Gun Control and Lobbyists

right to carrySpecial interest groups, also known as “Advocacy groups” carry much weight in the political area. Take advocates of gun control which is a big issue across the board in America where many seek to do away with gun play even in hunting. There are mixed feelings with regard to who has a right to carry and some feel that their rights might be violated.

In the article, “Special-interest groups–In the cross-hairs,” the The National Rifle Association lobby to protect such rights in the political area siting their 1st Amendment right to carry and bear arms are violated with new or pending policy changes where guns are concerned saying, “Thirty years ago, the NRA was principally an organisation for hunters and sports-shooters. Lobbying against gun-control laws was a rare activity, since there were few such laws about. (The NRA’s then president, General Franklin Orth, testified before Congress in the 1960s in support of a gun-control measure: a bill banning mail-order gun sales after the Kennedy assassination.) Since the mid-1970s, though, the NRA has increasingly focused its supposed 3.6m members and its $137m annual budget on two political objectives: helping to elect pro-gun-rights candidates, and then lobbying to ensure that they keep the faith when gun-control laws are mooted in Congress. According to the Centre for Responsive Politics, which tracks the impact of political donations, the NRA has given nearly $8.8m since 1991 directly to parties and individual candidates. It has shelled out many times that sum on indirect lobbying. Four-fifths of this money goes to Republicans; and it has been Republicans in Congress who have mainly been responsible, in one way or another, for blocking gun-control laws.”

The above information from even one group is huge and conveys truth while answering the question if special interest groups can ‘buy’ an elected official I can say with great confidence that it is most probable and likely that this is taking place. Hence, it is the case that media time can be bought as well. Yes, there is a great influence here.

In recent activities where President Obama went against the senate to establish stiffer penalties for our gun- toting counter parts he was hit with heavy resistance. I agree that it is fair that those who own guns be put on a tight leash, and while this might not seem fair to respectable law abiding citizens; the consequences of carrying should not outweigh or weigh as much as some who are carrying guns elsewhere. Hence, today, whether on the street or in the office mental illness runs deep in America. Hence, One nation, one gun law for all.

Those against guns feel the sting of them in their neighborhoods. Four years later, a family still suffers from a gunman who shot and killed a young girl and her grandmother during her birthday party.

The article, “Man gets death sentence for killing 2 at Fort Worth birthday party”, gives this account:

“Erick Davila was forgiven by the victims’ family after Friday’s sentencing.

Davila, 21, did not react when his death sentence was read Friday in the courtroom of state District Judge Sharen Wilson. The jury that convicted Davila last week of capital murder deliberated about seven hours over two days before deciding his punishment.

He was convicted of fatally shooting Annette Stevenson, 48, and Queshawn Stevenson, 5, in April during a children’s birthday party. Four other people, including three children, were wounded.

Davila was a member of a Fort Worth street gang, and authorities believe Annette Stevenson’s adult son, Jerry Stevenson, may have been his intended target in retaliation for a prior gang-related incident in which Davila was wounded. Jerry Stevenson was unhurt during Davila’s shooting rampage, which occurred at Annette Stevenson’s East Fort Worth home.” (Dennis, 2009).

This event happened just four blocks from my home and I say money cannot buy common sense. This is what advocacy with special interest groups; such as, guns and other issues should fight to win.

Source:

 The Economist

NRA-ILA, Institute for Legislative Action

prisonMan gets death sentence for killing 2 at Fort Worth birthday party

Watch: Trigger Happy: NRA Wing-NUTS Dig in As Obama Takes Gun Control Debate To The People

Tarrant County Crack Down, Child Support

Tarrant County Courthouse, Fort Worth, Texas

Tarrant County Courthouse, Fort Worth, Texas (Photo credit: Ken Lund)

Today it is not uncommon for fathers to struggle with no support when the mother is absent; it is not the case anymore that women are the ones left with the burden of single parenthood.

 

Just ask any single parent who, for whatever reason has the misfortune of raising children alone and you will hear a resounding chime as they tell you it gets hard, but what can be done?
According to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, a partnership with 8 Tarrant County Constables has led to 22 arrests for failure to pay their child support. In the August Press Release entitled, “Tarrant County Constables Conduct Child Support Roundup,” reports state, “The Tarrant County constables who participated in the initiative are: Pct. 1 Constable Jerry Crowder, Pct. 2 Constable Robert McGinty, Pct. 3 Constable Zane Hilger, Pct. 4 Constable Dub Bransom, Pct. 5 Constable Sergio Deleon, Pct. 6 Constable Joe Kubes, Pct. 7 Constable Clint Burgess and Pct. 8 Constable Chester Luckett.”
The article goes on to state that those arrested were wanted by authorities for failing to meet their obligated payments.
The Attorney General gives a stern warning saying, “Parents who have outstanding warrants can avoid the embarrassment of arrest at their home or work by turning themselves in to the Tarrant County Jail. Parents who have fallen behind on their child support payments – but are not yet subject to warrants for their arrest – should immediately contact the Attorney General’s Child Support Division at (800) 252-8014 to make payment arrangements.”
State and Federal law determines reprimand for each perspective state; hence, in Tarrant County the duty of the Attorney is to serve those families who request service or those who receive public assistance.

Services offered by the Tarrant County Child Support Division are as follows:
• locating absent parents;
• establishing paternity for children born to unmarried parents;
• establishing, enforcing and modifying child and medical support orders;
• and collecting and distributing child support payments.
The report adds, in 2010 parents in the State Texas had paid more than $241,000,000 in support to their children.
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Watch: New Child Support Law Texas

 

Bless this Family

Child Protective Services has placed 4 more children in the care of an elderly woman in Fort Worth.

CrusadersforChrist Intl Ministies, Pastor, Evangelist Marie Birdo says the 67 year old woman already had custody of 10 grandchildren; and, if that isn’t enough is caring for a son in a wheel chair as well.

The family of 16, now make their home in a cramped 2 bedroom apt.

The ages of the children, Birdo said, range from 4 mo. to 6 yrs, and the church is asking the assistance of the public for donations.Can you give to the needy today?Their sizes are whatever you give that will help in the group above; or, to find out how you can give in addition to the clothing  or for more information,
please call:

Evangelist Marie Birdo, 817-770-7792

MsKaydailey

Watch: Child Endangerment

Suspicious Package Causes Evacuation in Fort Worth

A United States Post Office was the subject of Breaking News when a package was spotted in the front parking area,  evacuation for further inspection of the package was authorized.

It was around 10 a.m. when the report about a lone box sitting in the middle of the parking lot at 4600 E. Rosedale Street in Fort Worth and authorities were dispatched to the scene.

Several investigators were called in to inspect the package as insurety precautions.

CNN DFW reported, “Postal Inspector Amanda McMurray told KRLD NewsRadio 1080, “A box has been left out front of the Polytechnic Station in Fort Worth. Right now we don’t have any reason to believe that the parcel itself is dangerous, however out of an abundance of caution postal inspectors and [the] Fort Worth bomb squad are on site.”

Other Expert Investigators included:

  • Chopper 11
  • A Bomb Detection Robot
  • Bomb Squad Unit

Notably, today’s scare is not the first of it’s kind at this particular Postal Branch where reports tell of two more packages found in less than 2 months.

Fire Department Officials announced that 2 months ago they got reports of suspicious packages at that same branch.

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The West Nile Virus: Big Tex-Demic

Aedes Albopictus, blood-fed

Not only do Texas residents fight heat this year, but along with the heat come mosquitoes; and not only mosquitoes, but “killer” mosquitoes which carry the West Nile Virus.

Summer in Texas is full of things to do; like swimming, boating, fishing and other water activities where there is no surprise that with summer come mosquitoes. However, people are being warned this year to head indoors before dusk. Why? Because this year’s mosquito bites can be deadly.

According to Center for Disease Control there have been 392 Neuroinvasive disease cases  reported this year; as well as, 341 non-neuroinvasive reports of the deadly virus which rounds up to more than 730 cases so far, and 30 people have  died as a result.

CDC is warning everyone to stay indoors between the hours of dusk and dawn, and protect themselves.

What are the symptoms? Keep in mind that the symptoms are flu like and can include the following:

  • fever
  • headache
  • neck and back stiffness
  • muscle ache
  • tiredness
  • joint pain
  • swollen glands
  • rash

Who is at risk?

Children, and adults 50 and over; as well as those whose immune systems have been weaken by HIV/AIDS, Cancer, and various organ transplants.

Preventative measures:

  • Wear insect repellent. Repellents that include one of these ingredients are best: DEET, lemon eucalyptus, or picaridin.
  • When possible, wear socks, long sleeves, and long pants when outside.
  • If you see a dead bird, don’t touch it — it could be infected. Wear gloves and mask to be safe.
  • Empty any standing water that may be a breeding ground for mosquito larvae.

Source:

CDC: West Nile Virus

What’s West Nile?

More Information:

More News on Virus in Texas : Click Here

Texas Preventative Measures: Click Here

mosquitos messed up
mosquitos messed up (Photo credit: quapan)
English: The proboscis of an Aedes albopictus ...

English: The proboscis of an Aedes albopictus mosquito feeding on human blood. Under experimental conditions the Aedes albopictus mosquito, also known as the Asian Tiger Mosquito, has been found to be a vector of West Nile Virus. Aedes is a genus of the Culicine family of mosquitos. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)