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Western Lawmakers Gather In Utah To Talk Federal Land Takeover

 

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” It’s time for Western states to take control of federal lands within their borders, lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states said at Utah’s Capitol on Friday.

  More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.

” It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. “The urgency is now.” “

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” Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including her counterparts from Idaho and Montana, during a press conference after the daylong closed-door summit. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee addressed the group over lunch, Ivory said. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented.

  The summit was in the works before this month’s tense standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing, Lockhart said.

” What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” Lockhart said.

Fielder, who described herself as “just a person who lives in the woods,” said federal land management is hamstrung by bad policies, politicized science and severe federal budget cuts.

“Those of us who live in the rural areas know how to take care of lands,” Fielder said, who lives in the northwestern Montana town of Thompson Falls.”

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Mexico Confirms Confrontation With Border Patrol Agents

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” Two heavily armed, camouflaged Mexican soldiers crossed 50 yards inside Arizona in January and drew their guns against U.S. Border Patrol agents who confronted them in a tense standoff, according to documents obtained by The Times/Tribune Washington Bureau.

  U.S. officials said it was one of nearly two dozen border incursions by Mexican soldiers into southern Arizona in the last four years.

  The Jan. 26 confrontation, described in a Border Patrol foreign military incursion report and confirmed in a separate letter from U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske, ended when the Mexican soldiers retreated back over the border after U.S. agents — who also drew their weapons — summoned assistance. The soldiers, who misidentified themselves to border agents, claimed to be pursuing drug smugglers, documents show.

  U.S. officials characterized the incident as one of the most serious incursions in recent years. Though gunfire was averted, the 35-minute confrontation underscored the continuing friction between the U.S. and Mexico when it comes to policing the often chaotic and violent Southwest border. It also raised questions among some U.S. officials about whether the Mexican soldiers were chasing drug smugglers, as they claimed, or protecting cartels as they used drug routes to Arizona.”

 

 

     Read more about our porous southern border and how heavily armed foreign soldiers were able to just walk into the US . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two States Win Court Approval On Voter Rules

 

 

 

” A federal judge in Kansas on Wednesday ordered federal election authorities to help Kansas and Arizona require their voters to show proof of citizenship in state and local elections, in effect sanctioning a two-tier voter registration system that could well set a trend for other Republican-dominated states.

  Judge Eric F. Melgren of United States District Court in Wichita ruled that the federal Election Assistance Commission had no legal authority to deny requests from Kansas and Arizona to add state-specific instructions to a national voter registration form. The states sued the agency to force the action after it had turned them down.

Insane Photos Of The Marine Silent Drill Team Performing With Blue Angels Overhead

 

 

” There should never be a doubt in anyone’s mind as to the professionalism and the discipline of the U.S. Marine Corps.

  To exemplify the Marine Corps’ high standards, the Silent Drill Platoon was formed in 1948.

  Composed of a 24-man rifle platoon, the Silent Drill Platoon performs at various venues across the country, and represents the Marine Corps abroad. In their shows, they move with incredible precision — marching, moving into different formations, and tossing rifles — without the use of any commands.

  Their silence, put simply, is what makes their shows so awesome to watch.

  Below are some remarkable photos recently released by the Pentagon of the Silent Drill Platoon carrying out an exhibition drill, as ‘Fat Albert’ of the Blue Angels flies overhead.”

Marine Silent Drill Blue Angles

    Read more and see some beautiful still photos at Business Insider and below is the 2014 schedule for The Blue Angels public performances . See them at an air show near you .

2014 SHOW SCHEDULE
Dates Location
MAR 15

NAF EL CENTRO AIR SHOW

NAF El Centro, CA

MAR 21-22

LA COUNTY AIR SHOW

Lancaster/Palmdale, CA

MAR 23

AUTO CLUB SPEEDWAY FLYOVER

Fontana, CA

MAR 29-30

WINGS OVER TEXAS AIR SHOW

NAS Kingsville, TX

APR 5-6

SUN’N FUN

Lakeland, FL

APR 12

THUNDER OVER LOUISVILLE

Louisville, KY

APR 26-27

FORT WORTH AIR POWER EXPO 2014

NAS Fort Worth JRB, TX

MAY 3-4

SPIRIT OF ST. LOUIS AIR SHOW

St. Louis, MO

MAY 10-11

VERO BEACH AIR SHOW

Vero Beach, FL

MAY 17-18

RHODE ISLAND AIR SHOW

North Kingstown, RI

MAY 21

USNA AIR SHOW

US Naval Academy, MD

MAY 23

USNA GRADUATION FLYOVER

US Naval Academy, MD

MAY 24-25

BETHPAGE JONES BEACH AIR SHOW

Jones Beach, NY

MAY 31

DEKE SLAYTON AIRFEST

La Crosse, WI

JUN 1

DEKE SLAYTON AIRFEST

La Crosse, WI

JUN 7-8

LATROBE AIR SHOW

Latrobe, PA

JUN 14-15

THE GREAT TENNESSEE AIR SHOW

Smyrna, TN

JUN 21-22

MILWAUKEE AIR & WATER SHOW

Milwaukee, WI

JUN 28-29

DAYTON AIR SHOW

Dayton, OH

JUL 5-6

NATIONAL CHERRY FESTIVAL AIR SHOW

Traverse City, MI

JUL 12

PENSACOLA BEACH AIR SHOW

Pensacola Beach, FL

JUL 19-20

DEFENDERS OF FREEDOM AIR SHOW

Offutt AFB, NE

JUL 26-27

THUNDER OVER UTAH AIR SHOW

St. George, UT

AUG 2-3

SEAFAIR 2014 AIR SHOW

Seattle, WA

AUG 16-17

CHICAGO AIR & WATER SHOW

Chicago, IL

AUG 23-24

DULUTH AIR & AVIATION EXPO

Duluth, MN

AUG 30-31

CLEVELAND NATIONAL AIR SHOW

Cleveland, OH

SEP 1

CLEVELAND NATIONAL AIR SHOW

Cleveland, OH

SEP 6-7

SELFRIDGE ANGB AIR SHOW

Selfridge ANGB, MI

SEP 13-14

STAR-SPANGLED SPECTACULAR 2014

Baltimore, MD

SEP 20-21

NAS OCEANA AIR SHOW

NAS Oceana, VA

SEP 27-28

JB PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM AIR SHOW

Pearl Harbor, HI

OCT 4-5

MCAS MIRAMAR AIR SHOW

MCAS Miramar, CA

OCT 11-12

SAN FRANCISCO FLEET WEEK

San Francisco, CA

OCT 18-19

MEMPHIS AIR SHOW

Millington, TN

OCT 25-26

NAS JACKSONVILLE AIR SHOW

NAS Jacksonville, FL

NOV 1-2

WINGS OVER HOUSTON AIR SHOW

Houston, TX

NOV 7-9

BLUE ANGELS HOMECOMING AIR SHOW

NAS Pensacola, FL

Caught On Camera: Little Pug Picks Fight With SWAT Team During Arizona Standoff !!

 

 

   Given the authorities’ propensity for killing family pets , this pug is lucky to have escaped with it’s life . Here’s a brief news story about the standoff and the bold pug . The standoff ended with the besieged robbery suspect , Andrew Joseph Desgranges , allegedly killing himself .

 

19 States Join Lawsuit Against NJ Gun Law

 

 

” Support is mounting for a lawsuit that challenges New Jersey’s tight restrictions on handgun ownership and its high standard of “justifiable need” for carrying a weapon outside the home.

  Nineteen states as well as the powerful National Rifle Association have joined the case’s plaintiff John Drake, who in his lawsuit claims he was denied a permit following a thwarted robbery attempt on his Sussex County business.

  Drake lost his appeal before a three-judge panel of the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year and now a growing number of states, led by Wyoming, are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case, claiming New Jersey was wrong when it determined that the business owner failed to prove “justifiable need” to carry a gun under state statute.

Drake’s suit also claims that his right to bear arms under the Second Amendment has been violated.”

 

Read more at Newsmax

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New USA? Secession Movement Gains Steam

 

 

 

 

” If you mention the word “secession” most people think of the South during the Civil War. But today, a new movement is gaining steam because of frustration over a growing, out-of-control federal government.

  A number of conservative, rural Americans are taking about seceding and creating their own states, meaning a new map of the United States of America could include the following:

  These are real movements gaining traction with voters across the country. Jeffrey Hare runs the 51st State Initiative in Colorado, an effort to fight an out-of-control legislature trying to ram big government policies down the throats of voters.

” We’re at this point of irreconcilable differences,” Hare told CBN News.

  Secessionist talk has filled town hall meetings and the divide discussed is not just ideological.

” It’s predominately left versus right, but it’s urban versus rural because you typically find more typical conservative values in rural America,” Hare said.”

 

   For more information on the burgeoning secessionist movement and links to the organizations leading the charge you can go to uniondissolved.com and see what is happening in all of the states . The depth and breadth of discontent may surprise you . Obama may turn out to have been quite prescient when he said …

 

 

    Wikipedia offers this list of U.S. state partition proposals which numbers 36 and includes current and past efforts , while this link to the Middlebury Institute provides links to secessionist movements most of which are aimed at creating independent republics as opposed to adding to the states of the US .

” This is a list of official or otherwise noteworthy proposals for dividing existing US states into multiple states. It does not specifically address statewide or other movements to secede from the United States. The word secession can refer to political separation at different levels of government organization, from city to state to country; this list focuses on secession from (rather than by) U.S. states, particularly to form new U.S. states.

  Article IV of the United States Constitution provides for the creation of new states of the Union, requiring that any such creation be approved by the legislature of the affected state(s), as well as the United States Congress.

  Since the adoption of the U.S. Constitution, four states have been created from parts of an existing state: Maine (from Massachusetts), West Virginia (from Virginia), Kentucky(also from Virginia), and Vermont (from New York and New Hampshire)—though New York’s claim to Vermont was weak, as it was asked for its consent and Vermont was essentially an independent republic until 1791.”

There is no doubting that we live in interesting times . Read more from CBN News

 

 

 

 

 

 

Can You Guess Who The ‘Least Popular Senator In The Country’ Is ?

 

 

 

 

” A new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey released on Thursday suggests that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is the “least popular senator in the country.” The results shouldn’t be that shocking as McCain has a low approval rating among both Republicans and Democrats.

The Republican has an approval rating of just 30 percent among all Arizona voters while 44 percent of respondents also disapprove of his job performance and 16 percent aren’t sure, according to the poll by the left-leaning PPP.”

There’s a lesson in this . When you try to be all things to all people you end up meaning nothing to nobody .

 

 

The Blaze has more . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona First US State To Attempt Legal Resistance To NSA Surveillance

 

 

 

” Arizona’s state senate panel approved a bill withdrawing state support for intelligence agencies’ collection of metadata and banning the use of warrantless data in courts. The panel becomes the first legislative body in US to try and thwart NSA spying.

  The bill will now have to be approved by majority of the Senate Rules committee before it can move on to the full senate. It prohibits Arizona public employees and departments from helping intelligence agencies collect records of phone-calls and emails, as well as metadata (information on where and when the phone calls were made). 

  The bill is entitled the 4th Amendment Protection Act and was introduced by Republican Senator Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City. It was passed on Monday by the Senate’s Government and Environment committee with a 4-2 vote. 

The 10th Amendment allows states to stand up against unconstitutional federal law,” Ward said, as cited by AP. “It’s a state issue because many times the NSA is turning that information over to our local and state law enforcement and using that in cases that are basic criminal prosecutions, not anything to do with terrorism.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arizona Legislators Join Florida In Effort To Virtually Nullify All Federal Gun Laws

 

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” The campaign to stop federal violations of the Second Amendment at the state and local level got two big boosts late last week with the introduction of the Second Amendment Preservation Act in Arizona and an important endorsement for a similar bill pending in Florida.

  Along with eight other sponsors, Arizona state Senator Kelli Ward introduced the Second Amendment Preservation Act in the Grand Canyon State. SB1294 prohibits the state from enforcing “any federal act, law, order, rule or regulation that relates to a personal firearm, firearm accessory or ammunition within the limits of this state.”

“ We’ve sat back and allowed the federal government to trample the Constitution long enough,” Ward said. “We’re going to pass this bill and stop the state of Arizona from helping the feds violate your rights.”

  The legislation rests on a well-established legal principle known as the anti-commandeering doctrine. Simply put, the federal government cannot “commandeer” or coerce states into implementing or enforcing federal acts or regulations – constitutional or not. The anti-commandeering doctrine rests primarily on four Supreme Court cases dating back to 1842. The 1997 case, Printz v. US, serves as the modern cornerstone.”

ACTION ITEMS

” If you live in Arizona:  take action to support SB1294 HERE.

If you live in Florida: take action to support HB733 HERE.

All other other states: take action to get your state on board, and protect the 2nd Amendment HERE. “

You can read the bill here while the Tenth Amendment Center has more on the story .

    For more on the state’s efforts to rein in rampant Federal overreach check out the links below . There are movements and proposed legislation in nearly two dozen states in the works as of this writing with the express goal of reasserting our founding principles of State’s rights , limited government and strict adherence to our Constitution .

States may bind together to fight federal gun laws
Nullification: How States Are Making It a Felony to Enforce Federal Gun Laws
PRO-GUN LAWMAKERS EYE STATE-BY-STATE STRATEGY TO NULLIFY FEDERAL GUN-CONTROL STATUTES
Missouri joins other states in attempt to nullify federal gun laws

Nullification : The Time Has Come

 

 

“All powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution . . . are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

3 Arrested For Harassing ROTC Cadet At Phoenix Open

 

 

 

” Scottsdale police officers arrested three men after they allegedly harassed a woman dressed in her ROTC Battle Dress Uniform who was acting as a volunteer at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Monday.

  Evan DiGiovanni, 31, Michael Allen Duran, 29, and Vincent James Hendren, 30, allegedly spit on, yelled at and sprayed a sports drink on the 19-year-old college cadet, according to a Scottsdale police report.

  Officers said they saw the three men harassing private security officers near the lot at the Tournament Players Club in Scottsdale and that all three appeared intoxicated.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cell Phone Video Contradicts Sheriff’s Version Of Deputy-Involved Killing

 

 

Arizona Sheriff Shoots Unarmed Man

 

 

 

” An Arizona deputy shot and killed a man claiming he was reaching for a gun, but a cell phone video shows the man had raised his hands in the air.

  However, Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu insists the man should have been killed much earlier because he wasn’t complying with their orders.

  But obviously Babeu is trying to spin the story after the cell phone video contradicted their earlier rendition of the facts.

According to CBS5:

  A witness shot the video on a cell phone. It shows the final moments of the standoff, when deputies were ordering Manuel Longoria to surrender. The deputies had their weapons drawn and fired five bean bag rounds at the suspect, in addition to Taser rounds.”

Read the rest at PINAC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Weight Lifting Granny Who Floored Purse Snatcher

 

 

” A surveillance tape caught the New Year’s Day encounter outside a Subway restaurant in Tucson, Ariz., showing the spry grandma yanking the man by the hood of his sweatshirt and then scuffling with him for her purse. Until her exclusive interview with ABC News, Rupp’s identity had not been made public.”

 

Shirley Rupp

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“ It was total reaction, I was walking to my car from Subway and all of a sudden he was behind me. I just thought he was so close that I grabbed his jacket, and then he tripped. And evidently dropped my wallet, ” said Rupp, 64, a real estate agent who has six grandchildren.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Liberal Visits Big Sandy Machine Gun Shoot – Leaves Enlightened & With A Smile :-)

 

Liberal Reporters Discovers Gun Fun

 

 

 

 

” Machine guns, cannons, drones, exploding fish monsters, and a surprising cast of characters at Arizona’s Big Sandy Shoot.

By Terry Greene Sterling

  Kenton Tucker has shot machine guns most of his life. He owns several, including, he says, Errol Flynn’s machine gun. Tucker, a tidy, middle-aged man with a red mustache, is a principal in MG Shooters LLC, which twice a year sponsors a machine gun shoot at its secluded range in the Arizona high desert. The Big Sandy Shoot is billed as the largest in the United States. It has an unusually wide firing range that stretches for a quarter-mile; about 200 machine gunners can fire their weapons simultaneously at exploding targets and drones. During the three-day event, about 3 million rounds of ammunition are expended.

  This vast arsenal of machine guns—and their owners—are tightly regulated. Machine guns have long been among the nation’s most regulated firearms. Non-military or non-law-enforcement civilians, like the guys at the Big Sandy Shoot, are required to undergo strict background checks before the federal government allows them to buy a machine gun.

  Background checks were the cornerstone of gun control legislation that failed to pass in the Senate this year. Gun control advocates had hoped the measure had sufficient momentum to pass in the wake of Adam Lanza’s slaughter of 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December 2012. But it didn’t, thanks to lobbying by gun industry groups. A recent Pew report says most Americans don’t think gun control legislation will pass this year.

  As gun control debates wax and wane, and despite the fact that machine guns are already subjected to some of the strictest gun control measures advocates could hope for, there’s been little scrutiny of the machine gun community to see just how well gun control works—or doesn’t—in America.

  The Big Sandy Shoot attracts hundreds of people who chafe at gun control yet seem inordinately proud that they have passed background checks that allow them to own machine guns. They’re mostly old white guys, and they’re mostly Republicans, and they hate to admit they’re Exhibit A for the efficacy of gun control.

  Machine guns are true assault weapons; they are fully automatic, meaning that one pull of the trigger fires more than one round. (Semi-automatic guns, like the ones used in many mass shootings in the United States, are not true assault weapons because they require one pull of the trigger for each round.) In the United States, machine guns have been highly regulated since passage the National Firearms Act of 1934, and a series of laws that followed tightened restrictions on machine gun owners. While most Americans can legally buy guns without background checks via private sales and gun shows, machine gun purchasers wait for months as their background checks are being processed by the feds. And while most Americans can buy modern non-assault weapons easily, machine gun owners aren’t allowed to own any machine gun manufactured after 1986. In a nutshell, unlike many gun sales in the United States, machine gun sales are carefully tracked and taxed by federal authorities.

  Tucker is wary of journalists, whom the machine gun world generally views as shills for liberals who want to disarm America. But after meeting with photographer Marie Baronnet and me in Scottsdale, he agrees to let us cover the shoot with no restrictions.

  We almost don’t make the required shooters meeting on the first day of the shoot because we take our time on the road. From Phoenix the highway winds through salmon-pink sand flats studded with cactuses to Wickenburg, famous for its dude ranches and addiction recovery centers. We cruise past curio stores and horse pastures and catch Highway 93, which knifes into the Arizona badlands. The mountains are jagged and parched.

  At Milepost 148, tourists snap pictures of Nothing, Ariz., a cluster of boarded-up, sun-chewed shacks that once housed an All Mart and a gas station. A warning is scrawled in black spray paint: “No Trespassing. Private Property. Keep Out.”

  West of Nothing we pass a biker bar, a barbecue joint, a trailer park and a log furniture store, which pretty much sums up the commercial center of downtown Wikieup, population 133. We’re well into Mohave County now, and it feels like militia country. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh hung out with his friend and terrorism accomplice Michael Fortier in Mohave County. Jason Bush, the border vigilante condemned to die for slaughtering a 9-year-old girl and her father during a bloody home invasion, was arrested in Mohave County. About 202,000 people live in the county, which sprawls over 13,470 square miles. It’s a good place be a hermit or play war games.

  We veer right onto Trout Creek Road, follow the arrow on the white poster board sign that reads “Big Sandy Shoot.” Five miles of dusty, up-down, windy dirt road later, we descend into a valley where spectators are allowed to camp and have tailgate parties.

  We register at a folding table, then drive a rutted road leading up a steep, rocky bluff to the fabled Big Sandy Range. Camouflage nets separate dozens of shooting stations. Most are equipped with folding tables and chairs, tools, ice chests, metal ammo cans, wooden ammo boxes, and machine guns on tripods.

  The machine guns face the target area, a wide, dry wash. Dozens of white barrels—the targets—line the wash. The target area is “backstopped” first by its own eroded bank, and then a cratered hill, and then a mountain. The layers keep rogue rounds from escaping and killing a cow or coyote. Yellow police tape flaps in the wind, marking the boundary between the target area and shooting stations. The shooters have set up campsites a few feet behind their machine guns. Some will sleep in RVs, others in large trucks and tents.

  The shooters are mostly middle-aged or older white men dressed in camouflage or hunting gear, baseball caps, and dark glasses. They are gathered around Tucker, who gives last-minute safety instructions.

  When he finishes, the shooters hurry to their stations.

  A signal horn blares.

  A red flag shoots up a pole.

  Someone yells: “Fire in the hole!”

  The machine gunners start shooting, and yellow smoke sours the air. I’ve got my black-and-yellow ear protectors on but still hear the cacophony of tat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tic-tic-tic-tch-tch-tch-tch-tch-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop of the smaller machine guns interspersed with a nerve-rattling thunderous kettledrum-on-steroids sequence BAM-BAM-BAM-BAM. It’s the sound of .50-caliber machine guns, designed to flatten armored vehicles and low-flying aircraft.

  I try not to wince as I adjust my loop earrings under the ear protectors and consider the journalistic challenges ahead. I want to know how real gun control works. Who are these shooters who pass the rigorous background checks? Will they open up to me? Are they especially thin-skinned in the wake of the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook? It’s late March. Arizona is in the middle of the fray: Recently retired Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who was shot through the head by a gunman near a Tucson-area Safeway store in 2011, and her astronaut husband, Mark Kelly, are campaigning for gun control legislation. Even Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake seems to be leaning toward the proposed legislation.

  Machine guns are already tightly regulated, but will these shooters chafe at regulation of their other guns? Looking down the firing line, I see other guns that aren’t as restricted: semi-automatic pistols and rifles. There’s also a cannon.

  A cannon isn’t technically a machine gun, since it fires one round at a time. But shooters can shoot anything at the Big Sandy Shoot, including homemade bowling ball launchers.

  I join several ear-protected onlookers staring at the cannon. Someone says it was built in 1942. We’re careful not to stand directly behind, in case it backfires.

  The cannon guy is oblivious to the attention. He’s a graceful, slender man with a cryptic smile. He looks to be in his 40s and wears a Panama hat, an immaculate sports shirt and tailored slacks, as though he’ll soon be heading off to a golf game at the club. He’s in a cannon-firing Zen trance, mechanically loading and shooting, loading and shooting, loading and shooting. Later, I ask him his name. He won’t give it. He doesn’t want to be photographed. He looks rich.

  But then again, there must be a lot of rich people here. Machine guns sell for tens of thousands of dollars, thanks to Ronald Reagan. In 1986 the Republican president signed the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, which prohibited the general public from owning, buying, or selling machine guns manufactured after the 1986 law took effect. Broadly, the law says military and law enforcement officials can still own machine guns, but civilians can only own machine guns that were grandfathered in.

  “Machine guns available to the public are a finite resource,” Jose Wall, a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix, told me before I left for the shoot. “So what’s in circulation back then [1986] is in circulation now.” And that’s a little less than 100,000 machine guns, Wall told me.

  All of this explains why from the get-go the machine guns at the Big Sandy Shoot seem always to be giving the shooters trouble. Something about the way the shooters use wrenches and rubber hammers to coax the guns to shoot again reminds me of taxistas tinkering with ancient Fords in Havana.

  Kenton Tucker’s business partner in MG Shooters LLC is Ed Hope. He’s a 71-year-old retired high school teacher who owns about 30 machine guns. He’s a Democrat who voted for Barack Obama and a member of the National Rifle Association.

  Hope sits in his quad, smiling, taking a break from driving up and down the range to monitor shooters. This shoot is just so much fun, he says. He asks if I’ve seen “the fish.” I have. It’s a hollow Volkswagen Beetle-size black-and-white shark-type monster. It has nasty eyes, four upper teeth, and a long, red tongue that licks the ground. When the range is “cold” and no one is allowed to shoot, the fish monster will be loaded with explosives and towed to the target area, where the shooters will blow it up.

  Hope and Tucker have been putting on shoots for 25 years, and they know gun guys like to shoot “reactive” targets, meaning targets that explode when you shoot them. Hope and Tucker bought the Big Sandy property, which spans 1 square mile, about 10 years ago, because it is so remote that you can safely shoot and explode as many targets as you want. So far no one has been injured, Hope says. The Big Sandy shoots are a “full-time job” for Tucker and Hope, who won’t disclose earnings derived from the shoot. For Big Sandy shoots, they hire 30 people to help monitor the range, direct traffic, and sell tickets. In three days about 600 spectators will pay $25 to watch about 200 shooters, who pay $250 to shoot.

  “Most of my shooters are upper-income professionals,” Hope says. The monster .50-caliber Browning can cost $25,000, for instance, and all the government regulation is “an incredible pain.” It might take six or seven months to complete a machine gun sale, called a “transfer.” What’s more, Hope says, machine guns are “hungry and you have to feed them ammo.”

  Eric Lutfy is at the Big Sandy Shoot to sell ammunition. He has been in the “gun business” since he was 18. He lives in Laveen, Ariz., and is the president of Thunderbird Cartridge Co. Inc., a purveyor of reloading components and reloaded ammunition. Ammo is stored in neatly labeled boxes beneath a folding table behind the shooter stations. A whiteboard lists his prices: A count of 150 tracer .50-caliber rounds sells for $300, for instance.

  Reloaded ammunition is basically recycled and rebuilt ammunition. After you shoot a gun, the spent casing will fall to the ground near you. If you happen to own a reloading machine, you can prime and resize the used casing, fill it with gunpowder, and cap it with a new projectile. It’s tedious, hard work, but if you shoot a lot, it’s cheaper than buying new ammunition.

  Ammunition costs are skyrocketing, due in part to nationwide hoarding, which inflates the price of ammunition, which causes more ammo hoarding. Michael Bazinet, a spokesman for the National Shooting Sports Association, an industry group, says ammunition manufacturers now “work round the clock” to fill consumer demand. For 34 straight months, he says, gun sales have gone up, and so have attendant ammunition sales. In 2012 combined retail sales for guns and ammo totaled $6 billion.

  Gun control proponents suggest the gun industry is driving a profitable panic. They say the industry is needlessly frightening gun owners into thinking their guns and ammo will be taken from them via gun control legislation. Bazinet says it’s not true. Consumer demand simply exceeds manufacturing capability, he says. He agrees, though, that if people think “access might be limited,” they will buy more ammo and guns.

  John Watson and his friends have brought 5,000 rounds of ammo to the Big Sandy Shoot. They’ve reloaded some of the ammo at home during “loading bees.” Watson, a 69-year-old retired fire marshal and Vietnam vet who lives in the Phoenix area, also brings along a mannequin named Mary Lou.

  The mannequin is dressed like a French Resistance fighter and stands by the shooting station Watson shares with his friends. He got the mannequin from his wife’s consignment store and has been bringing her to the shoot for several years, dressing her each year in a different military uniform. Mary Lou is a fixture at the shoot, along with Watson’s plastic pink flamingoes and his 1958 Airstream.

  To Watson, the Big Sandy Shoot is “Super Bowl, Nascar, and the World Series all wrapped into one.” He has been attending the shoots since 2006, and he’s recruited friends who share a shooting station, which has a blue-tarp floor covered with spent casings. Their machine guns rest on tripods. Shawn Rhodes, a former paramedic, and Bill Rhodes, a software engineer, both wear beige MG Shooters T-shirts. Another friend, David Stevens, a theater technician (he’s a got tattoo that reads “AITA,” which stands for “Acceptance Is The Answer”), brought along two semi-automatic rifles that resemble AK-47s.”

 

 

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Bullhead City Former Mayor, Husband Attacked By Dogs

 

Tom Vick & Daughter From Her Facebook Page

 

 

” The former mayor of Bullhead City was hospitalized and her husband died after the couple was attacked by their pet dogs, according to the current mayor.

  Former Mayor Diane Vick and her husband Tom tried to intervene after one of their larger dogs attacked one of their smaller dogs, but the dogs turned on them and attacked them, Mayor Jack Hakim said. They were flown to a hospital in Las Vegas.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Santa and Machine Guns” Makes His Appearance In Arizona 

Published on Dec 15, 2013

” The Scottsdale Gun Club in Arizona held its fourth annual “Santa and Machine Guns” event where families and individuals from around the world visited the gun club to have their photographs taken with Santa and a wide selection of various firearms hardware on Sunday.

  Adults and children are welcome to pick from a wide selection of weapons, including various models of pistol, shotgun and even AR-15 assault rifles.

” Well I’m a big fan of Santa, a big fan of his work with the children,” explained one patron. “And you know I just wanted to… I was in the area and I figured I stop by and say hello and hold some guns, get my photograph taken with him.”

  The gun club also offers a range of ideas for the holiday season, including gift memberships and cards for the firearms enthusiast in the family.”

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DARRELL ISSA VOWS FAST & FURIOUS JUSTICE ON BRIAN TERRY MURDER ANNIVERSARY

 

 

 

 

” Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) is remembering the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry with a continued promise to seek justice in his investigation of the Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious.

  Issa, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview that his committee and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, will never give up the fight for Operation Fast and Furious documents that Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack Obama are withholding from the American people. 

  Issa’s interview with Breitbart News comes on the third anniversary of Terry’s murder, which is Sunday. On Dec. 15, 2010, Terry was murdered in Peck Canyon in Arizona about 17 miles inside the U.S. border with Mexico by drug cartel operatives using weapons that the Obama administration had walked into Mexico via Operation Fast and Furious. Issa said that Terry’s family should know that, despite “setbacks” over the past few years, he will never stop his fight for the truth.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Man Shot At Glendale House Party

 

Stock Photo

 

” Glendale police officers responded about 1:30 a.m. to a house near 51st and Olive avenues where they found a 27-year-old man who had been shot, Glendale Police Department spokeswoman Officer Tracey Breeden said. He was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital, where he remained Sunday afternoon.

Investigators determined an argument started between individuals at the party and the 27-year-old, and he was asked to leave, she said. The man left for a short time, then returned with a rifle and began firing off rounds outside the house.

The man pointed the rifle at partygoers and a 39-year-old partygoer pulled out a handgun and shot the 27 year old before police arrived, Breeden said. The shooter did not try to leave and waited for officers to arrive.

The shooter has been cooperative with investigators, she said. He was questioned and released by detectives.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homeowner, Who Interrupted Burglary, Left Shaken After Killing Suspect

 

Burglar Killed

 

 

” When a Phoenix homeowner returned home from work last Wednesday night he walked into a burglary in progress. When the homeowner walked into his house and came face to face with the burglar, he shot and killed him, according to a local Fox affiliate.

It was about 10 p.m. when the homeowner, whose name has not been released, noticed that there were lights on inside of his house when he pulled into the driveway. Feeling that something wasn’t quite right, he grabbed his handgun from his truck before going into the house. Once inside, 22-year-old Aaron Fisher emerged from a bedroom.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firefighters KIlled: Arizona Wildfire Grows

 

” A wildfire that killed 19 firefighters in an Arizona town has quadrupled in size, to 13 square miles.

Arizona State Forestry Division spokesman Mike Reichling said that 18 elite hotshot fire crews were now battling the blaze, and more are expected to join them.

On Sunday, a sudden wind storm turned the forest fire into an out-of-control inferno that trapped and killed 19 members of an elite crew of firefighters trained to battle the nation’s fiercest wildfires.

It was the deadliest single day for US firefighters since the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

 

 

 

 

UNBRANDED — An Adventure Visits Browning

 

 

” The Ride. The Mission. The documentary UNBRANDED follows the story of Ben Masters, Thomas Glover, Jonny Fitzsimons, and Ben Thamer as they travel 3,000 miles through the deepest backcountry in the American West from the Mexican border to the Canadian border. The pack trip will take over six months through Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana in famously rugged country such as Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and the Bob Marshall Wilderness. Mustangs, born and raised in the wild, will be taking them on their journey. This is a story of the partnership between horse and rider, a testament to the hardiness of mustangs, and a tribute to the early explorers whose spirit remains today.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supreme Court Invalidates Arizona Voter Registration Law

 

 

 

” The Supreme Court on Monday struck down an Arizona state law that requires people registering to vote in federal elections to show proof of citizenship.

In a 7-2 vote, the court said the voter registration provision of the 2004 state law, known as Proposition 200, was trumped by a federal law, the 1993 National Voter Registration Act.

The federal law requires prospective voters to provide one of several possible forms of identification, such as a driver’s license or a passport, but no proof of citizenship is needed. Would-be voters simply sign a statement saying they are citizens.”

 

    Upholding the supremacy of the National Voter Registration Act is a de facto approval of vote fraud . While it is understandable that the court upheld the primacy of Federal law over Federal elections someone needs to challenge the constitutionality of a Federal voter law that only requires the “attest” to their citizenship . We certainly have seen enough examples of voter fraud to know that many , many people are willing to lie about their voter eligibility .

 

 

Here is what Wikipedia has to say about the “Motor Voter Act” :

 

” The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) (42 U.S.C. § 1973gg), also known as The Motor Voter Act, was signed into effect by United States President Bill Clinton on May 20, 1993. However, compliance did not become mandatory until 1995. The legislation required state governments to allow for registration when a qualifying voter applied for or renewed their driver’s license or applied for social services.”

 

    As you could probably guess this law was called into being during the Clinton administration and signed by none other than Slick Willie himself . But perhaps you weren’t aware of the origins of the idea . It not , read on as Wiki provides further elucidation : 

 

” This voter registration movement was spearheaded by the husband and wife team of Frances Fox Piven and Richard Cloward in the early 1980s in response to the Reagan administration. Both of them college professors and liberal activists, it was Piven’s and Cloward’s belief that through government implementation of more active registration proposals, it would increase voter turnout rates which had been on a steady decline since the monumental election of 1896. “

 

     Undoubtedly Cloward and Piven desired to increase voter participation , as long as it was the right left kind of voter . Between this fraud-facilitating act and the impending amnesty the Alinsky/Cloward-Piven statists are within a hairs-breath of their goal of a permanent democratic majority … just as the public is starting to become aware of the failure of the leftist social model .

 

     For further edification here is the “Justice Department’s” webpage on the act direct from the vaunted “Civil Rights Division” , the self-same group that righted the wrongs in the Philadelphia Black Panther voter intimidation case

ABOUT THE NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION ACT

 

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Jon Stewart Takes CNN To Task With Epic Mockery Of Network’s Jodi Arias Trial Coverage

 

” Jon Stewart has repeatedly ridiculed and slammed CNN in the past few weeks, most recently on Monday during an interview with Christiane Amanpour. He gave the cable network a brief respite Tuesday night before going right back to hammering them for one particularly odd moment in their otherwise unexciting coverage of the Jodi Arias trial: Ashleigh Banfield doing a satellite interview with Nancy Grace… when the two of them were a few feet away from each other in the same Arizona parking lot.

Stewart explained how Banfield and Grace were set up as if they were in different locations, it’s pretty obvious that the same vehicles are going through both shots. Which meant either they were sitting pretty close to each other or, as Stewart hypothesized, it could be that Arizona is plagued by a “seven-mile long Bus Ness Monster.”

Stewart was amazed by the audacity of CNN making his “pretty shameful” gesture, though he figured it could have been because Banfield has taken out a restraining order against Nancy Grace. They did try to create the illusion of not being so close to each other, and when Grace couldn’t hear Banfield right, Stewart just shouted at her to “take your finger out of your fucking ear because she’s right there!” He asked, “Is anyone at CNN allowed indoors anymore?” “

HT/IJR

Armed Robber Shot By Intended Victim In Arizona

” Prosecutor William Katz told the court that “The victim was in town visiting a family member and was standing outside a residence when he was approached by two males. They demanded his wallet, when he didn’t comply, they demanded his wallet again. It was at that point that they brandished a weapon and [the victim] took out his own .45-caliber weapon. Refusing to be a victim, he fired and struck one of the assailants in the neck.”

The victim was neither shot nor otherwise injured in the attempted robbery. He is also in full possession of his wallet and its contents.”

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