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February 28, 2012

Herring: No Newt, You're Wrong. You CAN Put a Gun Rack in a Chevy Volt

By Hal Herring

Presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich recently said that you can't put a gun rack in a Chevy Volt. But here's a guy who will show you how to do just that.

For those readers who will retort that you can’t load an elk or deer into a Chevy Volt, well, I’ve never loaded one into a Volt, but I’ve brought plenty of them home in a 1982 Honda Civic, and in a VW Bug equipped with a roof rack and off road rear tires. Sometimes, in our rush to defend what is actually a political position, we forget that good old American ingenuity tempered with a dose of necessity can make any vehicle a "hunting rig.”

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

I wouldn't say all is bad with politics and hunting. Obama's proposed budget included increases for US FIsh and Wildlife, he also delisted wolves in 5 states going on 6.

The problem with the volt gun rack is it's set up for access through the rear only. One must be able to grab quickly when plinking song doggies.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

The Chevy Volt?! lol. Perfect example of crony capitalism and the path we are headed on to be like Greece. With mounting gas prices because we decided it was foolish to Drill, Drill, Drill!...years back... we are approaching Obama's desired $5 a gal. gas he stated he would like to see, but not yet close to the $10 a gal. gas his energy Sec. he hired said he would like to see. The LA paper, yesterday, stated folks needed to move closer to work, and buy a Moped, as the solution to higher gas prices. Hunting and Fishing will be one of the early recreational activities to see the adverse effect of a decaying economy.

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from Outsider wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Id like to hold him down and give him a hair cut...You cannot fit my model 700 in that gun rack. Well, maybe if you take it out of the stock you could

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from Jeff Harding wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

The good thing about a gun rack in the back of a Chevy Volt; When the battery dies and your stranded, just get out and open the hatch, select the firearm of your choice...and put that POS out of its misery.

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from Dcast wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Sometimes, in our rush to defend what is actually a political position, we forget that good old American ingenuity tempered with a dose of necessity can make any vehicle a "hunting rig".

No truer words have been spoken!

As most of you know I back Sayfu's thoughts exactly. I would like to ask some questions some of you would be able to enlighten me on.

How toxic is the components of lithium ion batteries?
How is the lithium oxide produced?
How do we dispose of said batteries once they are no longer viable?

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from 86chevyguy wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

PVC gun rack, simple yet effective

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from baconboy206 wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

sweet, now they just need to make one with 4 wheel drive, at least 8 inches of ground clearence and you will have one bad ass earth friendly hunting rig :)

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from labrador12 wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Simple, remove the body from the Volt, place the body on any real 4x4, secure, and voila!!

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from upacreek333 wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Sayfu... I guess that makes sense, seeing as how it's going to be tough to hunt or fish if we "Drill, Drill Drill" on every acre of public land. The dude in the video's right... it's a global market, and whatever we do with our meager oil resources here in the U.S. is virtually immaterial--OPEC countries will just produce less to keep the price high. With unrest in the Middle East and refineries closing due to age and safety concerns, oil (and gasoline) prices will be high for a while longer. We can be honest about it, or we can use it to play politics... either way, we're going to pay $4 a gallon at the pump by April.

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from RockySquirrel wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Hal;

A VW bug hauling an Elk on the roof. Got pictures? My college buddy I used to joke about that all the time. 800+ lb elk strapped on the roof of a bug.

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

I suppose a mid sized elk carefully de boned might run a couple hundred pounds including heart and liver. Hide and horns might add another fifty or you could leave them for the squirrels. I've certainly heard of people fitting a largish deer in a cooler in a Ford Fiesta.

If I can comment four days ago to a post made today I guess anything is possible.

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from hal herring wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

RockyS,

I've only gotten one elk out whole in my life, and that was a calf with the head and forelegs off, and just enough snow to make the 5 hour drag seem possible. The meat that went into the Civic and the VW Bugfoot (some previous owner had put a decal with that word on it, and cartoon feet, across the back window) was in meat bags or quarters. I never found any elk near enough to the road in the Bitterroots or the Pioneers or Gallatins to get one out whole.

That Bugfoot was a work rig- for thinning and firelining and treeplanting- with saws and gas and oil and camping gear on top. It would tote anything you could load onto it. We graduated to old Subarus in the mid-90's (you could set up a tent, put your clothes and other gear in that, then fold down the seats and sleep comfortably in the back of those). We had trucks, too, but even then, we didn't have that much money for gas, and we liked to go far when the urge hit to do that.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

so what happens to the gun when the Volt explodes?

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from Big Country wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Oner of my friends in High school had an old bug that he used to haul deer and buckets of catfish in all the time. it smelled funny but he called the "the huntin an fishin Bug". And that thing was barly streety legal. But his truck was a little to pricey to drive to where he fised and hunted so he bought that thing and kept it around just for that.

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from -Bob wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

I once schlepped home a nice, big doe on the back deck of a ’95 Plymouth Neon. Problem was, it was “Blue and White” weekend at Penn State, so I shared Interstate 80 with a disproportionately high number of frat girls. I was a one-car parade, complete with my own little flock of cellphone-camera paparazzi.

It was very much like that recent Super Bowl commercial – “Eww. Seriously? That is so gross.”

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from Michael Shepard wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Many eons ago,,,a friend killed a bull moose of the Shiras kind..I bull dogged the rack from uphill, and ended up flopping in it a Subaru Brat..only an idiot would use a fake car to hunt out of..I have 2 Chev 4X4 trucks..ieObama Motors..yeah,,hate that aspect..but they match my NW Montana hunting areas..rugged, tuff and very depandable..Hilary is about to, if not now, signing a Small Arms Treaty with the damn UN...ya'll better quit drinking the koolaid, and see what this admin is rfeally doing...and the President did not help us with our wolves..a congressional bill did..read the facts before you give him any underserving credit..and look at his Sipreme Court nominees..all anti gun

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Those who wear tinfoil hats are well advised to recall that:

1. Hillary can't sign treaties. Only the president can.

2. The president can sign no treaty unless the United States Senate ratifies it.

3. Any such treaty, even if ratified by the Senate and signed by the President, can be subjected to a Constitutional challenge, just like any other law.

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from labrador12 wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

If you put a gun rack in a Volt, It voids the warranty

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from RockySquirrel wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

OK Hal; It was funny when we thought of it years ago. An 800 lb elk on a bug cursing campus trying to score points with the babes and the wipers going to push away the blood and gore. I guess you had to have been (drinking) there with us. Beer made a lot of things funny back then. Ah the good old days.

The president can pass a treaty with out the "advise and consent" of the 2/3 senate if it is classified as an executive agreement. The senate only RECOMMENDS ratification, The President ratifies it. Double check Wikipedia "Treaty Clause". Or look up the ASEAN treaty where Hillary signed for the US. It is a clear as mud with this administration.

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from Dcast wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Mike Deihl,

1. Hillary can't sign treaties, but she negotiates them and informs the president on them. You can say what you will but he is all for it and to say otherwise is just assinine.

2. You're correct that the senate has to ratify it, however the dems hold a majority. Once again from a purely political standpoint the majority of dems do not fully support the second admendment right, and along with some repubs. Another aspect of this is the recent appointment of the former Ohio Attorney General to a consumer protection post while congress was in recess, we could argue the recess aspect of this but the prez didn't and did so without approval. 3rd look at the Czars though many presidents had them including repub presidents it is still unlawful, but not argued by either party because when the other party gets into power they want to afford the same benefit. Don't think just because they don't have the right to do so they won't, once again look at the healthcare bill.

3. The supreme court is not a governing body of the USA although they are viewed this way. Also it is almost a split on the left and right in the court, which in itslef is a total ruse. Judges/Justices are to be nonparty affiliated yet they are. Justice is supposed to be blind not political. In my county the past election we had judges running as repubs & dems not exactly blind justice.

So my point being just because it is supposedly not allowed by law doesn't mean they follow the rules. Fast & Furious!

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from Michael Shepard wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Nice to see you young people can read and actually understand our Republic's Constitution...however this admin ignores it all...and yes Hilary is working on the UN Small Arms Treaty...Oblama is also looking at yet another deterent to us being attacked, yet another unilateral nuclear bomb reduction...so keep your powder dry, and your guns closer..

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

2. If the United States senate, with a strong GOP minority, does not table such a treaty, then the GOP and blue dog democrats could and should filibuster. If they don't, then the money I'm paying for my annual NRA dues isn't being used properly.

3. The USSC has jurisdiction over Treaties by virtue of the fact that, Constitutionally, Treaties have the same force as a law ratified by Congress and signed by the President. The USSC can strike down any such law, and any treaty that violates the Bill of Rights may likewise be struck down by the USSC.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

By the way, a Treaty is much harder to get through the US Senate than an ordinary bill, because a Treaty requires a 2/3 majority of the senate - 67 votes -- for ratification. It has to meet a higher standard of scrutiny and acceptability.

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from Michael Shepard wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Check out Google search Hilary Clinton, UN Small Arms Treaty, then view YouTube videos arounf May 2010..it is brewing bigtime within this admin's wants

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from aferraro wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Only and IDIOT would by a $47,000 golf cart that gets 36 miles per gallon according to consumer reports and has NO heater. The tax payer paid GM @ 10 billion dollars to create this P.O.S.

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from jke wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Michael--Check that out on Snopes.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

It may well be that the admin desires such. I'm not stampeded by it. The reason why we have the NRA and a 2/3 +1 majority requirement for treaty ratification in the senate is to ensure that ill-conceived treaties don't step on US citizens' rights and privileges.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Notice the barrel lengths??

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from wisc14 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

the whole "obama taking all our guns" thing is foolish and nothing but bunch of scare tatics by people who get into conspiracy crap.
just like when the liberals said that bush was behind 9/11 and went to war just for oil and to get rich.

give me a break people. liberals and conservatives these days are just too extreme. that is what is hurting this country

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from baconboy206 wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

sweet, now they just need to make one with 4 wheel drive, at least 8 inches of ground clearence and you will have one bad ass earth friendly hunting rig :)

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from aferraro wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Only and IDIOT would by a $47,000 golf cart that gets 36 miles per gallon according to consumer reports and has NO heater. The tax payer paid GM @ 10 billion dollars to create this P.O.S.

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from rock rat wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

I wouldn't say all is bad with politics and hunting. Obama's proposed budget included increases for US FIsh and Wildlife, he also delisted wolves in 5 states going on 6.

The problem with the volt gun rack is it's set up for access through the rear only. One must be able to grab quickly when plinking song doggies.

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from Outsider wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Id like to hold him down and give him a hair cut...You cannot fit my model 700 in that gun rack. Well, maybe if you take it out of the stock you could

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from Jeff Harding wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

The good thing about a gun rack in the back of a Chevy Volt; When the battery dies and your stranded, just get out and open the hatch, select the firearm of your choice...and put that POS out of its misery.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from upacreek333 wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Sayfu... I guess that makes sense, seeing as how it's going to be tough to hunt or fish if we "Drill, Drill Drill" on every acre of public land. The dude in the video's right... it's a global market, and whatever we do with our meager oil resources here in the U.S. is virtually immaterial--OPEC countries will just produce less to keep the price high. With unrest in the Middle East and refineries closing due to age and safety concerns, oil (and gasoline) prices will be high for a while longer. We can be honest about it, or we can use it to play politics... either way, we're going to pay $4 a gallon at the pump by April.

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from hal herring wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

RockyS,

I've only gotten one elk out whole in my life, and that was a calf with the head and forelegs off, and just enough snow to make the 5 hour drag seem possible. The meat that went into the Civic and the VW Bugfoot (some previous owner had put a decal with that word on it, and cartoon feet, across the back window) was in meat bags or quarters. I never found any elk near enough to the road in the Bitterroots or the Pioneers or Gallatins to get one out whole.

That Bugfoot was a work rig- for thinning and firelining and treeplanting- with saws and gas and oil and camping gear on top. It would tote anything you could load onto it. We graduated to old Subarus in the mid-90's (you could set up a tent, put your clothes and other gear in that, then fold down the seats and sleep comfortably in the back of those). We had trucks, too, but even then, we didn't have that much money for gas, and we liked to go far when the urge hit to do that.

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from Big Country wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Oner of my friends in High school had an old bug that he used to haul deer and buckets of catfish in all the time. it smelled funny but he called the "the huntin an fishin Bug". And that thing was barly streety legal. But his truck was a little to pricey to drive to where he fised and hunted so he bought that thing and kept it around just for that.

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from -Bob wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

I once schlepped home a nice, big doe on the back deck of a ’95 Plymouth Neon. Problem was, it was “Blue and White” weekend at Penn State, so I shared Interstate 80 with a disproportionately high number of frat girls. I was a one-car parade, complete with my own little flock of cellphone-camera paparazzi.

It was very much like that recent Super Bowl commercial – “Eww. Seriously? That is so gross.”

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Those who wear tinfoil hats are well advised to recall that:

1. Hillary can't sign treaties. Only the president can.

2. The president can sign no treaty unless the United States Senate ratifies it.

3. Any such treaty, even if ratified by the Senate and signed by the President, can be subjected to a Constitutional challenge, just like any other law.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from Dcast wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Sometimes, in our rush to defend what is actually a political position, we forget that good old American ingenuity tempered with a dose of necessity can make any vehicle a "hunting rig".

No truer words have been spoken!

As most of you know I back Sayfu's thoughts exactly. I would like to ask some questions some of you would be able to enlighten me on.

How toxic is the components of lithium ion batteries?
How is the lithium oxide produced?
How do we dispose of said batteries once they are no longer viable?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 86chevyguy wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

PVC gun rack, simple yet effective

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from RockySquirrel wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Hal;

A VW bug hauling an Elk on the roof. Got pictures? My college buddy I used to joke about that all the time. 800+ lb elk strapped on the roof of a bug.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from rock rat wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

I suppose a mid sized elk carefully de boned might run a couple hundred pounds including heart and liver. Hide and horns might add another fifty or you could leave them for the squirrels. I've certainly heard of people fitting a largish deer in a cooler in a Ford Fiesta.

If I can comment four days ago to a post made today I guess anything is possible.

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from labrador12 wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

If you put a gun rack in a Volt, It voids the warranty

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

2. If the United States senate, with a strong GOP minority, does not table such a treaty, then the GOP and blue dog democrats could and should filibuster. If they don't, then the money I'm paying for my annual NRA dues isn't being used properly.

3. The USSC has jurisdiction over Treaties by virtue of the fact that, Constitutionally, Treaties have the same force as a law ratified by Congress and signed by the President. The USSC can strike down any such law, and any treaty that violates the Bill of Rights may likewise be struck down by the USSC.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

By the way, a Treaty is much harder to get through the US Senate than an ordinary bill, because a Treaty requires a 2/3 majority of the senate - 67 votes -- for ratification. It has to meet a higher standard of scrutiny and acceptability.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from wisc14 wrote 2 years 5 weeks ago

the whole "obama taking all our guns" thing is foolish and nothing but bunch of scare tatics by people who get into conspiracy crap.
just like when the liberals said that bush was behind 9/11 and went to war just for oil and to get rich.

give me a break people. liberals and conservatives these days are just too extreme. that is what is hurting this country

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from labrador12 wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Simple, remove the body from the Volt, place the body on any real 4x4, secure, and voila!!

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

so what happens to the gun when the Volt explodes?

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from Michael Shepard wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

Many eons ago,,,a friend killed a bull moose of the Shiras kind..I bull dogged the rack from uphill, and ended up flopping in it a Subaru Brat..only an idiot would use a fake car to hunt out of..I have 2 Chev 4X4 trucks..ieObama Motors..yeah,,hate that aspect..but they match my NW Montana hunting areas..rugged, tuff and very depandable..Hilary is about to, if not now, signing a Small Arms Treaty with the damn UN...ya'll better quit drinking the koolaid, and see what this admin is rfeally doing...and the President did not help us with our wolves..a congressional bill did..read the facts before you give him any underserving credit..and look at his Sipreme Court nominees..all anti gun

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from RockySquirrel wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

OK Hal; It was funny when we thought of it years ago. An 800 lb elk on a bug cursing campus trying to score points with the babes and the wipers going to push away the blood and gore. I guess you had to have been (drinking) there with us. Beer made a lot of things funny back then. Ah the good old days.

The president can pass a treaty with out the "advise and consent" of the 2/3 senate if it is classified as an executive agreement. The senate only RECOMMENDS ratification, The President ratifies it. Double check Wikipedia "Treaty Clause". Or look up the ASEAN treaty where Hillary signed for the US. It is a clear as mud with this administration.

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from Dcast wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Mike Deihl,

1. Hillary can't sign treaties, but she negotiates them and informs the president on them. You can say what you will but he is all for it and to say otherwise is just assinine.

2. You're correct that the senate has to ratify it, however the dems hold a majority. Once again from a purely political standpoint the majority of dems do not fully support the second admendment right, and along with some repubs. Another aspect of this is the recent appointment of the former Ohio Attorney General to a consumer protection post while congress was in recess, we could argue the recess aspect of this but the prez didn't and did so without approval. 3rd look at the Czars though many presidents had them including repub presidents it is still unlawful, but not argued by either party because when the other party gets into power they want to afford the same benefit. Don't think just because they don't have the right to do so they won't, once again look at the healthcare bill.

3. The supreme court is not a governing body of the USA although they are viewed this way. Also it is almost a split on the left and right in the court, which in itslef is a total ruse. Judges/Justices are to be nonparty affiliated yet they are. Justice is supposed to be blind not political. In my county the past election we had judges running as repubs & dems not exactly blind justice.

So my point being just because it is supposedly not allowed by law doesn't mean they follow the rules. Fast & Furious!

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from Michael Shepard wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Nice to see you young people can read and actually understand our Republic's Constitution...however this admin ignores it all...and yes Hilary is working on the UN Small Arms Treaty...Oblama is also looking at yet another deterent to us being attacked, yet another unilateral nuclear bomb reduction...so keep your powder dry, and your guns closer..

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Michael Shepard wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Check out Google search Hilary Clinton, UN Small Arms Treaty, then view YouTube videos arounf May 2010..it is brewing bigtime within this admin's wants

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jke wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Michael--Check that out on Snopes.

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from Mike Diehl wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

It may well be that the admin desires such. I'm not stampeded by it. The reason why we have the NRA and a 2/3 +1 majority requirement for treaty ratification in the senate is to ensure that ill-conceived treaties don't step on US citizens' rights and privileges.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Clay Cooper wrote 2 years 6 weeks ago

Notice the barrel lengths??

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 7 weeks ago

The Chevy Volt?! lol. Perfect example of crony capitalism and the path we are headed on to be like Greece. With mounting gas prices because we decided it was foolish to Drill, Drill, Drill!...years back... we are approaching Obama's desired $5 a gal. gas he stated he would like to see, but not yet close to the $10 a gal. gas his energy Sec. he hired said he would like to see. The LA paper, yesterday, stated folks needed to move closer to work, and buy a Moped, as the solution to higher gas prices. Hunting and Fishing will be one of the early recreational activities to see the adverse effect of a decaying economy.

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