks in advance.

Mr Vincent Corsini
c/o Charles Kirkland
PO Box 1048
Fort Mill SC, 29716

Written by his friend, CJ Kirkland.

FSU Student Govt Pres Booted over Anti-BLM, Pro-Life Texts

H/T Western Journal.

I hope Jack Denton gets a lawyer as his First Amendment Rights have been violated.

  • Jack Denton was removed from his position as Florida State University Senate president after texts in which he criticized Black Lives Matter and ACLU were leaked.
  • The Alliance Defending Freedom is advising Denton as he appeals the decision to the Florida State University Supreme Court.

The student government president at Florida State University was removed from his position earlier this month after he was accused of making transphobic, racist and “anti-abortion” comments.

Jack Denton, 21, was voted out of his position after his texts in a private group chat were leaked. He criticized Black Lives Matter and the American Civil Liberties Union in the texts, saying that they promote causes such as transgenderism and abortion.

“What happened with me at Florida State is egregious and an egregious attack on the Constitution,” Denton told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “Public universities like Florida State are supposed to be marketplaces of ideas and free expression. Expression should be encouraged, not shut down.”

Tyson Langhofer, director of the Center for Academic Freedom with the Alliance Defending Freedom, is now advising Denton. Langhofer represented Young America’s Foundation and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro in a 2016 case which resulted in several policy changes at California State University, Los Angeles.

“Our goal is to advise him on what his options are to challenge any unconstitutional or improper application of these student policies,” Langhofer told the DCNF.

“Because the bottom line is students don’t give up their religious freedom when they step onto a public university campus.”

Denton, who is a rising senior studying political science, describes himself as a devout Roman Catholic. He sent the messages in question to a Catholic Student Union group chat where students usually send prayer requests or share their faith in other ways.

“BlackLivesMatter.com fosters ‘a queer affirming network’ and defends transgenderism. The ACLU defends laws protecting abortion facilities,” Denton said in the texts.

“If I stay silent while my brothers and sisters may be supporting an organization that promotes grave evils, I have sinned through my silence.”

“I just want to make it explicitly clear that black lives matter,” Denton told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “I think any decent human would agree with me on that point. However, Black Lives Matter, the organization, advocates for things that are explicitly anti-Catholic.”

But what began as text messages sent to a group of fellow Roman Catholic students soon devolved into something Denton said was completely unexpected.

June 3

One hour into a routine virtual Florida State University Senate meeting over which Denton was presiding on June 3, another senator, Khundavi Gnanam, made a motion of no confidence in Denton as senate president. Gnanam was sent screenshots of Denton’s text messages by another person in the group chat.

Denton, who had not been forewarned of this motion, temporarily ceded his authority to Ahmad Daraldik, the president pro tempore of the senate. The meeting then went into an hour of debate.

“I just think these statements are unacceptable,” Deía Medley Neyra, a transgender senator, said. “Those sorts of opinions shouldn’t be shared in public chats with other students.”

However, some students spoke in defense of Denton.

“We may disagree with what he said or how he said it, but it is important to express that we protect people’s individual right to express their beliefs,” James Bateman said.

The senate failed to reach the required two-thirds majority to remove him from his position. Denton remained president.

June 4

Several student organizations rallied in the aftermath of the failed vote to remove Denton as president. The goal was to force another vote.

“Denton’s words send a dehumanizing message to womxn, trans, queer, and black students at FSU, and prove that he is unfit to hold the office of Senate President,” according to an editorial published in Spire Magazine, Florida State University’s student paper.

“Denton’s comments were explicitly racist, transphobic, and anti-choice, referring to the transgender community and the pro-choice movement as ‘grave evils,’” the Florida State University Pride Student Union said in a statement to the DCNF. “We as the Pride Student Union condemn these comments made by the Senate President as an act of blatant discrimination.”

The pressure from these groups led to the creation of a petition to call an emergency meeting. After more than 50 percent of the senate signed the petition, Denton scheduled an emergency meeting for June 5.

June 5

More than 700 people viewed the emergency meeting, according to Denton.

The meeting was public, meaning that Florida State University students were able to voice their opinions.

“I think it’s disgusting how you’re using religion to defend and uphold your hate and prejudices and biases,” student Gigi Cruz said.

“I don’t feel safe with you as president,” student Valentina Brown said. “You are condemning our identities, an integral part of our selves and our nature.”

The meeting, which mainly consisted of students condemning Denton, lasted about six hours.

“I don’t know how I got through that Friday night meeting without the grace of God, to put it quite bluntly,” Denton said.

“I could not have sat through six hours of people just spewing hate and telling me how terrible of a person that I am without the prayers and encouragement from dozens and dozens of people.”

“It was appalling to see the level of vitriol aimed at Jack for, again, just simply stating a fact about what Catholic views are,” Langhofer said.

Thirty-eight senators, or 86 percent, voted to oust Denton at the end of the meeting.

Florida State University declined to comment on the senate’s decision to remove Denton as president, calling it a student government matter.

The Aftermath

Denton appealed the senate’s decision to the Florida State University Supreme Court on Thursday, according to Langhofer. He is alleging that there was a violation of senate policy, university policy, and his rights under the First Amendment.

Meanwhile, Denton’s replacement, Ahmad Daraldik — who had been president pro tempore of the senate — has faced criticism of his own.

Daraldik, who is Palestinian-American, allegedly said “F*** Israel” and “stupid Jews,” and compared Israeli government actions in Palestine to Nazi Germany’s genocide, according to a Change.org petition to remove him from the senate. More than 8,000 people signed that petition.

“These comments are revolting and separate comments made about Israel are absurd,” Republican State Rep. Mike Caruso wrote in a letter to Florida State University Student Governance & Advocacy director Dr. Danielle Acosta.

Students for Justice in Palestine at Florida State University penned a statement in support of Daraldik, which was co-sponsored by the Florida State University College Democrats, Spire Magazine editor-in-chief Emily Pacenti, and Hannah Llende, executive director of the Florida State University Pride Student Union.

“Ahmad, who has personally lived under Israeli military occupation, has the right to feel frustration and dissatisfaction with the state that illegally occupies his family’s home in the West Bank,” the statement said. “The coordinated smear campaign against Ahmad Daraldik is rooted in anti-Arab racism and Islamophobia.”

Several Jewish students spoke out against Daraldik during a senate meeting last Wednesday in which a vote of no confidence in Daraldik took place.

“It is not okay to discriminate, it is not okay to make anti-semitic comments, and it is also not okay to support one minority but not another,” Amanda Press, a Jewish student, said. “I believe that you should be removed because quite frankly the words that you have used upon my people, upon me, and just in general are not okay.”

Daraldik defended himself, saying that he made the comments when he was living in Palestine “under an oppressive occupation.”

The vote of no confidence in Daraldik failed.

“I am aware of a controversy involving the FSU Student Senate President who has posted offensive anti-Semitic rhetoric online,” Florida State University President John Thrasher said in a statement after the vote to remove Daraldik failed. “I want to take this opportunity to unequivocally state that we will not tolerate discrimination against groups or individuals.”

D.C. Statehood: Like Having 2 Bloombergs in the Senate—FOREVER

H/T AmmoLand.

We do not want nor can we afford to have two Micheal Bloombergs in the Senate.

We need to let our House and Senate members know we oppose D.C.statehood.

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“Hey, Mikey, which Amendment should we destroy, the First or the Second?.”  “Hmmm, why not both!?” IMG MikeBloomberg.com Instagram

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- You would think it would be enough that the anti-gun leader of a gun ban organization is running for the U.S. Senate from Arizona.

Now, the U.S. House is preparing to vote on permanently adding two anti-gunners to represent the District of Columbia in the Senate.

But you may be wondering why a Second Amendment organization is bringing this to your attention.

It’s because D.C.’s statehood could have massive impacts on your right to keep and bear arms.

If this were to happen, there is a strong chance that the Senate would become permanently anti-gun by adding two guaranteed, gun control-supporting Senators.

This would allow the Senate to restructure its rules so that near-total gun bans could be passed with ease.  It would result in the courts being packed with anti-gun zealots.  It would end-run the Electoral College so that anti-gunners could have a permanent hold on the White House.  In short, there would be no recognition of the Second Amendment.

Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s proposal for statehood, H.R. 51, would create a small federal district but give two Senate votes to the few hundred thousand anti-gunners who live in the District. Notably, D.C. would remain a district insofar as American taxpayer would have to plow billions of dollars annually in order to save it from bankruptcy.

The Founding Fathers seriously considered and explicitly denied the District statehood in Article 1, Section 8 Clause 17 of the Constitution.

James Madison even wrote that denying statehood to the District was an “indispensable necessity of complete authority at the seat of government.”

In Federalist 43, Madison noted that if D.C. were made a state, then your elected representatives might become unduly influenced and even coerced by the District’s government. Of course, that is exactly what anti-gun Democrats want.

Instead, the Founding Fathers decided that Congress “exercise exclusive legislation in all cases whatsoever” over the District.

D.C. statehood is expected to come up on the floor of the House this Friday, so we need you to urge your representative to vote against D.C. statehood immediately.

For the same reasons, don’t forget the November elections.  If Biden takes the White House and Democrats take the Senate, it is hard to see how our Second Amendment-protected rights will survive.

In liberty,

Michael Hammond
Legislative Counsel
Gun Owners of America

 

Indiana: Major Pro-Gun Measures in Effect July 1s

H/T AmmoLand.

I want to say Thank you to the Indiana General Assembly for passing the bills and Thank you to Governor Eric Holcomb(R-IN)for signing the bills into law.

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Indiana residents can now receive a 5-year license to carry a concealed firearm free of charge. IMG NRA-ILA

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)-The National Rifle Association is pleased to inform law-abiding Indiana gun owners that, beginning July 1, NRA-backed changes to existing law will go into effect allowing state residents to obtain a 5-year license to carry a handgun free of charge.

“Removing barriers so that all law-abiding Hoosiers can carry a firearm for self-defense is a significant victory,” said John Weber, NRA state director for Indiana. “Every law-abiding citizen, regardless of race, color, creed or tax bracket, should have access to the right of self-defense and no government should charge for the right to exercise a fundamental freedom”

Several sections of the new law – HB 1284 – will go into effect July 1, including the ability of applicants to register to vote when they apply for their license.

Additionally, the bill:

  • Provides immunity for justified use of force in certain instances to help prevent frivolous lawsuits. (Victims of violent crime shouldn’t be subjected to unnecessary civil suits, therefore being victimized twice.  It will require a court to award, in certain instances, reasonable attorney’s fees if it determines a suit was brought unjustly, helping to prevent financial ruin for individuals protecting themselves and others.
  • Extends the four-year License to Carry a Handgun (LTCH) to five years, and eliminate fees for the five-year LTCH (starting in 2020).
  • Clarifies the authority of private property owners to establish carry policies in places of worship.
  • Allows those applying for a LTCH to register to vote at the same time.

House Bill 1284 was legislation spearheaded by Representatives Jim Lucas and Ben Smaltz, who are both NRA Defender of Freedom award recipients.

“Hoosier gun owners are now able to exercise their right of carrying a handgun without the financial burden of paying this unnecessary government fee,” Weber concluded.

Who Will Secure the Right of the American People to Keep and Bear Arms? PART ONE

H/T AmmoLand.

 

U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- We begin with one simple basic, indisputable, but melancholy truth: No Branch of our Government cares deeply about preserving and strengthening the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution; neither Congress; nor the U.S. Supreme Court; nor, for that matter, the Chief Executive of our Nation, President Donald Trump.

Sure, there are outliers in Congress and on the High Court who seek to preserve, protect, and strengthen the sacred right of the people to keep and bear arms, but they are few in number; pathetically few in number; and President Trump’s own stand on the Second Amendment has been lukewarm at best. Yes, the President claims to support the Second Amendment. Like all politicians, he knows how to pontificate, and he does so better than most. But what has he done to set his lofty, grandiose words to action? The only concrete Second Amendment action he has taken that we can recall was one decidedly against buttressing our sacred, inviolate right.

Do you remember what President Trump did? He ordered the DOJ to revise the definition of ‘machine gun’ to include bump stocks in the legal definition. The resulting change distorts decades of industry and military usage and understanding of the expression, ‘machine gun.’ Regardless, Trump ordered the DOJ to follow through with this change. He did this ostensibly to placate those folks who don’t want the American citizenry to own and possess firearms at all; to mollify those maniacal ideologues who have a visceral abhorrence of firearms; who harbor ill will toward those who wish to exercise their God-given right to own and possess firearms; and who will not rest until they have: one, banned civilian ownership and possession of firearms; and two, have collected all firearms and ammunition from American civilian citizens; and three, have, destroyed all civilian caches of firearms and ammunition, imprisoning those who they deem hoarders of firearms and ammunition; and, four, have erased the language of the Second Amendment from the U.S. Constitution and from all lexicons.

The appetite of those Destroyers of our Nation who would crush the American people into submission will never be sated until all thought and action has been brought under complete control through massive indoctrination and confiscation of all firearms from the commonalty.

In an Arbalest Quarrel article posted on December 31, 2018, we cited President Trump’s memorandum directed to the Attorney General, who, at the time, was the useless, milquetoast, Jeff Sessions. President Trump wrote, in part:

“ ‘After the deadly mass murder in Las Vegas, Nevada, on October 1, 2017, I asked my Administration to fully review how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives regulates bump fire stocks and similar devices.

Although the Obama Administration repeatedly concluded that particular bump stock type devices were lawful to purchase and possess, I sought further clarification of the law restricting fully automatic machine guns.

Accordingly, following established legal protocols, the Department of Justice started the process of promulgating a Federal regulation interpreting the definition of ‘machine gun’ under Federal law to clarify whether certain bump stock type devices should be illegal.’”

And, what became of national handgun carry reciprocity?

On February 18, 2018, the Arbalest Quarrel wrote,

“The ‘Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017’ (115 H.R. 38) amends the federal criminal code to allow a qualified individual to carry a concealed handgun into or possess a concealed handgun in another state that allows individuals to carry concealed firearms.

Representative Richard Hudson (R-NC), introduced the bill on January 3, 2017. The bill passed the House by Roll Call Vote of 231-198, on December 6, 2017. It was sent to the Senate one day later, where it was read twice and then referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. President Trump supports it.

The NRA supports it. And rank and file law enforcement officers support it too. But there has been to date no further action on it. The bill sits in limbo. Its prospect of passage is, at present, low. Why is that?”

Did Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, wish to see enactment of a national concealed handgun carry reciprocity law? We know McConnell can get things done when he wants to. But apparently McConnell didn’t want this.

Perhaps, the Senate Majority Leader was waiting for a signal from President Trump to proceed, grounded on Trump’s stated policy position on the Second Amendment.

Do you remember what President Trump originally had told the American public about the primordial right of self-defense? The Arbalest Quarrel remembers all too well what Trump said.

In our December 31, 2018 post, we cited Trump’s imperious words that,

“ ‘The right of self-defense doesn’t stop at the end of your driveway. That’s why I have a concealed carry permit and why tens of millions of Americans do too. That permit should be valid in all 50 states. A driver’s license works in every state, so it’s common sense that a concealed carry permit should work in every state. If we can do that for driving – which is a privilege, not a right – then, surely, we can do that for concealed carry, which is a right, not a privilege.’ ~ Donald J. Trump on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms”

Sadly, these were just the pompous, pretentious, empty, disingenuous, and deceitful words of a politician. In that same Arbalest Quarrel post, we cited to an article appearing in the Washington Examiner that reported:

“ ‘President Trump told Republicans on Wednesday they should not include a measure that allows people with concealed carry permits in one state to carry across state lines in a comprehensive gun bill.

‘ ‘I think that maybe that bill will one day pass, but it should pass separate,’ Trump said during a bipartisan meeting at the White House. ‘If you’re going to put concealed carry between states into this bill, we’re talking about a whole new ball game. I’m with you, but let it be a separate bill.’ ’”

The President weaseled, giving, at best, only lukewarm support for national concealed handgun carry reciprocity legislation. Obviously, this wasn’t a high priority for him.

Mitch McConnell likely interpreted these words to mean the President wasn’t behind national concealed handgun carry legislation, and, so, he wouldn’t support this measure either. And McConnell thereupon allowed the bill to die in Committee; And die it did, and that is the last anyone has seen of national handgun carry reciprocity up to this very moment in time.

What does this tell you? A Republican U.S. President and a Republican Senate—with both House and Senate in Republican control—don’t give a damn about our fundamental right of the people keep and bear arms.

And the failure of the U.S. Supreme Court to protect civilian citizen ownership and possession of semiautomatic firearms has placed the safety and well-being of all Americans in jeopardy. One is reminded of the old adage: “action speaks louder than words.” Recall that in the 2018 Midterm elections the Radical Left Democrats took control of the House. National concealed handgun carry legislation became a dead letter and will remain so.

In the upcoming General Election, the Radical Left Democrats intend to keep control of the House, gain control of the Senate—which will escalate New York Senator Chuck Schumer to the Senate Majority leader position—and regain the White House. If all this should transpire, the safety and well-being of the entire citizenry will be at substantial risk. The American public is getting a foretaste of this now as fanatical, rabid, dangerous Marxist and Anarchist protestors, rioters, arsonists, and looters run amok, given a free hand to destroy the very fabric of a free Constitutional Republic, and, in the process, jeopardizing the safety, security, and well-being of us all.

What this means is that, despite a timorous, timid Republican-controlled Senate, and an irresolute President, this is the best we can hope for at the moment. Neither Senator Mitch McConnell, nor President Trump will take affirmative steps to preserve and strengthen the right of the people to keep and bear arms, but, fortunately, they seem reluctant to weaken the Second Amendment. A neutral stance is the best we can expect from either of them. That will have to suffice given the appalling prospect for Americans if the Marxists prevail ion the upcoming General election.

As Public Order Devolves Into Mass Disorder; Expect Calls For Total Civilian Disarmament

What does the present “summer of love,” as the Mayor of Seattle refers to the violence happening in Seattle and throughout the Country, portend? We are seeing it: a Marxist Counter-Revolution, long simmering, now boiling over into a full-on Civil War.

If ever the right of the people to keep and bear arms had critical import, it does so now; today, at this very moment. But the ruthless Globalist forces fomenting violence do not want to have to contend with an armed citizenry dead-set on preserving a Free Constitutional Republic.

So, don’t be surprised to see a concerted attempt by Marxist State leaders calling for suspension of fundamental rights, especially the right embodied in the Second Amendment, in a Marxist led Government.

We expect that Radical Left State and local Governments, sympathetic to the destruction of a free Republic, will call for a total ban on civilian ownership of firearms, citing a public emergency, as thousands of rioters, looters, arsonists, vandals, muggers, and murderers cause disruption across the Nation—destruction that these Marxist Governments not only allow to happen but actively encourage.

So, then, in answer to the question posed at the beginning of the article, as set forth in the title of article, is this:

It falls to the American people, themselves, to secure their fundamental, unalienable, immutable, and illimitable right to keep and bear arms, and thereby preserve and protect the autonomy of the individual, the integrity of Selfhood, and the sovereignty of the American people.

 

What’s in a Name? Derringer vs Deringer

H/T AmmoLand.

As the late Paul Harvey used to say, “Now You Know The Rest Of The Story.”

 

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- It’s not uncommon for brand name objects to assume the role of catch-all term for their generic equivalent. The two most obvious and ubiquitous examples are when you refer to all facial tissues as Kleenex and all cotton swabs as Q-Tips.

While not nearly as common in the realm of firearms, the same thing does happen from time to time. That’s the case with the terms “derringer” and “Deringer.” If you didn’t know that there was a difference, then this story is for you. Or, perhaps you knew there was a difference, but didn’t really think it meant much of anything. Well, then this story is for you, too.

So now that we’ve established that they’re two different terms, why are they different and what do they mean? For starters, the catch-all spelling uses a lower-case D and has two R’s, and the brand name version uses an upper-case D and has only one R. This is because the latter is a proper name. Henry Deringer, Jr. had gunsmithing in his blood: his father, an immigrant from Germany, came to the American Colonies before the Revolutionary War. Henry Deringer, Sr. settled in Pennsylvania, and was known for making the now-iconic Pennsylvania-style long rifles and pistols.

Born in 1786, Junior apprenticed at the Virginia Manufactory in Richmond while in his early twenties. While there, he learned the intricacies of the trade by making arms for the Virginia state militia. Upon completion of his apprenticeship, he moved back to Philadelphia and opened up his own gunsmithy.

By 1814, much of Henry’s time was occupied with filling various government contracts. These contracts were quite lucrative, and it was the desire of most gunmakers in this era – just as it is today – to obtain one. Deringer ended up making more than 20,000 Model 1814 and Model 1817 flintlock long arms. He also made some 50,000 flintlock trade arms, including those for John Jacob Astor’s American Fur Company.

When the military contracts waned after the end of the War of 1812, Deringer shifted his focus to firearms for private purchase. By the 1840s, he had left government work behind and focused solely on the civilian market. The decision to make this market shift would lead to his name becoming forever linked to pocket pistols, whether he actually made them or not.

“Real” derringers have only one R in the name. (Morphy Auctions)

What we think of today as the quintessential Philadelphia-style derringer comes to fruition in 1852. In the years immediately prior to this, during the height of the Gold Rush, Henry had seen the rise in need for a small, concealable arm suitable for personal protection. Colt’s Model 1849 Pocket revolver was selling quite well and while it was indeed small when compared to the Model 1851, it was hardly a pocket pistol.

In order to create something that really could fit in someone’s pocket, Deringer realized that creating any kind of revolver was out of the question. (It would still be a few years before Smith & Wesson came out with the .22 Short, ushering in the era of pocket revolvers.)

Because of this, Henry’s creation would have to be a simple, single-shot design. Unfortunately for Deringer, there was nothing new about any of the mechanisms employed in his pistol. This meant that there was nothing for him to patent and make uniquely his own. He also failed to legally trademark his name and the way it was marked on his guns, which was DERINGER / PHILADELA, stamped on the lock plate or the top of the barrel.

If Deringer’s pistol design had been uniquely his or if he had trademarked his name, then it’s quite possible that he would have become one of hundreds of arms inventors whose names and creations in the 19th century are generally lost to history among the behemoths such as Colt, Remington, and Smith & Wesson.

The lack of a patented design created a legal headache for Henry for the rest of his life, but it also, somewhat ironically, cemented his place in arms maker history and the American lexicon.

That “derringer” and “Deringer” are actually two different things was almost as unknown of a fact then as it is today. Competitors capitalized on this and began stamping their knock-off lock guns with names that were similar in spelling and sound to the real thing. Some examples include H. Deringer, J. Deringer, Deeringer, Beringer, and Derringer.

The exact number of companies making copies of Deringer’s design is unknown; it is believed that there were at least half a dozen in Philadelphia alone! One such Philly-based maker, Slotter & Company, even employed former Deringer employees. As a result, their guns were almost indistinguishable from the genuine ones.

Generic derringer-style pistol (Morphy Auctions)

Over the following decades, the lines got blurrier as “derringer” became an increasingly popular term for any easily concealable pistol. (In fact, my computer’s word processor insists that I’ve spelled derringer wrong every time I write the proper noun!)

At the end of the day, does it really matter how the word is spelled? To most people, no, but to gun collectors, yes. That capital D or an additional R can mean the difference of hundreds of dollars when it comes to buying and selling these pocket pistols.

Think about it this way: would you spend the same amount of money on a Ford F-150 as you would on a Fard F-160? Of course not! But why not? They’re both pick-up trucks and they look the same and are spelled and sound almost the same, so it’s basically the same thing, right? Now, I know that’s an exaggerated example, but I think it really gets the point across about how important something as seemingly insignificant as the spelling of a word can be to some people.

Regardless of how you spell it, Deringer’s pistols and the generic derivatives have been an incredibly popular part of American arms history. Henry’s diminutive handgun with no patentable or trademarked design would make the name Deringer a household word. Whether or not he’d be upset by the spelling or capitalization, though, is anyone’s guess.

Iowa: Gov. Reynolds Signs Pro-Gun & Pro-Hunting Bills

Thank you, Governor Kim Reynolds(R-IA)for standing up for the Second Amendment and hunting rights of Iowans.

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Yesterday, Governor Kim Reynolds signed House File 2502 to protect shooting ranges from being shut down by unreasonable local ordinances and ensure that Second Amendment rights remain protected across the state. On June 18th, she signed House File 716 to improve hunting opportunities in Iowa by defining the types of cartridges that may be used for deer hunting and expanding opportunities for youth hunters to hunt under the supervision of an adult.

House File 2502 protects shooting ranges from onerous or burdensome zoning regulations. Law-abiding citizens utilize shooting ranges to practice marksmanship skills, to ensure that their self-defense and sporting arms are in order, for recreation, and to teach the responsible use of and respect for firearms to others. This critical legislation will protect shooting ranges and the Second Amendment for present and future generations.

Preemption legislation is designed to stop municipalities from creating a patchwork of different laws throughout the state that may potentially turn a law-abiding citizen into a criminal for simply crossing a jurisdictional line. It also ensures that Second Amendment rights are equally protected for all Iowans, regardless of where they reside.

House File 716 clarifies which cartridges are allowed for use in hunting deer by establishing a minimum muzzle energy rather than ambiguous physical characteristics. This will expand hunting opportunities by allowing hunters to use commonly-owned firearms chambered in modern calibers such as those that have been available to American consumers for over a century. In addition, HF 716 ensures that supervised youth hunting is protected throughout Iowa.

 

 

Supreme Court Deals a Blow to Pro-Life Movement by Striking Down Law

H/T Western Journal.

Chief Justice John Roberts has done a 180 on abortion.

In 2016 Roberts voted to uphold a law almost identical to the one from Louisiana he voted to strike down.

One more reason President Trump needs to be reelected as there will be one if not two picks for the Supreme Court.

The United States Supreme Court ruled Monday that a pro-life law violates the rights of both women and abortion providers in Louisiana.

Pro-lifers had expressed both hope and anxiety over the landmark abortion ruling to the Daily Caller News Foundation ahead of the decision.

Louisiana Right to Life Associate Director Angie Thomas told the DCNF that the organization, which introduced the law with Democratic Louisiana state Sen. Katrina Jackson, was “anxiously awaiting” the decision, warning that “the Louisiana abortion industry, with its long history of health and safety violations, cannot speak for Louisiana women.”

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry expressed hope about the ruling to the DCNF, emphasizing that “Louisiana abortion providers have a record of non-compliance with basic safety regulations, and now they want a special exemption from generally-accepted medical standards that apply to similar surgical procedures in our State.”

“Women seeking abortions deserve better than that; they should have the same assurance of prompt and proper care in the event of complications,” he said.

But others predicted that the justices would rule in favor of the abortion providers, given the rulings of the past several days as well as the heated nature of the opinions written by the conservative justices.

The court took up June Medical Services v. Russo in March, a case in which an abortion provider challenged a 2014 Louisiana state law introduced by Jackson.

The Unsafe Abortion Protection Act, or Act 620, requires abortion providers to have admitting privileges in a hospital within 30 miles of the abortion facility. These admitting privileges would allow a woman to go directly to the hospital if she were to need urgent care.

Opponents say the Unsafe Abortion Protection Act would hinder and potentially eliminate abortion access in Louisiana. Jackson said the law would protect women from unsafe or unhygienic abortion clinic practices.

“Just as Louisiana cares for the life of the child, it’s somehow a big secret that we also care for the life of the mother,” Jackson said at a March press conference in Washington, D.C.

Attorneys for the Center for Reproductive Rights, who argued on behalf of June Medical Services, said there are only two abortion providers who have admitting privileges in the state and that there is “no medical justification” for these admitting privileges since abortion is “extremely safe.”

CRR originally filed June Medical Services v. Gee in August 2014.

Landry, the Louisiana AG, has maintained that the law does not force clinic closures, citing the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals finding that “there is no evidence that any of the clinics will close as a result of the Act.”

Louisiana abortion providers will be able to obtain admitting privileges if they are providing competent care, Landry said in a February press release.

As is usual with abortion cases, June Medical v. Russo has been fraught with emotion.

Protestors assembled outside the Supreme Court in early March as the justices gathered to examine the case, and Senate Minority Leader Schumer sparked a backlash through what some called a threat to Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch.

“I want to tell you Gorsuch,” Schumer said at a rally outside the Supreme Court, video from the event shows, “and I want to tell you Kavanaugh. You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price.”

“You won’t know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,” he added.

The senator’s comments referenced the political price Republicans “will pay for putting them on the court” as well as “a warning that the justices will unleash major grassroots movement on the issue of reproductive rights against the decision,” Schumer spokesman Justin Goodman told the DCNF at the time.

“Let me ask you my friends, are we going to let Republicans undo a woman’s right to choose,” Schumer asked the crowd. “Are we going to stay quiet as they try to turn back the clock? Are we going to give up or waver when things get tough?”

The pro-abortion activists in the crowd responded to each of these questions with a resounding “No.”

“No, we are going to stand together in one voice and take a stand on behalf of women and families throughout the country,” Schumer said. “We are going to stand against all these attempts to restrict a woman’s right to choose and we will win.”

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WWII Canine Heroes

Pacific Paratrooper

Search and Rescue dogs

U.S. Army launches Canine Units

On March 13, 1942, the Quartermaster Corps (QMC) of the United States Army begins training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, or “K-9 Corps.”

Well over a million dogs served on both sides during WWI, carrying messages along the complex network of trenches and providing some measure of psychological comfort to the soldiers. The most famous dog to emerge from the war was Rin Tin Tin, an abandoned puppy of German war dogs found in France in 1918.

When the country entered WWII in December 1941, the American Kennel Association and a group called Dogs for Defense began a movement to mobilize dog owners to donate healthy and capable animals to the Quartermaster Corps of the U.S. Army. Training began in March 1942, and that fall the QMC was given the task of training dogs for the U.S. Navy…

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