Today is a Good Day for Liberty!

28 06 2010

Today the US Supreme Court issued its ruling in McDonald v. Chicago, and affirmatively established the 2nd Amendment as a fundamental right incorporated to the states through the 14th Amendment.

Read the full ruling here.

Over the next few weeks I will be surveying and commenting on the fallout, which promises to be substantial.  For now, I would direct you to this early commentary by Ilya Shapiro on Akin Gump’s SCOTUS Blog.  Shapiro correctly points out that the Court arrived at the right conclusion, but took the wrong path.  It would have been preferrable for the Court to rule on the basis of the Privileges and Immunities clause, but they wimped out and ruled on the Due Process clause.  Only Justice Thomas, in his concurring opinion, made the case for the obvious.

Nonetheless, today the right to keep and bear arms was affirmed as fundamental to our established notion of a free and ordered society.  Today is a good day for liberty!

Tuning Up

6 06 2008

Saturday we started tuning up for the upcoming hunting seasons by spending a couple of hours at the shooting range, knocking down clays.  We had very productive session.  All of us started rather rusty, but by the end of the time, we were hitting the trap with fair consistency. 

Dad Provides Coaching of Dubious Value

It was my solemn duty as a father to provide coaching, however dubious the value.


Will Swings on the Target

Will swings on a target low and moving right.

Dad Breaks One

Dad breaks one.

You may not recognize the location, but this is the Prado Olympic Shooting Park, home of the trap and skeet competitions during the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Pictures courtesy of my daughter Shannon.

The Gunsmith

14 04 2008

I haven’t posted in a while.  Work has been crazy busy.  We also went on vacation to Washington D.C.  On the way we stopped at Williamsburg, Virginia.  The whole town is great big working museum of the revolutionary era.  The people who live and work there are in character, dress the part, and actually work in the trades using eighteenth century methods.  Among them was a gunsmith.

The picture above is the smith leaning on a working copy of an eighteenth century rifle saw.  Below is the boring drill.

The walls were hung with various guns and powderhorns made on the premises.  Everything these guys do is done with tools, materials, and methods that were used in the eighteenth century.


Outside we found the  forge, where the smiths manufacture their steel blanks and other gun parts. Every part of the guns is manufactured on sight using tools also made on sight. The tools are all exact copies of extant eighteenth century examples or based on designed found in contemporary books.

Proud of the Boy!

27 01 2008

Now that I’m done with the Hume Lake story, I can tell you about my latest proud moment as the father of a budding hunter.  Last Saturday I took the Boy to the firing range to shoot his .243 for the first time.  Until now, he had refused to shoot it — too loud, too much recoil — but over the fall he really got into his 20 gauge and was firing without hesitation by November, so I thought it might be time to see if he would step up with the deer rifle.   

 Well, he did it.  

 We showed up at the range around 10 AM and set up the .22 for a few warm up shots.  He’s actually pretty good with it.  At 50 yards his groups were dead center.  Then we set up the .243 at 100 yards.  (Remington Model 710, youth stock, great little gun for a youngster)  To my surprise, he leaned right into it on the bench and without hesitation squeezed off the first shot.  He looked up at me a bit wide eyed and said, “Man, that’s loud!”  Then he leaned into it again and finished his first group.  

 He was all over the place, with only three of ten shots within three inches, but I was really proud of him.  I told him if he keeps up the practice I would take him pig hunting this spring.  I think he’s ready, and he’s certainly trying to prove it.  

 I love being a dad!

UPDATE: Deer Camp Blog has a great little story about a dad and son hunting.