Fireworks and the 2nd Amendment

In 1776, our forefathers fought for independence, liberty, and to establish a new form of government free of tyrannical rule.  We celebrate their victory and our independence every Fourth of July as, “Independence Day.”

Key to the victory of the colonists over the British Empire was their access to arms, including muskets, cannon, rockets, powder, and shot.  The symbolism of the Fourth of July is rich with references to those arms, as seen in our fireworks displays.

As James Heintze writes in, “The First Celebrations,” on July 4th in 1777 thirteen gunshots were fired in salute as evening fell.  Our nation’s first capital of Philadelphia celebrated the first anniversary of our country’s independence from an oppressive and overly taxing English monarchy in a manner a modern American would find quite familiar: an official dinner for the Continental Congress, toasts, 13-gun salutes, speeches, prayers, music, parades, troop reviews, and fireworks.  Ships were decked with red, white, and blue bunting.

To this day, a 13-gun salute, one gun for each state in the United States at the time, called a “Salute to the Union,” is fired on Independence Day at noon by any capable military base.

Guns and fireworks are symbols of the birth of our Nation and our freedom.  The beautiful spectacle in the skies and the loud booms created by fireworks are a proxy for the gunfire that forged us as a unified nation.  Thus, guns and fireworks are symbols of independence and the power to secure it.  Tyrants hate that.

More and more around the country, there are restrictions on gun sales as well as fireworks.  This is a symptom of the same illness; over-reaching autocrats pushing their will on the people.  When the Second amendment is encroached, the banning of fireworks is a side effect.  It is no coincidence that the ATF oversees fireworks.

There seems to be a one-to-one correlation between states that squash firearms rights and those that ban fireworks.  According to, there are four states that ban all consumer fireworks: Delaware, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York as well as other regional areas like the SF Bay Area.    You cannot buy or use fireworks in these regions.  Also, these same places have the most restrictive gun laws on the books (except maybe Delaware).

While recognizing that safety has to be used regarding fireworks, fireworks have become a bogeyman for those who want to get rid of guns, flags, and other displays of individualism and independence.  Have a safe Fourth of July while celebrating your Constitutional right to use gunpowder to scare off villains and tyrants.
Joseph Tully is a criminal defense attorney at Tully & Weiss based in Northern California. He has experience defending serious crimes at trial.  Self-defense, medical marijuana cultivation, and other felonies are aggressively defended. Follow him on Twitter or Facebook


California Gun Store Confederate Flag Goes Back Inside

Above is a Belt Buckle Amazon hasn’t removed, yet.

 First they wanted to remove the confederate flag from public grounds, now they’re forcing a gun store to take it back inside. What’s next? Prison for anyone who displays the flag?  I’m proud of this gun store, they’re standing up for freedom of speech.

ELK GROVE (CBS13) — Protesters took to a local gun shop that was displaying the confederate flag, leading to its removal on Friday.

They were angry that Wild Bill’s Old West Trading Company is choosing to display the Confederate flag.

The flag was hanging from a rafter inside the store.

The business also drew support from counterprotesters saying the flag is a symbol of freedom of speech.

Jacob Shockly says the flag was moved outside after nine people were murdered two weeks ago in a historically black South Carolina church.

“Why all of a sudden now it takes nine people to get shot now to throw a fit over a flag? It’s been around for how many years?” he said. “Everybody started caving in. Saying that’s a racist flag. But we don’t believe it’s a racist flag.”
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The Confederate Battle Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem



How Gun Running Works

If you loved Lord of War, here’s another interesting tale about the criminal element, you know, those people that fear gun control laws:

The page-turning, inside account of how three kids from Florida became big-time weapons traders—and how the US government turned on them.

In January of 2007, three young stoners from Miami Beach won a $300 million Department of Defense contract to supply ammunition to the Afghanistan military. Incredibly, instead of fulfilling the order with high-quality arms, Efraim Diveroli, David Packouz, and Alex Podrizki—the dudes—bought cheap Communist-style surplus ammunition from Balkan gunrunners. The dudes then secretly repackaged millions of rounds of shoddy Chinese ammunition and shipped it to Kabul—until they were caught by Pentagon investigators and the scandal turned up on the front page of The New York Times.

That’s the “official” story. The truth is far more explosive. For the first time, journalist Guy Lawson tells the thrilling true tale. It’s a trip that goes from a dive apartment in Miami Beach to mountain caves in Albania, the corridors of power in Washington, and the frontlines of Iraq and Afghanistan. Lawson’s account includes a shady Swiss gunrunner, Russian arms dealers, corrupt Albanian gangsters, and a Pentagon investigation that impeded America’s war efforts in Afghanistan. Lawson exposes the mysterious and murky world of global arms dealing, showing how the American military came to use private contractors like Diveroli, Packouz, and Podrizki as middlemen to secure weapons from illegal arms dealers—the same men who sell guns to dictators, warlords, and drug traffickers.

Arms and the Dudes: How Three Stoners from Miami Beach Became the Most Unlikely Gunrunners in History

Millennials Are The New Gun Owners

The media claims gun owners are dying, think again:

After years of gun control proponents claiming gun owners are a dying breed of old white guys who keep the gun industry afloat by hoarding more and more guns to themselves, NBC’s Today show aired a segment showing that millennials have stepped up to become the new face of gun ownership in America.

Today opened the segment by citing polls that reinforce the typical stereotype of gun owners—they are “predominantly white, predominately male,” and “mostly” over the age of 55. Then, everything changes as Today looks at the new generation of gun owners—consisting of “all kinds of young people” who “line up to shoot” at gun ranges that cater to young professionals and at outdoor shoots that center on female involvement as much as male.

Not only is millennial gun ownership not just male, it’s also not just white. Today makes this clear by interviewing young black shooters and showing Hispanic shooters at the range.

Today explains that this “new generation of gunslingers” is “flourishing on reddit, Facebook, and YouTube.” Unlike previous gun owners, they are “young” and “diverse,” and represented by shooters like Kirsten Joy Weiss, a 28-year-old whose “Annie Oakley-style trick shots have helped her rack up hundreds of thousands of views [on YouTube].”

Speaking to Today, Weiss said mass public crimes with guns “underscore in [her] mind that shooting is a martial art. And with any martial art… it can teach focus and discipline, and, for lack of a better word, zen, but on the other side, it can be used for evil.”

Today asked Weiss what she says to people who counter by arguing that “Karate can’t wipe out a whole school of children?” Weiss responded, “Karate might not actually save a school full of children, whereas if you had someone who was trained with a gun, who knew how to use it responsibly, he could actually save those people.”

Minnesota Flag Attacked For Gun And Indian

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Take a look at this flag, can you see the gun next to the farmer? The Indian’s spear? I didn’t even noticed until a liberal reminded me:

The current interest in the removal of the Confederate battle flag from public displays and store shelves provides an excellent opportunity to examine what the Minnesota state flag represents.


The “great symbolism” of the figures on the seal, as described by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State, include an American “Indian on horseback … riding due south and [representing] the Indian heritage of Minnesota. The Indian’s horse and spear and pioneer’s ax, rifle, and plow represent tools that were used for hunting and labor” (Minnesota Legislative Manual).

A close examination shows the central figure to be a white pioneer dressed in work clothes, wearing a wide-brim hat and pushing a plow. He is an iconic image of a hardworking, rugged individualist who works alone to chop the trees, plow the land and protect his home. He is looking over his shoulder at the Indian, who is riding a horse and holding a spear.

The contrast in the images of the figures is interesting: The image of the pioneer, a peaceful man who has laid down his gun and is plowing his field, is juxtaposed with the image of the Indian, who may still want to fight (his spear is at the ready) but who seems to be riding away. The pioneer/farmer is using a plow, a symbol of civilization. The white man is depicted as a “doer” who is entitled to the land, trees and water, empowered by the concept of Manifest Destiny. The Indian is the vacating tenant. A peaceful transition is suggested, but this ignores the tense and problematic history of conflict between European settlers and Indians, such as the complicated history of treaties and the Dakota War of 1862. More problematic, however, is the depiction of a racist, stereotyped Indian, who wears only a loin cloth and a feather.

The history of Minnesota includes many different stories, and the state flag should represent those many voices or — at the very least — not be offensive to those who live there. There have been voices of protests for this flag ever since the seal was first used. It is time that the state flag is revised, perhaps through a statewide design contest. While the current flag may represent a certain view and vision of the past, it does not reflect the values and sensibilities of Minnesotans today.

Judith Harrington, of New Richmond, Wis., is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.


I see, so an ASSISTANT professor that doesn’t even live in Minnesota pretends to lecture Minnesotans about their values and sensibilities?

What would Minnessotans tell me if I told them “I don’t speak French, I had to google “L’etoile du nord” to find out it means “The Star of the North”. I’m offended!”

You’d tell me to go to hell, and you’d be right. So I hope Judith gets the same treatment.

Protect your traditions before progressives destroy them!

Bill de Blasio: Anti-Gun and Pro-Crime

The infamous Marxist mayor of New York City, Bill de Blasio hates our NRA and our 2nd Amendment, but when it comes to criminals, that’s a whole other story.

In front of emotional supporters, Mayor de Blasio signed legislation Monday that will prohibit employers from inquiring about a candidate’s criminal record prior to a job offer.

“Today I see hope for people like me,” said Marilyn Scales, 52, of the Bronx, who said she never has had a full-time job because of her record for dealing heroin.

The mayor also signed legislation to step up regulation of the car wash industry. Car washes will have to obtain biannual city licenses as well as a $150,000 bond to cover costs if they are sued for wage theft.

Steve Rotlevi, owner of Zoom Car Spa in Brooklyn and head of Association of Car Washers, said the law was onerous.

“It is putting a gun to small business’ head,” he said. “It is the highest requirement for any city licensed industry.”


He’s also pro-choice, but only if you want to have an abortion or get a taxpayer-funded sex change. If your choice is owning a gun or not hiring a criminal, he doesn’t support you.

By the way, criminals can get jobs without lying about their criminal past. I did a search and this is what I found:

Jobs for Felons / Felon Friendly Employers List:

Ace Hardware
American Greetings
Apple Inc.
Avon Products
Bahama Breeze
Bed, Bath & Beyond
Best Western
Black & Decker
Braum’s Inc.
Buffalo Wild Wings
Cambell’s Soup
Carl’s Jr.
Carrier Corporation
Community Education Centers
ConAgra Foods
Dairy Queen
Dart Containers
Deer Park Spring Water co.
Delta Faucets
Dole Food Company
Dollar Tree
Divizio Industries
Dr. Pepper
Dunlop Tires
Dunkin’ Donuts
Eddie V’s
Embassy Suites
Family Dollar
Firestone Auto Care
Flying J
Food Services of America
Fruit of the Loom
General Electric
General Mills
Golden Corral
Great Clips
HH Gregg
Hilton Hotels
In-N-Out Burger
International Paper
Interstate Batteries
Jack in the Box
Jiffy Lube
Jimmy Johns
Kelly Moore Paints
Kraft Foods
Longhorn Steakhouse
Men’s Wearhouse
Metals USA
Miller Brewing Company
Olive Garden
Phillip Morris Inc.
Red Lobster
Red Robin
Republic Services
Restaurant Depot
Reyes Beverage Group
Salvation Army
Sara Lee
Sears & Roebuck Co.
Seasons 52
Shell Oil
Trader Joes
Tyson Foods
US Foods
US Steel Corporation
Volunteers of America
WinCo Foods
Wyndham Hotels
Yard House

So it’s not that former criminals can’t get jobs, it’s just that many of them don’t want to work. A rehabilitated prisoner might use his time in jail to become a certified personal trainer, I know one on Facebook that became a web marketer, no background checks for that.

But in de Blasio’s world, we the law-abiding are the bad guys, we have to hire criminals and get bi-annual city licenses.

Sorry Sanders, we still hate you.

Socialist Bernie Sanders has political aspiration, and thinks he can win gun owners by pretending to be a half gun ban guy:

WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders, a presidential candidate whose policies typically lean far left, is taking an unusual position on gun control: the middle ground.

Sanders, an independent from gun-friendly Vermont, says the U.S. must come up with “sensible gun control legislation” to overcome a “cultural divide” separating rural and urban areas. A ban on assault weapons should be part of the approach, along with strong background checks for firearms buyers, including at gun shows, said Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination.

“There is a middle ground here, that we can bring rural America and urban America together — not everybody, I know that — around a series of positions that will make sure guns do not fall into the hands of people who should not have them, that we eliminate loopholes,” he said during a recent interview. “Representing a state which has virtually no gun control, which has many hunters, puts me in a good position to be a strong leader in bringing both sides together for common-sense solutions.

In the immediate aftermath of the June 17 church shootings in Charleston, S.C., Sanders issued strong pronouncements against racism and the Confederate flag but said nothing about guns.

The middle ground is enforcing current gun laws, even if they’re unconstitutional. The constitutional ground is that the 2nd Amendment should be the only gun law we need.

He’s right about one thing, Vermont is the most gun-friendly State in the nation, and it has the lowest crime rate. Yet he’s proposing things that have nothing to do with crime reduction.

As one commenter puts it: “ATF reports that only 1% of the 200 million guns in circulation are assault weapons. The vast majority of crime is committed with an ordinary pistol, not an “assault rifle” so there seems to be a lot of misinformation out there.

Now I’ll give Sanders credit for being a D-Rated member of the NRA, as opposed to an F-Rated member. But does that mean I want to vote for an underachiever? Absolutely not. A C-rated or B-rated RINO is still better than a socialist.


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