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Main Topic for Both Meetings:
“The Next Fight – Surviving the Aftermath of a Shooting” - Presented by John Risenhoover
Sheriff Blair warns residents to be prepared for active shooter, terrorist attack
December 10, 2015 By Meta Minton
Marion County Sheriff Chris Blair said he’s not surprised by the terrorist threats and active shooter situations we’re seeing across the country – and the world.The sheriff shared his observations Thursday evening with Villagers at the Mulberry Grove Recreation Center. It was the sheriff’s 21st town hall meeting of 2015 in Marion County.
“Three years ago I sat in a room at the National Sheriff’s Conference. It scared me what I heard,” the sheriff said.
Since that time, he has seen those predictions coming true.
This week, Sheriff Blair released a video clearly expressing his thoughts on the threat which he said is very real.
Though crime is down 8.9 percent in Marion County in the past two years, residents of a “quiet community” could be at risk of a deadly attack, he warned.
“They prey on safe communities,” the sheriff said. “These people can filter in anywhere.”
He pointed to the shooters in the Dec. 2 San Bernardino, Calif. attack. The death toll from that holiday party massacre now stands at 22.
Sheriff Chris Blair looks at the American flag during an honor guard presentation Thursday night.
The sheriff introduced Major Terry Bouvaird who is in charge of Homeland Security and Professional Standards for the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff called Bouvaird “the best in the business.”
Bouvaird reminded those attending the town hall meeting that Marion County has already had close brushes with terrorists.
He pointed out that the Sept. 11 pilots actually landed planes and fueled up in Marion County prior to that horrific day.
The sheriff’s office will be rolling out training for businesses and citizenry to prepare them for an active shooter attack.
The concern is that a movie theater or McDonalds in Marion County could be the scene of the next attack.
“Our training will go out to anyone who wants it or needs it,” Bouvaird said.
The sheriff also encouraged those attending the town hall to sign up for his concealed carry classes
Obama, Guns, & the Constitution
“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” -- Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
In 2008, the Supreme Court laid to rest the once-simmering dispute over the meaning of the Second Amendment. In an opinion written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the court articulated the modern existence of the ancient personal right to keep and bear arms as a pre-political right.
A pre-political right is one that pre-exists the political order that was created to protect it. Thus, the court held, the origins of this right are the ancient and persistent traditions of free peoples and their natural inclinations to self-defense.
The court also characterized the right as fundamental. That puts it in the highest category of rights protected by the Bill of Rights. Though the origins of this right are from an era well before guns existed, the textual language in the amendment -- “arms” -- makes clear, the court ruled, the intention of the Framers that its continuing purpose should be to recognize the right of people to keep and use the same level of technologically available arms that might be used against them.
That, in a nutshell, is the history, theory and purpose of the amendment as the modern Supreme Court has found them to be. But as we have seen, the constitutional guarantees that were written to keep the government from interfering with our rights are only as viable as is the fidelity to the Constitution of those in whose hands we have reposed it for safekeeping.
In our system, principal among those are the hands of the president; and sadly, today we have a president seriously lacking in this fidelity. And that lack is salient when it comes to the Second Amendment.
Earlier this week, President Obama announced that he will sign executive orders that expand the size and scope of federal monitoring of the acquisition and use of guns -- traditionally a matter left to the states -- and he will interpret the laws in novel ways, establish rules and impose obligations that Congress rejected, and prosecute those who defy his new system.
The president has very little room to issue executive orders on guns because the congressional legislation in this area is so extensive, detailed and clear. In addition to ordering your doctor to report to the Department of Homeland Security any mention you may make to the doctor of guns in your home, the president has decreed on his own and against the articulated will of Congress the obligation of all people who transfer any gun to any other person to obtain a federal gun dealer license. This is among the most cumbersome and burdensome licenses to obtain.
He has also decreed that any licensee who fails to perform a background check on the person to whom the licensee has transferred a gun shall be guilty of a felony. Give a BB gun to your nephew on his 16th birthday without a federal license and you can go to prison.
Can the president do that? In a word: No.
Under our system of government, only Congress can write federal laws and establish crimes. The president is on particularly thin constitutional ice here because his allies in Congress have proposed this very procedure as an amendment to existing law, and Congress has expressly rejected those proposals.
The president is without authority to negate the congressional will, and any attempt to do so will be invalidated by the courts. As well, by defining what an occasional seller is, beyond the congressional definition or the plain meaning of the words, the president is essentially interpreting the law, a job reserved for the courts.
By requiring physicians to report conversations with their patients about guns to the DHS, the president will be encouraging them to invade the physician-patient privilege; and I suspect that most doctors will ignore him.
Under the Constitution, fundamental liberties (speech, a free press, worship, self-defense, travel and privacy, to name a few) are accorded the highest protection from governmental intrusion. One can only lose a fundamental right by intentionally giving it up or via due process (a jury trial resulting in a conviction for criminal behavior). The president -- whose support for the right to keep and bear arms is limited to the military, the police and his own heavily armed body guards -- is happy to begin a slippery slope down into the dark hole of totalitarianism, whereby he or a future president can negate liberties if he hates or fears the exercising of them.
We still have a Constitution in America. Under the Constitution, Congress writes the laws, the president enforces them, and the courts interpret them. The president can no more write his own laws or impose his own interpretations upon pre-existing laws than Congress or the courts can command the military.
As troubling as this turn of events is, it is not surprising. The president is a progressive, and the ideology of progressivism is anathema to self-help or individualism. He really believes that the government can care for us better than we can care for ourselves.
Yet he ignores recent history. Any attempt to make it more difficult for people to keep and bear arms not only violates the fundamental liberty of those people but also jeopardizes the safety of us all. Add to this the progressive tendency to use government to establish no-gun zones and you have the recipe for disaster we have recently witnessed. All of the recent mass killings in America -- from Columbine to San Bernardino -- have occurred in no-gun zones, where crazies and terror-minded murderers can shoot with abandon.
That is, until someone arrives with a gun and shoots back. Then the killer flees or is injured or dies -- and the killing stops.
Andrew P. Napolitano, a former judge of the Superior Court of New Jersey, is the senior judicial analyst at Fox News Channel.
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The Big Picture
In case you think Obama's gun control effort is not part of an overt effort to control us:
THE BEST SLAVE IS ONE WHO THINKS HE IS FREE...
Saul Alinsky died about 43 years ago, but his writings influenced those in political control of our nation today...
Recall that Hillary did her college thesis on his writings and Obama writes about him in his books:
Books: Rules for Radicals, Reveille for Radicals
Anyone out there think that this stuff isn't happening today in the U.S.? All eight rules are currently in play:
How to create a social state by Saul Alinsky:
There are eight levels of control that must be obtained before you are able to create a social(ist) state. The first is the most important.
1) Healthcare– Control healthcare and you control the people
2) Poverty – Increase the Poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them to live.
3) Debt – Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
4) Gun Control– Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government. That way you are able to create a police state.
5) Welfare – Take control of every aspect of their lives (Food, Housing, and Income)
6) Education – Take control of what people read and listen to – take control of what children learn in school.
7) Religion – Remove the belief in the God from the Government and schools
8) Class Warfare – Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to take (Tax) the wealthy with the support of the poor.
Does any of this sound like what is happening to the United States?
Alinsky merely simplified Vladimir Lenin's original scheme for world conquest by communism, under Russian rule.
Stalin described his converts as "Useful Idiots." The Useful Idiots have destroyed every nation in which they have seized power and control.
It is presently happening at an alarming rate in the U.S.
If people can read this and still say everything is just fine… they are “useful idiots.
"It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere."
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