Monday, July 17, 2017

Big Problem in America by Budd Schroeder

THE RIGHT SIDE

BY BUDD SCHROEDER

JULY 21 2017

 

   THE BIG PROBLEM IN AMERICA IS POLITICS AND BUREAUCRACIES

 

    The disclaimer to this column is this.  There are several good people in the legislatures and executive positions locally, state wide and in federal offices.  That being said, consider the commentary to be the columnist's personal opinions based on news reports and experience.  The object of the column is to point out the problems in our country can be pretty much blamed on politicians, bureaucracies and an apathetic public.

       The first observation is that politics has little to do with good government.  It is all about power and money.  That is the overview.  Some of those in power don't abuse it.  They are in the minority.  Just look at the scandals that have been publicized recently, starting with the news about former Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

    According to the trial, in which a jury found him guilty. He was guilty of multiple examples of corruption involving millions of dollars and was sentenced to 12 years in prison for his crimes.  He is still collecting a state funded pension of more than $90,000 a year and was able to keep the money in his war chest for reelection, although he will never be able to be elected again.

    He never served a day in prison because he was able to hire top lawyers and the case was appealed.  Due to a quirk of a recent SCOTUS decision on what is considered to be political corruption, the case was overturned and now we are waiting to see if he will be retried. 

    Of course, now Mr. Silver wants the taxpayers to pay the millions of dollars he is spending on legal fees.  Many people have asked the question "why should the taxpayers be on the hook for his actions? What other occupation has this kind of perk?  Hopefully, he won't get his legal bills paid for by us.

    Think of the differences in the real world of justice.  Let's say Joe Sixpack is accused of a crime.  He is arrested and charged with a felony.  He has to hire an attorney and pays a retainer of $25,000 to get competent representation.  He also has to pay $100.000 bail money to stay out of prison while awaiting trial.  He doesn't have that kind of cash so he needs a bail bond. That will cost him $10,000.  Now, he also has a social problem. 

    The law says a person is innocent until proven guilty, but the press and society in general will read the reports and the electronic media. Newspapers  may blast his story on the front page.  His reputation is ruined and it affects his small business or his job if he works for someone.  it is very stressing.

    He goes to trial and is found to be not guilty, but he leaves the court a free man who dropped a minimum of $35,000 for the bond and the lawyer.  His business may have suffered or possibly he lost his job. He has been severely damaged.  Who will pay for those expenses?  Easy answer.  He will.

    Those in the system will justify the results because he had a "fair trial."  He was found to be not guilty of the crime, but how does he recover from the loss of money and reputation?  What would those in the legal profession and legal process say to justify that?  Probably, "He got due process. That's the way the system works."  The bureaucrats and lawmakers are off the hook.  Life can be tough.

    There is an old saying: "If you are going to sin, sin against God, not the bureaucracy.  God will forgive.  The bureaucracy won't."  It is usually true.  Once in a while, a person can "beat city hall."  However, those in the bureaucracy can still make life miserable for the person who did it. 

    It is possible to beat one bureaucracy and suddenly find that the IRS may suddenly call for an audit.  Decades ago this happened to the National Rifle Association who was causing the government a great deal of inconvenience with their pesky insistence that the Second Amendment meant what it said.

    They kept winning battles and causing bad press on certain governmental agencies and the government struck back.  It went through an extensive audit that cost NRA hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide the access to the necessary files and people to provide the information required by the IRS.

    After months of the IRS intrusion and nit picking the NRA came out with a clean bill of health.  It proved that they were doing everything right according to the IRS rules.  Still, the bureaucrats got their revenge by giving the NRA "due process."  What a country!

    This is just the tip of the iceberg.  The government and the bureaucracies provide much grist for the columnist's grill.  This is a column, not a book, so the mill will always have enough to grind.  Stay tuned.  More fun on the way, if we don't get a bureaucratic squashing.  They can be very vindictive and vicious,

                                                                -30- 

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Thompson Center Hawken Rifles For Sale

Pictured below are Stocks and Barrels of T/C's Invest Arms and a custom build in 54 cal. The custom build is possibly a Sharon Rifle Hawken style Half Stock that appears to be unfired.

These will be cross post listed.
TC 29" bbl



 54 cal 32" bbl





TC Hawken 54


Cabela's 54 Hawken Style
Cabelas


Cabelas

Cabelas
Cabelas with 54 cal Invest Arms bbl


TC Hawken

TC Hawken

TC Hawken
TC 54 

You're looking at 2 rifles a Cabela's 54 Hawken style and a T/C 54 Hawken. The Cabela's has 2 barrels that will fit it. A 50 & 54  The T/C Has 2 barrels as well. The 54 cal 32 " 1.66 twist for round ball and the 54 29" 1.48

Take one barrel or both. Cabelas is priced at $375.00 with the second barrel $500.00.

You pick what barrel you want on the rifle.

TC price with the 1.66 $425.00 Second barrel $550.00 Shipping will be a min of $25.00

 Second Barrels separately priced at:
Invest Arms 50 or 54 cal $175.00
T/C 54 29" $175.00
T/C 54 32" 1.66  $200.00

Bores are in great condition. The barrels have a bit of freckling and small corrosion spots. Nothing that hinders operation all cosmetic. Both of these appear to have had very little use. Just a few handling marks from being moved around.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Lefty Blames the Gun. Imagine that~~ Ny News Letter to the Buffalo news Editor response .

This is my letter to the Buffalo News.  Maybe they will print it.

Editor:

    The column by Douglas Turner blaming a gun for the assassination attempt on a Republican Congressman is typical of the left to shift blame. It is ironic, especially when the media are the ones spewing hatred, vitriolic, and venomous articles on a daily basis against Trump and the Republicans.
    The attack was thwarted by the fact that there were police at the scene who prevented the gunman from committing mass murder.  It solidifies the NRA saying: "The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun. Unfortunately in the past shootings, there were no good guys with guns.
    The problems is not with too many guns on the street.  There are too many bad guys on the streets and this shooter, according to reports, should have had his right to possess a gun revoked.  Law enforcement was lax in this matter.
    Chris Collins is right when he says he will be carrying his gun for protection.  Self defense is the original "do it yourself" option for survival. The fact that the wounded congressman had the power to have the police present for the baseball practice saved multiple lives.  Most citizens don't have that option or ability to do so.
    Instead of blaming guns, Turner, and other members of the media should focus on easing tensions rather than fomenting violence with their biased and incendiary rhetoric denouncing the president and staff and confusing the public by opinions rather than facts.  More restrictive gun laws won't stop such attacks by evil people for a very simple reason.  Criminals don't obey laws!

Budd Schroeder
Chairman Emeritus, SCOPE
Lancaster, NY 14086

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Public Range Discussion, Re-loads & Home Built Firearms

Yesterday while I and others observed range safety take a back seat to one cleaning his race rifle. I.E.=Race Rifle a highly machined firearm that is shot from a rest which can also be used on a horizontal mill machine. We discussed public range brass finds. I haven't shot at a public range in decades.

The discussion was finding 380 brass that was all blown out. Apparently having been fired in a 9mm chamber. Other brass findings , blown out casings,cracked, bolt face impressions over head stamps, and primers that were peirced by firing pins.
This leads us to a startling conclusion, many Youtube reloading practices and firearms builds by people are down right dangerious.
 How'd you like to purchase a firearm that was worked on by an individual who watched Youtube videos to gain his gunsmithing experiences? Better yet make a purchase of one that was repeadedly abused by the loading of incorrect cartridges or overcharged re-loads.

 IMO: Beware of the great deal being offered on used firearms these days.
Hey, That's my opinon yours may differ.

Regards,
BlackPowderBill
FFL 30+ years

I don't sell paint,bait, wash machines or rent U-Hauls