July 22, 2019

Dog and Pony Show at the NRA

Regular readers know my position on what should be a person’s unquestioned right to self-protection. They should also know that that right does NOT include giving the government more control over, not only what I see is never questioned rights (not something meted out by a corrupt government), but how and where I can protect myself and my property.

There’s a Dog and Pony Show going on at the NRA – no surprise to me knowing the make-up and character of the NRA. The executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre, has been accused of recklessly spending money for self pleasures, Oliver North was fired as president of the NRA (I guess because he tried to stop LaPierre), and now the NRA’s top lobbyist, Chris Cox, has been fired, perhaps because he was in on North’s attempted coup.

In an earlier writing I posted, I wrote: “…why would anyone think that the NRA is not a part of the so-called, and laughable, SWAMP the uninformed complain about in Washington? It tickles me that ignorant people think a “Swamp” is something new, when in reality “Swamps” have existed since Adam and Eve.”

The “Swamp” at the NRA is bubbling, however, the NRA “Swamp” leadership might be making a huge mistake. They think their do-do don’t stink when it smells so bad it could gag a maggot. The membership is roiling to a point they are ready to abandon ship, but not necessarily because of how LaPierre spends their money, although it is a catalyst.

In all of this smoke and mirrors, this morning I was reading an opinion piece published at Ammoland. The content of the opinion piece was one thing but the comments left after the piece are the canary in the coal mine perhaps.

I certainly have been around the block a time or two and understand that 26 comments left on one website about the NRA is not a scientific barometer of the supposed 5-million members of the NRA. Consider this anyway.

In reading through everyone of the comments left, there is not one comment that thinks the NRA is any longer THE top Second Amendment advocacy group. As a matter of fact, most of those leaving comments stated they are seriously considering ending their memberships and most also are refusing to give the NRA any more money or support in any way.

Consider, if you will, nearly all of the comments left voiced opposition to the direction the NRA has gone; that they are compromising, through negotiations with gun control groups, our Second Amendment rights. They also state that both LaPierre and Chris Cox are together on those compromises, which include supporting “Red Flag” laws and destruction of “Due Process,” pointing out that president Trump supported the ban on “bump stocks” and was one of the first to call out “take their guns away and worry about due process later.”

If these comments are any indication as to how the majority of Second Amendment supporters really feel, the NRA might be in more serious trouble than some think. Also consider that such actions are bound to have trickle-down effects to state and local gun rights groups, sportsman’s groups, and politicians in how they stand on Second Amendment issues.

If we consider the State of Maine for an example, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM), along with Gun Owners of Maine, and the Maine Chapter of the NRA, supported and helped write a bill that was passed by the Maine Legislature in recent days, that clearly robs a person of any due process of the law and protection of their rights and personal property.

I was shocked that the leadership at SAM would actually write and support such legislation, to the point I called for the executive director of SAM to be asked to step down by the membership. And, it appears that the SAM board must also go along with this “compromise” Red Flag bill, as there are nothing but crickets coming from Maine’s leading sportsman’s advocacy group.

Is SAM out of touch, just like the NRA? Are all of these quasi or fake Second Amendment groups in serious trouble because the clear majority of Second Amendment supporters are sick and tired of their right to keep and bear arms (shall never be questioned) being systematically taken away one compromise at a time.

I would expect nothing more from big, false, controlled opposition, Second Amendment groups like the NRA. It appears that the NRA’s influence has trickled down to state groups like SAM who have some righting of their own ship to take care of if they wish to survive.

While the ponies circle the ring, I will watch and see what kind of tricks the dogs will do. If one dog does a back flip, the pony might not be where it’s supposed to be and the dog will fall and maybe be hurt.

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The NRA Is Also a Swamp That Should Be Drained

I have been reading stuff lately that tells me the NRA operations by the upper executives is no different than all other political organizations, all of which lose (or never had) sight of who they are, what they do and supposedly whom they work for. There’s trouble at the NRA.

Like all organizations that become too big for their britches, we discover wasteful spending and corruption, followed by distracting techniques hoped to draw member’s attention away from the dirty laundry.

Why would anybody…no, seriously…why would ANYBODY think that the NRA (National Rifle Association) is somehow immune to all the crap and corruption that we find flourishing in all political, corporate, military groups, etc? And, why would anyone think that the NRA is not a part of the so-called, and laughable, SWAMP the uninformed complain about in Washington? It tickles me that ignorant people (meaning they have no knowledge or background into anything real but love to latch onto catch words and phrases sort of like high school cheerleaders attempting to keep interest and excitement in their events) think a “Swamp” is something new, when in reality “Swamps” have existed since Adam and Eve.

The NRA is a swamp that is kept muddy from the very members and cheerleaders of the political Swamps that head the corruption in Washington and all centers of political interest.

I read an open letter to the NRA published by Ammoland to Wayne LaPierre, head of the NRA present. Oh, but let’s not try to hide anything here. The author of the open letter happens to be: “…an NRA instructor and member of the Los Padres “Friends of the NRA” committee.”

So, what do we call this guy, a Swamplette?

I was also curious about the comments that followed the open letter left by readers. One reader said, “This is exactly what we hate about our elected officials (Congress & Senate)! Enriching themselves at the expense of voters who trusted them.”

I ask the question again. Why should anybody think the Swamp of the NRA is any different than the Swamp of Washington/Congress/White House? When you stop and think (nobody does anymore) about who heads the NRA throughout history, only an idiot would think leadership at the NRA would be any different than leadership in Washington. After all, NRA past presidents, for the most part, have simply moved from political power over to head the NRA. The majority of past NRA presidents have been politicians, political activists/lobbyists, movie stars, high-profile criminals, war heroes, etc. The NRA, in choosing its leadership, looks for someone who is part of the “Swamp” (sorry, nobody really knows what a Swamp is) and of a high profile in order to entice people to join and waste their money on the corruption known as the NRA Swamp. Go ahead. You love to do that.

People actually believe the NRA is independent of Washington and has done so many remarkable things. The writer of the Open Letter even begins his letter by stating that if it hadn’t been for the NRA, “firearms would have been banned…” in the 1990s. Seriously! He wrote that. All bow down to the NRA.

Suppose for a minute that the NRA was abolished, or that due to corruption, members left the confines of the corrupt NRA and headed over to other corrupt gun owner/gun rights groups. I doubt anything would really change, except Wayne LaPierre might not be wearing such expensive suits, but perhaps we might have been able to actually keep more of our gun rights if the NRA hadn’t given them away for political reasons. As the old saying goes, who needs enemies when we got friends like this?

If the “Swamp” is so bad, then why do we shop at the Swamp looking for the leadership for our political fraternities? When the NRA, and other entities, are headed by former corrupt politicians (all politicians are corrupt, that is why they are politicians) why shouldn’t we believe that the NRA is all part of the bigger, corrupt world of politics? Geez, we just don’t get it. We don’t WANT to GET IT!

Oh, don’t act surprised or angry that I should write such stuff about the NRA. Get your heads out of the sand and stop thinking just because you’re a member of the NRA it is actually looking out for your best interest. All they care about is what’s in your wallet and how they can get it away from you. So far, they have been quite remarkable at getting a lot of that green stuff.

ALL Swamps suck!

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Due Process IS Damned

Maine is but one example of how, what is left of and thought of as our rights under the U.S. Constitution and the Constitutions of individual States, are being systematically destroyed. This destruction is actually all part of the administering of the Constitutions by administrators/the elected, mostly ignorant and definitely bred to be the good totalitarians they are in order to carry out the wants and demands of the fascists who rule.

Perhaps, rather than state that what is “thought to be our rights under the constitutions” are being destroyed, it is more precise to say that, to some, a revelation of the actual intent of the constitution is being revealed and as such appears as a destruction of rights.

Originally Maine proposed a bill, LD 1312, a precise “red flag” bill that blatantly would ensure that any person THOUGHT to be a danger to themselves or others would be stripped of due process of the law all in the name of someone’s, or group of someones’, perspective as to their mental abilities and capacities – a value-weighted mindset derived by one’s ideology.

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) and the NRA strongly opposed LD 1312 but for some strange reason they took up the cross of the governor and gun control advocates and went to work to devise a bill that would accomplish the same thing but to a lesser degree. They devised LD 1811, a bit whitewashed from LD 1312 but still stripped an accused person of their “right” (or at least a system partially shared by others) to due process. LD 1811, wrongly pares the loss of due process down to a minimum of 14 days but still provides for a person to effectively go on endlessly in “protective custody” and having their private property, which happens to be property thought to be protected under both the Federal and State Constitutions right to keep and bear arms (and shall never be questioned), with many of the meted out rights withdrawn.

It was brought to my attention by a friend that in testimony before the legislative subcommittee the sponsor of LD 1312, the original “red flag” proposal, stated that the intent of the bill was to “get the guns out of the house.” While the sponsors of this bill willingly admit that the bill is intended to take guns away from anyone THEY deem necessary (one law enforcement person and one medical person), it appears as though the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) has approached their attempt at “compromising” with the governor and other gun haters from the perspective of a gun rights proposal with little attention, perhaps due to ignorance, given to the blatant violation of due process and what would appear as a deliberate disregard of a person’s right to not have their property taken away first and at some future point in time administer some degree of due process. While SAM states its opposition to a loss of a person’s right to Due Process, they certainly have a strange way of showing it.

About a year ago, I wrote a piece called, “By Whom is Due Process of Law Administered?” I reread that the other day and once again this morning to examine how my thoughts at that time coincide with my thoughts at the moment as regards this red flag law proposal taking place in Maine and other states. I find that the year-old article is precise and certainly applies to the actions of today. I hope you take the time to read and/or reread that piece.

Here is some of what I wrote: “

What may have been your grandfather’s “Due Process” doesn’t even carry the same DNA as today’s Due Process and at the rate things are changing and that “balanced constitutional system” gets more and more out of whack – to those with sense enough to see it – we have as much hope remaining to cling to Due Process as we do the Second Amendment or any other Constitutional article that might stand in the way of the Global Power Structure.

“Due Process is a subjective matter and was designed as such. Due Process is as much as society will tolerate and the government can get away with. Even though society believes that the Constitution gives them Due Process and that this “balanced constitutional system” works, they are wrong. We even constantly hear of those screaming to get out and vote in order to get those wanting to upset that “balanced constitutional system” (rigged) out of office and replaced with another clone/drone and yet, nothing ever changes. Oppression and tyranny march forward in a slow and methodical pace, hidden behind a shroud of watered-down constitutional rights and due process.

“Invoking Due Process is a worthless instrument. So long as Congress “makes all laws which are necessary and proper” and voting in new blood doesn’t change anything, then we are left with but one choice – continue to convince ourselves that we are guaranteed Due Process, along with all those other “rights” meted out by men for slaves.

“Due Process be Damned!!!!!”

What is contained in the constitution is doled out to the citizen-serfs as it benefits the administrative governments and the Global Power Structure. Until such time as people can, somehow, get a grasp on that reality, all of the rest of this becomes an exercise in frustration, anger, and endless futility.

Think back of the turmoil that surrounded the attacks on the World Trade Center. Then President Bush and his flock of fascists crammed the “Patriot Act” down our throats. Most American’s bought into the song and dance and eagerly gave up certain rights (they thought they had) and permitted the government to set aside any thoughts of Due Process in exchange for “SECURITY.” We bought it and still do.

Here we are sneaking up on 20 years later and we see totalitarian subjects/activists doing what the government did back then. How convenient for the Feds and now the state governments. In the name of “security” and “public safety” we are staged to continue an onslaught against liberties and freedom regardless of the effect.

If Due Process is allotted in ways that are only beneficial to the wishes of the Ruling Establishment, then the frustration and anger becomes prevalent because we believe a “right” has been taken away, when, in fact, it was never there as we thought…or at least as a clear and precise guaranteed right.

While American citizens try to hang on to what is a mixed up allotment of “rights” and “privileges,” in hopes that it will make their lives better, it becomes even more discouraging and confrontational when those whom we thought share the belief that rights, regardless of the control we may or may not have over them, are worth trying to protect, are now seemingly working to dismantle in the name of security. It all sounds too familiar. What are we doing?

Even if we don’t have much of any control over our perceived rights, doing what we can to slow down the governments from complete and instant tyrannical control may be in our best interest. Getting on board to do the work of tyrannical governments makes no sense and makes one question why anyone would do such a thing.

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SAM’s Red Flag Gun Control “Compromise” is a BIG FASCIST JOKE!

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine (SAM) should be embarrassed and SAM members should be angry that this organization worked on and apparently is supporting an LD 1811 “compromise” red flag, anti-Second Amendment, anti-Due Process proposed bill.

It is a constant battle in attempts to protect, as much as is actually possible within a rigged system that treats the Federal and State constitutions as pieces of toilet paper, the rights and freedoms we have left (very few if any). Despite the truth that law makers, at both the Federal and State level pay no attention to a constitution, falsely believed by most as written for them, groups/organizations like the SAM, NRA, etc. think they are doing somebody a favor by working on and rewriting a “compromise” gun control and anti-right to due process bill fantastically thought to be something of value.

It just blows my mind that a fascist-style government proposes to take away freedoms enjoyed by many people and groups like SAM, NRA, etc. rush in with a “compromise” as though that is satisfactory. Either a right should be protected or not. Giving it away one compromise at a time has a very bad ending. Can’t people see this? Evidently not.

When did such ignorant people begin thinking compromising our rights away was a good thing. Stupid is as stupid does.

If people actually support the Second Amendment, why do they willing work to “compromise” it away? If people actually support a person’s right to due process of the law, why then do they willingly work to “compromise” it away? Is that ALL that is left of one’s perceived value of these things? Evidently there is no value left to rights and freedom regardless as to whether such rights and freedoms are unalienable or meted out by a fascist government and supported by totalitarian members of our society such as the SAM, NRA, GOMA, etc.

The intent of LD 1811, regardless of what people attempt to tell you, is about doing just exactly what idiot President Donald Trump (who hates guns and gun owners until he needs their votes) said after the Florida school shooting, that we should go take away the guns that belong to anyone “WE” THINK might be “dangerous” and then worry about Due Process later. Heil, mein Fuhrer!

Well, welcome LD 1811. It’s intent is to give some uneducated “medical practitioner” full power to decide whether any person brought before them by “law enforcement” (that is the same law enforcement who gun down unarmed people and are justified for their actions) might pose a threat to themselves or other people.

It appears that SAM’s compromise is to demand that a person is given back their right to due process within 14 days…as though somehow this is what was intended by due process?

Note: I began watching a video that SAM put on their Farcebook (right word) page. I could only stomach it up to the point where Trahan said that this “group” (together in the video) brought in a lawyer to make sure that everything they did would not disrupt a person’s right to due process. If anyone in this group, represented by SAM, NRA, and GOMA, and the lawyer they hired, believes that the work they did on LD 1811 is not a disruption of one’s right to due process, one has to wonder from whence they received their brainwashing. It is obvious the brainwashing is well-entrenched.

But unseen and perhaps blindly ignorant of, is the fact that within this 14 days, the “court” must decide whether the “evidence” given them is reason enough to behead a man or let him go and return his confiscated weapons. Tell me that you really don’t believe that a rush to “judgement” by any “court” would render a proper decision and in most cases the judge will simply rule that a person is guilty until proven innocent, i.e. that, like the 14 days, no person is entitled to protection under the piece of crap CONstitution because some “medical practitioner” and lazy judge have taken it upon themselves to be gOD. No court wants to become responsible for anyone who now has been brought before the public and accused of being a nut job – defined as someone who might be a threat to themselves and/or others. It then becomes easier to simply say a full hearing must be heard and in the meantime this accused person has had their rights taken from them (life destroyed)…all in the name of saving the world from deranged mass murderers, which can’t be done anyway.

Talk about a very bad precedent that can trickle down to every aspect of our lives; an act that men have died for believing it was the backbone of the “freedom” they were giving their life for – innocent until proven guilty and due process. WHAT ARE WE DOING? Hasn’t it become obvious that the CONstitution, including the Bill of Rights, was not written for or intended for you and I. All governments, protected by their constitutions, only mete out freedoms as it becomes in the governments best interest.

Nothing is perfect in this crazy upside down world we have created. No law can stop the insanity this society has created. Living in a world where once we enjoyed seemingly countless freedoms and granting a person innocent until proven guilty, sometimes caused troubles. It’s not perfect. Taking away those freedoms only amounts to fascist rule and oppression. This approach has never worked throughout history, and yet, here we are with well-intentioned people willingly ceding their freedoms and believing they are doing the right thing.

And now, groups like SAM, and most of the really stupid, non thinking public, can’t see their own destruction by “compromising” any rights they once thought they had away and flushing them, willingly, down the toilet drain.

Regardless of any and all other window dressing that might be applied in this fascist “compromise” bill, the proposal should be an embarrassment to the name of SAM being attached to it and said to have eagerly participated in.

It appears too late for SAM to back out of this and so, I would hope that regardless of the Legislatures’ vote on this bill, members of SAM (unless they are blinded by their own ignorance) should demand the resignation of David Trahan (executive director of SAM) and any member of the Board of Directors who actively worked on this bill and/or support it. The same should be demanded from the NRA and Gun Owners of Maine.

If the majority membership of SAM believes this bill is a good thing, then SAM is no friend of sportsmen who own and use guns, and is absolutely no friend of anyone wishing to retain their right to the due process of law.

Fascist countries are those who operate exactly as this “compromise” bill is suggesting – strong arm the public and worry about whether a person any longer has a right to the “old-fashioned” due process.

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Guns: And The Divide Grows

I wonder how many, if any, ask themselves how a people can be so toxically divided and full of anger and hatred? For any who have entertained such thoughts, have you ever thought perhaps this is an orchestrated event? That’s right. It’s not something this is just happening. It’s something that is intended to happen. Besides the anger and hatred that continues to consume and divide this nation, I’m not exactly sure the reason for its intention beyond divide and conquer.

It was only a few years ago – I know some must remember – that any candidate for the U.S. Congress (either houses) and the presidency dared not suggest gun control. It was an undisputed formula for defeat.

Our post-normal existence has turned 180 degrees to where we see candidate Joe “The Groper” Biden declaring gun control and that he will “defeat” the NRA. (Historical Note: Who remembers when presidential candidate Edmund Muskie shed a tear because people were dragging his wife through the political knothole? That tear destroyed his run for the presidency. Today, we have a known woman groper, an acclaimed socialist, a homosexual, etc. etc. running for president and nobody blinks an eye. Tell me nothing has changed.)

However, Biden’s intent to “defeat” the NRA is that he will propose legislation the NRA opposes and he thinks he can pass it. I was kind of wondering if Biden was intending to “defeat,” as in get rid of the NRA. Maybe doing so wouldn’t be such a bad idea. While some believe the NRA is the greatest thing since spandex, I see the NRA as not much more than an organization that is slowly demolishing my right to self protection rather than those people and organizations attempting to do it all at once. Maybe it’s time to call out the real Second Amendment supporters and tell the NRA to kiss my behind.

But, back to the topic at hand. The divide continues and is growing at breakneck speed. It seems that anything that will cause more anger and rage directed at opposing “sides” (ideology) is the name of the game.

The situations that exist are so well crafted that ideology is unshakeable. With false beliefs securely grounded into individual psyches, plans have shifted away from creating two sides and the focus has become how to grow that divide.

Another example is one that we can find infiltrating even the tiniest of micro-villages in the depths of Western Maine. The Board of Selectmen of the Town of Paris voted unanimously to declare the town a Second Amendment sanctuary city.

Yes, such a move is only symbolic but certainly the mindsets are such that it causes the anger and hatred to grow. In the article we can read that the head of the Maine Immigrant’s Rights Coalition thinks the idea of declaring a Second Amendment sanctuary city, “is to create fear and conflict.”

He also claims that immigration sanctuary cities, designed to disregard immigration laws of this country and Second Amendment sanctuary cities, designed to send a message that communities believe in the unalienable right to self protection and the right to keep and bear arms, are not the same. Any comparison “is cynical and dangerous.”

The only way any person can see that one declaration is “cynical and dangerous” and the other is not, is if they have been completely brainwashed. Misguided and crafted anger and hatred funneled into blinded and ignorant understandings that a complete disregard for law and order pertaining to immigration laws is somehow acceptable and those wishing to protect the guarantees of the Bill of Rights is “cynical and dangerous” show just how cynical and dangerous things have become.

Back in the days when candidates for political office understood the dangers of threatening one’s constitutional and unalienable rights, a certain degree of caution, perhaps respect(?), existed. No longer. It’s all out war. The animosity, hostility, and antagonism that rules our society blinds us to the point we are incapable of comprehending our own foolishness causing failure to decipher whether differences exist or caring if they do.

How sad.

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Maine’s So-Called “Red Flag” Gun Bill Proposals

On Tuesday, May 28, 2019, Maine’s Legislative Subcommittee, Criminal Justice and Public Safety, will discuss 5 so-called “red flag” gun control bills. Here they are, including my comments, with links so readers can go read the proposals instead of listening to the B.S. always associated with controversial law proposals.

LD 379 – An act to protect children by requiring the safe storage of loaded firearms.

As will all bill proposals the title often is misleading or leaves out tons of important information. This proposal is of no exception.

It’s a terrible bill and will do very little, if anything, to protect a child. The proposal, as written, should be an embarrassment to whoever is responsible for crafting it. It includes all of these very gray areas that leave decisions about determining whether a person is in violation of law up to someone’s perspective and whether or not it can be “perceived” to perhaps cause a safety issue.

For example, it reads that a person is guilty of unsafe storage of a firearm if: “The person knows or REASONABLY SHOULD KNOW that a child is LIKELY to gain access to the loaded firearm without the permission…..” (emphasis added)

The majority of the bill is utter nonsense that does nothing to protect children and everything to UNREASONABLY prohibit the exercise of a person’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

The only part of this bill that should perhaps be considered is punishment for any adult who stupidly leaves a loaded gun laying around unattended.

LD 533 – An act to eliminate the statutory duty to retreat and affirm the right of self defense.

Such a bill proposal would not be necessary if there was actually a constitutional right or a natural right to self defense. States that have similar laws, sometimes called “castle doctrines” have all sorts of trouble with this law, mainly because, once again, the courts evidently can’t or don’t want to make a determination from evidence obtained whether a person was justified in killing or causing bodily harm to someone attacking, threatening, etc.

LD 810 – An act that would require background checks for all private firearm sales or transfers except family members.

Another bill that is of utter nonsense. This is a blatant and 100% disregard of a person’s right to keep and bear arms and a right to buy and sell one’s property as they see fit. Any person who owns a firearm should be able to sell that firearm to anyone they wish. What a person does with a firearm after purchasing that firearm, is not the responsibility of the seller.

This requirement will do absolutely nothing to stop anyone wishing to commit a violent crime. There are laws against committing violent crimes and those laws do nothing to stop a criminal or a person with criminal intent. Add this proposal to all the others that are nothing more than a total disregard and in disrespect of the Second Amendment and a person’s unalienable right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

LD 1099 – An act to reduce suicides and violent crimes by requiring a 72-hour waiting period after the sale of a firearm.

No where in the Second Amendment or for any other “right” guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, is there a 72-hour waiting period in order to exercise that right. Such a requirement does not reduce suicides or prevent violent crimes. This is nothing more than totalitarians forcing their desired way of life onto others.

LD 1569 – An act to prohibit untraceable and undetectable firearms.

LD 1569 is hogwash!! In the proposal it states that the Legislature determines that untraceable and undetectable firearms pose a “danger to the residents of the state.” The question should be, in what way are they a danger? Guns don’t and never have been responsible for killing anyone or causing them harm. There is ALWAYS somebody on the other end of a gun that does the act. That person, if their intent is to harm or kill someone, is a mentally deranged person – made that way by a perverse, immoral society. What are we doing about that? Oh, I thought so.

Banning guns that do not contain a traceable serial number and/or are made from a material that cannot be detected by metal detectors does nothing to alter the mental deficiency of anyone bent on killing or harming other people.

This proposal will only enhance the already unlawful act of firearm registration.

There are a couple of comments I wish to add to this entire slate of totalitarian gun proposals. The first is that there has never been any discussion or bill proposals that would address why a person or group of persons are of the mindset to harm other people. This will never happen because it would interfere with the immoral, decadent lifestyles these totalitarians want to live. They like it and don’t want to lose it.

Secondly, in some of these proposals there are exceptions to the prohibition of gun rights handed out to licensed firearm dealers and law enforcement personnel, including some private security guards. I want to know why the legislators think that law enforcement personnel and licensed gun dealers are above committing violent crimes against the citizenry? We know cops will gun down innocent people all in the line of duty. Should we then, if we want to be a society that measures and restricts every act of freedom and liberty, be giving carte blanche to law enforcement and licensed gun dealers who are equally susceptible to carrying out violent crimes as the next person?

I am shocked at the ignorance on display in the written words of these gun control bills. It is a reflection of the poor and manipulated “education” (brainwashing) taking place in our institutions and within society as a whole. All that is left is doom. We happily dig our own graves.

Hang on!

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SAM’s Compromise Gun Bill That Isn’t a Compromise That is a Compromise

Nonsense is coming from David Trahan in a notice sent to Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine members that although he is working on a compromise to a proposed “Red Flag” gun control bill that will determine whether somebody ought to be denied access to guns because of someone else’s perspectives on their behavior, he is not compromising our rights given in the Second Amendment. The bill is question is LD 1312.

In his notice sent to members, Trahan says that he has been working with Governor Mills administration to “…determine whether there was a way we could improve Maine law to better identify individuals in crisis and honor our individual liberties as it relates to due process and the constitution.”

Perhaps the best way to “improve” Maine’s law in regards to making a determination as to whether a person is in “crisis” is to stop pretending to act like a god. Whether a person is in “crisis” becomes a value-weighted determination based upon somebody’s perception determined by perverted, post-normal societal values. What could possibly go wrong. When somebody, living in La La Land thinks that a “LAW” can be created or amended that would “honor our individual liberties”, etc, reveals the ignorance of what freedom is all about. Any LAW is a direct restriction on any and all freedoms and cannot coexist with thoughts of “honoring” individual liberties.

Trahan somehow finds comfort to know other false gun rights groups have joined in the discussion to further restrict and water down gun rights.

Trahan assures members his efforts at a “compromise” is not a compromise to a “Red Flag Law.” What’s the difference. Anyone wishing to compromise any portion of the Second Amendment is not a friend of the rights of any individual.

The executive director of SAM is asking members to trust him: “…that your leaders are protecting firearm owner’s rights and your best interests,” and that when he is finished with his compromise that isn’t a compromise, “Maine people will be pleased.”

I have little confidence that he or any others working to compromise my gun rights away are looking out for my best interest. To think that any person or group of persons can equitably determine whether another person is in “crisis” and do it in any fashion that is within the scope of a person’s rights, not just gun rights, is unrealistic and fanciful thinking. It is, perhaps, the greatest tragedy of a person’s rights when others, equipped with political and personal ideologies, attempts to determine the condition in which another person is capable of exercising rights or should be removed from the normal activities of society.

Who in the hell do we think we have become?

Is it that we now believe that employing the evils of democracy we can, while instituting our own twisted, post-normal societal values, determine the fate of others while claiming we are protecting our rights?

Geez!

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Conservative Investor Activist Takes Citi to Task for Anti-Second Amendment Stance

Press Release from the National Center for Public Policy Research:

New York, NY/Washington, DC – After the nation’s leading conservative investor group confronted Citigroup’s leadership over the company’s campaign against the Second Amendment, Citi CEO Michael Corbat implied today that he knows more about business than famed investor Warren Buffett.

Last March, Citigroup and other corporations capitulated to journalist Andre Ross Sorkin’s crusade to get banks and credit cards to limit Second Amendment liberties. Citi announced that it would prohibit its clients from selling guns to anyone under the age of 21 and cease the sale of high-capacity magazines.

“Corbat was unable to defend the company’s anti-Second Amendment stance because it’s indefensible,” said National Center General Counsel and Free Enterprise Project (FEP) DirectorJustin Danhof, Esq., who questioned the bank CEO today. “In trying to say that Citi’s policy made sense from a business perspective, he implied that he knows more than famed investor Warren Buffett about how to run a business. That’s laughable.”

At the meeting, Danhof stated:

Because of the company’s anti-Second Amendment stance, Citi was denied the chance to be involved with a $600 million road project in Louisiana. Furthermore, members of Congress have threatened to cancel Citi’s federal contracts. Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) noted, “Citigroup has no business threatening law abiding business owners for exercising their Second Amendment rights. The only reason that Citigroup is even in business today is because American taxpayers bailed them out during the Great Recession.”

So, to be clear – the company is impinging on the constitutional rights of the very Americans who bailed Citi out after you all made a series of poor business decisions. Perhaps you should have just said thank you instead.

Danhof then noted:

CNBC asked Warren Buffett about corporations distancing themselves from the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers and how Berkshire Hathaway would respond to such pressure. Buffett replied: “I don’t believe in imposing my views on 370,000 employees and a million shareholders. I’m not their nanny on that… I don’t think that Berkshire should say we’re not going to do business with people who own guns. I think that would be ridiculous.”

Can you tell us – your investors – exactly how much money we stand to lose because of this decision, and explain why you have this right while Warren Buffett has this wrong?

Danhof’s full question, as prepared for delivery, is available here. Audio of his exchange with Corbat is available here.


“Corbat’s admission that Citi has lost business due to its opposition to the Second Amendment is telling. But it’s concerning that he refused to say how much,” said Danhof. “Investors have a right to such information. Furthermore, he claimed that some new customers came to the business because of its far-left virtue signaling, but he provided no actual evidence to back up this assertion. That’s equally concerning. This proves that Citi made a purely political decision. Unless such a decision is germane to a company’s core mission, corporate America should be in the business of business, not politics. We will continue to push that message.”

The Citigroup meeting marks the fifth time FEP has participated in a shareholder meeting in 2019.

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Oregon Wants Your Guns And To Make You A Criminal

It’s coming! I’ve predicted it in the past. It’s only a matter of time when the blinded totalitarians, under the spell of fascism, will have all your guns rendering you helpless to counter the tyrannical rule and death already planned for you.

The State of Oregon is deciding on a bill, that among a warehouse full of anti-gun measures, includes one that would make the owner of a stolen gun accountable should that gun be used to commit a crime. That’s right. Welcome to the Soviet Union of American Totalitarian States. And not only that, but if you legally sell a gun to someone else and that gun somehow ends up in the hands of a person who commits a crime, you will go to jail.

In my mind there seems to be a catch. However, I’m quite confident that if this is not added to the bill before a final vote, it will be only a matter of a short time when another law will be passed that will require (make mandatory) the registration of ALL guns.

It is impossible to enforce the law proposed to make gun owners liable for crime if a gun is stolen or lost, unless that weapon(s) is registered with the state. How else can they trace the weapon? Unless, of course, you are dumb enough to report it stolen or lost, complete with serial number, etc.

As I understand this proposed bill, gun owners would be given 72 hours to report a lost or stolen gun. This reporting MIGHT release them from liability. However, there are so many complicated scenarios that a person might be brought up on charges for, chances are you will be charged with a crime anyway. The goal here is to criminalize you and/or get you to get rid of all your guns…FEAR!!!

If you have already “registered” your weapon, you really are left with no choices. Registered weapons do not necessarily fall under the formal act of filing a form of gun ownership. If you purchased your gun through a licensed gun dealer, your gun is registered. If you bought your gun with a credit/debit card (Mark of the Beast/Image of the Beast) your gun is registered. If you bought ammunition with a credit/debit card, essentially you have alerted the state that you own a gun of that caliber. It’s nearly impossible to get around it.

My advice to you is that if you own guns that were passed down or you bought in a private sale, do your best to hide that fact from anyone.

The fascists are going to get your guns. It’s only a matter of when.

Charge on oh totalitarian imbeciles!!!

A Bag of Rocks comes to mind.

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Night, Night Hunters

I have just read an article on one of my favorite outdoor sites, Sporting Classics Daily.  The article was titled, “Conservation Funding and Firearms” by Craig Springer, External Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Southwest Region.

I first read this article when I was in high school (over 60 years ago) when I was memorizing articles by Robert Ruark, and every item and its cost in the Herter’s Catalog.  Today, it has been perverted into propaganda meant to seduce any awareness in hunters, state wildlife agencies and hunter’s organizations about what is happening to hunting and this once-proud program, the Pittman-Robertson Excise Tax on Arms and Ammunition.  Whether you think this article to be a simple oversight, ignorance, a bid for a bonus or a bona fide deception: I leave to you.

While the article was true those many years ago and properly whetted a young man’s imagination and energy toward hunting, shooting and possibly a job one day: today the article is a stale clip of a bygone era and a glimpse of how it is being used by that herd called “The Swamp” with their Hidden Agendas running amok.  It details all the money collected and disbursed to State wildlife programs (the only beneficiaries, supposedly, of the funds) by law.  It chirps about putting “gas in a biologist’s truck” and “bobwhite quail traps in Oklahoma” giving the impression that the increased funding does as much or more than it did for Dad or Grandpa – nothing could be farther from the truth.  The funding source itself, the use of the funds and the goals of the modern wildlife bureaucrats, both state and federal, being paid by the Excise Tax dollars are such today that a good case could be made that hunters and Rural America would be better off without the program entirely.  Other than serving as one more good reason (of many) why the 2ndAmendment must be protected and preserved; the wildlife benefits to hunters and Rural America are, to quote Ross Perot describing the loss of jobs to NAFTA, “a giant sucking sound” off in the distance.

Let me describe some of the ways this once great program has been savaged and distorted:

1.    In the early 1990’s, Congress refused a Request from US Fish and Wildlife Service to authorize and fund the capture of Canadian wolves to release in the Rocky Mountains.  When Congress refused, USFWS clandestinely “took” (stole is a better word) $45 to 60 Million from the funds and released wolves into Yellowstone National Park (from which they spread in every direction).  Leftover funds were used to open a USFWS Office in California that Congress had also refused to fund; and to give bonuses to USFWS managers involved in the illicit funding uses.  When a GAO Audit revealed the misuse of the funds to a US House of Representatives Committee, after a flurry of activity ala Lois Lerner et al, the responsible USFWS managers went on to be Directors and high-paid Executives of environmental lobby groups.  The state wildlife agency Directors that along with you, me and the state wildlife programs never asked for the money to be replaced.  I suggest that not only was this a visible flame 20 years ago of the advanced degree of corruption corroding the state/federal/radical groups “Complex” to use Ike’s term: it was a clear signal to others like ATF in Fast and Furious, Lois Lerner in IRS, and the FBI/Federal Intelligence network in the past three years to, “do what you want, nobody gets in trouble anymore”.

2.    The program has been diverted into a quasi-preservation effort of government force on behalf of animal communities that while not in any trouble should get as much attention as game animals according to New Age wildlife “professionals”.  Think of it as a sort of socialism for critters wherein Excise tax (and license revenue) is forcibly taken from the management of those animals that “have” and given to those animals that “have not”, somewhat like a progressive tax scheme that will ostensibly make everyone “equal”.  To say that game animals and hunting have not suffered greatly in this “Robin Hood-like redirection of the Excise taxes generated by Arms and Ammunition Sales” is simply an ideological rejection of truth and facts. This was made possible by some federal/state wordsmithing of regulations almost 30 years ago that no one, not even the NRA saw fit to oppose.  Words like “game” were simply transformed to “wildlife” which in a legal sense covers a multitude of sins.  When I read Mr. Springer’s piece I looked to see how he would handle or avoid this fact.  At the end of his long list (first written 60 years ago) about mule deer, bobwhite, et al; the last phrase was, and “habitats restored benefiting multitudes of organisms”.  Yo, anyone awake out there?

3.    The Excise Tax funding and the License Revenue have been increasingly diverted in almost half the states and growing in recent years into Lawsuits, depredation Complaints, propagandizing incidences, denying the reason moose and elk (and their hunting) are disappearing, teaching kids prevarications about predators and generally concocting nonsense for public consumption like, “the wolf that attacked the young man had a ‘deformed brain’” and “the moose season is closed forever because of climate change” (as though moose failed to adapt to eating coconuts and mangoes) because of forcibly imposed federal wolves laughingly called “Endangered” or “Threatened”.  This all costs millions of Excise Tax and License Revenue dollars that are purposely under-reported by unaudited state and federal agencies.  My estimate of the under-reporting (as a former National Wildlife Refuge Operations Chief, Program Coordinator, Program Analysts and wildlife biologist) is that the state and federal agencies only report 25-30% of the costs and thereby minimize any signs of hunters and Rural Americans waking up to what is going on like Rip Van Winkle.

4.    The current scam to further drain Excise Tax funding and dwindling hunting License Revenue is for the federal government to “Return Wolf Management” to the States.  This is a comedy skit in more ways than one.  Forcing wolves back into states where they were purposely and at great expense exterminated over a century ago and calling it “Returning Management” is reminiscent of the man that killed his mother and father and then threw himself on the mercy of the court as an orphan.  In other words it takes a certain amount of chutzpah.  States will now be expected to “Maintain Wolves”; answer depredation calls; pay (?) compensation; explain why game is disappearing without using the words “predator” or “wolf”; tell dog owners to keep their dogs in or on a leash or expect a wolf to kill or (in certain cases) to mate with them; fight lawsuits; and pay for pre-determined research to explain why neither they nor the wolves are responsible for the ensuing chaos and safety concerns of Rural Americans from hunters to hikers, campers, birdwatchers, kids at school bus stops and older ladies walking to rural mailboxes or outbuildings.  This means MORE Excise Tax Revenue and MORE of the dwindling (for reasons of human safety and disappearing game) Hunting License Revenue diverted not only away from game but to expand an agenda meant to do away with game, guns, hunting, ranching and a vibrant Rural America.

5.    How many of these USFWS do-gooders are explaining that more gun controls and ammunition quotas will seriously defund state wildlife programs?  Where are the state wildlife agencies and their political overlords spreading the same truths?  Where have you seen any explanation of what all this diversion of funds is doing?  Or what wolf management or non-game handouts are taking from hunting and game?  What is the alternative after most game hunting Revenue is gone?  When gun and ammunition purchase, importation and use is all but obliterated.  Will we just close down the state agencies and simply have a federal wildlife authority funded from General revenue?  For what purpose?  Will states just start paying for the “biologist” and His/Her “truck and gas”?  Why would anyone spend anything on deer or ducks or grouse? Why would anyone spend money on frogs or snakes?  Where would any money come from year after year after year?  When the wolf kills the dog or the grizzly bear kills the camper who does what in an unarmed Rural America?  How?  Who is responsible?  Who has the answer?

This could be longer but my fingers are getting tired.  I just opened my window onto a fine spring day to hear the reporters working on the Excise Tax/Hunting License Revenue issue; the future of state and federal wildlife programs; and the role of predators in our brave new world. I listened for the Hunting, Dog and Livestock organizations fighting gun and ammunition controls, wolves and federal grizzlies.  I cupped my hands over my ears to hear the bureaucrats speaking out for the 2nd Amendment and what needs to be done about dwindling game animal populations.  I leaned out to hear the state and federal politicians fighting for hunters, ranchers, dog owners and Rural America (what’s that, they sound like their cheering for the environmental extremists and animal rights radicals?)  I tried to hear the honest scientists advocating sensible predator management, game animal use and management, and the establishment of compatible wildlife communities that enhance human rural communities rather than discouraging and diminishing them.

But, all I heard were crickets and besides, I am tired of reading 60 year-old articles about how good things are going out there so I might as well take a nap too.

Jim Beers

26 March 2019

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Jim Beers is a retired US Fish & Wildlife Service Wildlife Biologist, Special Agent, Refuge Manager, Wetlands Biologist, and Congressional Fellow. He was stationed in North Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York City, and Washington DC.  He also served as a US Navy Line Officer in the western Pacific and on Adak, Alaska in the Aleutian Islands.  He has worked for the Utah Fish & Game, Minneapolis Police Department, and as a Security Supervisor in Washington, DC.  He testified three times before Congress; twice regarding the theft by the US Fish & Wildlife Service of $45 to 60 Million from State fish and wildlife funds and once in opposition to expanding Federal Invasive Species authority.  He resides in Eagan, Minnesota with his wife of many decades.

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