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The Second Amendment to our U.S. Constitution says; “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

In pure and simple language that should be made loud and clear that law-abiding citizens regardless of pigmentation have the right to defend themselves from those who would do harm to them and to their country.

The right to keep and bear arms has been under assault for a very long time and not just with the current crop of gun-grabbers of today. According to a video hosted by Dana Loesch via NRA TV, she points out that gun control at the founding of our nation was for the purpose of keeping guns out of the hands of blacks and even other minorities. I do strongly believe in the right to own firearms is not limited to just white guys and gals.

Gun control is not about controlling guns or gun control itself. It is about control over people… period.

Julia Craven of the progressive-leaning HuffPost wrote a story in which they interviewed 11 black gun owners. Not all of them are conservative right-wing Republicans. One of the gun-owners highlighted calls herself a “Southern liberal.” Our media might still paint these gun-owners as gang bangers or whatever and even the HuffPost might give you that impression of these black gun owners at first. Sadly I think the media promoted the Hip-Hop culture as just another way to demoralize blacks without the impression that they are being demoralized. No different than progressives moving away from slavery to government-sponsored and subsidized enslavement.

If we are for liberty and freedom, we must promote guns rights for all. Liberty and freedom must be promoted for all humans, the only true race.

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Why Black People Own Guns

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/black-gun-ownership_us_5a33fc38e4b040881bea2f37Before the Revolutionary War, colonial Virginia passed a law barring black people from owning firearms — an exercise in gun control as racial control. In 1857, in his notorious Dred Scott decision, Chief Justice Roger Taney summoned the specter of black people freely enjoying the right to “keep and carry arms wherever they went.” Surely, he argued, the founders were not “so forgetful or regardless of their own safety” to permit such a thing. When black people armed themselves against white supremacist attacks following the Civil War, Southern state governments passed “black codes” barring them from owning guns. After the Black Panthers open carried to signal to California police officers that they would defend themselves against racial attacks in the late ’60s, then-Gov. Ronald Reagan signed a state ban on open carry into law.

How ‘Crazy Negroes’ With Guns Helped Kill Jim Crow

http://reason.com/archives/2014/07/22/how-crazy-negroes-with-guns-heI have a dream that one day children in seventh grade will have an American history textbook that is not like my son’s. Its heroes will not just be people from the past who upheld the middle-class values of modesty, chastity, sobriety, thrift, and industry. The rebels it celebrates will include not only abolitionists, suffragists, labor unionists, and civil rights leaders who confined their protests to peaceful and respectable writing, speaking, striking, and marching. In my dream, schoolchildren will read about people like C.O. Chinn.

Someone who wants to be a voice for liberty and freedom. Telecom (Radio/TV) Pikes Peak Community College 1993-1998, BS Journalism, minor Political Science, Colorado State University-Pueblo 1999-2004

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Charges being investigated in Las Vegas Shooting

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Charges being investigated in Las Vegas Shooting

As noted on the January 12th article We still want answers Las Vegas Shooting investigation, a hearing was set to take place on January 16th to possibly unseal the exercised search warrants in connection to the Stephen Paddock, the only identified Las Vegas Shooting participant. This followup is being conducted as part of getting the Las Vegas Shooting back into the front page as the public awaits answers. People  want answers and it’s good that some members of the media are fighting for them. The hearing was part of a legal action brought fourth by members of the media, most notably the Las Vegas Review Journal. Also covering the hearing was Craig Fiegener, a reporter who has closely followed this story.

To briefly summarize the hearing, the media attorney said that we have a right see the unsealed search warrants. The LVMPD ended up resorting to revealing that because additional charges are being considered, the hearing should be done behind closed doors. So no decision was rendered as Judge Cadish will give the police time to file a brief. For now we wait another week and then some for answers. But until then we can speculate. At the mention of charges being investigated, all eyes are on the shooter’s girlfriend.

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Criminal charges possible in Las Vegas shooting, lawyers say

https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/criminal-charges-possible-in-las-vegas-shooting-lawyers-say/The hearing, before Clark County District Judge Elissa Cadish, related to local police search warrant records.

Metro’s initial argument was that Cadish did not have the authority to unseal the records because that authority should remain with the individual judges who initially ordered the records sealed. Cadish rejected that argument.

The only other evidence Metro submitted in support of keeping the records sealed was an FBI affidavit. Review-Journal attorney Maggie McLetchie argued that Metro could not make assertions on behalf of the FBI, then noted that federal authorities did not oppose the release of federal search warrants last week.

“The press has an important role in being able to get access to this warrant information and help the public understand what occurred in regard to what warrants law enforcement got, what came back and what the actual facts are,” McLetchie said in court. “The horrific incidents of 1 October were over three months ago. The public still has many, many questions.”

That’s when Metro attorneys suddenly asserted that the sealed documents were pertinent to possible charges.

Cadish said she wanted to read through the sealed documents and compare them with information that already has been made public. She indicated she would make a decision by Jan. 26.

Court claim puts attention on Las Vegas shooter’s girlfriend

https://www.reviewjournal.com/crime/shootings/court-claim-puts-attention-on-las-vegas-shooters-girlfriend/“It’s a very bold statement to say that criminal charges are going to be filed in this case when the only person whose name or inference has been put in the news is his girlfriend,” Las Vegas attorney Craig Drummond said. “I would hope they’re going to back it up. If they don’t, it will incite all of these conspiracy theorists even more.”

Drummond said it is possible authorities are looking at other people who may have not followed proper procedures when selling firearms to Stephen Paddock or others who may have helped him modify some of the weapons.

Defense lawyer Robert Langford speculated that if Danley knew of Paddock’s plans and somehow aided or abetted his actions, she would already have been charged.

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

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The strange tale of the Turpin family

Abuse of children is one of the most horrible things anyone can do. Rarely do I even read stories about abuse. I know it exists. I’m against it. I don’t want reminders of how evil some people really are. The story of the Turpin family drew me in and made me weep for a world that allows such things to happen.

Here’s the story, followed by my brief thoughts:

California family: Parents charged after children found shackled

http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/16/us/california-turpin-13-siblings-held-captive/index.htmlDavid, 57, and Louise, 49, are accused of holding their children captive in their Perris, California, home in filthy conditions, some of them shackled to beds with chains and padlocks. The 13 siblings range in age from 2 to 29.

The parents are charged with torture and child endangerment, and scheduled for a court hearing Thursday. Bail was set at $9 million each. It was not immediately clear if the suspects had attorneys or whether they had entered a plea.

On Sunday, one of their daughters, a 17-year-old, managed to escape from their home by climbing out a window and called 911 from a deactivated cell phone she found in the house, police said. She told officers her parents were holding her 12 siblings captive inside the home, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department said.

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There’s a danger here. We have to be mindful of children who are being abused. Unfortunately, that also means there will be times when the state must intervene. Any time that happens, I get worried. I want as little intervention as possible and only when absolutely necessary. The story of the Turpin family is an example of it being necessary.

The problem is that this evil was allowed to continue for decades. How can that happen? How do we respect the rights of parents and embrace a non-interfering government when there are people like the Turpins in the world? It’s a slippery slope and I have no answers.

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Pastor’s sins finally catch up to him, but will he land on his feet?

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Pastors sins finally catch up to him but will he land on his feet

Andy Savage may not be a household name (unless you are ‘Walkin’ and ‘Livin’ in Memphis, Tennessee), but recently a woman by the name of Jules Woodson claims that Savage sexually assaulted her back in 1998 when she was 17 years of age, and Savage was a college student and on staff of Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church in Texas. For better or worse this alleged scandal was swept under the rug and Savage was able to achieve work as a teaching Pastor at Highpoint Church in Memphis, TN.

While Savage owns up to his actions, he was not defrocked and blacklisted. We live in a cursed creation and all of us can and do fall into sin. While we need to repent of our sins, certain sins should disqualify people from serving in certain church offices in this life.

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Church leader connected to sexual assault accusation against Andy Savage placed on leave

http://www.fox13memphis.com/top-stories/church-leader-connected-to-sexual-assault-accusation-against-andy-savage-placed-on-leave/679779540MEMPHIS, Tenn. – A church leader connected to sexual assault accusations against Highpoint Church pastor Andy Savage has been suspended.

On Friday, a woman named Jules Woodson came forward with allegations against Savage. The accusations stemmed from an alleged sexual assault in 1998, when Savage was a college student on staff at Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church in Texas.

Andy Savage sexual assault case: Memphis Highpoint pastor gets ovation for apology

http://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/article193746309.htmlMembers of a Memphis megachurch stood and applauded their pastor on Sunday when he admitted to and apologized for engaging in a “sexual incident” with a high school student 20 years ago.

Jules Woodson, who accused Highpoint Church Pastor Andy Savage of sexually assaulting her when she was 17, told The New York Times she watched the moment, streamed live on the church’s YouTube page, in disbelief.

Memphis pastor admits to sexual incident with teen, receives standing ovation

http://www.wmcactionnews5.com/story/37229945/criticism-support-growing-for-memphis-pastor-accused-of-sexual-assaultThere is a growing national spotlight on a Memphis pastor after revelations he had sexual contact with a high school girl 20 years ago.

Church members and people from all over are taking to Facebook about Highpoint Church pastor Andy Savage, who addressed his congregation Sunday.

Highpoint Church leader admits past sexual misconduct with high school student

http://wreg.com/2018/01/06/highpoint-church-leader-admits-past-sexual-misconduct-with-high-school-student/Andy Savage released an official statement on the incident that happened while he was a college student on staff at a Texas church.

Savage is now the Teaching Pastor at Highpoint and said he told church leaders about what happened before he was hired.

Jonathan Aigner who is best known for his blog Ponder Anew and was quiet for a few months on his blog, has been very passionate about this story and has posted three commentary pieces on his blog regarding this, and is not impressed of how Highpoint Church is handling the scandal, especially in the church’s worship.

The Andy Savage Story: Christian Culture MUST Hold Abusers Accountable

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ponderanew/2018/01/05/andy-savage-story-christian-culture-must-hold-abusers-accountable/One of the tragic things about contemporary megachurch worship is that it often worships the personality that built it. Pastors are given license to say and preach about practically anything they wish. Often, instead of the gospel, they cross over into a purely self-help gospel, cloaked with light biblical content to make it jesusy enough for church.

As their popularity grows, these false experts are given an extended platform for influence from those seeking to capitalize on their popularity. Christian publishing is one of the chief culprits, publishing the pop-psychologizing of these celebrity pastors in written form.

Today at Highpoint Church: When a Worship Song Is Blasphemous

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ponderanew/2018/01/07/this-morning-at-highpoint-church-when-a-worship-song-is-blasphemous/To summarize, Jules was taken in a car under false pretenses by her youth pastor, Andy Savage, and sexually assaulted in a remote location. When she alerted her pastors at Woodlands Parkway Baptist Church, now mini-megachurch StoneBridge, she was shamed and silenced. Andy was ceremoniously let go and sent home to Memphis. Since then, he has risen to a level of evangelical prominence, publishing books, releasing podcasts, and taking the role of Teaching Pastor at Highpoint Church in Memphis.

Along the way, he has been protected by a circle of good old boys, who knew, but have held this secret inside.

Highpoint Worship Leader Either Receives the Holy Spirit or Goes Crazy

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/ponderanew/2018/01/08/highpoint-churchs-preaching-singers-heres-why-you-dont-give-worship-leaders-a-mic/This video is taken from Highpoint Church’s services on January 7, 2018. This particular Sunday will be forever chronicled on the internet and known as the Sunday Lowpoint…err…Highpoint publicly shamed a sexual assault victim while affirming their solidarity and support of her admitted attacker, Teaching Pastor Andy Savage.

I don’t know this person, so please don’t suggest I’m attacking her personally. But ladies and gentlemen, this is why you don’t give your worship leader a microphone.

I would hope that maybe we can all step back and exam our leaders, and how we should worship God in church and what is proper corporate worship. Maybe we can finally divorce the Nashville CCM machine and have a counter-cultural Christian Church that can show people that it is truly different than this world gone mad.

Aigner also highlights a video taken from Highpoint’s recent service in which their music set turned out to be (to quote a song title from the metal band Exodus) a “Fabulous Disaster.” Young Lady, your pastor is imperfect and you and your church need to truly focus on Jesus Christ right now, and raise your pastor up in prayer. Andy and your church building and body are only temporary things. You are passing up an opportunity to proclaim the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ here…but then again your role is to sing. Maybe we should apply Laura Ingraham’s “Shut Up and Sing” rule here as well. Meanwhile, Ainger calls the young girl’s bluff and presents a classic example of why historical church worship in which there is much logic in the matter as the better route.

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