Monday, January 14, 2013

Military guns save us from coyotes

U.S. Rep. Rosa DeLauro has introduced legislation aimed to curb gun violence by creating a tax credit to encourage people to turn-in assault weapons to state or local police. But the Augusta Chronicle reported today coyotes are being blamed for decline in deer donations. The Richmond County Democratic Party also sent a request to Georgia's lawmakers to ban military guns.

“Let us be clear. Assault weapons are not about hunting or even self-defense and they should be off the streets,” DeLauro said of her proposed Support Assault Firearm Elimination and Reduction for our (SAFER) Street Act. “There is no reason on Earth, other than to kill as many people as possible in a very short period of time, that anyone needs a gun designed for military purposes.”

From The Augusta Chronicle

“In December,” reported The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “Gwinnett’s weapons carry applications doubled from the previous December, rising to 1,082. Cobb County saw an 89 percent hike to 1,212 last month.”

In Augusta, a recent spot check of Richmond County government by The Chronicle revealed 40 gun permit applications in a single day; they had been running at about 10 to 15 a day.

Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association reports a tsunami of 100,000 new members.

It makes absolutely no sense to come after law-abiding gun owners. They’re not the problem.

The current hysteria ignores the fact that violence and gun violence have actually dropped by half since the 1990s – and that the areas with the strictest gun laws often have the most gun violence, probably a reflection of the fact that the government is capable of disarming only those residents who follow laws.

Studies show mass killings peaked in 1929. And as for banning “assault” weapons, they are difficult to define – and a study of the country’s former assault weapons ban concludes the effect of a reinstatement of it is “likely to be small at best and perhaps too small for reliable measurement. (Assault weapons) were rarely used in gun crimes even before the ban.”

Sane and law-abiding Americans, who are in no way responsible for Sandy Hook, are as serious about the Second Amendment as most of us are about the First Amendment and every other constitutional protection against the heavy hand of government.

We said in the wake of Sandy Hook that we’d welcome a reasonable debate on guns.
So far, there’s no sign of one.

Deer donations to charities decline

Golden Harvest Food Bank received 843 pounds of deer in 2012 compared to the 2,069 in 2010. Columbia County Cares food pantry Executive Director David Iverson said he received no deer donations this hunting season, compared to the hundreds of pounds of prepackaged venison he’d receive in the past.

“We haven’t gotten any this year, and that is unusual,” Iverson said.

Crawford McConnell said the economy has affected many hunters’ ability to donate. Processing can range from $40 to $80 an animal, so many are unable to front the cash just to give the meat to charity.

Others have noted they’ve seen fewer deer this season than in years past, which many hunters are attributing to a coyote problem across the state.

McConnell began Sportsmen Taking Aim Against Hunger when he saw a need in the community and thought his sport could provide a solution. McConnell said one pound of deer meat can feed six people and can be worked into burgers, chili and ground meat.

Gun and Ammunition Control

The following was sent to Rep. John Barrow, Senator Chambliss, Senator Isakson, from Georgia:

At the January 9, 2013 meeting of the Richmond County Democratic Party, the body unanimously agreed to a resolution concerning gun and ammunition control.

Outraged by the lack of oversight on the sale of both, the RCDP, your constituents, urges you to support legislation which would ban the sale of assault weapons, such as the Bushmaster XM-15 or AR-15 to civilians.  These are military weapons, not hunting rifles.  In addition, the use of 20-30 round holders for these semi-automatic rifles and 100 bullet-capacity magazines should be banned for sale to civilians.

 Sent by Gloria Greenbaum as designated by the Party and approved by the Executive Committee.

Beside of being a strong advocate of guns possession, Barrow will probably be stronger supporter for legalization of marijuana.

The son of the Congressman, James Pentlarge Barrow, 18, according to news reports, was charged by Athens-Clarke police with driving under the influence of drugs, possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and speeding, all misdemeanors. 

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