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Amarillo By Morning (Smith and Wesson on My Mind)

Mike889 Wrote: May 28, 2012 9:16 AM
My only concern about getting a CCP is that "Uncle" will know you've got one should they, one day, decide to force us to turn them in to be destroyed. I do not intend to do that even if possibly facing a prison sentence for defying the law if enacted. That becomes a Catch 22, though, in that I'm legally restricted from carrying under current law. So, do I get a CCP, do I take a chance and carry one anyway (not inclined to do that), or do I just stay protected at home and take my risk away from home? I prefer carrying legally, but I don't want "Uncle" having access to that information. It's kind of like Facebook. I don't do Facebook because I don't need Big Brother knowing everything that I do; they do monitor those kinds of sites.
Jerome49 Wrote: May 28, 2012 10:24 AM
If you buy a gun legally chances are 'Uncle' already knows about it. Serial numbers from the manufacturer can be traced to the retail outlets and to individual purchasers. Police use this information routinely to track down owners of gun used in the commission of a crime. However, guns sold or given to other individuals by the original owners or guns stolen are more difficult to trace.

I own several guns and all but one are for hunting.. I hope and pray that there will never be a situation where I would ever have to point a gun at another human being. I go out of my way to avoid trouble and contentious situations. However, if my life or that of a family member is threatened, I would rather be judged by 12, than carried by 6.
Jay Wye Wrote: May 28, 2012 11:12 AM
only NEWER guns can be traced back to the original owners via serial number. they have to begin with the manufacturer,then the distributors,then to the gun store where it was first sold. (the Form 4473s)
After than,it becomes much harder to trace to an owner.
Jay Wye Wrote: May 28, 2012 10:04 AM
Have you read Unintended Consequences by John Ross? it's a good read.
Zircon Wrote: May 28, 2012 9:55 AM
Move to AZ. You can legally carry, both concealed and open, no permit required. Just like the US Constitution envisioned.
Zircon Wrote: May 28, 2012 9:55 AM
Move to AZ. You can legally carry, both concealed and open, no permit required. Just like the US Constitution envisioned.
Jay Wye Wrote: May 28, 2012 10:09 AM
Same in Vermont,Alaska,and Wyoming.
the only 4 states that fully comply with the Second Amendment.
if you have to have a permit to go about armed,it's only a privilege granted you by the state,and just as easily revoked by some uncaring faceless gov't official.
Jay Wye Wrote: May 28, 2012 10:15 AM
Oh,and it can be revoked WITHOUT due process.
rpm Wrote: May 28, 2012 9:53 AM
I share your concern, but suggest dbartlett has it right. The first thing to remember is that predators are cowards, it in their DNA. They prey on the weak; they are not interested anything that remotely resembles a "fair fight". In this context (actually, in most contexts) the government is a predator. It takes thing by force, but primarily from those that cannot defend themselves.

It is exactly this reason that the bigger and more controlling a government becomes the more it wants to disarm the populace.

dbartlett Wrote: May 28, 2012 9:41 AM
Don't worry about it Mike, should it get to the point where they come to confiscate our weapons there will be one hell of a war and you and I will need our firepower.....but I don't think it will come to that, especially anytime soon, we have THEM outnumbered and out-gunned....plus, don't forget about our ARMED forces for they are sworn to protect us and I expect the majority would do their duty!
Jay Wye Wrote: May 28, 2012 10:06 AM
the time to act is BEFORE it gets to the point of confiscation. If the police are at your door,it's already too late. You don't want to do battle with the police or armed troops,you go after the leaders,the judges,legislators who voted for and support this violation of the Constitution.

Have you read Unintended Consequences by John Ross? it's a good read

I never travel without a loaded gun. I usually carry a Smith and Wesson Model 640 in a bucket in the trunk of my car. Sometimes I carry a Glock Model 23 instead. I was really happy I was carrying the former when I arrived at my hotel room in Amarillo last week shortly after midnight. As I was unpacking my trunk, a man came walking across the parking lot from an adjacent hotel. His largely incoherent introduction began something like this:

“Hey, I’m a big scary black man and I need some help. Won’t nobody help me ‘cause I’m a...