Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Exercising my 2nd Amendment right with my Congressman

Blogging is fun. However, some days are more fun than others. Like today. Today I got an opportunity to be on the gun range with Congressman Mike Rogers. The Congressman was at Total Firearms a full service gun shop in Mason to meet with his constituents to discuss the current state of our Second Amendment rights , as well as other critical issues.

Smaller and more casual event, which was great for meeting other shooters and "hanging out" with Congressman Rogers. I have had several occassions in the past few months to interview or be at events with Mike Rodgers and I find him to be a genuine nice guy with a great sense of humor.

Hunters, gun owners, veterans as well as some local candidates including, Chris Greenshield candidate for Ingham County sheriff were in attendance.

Gun owners have cause for concern in a Barack Obama administration as he has consistently voted against gun owners rights including;

• Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban. (Apr 2008)
• 2000: cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month. (Oct 2007)
• Concealed carry OK for only retired police officers. (Aug 2007)
• Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions. (Jul 1998)
• Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)
• Supported the D.C. handgun ban, and said that it's constitutional

And Barack Obama said in August 14, 2007, "I am consistently on record and will continue to be on record as opposing concealed carry."

I asked Congressman Rogers;

What would it mean to our 2nd Amendment rights to have an Obama presidency?

Congressman Rogers;

"First of all you have some who is not a passive person about taking away our 2nd Amendment protections. He has aggressively taken steps to make it harder to own hand guns or any firearms for that matter." In his time in the state Senate and in his words and speeches, he has very clearly said, he does not believe in the fundamental right of gun ownership.

He has also said that he believes in the 2nd Amendment however, he believes the government can and should regulate those individual rights.
Which is him saying one thing but meaning another. And when you get an aggressive president with an already controlled Democrat House and Senate, my concern is that, it makes it very easy to get back in the business of restricting gun ownership in the United States. That's what concerns me and that's why this issues needs to be talked about. And really hasn't been. If you believe that the 1st Amendment is important than the 2nd is equally important and so is 3rd and down the line.

They are all important and there for a reason and they all need to be respected. And for them to pick and choose the ones they like is, A. Unconstitutional and B. Dangerous. So once again my concern is that because he is very aggressive about taking away our 2nd Amendment protections he will certainly continue to pursue that goal if elected"

After a few other questions and answers a few of us accepted the invitation of Doug, the owner to Total Firearms, to go to the indoor shooting range for a little practice. Doug had a newer firearm that he invited Mike to shoot, a 5.7x28 FN Herstal FS2000 Semi-Auto Carbine Rifle.

So Mike, a former FBI agent was happy to try it out. After firing off a few rounds, he commented that he didn't have the opportunity to get to the range as much as he wanted. A couple of us took turns with a Smith & Wesson M&Pc 9mm. I squeezed off the magazine and hit center of mass. Dead prep Yeah me!

I had not done any shooting in a couple of years, since I got my CCW. However, I forgot how much fun it is! I got a S&W catalog and looks like there will be a "new member of the family" shortly, a S&W M&P9c

Then a couple of Rogers's staffers shot for the 1st time and they loved it!
I think Total Firearms have more new customers.

A big thanks to Total Firearms for hosting the event and for the shootin' fun. If you are looking to purchase a firearm or need some questions answered the staff at Total Firearms are top notch and with an indoor as well as an outdoor range you are able to get in year round practice.

Another big thanks to Congressman Rogers for his service and for always being so gracious to this blogger

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