Musings from West Point

It is Friday, June 28th, and I am completely wrapping myself in the patriotic glow of our nation.  I am writing this blog in our hotel room in Newbourgh, New York.  A few miles to the east is the site of George Washington’s NY headquarters; it was here that he rejected an American monarchy.  To my south, about 20 minutes away, is the United States Military Academy at West Point.  We drove up from Manhattan today and swung by West Point so Sandy and I could get our military parent IDs, which will allow us to get on base over the next four years.  While we were there we did some damage in the gift store, and went through the USMA Military Museum.  There we saw Washington’s, Napoleon’s, and Eisenhower’s pistols and MacArthur’s uniform.

The place is unbelievably cool!

This embodiment of Americana is made somewhat hollow by what we are dealing with back home in California.

As of this writing, there has been no reprieve from the courts regarding “Ammogeden,” set for July 1st.

I hope and pray that before this blog is launched on Wednesday of next week I am forced to add an addendum.  Hopefully a preliminary injunction enjoining the State from enacting their scheme for ammunition regulation will be approved before July 1st.

Unfortunately, I do not believe any injunction will extend to the DOJ’s new emergency acknowledgement that the new California Driver License… (the one you get by default if you don’t DEMAND a Real ID)… is literally worthless.  In fact, more than simply “worthless,” it is really nothing more than a nuisance since DOJ now acknowledges that multiple proof of residency documents are now required to complete a DROS (or ammo transfer).  Yet, even though the driver license or California ID card has no intrinsic value, it is still mandatory to initiate a DROS.

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“That document is worthless.”

“Oh, okay… then I won’t bring it with me when I buy my gun.”

“You need to bring it with you.”

“But you just said it is worthless.”

“I did.”

“Then why require it?”

“Because we are the State… what we say does not have to make sense.  Hell… the California Supreme Court has already said even though it is factually impossible to follow a particular statute, it does not invalidate the statute per se… stop talking to me citizen… I have to go on my break.”


Our betters are at it again.  Through their benevolent wisdom they will regulate our behavior and, while the restriction of our freedom is an inherent necessity, we will most assuredly thank them in the end for their grace (or risk greater punishments indeed).

“Of all the tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” ~ C.S. Lewis

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Comments (4)

  • Ken Anderson Reply

    Incredible.. Another example of total freedom takeaway that was elected and assigned by the victims. It just gets better.

    07/03/2019 at 07:58
  • Jeff Fisher Reply

    It is thrilling to get a tiny glimpse of what you see when you look at the world, but I am disheartened by what you see. It’s like reading Atlas Shrugged again, but without the saving grace of a John Gault. How can a statute that is adjudged impossible to follow not be ruled invalid? A 6 year old could figure that out!

    07/03/2019 at 08:04
  • Paul Callanan Reply

    How is it that when some States pass a law restricting abortion there’s almost an immediate Federal injunction preventing its implementation? Yet for the Second Ammendment most cases take years to be heard and if won are put on hold pending appeal and if won then lose en banc…

    07/03/2019 at 11:43
  • Kristi Krause Reply

    One of the basic problems is the expectation put upon our legislations, especially freshmen. Not unlike them natural of higher education professors of, “publish or perish,” these legislators are expected to show their constituents they are doing something and making a difference. Well, in the most basic form. That translates to creating and passing laws.

    We don’t need no stinkin’ laws!!!

    Where they need to be guided is to deconstruct current laws, especially ones that have been proven ineffective or impossible to enforce. Wow- look at the money they are saving the taxpayers! Look at how much they are streamlining the process! This can transcend all subjects, not just gun laws. They will be heroes in no time, save the state and taxpayers money (although, I am sure the state will find another reason to raise taxes), and help restore pieces of sanity- one law at a time.

    07/11/2019 at 00:50

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