by John Ramos
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August 2, 2017-In an editorial over the weekend, the Times editorial Board launches an all out attack on residents of large portions of northwest Indiana. “Region’s rural shooting galleries must stop” (http://www.nwitimes.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-region-s-rural-shooting-galleries-must-stop/article_d9a8a01d-1465-5e2f-b256-a071b77c6ee3.html) The Times Editorial Board engages in a multi-pronged propaganda campaign to form the basis of what is sure to be an all out assault on the lifestyles of rural regionites. First, we identify a problem where there is none-the idea that the firing of weapons in rural areas is a growing public health crisis. Second, present a vague solution to the created problem-”Those bent on being irresponsible need to be hit with the full letter of the law.” Then conclude by doubling down, exaggerating the problem further and calling for even stronger governmental control-”Lives are at risk. No gun ownership or land rights trump the safety and security of citizens. “
When I first read the article, I thought it was about taking away the rights of law abiding citizens and that is certainly the point. Further analysis, reveals the reasons they are pushing an agenda that requires them to assault the rights of many of their own readers.
The Times article states “The growth is important to increasing NW Indiana’s tax base and creating new housing stock to attract and retain residents”. People move out to the country to get away from the congestion and crime of the cities. The Times suggests that they have no right to do so, that their rights must be surrendered to the will of the majority. What is the basis of this argument? One Region/One Vision is based upon the United Nations One World/One Vision mission which surrenders the right of the individual to the will of the political elite. The long term plan is to create “urban centers” where people are to live in government subsidized multi-family housing and commute to work using public transit. While this is one vision for the future of the region, it is one shared by only a small, but powerful, group who stand to profit from the transformation.
What is the government after? They are looking to unincorporated areas for tax revenue. They will then try to redistribute this tax revenue to poorer communities under the guise of “regionalism.” These are untapped areas of more taxable land and people. In the country, let’s say you have one person for every 5 acres of land, well if they develop the land (pay to play) they can get 40 people for every 5 acres of land by building apartment buildings and federally subsidized housing projects. See how the numbers work in their favor. It then makes more taxable people per square foot. This in turn makes for a more congested living spaces, which means the government has more power and control over those people because now they are in one location. This is where the government then uses the power of the “ordinance” to control behavior by “fining” the serf into submission. Most towns and cities have an “officer” who’s only job is to check for ordinance violations. It’s easy money. Want to put a roof on your own home? You better have bought a permit. You want to get rid of some old stuff? You better have a permit for that garage sale. Lake County has over 130 different ordinances with sub sections inside those 130 ordinances (http://cms.lakecountyin.org/opencms/export/sites/default/lcportal-cms/council/ordinances/Lake_County_IN_Ordinances_-_Vol_1.pdf). Lake County has proven they are not fiscally responsible, why would we want to give them more money or power or control?
The One Region/One Vision group should be a concern to all region residents. By its own admission, it was founded by politicians, the press and corporations to force an agenda on the people. Hal Slager, Ed Soliday, Charlie Brown and Eddie Melton are state lawmakers who are all aboard the One Region/One Vision bandwagon. Then we have The Council of 16+ which is comprised of elected officials from every municipality in Lake County who meet monthly to advance the One Region agenda. Purdue Chancellor Thomas Keon is co-chair of the shadowy organization. NIPSCO and the NWI Times are the corporate sponsors of this agenda driven organzation. (http://www.nwitimes.com/special-section/one-region-one-vision/).
Now back to the firearms issue. Firearms are tools used for various purposes by those in our society. Just because someone uses a firearm incorrectly does not give the government the right to take away the rights of everyone that is following the law. The Indiana Constitution Article 1, Section 32 states: “Section 32. The people shall have a right to bear arms, for the defense of themselves and the State.” (http://law.indiana.edu/uslawdocs/inconst/art-1.html) Unless One Region & NW Times can change the Indiana Constitution, they can go pound sand.
Besides the Indiana Constitution there are some US Supreme Court cases you may want to read before you go and put your safety and security in government. Those are DeShaney v Winnebago County Department of Social Services, Warren v District of Columbia, Riss v City of New York and a few others (https://www.firearmsandliberty.com/kasler-protection.html). What you will find when you read these is that government had no duty to protect the individual. That means you and you alone are responsible for the safety of you and your family. Yet these liberals want you to take away your protection and make you believe they will protect you. Do not believe them for one second. The average response time for a police officer is roughly 10 minutes nation wide (https://blogs.wsj.com/numbers/response-times-detroit-giving-no-time-to-misleading-police-stats-1264/). Believe it or not, East Chicago had the fastest response time in the nation, with an average of 2 minutes response time before The E911 Center took over– you go EC!
I’m going to have to go along with Aaron Weiss on this one and say that my rights override your psychological government protection. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44zW84FKd50).
John Ramos is a retired police officer with over 28 years of service. He is a certified ILEA firearms instructor and an NRA pistol instructor. He has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He is the author of The Book of Room Domination and Assault Techniques. He has written articles for The Tactical Edge, Survival Life and several other publications. He is listed in Who’s Who under Law Enforcement Educators. otheother publications. He is listed in Who’s Who under Law Enforcement Educators.