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ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT A SHOOTING CLUB ON RIO DE JANEIRO’S OUTSKIRTS, 58-YEAR-OLD COURT OFFICER MÁRCIO MONTEIRO TAKES AIM AT A PAPER TARGET. HE AND FOUR OTHERS HAVE JUST LEARNED HOW TO LOAD AND FIRE A .38-CALIBER REVOLVER FOR THE FIRST TIME AS PART OF A SHOOTING SAFETY AND BASICS CLASS, A REQUIREMENT IN BRAZIL BEFORE PURCHASING A GUN. SEE STORY.IN A 2/14/19 ARTICLE BY JULIA MANCHESTER POSTED ON THE HILL.COM, THE REPORTER SAYS THAT "THE GIFFORDS LAW CENTER, A GUN CONTROL ADVOCACY GROUP, FOUND IN A POLL ONE MONTH AFTER THE PARKLAND SHOOTING LAST YEAR THAT 69 PERCENT OF NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION MEMBERS EXPRESSED SUPPORT" FOR GUN CONTROL. THE NRA SAYS, WE CALL BS.A PAIR OF HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS IS ASKING THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION TO ANSWER QUESTIONS RELATED TO POTENTIAL TIES TO RUSSIA, INCLUDING ON THE GUN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION'S FINANCES, A 2015 TRIP TO MOSCOW ATTENDED BY NRA BACKERS AND WHETHER NRA OFFICIALS COMMUNICATED WITH RUSSIAN-LINKED INDIVIDUALS ABOUT ATTEMPTS TO INTERFERE IN THE 2016 US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ACKNOWLEDGE IT WRONGLY ISSUED A GUN LICENSE TO AURORA SHOOTER. IN A DETAILED STATEMENT THE AGENCY ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE AURORA POLICE DEPARTMENT MAY HAVE FAILED TO DO ITS PART TO ENSURE THE MAN NO LONGER OWNED A WEAPON.MASSACHUSETTS' RED FLAG GUN LAW: SAVING LIVES OR THREATENING CIVIL RIGHTS? JIM WALLACE IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MASSACHUSETTS GUN OWNERS' GROUP AFFILIATED WITH THE NRA.  HE BELIEVES THE LAW IS FLAWED BECAUSE IT DOESN'T PROVIDE ANY MENTAL HEALTH CARE OR WELLBEING CHECKS FOR PEOPLE AFTER THEIR WEAPONS ARE CONFISCATED. 

California Burning

Bob Rogers

Wednesday, August 15, 2018 — Someday there won’t be much of California left to burn. Considering all the fires the state has dealt with in recent years it’s a wonder that there are any trees left, especially in the more populated areas. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s counter claims that “environmental terrorist groups” are to blame after the greenies targeted Zinke’s rebuke of excess federal lands are signs that somebody besides a human firebug is causing the state’s green forests and golden brushy hillsides to turn ashen black.

Look at western states other than California, however, to see a pattern emerging that seems to indicate that something other than climate change, i.e. “global warming,” may be the real culprit. Washington state, Oregon, Nevada, parts of northern Idaho and northwestern Montana, Arizona’s and New Mexico’s mountains, parts of Nevada, Utah, central and southern Colorado have all experienced recent mass wildfires.

The West has undergone more than just political change in recent years. The desire to get away from America’s major crowded cities has attracted an exodus of political population primarily from the east coast to the west coast. When that happens, new residents want something more than subways, bus fumes and street crime. They want at least some small piece of tranquility that comes from nesting in the West’s many rolling forested hills. That brings out the best dreams of land developers: new and very lucrative subdivisions and all those heretofore spaces left to deer, rabbits, birds, cougars and other wild critters are turned into wildfires-in-waiting.

California’s big game hunting has dwindled to an exercise in permit zoning. Areas that once held reasonably good populations of mule and blacktail deer have been denuded of habitat by newly created subdivisions. Colorado remains a destination for elk and deer hunters in the Rocky Mountain high country but at lower elevations, areas circling metropolitan Denver and Colorado Springs, once the home for deer, antelope and upland game, has been relegated to what we might call “urban suburbia,” areas now compacted with shopping, hotels, restaurants, theaters and other economic attractants.

Take any hunk of forested tree country, remove most of the timber and forage, and after covering much of the land with heat-attracting concrete and asphalt, stake out hundreds of new homes and a few very upscale ranchettes, add hordes of people, and you’ve got a primer for sparks, trash, weed and leaf burning. One thing leads to another and eventually some public servant at your front door gives you an order to evacuate.

A recent wildfire was blamed on sparks from ricocheting bullets at a gun range. Can’t say for sure if that was or wasn’t the cause but where once there existed balanced populations of wandering coyotes and cuddly black bears and even a mountain lion or two, recent home buyers who fed the critters meal scraps are now demanding wildlife agencies “do something” about those scary animals that are coming too close to the suburban landscaping. And they want NO HUNTING signs to be posted everywhere.

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BREAKING :
ON A SATURDAY AFTERNOON AT A SHOOTING CLUB ON RIO DE JANEIRO’S OUTSKIRTS, 58-YEAR-OLD COURT OFFICER MÁRCIO MONTEIRO TAKES AIM AT A PAPER TARGET. HE AND FOUR OTHERS HAVE JUST LEARNED HOW TO LOAD AND FIRE A .38-CALIBER REVOLVER FOR THE FIRST TIME AS PART OF A SHOOTING SAFETY AND BASICS CLASS, A REQUIREMENT IN BRAZIL BEFORE PURCHASING A GUN. SEE STORY.IN A 2/14/19 ARTICLE BY JULIA MANCHESTER POSTED ON THE HILL.COM, THE REPORTER SAYS THAT "THE GIFFORDS LAW CENTER, A GUN CONTROL ADVOCACY GROUP, FOUND IN A POLL ONE MONTH AFTER THE PARKLAND SHOOTING LAST YEAR THAT 69 PERCENT OF NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION MEMBERS EXPRESSED SUPPORT" FOR GUN CONTROL. THE NRA SAYS, WE CALL BS.A PAIR OF HOUSE DEMOCRATIC LAWMAKERS IS ASKING THE NATIONAL RIFLE ASSOCIATION TO ANSWER QUESTIONS RELATED TO POTENTIAL TIES TO RUSSIA, INCLUDING ON THE GUN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION'S FINANCES, A 2015 TRIP TO MOSCOW ATTENDED BY NRA BACKERS AND WHETHER NRA OFFICIALS COMMUNICATED WITH RUSSIAN-LINKED INDIVIDUALS ABOUT ATTEMPTS TO INTERFERE IN THE 2016 US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.ILLINOIS STATE POLICE ACKNOWLEDGE IT WRONGLY ISSUED A GUN LICENSE TO AURORA SHOOTER. IN A DETAILED STATEMENT THE AGENCY ALSO SUGGESTED THAT THE AURORA POLICE DEPARTMENT MAY HAVE FAILED TO DO ITS PART TO ENSURE THE MAN NO LONGER OWNED A WEAPON.MASSACHUSETTS' RED FLAG GUN LAW: SAVING LIVES OR THREATENING CIVIL RIGHTS? JIM WALLACE IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE MASSACHUSETTS GUN OWNERS' GROUP AFFILIATED WITH THE NRA.  HE BELIEVES THE LAW IS FLAWED BECAUSE IT DOESN'T PROVIDE ANY MENTAL HEALTH CARE OR WELLBEING CHECKS FOR PEOPLE AFTER THEIR WEAPONS ARE CONFISCATED.