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Constitutional Carry Gives Birth to TrainMeKansas!

TrainMeArizona Plan Spreads to Kansas!

The lamestream media told you:

A lot of misinformation: "news" reporting on the bill was typically horrendous.

Ms. Stoneking reports: "Some reported we had passed open carry -- Kansas has always been an open carry state (statehood was in 1861). Some said now felons could carry guns -- uh duh, no. Some were talking how now we could drive around in our cars with a concealed gun with no permit -- uh, we already could do that as long as it wasn't concealed on our person. Basically just the fear mongering, Kansas will turn into the "wild west", there will be shoot outs, police won't know who the bad guys are -- all the usual BS they say every time we pass a gun bill that expands freedom."

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

It's the BITS (blood in the streets) paranoia and she's right, we encounter it every time. This is a fundamental failing of the journalism profession. My colleagues act out on their obvious fears and spread their own terror where research and reporting should go, grossly misleading their audiences.

They get it wrong, fail to observe evidence in every case, endanger civil rights, public safety and serious legislation. They should be reprimanded or replaced, but never are. The system insulates itself from correction and attacks its critics or goes into denial instead. They deny this. It's a prime example of hoplophobic behavior -- but the medical community argues that our definitions are faulty. OK. You explain it: they get it wrong, irrationally, every time, the same way. A paranoid reaction specific to guns and the right to bear arms by their fellow citizens.

Kansas State Rifle Assn. president and lobbyist Patricia Stoneking reports:

"Train Me Kansas is growing exponentially. I'm very pleased! Our new Constitutional Carry law goes into effect July 1, 2015 so right now I'm working hard to educate people about what it really means.

"Right after the bill (SB45) cleared the last hurdle I rushed home from the statehouse and I launched Train Me Kansas!  I had everything ready to go so all I had to do was make it public. You would not believe the response! It has been literally phenomenal! Listing submissions are pouring in!

I have three huge sponsors but need to get busy adding to those so that's what I'm working on now. Anyway, I thought you might like to take a look at our website, And here is a link to the Facebook page
We used your Guns Save Lives heart for that! Thank you for authorizing me to use that! [That of course was my honor, and other state associations are welcome and encouraged to put the friendly Gun Saves Lives heart to similar use. Alan.]

Click to go there

We used a lot of material from your Train Me Arizona site and I sincerely appreciate you authorizing us to do that!  It saved me from having to write a lot of copy and gave us an excellent model to develop our site and program from. [Nothing would be better than to have any of these ideas that are worthy spread; no need to reinvent the wheel, and gain extra power through built-in recognition and awareness. Alan.]

We still have work to do on the website. As we develop it we see things we want to change a little and I think it will be a work in progress for a bit yet. I just thought you might like to know about the passage of the law and the launch of the program. [Absolutely! If you don't object I'll borrow from your good ideas as well.]

Hope all is well in Arizona and again, thank you for allowing us to use Train Me Arizona as a model and reproduce material from your website altering it to fit Kansas of course. What a brilliant idea you had and other states should do this as they pass Constitutional Carry. I think that's the coming wave as I see at least a dozen other states pushing for it.

[Eight states have it Patricia, 21 pursuing it with bills drafted and introduced, see the chronological list and details, including ideas on pushing it in your state here:]

[If you don't go to the link, keep in mind the two main unexpected obstacles you'll face: police, who you can engage with early and turn at least some into allies, and firearms trainers, who will perceive Constitutional Carry as taking away their government-mandated rice bowl. This is short sighted, since without required permits, the entire armed citizenry becomes the market size, not 2 or 3 percent willing to bow down for government permission slips. We see this everywhere, but that license-cartel is a tough nut.]

Hope you are feeling better. You were pretty sick when we talked a month or so ago.
[Flu-like symptoms, now gone, gave me a rest.]

Yours In Freedom,

Patricia Stoneking
Train Me Kansas LLC
PO Box 117
Bonner Springs, KS 66012
Phone (913) 667-3044
Fax (913) 441-4436

Is Kayla Mueller Really a Hero?

NOTE: My Arizona readers have seen this, as Ms. Mueller was from Prescott,
a local town, where they are considering a statue (or something) in her honor.

The lamestream media told you:

Sweet and innocent Ms. Mueller helped unfortunate refugees in the Middle East and was tragically killed by Jordanian jet fighters, seeking revenge for the horrible televised burning death of one of their captured pilots, after she was held in Syria as a prisoner for a year, after her Syrian boyfriend failed in multiple attempts to free her. Note: There was no debate on whether horrible televised burning death in a cage was torture.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

To: The Arizona Republic newspaper
Dear Ms. Sanders, (and entire editorial staff)

Your lengthy story about Kayla Mueller in today's Arizona Republic has this one tiny mention about how she worked with "impoverished communities in Israel...".

Reports have begun to surface that Kayla had worked with Hamas in that region, a designated terrorist organization according to the U.S. State Dept., and served a role that paints a far less favorable picture than the narrative that seems to be sweeping the nation about this young woman.

Reading from her own writings posted online, if they are authentic, it almost sounds as if she was an ally of Israel's enemies -- our muslim enemies.

This is from Israeli TV, not a neutral source perhaps, but not to be discounted out of hand either:

"Kayla Mueller was a member of the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) who spent at least two years working with that terrorist support group... As an ISM activist she was a tool for the worldwide jihad. A letter she wrote which appears on the ISM's website describes the usual ISM claims of atrocities that never occurred..." (read that letter at the link above)

Before we end up with stories we may come to regret, her background should be carefully vetted. Have you looked into any of this? There is more on line with a simple search. Can you confirm the veracity of these reports? You know what it means if they're true. Desire to erect statutes and push the popular tale must not supplant real journalism.

Good journalism of course demands that you do the due diligence necessary to keep any potentially unsavory history from embarrassing your organization and our nation's honor before we run off headlong in search of heroes. A starry-eyed optimist can unfortunately be used too easily by those with bad intent, or be misdirected or poorly thought out to begin with. We owe it to ourselves to be particularly cautious when dealing with youthful "true believers" and especially with enemies of the scope we have in the middle east.

With all due respect,
Alan Korwin, Author
Gun Laws of America
The Uninvited Ombudsman

(No reply received)
The Sunday paper had pages of glowing adoration for this young woman.


Special note to Prescott, Ariz., residents about Kayla Mueller,
from a correspondent who wishes to remain anonymous;
this will go out nationally soon, OK to circulate:

"I was thinking of sending The Arizona Republic a letter saying that she was a wonderful human being -- a saint, a model child -- who unfortunately was deceived by the propaganda of her liberal professors when they fed her the Clinton/Obama narrative that the Palestinians were the good guys and Israelis were the bad guy 'oppressors.' But they just published a letter from me, so I'm locked out for 30 days [Az Rep policy], so I'm telling you.

"So, Kayla volunteered to help the children of Hamas terrorists instead of Israeli children who had been maimed by Hamas rockets. True, all children are blameless and deserve to be helped, but by associating with terrorists, she put herself in peril. The lesson for other young people is, by all means, follow Kayla Mueller's example. Work to make the world a better place, but choose your friends carefully. If you hang out with murderers, you risk getting murdered. If you take up with radical, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, Islamic savages, don't be surprised when they act like radical, misogynistic, anti-Semitic, Islamic savages."

Lowering our flag

My advice [Alan speaking now], mentioned in a prior note, is that we should be very careful who we honor by lowering our flag. The rules for the flag are precise, though they allow for some judgment, and should be applied with great restraint. [That memo, to The Arizona Republic and a few friends, is reproduced below.]

Etiquette for flying the flag at half staff does not include arbitrary lowering every time a popular figure dies:

The National Flag Foundation points out many "good-faith misunderstandings" where people not authorized, or circumstances not justified lead to half-staff flag postings. "Not to criticize or embarrass anyone, but rather to head off a growing trivialization of this memorial salute, and to preserve the dignity and significance of flying the U.S. flag at half-staff."

And let me [Alan again] add that, according to an IDF contact of mine, working with Syrians raises red flags if you haven't had too much Kool Aid: "...the fact that she ended up in Syria with her Syrian boyfriend made me suspicious regarding her world views... The first American victim of ISIS (the free lance "reporter") was also anti Israel as well as the three American hikers held in Iran when they crossed from Jordan. Apparently being anti Israeli doesn't help you in the end. I am sure they couldn't understand that." Kayla's own letters, posted on the terrorists' website with her approval, recognized that if you don't look Arab, you are subject to death on the spot.

Obama provides cover for radical islam

The lamestream media told you:

Mr. Obama refuses to use the phrase islamic radicals or anything like it, preferring to speak of violent extremism. FOX News is quite upset about this, other networks and cable stations have at least noticed it as well.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Why is to so hard to accept that the man currently in the White House is being deceptive about what's going on with the worldwide radical muslim jihad?

He is. Deal with it. Yes, the "news" media is in cahoots. Everyone can see that. Get over it.

Everyone else knows the muslims, a few hundred million give or take*, support violent quran-based jihad, they're conducting it, we're facing it. Everyone knows that, even his supporters. Obama too. By not admitting it, Obama frustrates the shoot out of us. Accept it. (*Pew Center shows 22% of 1.5 billion muslims support jihad, that's 345 million spread in 49 muslim-majority nations. And here.)

But he also frustrates the heck out of them. They want to engage in holy war, and we're not playing along (at least not yet). You can't have holy war that way.

It's like the therapy exercise: To show how aggression works, two people stand facing each other and push against each other as hard as they can, getting typical reactive results. Start over. But this time, only one person pushes. Totally different result, lesson learned. Conflict takes two.

If you think dropping huge accurate sacks of high explosives on your cities, based on intel and satellite images that make Google maps look like 1947 TV, constantly and without warning, is not being at war, then you're buying that bull pucky too. Refusing to give the enemy the very thing it wants -- a declared enemy -- is not the worst tactic (in a perverse sort of way, as long as you keep bombing them). It's not like no one in Oshkosh really knows what's happening. The top dog just won't say so.

Question: If he says the magic words, what would you have him do then -- send your children over in uniform, right? More bombs would only need more resolve and budget (which he admittedly adamantly refuses to do, raising sincere doubts about his resolve and loyalties. Remember this -- no Arab for 7,000 miles in any direction relishes the idea of this foreign power barging into their homelands and killing people face-to-face. And no Arabs there, despite their huge armies on the spot, are willing to do it themselves (just look).

How could they? It would be (sorta) like asking our National Guard troops to shoot our own citizens. Not happening. And, they know if they aren't killed in battle (mortal muslim sin), and they face the joys of capture by muslim extremists, where there are no girlyman debates of whether it's really torture or not.

I'm not supplying an answer on this conundrum. I'm just pointing this one out.

Bloomberg Assaults Nevada Gun Owners

The lamestream media told you:

Nothing yet. Insiders are aware billionaire former NYC mayor Mike Bloomberg will be attempting to ban gun transfers, and register all guns in Nevada, by voter initiative, since he can't get it through the legislature, and has failed miserably at the federal level.

His similar successful effort in Washington state, known as I-594, was accomplished with a $10 million advertising scheme, relying on money from fellow anti-rights advocate Bill Gates and others. He convinced voters the bill was a simple background check, not the universal transfer ban and registration system it turned out to be.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

This is what it will take to legally transfer guns in Nevada if anti-rights crusader Bloomberg succeeds in Nevada. Anyone who thinks this is about crime control and not just control needs to switch Kool Aid brands.

The title of this chart is misleading.
It's not about background checks.
It's a ban on any simple transfer of any firearm.


Brian Williams (NBC) Had No Gun Credibility To Lose

The lamestream media told you:

"Scrambling to contain a crisis engulfing one of its most prominent on-air personalities, NBC will begin an internal investigation into Brian Williams, the embattled evening news anchor who has admitted he misled the public with a harrowing tale of a forced helicopter landing in Iraq." New York Times, Feb 6, 2015 (and every other major "news" outlet in America). Additional controversy has emerged over his report that he saw a body floating after the Katrina storm, which may not have happened...

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

Dear Editor,

Why is Brian Williams' apparent lying about his non-presence in a helicopter any worse than his decades of deceit about gun rights in America?

Along with NBC, he has routinely misled the public about firearms, virtually shilling for anti-rights groups and harping on criminal misuse of guns, delivering single-sided anti-gun bigotry. He covers criminal atrocities, while suppressing countless stories about crimes heroically stopped, lives saved and all the social utility of firearms, perpetually. [Reprints from the First Responders Reports, as seen in USA Today.]

He even promotes anti-rights laws -- in a one-sided agenda-driven crusade -- violating every tenet of ethical journalism. Doesn't that count?

One tiny lie about being where he wasn't is nothing compared with all he and NBC have done without remorse or "mainstream" attention, subverting any sense of honesty in reporting. The most favorable surveys show an 8-to-1 "bias against neutrality," a sugar-coated phrase for "deceiving you" on this subject.

In 2001, the three networks combined ran 190,000 words on gun-related crime, and a single 580-word story on a gun used in self defense -- censoring the 2.5 million defensive gun uses annually. Williams and his entire entourage should have been fired long ago. FLASH: This is apparently only news to the "news" media.

"News" scheduled to get dumber

The lamestream media told you:

Jon Stewart is leaving The Daily Show, a humor and satirical program that makes fun of news programs, part of the Comedy Central series, by the end of the year. "Leaving will mean a dumbing down of political discourse," according to USA Today, on 2/12/15.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

I'm not making that up. They actually said that. The writers and editors at USA Today think that the loss of a comedy about the news will dumb down political discourse. The American public is so dumbed down, they may actually be correct. OMG. We're doomed.

The bottom line in BATFE attempt to ban ammo

So BATFE lost -- or at least is postponing its decision to ban green tip ammo. Everyone is yelling about possibly "losing the exemption" for 5.56 caliber ammo, and changes to gun types that BATFE is using to justify its actions, and excuses for pre-publication of its ammo ban, and whether cops have really been shot through their vests with this type of ammo, and going after our AR-15s in a roundabout way.

All this misses the point.

Banning ammo infringes on the Second Amendment. Congress has no power to give such power to BATFE. The people responsible belong in prison. Done.

But the even simpler point is that anyone who shoots at a cop -- or anyone -- without justification, with any kind of ammobelongs in prison. The kind of ammo doesn't get you a better or worse sentence. It's attempted murder. You've been so numbed out you think one kind of ammo matters over another when shooting at someone? Big bullet, small bullet, good bullet, bad bullet -- look what they've done to you.

BATFE and everyone around them is snowing us. Every statute on the books about this needs to be burned. Police vests do not a repeal of the Second Amendment make.

Missing words often tell the story

The lamestream media told you:

"Salem, Ore. -- Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned office Friday amid allegations of criminal wrongdoing, almost exactly one month after being sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term. Secretary of State Kate Brown will replace him. His resignation is effective Wednesday, he said Friday in a letter... He appears to be the first Oregon governor to face an AG investigation..." Two other investigations are underway as well, involving 11 state agencies and at least 17 individuals...

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The entire Page One story failed to identify the party of the Governor, so appearing as it did in USA Today, that means he must have been a democrat. One quick check online and sure enough, yup he was a democrat. Why let the enormous humiliation and embarrassment of such disgrace be associated directly with the democrat party, when you can simply leave out the word.

The media still persists in referring to Michael Brown as "an unarmed black man shot by police" instead of the more accurate "a black man shot while attempting to steal a police officer's gun." The officer was exonerated of any wrong do whatsoever, and reports of Brown having his hands raised were completely discredited by the U.S. attorney general, who is black.

Government meddles with menus, defies First Amendment

The lamestream media told you:

WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration announced sweeping rules on Tuesday that will require chain restaurants, movie theaters and pizza parlors across the country to post calorie counts on their menus. Health experts said the new requirements would help combat the country's obesity epidemic by showing Americans just how many calories lurk in their favorite foods.

“This is one of the most important public health nutrition policies ever to be passed nationally,” said Margo Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “Right now, you are totally guessing at what you are getting. This rule will change that.”

Menu labeling became law in 2010 as part of the Affordable Care Act, and the F.D.A. issued a proposal for how it should be put into effect the following year. But the final rules were delayed for three years, in part because of fierce opposition from pizza and movie theater chains. The rules were published in the Federal Register, a government journal, on Tuesday morning... <snip>

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

My position is not a popular one here, because I am against calorie counts in menus. First for aesthetic reason, but mainly for the way it is being foisted upon me and the public around me.

Sure, I might like to know what I'm getting at times, but first and foremost, people in government have no legitimate delegated authority to do this, so they can't legally require it.

They usurp power they were not given, and those requiring it should be imprisoned. Instead they will be praised by the unknowing, unwitting, and useful idiots. Some of you need to look in a mirror. You only think you cherish freedom.

This is also law making by unelected bureaucrats, a complete corruption of our political process. Congress cannot legitimately delegate its law making power to an agency, regardless of what courts have said or what powers they have granted unto themselves. The Constitution forbids it, and I for one demand it. They are beyond their authority, and have earned arrest and trial for malfeasance and violation of oath.

Finally, if my neighbors and I want to know calories counts badly enough, it would fall to the media and the public square to make this so plainly known that the restaurants that provided it would prosper, and others would wither and pass away, if things ran as they should.

That things do not run so is not a reason or excuse to compromise the integrity of our political system, and I would sooner live without calorie counts forced upon our printed menus than a government granting itself such power that a restaurant that fails to do so could be driven out of business by government gone wild.

Illegal immigration still running amok

The lamestream media told you:

Illegals at the border have dropped to the lowest point in years, reports The Arizona Republic. Major news outlets have all but forgotten this story, so it must not be happening.

The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:

The local newspaper reported that 3,100 illegal aliens had come across into Arizona, in a story, late last year. They didn't call them future democrat voters, as some critics claim. Actually, Border Patrol reports 479,371 apprehensions at the border for 2014, nearly a half million, or 39,947 per month on average, most of them in Texas. According to local experts, half a million people is a lot of mouths to feed.

It's unclear what happened to them all, or if they'll become future democrat voters as critics claim. Obama has jumped through many hoops to allow many illegals stay in the country, using a pen and a phone, in apparent violation of law. Critics question if he would do this if it were probable they would become republican voters. The Border Patrol generally estimates it catches one illegal for every two that attempt illegal entry.

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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