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From NMGOA - PoliceOne Gun Control Survey

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From New Mexico Gun Owners Association -

In March of this year, months after the Newtown tragedy, and during the height of the gun debate in Congress and in New Mexico's legislative session, PolieOne conducted a survey of 15,000 active and retired law enforcement officers from all over the country on crime and gun control. The results are very much in opposition to what we hear from politicians and activists who would like to restrict our rights.


There is a link to the entire survey here.


Among the survey results are the following items:


  • Nearly 80 percent said that a prohibition on private non-dealer transfers of firearms between individuals would not reduce violent crime.

  • 95 percent stated that a ban on the manufacture and sale of ammunition magazines which hold more than 10 rounds would not lower crime rates.

  • Over 70 percent felt that a ban on so called “assault weapons” would not reduce crime.


Officers lent support for proposals such as mandatory minimum sentences for using firearms during the commission of crimes, concealed carry by law abiding citizens and increased punishment for gun trafficking and straw purchasers as effective ways to reduce crime rates.



New Mexico Gun Owners Association would ask that you review the survey available at the link above and include this information in your letters to your representatives at all levels of government.


What does Independence Day mean to you?

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Does it mean fireworks or barbecues?  What about parades and flags?  Picnics and Apple pie?  Ball games, time with family, or the television?

My view is a little different although it may include some or all of the above, that is not what it is about.

I celebrate the Founders of our nation, the Declaration of Independence, and above all the thoughts contained therein.

I celebrate the sovereignty of the individual.  The right of agency that I am able to choose whether to do good or to do evil.  I know that each of us has that same right and that it comes from our Divine Creator and not from government, the Constitution, or the Declaration of Independence.  Free men institute governments to protect their rights, not to control them.

We are at a point in our history that we are losing those rights and freedoms that our Founders spoke so highly of, and eventually fought and some died for.  In church this past Sunday, one of our lay members spoke about needing to stand up, step forward, and speak out in defense of our rights and liberty.  In 1852, Frederick Douglass said the following about our founders:

Feeling themselves harshly and unjustly treated, by the home government, your fathers, like men of honesty, and men of spirit, earnestly sought redress. They petitioned and remonstrated; they did so in a decorous, respectful, and loyal manner. Their conduct was wholly unexceptionable. This, however, did not answer the purpose. They saw themselves treated with sovereign indifference, coldness and scorn. Yet they persevered. They were not the men to look back. …

They loved their country better than their own private interests; and, though this is not the highest form of human excellence, all will concede that it is a rare virtue, and that when it is exhibited it ought to command respect. He who will, intelligently, lay down his life for his country is a man whom it is not in human nature to despise. Your fathers staked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, on the cause of their country. In their admiration of liberty, they lost sight of all other interests.

They were peace men; but they preferred revolution to peaceful submission to bondage. They were quiet men; but they did not shrink from agitating against oppression. They showed forbearance; but that they knew its limits. They believed in order; but not in the order of tyranny. With them, nothing was "settled" that was not right. With them, justice, liberty and humanity were "final"; not slavery and oppression. You may well cherish the memory of such men. They were great in their day and generation. Their solid manhood stands out the more as we contrast it with these degenerate times.

How circumspect, exact and proportionate were all their movements! How unlike the politicians of an hour! Their statesmanship looked beyond the passing moment, and stretched away in strength into the distant future. They seized upon eternal principles, and set a glorious example in their defence. Mark them! Fully appreciating the hardships to be encountered, firmly believing in the right of their cause, honorably inviting the scrutiny of an on-looking world, reverently appealing to heaven to attest their sincerity, soundly comprehending the solemn responsibility they were about to assume, wisely measuring the terrible odds against them, your fathers, the fathers of this republic, did, most deliberately, under the inspiration of a glorious patriotism, and with a sublime faith in the great principles of justice and freedom, lay deep, the corner-stone of the national super-structure, which has risen and still rises in grandeur around you.

I ask you to spend a few minutes this day and during the weeks and months ahead to reflect on the Declaration of Independence and in those eternal principles that are spoken of therein.  I  encourage you to find a way to Stand Up!, Step Forward!, and Speak Out!

If not you then who?  Would you willingly entrust your life to one of our politicians today?  By doing nothing, that is exactly what we are doing.

Stand Up for what is right!

Step Forward and volunteer, run for office, do something!

Speak Out in defense of your rights!

My brother in law reminded me of a very well known quote from Thomas Paine:

"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value."

Please, if you do nothing else, read the Declaration of Independence and reflect on its words, especially the last two paragraphs.

Aaron Lee


Common Core has changed my mind

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I want to thank all of you who have encouraged me to do more research.  I have done so, and have to let everyone know that my views of the standards included in the common core initiative have not changed.  I have four children who all attend public schools currently, so maybe my experiences are not what some of you have seen.  With that said, I have changed my opinion on whether I believe that common core is a good thing.  After researching more over the last couple of weeks, and listening to many things by Glenn Beck and some others, I have come to the realization that even if the standards are a good thing, the whole of common core should and must be stopped.  I believe that we must gain local control over our schools, and that is the only way to get our children to have good outcomes.

I will now work to fight against common core implementation in New Mexico and especially in San Juan County schools.  I hope you will join me.  I want to once again thank Jennifer and Trish for pushing me so hard to look harder.  I hope that in a couple more weeks, I can get a better article put together with some of the proofs I have found in it.  I did not have much time today to write this article, but I wanted to let you all know that I have changed my opinion thanks to you and the information I have found since I posted the first time.


Is Common Core Evil?

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On Friday, March 30, 2013, The Blaze reported that a father with a child in NY's public school system, had started an 8 week unit on the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. The Blaze article is here. After receiving a number of questions about this article and if this may be coming here because it is part of the NY schools Common Core curriculum. Forty five states have already signed on to the Common Core State Standards that are being promulgated by the Federal Government. As of today, NY is the only one that is using the Church of Scientology videos and the UN Human Rights documents in classrooms that I could actually find documentation for the curriculum. Although many states don't actually have the curriculum on the web yet or not even defined yet as to the specifics, such as NY state has. The problem here is that if they do not have curriculum figured out yet, they may decide to use NY's instead of designing their own.

I had almost decided that this was a very isolated thing, and had almost completely dismissed this as a major problem outside of the particular school district where The Blaze report came from. After doing a little more research, states could actually use different source documents for these units of the Common Core curriculum if they so choose. NY uses the Human Rights Declaration and a novel called Esparanza Rising in the first three parts of their fifth grade Language Arts curriculum. The book is about the plight of Mexican migrant workers in the US during the Great Depression. I have not read the book.

In fact, during my research, I found an article on National Review Online that actually talks about the positive things about Common Core. I have become a convert to the actual standards in the Common Core. The idea did not come from the Federal Government, and was actually some governors trying to figure out ways to help improve education in their respective states. After learning about Common Core, I have decided that it is a good starting place for most states, at least like NM where we are at or near the bottom. Common Core is about raising our standards for primary education, and they have no curriculum connected to it. Each state must adopt their curriculum and so you will now get a call to action.

As I have said over and over again, those that show up, make the rules, so get involved in the process. I am not sure how to do that yet. I may do a follow up to this article about how to get involved in the curriculum development for your school district, as from what I can tell, it is currently being left up to the district. I will tell you that my school district actually links to the NY state Common Core curriculum as an example of what they are working on. I am hopeful that we may be able to change some of the texts that were chosen by NY to something else.

So to wrap it up, the Common Core State Standards are good in my opinion. The issue that I see with them is that each state has the ability to make good selections of teaching materials or bad selections. Obviously, I would like them to be more conservative in nature. I believe that NY wants to teach their children to be blind sheep that goes where they are told, and will do what their political class tells them. I want our schools to teach our future leaders, scientists, philosophers, doctors, etc. They can't learn this from a cradle to the grave welfare mentality that says that they have the right to some other person's labor. That is the danger in NY public schools. And it may be that same philosophy is on its way to my school district.

Will you help in your district? Talk to the administrators. Check out their websites. Talk to the teachers that are educating your children and grandchildren. Doing something, even if it is wrong, is better than sitting on the couch whining.



TEA Party Group Meets with Lt. Governor John Sanchez

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A coalition of TEA Party group leadership from all over New Mexico, including San Juan County, Las Cruces, Hobbs, Eunice, Roswell, Rio Rancho, Albuquerque, East Mountains, and Santa Fe met with Lt. Governor John Sanchez on Monday, March 11, 2013.  Aaron Lee and his daughter Faith were representing San Juan County 9-12 Project.  We delivered a message and a letter that morning about how we feel the State GOP Leadership needs our votes to win and that we will only give our time, money, and votes to truly conservative candidates.  The letter that we agreed and signed on to is below.


Then a follow up letter was sent.  Here is what was contained in that letter:

To:  Lt. Governor John Sanchez

From:  Therese Cooper

Date:  March 11, 2013

Subject: Summary of Meeting and Thank You


Dear Lt. Governor Sanchez,


Thank you so much for meeting today with the leaders of several of our New Mexico Conservative Political Action Groups (CPAGs) from around the state.  Your hospitality, warmth and candor were very much appreciated!


We provided you with a letter signed by all of the 17 attendees. Among them were several NM CPAG leaders::


    1. Aaron Lee San Juan County 9/12 Group & VP Farmington Tea Party
    2. Bill Panagakos Northern New Mexico Tea Party & Patriot Support Team
    3. Bob Wright Chaves County Tea Party
    4. Bob Mitzel Founder Patriots of Lea County
    5. Chuck Wendler Las Cruces Tea Party
    6. Darren Sowell President Rio Rancho Tea Party
    7. David Paul President Patriot Support Team
    8. Rich Grooters VP Rio Rancho Tea Party & Patriot Support Team
    9. Rick Harbaugh President Albuquerque Tea Party & Patriot Support Team
    10. Shon Williams President Patriots of Lea County
    11. Therese Cooper VP of Communications, Patriot Support Team
    12. Char Tierney Founder East Mountain Tea Party



We discussed the potential rift between NM CPAGs and the NM Republican Party.  We feel strongly that we must elect true conservatives to local, state and federal positions.  These individuals have historically won elections while moderates often fail. We hope to work together to overcome these differences and put conservative Republicans into office.


You stated that you could assist us by:

  1. Discussing the letter and our concerns with the leadership and body of the NM Republican Party
  2. Encourage the leadership of the NM Republican Party to meet with us in response in the hopes that we can find common ground



Again, thank you so much for your time, suggestions and valuable information!

God Bless America.





Therese Cooper

VP of Communications, Patriot Support Team

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