Liberty is an inherently offensive lifestyle. Living in a free society guarantees that each one of us will see our most cherished principles and beliefs questioned and in some cases mocked. That psychic discomfort is the price we pay for basic civic peace. It's worth it. It's a pragmatic principle. Defend everyone else's rights, because if you don't there is no one to defend yours. -- MaxedOutMama

I don't just want gun rights... I want individual liberty, a culture of self-reliance....I want the whole bloody thing. -- Kim du Toit

The most glaring example of the cognitive dissonance on the left is the concept that human beings are inherently good, yet at the same time cannot be trusted with any kind of weapon, unless the magic fairy dust of government authority gets sprinkled upon them.-- Moshe Ben-David

The cult of the left believes that it is engaged in a great apocalyptic battle with corporations and industrialists for the ownership of the unthinking masses. Its acolytes see themselves as the individuals who have been "liberated" to think for themselves. They make choices. You however are just a member of the unthinking masses. You are not really a person, but only respond to the agendas of your corporate overlords. If you eat too much, it's because corporations make you eat. If you kill, it's because corporations encourage you to buy guns. You are not an individual. You are a social problem. -- Sultan Knish

All politics in this country now is just dress rehearsal for civil war. -- Billy Beck

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Ron. . . Ran. . . Run. . . Gathering

Apparently more than a few people have a hard time with the word "Rendezvous" (damned Froggies):

That's the sign the hotel put up outside our hospitality room.

We thought we'd struck gold Friday night when we found out who had the rooms just two doors down:

"NorCal Lefties!" We can walk next door, introduce ourselves and our very presence will make them cry!

But no, it was deceptive advertising. They were all left-handed, not politically Leftist.

Here we are Friday morning heading out to breakfast before the range session:

And I'd like to introduce you to the winner of the "traveled the farthest to get to GBR" award, reader and commenter Phil R., who came all the way from London.

Yes, the one in England:

He's studying for a PhD in Linguistics at Oxford, and until yesterday had never shot a handgun.

We fixed that.

Here are some of the guns we brought to the funshoot this year:

Mr. C's race guns.

The obligatory EBRs

Some Boomershoot long-range pistols.

SayUncle's 6.8SPC AR. He sells those, you know.

The Byrne and O'Connor Spring '09 Handgun Collection

And there was some Old School stuff as well that I'll post when I get some more time, plus some videos that don't want to upload for some reason.

Here's a shot down the firing line at the end we occupied:

Good turnout!

The raffle dinner is later this evening, and I'll try to liveblog it. I'll also try to get more photos, including some of Alan Gura, who is much younger than I imagined.

I'll post about this again, but last night SayUncle asked a question about donating toward the legal fight for our rights, mentioning that he'd received emails from people saying they'd tried to donate during the Parker/Heller litigation and had been refused. Alan said that there had been a deliberate decision to take that case all the way without outside aid of any kind, which is why offers of assistance had been politely but firmly declined. However, all the current litigation, such as the Chicago incorporation suit and many others, are being paid for by the Second Amendment Foundation and CalGuns. If you want to help now, that's where your money needs to go. I've been receiving solicitations from SAF for a while, but i did not know that they were the financiers of these efforts. They'll be receiving donations from me in the future, and I hope from you as well.

It's almost 4:00PM as I write this, so it's time to head downstairs for dinner and the raffle. More blogging later, I hope.

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