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Archive for May, 2009

Dear Sir:

     This letter is in regard to input your dept. is seeking for new rules on guns in national parks. As a citizen I would like to weigh in on this subject. As a concealed carry permit holder from MA. I would like to see wording in these new proposed rules that would encompass all concealed carry permit holders from every state, bar none. Our Constitution already covers this plainly under Article lV, Section l, it reads , in part, “Full faith and credit shall be given in each state to the public acts, records and judicial proceedings of every other state”.

     Why then, should a legal gun permit holder, who is deemed an honest citizen by state ‘A’ be deemed unsuitable to carry concealed in state ‘B’ ? This is nonsensical. It could, and should be argued in court as an unconstitutional infringement when you come down to brass tacks. Under Article lV, Section l, every state already recognizes every other states drivers license, it is no stretch to include legally issued firearm concealed carry permits.

Sincerely, Mark Shean 6-20-2008

{Note; Update, as of 5-20-09 the Senate has voted to restore the Bush administration policy that allowed loaded guns in national parks. The House could pass it soon.}  Update: It is now law.  www.mafirearmsafety.com

Theodore Roosevelt’s ideas on Immigrants and being an American in 1907:

   {“In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American… There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag…We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, and we have have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.”}

Note; This was recently floating around the planet and I thought it was worth passing on.

M.Shean  www.mafirearmsafety.com  submitted 5-30-2009

To the Editor: Draconian taxation legislation has amounted to a chronic case of deprivation of necessities, that in turn will, and is, turning the people against the arrogance of their elected officials. The time of  ‘turning’ seems to be drawing nearer. As in the days of GEORGE WASHINGTON, before the American Revolution, and the taxation’s that became a major factor in the overthrow of an arrogant British occupation, unrest prevailed. Unrest is yet again slowly coming to a seemingly inescapable head. Taxation is now at a much higher percentage than it ever was under British rule before the Colonists put an end to it by going  to war. I guess politicians never read history? My mistake, they don’t read anything before they vote.  

   Apparently greed and power are the only driving factors for politicians in Washington D.C., the only reason they run for office it seems. Americans certainly recognize this in a deepening recession, and are becoming much less tolerant then they would otherwise be. Enough of this enormous drain on the American people! Even now politician’s are dreaming, and scheming up more creative ways to add extra layers of taxation on all of us, just take a minute of your day from other distractions, and watch the news.

   You have to call your public servants and tell them to vote NO to any new taxes, tell them to do away with all the ‘so called’ temporary taxes of the last forty five years, the taxes that have burdened Americans for so long. Tell them to stop pouring billions upon billions, even trillions of OUR money into lost causes brought on by inept, greedy CEO’s. We are all now unwilling share holders of failed corporations, car companies, banks, mortgage institutions, etc.

   The way again to prosperity; allow people their hard earned money, to spend the way they see fit to spend it, then sit back and watch the economy take off! It is a no brainer, if  they had brains. As it has so clearly demonstrated, BIG government only translates into BIG money MISMANAGEMENT and inevitably, attempted  constitutional infringements!

NOTE: A word from THOMAS JEFFERSON, {” My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government”}  

-Mark Shean- www.mafirearmsafety.com

   This is a quote from Cesare Beccaria a well known lawyer of his day in Italy, circa 1770’s. Thomas Jefferson borrowed portions of this quote himself, that says allot.

{“ False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides. for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man”}

   Note; Why is it that men of Cesare Baccaria’s day could understand this as the simple truth, yet this truth is utterly lost on the politicians of today? Has intelligence not advanced? Men have gone to the moon, computers are on the scene to stay, medicine has lengthened lives, technology advances in leaps and bounds, but politicians are now clueless?

 http://www.nagr.org/UNTreaty_Pledge1.aspx?pid=4b

M. Shean,  www.mafirearmsafety.com submitted 5-30-2009

    If you, or anyone you know are planning a trip to any of our fine U.S. National Parks, please be advised; In light of the frequency of human vs. grizzly/black bear conflicts, the National Park Service is advising hikers, hunters, campers and fishermen to take extra precautions by keeping alert for bears while in the field. We do advise that while outdoors, people should wear noisy little bells on their clothing so as not to startle bears that aren’t expecting them. If bears hear you coming from a distance they are far more apt to leave the area before you even realize they were ever there.

   We also advise that while visiting our scenic parks, for people to carry pepper/OC spray with them for protection in case of a chance encounter with a bear. It is also a very good idea to watch out for fresh signs of bear activity. While in the bears habitat, people should be able to recognize the differences between black bear and grizzly bear feces. There is a pamphlet available at all Park Headquarters describing these distinctions in very clear concise terms using close-up pictures to illustrate. In short, black bear feces are small and contain lots of berries and bits of fur from small fuzzy animals. Grizzly bear feces are large, contain little bells, bits of tent/clothing material, and smell like pepper spray. We hope you enjoy all your outdoor adventures while visiting our parks. Warden H. Winked  www.mafirearmsafety.com

   To the Editor: It is quite evident to me that God bestowed the incredible foresight that was historically known as the Declaration of Rights of Virginia, written by George Mason in 1776, later to become the law of the land on December 15, 1791, as the Bill of Rights.

    To assemble an instrument of such lasting proportions, by men from a simpler time, men of fortitude, religious ethics, high moral standards and great courage, a time all but forgotten by the ‘leaders’ of our country today. ‘Leaders’ that don’t understand or respect the sheer courage our Founding Fathers showed to even pen their names to such a ‘treasonous’ document. A document that snubbed the might of English dominance and placed all they owned in peril, including their very lives. As aptly illustrated by BENJAMIN FRANKLIN:(“We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately”). This kind of courage is easily overlooked by a majority of pampered politicians whose only ‘peril’ lay in how to trick enough people to vote them into yet another unproductive term of office. It is a sad affair when voters realize that they must weigh which politician is least dishonest prior to voting.

   The British were adept at ignoring, but over taxing the colonists, that was one of the main reasons the American Revolution ensued. In our not to distant future, the middle class will vanish and there will only be the elite and those who believe they are ‘entitled’ to government handouts. If you would listen to a few of the ‘silver spoons’ in office now, ‘leaders’ who want to rewrite parts of the Constitution so as to suit their own personal little short sighted agendas, then you should reflect and ask yourself if these ‘leaders’ would put their very lives on the line for the United States of America?-(as our Founding Fathers did) If you were to honestly answer that question you should become saddened by the road this country is now on.

   When legislators support and write laws that arbitrarily strip away any of the Amendments in the Bill of Rights, (the Second and Fourth are under attack now) and take away due process from law abiding citizens, as a 209-A restraining order does, then these legislators should not consider running for office in these United States. Instead they may be more at home with one of the many dictators in the world, where individual rights would not hamper their little agendas. To name a few who would love to strip away your constitutional rights are the Clinton’s, Janet Reno, Congressmen Charles Schemer, Major Owens and Joe Kennedy, Senators Daniel P. Moynihan, Howard Metzenbaum , Dianne Feinstein, Terry Murray, and Ted Kennedy. The list goes on and on, it is truly unbelievable. Their number 1 target is our Second Amendment. Their voting records prove that. It would appear that their motto is; Now that we are in office, to Hell with the Constitution! To Hell with the Bill of Rights! To Hell with the constituents!  http://www.nagr.org/UNTreaty_Pledge1.aspx?pid=4b

   The media gets all bent out of shape if their cameras are not allowed into a court room claiming that their First Amendment rights are being violated, what concerns me is that the media will overlook infringements on the Second and Fourth Amendments, and others. By overlook, I mean by not taking a stand, but don’t touch the First Amendment by God! We as a nation are all in this together, every last American, and the media had better wake up and become more objective, stand with American citizens and all of our rights! Once the Second and Fourth Amendments are written out of the Bill of Rights it will not be long until certain “dictator want-to-be” politicians with their one world government agenda, set their sights on the First Amendment with a vengeance. Believe it! I am certain our Founding Fathers are turning over in their graves!

Mark Shean-Written Oct. 1994 –

   {Note; A word from THOMAS JEFFERSON:{“Rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will, within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add ‘within the limits of the law’ because law is often but the tyrant’s will, and always so when it violates the rights of the individual”.}

   *Update; As of 11-08 I believe we will all start to really understand what Thomas Jefferson is trying to warn us about. As earlier, I hope everyone took notice when Bush actually signed the McCain/Finegold bill, the First Amendment was put under a harsh attack, with bipartisan approval of Congress! This bill was made simply to protect their politically corrupt lives from scrutiny around election time! How clever. Our very sovereignty will become another target soon, and the excuse will center around the world economy! Truly unbeliveable, these are more good reasons for us to force term limits on these long term corrupt human ticks feeding off us all!

M.Shean-   www.mafirearmsafety.com

   To the Editor: Maybe someone can explain to me what exactly is wrong with this picture? We hear about confirmed illegal campaign contributions from communist China for the Clinton/Gore re-election bid in 1996. Foreign policy decisions dealing with Red China are compromised and can jeopardize our national security because of this.

   Communist China will expect concessions for that money, leverage they would not have had, should not have had otherwise. Illegal contributions accepted from communist China to buy power in our White House had better cast serious doubts on the integrity of the Clinton/Gore administration. Is the White House for sale to the highest bidder? Just how might the Red’s benefit from giving Bill and Al money? I think it is plain to see how China is already getting a return on their investment. Fact: U.S. national security is gravely compromised when sensitive missile guiding technology is transferred to communist China with a presidential nod of approval from this administration. Fact: Clinton’s open denunciation of Taiwanese democracy status in a statement to Red China. Fact: The communist Chinese demand that the White House stop Congress from passing the Taiwan Security Enhancement Act (TSEA). Fact: This threat was closely followed by Clinton’s threat to veto that legislation, (obviously for his Chinese pals). Fact: The (TSEA) would have helped Taiwan to better defend itself against communist China.

   I have been of the impression that it has always been U.S. policy to aid emerging fellow democracies under the imminent threat of communist aggression. Am I wrong? Fact: At the same time the Clinton administration seems to be abandoning Taiwan, it is pushing hard for global trade membership status for Red China, even though Russia is aiding Red China to build its nuclear weapons arsenal, an arsenal Red China is aiming at the U.S.! Fact: Clinton will not support building a missile defense system even while he knows Red China is targeting the United States! It appears that the Clinton/Gore administration would sell Taiwan, and the security of the United States down the river for illegal communist campaign contributions. Americans everywhere should be wondering just whose side the Clinton/Gore White House is on!? Is ‘party’ before the People/Nation that important!? No, not from where I stand. Fact: From the pages of the Washington Times come stories about recent threats from communist China to launch a nuclear strike against the U.S. mainland if we dare to interfere with China’s presumed right to enslave Taiwan. This story was not mentioned by the vast majority of the media. Fact: Another ominous story hidden by all except the Washington Times, tells of Red China’s so called ‘White Paper’, this is their plan to build the Peoples Liberation Army, (PLA) to the point that by 2030 China will be ready to “crush” the United States. The Pentagon is fully aware of the ‘White Paper’.

   Why is the major media moot on these stories? Maybe the White House, with the help of the media think it is in the nations best interest to cover up these threats? Maybe some people think it will upset the apple cart of the robust economy inherited from Reagan? I have one teeny weeny concern about hiding nuclear strike and invasion threats made by a country crazy enough and able enough to make good on those threats. What good will our robust economy be when the PLA is goose stepping down Wall St.? Maybe nuclear strike threats are no longer a news worthy story these days?

   Maybe we shouldn’t keep our heads buried, (like an ostrich in the sand) between the pages of the Wall Street Journal and the sports section all the time and start paying attention to what our enemies are up to.

  {Update; Fact: As of the present time, 2009, China is a larger threat than ever, especially to our economy, we owe China trillions of dollars in loans and interest, China may not need the PLA to ultimately “crush” the U.S.,  debt will do that first.

This letter was originally submitted on 3-17-2000, but of course it was, ‘censored’ and not printed by the liberal ‘fish wrappers’. Mark Shean  www.mafirearmsafety.com

   To the Editor: This letter is not politically correct, mainly because it deals in truth and ‘common sense’, the latter being a quaint old term rapidly fading into history. For a long while now I have been witnessing anti Second Amendment ‘spin’ spew forth from the major media outlets. It seems no one wants to address crime control, only gun control, regardless of the spin, they are not one and the same.

   When our public servants swear their oath to office, to uphold the Constitution, then some of them turn around and try to diminish your Rights by passing gun control measures, that my friends is an affront to you and the Constitution they swore to uphold! The Second Amendment truly is our first Right, the only Right that ensures the rest will endure. I am using emphasis on the word ‘Right’ so it can be clearly understood that it is not a privilege. There is no Bill of Privileges! In this country if you are convicted of a felony, you forfeit your Right to firearm ownership along with your Right to be free.    http://www.nagr.org/UNTreaty_Pledge1.aspx?pid=4b

   The media would, and does, imply, strongly,  that by definition legal gun owners are criminals. WRONG!! We do not always agree with another person or groups point of view, but agree or not, we should all defend the Right under the First Amendment for everyone to express their view. You or I do not have to own a firearm, that is our free decision, but as an American, you should defend your fellow Americans Right under the Second Amendment to own firearms if they so choose. It is an American birthright. To erode any of our Constitution in an unconstitutional manner is to invite the collapse of the entire document and all of our freedoms. I do not understand our public servants, the media, and certain lawyers who feign ignorance?

   The communists would use any means to justify the end result. This was not lost on the media, they embrace the strategy. When anything goes to get what you want, the truth is the first victim. In this country a push for total gun confiscation is underway, driven by the media elite and bad, (i.e. treasonous) politicians. For every story where a crime is committed with a gun it is heralded by the media, there are other instances, (reported by the NRA) where a crime is prevented, and the intended victim who saves himself, or others, goes unreported. This kind of discrimination on the part of the media is very thoughtfully designed to build negative public opinion against gun ownership, the media works extremely hard trying to manipulate how people think about the subject of gun control.

    There are greed driven trial lawyers that have their sights set on legitimate gun makers who are engaged in lawful commerce. These greed driven trial lawyers claim that if a gun makers firearm is used in a crime then the gun maker should be liable for any consequences the criminal may have caused! Ridiculous but true. These suits should be laughed out of every courtroom at every turn, otherwise what other type of ludicrous law suits will spring up next, on what other legitimate business manufacturer? These suits violate constitutional and civil Rights, including the First, Second, and Ninth Amendments. This is just another way to circumvent the Second Amendment unconstitutionally. By trying to bankrupt gun makers that make the only constitutionally protected consumer product, these lawyers try to do away with a source of protection for all Americans.

   As can easily be shown in England, Australia, and Canada to name a few, crime has skyrocketed in all areas after gun confiscation took place. You may guess correctly that criminals fail to turn in their guns! This goes unreported by the media, it is a lie by its very omission. The trouble is, it will be your Right to self defense that certain trial lawyers, the media, and some of your public servants are trying to take from you. There were bad people before guns were invented, and there will be bad people, (with guns) even after the guns of every law abiding citizen are confiscated, you cannot legislate evil intent away.

   On the whole, sadly enough, the police only serve as the ‘clean-up crew’ after the crime is committed. It really is your first duty and your Right to be able to defend yourself and your family. You should NEVER allow anyone to take away your Right to self defense! Call your public servant, let him or her know how you feel, remind them of their oath, the gun control legislation that they block today may save your life tomorrow. Mark Shean {Note; submitted on 2-29-2000 – to 3 papers, but not printed, no surprise there!).  www.mafirearmsafety.com

   To The Editor; The Clinton/Gore administration is now on a big push for more gun control laws with the help of the media ‘spin’ machine. There is a hard drive now for gun registration, (to be followed closely by confiscation, as history teaches us) in California, by a few communistic California politicians, (it’s always the democrats). History has taught them this method of unilateral disarmament worked wonders for the likes of Lenin, Stalin, J. Gomez, Hitler, Castro and many other Clinton role models.

   At the same time the Clinton/Gore administration wants to disarm America, it goes out of its way to aid communist China with missile technology! The Clinton/Gore administration should be more concerned with rebuilding Americas military, that the last seven years have decimated, and be less concerned with building Red China’s military potential. What better way could Clinton/Gore find to soften the beachheads for their buddies in Beijing than to disarm the largest free and armed civilian population in the history of mankind? Would you really feel more comfortable knowing you live in a police state? Ask the peasants of any country living in a police state how they feel about it, choice is not an option for them.

   Rational people realize, (as did our Founding Fathers) that giving up our freedoms under the guise of public safety is the governments convoluted scheme for eventually subjugating its citizens. It does so with the help of clever media distortions which lead to a misinformed public approval. Our Founding Fathers had the incredible foresight to span the centuries. Most of our political ‘leaders’ today do not have the foresight to see past their own special interests, to do what is right for the sake of national sovereignty, they will not even defend the principals of the Constitution that they swore to uphold!!

   Where have the leaders with backbone gone? What is this nation becoming? Someone should step up to the plate and take charge again before its to damned late! In the case of China, Teddy Roosevelt would have carried a big stick indeed to show the Red Chinese military, that is the only thing they understand and someone had better start talking their language! All of the unpatriotic, self serving, empty suits elected to Washington D.C. need to be reminded they are duty bound to uphold the Constitution regardless of party affiliation, and that they work, (within the confines of the Constitution) for us, WE THE PEOPLE!

   I part with a grim reminder from two of our Founding Fathers, NOAH WEBSTER:{“Before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe. The supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword, because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretense, raised in the United States”}. PATRICK HENRY:{“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined”}.

   { NOTE; The U.S. Attorney General prior to JOHN ASHCROFT was Janet Reno under Clinton. She was in no way qualified for that post, she argued to the Supreme Court that no one had the right of firearm ownership. Now Obama is in, and he has put Eric Holder in the A.G. post, Holder worked hard in the Clinton administration with Janet Reno to ban ALL firearm ownership in America but was stoped by a Republican majority in Congress, now he is back, do you think for a second his priorities have changed, do the spots on a cobra change? I guess Holder is another example of ‘change we can believe in’.  http://www.nagr.org/UNTreaty_Pledge1.aspx?pid=4b

 Mark Shean  www.mafirearmsafety.com   [note was written 5-18-2009]

   {Note; This next piece I had written and circulated for a rally that I attended with my wife in Carver on 3-25-2000 protesting the police chief’s policy of not issuing gun permits to anyone, including retired Carver police officers, (“they don’t need them any more”), quote, unquote. The rally was a huge success, people from around the country came. {She had yellow eyes, I swear to God, yellow eyes! M.S.}

   [Hear Yea! Hear Yea! A Royal Proclamation! Her Eminence, thee exalted one, Police Chief Skoog of Carver MA., has decreed that henceforth and forever more in Her realm, only thee peasants that meet with thee Royal criteria, and only after Her Eminencie’s critical approval, may they be allowed to have issued unto them permits to carry / possess firearms for personal protection. First and foremost of thee Royal criteria: Said peasant must bring forth proof positive that he or she has undergone previously an attack of a violent and nearly deadly nature, (and survived adequately) before Her Eminence Skoog will consider bequeathing thee privilege to defend oneself in thee future. Her Eminence Skoog reasons, quite logically, that many may not survive thee initial violent attack, and therefore, far fewer audiences with peasants will need to be granted to test Her Royal patience. Judge O’Malley of the Royal Court, a loyal liberal Tory, and a Skoog confederate, arbitrarily discounted thee Bill of Rights and Constitution in general, in their Royal scheme to disarm the peasant populace by increments. Oh how we the people long to rid the land, (like in 1776) of thee scourge of Skoog and her evil tory allies once and forever more.]

   {NOTE; This handout was well recieved by the peasant rabble that was assembled outside of the Carver police chief’s Castle that day, and honest to God, that reason was the only one she would even consider, you had to have been nearly killed first to ‘qualify’!} Mark Shean- Arbitrary Discretion, ain’t it great !  written 3-20-2000  www.mafirearmsafety.com 

   {NOTE; Within 18 months of this event in front of the Carver police station, the selectmen gave Skoog a pink slip, she simply was not cost effective as the town was losing court case after court case to pissed off citizens. The chief that replaced her has people skills and is more friendly to honest citizens. This is a good example of the power we possess if we demand change. M.S.