Sunday, January 20, 2013

Feds could risk felony arrest in gun control schemes

Sheriff Richard Mack

Tea Party backs Firearms Protection Law 

Austin - Like most Texans or their ancestors, Rep. Steve Toth got here as quickly as he could.

Rep. Steve Toth, R-Woodlands
Leaving Mansfield, and one wonders if that's in Ohio, he and his family had their choice of either California - “Duh” - or Massachusetts - “Duh.”

“Texas is where it's at.” Cheers erupted from the 300 or so gun rights supporters who gathered on the north steps of the Capitol at high noon Saturday for Guns Across America's rally in support of Mr. Toth's Firearms Protection Act.

Said Mr. Toth, who is a man of the cloth, “Ask any minister, and he will tell you the...worst thing you can ever have to do is a funeral for a couple whose child has died. Your children aren't supposed to go before you do.” The prevailing mood among these people is angry, defensive, and fearful, no doubt. You can feel it, radiating out at you, as if from a hot stove - or a cold block of ice.

Rep. "Doc" Anderson,  R-Waco
Guns Across America appears to be an astroturf offshoot of the Tea Party, since the rally's organizing structure is top heavy with Waco Tea Party functionaries, including McLennan County Republican Chairman Ralph Patterson. State Representative “Doc” Anderson stood by in stoic observation, listening and watching very carefully.

The proposed law would make it a felony crime for anyone – including federal officials – to attempt to enforce gun control laws, such as the maximum number of rounds allowed in a rifle's magazine.

Wyoming has a similar bill in the hopper, both of them clones of the Tenth Amendment Center's model legislation that would nullify gun control laws under the terms of the Tenth Amendment.

So far, eight southern states have seen bills proposing secession from the United States filed in their current legislative sessions. They are, Texas, South Carolina, North Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, and Louisiana.

In symmetrical fashion, the south steps of the building were reserved for gun control proponents who support President Obama's 23 executive orders and proposed federal legislation that would criminalize possession and sales of carbines with high capacity magazines, telescoping stocks, pistol grips, laser sights, and the rest of the high-tech folderol of modern infantry weapons.

“We've got to keep the two separated,” said a matronly State Trooper with a wry smile dressed in Spandex. Wearing a bike helmet, a black baclava against the cold, and bullet proof armor, she sat astride a mountain bike with a radio repeater on the luggage rack.

The Legendary obtained her permission to pass between enemy lines as a sort of war correspondent, camera in hand.

The anti-gun rights, pro gun control league had about half the number of the pro-gun advocates.

On the south side, the first sight we beheld was a grandfatherly silver-haired daddy'o in a black cavalry Stetson, a black shirt and crisply laundered tan jeans, an M-4 carbine slung across his back, carrying a “Come and Take It” Gonzales flag, as he confronted Sgt. Tommy Lyons of the DPS.

“I just don't want to have to face a bunch of baby killers with the jawbone of an ass,” the old timer told the Sergeant.

With the exaggerated patience and pursed lips of a long-suffering adult confronting an obstinate child, Tommy Lyons politely told him he would have to stay out of the building with his weapon, and admonished him to keep himself on the side of the building where the pro-gun advocates were rallying.

“I think I ought to be able to go where I want to go,” the man said. Presented with a copy of The Legendary business card, he said, “I object to your line of questioning,” when asked his name – in a perfectly friendly way.

A group of Hispanic school kids stood by, waiting in line to tour the building. They were looking pretty scared.

Complimented on his aplomb in handling the man with the assault rifle, Sgt. Lyons said, “I can't remember his name, but he's here just about any time we have something up here concerning gun rights.” He is an 8-year veteran of duty at the Capitol; his female counterpart in Spandex and body armor has been walking – and riding – the beat there for 12.

“Then, we've got the Confederate war heroes today, too,” she said.

Sure enough, in perfectly symmetrical fashion, the Descendants of Confederate Veterans were holding a ceremony with many flags unfurled at the building's east gate to honor the 206th birthday of General Robert E. Lee. When they fired a volley from their cap and ball black powder rifles, fire and smoke belched from the antique muzzles two fathoms in the crystal-clear winter sky, and the echoes from the buildings downtown were deafening. People all over the area jumped out of their skins.

Dressed in period garb and gaudy uniforms, they peered out of the past like a long-lost family portrait in living color.

Said Mr. Patterson, to the cheering crowd, “I'm the only elected official here who doesn't have to represent liberals (cheers), Democrats (even louder cheers) and...” his voice trailed off as he choked back tears.

The paramount sentiment, both spoken and unspoken, of the pro-gun rights people's remarks was their grief for the brutal murders of the kids at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

Ralph Patterson, McLennan Republican Chairman
He is one of the few people in the world to take on federal gun control laws and win. Ordered by the passage of the Brady Bill to register cowboys' six guns in his rural ranching community, he and other County Sheriffs took their case to the Supreme Court with the help of the NRA and obtained a victory under the terms of the 10th amendment.

Why? Because a majority of the Court could not find constitutional justification for the requirement. Sheriff Mack has since relocated to Fredericksburg, where he mounted an ill-fated campaign to unseat U.S. Representative Lamar Smith in the Republican Primary.

While waiting for the show to start, The Legendary chatted up a little old gray-haired man of about the same age who has recently relocated to El Paso from his Connecticut home. A tool and die maker, he invented a device that applies a stainless steel jacket to a .308 bullet and makes its muzzle velocity even faster than a copper-jacketed round the same caliber.

The objective? To make the ammunition lighter and less of a strain for infantrymen to carry into battle.

Like the copper jacket on a .223 round fired by M-16, AR-15, and M-4 carbines, the jacket rips off and shreds tissue as the bullet tumbles end-for-end and the lead projectile explodes.

He, too, chose Texas when he left the state that saw the development of the Peace Maker six-gun, the Walker Colt Dragoon pistol, and the Navy Revolver, and all the legendary Smith & Wesson revolvers favored by steely-eyed defenders of the mythology of the gun such as Dirty Harry and Marshal Dillon.

“We've already spent our kids' inheritance,” he chuckled. “We might as well retire here so they can take care of us.”

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