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Tuesday, April 2. 2013
I can't say I am too thrilled with what the Dem-ruled Connecticut legislature is about to do with firearms. I like to try my best to be law-abiding, but I do not know how many firearms we have around the place any more than I know how many hammers we have. Some are antiques, workable probably and oiled, but not fired for 30 years. Some are probably in closets and drawers we have never opened and in dark corners of the attics which we have never explored.
This place has been inhabited by firearm owners, country men, since 1823. As far as I know, not one of them every shot anybody, even if they deserved it.
My late father-in-law's farm, on which we now blissfully reside in commuting distance to Hartford, always had handguns (old .45 revolvers) in the drawer in the tack room of the barn (in case a horse needed shooting - broken leg, terminal colic, etc) and a .410 leaning on the barn wall for pigeons, Copperheads, and rattlers. He liked pigeon stew, and plenty of them lived in the barn before we tightened it up. (I liked the squab better.)
When he lived here, there was no crime at all. He was a big shot insurance fellow, and a gentleman farmer just as I aspire to be. Math genius actuary-turned executive, but farm-raised. Family tradition. Family farm, now. Third generation here, if we can keep it with the taxes which insist on taxing us as if we were a 60-acre housing development (they term that "taxable at best use". What is "best use"?). Otherwise, some developer will fill it with McMansions on 1/4-acre lots with no woodchucks, no horses, no goat, no meadows, no snakes, no barn pigeons, no barns, no barn cats, and no firearms. Safe and sterile.
Like most states with some creepy urban zones, most firearm crime is done by career crims and sociopathic and drug gangs, but I do not see our wise legislature attending to that at all. There are no dainty female suburban votes in that.
It is so much easier to take on the law-abiding than the crims, because evil can never be legislated away. See Three Felonies a Day
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B, sometime when you have a half hour to kil l, search [ senator thomas dodd nazi gun laws nuremberg scandal ] for one heckuva story --
If the family wishes to keep it as a farm and not develop it to its taxable "best use", you might want to have a conversation with your fellow new-england-blogger at Walking the Berkshires, for his opinion on whether a conservation restriction might lower your property tax bill:
The great risk of having politicians running things is that when "something" happens, they feel like they have to DO SOMETHING regardless of what it is, whether it would have had an impact on the original "something", or whether it would have an impact on a future "something".
It is understandable to a point. Everybody has emotional reactions to senseless loss of life (well most everybody), and those emotions tend to be stronger the closer you are to the event, but after a certain amount of time, one would expect some critical, rational thinking to take over.
While all politicians play on people's emotions, the lefties are the pros. "Never let a crisis go to waste" is their new motto. The reason that works so well is that exploiting crises doesn't make the situation better, but tends to create more crises (see gun free zones).
Make a list of those politicians who voted for these laws. Show up at their town meetings and speak up. Donate your time and money to their opponent next election. Start and/or sign a petition for their recall. Try to get them impeached. Research their every public act for wrongdoing and try to get them brought up on ethic charges. Make it your highest priority to get them out of office and never allow them back in office again.
As far as politicians are concerned, "best use" = the use that maximizes tax payments to the government.
replies to mudbug and gonewiththewind -
M - you describe a well-meaning but ill-informed bumbler who - once he discovers his error - will usually make amends. The current crop of leadership in our state (I'm a resident of Trumbull) trample upon the Constitution, hold meetings behind closed doors to hash out this latest act of tyranny, do not put it before the body politic, nor the people. These acts are not those of a harmless fool - they are deliberate, and count on We the People to not be strong enough to stop them... nor care when it comes time to vote.
GwtW - my fear is the damage they can continue to do while still in office, steadily building this mountain of leftist-founded shredding of freedom, entangled with new laws which make us felons today for what we did freely yesterday. My dread is that too many of our fellow citizens don't care when it comes time to vote - witness Malloy's victory by less than 1,000 votes, aided by the "bags of uncounted votes" found in Bridgeport (where else but that mini-Detroit?) which put him over the top. Where was the hue and cry over that voter fraud?
They will get what they want, and use only data or self-defined memes (such as repeating "gun violence" over and over again until it's accepted or at least not challenged - can we say "big Lie" application?) to support their views - then ram them down our throats.
And yes, Mudbug, you are correct - they leave more crises in the wake of their actions - waiting for yet more of their fixes when the inevitable next madman decides that he wants to be more famous than the scumbag at Sandy Hook, and chooses the next gun-free zone.
Two numbers for you: 14 and 2. These are the average number of deaths at a mass shooting when the killer is stopped by a policeman, and the average number of deaths when the killer is stopped by a civilian with a gun. Simple and verifiable fact, and only one conclusion to be drawn from it - a good guy with a gun offers the best chance for stopping a bad guy with a gun - and saving more lives in the process.
But we've heard nothing about simple truth from these tyrants.
And the murder of our innocents is on their hands.
Jackson, there is nothing I can disagree with in what you said. I must have been in a very charitable mood not to assign dark motives to those in power, but in my defense, I did at least imply that their motives were far from pure since they are excited about the possibilities of taking advantage of crises. If you deconstruct that tactic, it is obviously a way of getting legislation and regulations implemented that people don't really want while they dance on calamity of others.
Your point is taken, though. In retrospect, I think I was describing the response from the unwashed masses more than the power elite.
MB, no prob - my notes were just the extension into the left's darker side and a natural progress from your own orig remarks. For my part, you weren't remiss in anything you said.
There's an irony here, a disconnect in how we on the right see things vs how the left sees them. If I were to distinguish the tenor of your orig comment, I could say that it was reasonable, open to logical and calm discussion; and falling within the classical, Liberal scope of thesis, discussion, counter, synthesis, etc.
In short, you respect your fellow citizen, respect our Constitution - and yes, such things can be gathered from comments such as yours.
Which ironically - to the left, is absolutely worthless.
We are at war, but only the left knows it and fights it as such.
Those bags of uncounted votes need to be in the news everyday. You and people who think like you need to use your influence to tar these politicians with their crimes and frauds. Show up at every public appearance and make your views known. Show up in numbers, you aren't the only supporters of the 2nd amendment. Another point is stop voting your biases; that is if you are conservative and your Republican or conservative politician votes against the 2nd amendment then vote against them. Don't just refuse to vote vote for the other guy even if he is worse. The reason for this is the Republicans will continue to put up Rinos if we let them so screw them vote them out. I would far rather be stabbed in the back by the opposition then by someone who claims they are on my side. Don't forget that voting for the other guy is like voting twice; that is the Rino does not get a vote but the opponent adds a vote to his total. Simply deciding not to vote is no where near as effective. Use your local resources; people you know who work in government or who volunteer at the polls to dig up dirt on these anti 2nd amendment politicians. Then use local news to expose them. Make them pay for their anti-constitutional votes
Its the same here in MD - our 'comprehensive Gun Bill' winding its way thru our legislature has ample restrictions upon law-abiding citizens, whom never had an incident, criminal intent, or other infractions, now, are slowly becoming guilty by fiat.
One of our rural legislators had the nerve to speak up, asking when Annapolis would stand up and protect the law abiding citizens, punish criminals, and enforce existing laws; she was beat-down by the normal hand-wringers to the chorus of 'its not about gun control; its about safety'. Ben Franklin is doing 5000RPM about now...
And, yet, they so despartly wonder why those able to leave are fleeing to VA, WVA, and PA - where freedom and responsibility (for the time being) still exist.
Marxists need to find and then punish the provident and industrious, it doesn't matter to them that they’re adversaries have committed no real crime, the perceived crime they have committed is disagreeing with the liberals. If you are independent and self reliant, that’s unacceptable and because you are well regulated with your firearms they find that abhorrent. How big of a difference is there between a Marxist, a Communist, a Socialist and a Democrat? About one RCH.
The Vendee, that proto-marxist French Revolution genocide that few have heard of, was Lenin's model, by his own words, for his response to the Tambov Rebellion, which few have heard of.
Both of them share the model of state armed forces defeating an uprising countryside village-by-village via the cruelest atrocities possible --the politics of terror.
Not that USA would ever see anything the like, but two things are certain: in all cases, ours included, the first steps on the pathway are the same, and two, the issues are fundamental to human existence, and human nature is human nature.
They just made you, and thousands of others like you, felons. I believe it was intentional.
They don't want you to be armed, self-sufficient, or in any way capable of resisting the government.
They DO want you to be cowed. They want laws on the books that will allow them to take away your freedom, your farm, and your livelihood if you cause them any problems.
Please listen to me for a second:
That video in my comment above is no ordinary piece of flotsam bobbing thru the thread. I can't imagine that the people supporting gun control could watch it and still hold their views.
It's 58 minutes long. That's too miuch time to ask you for during the day, but if you would PLEASE hold it for the evening and come back to it, and then when you react as i did ("IF we could get this in front of people...it could save the future of the human race...."), send it to your you-know-who list, possibly with a plea that time has now gone critical and this is no joke.
It was sent me that way, and the plea is why i opened it.
It was produced in 2003. Keep that in mind as you watch --needless to say, the enemy has achieved a very great part of its positioning since this filmic warning alarm.
The film per se ends a little after the 40 minute mark. Then, a long roll of credits and signitories of supporters commences, which last a couple or three minutes.
Thinking that was the end of the film, i quit it at that point --but luckily left it running while i clicked over and read something else. So i accidentally discovered the two interviews at the very end, after the credit roll.
It's the producer and director, giving forth their views on what they've tried to do and why.
If you do nothing else, watch this part --it's between 45 minutes and the close at just under 58 minutes. That's only 12 minutes. The topic is Democide, and how no one who has endured it, ever expected it. What it does to not just the dead, but to the survivors. All phrased and framed in an ultra-simple narrative, delivered gently, conversationally, repectfully. This is high quality work, delivering true public service.
I'm praying it gets loose.
PS, the helluva note it is, that such a film can have little impact unless the barbarians are inside the gate ("At" the gate being a normal condition).
Then, once they're inside, unless they're stopped, the film again can have little impact, altho for an entirely different reason.
There's only a window --a window in the process of closing. And if now is not the 11th hour, it'll do 'til the real 11th hour comes along directly.
--good man --keep the pipes & drums marching under the maple leaf!
Our piper (21) is joining up (our equivalent to your NG):
Of course, his English/Irish genealogy fits right in !!
The Maple Leaf Forever !
Just watched the video. "First they came for...." is the saying I reflect upon.
Don't Give Anybody More Power Than The People
An excellent read (re the UN being more useless than 'teats on a boar') is : "Shake Hands With The Devil The Failure Of Humanity In Rwanda by LGEN Romeo Dallaire. He, as a soldier, led the UN 'Peacekeeping' Force in Rwanda. He tells a sad tale of what he went through, handcuffed by the idiots at the UN. Sad...sad...shameful.
Look into P.A. 490, you might be eligible to have it applied to the section that isn't a building site and have that assessed as open space (just don't sell it in 5 or 10 years!).
I too wonder how long my family can hang on; I'm the 7th generation steward/owner of 110 acres over here in Litchfield County. Every year the taxes go up. I love and know every inch of this land...but sometimes I think my grandmother was right: she suggested torching it and pinning the tax bill to the remains.
In the last few months these friends of mine have left or are in the process of leaving this state: a master carpenter (and his family), a master mason, a couple who ran a hardware store, and an engineer. Nine people all told, all hard-working, well educated, young to middle-aged.