Gun lovers like me should be advocates for sensible regulation

Here is an article on MSN News, I think Wes Siler did a great job about Gun owners and advocating for sensible regulation.

Story by Wes Siler.

Wes Siler is an American outdoorsman, hunter, and writer. He lives in Montana with his wife, Virginia, and their three rescue dogs

It’s a common refrain among responsible American gun owners like myself that mass shootings are not our fault, and we should not be penalized with burdensome restrictions as a result of them.

I get where that argument comes from. I use the AR-15 I carefully custom-built for target practice at gun ranges. Its low recoil makes it easy to shoot, its modular design means it’s simple to maintain, and since it’s the same caliber as military weapons of a similar pattern, ammunition for it is very affordable. When I’m not at one of those ranges, it stays locked up in a multi-thousand-dollar safe, or a secure travel case.

As a keen hunter, I use some of my other much more powerful weapons to put the healthiest and most ethical form of protein on my family’s plates and in their dog bowls – and to ensure our safety both in our homes and in public. The closest any of this gets to a mass shooting is that I’d like to think I’ll be prepared to defend our lives should we ever find ourselves caught in one.

How would restricting my ability to train, hunt, or defend my loved ones help keep other people safe?

I ask that question rhetorically because I believe this is an inherently flawed argument, created and spread for the express purpose of manipulating how gun owners vote. By participating widely in the culture wars dividing American society, and by remaining absurdly absolute in its opposition to gun safety reform of any kind, I fear that the National Rifle Association (NRA) is actually going to achieve the very thing it says it stands against, and wind up compromising our Second Amendment right to own guns.

The NRA’s century-long progression from an organization promoting marksmanship into a wholly political entity is well documented elsewhere. The organization does not disclose membership statistics but is today believed to count only two or three million dues-paying members in its ranks. The NRA’s single largest donor is the oil and gas industry, and the organization spends much time lobbying against animal conservation and environmental causes as a result: in effect, it lobbies against the interests of hunters, often enough.

Perhaps the most succinct description of the NRA’s current purpose comes from convicted Russian spy Maria Butina, who infiltrated the organization and in 2018 described it to her handlers as “the largest sponsor of the elections to the US Congress.”

In the wake of the 2012 school shooting in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza murdered 20 school children and five adults with an AR-15 he obtained from his mother, who he also killed, the NRA famously declared: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

The organization opposes gun safety reform of any kind, instead arguing that more guns are the solution to mass shootings.

And the NRA takes those views further as it participates in the culture wars. Its representatives have mocked teenage survivors of the Parkland, Florida school shooting; likened gay soldiers to pedophiles; and aired an illustration of Thomas the Tank Engine wearing a white Ku Klux Klan hood on NRA TV, a streaming video channel. Amid all that, one thing remains glaringly absent: any argument for what role guns might play in a healthier society.

“The NRA figured out that radicalization, hate, fear, racism – those things could gin up a populace to vote in irrational ways,” writes former firearms industry executive Ryan Busse in his tell-all book “Gunfight.”

Busse goes on to describe a culture within the gun industry that uses any attempt at gun safety legislation to raise money, drive sales, and politically radicalize gun owners. Rather than lend its expertise to any discussion about saving children’s lives, the NRA and the gun industry it’s intertwined with instead profit from mass shootings.

While it is extremely unlikely that any significant gun safety reform will become law in the immediate future, this sort of behavior virtually guarantees that gun rights will be on the chopping block – wholesale – at some point not that far down the road.

In 2020, one in ten eligible voters were members of Generation Z – people born between 1995 and 2012. In the 2022 midterms, which typically see lower turnout than Presidential elections, that number was one in eight. Some 27 percent of the entire generation turned out for that election, one of the highest voter participation rates for any generation in an American election. While Baby Boomers – the generation born between 1946 and 1964 – still far outnumber young people at the polls, that will continue to change. The average life expectancy for Americans has fallen to just 77 years, the same age as the oldest Boomers.

And Gen Z is not pro-guns. According to a poll conducted by Harvard’s Institute of Politics before last year’s election, 70 percent of likely voters aged 18-29 favor stricter gun laws, a 15-point increase since Sandy Hook. 58 percent support banning assault weapons (like my AR-15) altogether. A hefty 47 percent support changing the Second Amendment. And 53 percent have an unfavorable view of the NRA.  

Similar statistics hold true for other issues in which the NRA has sought to align the identity of guns and gun owners on the side repugnant to American young people. Where only 18 percent of Baby Boomers told a Walton Family Foundation to study that their 2022 vote was influenced by concerns about racism, 30 percent of Generation Z said that it was a critical issue. According to a Gallup poll conducted in February, only 2.8 percent of Baby Boomers identify as LGBT. That number for Gen Z is 20.8 percent. Fully 40 percent of Gen Z identify climate change as one of the top three most important issues facing the world. Generation Z is the first to grow up with mass shooting drills throughout their entire career as students. Guns are now the most common cause of death for children in this country.

By resisting gun safety reform altogether, while aligning the public image of guns with racism, homophobia, environmental destruction, and dead kids, the NRA and the firearms industry have positioned guns and gun rights in opposition to an entire generation of politically active voters. The writing is written on the wall, and as a keen gun owner that makes me mad.

There’s another problem. By doing everything it can to prevent people who actually know something about guns from getting involved with firearms legislation in any way, the NRA has helped to make sure that the few gun laws which have passed are ill-conceived, useless, and burdensome. Perhaps the most obvious example is California’s assault-weapon regulations, requiring foolish plastic fins to be added to the grips of guns such as the AR-15. This affects the weapon’s deadliness not at all and actually makes it less safe and controllable.

The NRA would regard this as a success, as such rules polarise American gun owners against any form of regulation, driving them into the hardline camp. However, it has also drastically limited the public’s imagination about what might be possible if we all worked together to create sensible and effective change.

Right now, it’s common to think that “gun control,” means attempts to ban certain types of firearm – or maybe all of them. What if, instead, the debate was around mandatory training, insurance, and tiered licensing?

Subsidizing gun ranges and employing trainers would expand opportunities to shoot, and create more expert shooters. Sales of ammunition and quality firearms and their components would benefit. Insurance rates would financially incentivize responsible practices like safe storage. Accidental gun deaths would fall. And tiered licensing would encourage practice, again bringing a net financial gain to the industry.

Unlike geographic bans on gun ownership, or the types of people who can own guns, or on specific types of firearms, there is a Constitutional precedent for mandatory training. When the Second Amendment was written, individual gun ownership was considered important so that the nation as a whole could resist the tyrannical aspirations of European empires. And it was critical to the success of those militias that members were proficient with their weapons. The “well-regulated militia” that our forefathers wrote of, as being necessary to the security of a free State, is a well-trained militia.

Training, responsibility, and civic participation wouldn’t just make the presence of guns safer for all Americans, it would help us gun owners create a cogent argument for why guns still belong in our society, in the coming decades when Gen Z with its values comes to dominate the electorate.

Why isn’t that a part of the conversation right now?

Because the organization which claims to represent gun owners, and does represent gun makers and the fossil fuels industry, is preventing such mature discourse from taking place.

Unless we change things, we risk that grown-up discussion never happening at all. If us gun owners are not going to be the ones to stand up and start the conversation, who will?

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Types of guns used in Mass shooting

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Getting APRS weather reports

APRS radio

This video will give you information on how to get weather reports using APRS.

WXBOT (US-only weather reports) for additional Info.

WXYO ( Worldwide weather reports) for additional Info.

US frequency 144.390 and the TO: field will be either WXBOT or WXYO and the BODY of the message will use one of the body text below.

By Ham Radio 2.0, Jason, callsign KC5HWB

WXBOT commands

Weather for todaytoday
Weather for tomorrowtomorrow
Weather for the day of the weekMonday
Weather by Zipcode5 -digit zip code
Weather by Airport3-character airport code (example: TPA)

WXYO commands

NOTE: Can also use all of the body text of WXBOT as well.

3-hour weather report3
6-hour weather report6
9-hour weather report9

Reference Cards

Weather reports to your radio using WXBOT (US only)

Weather reporting to your radio using WXYO (Worldwide)

NOTE: Make sure when you print to set the SCALE% to actual size. If you want to modify it do a MAKE COPY, ENTIRE PRESENTATION, and name it whatever you want to be, then hit the MAKE COPY button.

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Ham Radio Frequencies by License

HF Radios

Tech, General, and Extra

check out the following link to Ham Radio for Non-Teches for the chart.

Go to the link above for the complete list.

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Ham Radio and NFC Tags

nfc tag

from Ham Radio 2.0 KM4ACK

I have done this for my FTM-300 and FT2D for the radios manuals and it worked, but I did another step and that was to open up Google Drive and linked it to the folders for each of the radios.

 Compatible with NFC-enabled phones (Android OS 5.0 and above or iOS 13 and above).

I purchased my NCF tags from Amazon check the following link: NFC paper sticker tags, NFC pvc sticker tags (These will not work on metal serves). NFC Stickers Works on Metal surfaces.

For the Android phone try the following app NFC Tools PRO

For the iPhone try the following app Simply NFC – Tag Writer/Reader

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Pistols and Rifles are being turned into fully automatic firearms

glock switches

Semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 often make headlines when they are used to commit mass shootings in the United States. But handguns are most often used to commit crimes, according to ATF data.

The Trace and VICE News documented the rise of automatic conversion devices, which quickly and easily modify semiautomatic weapons to fire more than 1,200 rounds per minute and sidestep the federal government’s strict licensing requirements for automatic weapons. Our reporting identified hundreds of cases where criminals and extremists sought out and used conversion devices to carry out robberies, assaults, and murders. According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, recoveries of illegally modified machine guns increased from 300 in 2020 to 1,500 last year. 

Commonly referred to as “switches” or “chips” on the streets, automatic conversion devices are available for illegal online purchase for as little as $20, and can even be fashioned at home using a 3D printer. Among the most popular type of conversion devices is the auto sear, which is commonly used with Glock handguns. 

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More than 1 million guns were stolen from private citizens from 2017 to 2021

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A huge way those legally purchased firearms get into the hands of criminals is through theft, the ATF said. In five years, there were more than 1 million firearms stolen from private citizens and reported to authorities.

There’s a caveat here, however. Federal law doesn’t require individual gun owners to report the loss or theft of their firearms to the police. And while local laws vary, it also isn’t a requirement in many states to report a stolen gun, either — so the number of gun thefts could be much higher.

Regardless, Nichols, with Giffords, called this number “horrifying.”

“It shows that we really have a serious problem with guns that are not being stored safely in order to prevent this,” she said.

Research done in recent years has emphasized the importance of safely storing guns.

Everytown for Gun Safety, a nonprofit that advocates for gun control, reports that “households that locked both firearms and ammunition were associated with a 78 percent lower risk of self-inflicted firearm injuries and an 85 percent lower risk of unintentional firearm injuries among children and teens, compared to those that locked neither.”

But state laws vary widely on mandates for secure storage.

This new data from the ATF can further educate policymakers on the need for regulations mandating safe storage, Nichols said.

Roughly 4.6 million children live in a home with loaded and unlocked firearms, studies have shown.

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The U.S. is uniquely terrible at protecting children from gun violence

And over 80% of mass shooters at K-12 schools stole guns from family members, according to research funded by the National Institute of Justice (a program of the U.S. Justice Department) that examined mass shootings that took place from 1966 to 2019.

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Gun Deaths Among Kids

Gun death kids

Check out these stats, we should be addressing, why these kids are losing their lives, and how and in what ways we can help reduce them.

Look at the video clips on NBC’s DATA DOWNLOAD.

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Ham Radio Reference Cards

ham radio emergency field operator

I have made up some business-size card that has reference information you could use in the field. Like how to manually program frequencies for simplex and repeater or Radio frequencies for your Ares/Races and others.

These are FREE Google slide files for anyone who wants them. Just do the simple steps below so you can modify them yourself.

  1. Click on the card you want below.
  2. Do FILE then Make A Copy select Entire presentation, and give it the name you want to call it, then select Make A Copy.

After you have done Make A Copy, you can modify it for your specific information.

NOTE: when you get ready to print your card, make sure that Scale% is set to Actual Size. Then Cut and Laminate.

  1. BF-F8HP for manual setup Simplex Frequency
  2. BF-F8HP for manual setup Repeater Frequency
  3. FTM 300dr for manual setup Repeater Frequency
  4. FTM 300dr for manual setup Simplex Frequency
  5. FTM-300dr Setting power level (TXPWR)
  6. Hillsborough FT2d Ares/Races Emergency Frequencies
  7. Hillsborough AresRaces PSO Email Addresses
  8. RTS System – Front
  9. RTS System – Back
  10. APRS Cheat Sheet
  11. Field jungle Antenna Card
  12. Local Frequencies
  13. FT2d Manually setup Simplex Frequency – Front
  14. FT2d Manually setup Repeater Frequency – Back
  15. Hillsborough FTM-300DR AresRaces Emergency Frequencies
  16. Yeasu VX-6R: Program Repeater
  17. Yeasu VX-6R: Save to Memory
  18. Yeasu VX-6R:  Miscellaneous 
  19. Weather report to your radio using WXBOT (US only)
  20. Weather reports to your radio using WXYO (Worldwide)
  21. TTP APRS Message Group   and  PDF Document

I hope you enjoy them…..

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Florida Sheriff says Gun Control Cannot stop criminals from getting Guns.

criminals and guns

Watch the video…

This is what is going on in our country, 2 minors stole Guns (burglaries) and then used them to do harm to others.

Florida sheriff went on a rant against gun restrictions Friday while announcing the arrests of two minors in connection with a string of shootings that left three teenagers dead.

We do not need more gun control over lawful gun ownership and what weapons they can have, it is the criminals that need to be controlled, not us.

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