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  2. Retcop

    Time to leave Illinois

    You are right, Lon. Since I won't be paying a lot of taxes on my retirement income, I figured there would be a chance we could stay in Southern Illinois. We like it here, and we are in between the two kids and their families. My biggest problem with the gun laws here with my personal situation, is the inability to use suppressors. Registration is the end of all that. Although I doubt that you or I would go to prison on a first offense, I have other considerations that would ruin me. I know it is a long shot, but I will be notifying my reps and the Governor that if these laws pass I will be leaving the State. After already losing 1 House Seat to out-migration, it is the only thing that may get these laws held up. My concern is not enough gun owners will let their feelings known, or plan to comply, or plan to try and fly under the radar, and want no contact with the government.
  3. I agree. But, the governor can be voted out of office. And the county could vote in another Sheriff. I'm thinking the next county election the appointed Sheriff would have to face the voters. Just my take.
  4. Thanks guys. I'm going to get it set up tomorrow, and get my HST back on my AR. However, the weather doesn't look like it's going to cooperate this weekend...again..., so I don't know if I'm going to get to shoot. We'll see.
  5. alpo

    Gillett razor

    They're creating a world of sissies. I use an electric razor. But I usually only shave after about 4 or 5 days.
  6. Good example. The knife cuts both ways.
  7. alpo

    Time to leave Illinois

    That don't sound very good.
  8. Agreed 100% that is why I previously asked if he was appointed . What if the governor was anti gun and removed the sheriff because he was issuing concealed carry ? As you have pointed out he does need to be removed but by the voters . Sent from my Moto E (4) using Tapatalk
  9. alpo

    Things Are Heating Up In PA

    I love it. What Longhair said.
  10. alpo

    Stabbing at local Walmart

    Illegal immigrant???
  11. alpo

    So....I did a thing. Going back to get learned

    Good luck. Better you than me. Once I got out of school 50 years ago, that was it. I didn't want anything else to do with it.
  12. While I know this is not going to be very popular, I think it is reasonable to question the legal authority of a State Governor to suspend (basically fire) a duly elected office holder. I would not want Israel as my elected County Sheriff, and I would do everything I could to see that he was recalled and removed from office. I am only looking at the larger constitutional issue, not Israel's competence. The Governor's actions do give me pause. While I believe that Israel's dismissal is appropriate, I'm not convinced the Governor doing it is correct. There may be other times where a Governor could use these powers in an arbitrary, unethical, or self-serving way, and I believe the will of the voters should be jealously guarded. This is a precedent, absent criminal charges, that could be later regretted.
  13. alpo

    Magpul knife

    500 bucks too much to spend. I like my Case Trapper that I carry in my pocket always.
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  15. To expound on that, much of what the NRA does, much in partnership with the NSSF, in introduce both youth and adults into the world of firearms through the educational, training, and competition opportunities that are paid for by membership dues. The NRA makes it easier for people like us to get our friends and family involved, too. Every young or old person who is introduced to the wonderful world of firearms is another arrow in the quiver of those willing to stand up for our 2A rights, and spread the gospel that firearms are tools for recreation and for defense of self and liberty, and not the scary evil things the Left would have them believe. Even though some have criticized the quality of NRA instruction for Peace Officers (not sure why), this is also a worthwhile use of membership money to send that message of Liberty along with the training being delivered. The other thing I would like to address is multi-faceted. First when the history of the NRA is considered, the involvement in politics and the creation of the NRA-ILA came recently. There are going to be mistakes and missteps, and if you missed the part about gshayd pointing out that the NRA-ILA has only the politicians we send to D.C. and our Statehouses to work with, it worth reading. This is a critical point. It you think the NRA should be more successful, or is not doing enough to protect our rights, go look in the mirror and ask yourself how politically involved you are in electing true Second Amendment supporters to Office. That is where we all need to take responsibility for our action, or lack of action, in sending pro-gun people to Washington and the States. Casting a vote is no longer enough, I'm not certain if it was ever enough. We all complain about RINOS, but how many are out their working for the 2A supporting Primary Candidates who would be much better for us than the establishment candidate we allow to win, and then "hold our nose" to vote for". As the men and women of all backgrounds showed in PA, we have political power we have not begun to exercise. Lastly, most of us, including myself, like being NRA Life Members, and we wear the badge proudly. Many of us think it shows our credentials as devoted supporters of the 2A. What many of us fail to realize, or engage in convenient self denial, is that not one penny you paid for that Life Membership or any membership dues is allowed, by law, to be spent on Political Activism. So a tiny portion of your Life membership is probably invested somewhere to continue to produce revenue, and the rest of it is long gone, spent on the programs the NRA runs, and for the "exorbitant" salaries of the NRA administration. (according to some) The National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action is the only wing of the NRA that is allowed to lobby our lawmakers, be involved in electioneering, or any other type of political activity. For all the proud "Life Members", especially those who have been so for any length of time are not doing jack to support the NRA in their Legislative efforts. Doing nothing to help pro-gun representatives win primaries and get elected to office. So many of of say that the grass roots actions being taken by the gun owners are too lame, too costly, or too time consuming to be worth their time, symbolically flash their NRA Life Membership to give themselves "street cred" that they are "down with the struggle". The plain truth is if that if you are not donating time and/or money to the NRA-ILA you are doing virtually nothing to help the NRA achieve political victories in protecting our Second Amendment rights. I commend those who are members of the GOA, as I am, but if you and I think that the GOA has anywhere near the clout or the resources to come close to having the influence of the NRA, we are just kidding ourselves. I think the GOA leadership are fine hardworking people, and the have my respect, and some of my money. But the difference is scale is undeniable. In closing, I'd like to say I have been trying to communicate the importance of the election of Donald Trump, and even more importantly, to get him re-elected, along with electing pro-gun members of Congress. However, this must start at the Primary Candidate level, not just voting for the establishment candidates the RNC serves up every 2 years. Each of us has our own financial situation, and no one has the right to tell you what to do with your money, or your time, for that matter. I have even had the unmitigated gall to suggest that we all forgo a firearm or accessory purchase in the next year, and send that money we were going to spend and donate to the NRA-ILA. When I wrote that, I knew it would ruffle some feathers. When I send my pittance into the NRA, it gets sent to the NRA-ILA. I do it several times a year, I give more early in election years. If all of the proud members of the NRA would simply get one of their shooting buddies to join the NRA each year, and would donate a similar pittance as I do to the NRA-ILA, I think we would all be blown away by the the change in political dynamics a voting block of 10 million members and a full war chest would make. What a well funded NRA-ILA could accomplish with the right representatives to work with. The bottom line is that the NRA has always been a grassroots organization. Maybe they are showing some signs of having been too long inside the D.C. bubble. IDK. What I do know is that the Left enjoys watching us eat our own, because they know their divide and conquer strategy will eventually bear fruit. Please donate what you can to the NRA-ILA. Please strive for consensus within the firearms community instead of promoting division. Please become politically active starting with the run up to the Primary Elections. This takes time as well as money, in order to break the backs of the RINOS. With everything we have to consider, the most important thing that should be driving our motivation to get involved with both time and money is the painfully obvious truth that the swearing in of President Donald J. Trump is the best chance we have had to significantly change the relationship between The People and the government that we have had in decades. The Left knows this, which is why they are in a no-holes-barred fight for political supremacy. We must take the same attitude when it comes to the next election cycle. It really is now or possibly never to return the government to The People to a degree where we can take the off ramp on this Road to Serfdom and secure it for decades with the Courts. That is what is possible if we absorb the reality of what this next election means. I don't think I need to try and convince anyone of what the future will hold if we don't put the maximum effort into political victory now. This is not hyperbole. It is the cold hard fact that our Liberties will be lost if we remain disheartened, cynical, and apathetic. I believe we have a great opportunity laid out before us in the next 2 years. It remains to be seen if we are going to take advantage of this opportunity through hard work and sacrifice. The best predictor of future behavior is past behavior. The point I am trying to make is that many of us in this Republic, especially as men and women who believe in the sanctity of the Second Amendment and all the rights it protects, have got to step up our game immediately, and sustain it in a big way for the next 2 years. Along with "I will not comply !" must come the extraordinary effort to defeat those tyrants who believe we should comply with the forfeiture of our Constitutional Rights. It's not going to be easy, but when I look at the Veterans and the Active Duty Military, the retired and active LEO, the hardworking family men and women who are the backbone of this country, and every freedom loving gun owner, I see hundreds of million people who know how to rise to a challenge and complete the mission. Although the fight will never end, if we accomplish what I think we are capable of in 2020 and beyond, we can actually take a moment to catch our breath. This truly is a crossroad between Freedom and Serfdom. With the artificial Lefitist attempt to forever change our Republic's demographics with an invasion of people for whom private gun ownership is totally foreign to them, this is most likely the last politically centered opportunity we have to solidly protect our rights for the future, and to turn the path of government away from the Statist elites. Our last, best, chance to seat a Congress, President, and thus a Judiciary that will not push us into the corner of "God Forbid ! " Will we rise to the challenge to honor those who came before us and sacrificed all to establish and protect the most free, prosperous, and powerful nation in the History of Man on Earth ? The answer lies inside each one of us, along with our willingness to sacrifice and come together in common cause. John
  16. He pulled his kids from MSD and moved the family away. He knows what people think of him and does not want retribution or retaliationj against his family. Why he cannot move on himself is apparently not on his schedule. If he was anywhere beside Broward Co. he would have been tarred and feathered. He needs to move to someplace remote and sink into obscurity. Maybe he can get a dog catcher job somewhere.
  17. RocketFoot

    Magpul knife

    Awesome...but not $500+ awesome! I don't really need an expensive knife that will last forever...I'd probably just lose it anyway!
  18. hlhneast

    Firearms Industry Opposes Feinstein AW Ban

    I am shocked, shocked I tell ya!
  19. This. The opportunity was missed. The "show voters" wouldnt rise to the occasion when the nut cutting started.
  20. If all criminal convictions arent posted to the NICS background check system it is a failure. More and more of these mass shooters have obtained their firearms legally because of the failure to report. Some of these individuals also were known to have mental issues. Due process not withstanding, all of this should be in an individuals background check. Two of the recent shooters were visited by law enforcement about violent tendencies yet they were allowed to purchase firearms. I dont know what the solution is but something needs improving. Universal background checks is just a buzz word and a disguise for registration and confiscation.
  21. Interesting look at concealed vs. open carry. What he says is absolutely true. In FL its legal to open carry if you are engaged in hunting or fishing and travel to and from these activities. Where I hunt is very "country" with old school values. 99% of people will notice the firearm on my hip and dont have any issue with it. I dont think I would open carry in Jacksonville because of snowflakes and the reasons the video raises. You are instantly the first target in a criminal situation. I will stick with my little S&W 642 and concealed carry while I am out and about. Great vid Rampy!
  22. hlhneast

    So....I did a thing. Going back to get learned

    Congrats on going back to school. More education is always a good thing. Not only do you enrich your knowledge, hopefully you will enrich your bank account. Nearing the end of my field career I look more to non physical jobs and need certifications to qualify. Recently i completed training/certification to teach trade apprentices in a local builders organization's 4 year apprenticeship program. The very first part of this program is an intensive construction safety unit. This is something I want to bring to our shop for new employees. After my last helper came into the trade as a 19 yerar old who had absolutely no construction experience I saw the need to make sure these kids remain safe on the job site and are very aware of the dangers all around them. I am also working on completing an OSHA 30 hour certification to couple with the NCCR teacher certification. My hope is I can become a safety officer for my shop. There isnt a position for it but as our shop grows, the need grows along with it.. We recently added a utility division which brings a whole new dimension of safety issues. We also added about 20 people to our new construction division so the need is there for additional training. Most of the new guys are not "green" but need to be refreshed and some are fresh out of high school and its ttheir first construction job. I want all these guys to go home each night with all their fingers and toes.
  23. hlhneast

    Stabbing at local Walmart

    Its because Loonies dont have the mental capacity of a six year old. Amd when they dont get their way, they resort to temper tantrums like a child. Example: the last two years!
  24. Retcop

    Magpul knife

    I hope this is a prelude of magpul getting into the mass production of more affordable knives. The next challenge is going to make something of quality without the extensive hand fitting. Imo, the blade was very attractive, the handle not so much. But function was obviously driving form. To have a knife of that size with a secondary lock at 4.5 ounces is a very good thing. Make one for the masses, Magpul.
  25. Retcop

    Things Are Heating Up In PA

    Pass the ammunition ! !
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