Griffin Daily News headline: “Democrats call for special session to address gun safety laws.”
Anytime you hear “gun safety laws,” you can be sure the truth is “laws that restrict the civil rights of law-abiding citizens but do nothing to stop criminals.”
Each time a mentally ill person uses a gun illegally, the Brady “ban guns” Bunch sends out a fund raising email within minutes. They hype all kinds of new laws and beg for money to lobby for their passage.
Many times I have responded to their emails asking, “Please tell me exactly how your proposed new law would have affected this crime.”
One time I got a response referring me to one of their lobbying groups, but when I asked that group I received no response. I have never gotten any answer to my question.
The reason they don’t respond is they can’t. Their proposed laws often have nothing to do with the crime they are hyping and nothing they propose would make a difference.
The hype de jour is “ban assault weapons.” That was tried for 10 years under the Clinton administration. Contrary to lies by gun banners, if you go to unbiased sources, it had no measurable effect.
From https://www.propublica.org/article/fact-checking-feinstein-on-the-assault-weapons-ban: “There is no compelling evidence that it saved lives,” Duke University public policy experts Philip Cook and Kristin Goss wrote in their book “The Gun Debate: What Everyone Needs to Know.”
If their ultimate goal is to outlaw all gun ownership, and a few admit it is, they should propose a law to do that. Of course that would be unconstitutional and would be about as effective as the current ban on heroin or the experience we had with banning alcohol during Prohibition.
Just know “gun safety” means handling a gun correctly, not restricting law abiding citizens’ civil rights.
I seem to have a special jinx on Lake Hartwell. Last weekend, for the fourth Potato Creek Bassmasters tournament in a row, I came in one place out of winning some money. Every year I seem to come up just a little short. Last weekend was especially close.
In 17 hours of casting last Friday and Saturday, 11 members of the club landed 91 keeper bass weighing about 142 pounds. There were 16 five bass limits in the two days, and no one zeroed.
Glen Anderson won with 10 bass weighing 21.37 pounds, and Mitchell Cardell was second with 10 at 18,64 pounds. Third place went to Kwong Yu with eight bass weighing 17.12 pounds and his 5.31 pounder was big fish. Raymond English came in fourth with 10 at 16.27 pounds.
I caught 10 weighing 16.13 pounds for fifth. The club pays the top four places.
I camped at Hartwell State Park at exit 1 off I-85 in South Carolina, only 11.8 miles from the tournament ramp. It was very peaceful and quiet until Saturday when some folks came to the site beside me. They had two dogs that barked constantly.
In practice, I tried to find some kind of pattern but caught only a few small fish. In the tournament, I never got on any kind of pattern. On Friday I caught one on an underspin off a bridge piling, two on a Carolina rig on a gravel bank and two on a whacky rigged worm on docks.
On Saturday I saw some fish schooling on top and missed two on topwater but landed one on a Sebile swim bait. Later I got two on a Carolina Rig on a rocky point, one on a shaky head on a rock pile and one on the whacky rig. Both days I landed my fifth keeper with less than 30 minutes to fish.
My biggest fish was a pretty spot, but it weighed only about 2.5 pounds. Both days my smallest fish were skinny spots that weighed less than a pound. I just could not get a bigger bass to help out my weight.
Well, there is always next weekend and next year!
Till next time — Gone fishing!
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