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I feel special!

Posted April 8, 2013 By Ruth

Back on January 18th I posted about a link Ruger had set up to send a form letter to various .GOV officials. 

Of the 10 people mine got sent to, 2 responded.

Till this past Friday, when the following appeared in my email box:

 

Dear Ruth:

Thank you for taking the time to write.  I have heard from many Americans regarding firearms policy and gun violence in our Nation, and I appreciate your perspective.  From Aurora to Newtown to the streets of Chicago, we have seen the devastating effects gun violence has on our American family.  I join countless others in grieving for all those whose lives have been taken too soon by gun violence.

 Like the majority of Americans, I believe the Second Amendment guarantees an individual right to bear arms.  In this country, we have a strong tradition of gun ownership that has been handed down from generation to generation.  Hunting and sport shooting are part of our national heritage.  Yet, even as we acknowledge that almost all gun owners in America are responsible, when we look at the devastation caused by gun violence—whether in high-profile tragedies or the daily heartbreak that plagues our cities—we must ask ourselves whether we are doing enough.

 While reducing gun violence is a complicated challenge, protecting our children from harm should not be a divisive one.  Most gun owners agree that we can respect the Second Amendment while keeping an irresponsible, law-breaking few from inflicting harm on a massive scale.  Most also agree that if we took commonsense steps to curtail gun violence, there would be fewer atrocities like the one that occurred in Newtown.  We will not be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing we can do to reduce gun violence—if even one life can be saved—then we have an obligation to try.

 That is why I asked Vice President Joe Biden to identify concrete steps we can take to keep our children safe, help prevent mass shootings, and reduce the broader epidemic of gun violence in this country.  He met with over 200 groups representing a broad cross-section of Americans and heard their best ideas.  I have put forward a specific set of proposals based off of his efforts, and in the days ahead, I intend to use whatever weight this office holds to make them a reality.

 My plan gives law enforcement, schools, mental health professionals, and the public health community some of the tools they need to help reduce gun violence.  These tools include strengthening the background check system, helping schools hire more resource officers and counselors and develop emergency preparedness plans, and ensuring mental health professionals know their options for reporting threats of violence.  And I directed the Centers for Disease Control to study the best ways to reduce gun violence—because it is critical that we understand the science behind this public health crisis.

 As important as these steps are, they are not a substitute for action from Congress.  To make a real and lasting difference, members of Congress must also act.  As part of my comprehensive plan, I have called on them to pass some specific proposals right away.  First, it is time to require a universal background check for anyone trying to buy a gun.  Second, Congress should renew the 10-round limit on magazines and reinstate and strengthen the assault weapons ban.  We should get tougher on those who buy guns with the purpose of selling them to criminals, and we should impose serious punishments on anyone who helps them do this.

 These are reasonable, commonsense measures that have the support of the majority of the American people.  But change will not come unless the American people demand it from their lawmakers.  Now is the time to do the right thing for our children, our communities, and the country we love.  We owe the victims of heartbreaking national tragedies and the countless unheralded tragedies each year nothing less than our best effort—to seek consensus in order to save lives and ensure a brighter future for our children.

 Thank you, again, for writing.  I encourage you to visit www.WhiteHouse.gov/NowIsTheTime to learn more about my Administration’s approach.

Sincerely,

Barack Obama

 

It took them almost 3 months to send me a form letter??

Oh boy do I feel special!!!

How to tell you’re doing it wrong…..

Posted March 26, 2013 By Ruth

…..when you expect your state’s taxpayers to subsidize the increased minimum wage…..you might want to reconsider that proposal……

Either you know, or you don’t know….

Posted March 14, 2013 By Ruth

Had to ignore the news yesterday after getting pissed enough to yell at the TV.

“Local” shooting, at least two killed, two wounded (those numbers have changed since), news conference with the Gov and other high and mighties to tell us all how horrible it is (like we didn’t already know).  One guy (I didn’t catch name or title) steps up to the mic to tell us about the victims.  Victims IDs not given here since they don’t need to be related to this rant in a search…..

“Joe Blow, who we believe was in his 40’s or 50’s and who we believe was a 5 yr veteran of such and so service, and Joe Random who we believe  was in his 40’s or 50’s and who we believe worked for X company…..”

And about that point I started yelling at the idiot standing infront of the mic that there should be no “we believe” when it comes to listing the victims.  Either you KNOW who these people are, how old they are and where they worked.  Or you do NOT know, and in that case you shouldn’t be announcing ANY of it!!!!  Idiot!!

In which I am extremely and utterly amused

Posted March 11, 2013 By Ruth

Judge Cans Soda Ban.

Poor Bloomie, its so hard to discover that not everyone agrees with you huh?

More NYS news

Posted March 5, 2013 By Ruth

Onondaga county passes a resolution against the SAFE act, 14-3.  I’m kinda amazed that Onondaga did this, I honestly expected them to be one of the hold out counties.

NYS Assembly expected to pass state minimum wage increase.  To $9/hr.  Guys, that isn’t going to help…..

 

Link one

Link two

Now I’m delighted to see this, BUT, unlike a certain someone (*cough*TTAG*cough*) I don’t assume that “OMG the JUDGE said there would be an INJUNCTION!!!” means that “the judge thinks the SAFE act is unconstitutional!!!!”.

Infact one article states:

After hearing motions in that case, state Supreme Court Justice Diane Devlin has ordered the state, represented by state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, to show cause before oral arguments on April 25 or face an injunction. An order to show cause is not unusual in these cases, however. In fact it’s standard procedure, said Devlin’s law clerk, Timothy Kane.

These proceedings are always commenced by an order to show cause,” Kane said, adding that the state has indicated it plans to respond by mid-March.

Emphasis mine.

So yah.  Am I thrilled to see it taken to court?  Sure.  Am I getting all excited cause “OMG, WE’RE WINNING!!!!!”?   Nope.  Keep plugging away folks, we got a lot more work to do…..

is growing and growing.

I am currently going through that list and “liking” as many of them as I can find on Facebook. 

I am also putting together a letter, an actual snail mail letter, to send to each one, thanking them for standing up for our 2nd amendment rights.  And I am doing so specifically stating I am a resident of NY state.

I highly encourage the rest of you to do the same.  “Liking” a company on Facebook doesn’t mean you have to get all their updates, you can make sure they don’t get listed on your “wall” if you don’t want the extras.  Its a little thing to let them know that you appreciate it.

I didn’t really expect Onondaga to do it to, but they’re going to be voting on it, and it sounds like the sheriffs office at least is for the idea.

List here.

Found via SayUncle to Shall Not Be Questioned, I’d missed the additions to the list.

I’m delighted to see my own county on the list.  I don’t know what difference it’ll make, but still…..

One by one….

Posted February 13, 2013 By Ruth

Linked to from a bunch of other blogs:

The New York Boycott list.  This is a list of firearms companies who will not sell products to the police and other such agencies of NY if those products are not legal for civilians in NY to own.

As a citizen of NY state I’ll be sending those companies a thank you for refusing to acknowledge that the government is special!