It’s Bush’s Fault

Police in Manhattan Beach, CA are investigating a pig’s head wrapped in a Romney T-shirt left at a local GOP headquarters as an “illegal dumping of an animal carcass”.

You know in your heart of hearts that if that pig’s head was left at a Demcratic Party officer or an Obama for America headquarters that the Party of Tolerance™ would be screaming about a “hate crime”. The Secret Service would be involved and there would be a joint press conference with representatives from the LAPD, the FBI, and the LA District Attorney’s Office promising to track down the miscreant.

Go figure.

Dave Kopel on Second Amendment Election Results

Ginny Simone of NRA News interviewed attorney Dave Kopel of the Independence Institute regarding how the 2012 elections impacted the Second Amendment and gun rights. It fleshes out his column from the Volokh Conspiracy and gives more detail.

It will be interesting to see if the Louisiana amendment setting strict scrutiny as the standard is exported to other states. I’d love to see something like that in North Carolina.

GRNC-PVF Reflects On Results In North Carolina

Grass Roots North Carolina-Political Victory Fund sent out their impressions on electoral results here in North Carolina last night. They were generally pleased with the results here in NC with some new strong pro-gun State Senators coming on board. While not mentioned directly, the one downside is that St. Senator Doug Berger (D-Northampton) lost. He had been a stalwart on the pro-gun side.

First, congratulations are due to North Carolina gun voters who ensured our state was the only battleground state to repulse the Obama machine. Better yet, thanks to your efforts, anti-gun candidates went down in flames around the state. This is the closest thing to a “clean sweep” GRNC-PVF has ever managed.



Frankly, with your help the GRNC Political Victory Fund kicked butt. In congressional races, the three districts in which GRNC-PVF was active, all saw pro-gun victories, with Richard Hudson (USH-08, GRNC ****), Mark Meadows (USH-11, ****) and George Holding (USH-13, ****) all winning their races. There may yet be a 4th victory, with the race in USH-07 being still too close to call. Unfortunately, the NRA endorsed anti-gun incumbent Mike McIntyre (GRNC **, with a pro-gun voting record of only 74%) against GRNC-recommended challenger David Rouzer, whose 100% pro-gun voting record in the NC Senate earned GRNC’s highest 4-star (****) evaluation. NRA members should contact the organization and ask them why they might have helped to re-elect an anti-gun incumbent against a superior challenger.


In the governor’s race and NC Council of State races relevant to gun rights, you were tentatively 3 for 3, with Governor Pat McCrory, Lt. Gov. Dan Forest and conservative Supreme Court Justice Paul Newby winning their races. (Note: As of this writing, Forest is ahead by only 0.2%, with opponent Linda Coleman not yet conceding.)


An early analysis of General Assembly races indicates that of 35 NC Senate races in which GRNC-PVF made recommendations, 28 (80%) of the recommended candidates won. Of districts in which GRNC-PVF did mailings and/or robocalls in the General Election (in addition to primaries and runoffs), only one candidate lost. Big wins included Trudy Wade (NCS027, ****), Jeff Tarte (NCS027, ****) and Thom Goolsby (NCS009). These candidates will be leaders for your rights.


In the NC House, results were better still. GRNC-PVF made candidate recommendations in 70 races, helping to produce 58 winners (83%). Of the districts receiving mailings and/or robocalls, only one recommended candidate failed to win his race (a win rate of 88%). Notably, one Republican incumbent lost his reelection bid: Gaston Pridgeon (NCH046), who voted against gun owners in the last session of the General Assembly. Despite entreaties to mail for this RINO, GRNC-PVF not only refused the mailing, but also issued a recommendation that gun owners sit out the race. Pridgeon will not be missed.


As you are acutely aware, national results were not as satisfactory. Barack Obama, who stood before the world in the second presidential debate to call for re-implementation of the ban on semi-automatic firearms, saying he will “[see] if we can get an ‘assault weapons ban reintroduced”, will now have what he described to Russian President Dmitri Medvedev as “more flexibility.” What else “more flexibility” entails we will soon see.


GRNC will be working to:

Reorient its efforts to provide greater focus on federal, as opposed to state issues;
Increase its size and effectiveness by running a membership drive;
Run a statewide petition to the NC congressional delegation opposing any restrictions on semi-automatic firearms or magazines.


GRNC is restricted by law from using organizational money to advocate the election or defeat of candidates, meaning GRNC-PVF must raise money separately from membership resources. GRNC-PVF depends on your contributions to run radio spots and do mailings. Again, because our effort is all-volunteer, we are able to put your money to more efficient, effective use than any other organization.

Please contribute to GRNC-PVF by going to:

I’m Hanging It Up For The Night

I’ve had enough of politics for the night. I don’t know how the nation will turn out – not good is my suspicion – but North Carolina turned out fairly well.

Pat McCrory picked up the governor’s seat beating Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton (D-NC) rather handily. This will be the first time NC has had a Republican governor since 1988. The Lt. Governor’s race is currently too close to call.

In the US House, Republicans have picked up the 8th, 11th, and 13th congressional districts which were held by Democrats. It is too close to call in the 7th where Rep. Mike McIntyre (D) holds a 400 vote lead over State Sen David Rouzer (R). Gun owners win either way. The Congressional delegation will either be 9-4 Republicans or 10-3 Republican with the Senate split.

The Republicans look to hold on to their majorities in both the State Senate and House.

And the state was just called for Mitt Romney. We did our part and now it is up to the rest of the nation.

UPDATE: I see Fox and most of the others have called it for Obama. It isn’t going to be pretty for the next four years and Chris Christie can rot in hell as far as I’m concerned.

UPDATE II: In North Carolina, the General Assembly will be solidly Republican. In the State House, Republicans will hold 77 seats as compared to the Democrats 43. This looks to be a net gain of 9. The State Senate will remain under Republican control with 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats. This is no change.

 Rep. Mike McIntyre (R-7) held on to his seat in Congress by 508 votes. He did have the NRA endorsement while GRNC was supporting his opponent State Sen. David Rouzer. In the 8th District, the other Blue Dog Democrat, Larry Kissell lost by over 20,000 votes to Richard Hudson. The 11th and 13th Districts were open seats with Democrat incumbents who chose not to run for re-election.

Pat McCrory won the governorship with over 54% of the vote while Dan Forest squeaked by with about a 100,000 vote margin.

Finally, not that it matters in the greater scheme of things but Mitt Romney did win the state by about 97,000 votes.

On the state level, I think we have a better chance to get more reforms passed with regard to gun laws. I think restaurant carry along with a clarification of park carry will come before the General Assembly in the 2013 session and pass.

Some Are More Equal Than Others

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor doesn’t think too much of our Second Amendmen rights. It is also apparent that she thinks she is much too important to stand in line to vote like the rest of us great unwashed.

Photo by @jeffkrehely

The photo above was taken by Jeff Krehely and posted to Twitter. He called her his most famous neighbor.

The publication DCist is perfectly OK with this.

Would we hold it against Sotomayor for jumping the line? Of course
not—the court is hearing arguments in two cases today, after all, and it
wouldn’t be any good for her to miss those because she’s trying to cast
her ballot.

That is bullshit.

If she was so concerned about missing arguments, she had plenty of opportunity to vote by either absentee ballot or by taking advantage of the District’s early voting. According to the DC Voter Guide, they had early voting available in all wards beginning as early as October 22nd and this included Saturdays.

And This Would Be Just The Start If Obama Is Re-Elected

I consider Jim Shepherd one of the more astute observers out there. Given his ties to the shooting industry combined with his experience as VP for news at CNN, when he reports on a “rumor” I tend to listen.

In today’s Shooting Wire, he reports on a meeting that Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s legal staff is reported to have had with the FBI and ATF concerning a new assault weapons (sic) ban.

Don’t have the minutes of the meeting (yet), but sources tell me California Senator and longtime gun-hater Dianne Feinstein’s legal staff held meetings on Friday with FTB/ATF legal staff to discuss a new “Assault Weapons Ban” Madame Feinstein would be looking to push through Congress if President Obama wins reelection.

This same “pretty good intelligence” says the items that would lead to a ban would ban pistol grips and “high-capacity” magazines, eliminate any grandfathering and ban sales of “weapons in possession”. I don’t know about you, but if these things come to pass and I’m “in possession” I’m certainly not selling. In fact, the lack of interest in the idea surprised the California liberal’s legal staffers. Apparently, they believe no logical person could possible disagree with them.

Ordinarily, I wouldn’t begin (or end) with a rumor, but today and tomorrow aren’t exactly ordinary days. Today is the final day before the general election, and in case you haven’t noticed there are plenty of significant items on ballots across the nation.

I think such efforts would be just the start of bad things coming from the gun prohibitionists if Barack Obama is re-elected president. Obama said in the second debate that he would like to see a new ban on ARs and AKs.

As Jim notes and I would agree, if you haven’t already voted, then postpone what you are doing “short of live saving surgery” and get to the polls tomorrow. Or as they have been saying on Instapundit, this is a broken glass election – drag yourself to the polls and vote for Romney-Ryan even if you have to drag yourself across broken glass.

Keep Calm And Finish Him

I saw this posted at the Chicago Boyz blog which deals with economics and politics from a free market perspective and I really liked it!

Early voting has ended in most states. So if you haven’t voted, Tuesday is your option. Make use of it. As someone said at the recent Gun Rights Policy Conference, this is the most dangerous election of our lifetimes especially when it comes to our Second Amendment rights.

So take heed of the picture below and finish the job started in 2010.

I Hope My Students Aren’t This Stupid

I’m an adjunct faculty member at a local state university and teach classes in financial and retirement planning every year. I’ve had some that have been exceptional and some that just didn’t get it. However, I don’t think I had any student in the last eight years that would fall for this utterly insipid and stupid ad just released by the Obama campaign.

I know I’ve had students that voted for Obama in 2008 but I think even they would be rolling their eyes over this. I certainly hope so!

Here is more about Ms. Durham who only yesterday was joking about dressing up as a murderer/rapist for Halloween.