This is the newest conspiracy theory among gun advocates; that the federal government is buying up all the bullets so that gun loving Americans cannot buy them. Luckily for said gun loving Americans, the GOP is on the ball and trying to pass legislation to stop this:

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/296471-gop-aims-to-slow-federal-bullet-buys

There is one humorous thing and one appalling thing mentioned in this story.

The funny part is that this is too crazy for the NRA to support:
The National Rifle Association (NRA) agreed with Tierney, telling its members last year that the high number of bullet purchases was normal for law enforcement agencies and that people should not be paranoid about the government’s intention on this area. 
 
“Skepticism of government is healthy. But today, there are more than enough actual threats to the Second Amendment to keep gun owners busy… there is no need to invent additional threats to our rights,” the gun group wrote. 

The appalling part is how much ammunition the federal government is buying:

In fiscal year 2012, DHS says it bought about 103 million bullets for $36.5 million, giving the department a total of about 246 million rounds stockpiled for training and operational use. The bulk of the ammunition — about 80 percent — is used for training purposes, according to DHS. 
 
With about 70,000 DHS agents who carry guns, Republicans argue the department has amassed too many rounds of ammunition. In a letter to Sen. Tom Coburn, DHS said it planned to spend about $37.2 million on ammunition in fiscal year 2013.

Do 70,000 Homeland Security employees really need 3500 bullets apiece??? Seriously????
 
 
We need some uplifting news on this blog as well. Here's the story of a Boston area school where the principal decided to try funding the arts instead of high security as a means of improving test scores. It worked! 

Here's the link:

http://dailynightly.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/05/01/18005192-principal-fires-security-guards-to-hire-art-teachers-and-transforms-elementary-school?utm_source=buffer&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Buffer:%2BBlogWood%2Bon%2Btwitter&buffer_share=983fc

And here's a video:

http://www.nbcnews.com/video/nightly-news/51739297#51739297
 
 
OK, this horrifying thing happened this week in Kentucky.  

A 5 year old boy accidentally shot and killed his 2 year old sister with his youth rifle he received as a gift from his parents.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/05/01/1206120/-If-the-2-Year-Old-Were-Armed-This-Wouldn-t-Have-Happened

Let's say that again: HIS PARENTS GAVE A 5 YEAR OLD A REAL GUN AS A GIFT.

There is actually a company that makes such small weapons and markets them to children. It is called Cricket. I was going to include their website in this post but it now down.  I looked at it earlier this week, and believe me, it will leave you speechless.

But let's say that again: THERE IS A COMPANY THAT MAKES AND MARKETS FIREARMS FOR CHILDREN.

I have a grandson who just turned 5. He's a great kid. He's funny and really smart. And there is no way I would ever let him near a firearm.

 I don't understand this mentality; the local authorities said "it's our way of life".

If your way of live accepts the death of 2 year olds at the hand of a 5 year old who was given a firearm as a gift as something that just happens, and we cannot do anything about it, I think your way of life is really messed up.


 
 
Governor Brewer signed into law a measure that prohibits public safety agencies or municipalities from destroying firearms seized as evidence of crimes or purchased as a gun buy back program. The measure was pushed as a taxpayer protection law (make some money off of selling confiscated firearms), but seems to have been motivated by personal antipathy from a Tucson area state legislator towards the Tucson City Council's sponsorship of a gun buyback program aimed at taking weapons off the streets.

This law was opposed by every major law enforcement agency in the state and crime victim advocacy groups. That ultimately didn't matter at all.

Guns now officially have more rights than humans in Arizona.

What do you think that says about our priorities?

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/ariz-governor-signs-bill-requiring-buyback-guns-to-be-resold.php?ref=fpblg
 
 
We lost a great American artist today. Country music legend George Jones died at the age of 81. It was hard to believe that he lived this long; he was the original Bad Boy of country music. 

Enjoy this clip of his first #1 hit song; loved the costumes and the haircuts!
P.S. Here's one very appropriate for the Sedona set!
 
 
Senator Flake voted against stopping the filibuster that did not allow a vote on the background check bill. But before that vote, he wrote a very moving handwritten letter to a constituent who lost a child in the massacre in Aurora, Colorado.

Double-Talk On Background Checks Catches Up With Jeff Flake | TPMDC

If you would like to let Senator Flake know how you feel about that, you can reach him in his Senate office at (202) 224-4521.


Be polite; he did write a very nice letter.
 
 
..."But Sen. Judy Burges, R-Sun City West, said those seeking to destroy guns are missing the point. "Many here in this body want to blame 30-round magazines and semiautomatic weapons for violence," she said, based on their desire to deal with things that can be controlled. "Unfortunately, murder, violence and insanity are built in to the human condition and likely always will be," she said. Limiting weapons ignores another fact, she said: "There are two types of animals: predators and prey. "When we take away individuals' right to defend themselves, we create more predators."...

Read more: This Week In The Laboratories Of Democracy - Esquire http://www.esquire.com/blogs/politics/laboratories-of-democracy-041813#ixzz2QqVePir0
 
 
2 bills to weaken gun laws, including one to weaken a law that doesn't actually exist,  were passed by the Legislature and sent to Governor Brewer for her signature.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/20130416arizona-weapons-bills-head-brewer.html
 
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1liUQ4imjCQ


 
 
The background check bill failed today. The filibuster was not broken.

Senator McCain voted to end the filibuster, and to allow an up or down vote of the bill on its merits.

Senator Flake voted to continue the filibuster, and not allow an up or down vote on the merits of the bill.

If you want to say something to them about this, their phone numbers are below.