Friday, March 5, 2010

Roy Rogers Firearms Collection to be Auctioned

© 2010 Albert A Rasch and
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I'm having one of those mornings.

As you all know, I am back from Afghanistan, and I am having a hard time adjusting to being back. Loud noises, crowds, television, and stupid headlines all make me distinctly uncomfortable.

I go to bed early, and get up even earlier, and I find some comfort in catching up with all my old friends from the Blogosphere. Y'all should know Borepatch by now; he's an internet security wiz, and firearms buff. I rely on him for all sorts of security updates and news from the underbelly of the computer world.

This morning I was lying in bed, feeling melancholy, I decided to get up and go to the computer and fire Ubuntu up and see what is going on in Al Gore's Internet.  The first thing to pop up was an alert from Borepatch concerning the Roy Rogers collection.  Seems that the economic down turn is going to see to it that the collection of memorabilia is dispersed to the four corners of the world.

At first I was pissed.

I mean seriously, Roy Rogers is an American Icon, he represents everything that is good about our nation. And here we go and allow his legacy to be parceled out by an auction house to the highest bidder. I might add that Brian Lebel's Old West Show and Auction seems to have the best interests of the Rogers family on their mind, and they are in the business of auctioning things off. They are just doing their job.

We can manage to send billions of dollars all over the world, helping murderous thugs, the ungrateful and undeserved, but we can't come up with a few hundred thousand to place his collection in the Smithsonian? Who's in charge around here anymore? Is there not a lick of sense in Congress (Stupid question...) or at the Regents of the Smithsonian?

I'm tired my friends, very tired. It is an exhaustion of the soul and the mind. It is the sheer friction of seeing what needs or should be done and being worn down by it everyday.

Later today I will be writing a letter to the Regents of the Smithsonian, my Congressmen, and Senators, and I will beg them to do something, anything.

Albert A Rasch
Member: Bagram Tent Club
Member: Hunting Sportsmen of the United States HSUS (Let 'em sue me.)
The Hunt Continues...

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Borepatch said...

Welcome back, Albert.

The idea of Roy's six shooters in the Smithsonian is an awesome one.

Melissa said...

Thank you for the thoughtful post. I'm the auction house employee who sent the email to Borepatch. I wanted to confirm that yes, we do have the Rogers family's best interests in mind (thanks for noticing), that we are working very closely with Dusty Rogers on the sale of these items, and that Dusty tried very hard to find a public home for the pieces when it became clear to him that the family's museum had to close. We hope the Smithsonian or any other public museum will step up and do the right thing here, but at the very least, hope that any private collectors maintain the integrity and history of any items they purchase. Thanks again; feel free to contact me if you want to discuss any of this further.
Melissa McCracken - Old West Auction