Update: Suppressor Laws In Washington–HB 1016-2011-12 (2/3/2011)

HB 1016-2011 passed the rules committee and has been placed on the calendar for a second reading.

Previous posts on HB-1016 are here and here.

When I find out when the second reading will be, I will post it here.

Update 2/7/2011:It just passed the house.

Quote of the Day–Thomas Jefferson (02/02/2011)

A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned.  This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circle of our felicities. – Thomas Jefferson

[I came across this wonderful post the other day regarding who is paying what with regards to taxes.  What stuck out the most for me though was this chart illustrating net incomes based off the earnings in a year. 

Think about that for a second.  People actually get PAID for having lower incomes.  This is socialism no matter how you cut it, robbing the productive under force of law, to give to those who would rather not work.  Why am I paying taxes to subsidize people who don’t want to work?  I wish I could I’d stay home and do my hobbies all day, but instead I have to pay to support the bloated spending of Washington.  The wife and I keep working harder to try and build up more savings, all we get to do in return though is pay more taxes.  For those who say, “We all need to pay our fair share.” Anything but a FLAT tax is unfair.  Why should I have to pay more in taxes because I work harder and am more productive?  The economy is floundering and there is massive unemployment because people are finding it more profitable to not work.  By Mr. Jefferson’s statement, as can be plainly seen, this is not the sum of good government.  We are no longer free to regulate our own pursuits, and certainly the government is stealing the bread from labor, and this government is by no means wise or frugal.  -B]

Why are “lists” so bad?

People ask me why I object so abhorrently about the no-fly list, and why I am dead set against a list of people restricted from owning firearms.  Today I found the shining example of why it’s so horrible from the UK.

An immigration officer put his own wife on a terrorist watch list – ­so she could not get home from a trip to Pakistan.”

The officer worked with a unit that puts terror and criminal suspects on the watch list of people “not conducive to the public good”. He simply had to log on to a computer database to add his wife as a ­potential suspect.”

This women was deprived of her right and liberty to return home without due process of law.  Someone was allowed to discriminate against her and prevent her from free travel.  As for a list of people restricted from owning firearms, it already exists as the NICS system.  The NICS system is severely flawed and prevents those who can lawfully obtain firearms from getting them.  All it takes is being charged and you’re forever black balled.  Lists are just a way to discriminate without due process while looking like those running it are protecting us.

Prosecutors, where would the world be without thee?

A 13-year-old Jefferson County boy says he knows what he did was wrong, but says it was an accident and he never intended to hurt anyone when he shot his toy airsoft gun at a friend, who was hit in the eye.

The kid made an absolutely dumb mistake.  However this is not something that the government, most especially a prosecutor needs to be involved in.  I had a run in with a dick prosecutor, it’s not fun.  He and the other boy are still friends, from the description is was rough housing that went a little too far.

Mr. Prosecutor sees a way to make a name for himself and this is the result!  Someone once said, “It takes a good prosecutor to convict a guilty man, it takes a GREAT prosecutor to convict an innocent one.”  Even with records sealed, it will seriously screw with this kids life. 

Why does the ATF still exist?

The ATFs gun smuggling program has finally gotten the attention of our elected representatives

“These extremely serious allegations were accompanied by detailed documentation which appears to lend credibility to the claims and partially corroborates them,” Grassley wrote.

This whole sequence of events reads like the plot out of Enemies Foreign and Domestic.  No spoilers here so go read it, suffice it to say, I’ve heard this play before hopefully this one ends better.  Especially since the ATFs budget is up to get slashed

The proposed ATF cutbacks, which would amount to nearly $160 million out of a $1.25 billion budget request – a 12.8 percent reduction that would also be 3.6 percent below the current budget – are outlined in a preliminary budget document obtained by The Washington Post. ATF spokesman Scot Thomasson declined to comment, because the budget process was not complete.

This agency continually harasses law abiding citizens who are doing no harm to anyone but merely minding their own business.  Doing that though gets them more press time and funding that nailing someone with a pack of camels from across state lines. On the upside it appears that their plan to use smuggling as the justification to increase their budget may have royally backfired now that it had congressional attention that they were moving material across the border.

H/T to Alan.

Quote of the Day–Alan Andrews

The President who lost Egypt

The President that ruined the economy.

The President that pushed the unconstitutional Obamacare.

Nice legacy.

You’re gonna have to do a lot more than build houses in your retirement to make up for this shit sandwich you’re making us eat.” – Alan Andrews, Obama Fail

[It’s amazing the number of people who look at everything and continue to try and rationalize what’s happened.  -B]