Romney get your gun…

13 Aug

…or in this case your hunting, skinning, butchering (in a good way), polish sausage making, Second Amendment defending running mate, Paul Ryan. 

With the announcement of Paul Ryan as Romney’s running mate I decided to take a day or two and let the hullabaloo quiet a bit before I weighed in with any commentary.  Now that I, and the nation, have had a couple of days to digest the news I figured I would delve into Ryan’s street cred in regards to the Second Amendment. 

First and foremost, Rep. Ryan’s rating from GOA is an A.  Simply put, he is a strong pro-gun voter and philosophically sound.  But lets get into the meat and potatoes of what that means.

Rep. Ryan voted for the prohibition of lawsuits against gun manufacturers for misuse of their weapons.  How anyone could have voted otherwise is beyond me.  It would be like suing Toyota because someone driving a Prius hit me while drunk after too many apple-tinis.  The only people who supported the right to sue the manufacturers were those gun control zealots looking to bankrupt and ultimately eliminate gun manufacturers in the US.

Rep. Ryan voted down similar measures in 2003 and 2005

In 2007 he voted to ban gun registration and the trigger lock law in Washington DC.  Considering the absolutely flawed logic that gun registration laws are anything other than the governments attempt to control the populace is ridiculous.  Gun registration has never prevented a crime but it HAS led to confiscations.  And i’m not using the same ole Hitler, Stalin, Amin talking points, I’m looking right at you New Orleans.  Confiscations of law abiding citizens happened RIGHT here in America at a time when those people needed protection more than ever.  Having Rep. Ryan as a stalwart against registration of firearms is a very good thing.

Rep. Ryan also co-sponsored the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act that would, much like a drivers license, allow law abiding citizens who are permitted to carry in one state to legally carry in all other 49 states.  This is a great way to bypass tyrannical despots like Mayor Michael Bloomberg who all but outlawed the carrying of weapons by average people in NYC (also telling them what to eat, how big their portions should be and all the other un-American nanny state nonsense his highness likes to decree)  Being a born New Yorker, lets just say I am not a fan.  But being a Pennsylvanian I have my LTCF and its just silly that my drivers license can drive me across the country to California no problem but I need to check a law book with every state i enter to make sure I am legally allowed to have my .45 on my hip.  This is a great piece of legislation that Rep. Ryan not only supports but took the leadership role in co-sponsoring.

A few more pro-gun votes that Rep. Ryan made regarded the allowing of civilians to reload spent military small arms ammunition.  So much brass keeps the prices down.  A vote against is really just a vote to keep the price high for law abiding reloaders.  Rep. Ryan also looking out for the wallets of gun owners with his support of the Collectible Firearms Protection Act which would allow M-1 Garands and Carbines to be repatriated to the US from overseas without having to jump through hoops and pay through the nose with State Department approval.

All in all, I find Paul Ryan to be a phenomenal pick by Mitt Romney, who, if we are being honest with ourselves really needed one.  If included in Romney’s think tank when President, I fully believe that Vice President Paul Ryan will definitely voice his Second Amendment beliefs and shift the conversation in a positive direction for us.  A crucial point with regards to any Supreme Court nominations that may arise.

Mitt Romney needed a star for his VP pick…and he found Orion.

Hmmm…i think i just did something there…O’Ryan the hunter!  Trademarked!




Posted by on August 13, 2012 in Uncategorized


16 responses to “Romney get your gun…

  1. Erik

    August 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

    Glad to see he’s solid on the 2nd amendment (unlike Romney). Unfortunately, he’s an absolute disaster on the fiscal side of things (pro-bailout many times, pro-TARP, pro-socialized medicine when it’s introduced by Republicans, and author of what would be a funny satire of a plan to eliminate the deficit if people didn’t pretend it was serious), like Romney

    • gunowners

      August 13, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Erik, I wish we had perfect as a choice but we have what we have. I’ll say this though, if Obama is re-elected we are going to get even MORE Supreme court justices like Kagan and Sotomayor. Actually they’ll probably be even MORE anti gun like Caitlin Halligan and Goodwin Liu.

      I would rather have the courts stacked with Romney appointed justice Kennedy’s (with whom we have a fighting chance) than losing more ground to the likes of Obama’s picks. Who by the way were BIG supporters of the 2nd amendment while being nominated but with Heller and McDonald showed their true gun hating ways.

      I hope that with Ryan’s input and a Republican Senate that Romney will put forth strong pro-gun rights nominees and that we can cement the 2nd as an infringement-proof right.

      Work with what you got and try to get better each time.

      • Mike

        August 13, 2012 at 11:12 am

        There were at least 2 choices that would have been better. Both have a last name of Paul, instead of a first name.

      • Mike

        August 13, 2012 at 11:14 am

        And both, might I add, have just as impeccable of a 2nd amendment record as Paul Ryan.

      • Erik

        August 14, 2012 at 11:19 am

        Oh, so we need more Republican judges to save us from left-wing legislation… kinda like John Roberts saved us from Obamacare. Whoops, didn’t quite work out that way. Relying on the branch of the Federal government to restrain the growth of the Federal government is a very shaky proposition, at best.

        “Work with what you got and try to get better each time.”

        But you’re not working to get better. You’re acquiescing to get worse. Each GOP nominee since Reagan has been further to the left of the one before it. They get away with this because they know that as long as they’re 2mm to the right of the Democrats their loyal followers will get on their knees and kiss the ring. Seriously, Mitt Romney? 25 years ago Republicans would have been (properly) apoplectic about this guy being on the *Democratic* ticket. But now he’s your guy. Because you keep telling yourselves it will be better next time, just like Charlie Brown does with Lucy van Pelt and the football.

        Personally, I gave up on the GOP somewhere between George H.W. “Read My Lips” Bush and Bob Dole, whose conservatism was about as limp as his… well, you get the picture. If people still want to reform it that’s their decision but it will only work if they do some actual, you know, reforming. Electing the occasional solid guy to Congress isn’t going to do the job, unless you think that the job consists of enjoying a good speech on YouTube every now and then. The real GOP – the people who are career politicians in Washington and the state capitals – they don’t want to shrink government or reduce regulation. That’s where they get their money and power. The only card the rank and file can play to keep them in line is the threat of taking away their power, and you’re afraid to play it. They know this. And they’re laughing at you.

        I think the GOP is well past saving and that a new party needs to take its place, just like the Republicans took the place of the Whigs about a century and a half ago. I don’t see any value in sticking up for a couple of two-bit socialist fakes like Romney and Ryan. I know that change will not be fast or easy, and that we will necessarily lose some ground before we turn things around. It never seems like a good or easy time to do this, but a good or easy time will never come. Like the national debt, the stakes only get higher with each election. It’s easy to look at the steep price and be afraid, to give into the gradual slide towards socialism and try to cling with your fingernails to what’s left of our nation’s wealth and prosperity as it gets dragged away inch by inch. The battle is going to have to be fought sooner or later and it’s always easier to do it sooner. We can only start doing it when people stop cowering and fight for REAL change.

        As the great Samuel Adams said: “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.”

  2. gunowners

    August 13, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Not saying you are wrong. And Rand will have his shot in the future but this is the choice. The GOA is a gun rights organization and as far as that goes, for the 4 men legitimately vying for the federal executive, only Paul Ryan has the 2A credentials to get an A from us.

  3. Luke

    August 13, 2012 at 12:31 pm

    Be careful what you wish for… the National Right-to-Carry Reciprocity Act could have disasterous consequences to the 2nd Amendment.

    Sure, you would have reciprocity with all states, but then what is to stop the U.S. Congress from assuming the power to tell you what you can and can’t do with your concealed carry permit in your state? What’s to stop Congress from making it much more restrictive for those of us who live in very gun friendly states now?

    I for one do not trust them to do the right thing. If that bill was going to make “Constitutional Carry” the law of the land then I’d be all for it.

    • gunowners

      August 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      You bring up a point I have read about from a bunch of patriots who rightfully distrust the federal government. Its a concern I have myself, but which has been lessened the more i look into it.

      As I read it, the initial Reciprocity bill just mandates that one states permit be valid in all others in much the same way a drivers license would be. The concern about making it into a federalized nightmare exists so long as their are gun control zealots out there looking to limit your freedom. But do we throw the baby out with the bathwater or do we go with what is there and stay vigilant to make sure it stays to its true and good intentions? I say the second.

      Onto Constitutional Carry. I love it. A great day in America will be when every state has it. Until then, every step in the right direction is…well…a step in the right direction.

      • Luke

        August 13, 2012 at 1:21 pm


        I hope you are right and we can remain vigilant.

        A group of us in my state are going to make a push for Constitutional Carry this coming legislative session. Does GOA have any resources that would help with this?

  4. herb seel

    August 13, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    Okay I’d vote for Bozo the Clown over Obama but what in God’s name is this concealed Carry reciprocity thing. It is my right to own and carry a fire arm. Given to me by God and allocuted in the constitution. The constitution and the government of the USA gives me nothing They have nothing to give that i don’t own already. I am a veteran of 11 years and so was my father and his and all my uncles. We served to protect our rights Endowed upon us by God. With the current concealed carry system, I was given an m-16 an 250 rounds and turned loose to use my judgement. I came home went to intreatment for PTSD and now some dorky little investigator who never went and did will decide whether I am citizen enough to carry concealed. I say if we just all abide by the second amendment which reallocutes what God says then we need not worry about reciprocity.

  5. gunowners

    August 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    Luke, dropped you an email. Would love to help, email me back with the info I asked for and we can see we can help.

    Herb, you’re absolutely right. The 2nd Amendment is only the enumeration of the rights our creator has given us. And we should absolutely respect our veterans more than having some paper pusher just pencil whip a line through our 2nd Amendment rights without any due diligence.

    But until Constitutional Carry is a nation wide reality, i do feel that my PA License to Carry a Firearm should allow me to experience the same amount of benefits in California as it does in Pennsylvania. That is why I am in support of the National Reciprocity bill. Though i am MORE in support of the realization of the 2nd Amendment as the National Constitutional Carry clause of the Constitution, one step at a time, whatever step in the right direction that might be.

  6. richard schlee

    August 13, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    Hopefully this will lead to a change here in Illinois:) At least here in Rockford area we had 11,000 signatures to the county board to try and get Winnebago county concealed carry which hopefully will go to court to get the rest of the state to allow. In Rockford you can here gunfire every night from non-legal gun owners!!

  7. gunowners

    August 13, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    Let’s work to make it happen Richard. Keep up the good work! Its an upside down world when criminals carry weapons freely while the law abiding are barred doing the same by their government.

  8. Rick Earnest

    August 13, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    I drive for a living but not semi or box truck. i use my own unmarked van. i have been in 38 states and i carry in all of them for 22 years. I would rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
    Thank you GOA for all the good u do

  9. Craig

    August 14, 2012 at 11:49 am

    The only problem with the National Reciprocity act was that it was written using the Commerce Clause as its basis, instead Rep. Ryan and his co-authors should have written it using the Second Amendment. There is too much Congressional activity using Commerce Clause….. Otherwise, I am all for National Reciprocity. Especially since I am a truck driver who HATES having to figure out if I can carry left handed, right handed, inside out or outside in depending on which State I am travelling in…….

    • gunowners

      August 14, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      That’s a very vaild point Craig. I think the problem with that thought is political though. I think those that crafted the legislation did so in the best way they thought it could pass.

      Hence using the commerce clause. If you use a 2nd Amendment reasoning (which we all know would make perfect sense and is right) it may have been quashed. To acknowledge that the 2nd Amendment supersedes ALL state law (as we know it should) would be too much of a pill for RINO’s and Moderate Dems to swallow. This is just speculation on my part, but I think they went with the path of least resistance while still getting practically what they want. Though in actuality so much less than what we deserve.


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