SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper. Today we focus on the cowards of Broward County. But first, this troubling news:
ATF Insider Reveals Draft Wording of Planned Rule on “Rate Enhancing” Parts for Semi-Autos
A “must see” video from the Military Arms Channel was released on Wednesday February 28th, 2018. It is an excerpt of a longer interview with Rick Vasquez. He is a USMC veteran and former Interim Branch Chief of the BATFE’s Firearms Technology Branch. In this video, Vasquez reveals that he has received insider information from ATF consultants on the draft wording of the planned rule banning rate enhancing parts for semi-auto firearms.
According to Vasquez, this ruling will have the force of law, without an act of Congress. Because of what he called “extremely broad” wording, this ruling would ban any part that would cause a faster than normal trigger reset or faster cadence of fire of any semi-auto, and presumably re-classify those parts as contraband machinegun conversion parts. In this interview Vasquez pointedly asks: “Now who is going to decide what the [normal] rate of fire is? Because if I build a device that makes my firearm reset and shoot faster, what is going to become the ‘standard’?” This in turn begs the question: Would magazines over a certain capacity be construed as “rate enhancing”?
Ominously, Vasquez also mentioned that he was told that as currently drafted, the new rule would have no Grandfather Clause to allow these parts to be registered as post-May 1986 machineguns. This of course would fly in the face of a huge number of precedents and case law, under Federal jurisprudence. (The norm, dating back many decades, is that Federal bans must have a Grandfather Clause, lest any new regulation constitute a “taking” without compensation.)
Please contact the White House, your senators, and your congressman and raise a ruckus about this!
The Cowards of Broward County
The recent events in Florida lead me to ask: When did the courage of the Men Of Old slip away from our modern policemen?
This piece by Mark Steyn is worth reading: A Total Failure of the State. His essay Includes these details:
“I was on air with Tucker Carlson when I heard that Stoneman Douglas High’s on-site ‘school resource officer’ – [Broward County] Sheriff’s Deputy Scot Peterson, uniformed, trained and armed – had declined to enter the building and had stayed safely outside until Nikolas Cruz had finished killing everybody.
After a day on suspension without pay, Deputy Peterson has now ‘retired’, which assuredly comes with pay.
But, as I said, it gets worse. Three of his fellow deputies, from Sheriff Israel’s department, then showed up at the school and also decided not to enter the building but to remain crouched behind their vehicles until the shooting had stopped.”
Perhaps I’m just a dinosaur, but I seem to recall to the phrase: “Run to the sound of guns.” Obviously, American public school students can no longer depend on our police to come to their aid when besieged by lunatics. So, it is high time to arm our schoolteachers!
Constitution Doesn’t Matter To Federal Judges
Reader DSV sent us this: Federal Court Quietly Rules “Assault Rifles” Not Protected by 2nd Amendment. Here are a couple of quotes:
“In a 10-4 ruling, the federal court ruled that the state of Maryland’s ban on 45 different “assault” weapons and its 10-round limit for magazines was not a violation of the citizens’ constitutional rights. The ruling was not without harsh dissent, however.” … … Judge William Traxler issued a dissent. By concluding the Second Amendment doesn’t even apply, Traxler wrote, the majority “has gone to greater lengths than any other court to eviscerate the constitutionally guaranteed right to keep and bear arms.” He also wrote that the court did not apply a strict enough review on the constitutionality of the law.
“For a law-abiding citizen who, for whatever reason, chooses to protect his home with a semi-automatic rifle instead of a semi-automatic handgun, Maryland’s law clearly imposes a significant burden on the exercise of the right to arm oneself at home, and it should at least be subject to strict scrutiny review before it is allowed to stand,” Traxler wrote.”
The Big Freeze
The article begins: “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has yet again been caught exaggerating ‘global warming’ by fiddling with the raw temperature data.
This time, that data concerns the recent record-breaking cold across the northeastern U.S. which NOAA is trying to erase from history.
If you believe NOAA’s charts, there was nothing particularly unusual about this winter’s cold weather which caused sharks to freeze in the ocean and iguanas to drop out of trees.”
Congress is trying to pass Bill H.R.1856 that removes protections of site owners for what their users post. This is one more piece of legislation to voice your opposition about, when you call your congressman about the pending civilian disarmament (“gun control” ) bills.
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