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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…..

Who or what

Posted February 16, 2013 By Ruth

is  They’ve linked to me as one of “Five Northeast Gun Sites Holding the Line”, and while I suppose any additional traffic is cool, I could point them to some far better (IMO) blogs for that purpose.  An internet search doesn’t net much about them, other than that TTAG likes them, which I’m not sure is a good thing…..

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!

NY SAFE act, the counties don’t wanna…..

Posted February 7, 2013 By Ruth

Oswego County lawmakers passed a resolution calling for the repeal of the SAFE act.  And it looks like they’re not the only ones.

Invite Obama to go skeet shooting

Posted January 30, 2013 By Ruth

Borepatch has created a petition to get Obama to go skeet shooting with Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn.

Also apparently the Congresswoman only takes email from people in her district.  Someone in TN want to let her know about it?

.GOV responses

Posted January 23, 2013 By Ruth

To the form letter I sent via Ruger’s link.

I’m a little disappointed, of the 10 people it got sent to, only two bothered to respond with even a form letter of “thanks for contacting us….”.  Those two, not only sent out an initial form letter with in 24hrs, but also sent out a longer (probably still form letter, but more pointed) later.

The first was Senator Charles Schumer:

Dear [ScaryYankeeChick]:
     Thank you for contacting me regarding gun control legislation.  Like you, I believe the right to bear arms is guaranteed by the Constitution’s Second Amendment. The recent Supreme Court decisions reinforced this fact, but I believed that this was the case prior to those decisions.
           While I certainly respect the Second Amendment to the Constitution, I believe that we have a collective interest in keeping guns out of the hands of those who want to harm the innocent.  I believe it is possible to strike a reasonable balance.  I have long advocated for faster and more accurate background checks so legal purchasers can receive their guns quickly while ensuring criminals do not illegally purchase and possess firearms. In 2011, I proposed S. 436, the Fix Gun Checks Act to provide more funding to states to compile required background data for the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).  This legislation builds on the National Rifle Association-supported NICS Improvements Amendment Act, passed by Congress in 2007.  Ensuring that this information is comprehensive and up to date will protect law enforcement from criminals with illegally obtained weapons while speeding up the process for purchasing legal firearms.  
     You may also be pleased to know that I have successfully fought to create new opportunities for law abiding citizens to exercise their right to use guns. For example, in the 109th Congress, I secured federal money to expand the scarce hunting grounds in New York State by creating a financial incentive for private landowners to allow hunters access to their property.
           Thank you for contacting me about this important issue.  Please do not hesitate to contact me in the future if I can ever be of assistance to you on this, or any other matter.
Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator
The 2nd was Representative Richard Hanna:

Dear [ScaryYankeeChick],

Thank you for contacting my office regarding federal gun control legislation and the Presidential Actions put forward by President Obama on January 16, 2013.

As you may know, President Obama put forward a series of 23 Executive action items which the Administration believes will assist in reducing gun violence.  These actions spread across a broad spectrum of approaches, ranging from a broader background check system, to further research on the causes and prevention of gun violence, to the nomination of Minnesota U.S. Attorney Todd Jones as the Director of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), to allowing funds to be used for the hiring of school resource officers to improve safety in schools, to assisting schools, houses of worship, and institutions of higher education develop emergency response plans.  The full series of Presidential Actions may be reviewed at

Although the ability to issue policy changes through the Executive branch is a long-standing privilege of presidential administrations, I am concerned with any unilateral action that is meant to usurp the powers of the legislative branch as enumerated in the Constitution. Over the years, the balance of power initially envisioned by our founders has shifted dramatically, sometimes granting executive agencies far too much power to act and regulate unilaterally. Costly federal regulations are often a great burden on individual Americans and our traditional values.

I strongly defend the Second Amendment and generally oppose new gun control laws because they are burdensome on law-abiding-citizens who choose to own a firearm for a variety of good reasons such as hunting or protection.  From the Adirondacks to the Finger Lakes, we’re blessed to live in a region with beautiful forests, lakes, and creeks here in Central New York.  Enjoying the outdoors is part of our tradition.  Hunting, recreational shooting, and trapping are not only healthy hobbies – they’re fundamental rights that need to be protected.  The rights defined within the Second Amendment are vital to preserve those activities, and I have consistently voted to uphold it.

Supporters of increased gun control argue that if only Congress regulates more, perhaps human tragedies such as those directed towards the students and faculty of Sandy Hook Elementary School or Columbine High School, the patrons of the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, or former Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Arizona could have been prevented.  I believe we should punish violent criminals to the full extent of the law, especially repeat offenders, without unduly infringing upon the constitutional rights of law-abiding-citizens.

It is especially important to ensure that Executive branch agencies act in a manner that is responsible, appropriate, and most importantly, in accordance with our Constitution.  No agency, organization or person is above the law and each shall be held to the highest degree of accountability.  I do fear that such actions may infringe on the powers of the legislative branch as detailed in the Constitution.  I will continue to monitor these events closely and participate in any conversation on the issues that transpires within the House of Representatives.  I remain confident that in instances that appear to skirt the legal boundaries of our law, the Constitution will and should always prevail.

While I am sure you may not agree with every vote I cast representing you, you will always know my rationale for the decisions I make on the House floor. I am committed to open government and transparency, which is why I post updates from Washington and explanations for final passage votes on each House bill on my Facebook page at

Please do not hesitate to contact any of my offices in the future if I or my staff can be of assistance.  We work for you.

Warm Regards,

U.S. Representative


Backlog to get a NY pistol permit

Posted January 19, 2013 By Ruth

Seen on my local news last night.

Now, I’m not in Onondaga county.  That’s Syracuse.  And by all accounts they were behind even before the new laws went into effect, but 13months is a bit ridiculous.  I haven’t called my local county sheriff’s office yet to see what kinda backlog they’re dealing with….

Three more links of interest

Posted January 18, 2013 By Ruth

Ruger has set up a way to send a quick and easy letter expressing your thoughts to the various .GOV officials.

(found via Dead Man Dance)


TX AG has put out ads in NY space inviting NYers to move to TX.

(found via The Next Chapter)


According to the ACRU, Harvard did a study comparing over all murder rates to over all gun ownership rates and discovered that the higher the legal gun ownership rate the lower the over all murder rate.  Amazing coincidence huh? (Disclaimer, I haven’t read the study for myself, maybe today…..)

(I forget who’s blog I found this one on, it was late last night…..)