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Wells Fargo Given Ultimatum: No Business With NRA, Gun Companies Or…

By Dave Dolbee published on  in News

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten is in negotiations to meet with Wells Fargo CEO Tim Sloan. The AFT’s purpose is to deliver an ultimatum regarding the bank’s ongoing financial support for the gun lobby and gun manufacturers. The AFT has publically taken the position that if Sloan continues Wells Fargo’s support of firearms businesses, the AFT will discontinue its popular Wells Fargo mortgage program offered to members.

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Last week, the AFT released correspondence between Weingarten and Sloan. The release outlined the union’s concerns about Wells Fargo’s connections with the NRA—as well as its threat to stop offering Wells Fargo mortgages, if Wells Fargo continues being the NRA banker. The Wells Fargo mortgage program is part of the Union Privilege program and approximately 1,600 AFT members have opted for these mortgages annually.

More than 20,000 AFT members currently hold mortgages through the program. If Wells Fargo fails to budge, the AFT will urge other Union Privilege members to follow suit. The AFL-CIO was copied on the correspondence.

AFT President Randi Weingarten said: “The lives of students and educators must be valued more than guns. This is America—Wells Fargo has the right to be the NRA banker, but we have rights too. That’s why if Tim doesn’t ditch his guns business, we’ll ditch Wells Fargo. We are glad Tim wants to meet; but no words will dissuade us from our view that our society must value people over profits. We have a responsibility on behalf of our members and their students who face potential gun violence every day.

“We’re issuing Wells Fargo an ultimatum—they can have a mortgage market that includes America’s teachers, or they can continue to do business with the NRA and gun manufacturers. They can’t do both.”

I wonder how the members of the ATF feel about the move. I mean, did the membership vote for this? How many gun owners are by the default of their position members of the union, which is poorly representing their views based on the beliefs or politics of a few top leaders?

New New Mexican Distinguished Shooters

CMP Distinguished Rifleman Award

CMP Distinguished Rifleman Award

New Distinguished Shooters. The CMP extends its congratulations to the following competitors for achieving this prestigious status!  The most recent shooters to earn Distinguished Badges are listed below.

Junior Air Rifle Distinguished Badge

#1258 Bianey Nunez, Santa Fe, NM

#1261 Elijah Kalinski, Albuquerque, NM

#1266 Chelsea Brown, Rio Rancho, NM

#1267 Gabe Gonzales, Santa Fe, NM

Congratulations to these youngsters!

Donate part of your state tax refund to help wildlife  

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Donate part of your state tax refund to help wildlife

SANTA FE – Want to help wildlife in need of conservation? It’s as easy as filing out a line on your state tax return to donate some of your tax refund to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish Share with Wildlife program.

The Share with Wildlife program funds many projects and organizations, including the non-profit New Mexico Wildlife Center in Española, where sick and injured animals receive veterinary care, treatment and rehabilitation before being released back into the wild.

The program also funds research, including a study of the success of the North American river otter reintroduction effort that was conducted 2008-2010, and evaluation of the current size and health of the river otter population in New Mexico.

Another 2018 project involves assessing the reproductive success and survival rates of a turtle species currently under review for potential listing as a threatened or endangered species. Also funded this year is a project to study habitat associations and distribution of a species of chipmunk found only in mountain ranges in southeastern New Mexico.

“People who contribute to the Share with Wildlife program make all these wildlife projects possible,” said Ginny Seamster, the department’s Share with Wildlife program coordinator. Donations to the program are matched by federal dollars to maximize the effort. More than $1.5 million has gone to research, habitat enhancement, education and rehabilitation projects in the past 10 years. Many of those projects benefit nongame species in need of conservation. All donations fund projects, not program administration.

The program is reliant upon donations, especially through tax refund contributions. To donate part of your state tax refund, just fill out line t2 of PIT-D, the voluntary contributions schedule. Visit the state Taxation and Revenue Department at www.tax.newmexico.gov for tax forms and instructions.

Donations also can be made directly to the program or by purchasing a Share with Wildlife license plate. Please visit the department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us/share for more information, or contact Seamster at (505) 476-8111 or virginia.seamster@state.nm.us.

Santa Fe High Navy JROTC students named champion marksmen

  • By Sarah Halasz Graham | The New Mexican

They’re some of the sharpest shooters in the land.

Four students in Santa Fe High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps earned top honors Saturday at the 2018 All-Service National JROTC Championship, a marksmanship competition, beating out 25 other four-person teams from across the country.

A second Santa Fe High team placed eighth in the shooting match.

Students traveled to Camp Perry in Ohio for the all-service championship, which took place Friday and Saturday. They competed in the “sporter” event, which involves the use of air rifles.

The victory was the program’s second big win in as many months. In February, students took first place in the Navy National JROTC Championship in Phoenix. Their win earned them a spot at the all-service competition, where teams from Marine Corps, Army and Air Force JROTC programs also competed.

Santa Fe High Navy JROTC students named champion marksmen
Fourteen-year-old Angelica Segovia, a member Santa Fe High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, looks her shooting targets Tuesday. Segovia and three teammates took first place Saturday at the 2018 All-Service National JROTC Championship at Camp Perry in Ohio. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Santa Fe High’s first-place showings on a national stage continue a series of recent successes for the Navy JROTC. Students in the program took first place in the state ROTC championships in both 2016 and 2017.

“I’m excited for them,” said retired Master Chief Dale Mayes, the students’ coach. “This is the end of my fourth year [coaching]. I could be many places in the world, but this is where I want to be, with these kids.”

Students on Saturday’s winning team included Dominick Cordova, Bianey Nuñez, Gabe Gonzales and Angelica Segovia. On the eighth-place team were Ileana Molina, Mateu Romero, Joab Gonzalez and Marcus Fernandez.

Cordova placed fourth overall, out of 131 competitors.

During the contest, each student took 20 air-rifle shots in each of three positions — prone, standing and kneeling.

Mayes said they clenched the win in large part thanks to the vast strides they’ve made in their kneeling game.

“We kept practicing, practicing, and these kids turned kneeling around,” Mayes said. “We’re probably the best in kneeling in the country.”

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Santa Fe High Navy JROTC students named champion marksmen
Santa Fe High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps member Angelica Segovia, 14, fires an air rifle Tuesday during target practice. She and three teammates took first place Saturday at the 2018 All-Service National JROTC Championship at Camp Perry in Ohio. Luis Sánchez Saturno/The New Mexican

Mayes also credits a valuable contribution from parent Ronnie Fernandez, who arranged the donation of six air rifles to the program, each valued at about $550.

Banning Guns with the Ballot Box

Anti-gun extremists continually try to paint themselves as “reasonable,” and only want to present the image of seeking to promote “common sense” ideas that will serve to protect our citizens, while not infringing on the right to personal protection. That, however, is rarely what they seek to actually implement. As an example, we present Oregon’s Initiative Petition 43 (formerly Initiative Petition 42).

In Oregon, citizens are allowed to petition to place an initiative on the ballot that would let voters establish state law. Within this process, it also allows for anti-gun organizations to pay others to circulate petitions and obtain signatures. In other words, people who don’t even live in Oregon can work towards restricting your rights as a law-abiding gun owner.

In the case of Oregon’s Initiative Petition 43, what the proponents want to establish is a ban on some of the most commonly-owned rifles, handguns, and shotguns in America. The firearms being targeted are those that most gun owners consider to be the best option for personal protection.

This initiative seeks to ban all semi-automatic rifles that fall under its version of the “Assault Weapon” category. In this case, it considers any semi-automatic rifle capable of accepting a detachable magazine, and also having one arbitrarily determined cosmetic feature, to be subject to the ban. Such cosmetic features include certain stock configurations that have no relationship to how the firearm operates, as well as other attachments that have no impact on the firearm’s actual function. By comparison, when the failed federal “Assault Weapons” ban of 1994 was passed, it required two of these features to be banned.

In addition, proponents of this attack on law-abiding gun owners want to target those who use virtually any semi-automatic handgun for personal protection. As with rifles, Initiative Petition 43 changes the old federal ban threshold from having two features to having only one. It also bans any semi-automatic handgun with a magazine capacity over ten rounds. That means most modern semi-automatic handguns.

Semi-automatic shotguns would also be banned based on the new one-feature test.

Beyond the firearms themselves, this proposal also seeks to outlaw countless magazines, including those that are commonly sold with any number of rifles, handguns, and shotguns. At this point, proponents of Oregon Initiative Petition 43 have drawn the line at magazines capable of handling more than 10 rounds, but similar proposal throughout the country have ranged widely in their limits. At least one restriction “allows” only five rounds. In the end, anti-gun extremists will always seek to impose whatever magazine limitations they feel they can achieve. Today, in Oregon, that limit is ten rounds.

Should this proposal become law, and a law-abiding citizen who possesses one of these newly restricted items wishes to remain law-abiding, he or she will be required to either surrender it within 120 days, or register it and commit to storing it according to Oregon’s “safe storage” requirements. Anyone who moves into Oregon with an affected item (magazine or firearm) would be required to dispose of it.

Ultimately, whether it is one or two cosmetic features, or whether it is magazines that can accommodate five rounds, ten rounds, or 20, promoting the banning of firearms and their accessories based solely on randomly determined features or ammunition capacities is nothing more that appealing to the emotional response of those who simply do not like firearms, do not understand them, and would like to ban all firearms.

In perhaps the most candid article describing the federal “assault weapon” ban, anti-gun columnist Charles Krauthammer wrote, “Passing a law like the assault weapons ban is a symbolic — purely symbolic — move in that direction. Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation.” This is the goal of Oregon’s Initiative Petition 43.

NRA Statement on YouTube Censorship Announcement

Fairfax, Va.— Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA), released the following statement on Friday:

“YouTube is now in the business of political posturing and censorship. Millions of Americans watch YouTube videos every day to learn more about the safe and responsible use of firearms, and those videos show law-abiding gun owners participating in lawful behavior. By banning this content, YouTube is engaging in politically motivated censorship and alienating the millions of people who turn to the website for education and training. Currently, anyone can go to YouTube and watch a video to learn how to make a bomb, yet the company wants to ban videos depicting lawful gun use? It’s absurd. This new policy runs counter to the American traditions of open dialogue and tolerance for diverse opinions and firmly plants YouTube, and its parent company Google, against the freedoms so many Americans hold dear.”

ANGLERS, HUNTERS CAN PURCHASE 2018-19 LICENSES EARLY THIS YEAR

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, MARCH 22, 2018:

ANGLERS, HUNTERS CAN PURCHASE

2018-19 LICENSES EARLY THIS YEAR

SANTA FE – Sales of “over-the-counter” fishing and hunting licenses for the 2018-19 license year opened today, giving anglers and hunters an opportunity to have licenses in-hand when the new license year begins April 1.

The Department of Game and Fish previously began issuing “over-the-counter” licenses March 31. Licenses are available for purchase by telephone, (888) 248-6866, and at department offices and license vendors.

Anglers will need a 2018-19 fishing license beginning April 1. The first hunting seasons of 2018 will be for spring turkeys. Those seasons are April 6-8 for youth-only hunts, and April 15-May 10 for everyone.

More information about license fees, required stamps, season dates and other rules is available at www.wildlife.state.nm.us or toll-free, (888) 248-6866.

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Gun control resolution draws crowd to Las Cruces City Hall

LAS CRUCES, N.M. – The Las Cruces City Council is considering a proposed resolution that would support restrictions on the sale and possession of semi-automatic weapons in New Mexico.

The nonbinding measure requests that state lawmakers and the governor take action in the wake of a recent flurry of gun threats at schools.

The council chamber was packed Monday as the debate over the contentious proposal began.

Some protesters carried their guns openly as allowed under state law, but Mayor Ken Miyagishima said he wouldn’t allow anyone carrying a weapon to speak. Other residents spoke against the proposal, calling it an attack on their constitutional rights.

Last Wednesday, many Las Cruces students walked out of class to protest for gun reforms and to memorialize the students killed last month in a Florida school shooting.

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Editor: More restrictive gun laws won’t reduce these problems. 1. Deal with the delinquents, reported threats, etc. 2. Why aren’t the parents who allow their underage children to have these guns being charged with complicity to commit a crime. I suspect most of these gun incidents were guns taken from their home, their parent’s guns. You never hear of the parents being arrested or thrown in jail.

Look at Chicago, NYC, Baltimore, etc…stiff gun laws, high death rates. Go after the criminals, go after the “me generation” kids who don’t know right from wrong!!

Disgust With Hollywood’s Antigun Activism Unifies Americans in Nationwide Poll

Disgust With Hollywood’s Antigun Activism Unifies Americans in Nationwide Poll
Based on the results of a Zogby Analytics poll released earlier this month, Second Amendment supporters may have a counter-intuitive message for virtue-signaling Hollywood heavyweights pledging their support for restrictive firearm laws: keep up the good work!  Gun control is gaining renewed social currency in some circles in the wake of the Parkland, Fla. tragedy. Hollywood, to no one’s surprise, has eagerly jumped on the bandwagon, with stars, starlets, and studio honchos displaying their usual self-importance and grasping desire for the spotlight.

Bloomberg Gun Control Shill Targets Sportman’s Warehouse for Selling a Bolt Action .22

Bloomberg Gun Control Shill Targets Sportman’s Warehouse for Selling a Bolt Action .22
On March 2, gun control über matron Shannon Watts issued a tweet taking the online retailer Sportsman’s Warehouse to task for making a certain firearm available to adults as young as 18. No doubt Watts hoped to shock her Twitter followers with the gun’s supposedly menacing appearance.   The rifle she depicted, however, was a Ruger bolt action .22 rimfire, a platform that has safely introduced untold numbers of preteens to the fundamentals of marksmanship and firearm safety, including through programs at summer camps, scouting organizations, and even some public schools.