So, by now, everyone should’ve had an opportunity to watch what passes for objective news coverage from yesterday’s rally in Lansing.
Allow me to go over what did happen, what didn’t happen, and what others would like for you to believe happened.
I even have some interesting images from the Michigan Senate Floor that didn’t quite make the “official record”.
It appears the political establishment, the media and their “puppet” hosts and pundits, and a large percentage of the public, especially those who are anti-gun rights advocates know very little if anything about the functional differences between an AR-15 and an “assault rifle”. This conclusion is based on their discussions and commentary where they erroneously allege that “assault rifles” are generally available for purchase by the public.
What is an AR-15?
Politicians, the media and antigun rights advocates erroneously characterize to an uninformed public that an AR-15 is an “assault rifle”. The AR-15 is NOT a fully automatic weapon. A fully automatic weapon shoots multiple bullets with one pull of the trigger.The AR-15 fires only one bullet each time the trigger is pulled. The letters AR stand for “Armalite Rifle,” based on the company that created the weapon. The term AR is akin to a brand designation and not an abbreviation for a descriptive or functional purpose. The number 15 is the model number. The letters “AR” do not mean “Assault Rifle” as erroneously alleged.
AR-15 rifles are legal in all 50 states, and may be purchased provided the purchaser passes a mandatory FBI background check required for all retail and gun show gun purchases by licensed dealers and in compliance with Federal and State Law. An AR-15 is not a military assault rifle because it does not meet the rapid fire standard, nor does it have other functional capabilities that are build into a military style rifle such as the M-16.The uninformed non-gun advocate may confuse an AR 15 with a military style M-16 because of non-functional similarities in design and appearance.
It’s not on the website yet, but the next meeting of the SE Michigan Tea Party will be featuring former Michigan State Senator Pat Colbeck who will be discussing the Michigan Grassroots Alliance which is an organization to coordinate interactions with elected officials, community leaders and candidates for public office with vendors and PACs.
The event will be held on Tuesday, May 21st at the Dave and Busters in Utica at the corner of Hall Road & the M-53 expressway. Doors open at 6:00pm and the meeting starts at 7:00pm.
If anyone is interested in learning more about the Michigan Grassroots Alliance, you can read more about them at their website or on Facebook.
Gretchen Whitmer is no friend to hunters, sports shooters, or those who self defend.
The reality when looking at the gubernatorial race is that #thePartyOfCrime (as a rule) is not the gun owner’s friend.
We have had Michigan Democrats who claim they do not want to take your guns, but then speak of enhanced registration, or further limits on where lawful gun carrying might take place. There have been legitimate Dem politicos (Bart Stupak for one) who even faced personal firearm tragedy and yet was honorable enough to respect our 2A tradition.
Those days are gone however, and the reality of the zombie #MOB Democrats is upon us.
The ACA, a health insurance mandate conveniently had lines of [code] within it to begin stealth registry of gun owners through doctor visits. Gretchen Whitmer and other gun grabbers pushed it hard for Michigan.
Whitmer has in the past called for enhanced background checks, extended waiting lists and red flag bills that can deny due process to those with supposed mental problems and depression. (where could THAT possibly go wrong?) She has also spoken on prohibitions of ‘assault weapons,’ wherever the hell that definition falls on any day of the week.
Michigan’s sporting heritage may not be at risk in the immediate future from some of these minor tweaks that Gretchen Whitmer and today’s Democrats #Mobs advocate, but is it worth the risk?
Halloween can be spooky enough without this ghoul stalking law abiding gun owners.
Ted Nugent & Bill Schuette appearing together in Marquette and TC!
Bill Schuette and Lisa Posthumus Lyons rally with Ted Nugent in Northern Michigan with Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Schuette Coalition
Bill Schuette, Lisa Posthumus Lyons, and Ted Nugent will rally in Northern Michigan today with members of the Sportsmen and Sportswomen for Schuette coalition at events in Marquette and Traverse City.
Schuette and Nugent kicked off the day in a with a radio interview in Traverse City, where Nugent expressed his support of Bill Schuette and his campaign for Governor.
“I’ve watched Bill Schuette as Attorney General, and he’s always been the law and order guy. And that’s why I support Bill Schuette and Lisa Posthumus Lyons, they are absolutists that God gave us the individual right as Americans to keep and bear arms,” Nugent said.
The campaign also announced that Bill Schuette has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), and has received an A+ rating from the NRA.
“I’m going to support your Second Amendment rights and I appreciate the endorsement of the NRA. Gretchen Whitmer will take away your Second Amendment rights, and that would be a step backwards for Michigan residents and our Constitution,” Schuette said.
Michigan’s outdoors key part of Michigan economy
Michigan’s great natural resources are not only a key part of our quality of life, but also key to Michigan’s economy. Schuette’s Paycheck Agenda focuses on protecting our natural resources to encourage Michigan as a destination for hunting, sport fishing, and tourism, with billions of dollars at stake, and as an attraction to draw new residents to the state because of our high qualify of life.
MCL 28.425e(5)(m) mandates that by January 1st of each year, the Michigan State Police must issue a report containing “A list of expenditures made by the department of state police from money received under this act, regardless of purpose.”
Up to this point, the expenditures reported on the annual reports (https://www.michigan.gov/msp/0,4643,7-123-1878_1591_3503_4654-77621–,00.html) were aggregated into categories. It’s not a list of expenditures, but up until this point, no one has called them on it.
So we (Michigan Open Carry) filed a FOIA request for the list of expenditures for FY16 last fall. One of the key factors is the fact that out of a reported take of $8,020,921 (and this is excluding fingerprinting fees), $5,425,305 was spent on “Support systems utilized by the CPL unit” – or just over 2/3 of their non-fingerprinting CPL revenues.
To make things short, in responding to our request, the MSP basically pointed us towards the FY16 annual report. Clearly not what we wanted.
So we appealed, with a subsequent response of, well, nothing.
Time to initiate a litigatory beatdown.
In March of this year, we filed suit.
At this point, by way of the discovery process, we can start getting a bit intrusive (read our discovery request here).
When we got our discovery documents (Part 1 and Part 2), we realized something interesting – the revenue numbers they claimed were short of what they would have actually recieved based on the number of applications.
And by short, I’m talking millions of dollars.
Even with the most conservative estimate (based strictly on the amount they received prior to PA 3 of 2015 going into effect on December 1st 2015), the MSP is under reporting almost $3.5m of revenue, though we estimate that figure to be closer to $5.3m. Again, keep in mind this isn’t taking into account fingerprinting fees.
But the fun doesn’t stop there.
The discovery we received also seems to indicate their actual expenses were closer to $1.8m, not the $8,020,921 reported (isn’t it magical how their publicly reported expenses match exactly with their publicly reported revenues?).
I certainly can’t think of a reason why these numbers would be mis-reported. When asked (prior to us getting discovery), the MSP punted with a lame response of “The fees are set by the legislature”.
Yeah, good luck weaseling out of this now.
For our most recent release (and it goes into slightly more detail about the revenues and expenses post discovery acquisition), take a look here.
To view all court filings (which also include the actual FOIA request and appeal), follow along here. I update that index as filings come in.