News reports dealing with two developments on the gun control front, yesterday in Maryland and Monday in Georgia, underscore the ongoing effort by anti-gunners to hide their agenda behind the guise of “gun safety.”
Meanwhile, a story out of Indiana about a sheriff’s department program this evening at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds at Noblesville gets it right. Noblesville is northeast of Indianapolis.
The Maryland Reporter noted yesterday that “top Democrats in the state legislature announced new measures to strengthen gun safety laws.” That’s not accurate, gun rights activists have long contended. What Senate President Mike Miller and House Speaker Michael Busch yesterday announced were three new gun control bills. The proposals would ban guns on college campuses, ban gun purchases for anyone on the FBI’s terrorist watch list, and require judges to tell anybody convicted of domestic violence to turn in their guns.
House Speaker Busch, a Democrat from Anne Arundel County, was quoted by WBAL asserting that the bills are “is common-sense legislation that’s going to protect Maryland families and children.” Sen. Miller, a District 27 Democrat, said guns don’t belong on campuses, which he wants to be “gun-free zones.”
They should ask anybody who was at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard how that “gun-free” zone thing works. Pose the same question to anyone in San Bernardino or the Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colorado.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) on Monday reported about campus carry legislation that is being opposed by “several gun safety advocacy groups.” The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus and the GunSense Georgia Coalition are gun control advocacy groups.
The AJC quoted state Sen. Nan Orrock, an Atlanta Democrat, calling the campus carry legislation an “abomination.” She also said, “We have pushed against the insane gun legislation that we see spreading like an evil tide across the state.”
With elections coming in November across the country, there is one common thing many Second Amendment activists will remember about all of this. Gun control proponents in the stories above are all Democrats.
Tonight in Indiana, there is a genuine “gun safety” effort underway. The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office “is trying to “promote responsible weapon ownership in a public forum,” according to The Indy Channel. This one-hour event kicks off at 7 p.m. and sheriff’s deputies will be providing tips on how to be safe with and around firearms.
While not a “hands-on” event, the program will offer advice on “responsible ways to practice safe gun ownership.” This is a free event, and the department will hand out free gun locks, while supplies last, the story said.
MEANWHILE, there’s an interesting question for handgun aficionados being asked at The Truth About Guns regarding the National Rifle Association’s current “Gun of the Week” installment. This segment is about the legendary Colt Python (pictured above, top, with a Colt Diamondback), long considered the “Rolls Royce of Colt handguns,” as noted by NRA’s Mark Keefe. It was an awesome double-action sidearm, chambered for the .357 Magnum cartridge, and it has been featured prominently in movies and television shows over the years.
Introduced in 1955, it was discontinued from the regular production line in 1996. When it was first available, it cost the ridiculous sum of $125, which was big money in those days. Nowadays, one can find them occasionally at gun shows like the Washington Arms Collectors’ monthly gathering at the Puyallup Fairgrounds for upwards of $1,900-$2,000, depending upon condition. Guns in “new-in-the-box” condition, with the original box, might fetch $3,000 or more.
Colt has recently gone through some difficult financial reorganization. If the company were to re-introduce the Python (NOTE: Nobody has actually suggested this, so don’t start flooding Colt with telephone calls!), what would a serious shooter be willing to pay? The gun was expensive to produce, and the finished product was a gem. But Python owners say it was worth every penny.
The smaller, but equally handsome, Colt Diamondback can also bring a handsome sum, sometimes up to $1,000 – $1,100, depending upon condition and barrel length. While it was only available in .38 Special and .22 Long Rifle, it is still highly sought after.
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