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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Officer Friendly

Our safety, our liberty, depends upon preserving the Constitution of the United States as our fathers made it inviolate. The people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.

This country, with its institutions, belongs to the people who inhabit it. Whenever they shall grow weary of the existing government, they can exercise their constitutional right of amending it, or exercise their revolutionary right to overthrow it.

--both quotations by Abraham Lincoln

One of the things that Robert Mugabe, "Hitler" Hunzvi, and Adolf Hitler all have in common is their strong and effective programs of gun control.

Simply put, if not for gun control, Hitler would not have been able to murder 21 million people. Nor would Mugabe be able to carry out his current terror program.

--Dave Kopel, Hitler's Control

If you take Lincoln at his word, we're a country of laggards in the face of grave Constitutional gutting.

But you've gotta love those Iowa guys on the front cover of Brownells gun supply catalog. Such singularity of focus. The message is, if they can do it, any of us can.

I am not anti-gun, nor am I a militia-type espousing craziness, but I do fear the direction this nation has taken concerning gun control, and believe the 2nd amendment has become an illusion.

The military and police, or what we used to call the police, now share a commonality of approach.
I love Brownells and have been a faithful customer for 35 years, but I do not love the continued militarization of our police forces which the Brownells MIL-LE firearms catalog illustrates nicely.

Because of this encroaching, overbearing police posture over the citizens, I contend that the Bill of Rights would be unrecognizable to the Founding Fathers. I do not want to discuss the erosion of the 1st or 4th amendments, or habeus corpus, but will concern myself here only with the assault on the 2nd amendment and its affect upon our way of life.
The erosion is accomplished with the complicity of all our elected officials at the local, state and federal level.

My argument is Ranger-simple: If the police have automatic weapons, then so, too, should the citizenry.

I do not like automatic weapons, nor do I believe anybody needs them, but that is not the point. My argument stems from the fact that the police are not the military. The government fears the citizen's possession of automatic firearms, yet the police possess millions of automatic weapons and employ these in trained and equipped military-type assault teams loosed upon those citizens.

Why are the police armed like military units, and why do we accept this? Don't tell me it is to protect the homeland, or to shoot it out with terrorists. These sorts of shootouts only happen on t.v., and "24" is not modeled after real-life America.

As example, see the Rocky River Arms A-4 rifle directly above, or the VLTOR Modstock Basic Carbine Combo Kit pictured above that (pgs. 2 and 4 in the catalog, respectively.) These firearms are open to purchase by the general public, but they are also the weapons used by municipal police agencies. The only difference is the police agencies can legally convert these to full auto fire.

Who will these military weapons subdue? For recent examples, Waco, or Ruby Ridge should come to mind.

In Waco and Ruby Ridge, U.S. citizens--not terrorists--were obliterated by military-type assault teams that showed little regard for the Bill of Rights.

Waco was a compound full of U.S. citizens accused of violating federal law, and the federal juggernaut rolled over them using chemical agents outlawed in war and tanks borrowed from the Army, and every federal agent for miles around was packing automatic weapons. It should be noted that only one person was named and charged on the warrant served by the federal agents.

Even if every Branch Davidian had a Rambo-type M60, they didn't have a chance. Armed citizens cannot stand up to this overwhelming combat power of the civilian federal authority. The lesson was clear, but seems to be forgotten by our short-term memory citizenry. Bluntly, the government at any level, if they want you, can take out your wife and family, along with your dog, Tyke. Just ask Randy Weaver.

In effect, the Federal Agents used automatic weapons to kill people because the people supposedly had automatic weapons. Bear in mind that fact was never proven, as the evidence was incinerated in situ; what remained for identification was never shown to be automatic. Other evidence disappeared, similar to the missing tape in the Padilla case.

For sure they had AR-15's, probably illegally manufactured, but that shouldn't be a death sentence executed by our tax-supported federal agents. Also bear in mind that the survivors of Waco didn't exactly get what could be called a fair chance in federal court. This is old history, but the Bushes, Clintons, Edwards, Guilianis, McCains, Gores and Kerrys of this world are not in favor of U.S. citizens possessing assault-type weapon.

It is my speculation that local, state and federal law enforcement kill more Americans every year than die as a result of targeting by Islamic jihad terrorists. This, even if one factors in the U.S. soldiers deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This thought does not make me sleep better at night. In fact, I believe I'll order #100-002-670CA Chrome-lined 11 1/2 Heavy Barrel AR 15 for $239.95. I also need to order new 30 round M16/AR 15 mags with chrome silicon springs. Regular springs are so passe.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Preach it, brother. And it's everywhere! I was in the small town nearest my rural North Texas home last month picking up supplies and stopped by the local diner for a quick cuppa and to get caught up on the local news. While I was there a brand new police cruiser pulls up in front and in struts this blonde, crew-cut, in-the-gym-everyday-so-my-six-pack-pops kid sporting the badge of the local costanbulary. His uniform, though, was a real eye-catcher, all in Darth Vader black -- tee shirt with painted-on badge (said "SWAT" on the back), carefully bloused trousers tucked into some kind of squeaky new tac boot, custom combat grips on something imposing strapped into a nylon drop leg rig. I had to grin. I mean, it was ludicrous: there's less than 2000 people in this sleepy little town -- and that's countin noses liberally on the 4th of July when everyone comes to the parade! The local police have fewer than a dozen officers and no more than 5 traffic lights tops to worry about. A really bad day for these boys is a feedmill payday when they have more than one fistfight to break up in the local saloon parking lot! I couldn't help myself, I swear. Just me, him and the waitress there so while she's drawin up his coffee to go, I sez "Hey how come the fancy uniform? You fellas expecting something big down at the school crossin'?" I guess being an old fart/bumpkin saved me from a stiff lecture on respect. At least that's what his pained expression indicated. What he said, though, wiped the grin right off my face. "Homeland Security, sir", he said, "we just got a grant from 'em and now we have a TAC team." Well, he took his java and squealed out from the parking lot and I looked at the waitress and said "Jiminy! I wonder what other kinda high velocity kill-crazy crap those fools bought with their new gummit money!?" Her answer summed up nicely the answer to your question "Why do we stand for it?". She said "Listen, if it was me, I wouldn't go down to the courthouse to complain or even find out. They'd figger you were a terrorist and that it'd be alright to try out their new toys on you." I thought about it. She could be right.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 1:56:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Thanks for your response; I can't remember when I've enjoyed a reply as much.

Yes, we both reflect old fart attitudes, and I would guess by the tone of your letter that you've had extensive backgd. with weapons, and the whiz bang doesn't impress you either.

The Tallahassee police force SWAT team also wears the black T-shirts with a "We make housecalls" logo on the back, replete with sniper cross hairs on the front, and door kickings depicted. Not exactly something to foster community goodwill, huh?

What is a 2,000 strong community doing with a Homeland Security grant? My guess is that district voted Republican. You did say Texas, right?

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 2:33:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The proverbial nail on the proverbial head, sir. And while Texas may be considered by some to be Dubya's Tikrit, not all Texans are Sunni. (Apologies to both Muslims and judges of badly done similie).


Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 4:38:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


I welcome my new raconteur to join in anytime ;)


Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 5:30:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Russrll said...

oAnonymous,same here ! I live is a smallpaper-mill town in soth Arkansa and the county dept. has received same grant to purchase riot gear! About the closest we ever got to a riot was a pack of dogs chasing female in heat !

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 10:12:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Yes, but they shall look awfully stylish on their next love patrol, eh?! Daresay the wayward males will break it up upon sight of the riot crew.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 10:18:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Russell said...

Scarey thing about it is not really sure any of these guysknow which end of the gun the bullet comes out ! You know the "Barney Fife" type ! LOL

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 10:33:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger Claymore said...

The assault weapons ban is a racket; my guns will be worth double overnight if dumbshit hysterical menopause whore(old rottne commi hag pelosi) pushed her agenda.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007 at 11:07:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...

Oh Claymore, I think you're yanking my chain.

We do not say such things about Ms. Pelosi here. She is far more impressive and articulate than most of the old boys in this administration.

We would be being too generous to ascribe their aberrant behavior to mid- or late-life crises; the Bush administration's behavior is simply criminal.

Please note that Bush is not exempt from Jim's assertions. We'll let him continue the response later,


Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 5:46:00 AM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


It was Bush 41 that instituted the assault weapons ban through executive fiat, although the president has no constitutional authority to regulate interstate commerce. That's a congressional function, according to the version of the Constitution taught in law school. And he was a lawyer.

Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 3:53:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


Jim sending. I will leave a soldier behind in a heartbeat if he's being hateful; decorum rules, here. No more printing vituperations.

Strange you argue for moderation in uw/gw environment, but you need assault rifle in the states. Can you explain that?

Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 10:01:00 PM GMT-5  
Blogger rangeragainstwar said...


You've caught my meaning exactly.
Barney Fife was a wonderful character--so in earnest, so wrapped up over minutiae, so ineffective.

Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 10:04:00 PM GMT-5  
Anonymous Security Captain said...

I feel like Janus the (greek?) god who can see both what's coming and what has been. Not on the street any more (was a medic in my youth) but things are starting to swing back a little more toward sanity, at least in my fair city...I don't see too many coppers with 25-round mags for their Beretta's anymore, and it's been a while since our local PD deployed their SWAT armored personnel carrier (yes, I'm serious), but the BDU's and the 'high-and-tight' haircuts do kind of get on my nerves a little.

Worst part in my opinion is that the good cops who really do know their place and it's value get grief from both sides, the public and their colleagues. Public thinks they're too hard, and their cowboy co-coppers think they're too soft.

One thing I AM jealous of are those Police Interceptor Crown Vics...glide like a Lincoln and fly like a Cobra...if you can afford the gas.

Monday, July 2, 2007 at 10:33:00 PM GMT-5  

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