Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Day at the Capitol with Sam

It's not always work and no play....almost, but not today.  And sometimes, play mixes with work in a remarkable way, like today.

Sam met up with Tracy and Logan Northam and Allen Jernigan, all from Oroville, this morning, to begin a day long experience in the Sacramento State Capitol building.

Meeting at 9:00 in the morning in room 4202, the Northams and Allen are getting to see what takes place in one of the steps for a piece of legislation.  This location is where the Assembly Appropriations Committee meets and ponders bills, the two of interest to GOC being the de Leon ammunition bill (SB 124) and the CCW bill (610) by Senator Wright.  Both of these bills originated in the Senate, and this is the last committee that will consider them.  Should they pass, and most likely they will, the measures will then go directly to the Assembly floor for a whole house vote. If the Committee allows, Sam will testify in hearty opposition to SB 124.

The men from Oroville are in Senator Doug LaMalfa's district.  The Senator will join them for lunch at the Pyramid Restaurant across the street from the Capitol.  After lunch, there is a VIP tour of the Capitol set up by the gracious staff of the Senator.  This hour long saunter through the Capitol building is full of history and tidbits of information that one long remembers afterward.

Along with these planned events of the day, Sam will also include introductions and visits to other legislative offices, and legislators.  It is most interesting, and rewarding.  The State Capitol is beautiful as are the grounds around it.  It teams with earnest workers, the public and tourists, and carries the feeling that this is where one should be to see and become part of the direction and progress of the entire process designed to benefit every citizen.

This special day for Tracy, Logan and Allen  was won by them as top bidder in an auction at GOC's annual Dinner  and Raffle in Oroville, California, last June.  Next week on Wednesday the 24th, Sam will be spending the day with Gene Accito and Kelly Hassian from Yuba City.  They are the highest bidders from the Yuba City Dinner and Raffle earlier in the year.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Fighting Gnomes

I bet these armed garden gnomes will do their job at protecting your yard from pests and critters alike!

In fact, I hope they fight off more than just garden pests!

This was a fun article to find, in the midst of our busy week since the legislature came back! 

Gnomes with guns take garden pest control up a notch 

Paws in the air or we'll shoot... that's the mission these platoon of gun-toting, garden-protecting gnomes have been given by their creator, former US Naval reserve officer Shawn Thorsson.

Known as the 'combat garden gnomes', these favourite back-garden ornaments have been given a total overhaul that has turned them into a lean green fighting machine. 
Foxes, rats, squirrels and other outdoor pests are in the cross-hairs of hand painted AK-47s - and you can be sure they're not afraid to use them. 
The idea to create the unit was formulated when Mr Thorsson was serving in Afghanistan and received a joke present of toy army men. 
'Someone sent me a package of those cheap plastic green army men as a gag,' explained the 34-year-old from Petaluma, California.
'I did some searching online and found that there were no blue plastic sailors. I felt unrepresented so I sent away for some materials and spent a couple of nights sculpting out little sailors.
'Some months later I was out at sea on a container ship and had a lot more down time.
'I was mulling over what else I could do with little green plastic army men. I was also thinking of sculpting out some comical garden gnomes.
'It didn't take long before these two ideas merged and I started sketching out Combat Garden Gnomes.'

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Friday, August 12, 2011

i disagree assemblyman, i disagree

In-N-Out Shooting Victim Helping Troops Prepare For Iraq

Martin Hanna Shot At El Cajon Restaurant By Dejon White, According To Police

POSTED: 6:38 pm PDT August 8, 2011
UPDATED: 2:39 pm PDT August 9, 2011

10News learned the man shot at an El Cajon fast food restaurant on Saturday was helping local troops prepare for work overseas.Martin Hanna has been at Sharp Memorial Hospital surrounded by his family just two days after police said he was shot at close range by 23-year-old Dejon White.Authorities said Hanna was inside his car at the In-N-Out Burger on North Magnolia Avenue when he was shot.

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2 Men Rob Ramona Taco Shop At Gunpoint

Los Rancheros Taco Shop At 1847 Main St. Robbed Early Friday

POSTED: 6:47 am PDT August 12, 2011

Two men robbed a Ramona taco shop at gunpoint early Friday but no one was hurt, a sheriff's lieutenant said.
The robbers hit Los Rancheros Taco Shop at 1847 Main St. around 1:45 a.m., said San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Jim Walker.
They got away with cash, he said without elaboration.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

"The Truth About Guns"

I have yet to really browse this new website I came across this afternoon, but I'm looking forward to learning more about them, since just their name is attention-grabbing.  "The Truth About Guns" ... what a concept really; the truth, explained by people that actually know something about the topic at hand.  It's rather frustrating hearing so many people, whether they be reporters or politicians, talking about guns as if they knew anything about them.  Wouldn't you agree?

What drove me to this website ( was a video, actually.  A video on a topic our office is very familiar with - a bill that we have been invested in fighting since day one.  It's a video on AB 144 (Portantino).  Yes, that's the bill trying to ban open carry.  (in the video, Portantino even admits that there haven't been any crimes or deaths due to open carry in the State of California)
Check it out.  It's 8 minutes long and it is well worth the viewing.  It's refreshing to see someone who knows guns and knows the law talk about the Second Amendment, as opposed to Assemblyman Portantino, who clearly doesn't know guns, or the law.

Watch the video and let us know what you think!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Gun News in the News Today.....August 9, 2011

Gun News in the News Today.....August 9, 2011

California Senator de Leon and his bill SB 798, is the subject of a writing posted on today.  This is the airsoft, BB, pellet gun bill we oppose that was drastically amended right before the summer recess that our legislators are still on.  The bill now calls for the repealing of the pre-emption law in California and would allow cities and counties to make their own laws governing airsoft guns.  Imagine the mess that would create!  Imagine what manufacturers will do?  See GOC summation

Because I have an intense interest in the scandal surrounding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF&E) I read through an article from the Tucson Citizen today, finding that the justifiable investigation of the ATF's operation, called Gun Walker sometimes and other things other times, is continuing to uncover, expose if you will, new elements to the story.  All the elements point to an Agency completely out of step with the laws of our land, and completely in step with the agenda of an anti-gun government administration.

Human Events posted an article titled, The Debt Deal and Guns, which surmises that it is not too far fetched to believe that guns will enter into the final equasion, their thought process being thus: the debt ceiling agreement calls for the creation of a bipartisan joint committee that will come up with a plan to save the federal government over a trillion dollars.  Congress is not allowed to get involved, meaning that nothing is immune from being included in this plan.  An anti-gun White House supports the United Nations Small Arms Treaty, which we know will undercut our Second Amendment, so it is not off the thinking chart to suppose, expect, a provision somewhere in the bill that supplants or circumvents our Constitutional gun rights. posted another interesting article from which I learned a few good things....Both Presidential Candidates Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann have returned their National Association for Gun Rights Presidential Survey's, and both were 100% pro-gun.  The tid-bit of info that was news to me was that Candidate, former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney, had signed a permanent "assault weapons" ban as Governor and boasted about it in a press release in 2004.

Some days there is no news worth writing about, other days, the news about gun issues is abundant.....Did you see our website article on the proposed new provisions for the California Republican Party Platform?  Don't miss that one!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Come on Out Redding Gun Owners!

Are you from anywhere near Redding, California?

do you like prime rib?

do you like guns?

Then, I guess you should come on out to the annual Redding/Anderson Banquet on August 19, 2011!  It's coming up quickly, which means you should buy your tickets NOW!

CLICK HERE for more info

Join us and help fight for your Second Amendment rights!  All of the proceeds go directly to lobbying at the Capitol against anti-gun bills and to recruiting, training, and electing pro-gun candidates to the legislature.  Yes, that means you aren't just helping a good cause, you are joining the fight, just by coming.  We are a 501 (c) 4, which means we can talk politics at the event, and we can use the money we raise to fight in politics.  Don't worry, we won't talk your ear off when you get there.  We will let you eat, drink, and be merry ... and buy raffle tickets.

Join the fight today!!