Notes

"RESTORE POLITICAL FREE-SPEECH TO CHURCHES"
2014-02-10

         The text presents an approach to restoring the right of free political speech to the nation's churches. Unfettered political speech was practiced from the pulpit for hundreds of years until 1954 when it was limited by an IRS Code change. The change (called the "Johnson Amendment") prohibits church involvement in what the government calls "political campaign intervention." An example of "intervention" would be supporting or opposing candidates for public office. Arizona Gun Talk holds that there's no bright line between politics and morality and that Congress was wrong to establish one.

WEBSITE HAPPENINGS

         A poster called "RESTORE POLITICAL FREE-SPEECH TO CHURCHES" and its supporting text was posted on 10 February. Note that because of age and increasing ill health, generation of new posters and text for Arizona Gun Talk remains problematic.









"SELF-LOVE" POSTER
2013-11-18

         The poster claims that self-love leads to bad decisions. The claim is verified by quotes from the president's speeches following the Navy Yard shootings. In those speeches, his anti-gun rhetoric takes a more strident tone. He calls for adoption of United Kingdom and Australian style gun laws which mandate firearms confiscation.

         The text argues that to be successful, the president's "fundamental transformation of America" requires a disarmed populace. It observes that there are crisis circumstances that could present opportunities for gun confiscation. The circumstances discussed are martial law to restore order following either a monetary system collapse or a terrorist attack using nuclear weapons.

WEBSITE HAPPENINGS

         A poster called "SELF-LOVE" and its supporting text was posted on 18 November. The poster argues that symptoms of narcissism are a factor in president Obama's decision making. Note that because of age and increasing ill health, generation of new posters and text for Arizona Gun Talk is problematic.









"4473 FORMS AND FIREARMS FREEDOM ACTS" POSTER
2013-08-26

        When traveling in the western states in the late 1990s, Mary and I provided our new "LIBERTY OATH" cards to firearms dealers. In discussing the cards, the likelihood of future firearms confiscation was often pondered. Dealers occasionally referenced a movie we hadn't seen called "Red Dawn" in those conversations which was puzzling. I now believe they were implying that in case of widespread gun confiscation, their 4473 gun purchase records would be destroyed. That belated conjecture was the inspiration for Poster 26.

WEBSITE HAPPENINGS

        A poster called "4473 FORMS AND FIREARMS FREEDOM ACTS" along with its supporting text was posted on 26 August. The text ponders conversations with gun dealers about disposition of their firearms transaction records. The status of Firearms Freedom Acts is also presented. Finally, there's a new entry in the ARTICLES AND LETTERS SECTION. It's a copy of a letter sent by Attorney General Holder to Kansas governor Brownback. In it, Holder restates earlier BATFE warnings that the federal government will not share regulatory control of firearms.









"WORLD-LEADER QUIZ" POSTER
2013-05-13

        The WORLD-LEADER QUIZ poster lists nine parallels between Barack Obama's rise to power and Adolph Hitler's 1933 election as Germany's Chancellor. In the poster's supporting text, Arizona Gun Talk develops a tenth similarity between the two leaders; support of gun control. Following the Sandy Hook school shooting, president Obama lobbied forcefully for several gun control proposals. He claimed they would never lead to confiscation because his administration is, "constrained by a system that our Founders put in place. It's a government of and by and for the people." Poster 25's text argues that he's unwilling to abide by constitutional constraints.

WEBSITE HAPPENINGS

        Poster 25 is not intended to equate the Obama administration with the Third Reich. Hitler was a madman who tried to conquer half the world. In contrast, president Obama's stated goal is to "fundamentally transform" the nation but the full range of his objectives are not yet clear.

        Wife Mary and I realize that even obliquely comparing the president's circumstances to Hitler's will not be well received. If we weren't already on a DHS extremist list, we are now. However, only our ideas represent a threat because we're in our eighties and in poor health. Month by month we evaluate whether to go into assisted living. Also, keeping long-guns was too strenuous so we sold the few we had. Nevertheless, age and ill health don't preclude having a passion for freedom. May God bless and keep our nation.









"FOR CONGRESS" POSTER
2013-03-04

        The president's reelection coupled with the Sandy Hook school shooting has allowed him to exercise the virulent anti-gun beliefs evidenced by his record. His administration is promoting three forms of gun-control. First, he advocates banning most center-fire, semi-automatic rifles with detachable magazines. Second, he advocates a ban on magazines capable of holding more than ten cartridges, and finally, he wants background checks on all private gun sales. Our March posting summarize the actions this website has taken to oppose background checks on private gun sales and bans on what progressives call "assault weapons."

WEBSITE HAPPENINGS

        A poster called "FOR CONGRESS" plus its supporting text were posted on 4 March. The poster depicts prisoners in a German concentration camp initially constructed for dissidents. The men are emblematic of the indefinite detention wording in the latest NDAA - incarceration of political prisoners can happen here. The 4 March posting also includes text showing that "assault weapon" bans don't make sense, won't reduce crime and are unconstitutional.









"FAST & FURIOUS" POSTER
2012-08-27

        In the fall of 2009, ATF began a program called "Fast & Furious" - its stated goal was to investigate and identify high-level Mexican gun traffickers. As implemented, the "investigation" could not and did not achieve its goal. The program allowed several thousand guns to enter Mexico with no way to track them until they surfaced at crime scenes. Fast & Furious weapons have been implicated in the death and injury of hundreds. Arizona Gun Talk reviewed the tragic program to determine its' motivation.

WEBSITE HAPPENINGS

        A poster called "THE REAL FAST & FURIOUS IN ONE PAGE" and its supporting text was posted on 27 August. The poster and text explain that the unstated purpose of Fast & Furious was renewing the failed Clinton "assault weapon" ban. The initial poster text makes that argument while the last two-thirds of the text provides corroboration. Also, there's a new entry in the ARTICLES AND LETTERS SECTION. It's a copy of a letter we sent to Mexico's President-Elect Pena Nieto. The letter congratulates Nieto for his victory. It also laments the loss of life and injuries suffered by Mexican citizens from guns the United States Department of Justice trafficked to drug cartels.









"RACE CARD" POSTER
2012-04-09

        For many years, conservatives have ignored vicious, foul-mouthed attacks by progressives. A favorite progressive slur is that conservatives are racists. Many conservatives have vowed to push back against such insults. Our family's first small "push back" effort is the Race Card poster text; it ridicules progressive's racism accusations. Ridicule is spread over President Obama's policies, associations, and gun-control record. The text ends with a tribute to my wife Mary and some farewell words in memory of Andrew Breitbart.

WEBSITE HAPPENINGS

        A poster called "RACE CARD" and its supporting text was posted on 9 April. The poster shows that playing the race card is a conversation-stopper that rejects facts and attempts to replace logic with guilt. Also, there's a new entry in the Articles and Letters section. The entry is a copy of a mid-February letter Arizona Gun Talk sent to governors of the 33 states that have either enacted, partially passed, or are considering Firearms Freedom Acts (FFAs). FFAs mandate that firearms and ammunition manufactured in a state and kept in that state are not subject to federal regulation. A case involving Montana's FFA is now in the appellate court system. The letter encourages states to enforce FFAs independent of court rulings and federal intimidation.









"OLD GUNS" POSTER
2011-12-12

        The OLD GUNS poster and text is our last 2011offering. The text was difficult to write in that it describes how states can defend against an out of control federal government. It describes implementing Arizona's Firearms Freedom Act in the face of federal opposition. As a reminder, the Act states that firearms manufactured in Arizona and prominently labeled MADE IN ARIZONA are not subject to federal regulation.

        Many progressives view conservatives as government hating radicals who enjoy challenging federal authority. However, this poster text was written In an atmosphere of sadness. It's an unpleasant duty to propose actions that could lead to confrontation. The harsh lessons learned in the author's 33-years as an intelligence analyst motivated the posting - one must deal with the world as it is.

WEBSITE HAPPENINGS

        Our "OLD GUNS" graphic along with its supporting text was posted on 12 December. There was a considerable delay in the posting due to wife Mary's medical problems. She was diagnosed as having a very rare and aggressive form of cancer. Thankfully, her recent pathology report is favorable. She has conquered breast cancer, cardiomyopathy, and now Merkel Cell carcinoma. Mary is Norwegian and in the Norse world, TYR is the god of victory; he must surely be her talisman. In spite of health problems, she's been my unfailing companion in developing material for this website.









"STONY-FACED LIAR" POSTER
2011-04-25

        The country survived the 2010 lame duck congressional session - no poster was needed to address new gun laws. The STONY-FACED LIAR Poster is a result of President Obama's 13 March Arizona Daily Star op-ed on gun law reform. In it he called for interested parties to begin a new discussion on how to keep America safe. As a follow up, the Justice Department offered to host a forum addressing gun-law reform. A DoJ spokesman said the forum would include all "stakeholders" in the issue to include gun-rights advocates and backers of gun-control legislation as well.

WEBSITE HAPPENINGS

        A poster called "STONY-FACED LIAR" was posted on 25 April. Its "Liar" quote is by Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson. He dealt with President Obama's gun-control positions in the Illinois state legislature for many years (the Articles & Letters Section provides Pearson's quote). The poster's supporting text asks whether gun-rights advocates should attend an administration sponsored forum on gun-law reform.

        One topic suggested for such a forum is expanding background checks to include both private party and dealer sales. If that occurs, trivial changes in gun purchase forms could create a national firearms registry. Such a registry is presently prohibited by law. The poster's text inquires if progressives can be trusted with data on all firearms purchases. The text also covers another potential topic of gun law reform; limiting firearms magazine capacity to 10 rounds.









THE FIFTH AND FINAL "TRENDLINE POSTER"
2010-11-15

        The last "Trendline" poster was released in mid-November. We met our goal of having all five Trendline posters and text online following the November, 2010 election. The schedule was influenced by concern that a "lame duck" Congress could enact a major gun-control law while it still held a majority in both houses of Congress. Arizona Gun Talk's next poster and text will be based on federal actions during the potentially dangerous lame duck congressional session. This website has several contingency posters already in finished form.

WEBSITE HAPPENINGS

        A graphic called "TRENDLINE - NULLIFICATION AND ARMED DEFENSE" was posted on 15 November. The poster text further develops the discussion of nullification begun in Poster 18. It examines the concept of nullification in terms of constitutionality and enforcement. The text indicates that nullifying federal firearms laws is unwise unless a State Defense Force capable of enforcing nullification is available. Further, the text postulates that a "socialist-style" firearms confiscation law would be met with armed resistance. It indicates that such resistance is justified by natural law, revolutionary war history, the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, and statements by the country’s founders.








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