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URGENT: The Executive Power Play on Gun Control

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First a Pandemic and now an “Epidemic!”

The President yesterday announced his aggressive SIX STEP plan on “curbing gun violence”, calling it “an Epidemic that has to stop.

He announced this six step plan which includes tighter rules on buyers of home-assembled “ghost guns” {a new scare tactic term for gun parts without serial numbers} and directing the DOJ to reconstruct their policy on the already 3MIL + sold Pistol stabilizing braces (PSB) and already manufactured firearms equipped with the PSB for certain model firearms like the (AR-15). He also directed them to model “red flag” or ERPO legislation for states; funds for community-based violence intervention; an annual report on firearms trafficking and last but not least the Universal Background Checks expansion.

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Biden went on to nominate “an avid gun-control guy” David Chipman to be director of the BATFE. Chipman served as an adviser at Giffords, an advocacy group founded by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot at an Arizona political event in a 2011.

This is an epidemic, for God’s sake,” Biden said. “And it has to stop.”

He called his actions “totally consistent with the Second Amendment.”

Is it Consistent with the Second Amendment?

Not No, but Hell, NO! In fact, when you study this plan in detail it is extremely overreaching for the average law abiding Americans who possess over 390million guns nationwide. Here are some of the reasons why!

  1. Dictating how much ammunition to possess! Read the fine print on this topic.
  2. The expansion of Registering over 3Million firearms with Pistol Stabilizing Braces.
  3. Reframing the definition of “individual gun sales” and “gun show loopholes”.
  4. Incorporating a National “Red Flag Laws” this doesn’t affect the Second Amendment but it damn sure affects the expansion of the fourth amendment. This is alarming.

As we’ve seen over and over again, these measures do nothing to reduce gun violence but they do make people more vulnerable to criminals. People have a right to defend themselves, and the government should have no role in telling people how to do it,”Julie Gunlock, director of the Center for Progress and Innovation stated.

Red Flag Laws- Why this should scare you!

Have you ever heard of someone who had a restraining order on them for some bogus reason and it took them forever to get rid of it, due to a lack of due process or an angry ex lover or horrible neighbor or other family member? Maybe you’ve even seen it in a movie… In my opinion This is the the thought processes behind these overreaching and extremely aggressive Red Flag Laws.

So, here’s why they want to expand the definition of the “Fourth Amendment” which by the way speaks on “Unreasonable Search and Seizures”.  Let’s just say, Bob was overheard arguing with his wife Jane, by their neighbor Sam.  Sam is concerned, he doesn’t know the circumstance and he’s a nosy neighbor anyway, and then he realizes that Bob has an NRA sticker, “Oh, No” he thinks!  Bob, must have guns, and he’s yelling at Jane, I’m concerned that now he may be too angry and he may be a “threat to Jane and my family too”. So, Bob gets a visit from the cops, who come in seize his guns and holds him in jail until it can be sorted out. Bob had a bad day at work and now is in jail due to a nosy neighbor, over reaching laws and a ruined record with no priors and now a destroyed home life.

Now, somehow Bob has to prove his innocence due to this “Preemptive Strike” to thwart crime by a tyrannical government.  Is this a bit far fetched? I don’t think so! Who is to decide that he should have his guns seized, the brand new cop on the scene?

There’s no due process? Of course, even as a prior law enforcement officer, I would want the guns removed first just for scene safety, but what about Bob? Although he had some marital issues that didn’t constitute and domestic violence at all, he is now nearly a felon without having committed a crime due to SUBJECTIVE REASONING AND INTERPRETATION of the law.

Under this “Leaping Logic” as I like to say, nearly anyone can turn anyone in who they think could be a threat! It’s a perfect weapon for ex spouses and bitter friends and family members to cripple a decent citizen. That’s my two cents on that… Bottom line is it may help some but at what is the cost of Freedom to MILLIONS of law abiding Citizens?

Universal Background Checks

Did you know that there is a National Background Check system already in place? It’s called the FBI NICS. This system has been in place for years and every licensed gun dealer across the country MUST use it for EVERY GUN SOLD! If you are 18yrs of age and want to purchase a rifle or shotgun or 21 to purchase a handgun (this is typical in most states like here in Arizona. (Some states are more strict). The point is this disclaimer to the citizenry that guns are being purchased all over the country without background checks is disingenuous and it’s more of the same fear-mongering!

One item I may agree with if I had to give something across the aisle would be for the average joe to do a standard NICS check on guns sold at gun shows.. I am a bit torn when I say that because the Libertarian in me says “NO” to any background checks, and the prior law enforcement side of me says, well, ya never know about some people and a check “MAY” help a bit.

On another note, while I was running Patriot Outdoors in New Mexico for 16+years, we conducted nearly 10-12K background checks in my recollection and out of all of those NICS checks, only 4 turned up to be denials…. Out of those 4 denials, 2 were appealed and were able to purchase their firearms.  What does that tell you? It’s a bad system or maybe just maybe Bad Guys don’t predominately buy guns in legitimate gun stores.

Pistol Stabilizing Braces

What is a Pistol Stabilizing Brace? Well, the  ATF approved such a device in 2013. Since then over 1 million have been manufactured and sold and over 2 million firearms were made incorporating the brace or other variants of it.

Now, with Biden in power, he is so called “weaponizing the ATF” with his liberal agenda and bipartisan appointees to basically go after law abiding citizens who under the law purchased these braces for their guns legally.

By the Way in 2014, the ATF clarified it’s position on PSB’s and said that the brace did not constitute the gun as a Short Barreled Rifle. This was under an Obama Presidency.

Depending on delivery of the law and enforcement could make millions of gun owners felons overnight if they don’t comply with REGISTRATION of their over the counter guns to the NFA and make them Class 3 and pay 200.00 for each brace they have and submit to fingerprints and another background check according to some sources.

for what purpose, now we are saying that due to a few criminal acts all of a sudden millions of gun owners are now affected?How about we enforce the law and throw the book at them for their heinous acts.

“One person’s failure (crime) is not a justification to restrict another person’s liberties!” ~David Bates NH State Representative

The Balance of Freedom & Safety

I am all for safety, I am all for freedom. If you are reading this I can bet that you all are as well. But, we have to have some serious conversations concerning the mentally ill that seem to be trending lately with these heinous acts, but due this with a pragmatic approach to protecting the liberties of the lawful. It is a slippery slope, when we start injecting subjective thinking and “Grey” areas left to interpretation of our daily freedoms.

It is my belief that this is not just a head problem that has caused some of this chaos over the years but a heart problem, a leadership problem, a Virtue Problem. We have allowed our society to embrace so much freedom that we have lost some of our innocence and values that helped create such a beautiful way of American Living.. The Family Unit, The Male Role model for our children and our wives, The Accountability of each other to lift each other up and keep ourselves to standards. It’s okay to be accepting and have tolerance but not so much that we lose our way and with a “laze faire” attitude approach.

Franklin said this:

 

What Can You Do?

You can get involved and get educated.. Most voters, don’t know who or why they are voting until election day! Do your homework, I know of many who didn’t realize the impact and the negative effect of a Biden administration until now! You have to be intentional in this life that we live. Get involved and remember that “We the People” still exist. We are in control of our Government not the other way around. I’d recommend funding organizations that support your beliefs and way of living, locally, regionally and nationally. It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee and not be apathetic to the leadership in office at any level no matter which side of the aisle you are on!

My Thoughts

I fear if we do not step up and speak out, respectfully, intelligently and persistently, we will remain outspoken and our liberties will be decreased for us, for our children and in ultimately reduce the integrity and stability of our great nation”…SD Powell

That’s all I got for you today, please tune into my interview with the cool cat Chris Widener as we start a conversation on this latest executive power plan released yesterday.

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Stephen D. Powell

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Stephen D. Powell is an Air Force veteran with more than 18 years of combined federal, military & civilian law enforcement experience. Powell has been teaching professionally for over 25+years as a firearms Instructor for numerous organizations and agencies rated with the NRA, NM & TX DPS and a Sig Sauer Academy Master Instructor. His company, Patriot Outdoors, Inc, has been operational in the defensive training industry since 2004, starting a thousand acre training facility located in Eastern New Mexico. Patriot has provided crucial and relevant firearms training to DOD and SOCOM, state and local law enforcement and armed citizen students. Over the past several years, Powell has appeared on several Fox News, Sirius XM radio, various regional newspaper, radio and tv shows, promoting military veteran entrepreneurship and patriotism as well as educating the shooting industry on range development, media relations and key second amendment issues. Patriot Outdoors is currently operating out of the Phoenix Valley, Arizona and with a new channel of The GunLife Coach to inspire and motivate other in life and on the range!



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Achievements Through the Ages

Marshaling resources, establishing order, and carefully scheduling activities and events are vital in any era

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Besides being regarded as the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, what do these sites have in common: the Great Pyramid at Giza, Egypt; the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, in what is now Iraq; the Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece; the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Turkey; the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, in what is now Bodrum, Turkey; the Colossus of Rhodes in Greece; and the Lighthouse at Alexandria, Egypt?

Added to the above, what do the following sites, often referred to as the New Seven Wonders of the World, have in common? The Great Wall of China; Petra, an archaeological city in southern Jordan; the Colosseum in Rome, Italy; Chichen Itza in the Yucatán of Mexico; Machu Picchu in the Cuzco region of Peru; the Taj Mahal in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, India; and the Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking Rio de Janeiro, Brazil?

Last, what do these have in common: the Acropolis in Athens, Greece; the Suez Canal; the Panama Canal; the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey; Teotihuacan in the Basin of Mexico; the Empire State Building in New York City; the Eiffel Tower in Paris; the Porcelain Tower of Nanjing, China; El Mirador in Guatemala; the Tower of London; and many other notable places around the world?

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Long Before Today’s Tools of Technology

The answer to all of the above, in a nutshell, is that they are major architectural, landscaping, or construction feats that were conceived, built, and perfected without the aid of a computer, software, or any of the technological tools that are commonly associated with project management.

The same can be said of the Great Canadian Railway, the Patagonia Highway in South America, the Hoover Dam in Arizona, the Itaipu Dam bordering Brazil and Paraguay, the U.S. Interstate Highway System, the Great Siege Tunnels of Gibraltar, the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the Trans-Siberian Highway, the Aswan Dam in Egypt, the first passenger ocean liners, pre-World War II aircraft, early steel mills, etc.

Regarding the “Wonders” named above, to say it another way, long before anyone knew about electricity, let alone cyberspace or management software and spreadsheets, ambitious civilizations around the globe, pioneering builders, devised and constructed some of the most enduring, iconic sites and destinations in the world.

These massive projects involved conception (that is, the genesis of the idea), designing, planning, and material and labor considerations, all of which are part of today’s computer-aided world that obviously none of the builders and designers of these projects had at their disposal. As such, not all projects proceeded with the efficiency that today’s projects can muster. There were costly delays, high accident and mortality rates, and sometimes gargantuan setbacks. Despite it all, the march of civilization and the proliferation of monumental feats continued unabated.

Your Bottom Line

Whether it’s client services, team building, or what-have-you, what are their underlying concepts, and what makes their tenets viable now and for the future? You want to always seek both the short- and the long-term utility of a management methodology, a tool, a system, or even a set of beliefs.

With effective management, when you sweep away the contemporary hubbub, an underlying structure prevails. The need to marshal adequate resources, to establish order, and to carefully schedule activities and events, all remain vital in any era. Technological tools provide the contemporary template and operating systems by which we do proceed, while the underlying fundamentals of effective management are relatively constant.

When you stay open-minded to the available new terminology and tools, you’ll tend to learn new things and gain perspectives that you might not otherwise encounter. So, understand new terminology and tools, but do not be ensnared by them as if they are so vital that you can’t successfully manage a project without them.

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Angry Parents Aren’t Terrorists—They’re Just Terrors to Public School Boards

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Dear school boards: When you poke mama and papa bear, don’t be surprised when they growl and bare their teeth. And writing a letter to the president asking him to sic the FBI on parents rather than treating them as partners in education seems more political than needful.

To understand the gulf between parents and educators, just watch a school board meeting on youtube (if you still can). You’ll see concerned parents voicing their concerns at microphones. They look like defendants standing before judges in a tribunal. What happened to PTAs?

In school board meetings across the nation, parents are treated as opponents rather than partners. They’re frustrated and angry with imperious school boards who seem to insist that they know what’s best for their children.

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At times their anger causes them to raise their voices in passionate speeches. They love their children and seek to protect them from what they view as indoctrination, not education. Parental love drives their passion and triggers their protective instincts. This doesn’t make them domestic terrorists.

If school board members and teachers feel threatened by genuine threats in public meetings or on social media, they should be investigated—by local authorities, not by the federal government.

Yet last week the National School Boards Association (NSBA) wrote a letter to President Biden asking him to direct the Justice Department to investigate angry parents for hate crimes and domestic terrorism. Domestic terrorism.

Why are parents so angry? Three issues come to mind: mask mandates, sex education that includes transgenderism, and Critical Race Theory.

Mask mandates

Masks can and do help prevent the transmission of the coronavirus. But they’re not necessarily a good option for children simply because, by and large, the virus is not deadly to kids.

In fact, 98-99 percent of children who get COVID fully recover. With this in mind, by doing a simple risk assessment of masking schoolchildren versus not masking them, we’d conclude that it’s better to let them learn without masks.

Additionally, we simply don’t know the longterm adverse effects forced masking has on learning. Most kids are visual learners and take cues from facial expressions. Their socialization may also suffer as a result.

Clearly, because educators are more at risk of death from COVID-19, they should continue masking. Thoughtful parents know their children who do not have preexisting conditions are generally safe to attend school without masks.

Why do school boards and teachers unions continue to push unnecessary and likely harmful mask mandates on children? For whom are they most concerned with protecting? If they believe in masking, they should mask up and suck it up. If they’re still afraid, perhaps they’re not cut out to be educators.

Sex re-education

Teaching children about the birds and the bees is a parent’s job, not a teacher’s. Sex ed is a family issue, not the state’s. Can’t it wait until just before puberty, rather than being taught to kids K-5?

Many traditional parents share this opinion. So is the self-evident truth that binary genders exist in human biology—and in reality. Parents who embrace this truth and passionately speak up about it are now at risk of being accused of hate speech.

We are born male or female. No amount of surgery or hormone treatment changes this reality. Parents know this and also know that confusing kids with fantasy genders and damaging gender reassignment harms them.

Public school educators have more than enough on their plates with teaching reading, writing and arithmetic. They should leave sex education to parents and resist pressure to push gender nonsense on impressionable children.

Parents are also concerned with the prospect of hormonally-altered boys competing against their girls in sports. This obviously gives males unfair physically advantages and presents a danger to the health of welfare of overmatched females.

The Journal of Medical Ethics affirmed this reality in a recent study in which the researchers concluded that “the advantage to transwomen afforded by the IOC guidelines is an intolerable unfairness.”

Bad theory

What is Critical Race Theory?

Critical Race Theory (CRT), as defined in a video by the Heritage Foundation, is a philosophy founded on Marxist analysis that claims America is “systemically racist.”

CRT proponents, active in colleges and universities for years, now seek to impact public policy in public schools. As a result, CRT is beginning to gain a foothold in K-12. This makes parents angry.

Most parents and some educators and school board members reject CRT’s racial discrimination for equity in favor of equality and opportunity for all— regardless of skin color.

The vast majority of thoughtful and caring parents believe that CRT teaches children to feel guilty for their “whiteness” while accepting the lie that America’s systems are inherently racist.

The 1964 Civil Rights Act dealt a mortal blow to systemic racism in America. Critical Race Theory ignores this landmark legislation and the fact that racism resides in people, not systems.

Obviously, there a differing definitions of systemic racism held by those on both sides of the issue. Just as there are differing definitions of “hate speech.” Perhaps it would be helpful to rely on definitions that are based in logic and common sense rather than emotion and agenda.

In the minds of many parents, Critical Race Theory is nothing more than partisan propaganda. CRT is harmful because it produces unmerited guilt, divides us and denies the attainability of the American Dream for people of color.

This is not borne out by our nation’s history. Rather, it’s debunked by generations of immigrants and people of color who came to America legally and made better and more prosperous lives for themselves and their families.

Terrorists or terrors?

To justify their appeal to the president for federal law enforcement support, the National School Boards Association is misapplying words and phrases to vilify angry and frustrated parents. Why? They’re either seeking to clear obstacles to their agenda and/or they mistake parental passion for peril to themselves.

Have some angry parents (or those who side with them) gone too far with social media attacks and threats? Probably. Does any of this have to do with genuine hate speech or domestic terrorism? Unlikely.

What’s more likely is that words like hate and terror are being misused to trigger more government interference in the lives of parents and their children.

Branding angry parents domestic terrorists is absurd hyperbole at best and political weaponization at worst. Parents who are merely resisting ideological intrusion into their public schools—and their children’s lives—deserve better.

What we need is an overhaul of a failing public school system and vouchers for charter schools and alternative educational systems like home schooling.

Why should we continue funding increasingly political public schools? Why should we believe school boards who claim parents are engaging in hate speech, threats of violence, and terrorism when most seek merely to protect their children by exercising their freedom of speech with passion and conviction?

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