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Arizona sheriff and his volunteer posse are busy protecting students, schools

By Victor Skinner
EAGnews.org

PHOENIX – While educrats debate the merits of gun-free school zones, arming school personnel and other safety measures in the wake of the tragic shooting in Newtown,

Connecticut, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is taking action.

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The Maricopa County Sheriff – famous for his controversial immigration enforcement – enlisted the help of more than 3,000 volunteers to patrol the parameters of 50 Phoenix-area schools. He’s also conducted simulated live shooter training at a vacant elementary school, according to media reports.

“Fortunately since we started this three months ago, there have been no incidents and it’s gone good with the public,” Arpaio said. “They love to see our cars roaming around and I have other plans coming up to further that operation, very soon.”

Arpaio’s civilian posse patrols around schools in marked cars and about 500 are authorized to carry a weapon as part of the position. Their presence comes as a relief for many parents, but the live shooter training has drawn protestors who’ve criticized what they’ve said is a lack of sufficient background checks for posse members, according to media reports.

Now, Arpaio is planning to expand his volunteer posse – which has attracted as many supporters as it has critics.

Salon, a left-wing political magazine, reports some of the posse members have checkered criminal histories.

Regardless, Arpaio’s unpaid volunteers are stepping up while others in the education establishment are still talking about how to protect students. Officials with the two largest teachers unions – the American Federation of Teachers and the National Education Association – believe the solution to school violence should be to limit access to weapons.

AFT President Randy Weingarten called a recent report from the National Rifle Association, which calls for arming school personnel, a “cruel hoax that will fail to keep our children and schools safe.”

While union opposition may keep some people from taking proactive steps to avoid a school shooting, Sheriff Arpaio isn’t one of those people. He told the media he plans to continue to send his posse to patrol around schools until those schools have the ability to properly protect themselves.

“If we have to take action, we will take action if there is some type of catastrophe that’s going to happen,” Arpaio said.

Morning Bell

Guns, Background Checks, and Your Rights

Harry Reid has a doozy of a gun plan, but President Obama wants to reassure you that it’s just “common sense.”

In a speech Wednesday, Obama said that “opponents of some of these common-sense laws have ginned up fears among responsible gun owners that have nothing to do with what’s being proposed and nothing to do with the facts, but feeds into this suspicion about government.”

As Heritage’s David Addington reminds us, America’s founders were the first to have this suspicion of government, and that’s part of the reason why they made certain that the Second Amendment protected our right to keep and bear arms. And as for the facts, the proposals from Senate Majority Leader Reid (D-NV) have major problems.

Addington, head of Heritage’s Edwin Meese III Center for Legal and Judicial Studies, lays out some of the dangers in Reid’s proposal:

    • It effectively puts a new tax on selling or giving away a firearm.

 

    • It could help criminals figure out where it is easiest to buy guns.

 

 

Background checks have become the focus of the new wave of gun control laws. Obama insists that “We’re not proposing a gun registration system; we’re proposing background checks for criminals.”

It’s worth noting that criminals wouldn’t bother themselves with going through America’s existing background check system—and pointing out that there is a background check system in place. The new laws Reid is proposing would capitalize on fears of “loopholes” to create intrusive records of gun transfers.

Addington warns:

the loose language could be construed to allow the Department of Justice itself (or another agency specified by the Attorney General) to keep centralized records of who received what guns and where, by sale or gift from one individual to another.

Even the ACLU is worried, according to an exclusive Daily Caller report. The ACLU’s Chris Calabrese said that Reid’s legislation fails to include “privacy best practices.”

“We think that that kind of record-keeping requirement could result in keeping long-term detailed records of purchases and creation of a new government database,” Calabrese said.

The Daily Caller reports that “The ACLU’s second ‘significant concern’ with Reid’s legislation is that it too broadly defines the term ‘transfer,’ creating complicated criminal law that law-abiding Americans may unwittingly break.”

Heritage’s Addington agreed, explaining that Reid’s legislation would treat anyone as a felon “who misplaces a firearm and does not report it to the police and the federal government fast enough.” He said:

Under no circumstances should Congress make it a federal crime to fail to report a missing firearm within 24 hours to local authorities and the Attorney General. It is an unreasonable use of power to define as a federal crime conduct that no reasonable person would know was a federal crime.

But President Obama insists that “suspicion about government” is unfounded.

LEARN MORE:

Loose Language in Reid’s Gun Control Bill Allows the Beginnings of a National Gun Registry

The So-Called Gun Show Loophole: Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics

Read the Morning Bell and more en español every day atHeritage Libertad.

The Republican Shell Game On Obamacare

The Republican Shell Game On Obamacare

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Give us a break! That’s what Congress finally did on Saturday, when after a marathon session in the Senate, Congressmen all agreed to head out of town for their two-week spring break. So we’re safe from their meddlesome efforts until April 8.

But what a show they put on before they left. After arguing most of the night, the Senate finally managed to pass its first budget in four years at 4:56 in the morning. The final vote was 50-49, with every Republican opposing it. They were joined by four Democrats: Mark Pryor of Arkansas, Kay Hagan of North Carolina, Mark Begich of Alaska and Max Baucus of Montana. Not so coincidentally, all four are up for re-election next year.

I’ll have more to say about the battle of the budgets in a moment. But first I need to comment on two recent Senate votes on Obamacare and the incredible hypocrisy they demonstrated. First, Congressional Republicans declared their unwavering opposition to the badly misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Then they voted to fund it for the rest of the year.

What the heck’s going on here?

Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Mike Lee (R-Utah), two tough young conservatives who defeated more establishment-type Republicans to win election, lived up to their campaign promises to try to end Obamacare. They forced a vote in the Senate on an amendment to defund the program. As expected, the measure lost on a straight party-line vote, with 55 Democrats voting against it and all 45 Republicans in the Senate voting in favor.

On March 20, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made a wonderful speech on the floor of the Senate:

In my view, Obamacare is a colossal mistake for our country. There’s just no way to fix it. It needs to be pulled out by its roots and we need to start over.

This bill needs to be repealed and replaced — not with another unreadable law or another 20,000 pages of regulations – but with common-sense reforms that actually lower health care costs.

And anyone who thinks we’ve given up that fight is dead wrong.

On March 15, McConnell gave a speech denouncing Obamacare at the Conservative Political Action Conference. He stood next to a stack of papers that were taller than he was, which he said were the 20,000 pages of new regulations that have been issued so far to implement this healthcare monstrosity. Some 828 pages of new regulations were issued in just one day, he said; and he warned that there are many more to come.

On March 11, in remarks on the Senate floor, McConnell said:

This law is a disaster waiting to happen.

Imagine the burden we’re placing on the single mom who wants to open her own store. Or the young entrepreneur who wants to sell some new idea. Or the business owners we all know from back home — the folks who employ so many of our constituents.

Instead of encouraging them to create jobs and grow the economy, we’re hitting them with a brick of regulations.

That all sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? But McConnell and 19 other Republican Senators voted to fund Obamacare for the rest fiscal 2013.

What you’ve got here is a perfect example of how many Republicans can vote for “business as usual” in Washington, while at the same time making sure they can posture as staunch conservatives for the folks back home.

Here are the 20 Republican Senators who voted in favor of the Cruz amendment, knowing it would fail, but then voted in favor of a measure to make sure the healthcare monstrosity gets all of the taxpayer funds it needs to continue operations for the rest of this fiscal year:

Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, John Barrasso of Wyoming, Roy Blunt of Missouri, John Boozman of Arkansas, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia, Dan Coats of Indiana, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Susan Collins of Maine, Bob Corker of Tennessee, John Cornyn of Texas, Orrin Hatch of Utah, John Hoeven of North Dakota, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Mike Johanns of Nevada, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Jeff Sessions of Alabama, Richard Shelby of Alabama, John Thune of South Dakota and Roger Wicker of Mississippi.

Read more at personal liberty.com

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