An Open Letter to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Maricopa County, Arizona
Dear Sheriff Arpaio:
In a recent interview with Mike Broomhead on KFYI 550 AM in Phoenix, Arizona, when asked about a possible firearm confiscation law coming from the Obama Administration, you stated, "I may not enforce that federal law." Unfortunately, the word "may" puts us in the ambiguous realm of you may or may not enforce a federal firearm confiscation law. That coupled with your comment that you would be purchasing semi-automatic and fully automatic weapons for your department gives one additional pause for concern as to how these weapons are going to be used. Yes, you said they would be used against the "bad guys" but one has to wonder, who will you consider to be the "bad guys" in an Obama federal gun confiscation scheme?
You said that you have taken an oath numerous times to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. I believe that you have a true love for the U.S. Constitution and for the God given freedoms that it recognizes and guarantees. I do believe that the citizens of Maricopa County deserve a more definitive answer as to where you and your office stand regarding a potential federal firearm confiscation order from the Obama Administration. Without equivocation, will you enforce or ignore a federal firearm confiscation law by the Obama Administration?
I have included an incomplete list of county sheriffs who have, without equivocation, stated that they will abide by their oaths to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution against enemies foreign and domestic and will support the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights and they will not participate in any federal gun confiscation scheme. As the Toughest Sheriff in America, I believe that your name and your office should be at the top of the list of sheriffs who will honor their oaths to defend the people's Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
I would encourage you to clear up this ambiguity at your earliest convenience in an M.C.S.O. Press Release. The citizens of Maricopa County have a right to know exactly where you stand on this issue.
Sun City West
Boehner, McConnell, and RINO Republicans; 'NO MORE' to illegal immigration or spending
The USA is in a recession and/or a depression. Many Americans are searching for jobs in the 'private sector', yet Speaker John Boehner, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and many Republicans In Name Only (RINO) are coordinating with Capitol Hill Democrats to scrap a near perfect 'legal Immigration' system; new legislation to open more 'illegal immigrants' to take more of our American jobs while these same 'illegal immigrants' are increasing American taxpayers' more cost for their education, food assistance, healthcare, housing, etc.
Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Mitch McConnell, and Republicans should be focusing on requiring the lawless elected and appointed government officials to obey the Constitution, our US Code, and our 'legal immigration' laws; not ignoring and/or disobeying our laws. For now, these GOP leaders are following and granting more 'lawlessness', rather than leading Americans under our Constitution and US Code.
Please explain to me and many others. What is wrong in requiring 'illegal immigrants' to follow our 'immigration' laws that have worked very well for more than 200 years; and to stop 'illegal immigrants' from stealing and/or purchasing a fraudulent Social Security and/or Driver's License, etc., prior to and/or after their arrival?
Furthermore, how are Boehner, McConnell, his RINO Republicans, and his Liberal Democrats going to prevent more 'terror' from being approved to relocate and live in our neighborhoods?
Back on the economic issue, under the Obama administration's 'political policies', our economy may get even worse with increasing unemployment and more snowballing inflation; however, Obama can always blame it on G.W. Bush and the main-stream Medias will follow.
Speaker John Boehner, Sen. Mitch McConnell, his RINO Republicans, and his Liberal Democrats continue to spend as if America has 'unlimited Federal funds'. Boehner, McConnell, and his RINO Republicans continue to negotiate away more of taxpayers' Federal money and our Constitutional freedoms. They say one thing, only to continue to negotiate and spend (y)our taxpayers' money on a 'credit card' leaving more and more debt to our children, their children, etc.
Conservative Republicans all across America are becoming more disgusted with the Senate and Congressional Party leadership. The GOP leadership of today is joining Democrat Party's policies by duplicating their Liberal political policies in more recent years.
It is time to say 'NO MORE" to Liberalism. Quit negotiating with Liberal Democrats as if you are defenseless and indecisive children. Save our nation! Americans are waiting!
Oscar Y. Harward
Monroe, North Carolina
Constitution Party of Arizona urges people to resist gun registration or turn in
The Constitution Party of Arizona supports the individual right to keep and bear arms as defined by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. We do hereby call on our fellow citizens of Arizona to also show their support for the Constitution and the Second Amendment by resisting any infringement of their right to keep and bear arms and to never register or turn in any of their firearms regardless of any pressure by any governmental entity to do so. We the people have a right to keep and bear arms and we the people shall never surrender our rights.
For God and country,
Bob Haran, Chairman,
Constitution Party of Arizona
Dear Home Depot
I discovered the Home Depot does not support the 2nd Amendment, and the right to bear arms.
I was shopping with my wife, and 7 year old daughter, picking out paint colors for our new home. We had several items in our cart, and were having our paint shaken when a store associate approached me and asked to speak to me. He asked me to remove my weapon from the store, as Home Depot is a "Weapon Free Zone." I quietly said I would find another place to shop, and left the store. On my way out the door I checked, and sure enough, there was no sign on your door stating no firearms allowed.
I am an Air Force veteran, and possess a valid license to carry a concealed weapon within the state of Iowa. So I left the Home Depot and drove down to my local Menards’ store, where they had no problem with my legal carry of a weapon. You missed out on a fair chunk of money and this is just the first trip of many as we renovate our newly purchased home.
I will also make sure to let everyone I know Home Depot doesn't support the 2nd Amendment, and somehow believes criminals will follow their "no weapon zone."
My cousin, Berneice (Glover) Bersztaitis, said you were being inundated with letters from DePue. This will add to the problem as I just
crawled "out of the woodwork."
My parents were Philip and Elsie Golden who lived on Newell Street between Spolars and the Spanos family. My name is Patsy (Golden) Smith.
When I was in high school, my parents bought a home on the east side of town next to Ella Brolley. There was an article about me in the newspaper. My mother wanted another copy, so she asked Ella if she could have her paper. Mom sent me to get the copy. When I knocked on porch door, Ray came to the door in his boxer shorts. Today, it wouldn't be anything but ordinary. It was quite different in the 50s. It was really embarrassing to me.
Also, in the mornings when he was leaving to teach, his car would stall at the corner. He'd get out of the car and proceed to kick the tires and use language we never learned in Miss Wiseman's class.
Hope this adds to the memory of Ray.
The ever haughty Mr. Tom Brokaw, in a television interview, got his own argument backwards in a pathetic attempt to link the vocal supporters of the Second Amendment to those sometimes in violent opposition to the 1960's Civil Rights Movement; southern Democrats all. Not the NRA, but southern Democrats. He misses the central point that the defenders of the Second Amendment are defending their civil rights as did MLK and the Selma marchers.
In this insane atmosphere Eric Holder's "Justice" Department can arm murderous Mexican drug cartels without repercussion while a five year old girl wielding a Hello Kitty Bubble Gun is labeled a "Terrorist Threat" and suspended from school. In today's world an eight year old kid with a BB gun can make front page news. But, the media quickly dropped the Lone Star Community College shooting, not enough carnage and the wrong guns to demonize, but it did help them reopen the wounds of other recent vicious murders by mentally defective criminals. All causing law-biding gun owners to quake in fear of their government, like some childhood closet Boogie Man, coming to confiscate their legal weapons.
This should not be, but the hysteria is heightened by lock-step media types as is evidenced by the coverage of last weeks Crossroads of the West gun show. Curious about all the hype I attended to find no hooded marauders, urban terrorists, Mexican bandits, gang bangers or goose-stepping Nazis. Instead there were families, veterans, law enforcement and what looked to be a cross section of America. Business was brisk, background checks and hundred dollar bills were everywhere as was security prohibiting loaded weapons, except in the hands of police. It appeared to be the safest place in Arizona in spite of an impressive array of "assault weapons" and high capacity magazines.
The crowds of courteous, but urgent shoppers seemed only in fear of government and media high capacity BS, lies, distortion and emotional fear mongering.
Intrusion on the free market
So when did it become so popular for government to dictate to private entities? The day Senator Obama became president of the United States on January 20, 2009. As many conservatives know, he has been, and continues to be, irreverent of the U.S. Constitution in many reported instances.
Rahm Emanuel, former White House Chief of Staff and Mayor of Chicago, is exercising a “central government” agenda, much like the president. You all remember Emanuel ranting and declaring that Chick-fil-A did not represent "Chicago values," and suggested Chick-fil-A invest its money elsewhere. He and other city council members threatened to block the firm’s effort to open there. They took offense to the owner’s belief of traditional marriage, not gay marriage. Chick fil-A has a well-known and widely publicized commitment to their Christian faith – traditional marriage and family.
Even the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) stepped into the foray and backed Chick-fil-A against Rahm Emanuel's threatened ban. “The government can regulate discrimination in employment or against customers, but what the government cannot do is to punish someone for their words,” said Adam Schwartz, senior attorney for the ACLU of Illinois.
Well, the mayor is at it again. This time he borders on extortion. In letters reportedly sent to the CEOs of Bank of America and TD Bank, he indicated that they needed to get on board with gun control or stop lines of credit, financing for acquisitions and expansions of gun manufacturers. Katie Pavlich of Townhall Magazine said it eloquently in a recent writing, “Emanuel is using the power of his office with the backing of the White House agenda to not only bully private industries but to eventually kill them off."
This latest salvo against free enterprise and commerce is far from the Founding Fathers’ vision when they crafted the U.S. Constitution. Emanuel is blatantly exercising the power to regulate commerce, which is beyond his capacity as mayor. Other big city mayors, for example Boston and San Francisco are little by little stripping away the rights of business owners and corporations with their liberal agendas. Too many state and municipality elected officials (unlike Arizona) are supporting the president’s extreme left, progressive agenda. Unfortunately we’ll hear more about the intrusions during Obama’s second term from various sources, but certainly not from main stream media, which is tone deaf to conservative voices.
Let’s just ignore the law
Federal courts ruled Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board were unconstitutional since Congress was not actually in recess at the time. However the NLRB administrators (appointed by Obama) said they were "just going to ignore those court rulings."
And, of course, both Obama and his Attorney General Holder are "staying out of the fray" essentially agreeing with the NLRB's disregard for the law.
Shame, shame since both Obama and Holder swore to "uphold the Constitution of the United States."
Payne Springs, Texas
Dear Laura Ingraham:
Please demonstrate that you are, indeed, proficient with firearms (not "weapons" unless the firearm is used as such). The only modern firearm that is clip-fed is the M1 Garand rifle of WW-2 and Korea fame, which is fed via an 8-round clip, which is ejected after the last round is fired. All modern self-loading (aka semi-automatic) and automatic firearms are MAGAZINE- fed.
J-P. A. Maldonado
Firearms instructor - Phoenix
This weekend I had an opportunity to be in Fountain Hills with a group of bikers and witnessing the history in the makings – Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Steven Seagal performing a training drill in a local elementary school on how to protect the local kids in the event of another Sandy Hook-style shooting. God bless the Sheriff for being so proactive and putting our kids' lives before politics. The same day the story ran on all the major local channels, and all I can say is Bravo!
As usual there was a handful of protesters organized by the infamous “open-border-illegal-immigration” godfather Randy Parraz who helped recall Senator Russell Pearce in 2011. Randy Parraz and his minions were out there collecting signatures to recall our Sheriff. The part that stunned me to the most, however, was that the co-organizer of the protest against Sheriff Arpaio was their own Town Councilwoman and former Vice Mayor of Fountain Hills Ginny Dickey. She stood shoulder to shoulder with Randy Parraz and rallied up the protesters to shout out nasty remarks against the Sheriff as well as helping Parraz collect signatures to get the Sheriff recalled. I thought Fountain Hills was supposed to be a conservative town with conservative values? I guess not anymore! A local Councilwoman helping an infamous troublemaker to help get rid of the Sheriff – OUR Sheriff! Only in America!
It is obvious that Ms. Dickey does not care for the rule of law. Rather, she seems to put her own liberal agenda that will cost the taxpayers of our county (including the Town of Cave Creek) another $5 million for an unnecessary recall attempt. Shame on Fountain Hills and their voters for electing a person like Ginny Dickey to their Town Council!
Resident of Cave Creek
A recent article in The Arizona Republic newspaper about a sub-police station being located on a school campus—in housing provided by the school—reminded me of something I have been advocating for the United States since the 1960s: adopting Japan’s kōban system in all urban areas.
Kōban, pronounced Koh-bahn, translates as “police box,” and refers to sub-police stations that are manned by two to five police officers in urban areas, and one to two officers in rural areas.
Most of Japan’s “police boxes” are independent structures that are just big enough to accommodate one desk, one to three chairs, and a filing cabinet.
Urban kōban are located at transportation hubs, on the corners of main intersections, and at strategic locations in entertainment, shopping and residential districts of the cities. A few are located in corner or front sections of buildings.
At least one police officer remains in the kōban at all times, rotating with the other officers to patrol the neighborhood to keep tabs on residents, workers and visitors.
The Kōban police provide information for both residents and visitors, help people in distress, and late in the evenings keep drunken revelers quiet. The presence of policemen and policewomen in the “boxes” and patrolling their neighborhoods acts as a deterrent to criminal and violent behavior.
The precursors of the kōban first appeared in Japan in the early 1600s, following the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1603. These were local offices established by the Shogunate to quell public violence by rogue samurai who no longer had any wars to fight and became notorious for getting drunk and cutting down passersby.
Japan’s present-day kōban system was adopted nationwide in 1874, seven years after the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate. There are now some 6,500 urban kōban and a similar number of rural “police boxes” in the country.
These numbers become much more meaningful in relation to the size of the country. All of Japan is about the size of the American state of New Mexico or Montana. The inhabited area of Japan is about the size of a single county in one of the larger states.
The implementation of the kōban system in the United States would not eliminate violence but it could reduce it significantly. There is no doubt that thousands of public and private businesses and schools would donate space to help make the system a reality.
Boye Lafayette De Mente
There are two Supreme Court rulings that directly relate to the current anti-Assault Weapon issue everyone needs to be reminded of.
The first is United States v. Miller 1939. Miller possessed a sawed-off shotgun banned under the National Firearms Act. He argued that he had a right to bear the weapon under the Second Amendment, but the Supreme Court ruled against him. Why? At the time, sawed-off shotguns were not being used in a military application, and the Supremes ruled that since it didn't, it was not protected. Even though Miller lost that argument, the Miller case set the precedent that protected firearms have a military, and thus a legitimate and protected Militia use. The military now uses shotguns regularly, but not very short, sawed-off shotguns, but an AR-15/AK-47 type weapon is currently in use by the military, therefore it is a protected weapon for the Unorganized Militia, which includes just about every American citizen now that both age and sex discrimination are illegal. (The original Militia included men of age 17-45) Therefore any firearm that is applicable to military use is clearly protected under Article II, and that includes all those nasty-looking semi-automatic black rifles, including full 30 round magazines.
The second important case is that of John Bad Elk v. United States from 1900. In that case, an attempt was made to arrest Mr. Bad Elk without probable cause, and Mr. Bad Elk killed a policeman who was attempting the false arrest. Bad Elk had been found guilty and sentenced to death. However, the Supreme Court ruled that Bad Elk had the right to use any force, including lethal force, to prevent his false arrest, even if the policeman was only trying to arrest him and not kill him. Basically, the Supremes of the day ruled that as a citizen, you have the right to defend against your civil rights being violated using ANY force necessary to prevent the violation, even if the offending party isn't trying to kill you.
Both of these cases are standing law to this day.
The Miller decision clearly includes AR-15/AK-47 type weapons as having a military application. The Bad Elk decision means that if the government tries to confiscate your AR-15/AK-47, or arrest you for having one, you can kill the offenders on the spot, even if they are not trying to kill you.
I didn't make these decisions; the United States Supreme Court did.
Carl F. Worden
This controversy over whether the Boy Scouts should admit gays is ridiculous. We are talking about pretty young children, many only 12 or 13. Why in God’s name are we focused on what kind of sex they are having? They should not be encouraged to have sex at that age.
Every person has both male and female friends. Therefore, the only meaningful distinction between heterosexuals and gays at this age is what kind of sex they are having. This should not even be a discussion among 12 and 13 year old boys. This whole debate is another example of a minority group trying to push their activist political agenda.