I attended a meet and greet for gubernatorial candidate David Craig last evening at Bulls & Bears in downtown Hagerstown. The event was well-attended by citizens, elected officials, and community leaders. After Commissioner Terry Baker introduced the candidate, he came to the podium and gave a short speech with all of the standard Republican candidate content. He said nothing bold or daring, but he had the presence of a good man who has been serving his country in one form or another for many years. I had no prior knowledge of Mr. Craig and I found him to be a pleasant man who seemed to present himself with a good balance of confidence and humility.
After his speech he did do something fairly bold by taking a few questions from the audience. I was all ears as he was asked about the recent gun control bill (SB281). He gave a long answer that made me a little impatient because all I wanted to hear is that he is 100 percent against it and that he would do everything in his power to repeal. He did not. He did say that he thinks we just need to enforce the many gun laws already on the books.
When asked about taxes he was righteously indignant against the "40 new taxes" (that number varies in all of the writings and speeches that I've heard), and stated that he would do everything that he could to lower or repeal many of those taxes. He said that if he is elected the budget for that first year will have already been in place, but that his first budget would be truly balanced and not falsely balanced by robbing money from other funds to balance it.
The crowd seemed to want to be polite, including me, since this was his first visit to the area. The moment that I posted this event on-line I began to receive a lot of negative information about the man and his record on issues such as Agenda 21 and Plan Maryland that may or may not be true. I plan to do my research on this and every candidate. I did not want to ask obnoxious questions at his coming out party...particularly when I don't already know the answers...yet. I will be ready the next time that our paths cross.
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The strategy for taking out Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Arizona has consisted of a multi-pronged attack. For years, leftist radicals have protested and screamed that Sheriff Joe is racists, a theme that the mainstream media has not attempted to dispel. However, Sheriff Joe has a long resume of working in law enforcement on a federal and local level, including time as a federal narcotics officer in Mexico. There has been a failed attempt by the US Department of Justice to target him criminally. Additionally, he has been in the crosshairs of committed leftists with a blind obsession for years, like Randy Parraz. And yet, Joe Arpaio was re-elected as Sheriff of Maricopa County last November, despite the media, federal, and political war being launched against him for years.
And now we have another prong of this attack emerge. Tea Party groups in Arizona, which have typically supported Sheriff Joe, have been targeted by the IRS.
Alert from: JoAnn Fleming, Chairman, TX Legislature's TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee; Executive Director, Grassroots America
The news is bad – very bad. A majority in the Texas House and Senate (yes, a majority of Republicans) have gone on a wild spending spree! We have one last chance to stop it. Please help us kill HB 1025 and SB 1 to force a special session. We believe we can get a more conservative budget when all the focus is on spending.
It is time for YOU to come to the aid of Texas! Call, e-mail, text, FaceBook, and Tweet your state representative as soon as possible! Melt the phone lines starting at 8 AM Friday and call all day! Call your representative’s district offices and Capitol office. Tell him/her you do not support the budget and you support a special session to get it right. Ask them to vote down HB 1025 & SB 1. Be firm and employ the Golden Rule. Yelling and cursing doesn't make them hear you, in fact, it can have the opposite effect.
I have been following a group called The Well Armed Woman: Where the Feminine and Firearms Meet. As a woman who has only recently become interested in gun ownership, I have a lot to learn, and I feel that I learn something new every day from this group. Their web address is http://www.thewellarmedwoman.com/.
I did a search to look for a local chapter only to find that there isn't a chapter in MD, WV, or in PA (only one in Erie). I am in contact with many Conservative woman and I have noticed that, like me, they are interested in buying their first gun and most want to take a class. While I was planning the Western Maryland Day of Resistance, I learned that there are many women in the tri-state area who already own guns and are quite knowledgeable not only about guns but also 2nd Amendment issues.
I started to wonder if there is an organization that reaches out specifically to women gun-owners. I really like this organization because like their website states, they aim:
"to educate, equip, and empower you as a woman gun owner...to provide everything you need to make well informed decisions about the role of firearms in your life whether you are a new or experienced gun owner...and also to provide a much needed sense of community to this growing but often ignored group of women."
That is exactly what I have been looking to find! I love the fellowship of interesting and intelligent women. I would like nothing more than to share my new journey into firearm ownership and use with a group of like-minded women. I would like to add an element of 2nd Amendment activism to the mission of a local chapter, if possible.
Now as I said, I am new to this and trying to learn all that I can as quickly as I can. My experience and strengths are rather in organizing, promoting, and motivating others with like-interests, community organizing, and political activism. I also like to write about issues that interest me. If there is enough interest to start a local chapter of TWAW, it will take at least a few women to join me who are more experienced than I in gun-ownership and everything that entails.
I have started a poll on the Facebook page for The Western Maryland Day of Resistance (https://www.facebook.com/WesternMarylandDayOfResistance). I am attempting to measure the interest and hopefully entice a few well-armed women to join me in the development of this group. Please take the poll and invite your mother, sisters, daughters, nieces, and friends to take the poll so that we can get a measure of the interest in this area for a new chapter. Go to The Well Armed Woman website (http://www.thewellarmedwoman.com/) and study it closely to see if it is something that you would be interested in and encourage others to do so.
I figure that I have nothing to lose by asking!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST AND CONSIDERATION.