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Old 09-11-2007, 13:31   #21
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I applauud your zeal. Your platform, from what I have seen so far, is awesome. Long hard trail to conquer non the less. You have my support in Waynesboro.
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Old 09-11-2007, 17:47   #22
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I applauud your zeal. Your platform, from what I have seen so far, is awesome. Long hard trail to conquer non the less. You have my support in Waynesboro.
Thanks K.

It's already proving to be a difficult proposition, but, I tell you... Nothing worth doing, is easy.

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Old 09-12-2007, 14:22   #23
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When Mike Sumrall and I discussed him running for Mississippi State Auditor with his degrees in accounting and computer and his 23 years of experience with the State Auditor's Office, no one believed he could do it. In fact in a three man race with Jacob Ray, Todd Brand and Mike Sumrall, most people believed Sumrall would come in 4th in a 3 man race. Imagine the surprise when Sumrall not only came in first in the Democratic Primary spending only $10,300 but went on to win the nomination spending only about $15,000 total. Now Sumrall will go up against MS Senator Stacey Pickering, in the November 7 General Election, in what will be a contest between a politician with a lot of funding versus a common hardworking guy with an accounting and experience. For the first time in 30 years, there is a candidate with the education and experience to know what to do if Sumrall gets to the job.

Nolo it was good to see you in Walmart this weekend, don't let people disappoint you with negative comments. Just get out there and give it your best try and at least you will have given the voters someone who is willing to put there name on the line when so often most people are trying to push others down around them rather than helping to lift others up in an attempt to make the world a better place.

Now get through with the RO test, get back to the range, and don't let anyone tell you what you can't do. I for one am an AmeriCAN, not an AmeriCAN'T. Just remember the story of the two little boys who walked up to a problem and one little boy said "I can't!" and the other little boy said, "I can!". They were both right. Guess where we would be today if I had looked at the $55Million MS Beef Processors Plant investigation and said we probably CAN'T figure this one out. But when it was assigned to me I said I don't know what happened, and I don't even understand it, but I CAN figure it out.

So long, I've got to helicopter over to Navin's place to sit around the pool deck and drink those little umbrella drinks and plan a strategy on how to knock ole Cliff off the top of the pile of ICORE shooters. Have a great day and call me if you need anything.
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Old 09-12-2007, 16:40   #24
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Hey Scott! Thanks for the encouragement. I will most definitely get that RO test done here pretty soon!

I'm packing to leave for Destin for the week. Going out there for a very much needed vacation, and going to do a little deep sea fishing!

Hope you caught an alligator!

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Old 09-12-2007, 17:43   #25
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course, I'm not the person running for a seat. But wouldn't someone that's running need know that the Senate is part of the United State's Congress? Therefore, you are, indeed, stating your intention to run for Congress.
....and the apostrophe after United States' should be behind the s, not in front of it, but hey, who's being picky here......

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Old 09-12-2007, 18:03   #26
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....and the apostrophe after United States' should be behind the s, not in front of it, but hey, who's being picky here......

You are.

There is more in my sentence if you want to correct me grammatically and continue to be "picky."

But if you think that someone running for the Senate should not either correct a person addressing him or know the difference between the offices he is seeking, then fine. I, for one, find it hugely important that something such as that to be of utmost importance.

Also, Nolo, if you think that repealing all gun control legislation is the answer to anything and that abolishment of the ATF is the answer, then you don't get MY vote. If you can't see the need for some gun control legislation and a controled ATF then I doubt you have the capacity to serve my interests as a Senator.

Secondly, I find virtually laughable that you are even entertaining the idea of running for a Congressional seat making statements like the ATF is "one of the most unconstitutional agency's."

Hey dauntless, you want to "pick" at that use of apostrophe by Nolo?
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Also, Nolo, if you think that repealing all gun control legislation is the answer to anything and that abolishment of the ATF is the answer, then you don't get MY vote. If you can't see the need for some gun control legislation and a controled ATF then I doubt you have the capacity to serve my interests as a Senator.

Secondly, I find virtually laughable that you are even entertaining the idea of running for a Congressional seat making statements like the ATF is "one of the most unconstitutional agency's."
I live by the Constitution. When the Constitution states that the "right... shall not be infringed" and then there is an agency created to infringe upon it; yes. The ATF is one of, if not THE most unConstitutional agency in existence, at this very moment.

That's fine if you disagree. I want every Representative and Senator on record disagreeing with me. You know why? Because then we can see who is truly pro-gun and who is an anti-gunner in 2nd Amendment clothing.

What gun control legislation do you want? Have you entertained the idea of amending our Constitution, which is the Supreme law of the land? Without an amendment to the Constitution, any 'infringements' are unConstitutional.

If you are happy with a Senator that is happy with the status quo, then so be it. I am going to do what I think is right, and that is that. If you want to expand on your beliefs about the second amendment, I am literally all ears and would like to hear it.

Further, I'm not sure how you feel about Mexican trucks entering the USA carrying their loads, but I feel pretty strongly against it. Or, how you feel about our unsecured borders? How about the UN? National Debt? (Your families share is $140,000 currently).

Next time you see your Senators, make sure you thank them.

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Old 09-13-2007, 06:01   #28
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Paragon,

If you would like more information on the ATF and what they are doing to lawful gun dealers, look no further than Red's Trading Post in Idaho:

http://redstradingpost.blogspot.com/...dustry-at.html



And, what our Congress'people' are doing:

http://www.jpfo.org/alert20070801.htm

(to paraphrase.... Nothing)
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Old 09-13-2007, 07:41   #29
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Paragon,

If you would like more information on the ATF and what they are doing to lawful gun dealers, look no further than Red's Trading Post in Idaho:

http://redstradingpost.blogspot.com/...dustry-at.html



And, what our Congress'people' are doing:

http://www.jpfo.org/alert20070801.htm

(to paraphrase.... Nothing)
So what?

Every 3 Letter government organization has done something that one would have a grievance with. Doesn't mean you abolish it.

Do you do away with the FBI because of the miscues it has.... using your guidelines. The FBI is an "unconstitutional" institution.


I don't think you have a good handle on anything you propose and suggest you rethink your position if you have any future political plans.

Your Constitutional argument is laughable at best. Your contentions can be applied to nearly every, if not every, Amendment because every one of the "Rights" are infringed upon using your guidelines. The very thought that laws are put in place to regulate and further define the "Rights" is something learned in grade school.

Quite frankly, your message is just as dangerous as the anti-gunners because your message is totally selfish and without regard to the consequences of what you want to have occur. If you truly feel there should be no gun control what-so-ever due to some strict interpretation of the 2nd Amendment, then you are just as dangerous to the United States people as the those that want to re-write the Constitution itself.
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Paragon, what does the ATF/NFA do to protect the common person?

I believe in the first year of background checks, they caught 2 "criminals" at the cost of 50ish million dollars.

Since 1936 2 crimes (murders) have been commited with a full auto firearm, both in Ohio, one was by a cop.

50 caliber or larger firearms have been used in how many crimes?

If the government prevents you from effectively protecting yourself, aren't they accepting responsibility for your safety?

Granted, the world isn't perfect, but you gotta start somewhere.

Compare ancient Rome to America, we're following in their footsteps.
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Paragon, what does the ATF/NFA do to protect the common person?

I believe in the first year of background checks, they caught 2 "criminals" at the cost of 50ish million dollars.

Since 1936 2 crimes (murders) have been commited with a full auto firearm, both in Ohio, one was by a cop.

50 caliber or larger firearms have been used in how many crimes?

If the government prevents you from effectively protecting yourself, aren't they accepting responsibility for your safety?

Granted, the world isn't perfect, but you gotta start somewhere.

Compare ancient Rome to America, we're following in their footsteps.
Background checks don't "catch" criminals. They stop guns from getting into the hands of those that shouldn't have them.

So, 2 murders occured in Ohio since 1936 due to automatic weapons. What about the multitude of other murders/crimes that were committed with automatic weapons since then. I hope you are not intending to state that ONLY 2 murders have occured since 1936.....

What does a .50 have to do with anything? I can go to my local gun store and buy one right now.
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Old 09-13-2007, 10:20   #32
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We caught two gators, one was 8'3" and weighed 114 pounds, the other was 4'3" and weighed a whopping 12 pounds. The Rez is so full of gators it is amazing. Last year they caught a gator 10'2" with a 5'2" gator inside that had been eaten.

They have another hunt at the Rez this weekend and then we have two more people drawn for the Pascagoula River the last weekend of this month. So we are planning on trying to catch a couple of really large gators since it is the first time to hunt Pascagoula.

I can tell you from being the President of two organizations in the PAST, and currently the Vice-President of the Central MS Chapter of Certified Fraud Examiners, that in most cases, you have the silent support of the majority, but in my case I got so tired of the complaining and moaning from our hunting camp, that it was not worth me sacrificing time spent with my family to be the whipping boy for a group of ungrateful people. They never seemed to like it when I told them exactly the way I felt and even after beating their longtime favorite candidate by 66%-34% margin, I decided I would put my energy into working with a better group of people so I retired the next year, after having served as a n officer for 6 years, before the election process and now I have time to do what I like to do, like compete in USPSA and ICORE matches and lend a hand to a great group of people who understand the value of having good help. I also don't complain about things because I will never forget that most of the complaining was done by those who put the least amount of effort into projects.

Just a few of my thoughts as you go through this process. At least you will have the experience of actually trying to become a part of the process and make some change, and it is amazing where your path will lead you when you are willing to get out of your comfort zone and actually do something. Quite a few people have failed when trying to do something, but even more have failed by not trying to do anything...........
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That's fine if you disagree. I want every Representative and Senator on record disagreeing with me. You know why? Because then we can see who is truly pro-gun and who is an anti-gunner in 2nd Amendment clothing.
Stephen,
To be perfectly frank, that kind of statement scares me. I appreciate what you are doing and that you are making an effort to make changes, but to say that just because someone disagrees with you in some form or fashion regarding the 2nd Ammendment that they are an "anti-gunner in 2nd Amendment clothing"? Personally, I don't want a leader who believes in "group think", even if I happen to agree with them on many things. It reminds me of a whole lot of folks who say, "You are not a real Christian because you don't sing the same hymns we do in church.". Those sort of statements are no less scary than the things I hear many liberal politicians say. "If you vote against this welfare bill, you reveal yourself to be someone who does not care about homeless orphans!!"; basically, "You must believe exactly as I believe, or else...you must be a heretic (or anti-American or anti-gun, etc, etc, etc)!!". No thanks. I'm more of a "freedom-to-believe-as-I-wish sort of guy". I figure as a military vet and (more importantly) as a citizen, I have earned the right to my own opinion wihtout being branded "anti gun".

No, I don't think that abolishing the ATF is a great idea. Certainly some changes need to be made, but the fact of the matter is, the agency does a lot of good work. I have many friends who are ATF Agents. Despite your belief, they are not anti-2nd ammendment, trample-the-consititution, jackbooted thugs. They are dedicated cops who regularly risk their lives chasing down and arresting gang bangers, terrorists, and outlaw motorcycle gang members. They are also good Christian men, fathers, husbands, and responsible gun owners. Each one that I know owned guns long before they went to work for ATF and each one, based on what I know of them, plans to do so long after they retire. They have no interest in coming to your house and taking away your guns.

Now, I guess that would make me, in some people's opinion, an "anti-gunner in 2nd ammendment clothing". Oddly enough, the folks who actually know me would never describe me that way. In fact, they would be pretty quick to describe me as a "gun nut" and slightly right of Attila the Hun. I believe our borders are a joke. I believe we ought to cut the Border Patrol loose to do their job and and all but shut the borders down completely. I believe we need to let American citizens actually keep most of the money they earn. I think the courts need to actually prosecute and punish criminals instead of coddling them. I think we need to forget about political correctness and let cops and soldiers do their jobs effectively. I think the completely mis-named "Assault Weapons Ban" was an absolute load of crap. I think I should be able to own an AK or an AR simply because I want to, and I should not have to make up any excuses about "sporting purposes". And, unless I am out committing criminal acts with them, I don't believe it is any of the government's business how many guns I own. But, I guess to some folks, I must just be a poser and a leftist since I don't agree with them 100%.

That being said, if more people actually ran for office and tried to make a difference, like you are doing, I think we would be in a lot better shape. Heck, if more people just voted I think we would be in a lot better shape. I admire your willingness to put yourself out there and fight for what you believe in, even if you consider me one of the bad guys. There are a whole lot of folks I admire that I would not necessarily vote for. Nothing wrong with that. Just don't do like most politicians and make it a lifelong career. Remember, those same guys who penned that 2nd Ammendment that we all value so much believed politics was a temporary job. Even most of the "pro-gun" politicians seem to have forgoten that little detail.
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I can pretty much sum up my views on guns in this article I wrote for the Hattiesburg American not long after the incident at VT; I don't think this was my original title but that's besides the point.

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Gun Ownership Requires Safety

Because of the recent events at Virginia Tech, the debate over gun control has once again come into the spotlight. Questions about who should be allowed to own guns are being discussed daily in government offices, the workplace, and in casual conversation. Each discussion ends on the same terms it begins simply because neither party is, or will be, satisfied. The 2nd amendment states it is the right of the people to keep and bear arms; however it is not absolute as certain actions can revoke this right. And for some, mental and physical incompetence makes gun ownership hazardous.
Simply stated, not everyone should own a gun. A gun in the hands of someone with physical impairments or mental and emotional problems can be the focal step in the pathway to tragedy. It is easy to see why some view gun ownership as more of a privilege than a right. Regardless, both sides of gun debate will agree we need to keep guns out of the hands of those with ill-fated intentions but the battle over gun control rages on.

For those who can legally purchase and own a gun, not all will choose to do so. However, deciding what is best for you and your family is a decision that cannot be taken lightly. People who choose to own guns have a responsibility to society to learn how to safely handle them regardless of whether the gun is used primarily for hunting or carried on a daily basis for self defense. Ownership combined with the failure to be able to accurately and efficiently use a gun is dangerous, but with proper training and safety habits guns can be an effective tool in the defense of our homes and families. There are several key rules to gun safety. Remember to treat all guns as if they are loaded and always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction. This will ensure that should there be an accidental discharge there will be no one in the bullets path. Keep your finger away from the trigger until you are ready to fire and never, under any circumstances, point a gun at anyone or anything you are not prepared to kill or destroy. Never pass a loaded firearm to someone and by all means, every time you pickup a gun, make sure it is unloaded. Check it then check it again.

The rules I have mentioned are in no way a complete list. Books have been written on gun safety and courses are taught on this subject. If you choose to own a gun you have taken on the responsibility to learn how to handle it safely. If you believe having a gun makes you cool or popular then does us all a favor; get rid of it. If you choose not to own a gun that is fine, but I strongly suggest you come up with some type of plan to defend your home and family. You will be the first on the scene should you encounter an intruder in your home or an attacker on the way to your car. Your planning, decisions, and actions, or lack thereof, can ultimately affect your outcome.

Jason Carlock is a Hattiesburg resident and can be reached at Jason.Carlock@comcast.net

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Stephen, it's obvious you have really put some thought into what you are doing and I commend you for that. You're attempting what many would consider the impossible. I wish I had the courage, myself, to do something like this. I agree with probably 99% of your message.

Let me know if I can help.
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You have to be very careful when you agree that the government has the right to limit our constitutional right to bear arms because we "might" use one improperly.

We will eventually see the same thought process applied to freedom of speech and religion and assembly and trial by jury. Indeed, we are already seeing the Politically Correct liberals attempting to limit our rights in several of those areas.

The issue, of course, is WHO gets to decide those limitations and WHAT CRITERIA they are to use.

But as always, some have agendas, and they do not try to eat the whole elephant at one time.

First they prohibit machine guns. (Any reasonable person would agree to that, right?)

They they limit us to no assault weapons. (Don't NEED those things for hunting, huh? Notice how the camel's nose is now under the tent. The constitution says nothing about a right to hunt.)

Then they limit places we can bear arms---schools, government facilities, any business that posts a little notice. (Hey, they own the property; why can't they limit our rights there?)

Then they allow large cities and some states to ban handguns and certain long guns and magazines over 10 rounds. (State's rights there. Tenth amendment, you know. Wonder why that is the ONLY place they advocate state's rights?)

Pretty soon gun owners are marginalized as a bunch of kooks and the rest of the non-thinking moderates will go along with an outright ban similar to England and Australia.

Gun ownership has been eliminated without ever amending the Constitution.

We need to draw the line in the sand now, and fight anybody who crosses it.
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This is great exchange!

Gonzo, I don't believe all ATF agents are anti-gunnners coming to take away my guns... But, I do believe that the ATF's mission is to get rid of gun dealers, which has the same effect of denying me my 2nd Amendment right.

As far as your religion comment goes, it's not really the same. I understand your analogy about people not believing "your" way or "my" way, but the 1st Amendment covers religion. And you have the freedom to worship however you want.

What if we had an agency similar to the ATF for Churches? And they got to decide and put arbitrary and capricious rules in effect to "rule" over churches?

"Your Constitutional argument is laughable at best"

- Why?

"Your contentions can be applied to nearly every, if not every, Amendment because every one of the "Rights" are infringed upon using your guidelines."

- Yessir. You are correct.

"The very thought that laws are put in place to regulate and further define the "Rights" is something learned in grade school."

- False. The Constitutional Amendments limit the power of Government, and preserves the rights of the people. It does not grant rights, or privileges, but preserves them. Meaning, they existed before the Constitution.


Paragon, you still haven't told me what kind of gun control you want. I really want to hear it. I would meet in person to discuss this further if you are up for it.

Gonzo, I mean no disrespect in anything I say... But, my rights are my rights, and I'm tired of being told, by the government that "we" have given their power to, what I can and can't do.

You are more than welcome to hold any opinion you want, and I thank you for your military service.

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Stephen, it's obvious you have really put some thought into what you are doing and I commend you for that. You're attempting what many would consider the impossible. I wish I had the courage, myself, to do something like this. I agree with probably 99% of your message.

Let me know if I can help.
Thanks. I will be in touch!!!!!

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Gonzo, I mean no disrespect in anything I say
Stephen,
None taken. Like I said, although I disagree with some of your opinions, it is probably safe to say we are aligned in about 99% of our opinions on major issues. On some issues, we simply have to agree to disagree. The wonderful thing about this country is...we can. And even if I would not vote for you, it does not change the fact that I respect your attempt to make changes by getting involved. I wish more people would. Again, just don't forget that "temp job" part...
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This is great exchange!

Gonzo, I don't believe all ATF agents are anti-gunnners coming to take away my guns... But, I do believe that the ATF's mission is to get rid of gun dealers, which has the same effect of denying me my 2nd Amendment right.

As far as your religion comment goes, it's not really the same. I understand your analogy about people not believing "your" way or "my" way, but the 1st Amendment covers religion. And you have the freedom to worship however you want.

What if we had an agency similar to the ATF for Churches? And they got to decide and put arbitrary and capricious rules in effect to "rule" over churches?

"Your Constitutional argument is laughable at best"

- Why?

"Your contentions can be applied to nearly every, if not every, Amendment because every one of the "Rights" are infringed upon using your guidelines."

- Yessir. You are correct.

"The very thought that laws are put in place to regulate and further define the "Rights" is something learned in grade school."

- False. The Constitutional Amendments limit the power of Government, and preserves the rights of the people. It does not grant rights, or privileges, but preserves them. Meaning, they existed before the Constitution.


Paragon, you still haven't told me what kind of gun control you want. I really want to hear it. I would meet in person to discuss this further if you are up for it.

Gonzo, I mean no disrespect in anything I say... But, my rights are my rights, and I'm tired of being told, by the government that "we" have given their power to, what I can and can't do.

You are more than welcome to hold any opinion you want, and I thank you for your military service.

Stephen
Stephen,

As far as I am concerned, WE are able to hold any opinion we want. YOU are not. If you want to be a Senator of the United States, YOUR opinion must reflect OURS, the voters, not your personal issues.

You don't become an elected official for personal issues, you do it to serve your electorate.

Your "rights" don't supercede other's rights and in a just and civilized society, it's common sense that laws must exist to police those that continue to push the envelope on the "rights" of others. You don't have a message. You don't have an answer. You don't have any idea of what it means to have laws that reflect the wishes of the Constitution.

You've read and/or listened to a bunch of rhetoric about Constitional Law and are taking it to the extreme. Extremist are bad no matter which way they swing.

If you want to sit back and have your opinions and try to exact change from your extremist viewpoint, than so-be-it. But I'll be damned if you will be elected under the Republican Party banner with the caustic ideals you hold.


And please tell me what your plans are for the FCC. Since it infringes wholly on the freedom of speech and is solely there (to use your analogy) to put businesses out of business.
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None taken. Like I said, although I disagree with some of your opinions, it is probably safe to say we are aligned in about 99% of our opinions on major issues. On some issues, we simply have to agree to disagree. The wonderful thing about this country is...we can. And even if I would not vote for you, it does not change the fact that I respect your attempt to make changes by getting involved. I wish more people would. Again, just don't forget that "temp job" part...
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Good! And for the "temp" job comment. I am RIGHT there with you. When I'm elected, I'm serving one term. You can write that in stone.
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