Elbert County Sheriff opposed to local shooting: calls Boy Scouts Hamas

"It sounded like Hamas had a training camp next door.

That's not a quote from US Special Forces in Iraq or Afghanistan.  That's what Elbert County Sheriff William Frangis said about Peaceful Valley Boy Scout camp's shooting range.

Yes, you read that right: Sheriff Frangis compared a Boy Scout shooting range to terrorists.

Peaceful Valley Boy Scout camp, as well as the western tradition of recreational shooting, is being attacked by a number of anti-gun liberals, lead by Sheriff Frangis and former Elbert County Commissioner John Dunn.

Frangis is a known anti-gun activist and has testified before the legislature time and again in favor of gun control. Frangis, Dunn and a small collection of screeching liberals want to prevent the Boy Scouts from holding events at the camp's shooting range. 4-H shooting programs are certainly next.

They're using the same, tired old arguments to try to shut down the Boy Scouts shooting range, claiming lead contamination and disruption of the environment as justification for their attack on the Second Amendment.

It is vital that gun owners like you and me let Sheriff Frangis and the Elbert County Commissioners know that attacks on the Second Amendment will not go unnoticed.

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is closely monitoring this situation, but there is something you can do to help!

E-mail or call Sheriff Frangis and the Elbert County Commissioners and tell them to stop their witch hunt against recreational shooting and the Boy Scouts.

Sheriff William Frangis: (303) 621-2027

Commissioner Suzie Graeff: (303) 621-3132: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Commissioner Hope Goetz: (303) 621-3139: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Commissioner John Metli: (303) 621-3114: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Additionally, on July 18th, the Elbert County Commissioners will be meeting to discuss granting Peaceful Valley Scout ranch a temporary permit to continue shooting activities. The meeting will be held at 215 Comanche Street, Kiowa in the 2nd floor conference room, and is scheduled from 9:00am-4:30pm.

This meeting's agenda hasn’t been published yet, but as soon as RMGO knows when the shooting issue comes up, we will notify you. Strong representation from the gun community is vital at this meeting.

NRA passes McCarthy Gun Control bill through US House!

June 13, 2007 - We warned you just a few days ago that the NRA was working with anti-gun forces to pass new gun control.

Today, far sooner than we would have imagined, the bill passed in the US House, with almost no notice and no recorded vote.

Anti-Gun stalwart Congresswoman
Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY)
is the sponsor of HR2640, as well as
legislation to ban .50 caliber firearms.

HR 297 was quickly morphed into a new bill, HR 2640 (by notorious anti-gunner Carolyn McCarthy) and passed on a voice vote, with so little notice that the most pro-gun members of Congress didn't know it was on the agenda until early in the morning -- when the NRA actively lobbied their offices to pass the largest gun control move since the 1994 Assault Weapons ban.

(Click here for news story)

The bill gives the Federal Government vast new access to people's mental health records and opens the door for expanded abuse of power, delays and denials of firearms purchases.

The bill purports to give people a chance to have their names removed from the no-buy list, but only at great personal expense... with no guarantee of success.

If the past is any indication, purchasing a firearm is about to become a lot more complicated.

Keep in mind that for years the ATF has been forbidden from doing any investigations to expunge records and return people's gun rights.

Now, with the help of the NRA, even more restrictions are being created.  (Click here for the E-mail NRA lobbyists sent Members of Congress lobbying for this gun control)

Of course, unlike a "crime," "mental illness" is a very subjective evaluation.

As Corey Graff from Wisconsin Gun Owners writes;

"Since 1952, the American Psychiatry Association (APA) has utilized the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as its standard for defining, diagnosing and treating mental health disorders.

Since its first printing, the manual has undergone five revisions, the most recent being the DSM-IV, which was finalized in 1994. Currently a fifth version is being prepared and is due out by 2012.

Each new version contradicts the previous version; new authors with new perspectives and agendas write each new release. The standard keeps changing, shifting, sometimes radically so -- the result is that mental illness is never clearly or objectively defined. It is a moving target shaped by political and social pressures.

Following controversy and protests from gay activists at APA annual conferences from 1970 to 1973, the seventh printing of the DSM-II, in 1974, no longer listed homosexuality as a category of disorder. After talks led by the psychiatrist Robert Spitzer, who had been involved in the DSM-II development committee, a vote by the APA trustees in 1973, confirmed by the wider APA membership in 1974, replaced the diagnosis with a milder category of "sexual orientation disturbance."

In today's politically correct climate, the most recent version of the DSM-IV contains "no reference to homosexuality."

Which DSM was correct or were both wrong? One can easily see the danger this contradiction raises if these diagnoses were synced up with a gun owner database that acts as an automated judge, jury and executioner for the gun buyer.

Such variance also calls into question the credibility of those who define mental illness.

Psychiatrists can't even agree amongst themselves over a relatively short period of time on how to precisely define mental illness on any given issue. Thirty years ago no one heard the term "attention deficit disorder" or "post-traumatic stress disorder" -- today diagnoses for these new mental illnesses are commonplace.

We believe the next step -- if you don't think there's a "next step" you undoubtedly fit the description of mentally deranged -- is to require information and deny firearms purchases for anyone who has ever taken an anti-depressant (the estimates for the number of young adults in America who have, at one time, taken these anti-depressant drugs is staggering). If that happens, a large portion of a number of generations in America will be stripped of their Second Amendment rights.

The bottom line: If NICS is expanded, expect entire groups to be denied their right to purchase a firearm.

Legislation like this paints with a broad brush and will disarm many good people who should be able to buy handguns. One such group is veterans.

"[NICS Expansion] could have a significant impact on American servicemen," wrote Gun Owners of America recently, "especially those returning from combat situations and who seek some type of psychiatric care.

Often, veterans who have suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder have been deemed as mentally 'incompetent' and are prohibited from owning guns under 18 U.S.C. 922(g)(4). Records of those instances certainly exist, and, in 1999, the Department of Veterans Administration turned over 90,000 names of veterans to the FBI for inclusion into the NICS background check system."

Once again, the NRA has colluded with anti-gunners to pass new gun control and tell gun owners it's good for them.

They did so when the Brady Insta-Check Registration system was passed into law, and now they're attempting to strengthen that gun control... and weaken our rights.

CQ.com "Advocates of House-passed legislation say it likely would have prevented the gunman, Seung-Hui Cho, from buying a firearm because of his history of mental illness." But this is, of course, nonsense. The Brady law has not kept criminals from getting guns and won't stop madmen from getting them either. But it might very well stop you.

To stop this in the Senate will mean fighting not only the anti-gunners in the Legislature, but America's biggest "gun lobby." We'll need all the help we can get. Please consider making whatever contribution you can to RMGO by clicking here.


Colorado elections: Conservatives won while Liberal Republicans lost

Though the media isn't reporting this November’s election this way, the simple fact is that pro-gun conservatives are about the only candidates who survived the Democrat landslide of 2006.

Even a cursory look at the winners from this year’s General Election show that the Republican elected officials are getting more pro-gun -- and Republican compromisers can't win.

Consider this:

Congressional District 4: Marilyn Musgrave (who ran an amendment this year to get rid of the federal trigger locks compromise cut by the NRA) survived a tough and extremely expensive challenge.  With more than $4 million spent against her, Marilyn Musgrave defeated anti-gun Democrat Angie Paccione, who had regularly voted against gun rights while in the state legislature.

Congressional District 5: Finally, after 20 years of do-nothing Joel Hefley occupying a seat, Colorado Springs now has a hardcore pro-gun conservative in Doug Lamborn. Lamborn defeated a number of weak, moderate candidates, including Jeff Crank, who El Paso County insiders say was being privately advised by arch gun-blamer GOP consultant Steve Durham.  Lamborn been nothing short of a hero while serving 12 years in the state legislature, and we expect even better while he is in Congress.

State Legislature: Mike Kopp handily won a State Senate seat after narrowly defeating a liberal incumbent in the primary.

Gun-hater Tom Mauser worked tirelessly -- and in vain -- to defeat Kopp, who represents the Columbine area.  Kopp had defeated moderate incumbent Senator Kiki Traylor in the primary by a slim margin, only to watch liberal Republicans jump ship and work for the Democrat.  When Mauser and company started attacking 82nd Airborne Sgt. Kopp for his pro-gun stances, liberal Republicans (again, the name Steve Durham surfaces) advised the Republican party to jump ship and assume all was lost.  RMGO’s Political Action Committee dove in heavily with mail, phones and grassroots support to help Kopp win the general election handily.

In Weld County Scott Renfroe was a dark horse from the day he decided to run for Senate District 13, which was being vacated by State Sen. Dave Owen.  The Republican muckety-mucks had already picked State Rep. Dale Hall (R-Greeley) as the replacement, despite his liberal positions virtually every issue important to voters in that conservative district.

Gov. Bill Owens, and almost every high –ranking official in the GOP, endorsed Dale Hall, including the NRA.  In the end it was Hall’s anti-gun voting record that defeated him: Hall had voted for the statewide database of concealed carry permit holders, and had even sponsored a bill in 2006 to give the BATFE more power in Colorado.  Renfroe, an RMGO member, defeated Hall in the primary and a Ward Churchhill clone in the general.

To top off the Senate, Vermont law proponent Sen. Greg Brophy won an easy race in Northeastern Colorado, and State Rep. Dave Schultheis cruised to victory in El Paso county to secure Lamborn’s open State Senate seat.  State Rep. Ted Harvey of Highlands Ranch beat a millionaire in the primary and easily won his Douglas County Senate seat in November.  This core of constitutionalists form a solid base in the Senate, even if the Democrats retain control.

On the State House side, Kent Lambert joins with conservatives Cory Gardner (who carried our Make My Day expansion law last year) and David Balmer, among others.  As of the writing of this article the fate of State Rep. Bill Crane (R-Arvada) is still unknown.  Some will remember that Crane has carried legislation to get rid of the statewide database of concealed carry permit holders.

All of these candidates stood firmly for our gun rights in primaries and general elections, and they were rewarded with a seat.

Many of these candidates were told, as they were considering whether to run for office, that their pro-gun views would make them vulnerable should they win a primary and face a Democrat in November.  All of these predictions were proven false.

There are also some lessons learned by defeat, though you won't read this in the papers either:

Bob Beauprez followed the same old, failed strategy as so many high-level GOP statewide candidates have: act like a conservative when you face a primary, but move sharply to the middle afterward.

And while the NRA and CSSA spent much of their time explaining why Bill Ritter is bad on guns (he is terrible, no doubt), they failed to mention that Bob Beauprez actually signed the 2000 SAFE ballot initiative to close the so-called "gun show loophole."  That alone should give gun owners reason for pause, and it did.

What Beauprez, and other establishment types in the GOP, don't get is that though gun owners often vote on the lesser of two evils in cases like this, they don't put their heart and soul into races where there is no clear hero. That means less volunteers, less coffee shop enthusiasm and less money. Yes, we usually vote Republican, but we aren't force multipliers the way we are when we are excited about a solidly pro-gun candidate.

The people who run Trailhead and those in their orbit (mostly Gov. Owens' people, like Katie Atkinson) are also big losers in this election. For the second election in a row, they proved they don't know how to win elections. During the primary they attempted to scare conservatives away from running primaries. Not only did their more liberal candidates lose the primary, but their predictions also did not come true (that conservatives winning primaries means they'll lose the general election). If that's the case, why did Bob Beauprez trail the down-ticket conservatives within a given district?

The lesson of the GOP defeats: the establishment (which often tells good guys to "moderate" their stance on guns) is a lead anchor, and their ideas are failing the GOP.  “Moderation” excites no one, and only serves to further the ambitions of weak-kneed politicians, rather than rewarding heroes who fight for our issues.

A one-line synopsis of last night's results are: Moderate/liberal Republicans lost, while conservative, pro-gun Republicans won.

Now it's time to get ready to endure the Democrat party in full power in Colorado. Their consultants have been telling them for a number of years that gun control is a loser for their party, and should be left alone. We'll see if Democrats heed that advice.

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