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 from “HJL”. There is an interesting article today on toughening up America.
Build the Wall
When we last checked on Saturday night, the GoFundMe campaign for the border wall had reached over $29,270,216. The new Democrat controlled House needs to pay attention during this government shutdown. The people really want this wall. Here’s hoping Trump stays strong over the issue.
Asset Forfeiture in Texas
The numbers are in. The Texas law enforcement agencies made more than $50 million in 2017 from seizing people’s property. While some law enforcement leaders say civil asset forfeiture is a necessary tool for fighting crime, it’s clear that the whole process is being abused. Law enforcement has found this to be an effective tool to fund their operations and they don’t seem to really care about truth anymore. It’s all about the bottom line. What started as a program with the intention of making sure crime doesn’t pay has now turned into a lucrative substitute for money that they can’t access through taxes. In fact, unlike taxes, the harder they work at it, the more lucrative it is. I guess truth and innocence only matter in some cases. Thanks to reader H.L. for the link.
It is now illegal to sell “assault” weapons to those under 21 in the Washington state area. The only problem is that “assault” is a made-up term and no one really knows what it means. Another bill in Washington seeks to define the term to include pretty much any semi-automatic rifle, but that law doesn’t take effect until six months later (July 2019). In the meantime, one Seattle based gun store is just ignoring the age limit law because without a definition of what “assault” means, there is no way to enforce the law. If you live in the area, are under 21, and desire a black rifle (or even a semi-auto hunting rifle), now it your chance to get it. The clock is ticking and you have less than six months. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Here they come! On the 8th anniversary of the mass shooting that severely injured former Rep. Gabby Giffords, the House Democrats plan to introduce a bill that would require background checks on all gun sales, including private, person-to-person sales. While we are saddened that Rep. Giffords when through this ordeal, we are also saddened that she has taken this as an opportunity to violate your ability to protect yourself from others, including the government she worked for. It should be noted that similar legislation has been introduced in the past with the support of up to 14 Republicans. That bill went nowhere, but with the Democrats controlling the House, this one is pretty much guaranteed to pass. Hopefully the Senate will kill the bill before it reaches the president. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Guns are Not for the Little People
This article sent in by DSV reports that alderman Ed Burke, Chicago’s longest-serving alderman and one of it’s most powerful, has an incredible double standard. Guns are not for the little people like you and me, but they are okay for him and his cronies. Burke was recently recently arrested and charged with extortion because he tried to force a Burger King franchise to kick business his way or the building permits wouldn’t be approved. The FBI got involved and ended up raiding him. The alderman who has been a staunch anti-gun supporter had to turn in nearly two dozen firearms that were apparently in his office building. He probably won’t be charged with their possession though because an obscure 1872 law lists alderman as “peace officers” and those are allowed to carry firearms in Chicago.
Icom IC-R6 at Airshows
If you like airshows and you own an Icom IC-R6 scanner, reader T.J. has you covered. He sent in this video on programing the IC-R6 for the frequencies used at most airshows so you can hear the tower and the pilots communicating.
Reader G.P. sent in this article on how Americans, especially parents, need to toughen up. We have become a nation of snowflakes that are offended by everything, everywhere. That is one good thing about hard times. It tends to make one much tougher. We’ve had it too easy for too long. The article points out how recently high school students threatened to walk out of school because of the “scary” resource officer there to protect them. The TSA says they are phasing out the most effective bomb/drug sensors (canines) because they have pointy ears and are scary to children. Northhampton, Massachusetts rejected a planned Walmart donation of $13,000 worth of ammo to the police department because, you know, bullets kill people.
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