Thought Crimes Expansion
Stephen Urquhart, senate district 29 ("Republican"), and
Daniel McCay, house district
Summary: SB 43
creates a pilot program to indoctrinate 8th grade government
school students regarding "firearm safety and violence prevention",
code for gun control. The Utah attorney general's office
would "collaborate" with
the state board of education, both notorious gun control
unilaterially setting the curriculum and choosing the
Position: UT Gun Rights
opposes this bill. See its
bill status page.
To contact your statutators,
This bill passed senate bully Wayne Niederhauser's hand-picked
senate judiciary, law [sic]
enforcement, and criminal justice committee
yeas, 0 nays, 3 absent/not voting), passed the senate (22
yeas, 5 nays, 2 absent/not voting), and is in house bully
Greg Hughes' hand-picked rules committee.
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1. "Violence Prevention" is Code for Gun
2. Corruption-Infested Utah AG No Friend to
3. State Board of Indoctrination Plots to
Impose Gun Control
4. Appropriate Action: Contact the Two
Bullies Who Dominate Your Statutators
"Violence Prevention" is Code for Gun Control
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Catchy phrases like "violence
prevention" or "reducing violence" sound wonderful, don't
they? Who wouldn't want that? But how are ideas
typically translated and pursued in a government school
According to the Obama regime's
is the Time: The President's plan to protect our children and
our communities by reducing gun violence," it is all
"...creating safer and more nurturing
school climates that help prevent school
violence..." [bold added]
Do you believe that Obama's vision of
safety and nurturing aligns with the views of those who
promote the right to keep and bear arms?
The Obama regime is joined by gun
control commando and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg,
Against Illegal Guns and similar enterprises.
Bloomberg was highlighted in the article, "New
Gun Violence Prevention Group 'Everytown for
Gun Safety' Unites Mayors, Moms and Millions of Americans on
New Paths to Victory: State Capitols, Corporate
Responsibility, Voter Activation". According to these
gun control zealots:
"Supporters of Everytown will back
candidates and legislation that will save lives, donate to the
group’s efforts and take action to raise awareness for
important issues like guns in schools, domestic violence,
child access to guns, suicide and the other ways that gun
violence affects all Americans."
What kind of "legislation" can you
imagine Bloomberg et al might openly or secretly
"back" to "raise awareness"? Perhaps bills that indoctrinate
children against guns in the name of safety?
the article, "It’s
Not Gun Control It’s Gun Violence Prevention,"
by Tony Wellen, chair of the Coalition Against Gun Violence
(CAGV). He claims that,
"The American people overwhelmingly
support common-sense solutions to our gun violence epidemic –
policies like universal background checks (88% Democrats and
79% Republicans: July 2015 Pew Poll), an assault weapons ban,
a limit on ammunition clips and gun violence protective
Two of the
CAGV's policies are:
"...to counter advertising campaigns
by the gun lobby and gun manufacturers encouraging gun
acquisition through education about the risks associated with
gun ownership," and,
"...to encourage legislators at all
levels of government to make the effective prevention
of gun violence a high priority..." [bold added]
Closer to home, there exists the
Gun Violence Prevention Center of Utah, which advocates
"A primary activity of the Gun
Violence Prevention Center is to educate Utahns about
the merits of such moderate gun-violence prevention measures
as universal background checks, bans on the sale of
military-style assault rifles, and limitations on the places
where concealed weapons can be carried." [bold added]
Are you starting to get the picture?
"Violence prevention" is code for indoctrinating, in this case
children, to accept, and eventually advocate for, gun control.
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Corruption-Infested Utah AG No Friend to Gun Owners
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SB 43 directs the Utah attorney
general's (AG) office "in collaboration with
the State Board of Education, to select a provider to supply
materials and curriculum for the instruction to be provided..."
Unfortunately, the AG's office has a sordid history of
corruption and antagonism toward gun owners.
Utah's past two attorneys
general, Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow, are currently under
indictment for corruption and also election fraud.
allege how Mark Shurtleff, John Swallow used political power,
by Dennis Romboy, Deseret News, 2/14/15, and "Prosecutors
want John Swallow added to election fraud lawsuit," by Pat
Reavy, Deseret News, 12/11/15.
Shurtleff notoriously lobbied to
re-open the floodgates of federal property confiscation
without due process (i.e. "asset forfeiture"), a backdoor
attack on innocent gun owners who must defend themselves in
federal courts that are often hopelessly stacked against them.
Utah Law Enforcement Officials Mislead Legislature to Oppose
Civil Asset Forfeiture Reform," by Connor Boyack,
Libertas Institute; "Your
Guns Are Now Their Guns!" and the "Property
Rights" section by Accountability Utah.
Current occupant, Sean "Rambo"
Reyes, appears to have retained most of Shurtleff and
Swallow's former bureaucrat cronies, and is under increasing
attack for unethical activities, including cronyism and
establishing a secretive and unethical "strike force".
as usual? A.G. Reyes’ campaign donations raise
conflict-of-interest questions," by Robert Gehrke, Salt
Lake Tribune, 6/7/15; "Utah
AG's Office battles whistleblower suit filed by one of its own
veteran attorneys," by Colby Frazier, Salt Lake City
Weekly, 12/23/15, and "Rambo
Reyes and The Child Sex Slave Rescue Industry: Vigilantes Cut
Through Red Tape", by Lynn Packer, 3/31/15, pp 28-30.
As reported by UT Gun Rights, Reyes has been absent
without leave (AWOL) regarding dozens of Utah local
governments that have pursued gun controls in direct violation
of Utah statute. An out-of-state private organization, The
Second Amendment Foundation, has been vicariously performing
Reyes' job for him, by forcing those local officials to comply
with Utah statute.
Reyes is also a
of the secretive and contemptible Utah Law [sic]
Enforcement Legislative Committee (LELC), which notoriously
takes positions in favor of gun control, including:
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* Support for
HB 384: More Government Power to Steal Your Property in
* Opposition to
HB 76: Carry “Unloaded” Firearms Concealed in 2013, and
* Support for
HB 276: Violence Against Open Carry Gun Owners in 2014.
As no surprise, the LELC
recently voted in a secret meeting to support SB 43.
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State Board of Indoctrination Plots to Impose Gun
brainwash the youth, comrades!"
According to SB 43, the Utah attorney general's office is
to coordinate with the Utah state board of education (SBE) on
the curriculum and instructor(s). The SBE has long plotted to
undermine gun owners and indoctrinate Utah children against
their parents. Consider this from the
1999 SBE board meeting minutes [bold added]:
"Chairman John Watson indicated that the Board has made a
statement. He indicated he wanted to see guns band from
school. However, principally if we follow certain rules and
processes, we will ultimately get that decision. He felt the
Board should get behind the coalition and make our statement
known, and wait and watch for a short period of time for
legislative action to take place, we get all of our wishes and
desires without facing legal action that could come to us.
"Member Grant Hurst commented that he felt the Board had
the right and responsibility to take action. However, he would
like to have us do something that will create a change in
attitude and structure that will keep guns from going into
schools with or without anyone’s knowledge. The biggest
concern if we take that action is the political process that
we could put ourselves in a very dangerous position with the
legislature who has said they are not going to take any
action, and we force them to the table and they could come
back and put it to us financially. Member Hurst suggested
that we get solidly in front of the initiative action and make
our position clear that as the State Board of Education we are
opposed to guns in schools and we will take whatever action
necessary to do that. If we get all the education family and
churches together, this will be moved ahead quickly. He
suggested that the Board give Doug Bates authority to
"Motion was made by Member C. Grant Hurst and seconded by
Member Linnea S. Barney that the State Boards of Education
get solidly in front of the initiative action in opposition to
guns in schools and to authorize Doug Bates to lead the
"Member Kim Burningham clarified that the legislature has
not taken a stand, only legislative committees and a caucus
have done so. He felt that when the pressure comes solid heads
will win out and the legislature will take the right stand. We
can help this by joining this initiative.
"Vice Chairman Jill Kennedy spoke in favor of the motion
and indicated that as we do so Board Members need to be on the
line and go door to door with petitions, etc. to make our
position absolutely clear.
"Chairman Watson indicated that the Board needed to be
present at the press conference on September 27.
"Motion carried unanimously."
all to worship the state!"
In other words, SB 43 is a dream come true for the SBE's
historical legacy of scheming to "create a change in attitude
and structure" with the objective of scaring children and
parents into accepting gun control. They will now get to
"collaborate" to select the instructors, agenda, and tone of
this so-called "gun violence prevention program". Rather than
openly promote gun control, the statutarium is handing the SBE
the ability to what it has longed to do.
As UT Gun Rights has attempted to convey, this is
precisely how Utah's "pay-to-play" culture of political
corruption operates, and how gun owners are played for fools.
What gun control zealots cannot accomplish openly, they
attempt to accomplish secretly. See, for example, the
76: Political Theater for Suckers".
More recently, the SBE was crystal clear in its
opposition to the effort to train teachers to be carry
concealed and be first-responders in attacks on schools [bold
"The Utah State Board of Education Chair Debra Roberts
released the following statement today on the matter:
'The Utah State Board of Education expresses sympathy to
all involved in the recent school shooting in Connecticut. In
the face of this terrible tragedy, as schools move forward in
taking measures to ensure the safety of students and school
personnel, we urge caution and thoughtful consideration.'
"The statement noted that its schools have emergency
plans to handle such situations.
"Carol Lear, the board's director of school law and
legislation, was more blunt about Aposhian's gun training,
telling the Associated Press, 'It's a terrible idea...
It's a horrible, no-good, rotten idea.'"
Teachers Flock to Gun Training," by Christina NG, ABC
How confident are you in the ability of these people to
teach children about firearms and firearm safety?
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Appropriate Action: Contact
the Two Bullies Who Dominate Your Statutators
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2016 Utah Government Corruption Report amply demonstrates,
two playground bullies abuse and dominate the house and senate and work
together to destroy your rights:
Greg Hughes and
senate president Wayne Niederhauser.
Contrary to what you
learned in civics class,
these two men bully the entire statutarium (i.e. "legislature") and run roughshod over your elected officials. They set the agenda and your statutators obediently follow it.
How can two people exercise
such control? As one example, the house speaker and senate
president alone appoint and remove EVERY member of EVERY
committee. Hughes and Niederhauser are empowered to do this
without any review or confirmation process.
Sources: "The general duties of the
Speaker are to:... appoint the members of committees…" (House
Rules 1-3-102. Duties of the speaker) and "The general
duties of the president are to:… appoint the members of
Duties of the president)
Consider the vast implications of this
incredible power. No bill may be voted on in the house or
senate without going through a committee. As a result, bills
live or die almost entirely upon the calculated orders of
these two bullies.
Previous House Bully Becky Lockhart candidly
admitted her power to the press:
"I empower [house] committee
chairs..." [bold added]
banning enforcement of federal gun laws 'stuck in limbo',"
by Lisa Riley Roche, Deseret News, Feb. 22, 2013.
Lockhart's successor, Greg Hughes, likewise empowers the chairs of each house committee because he
appoints and fires them at his will alone, as does
Niederhauser for every senate committee.
Hughes' and Niederhauser's powers are so extreme, no specific provision exists in the house or senate rules to fire these bullies before their two-year terms are over. Akin to an elected despotism, these bullies lord over each body, trade political favors, and sell your rights; all while pretending that decisions are made by the will of the majority.
The political buck stops with Hughes and Niederhauser for failing to advance positive gun owner
bills, and for every gun control bill enacted. Until more
statutators are motivated to oppose their power, your rights will continue to be
Because your house and senate statutators
merely serve their will and agenda, contacting them is often
just a courtesy call. These two bullies hold the power
over Utah's statutarium ("legislature"):
For House Bully Greg Hughes' contact
information (and the rest of the house statutators),
click here. For Senate Bully Wayne
Niederhauser's contact information
(and the rest of the senate statutators),
Other views & opinions to compare and contrast:
Utah Shooting Sports Council.
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