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My heart goes out to the families and friends of the victims in the Umpqua Community College tragedy and the community of Roseburg. This was an act of a criminal who may have been under the influence of mind-altering pharmaceutical drugs. Stricter laws have never stopped someone’s intent on harming others. This school was already legally a gun-free zone!
I have said it before and I will say it again: I believe that an armed society is a safe society.
Labeling a public place a “gun-free zone” will not create a non-violent environment for citizens; in fact, it does the opposite. By creating this illusion, we, as a country, are putting targets on the backs of our children, our families and our selves. While the President has already used this tragedy to feed his anti-gun agenda by saying that these killings have become “routine”, what he fails to mention is the truly routine pattern of these terrible crimes is that they happen in gun-free zones. Places where people have been rendered defenseless by the government.
We should really be focusing on the root of the problem: mental illness. I urge everyone to educate themselves on mental illness and the drugs that doctors are so quick to prescribe, because knowing the signs and side effects of these could save lives; banning guns will not!
Last month the We Decide Coalition filed a referendum to repeal the 1.4 billion dollar tax hike that was passed in the 78th session. This tax package includes the Commerce Tax that 80% of voters overwhelming disapproved of last November. While there has been some push back from supporters of Governor Brian Sandoval, namely the Coalition for Nevada’s Future, we are working hard to ensure that this referendum will make it through the court system and allow voters to decide if this tax package will stay with Nevada permanently.
Get more information on the status of the referendum here: http://nevadanewsandviews.com/ax-the-tax-referendum-update/
It’s more important than ever that we have proven conservatives and job creators in the legislature. Nevadans have spoken out about their disapproval of this tax package and their distrust in elected officials after the 78th session. No one should feel that a representative they helped put into office has misled them or ignored their best interests in order to serve their own agenda.
We need to elect candidates who can be trusted to stand behind the values they ran their campaigns on, even when they are being persuaded to turn the other way.
Let’s take back Nevada together!
During session I fought so hard to pass AB 167, which will now allow foster parents who have a concealed carry permit to keep guns and ammunition in their home and to carry a gun on their person while with a child outside the home. Unfortunately, the Nevada Department of Family Services (DFS) has over reached and taken away Kristen and Rod Beber’s foster license because Rod was holding a gun in the name of self-defense. Kristin and Rod are two genuinely good-hearted people who have opened their home to over a hundred foster children. To see the DFS take away their right to protect themselves and their family because in their opinion Rod was not acting as “an adult exercising sound judgment” is crushing. This is an example of the State over reaching and, frankly, being a bully just to show that they have power. I will continue to be a voice for the Beber family and all foster families who want to have their right to self defend protected!
You can read more on the Beber family story here.
Over the last few months there has been a lot of focus on the negative outcomes from the 78 session, mainly Governor Brian Sandoval’s tax hike that was passed without any consideration for Nevadans or Nevada business owners. While the elected officials who stabbed constituents in the back by passing this tax package, which was overwhelmingly opposed by voters, deserve to be reprimanded, today I would like to shift the focus and highlight some of the great things that have come from this past session and how they are now paving the way for a better Nevada.
First, a huge win this session was the repeal of blue cards for gun owners in Clark County. My friends at the Nevada Firearms Coalition, the National Rifle Association and the New Frontier Armory held a great event last month; residents came from all over Clark County to shred their blue cards in celebration of this long needed repeal. When we create more hoops for gun owners to jump through, like blue card registration forms, we are only discouraging good citizens from being able to protect themselves. This repeal is a step in the right direction for gun owners and non-gun owners alike in Nevada. An armed society is a safe and polite society.
Also, Nevada has become a leader in education since establishing the Education Savings Accounts program. This program allows any child who has spent at least 100 days in public school to receive between $5,100 and $5,700 per year. Families can use this money towards tutoring, private school tuition, charter school fees, textbooks and many other school-related expenses. I would like to encourage all families to take a look at their children’s current school situation, and question if they are in the best place for them. With this new program, Nevadans are encouraged to take control of their children’s education to ensure that their needs are being met.
Mark your calendars for this Saturday, July 18, because there are a couple of great events happening.
First, my friends at the Nevada Firearms Coalition (NVFAC) have partnered with the National Rifle Association (NRA) to a celebration of defeating Clark County’s elimination of “blue cards”.
This event will be taking place at the New Frontier Armory located at 150 E. Centennial Parkway in North Las Vegas. I have purchased a couple of guns from the New Frontier, and I have nothing but respect for this store and it’s amazing staff. Come join me from 10am – 3 pm, and don’t forget to bring your blue cards to shred and win prizes!
You can learn more and RSVP here.
Saturday I will also be hosting 2016 presidential candidate Carly Fiorina at the Bootlegger Italian Bistro Copa Room from 1pm – 3pm. Come join us for a great afternoon full of lively discussion.
It’s been a big week for the U.S. Supreme Court. After a 5-4 ruling on Friday, same-sex couples can now get married in any state. Following the Supreme Court’s ruling, and their interpretation of the fourteenth amendment, I have one major question. If the court case had been about the ability to conceal carry, which is also legal in most states, would the Supreme Court have made the same ruling? I think we can safety assume they would not have ruled with the same inclination.
Uber has officially made its way onto my naughty list after the company declared that not only are the drivers not allowed to carry guns, but neither are any passengers in the vehicles. This coming from a company who claims that they are not employers, they are independent contractors of drivers who own and run their own business. In a not so surprising turn of events, it only took 2 weeks for someone to rob an Uber driver at gunpoint after the company changed its gun policy. When will people learn that a gun-free zone does not deter criminals, it literally just protects criminals so they can harm the innocent?
Another case that is coming under fire this week is the New Jersey state appellate court that denied a man his concealed weapons permit because his wife is prohibited from owning a gun. Apparently, now not only can you have your rights taken away because of something you have done, but also because you are married to someone who has committed a crime. You can read more about this case here.
This week tragedy struck in Charleston, South Carolina after a deranged young man went to a church and killed 9 innocent people. President Obama couldn’t wait 5 minutes before taking the opportunity to promote his gun control agenda after the incident.
While I am deeply sad for the families of the victims and the community of Charleston, I do not think that this was an act that could have been prevented by gun control; this church was a gun-free zone! This was not the outcome of a gun problem. This was a consequence of a psychological problem.
I believe that an armed society is a safe society. When you create a gun-free zone you are not creating a nonviolent environment for citizens; instead, you are putting targets on their backs. It is a shame that instead of taking the opportunity to inform the public about the connection between these shootings and mental health disorders, our government chooses to turn the conversation towards gun control.
Speaking of government officials pushing their own agendas, let’s talk about SB 483 and the consequence that are coming. I am currently in the process of putting together a referendum to repeal the tax hikes that passed in the 78th session. The tax increase that was passed earlier this month was not okay, and I will fight to make sure that Nevadans are being protected! Anyone who ran on the promise that they would not raise taxes and then voted in favor of the tax hike will be held accountable.
Last week I held off on sending out my email update while I took some time to reflect on the 78th legislative session. I have to say, those 120 days in Carson City were a whirlwind full of unforeseen events. After analyzing the events that took place over the last few months, I am still just as angry as I was in this picture, on the day session came to a close.
When we started this session with a Republican majority in both houses and a Republican Governor, I was optimistic that this would be a great session, full of positive changes to benefit Nevadans. Unfortunately, many of our elected officials were too easily persuaded to go back on the promises they made once they were wined and dined by the Governor and his staff.
I want to tell you the whole story of what happened on the tax vote. On our second to last day of session, Senate Bill 483 was brought to the floor for a vote. Assemblyman Ira Hansen proposed an amendment that would require SB483 to have sunset provisions, preventing the taxes from becoming permanent. Here’s how the vote went down.
Republicans who voted FOR sunsets: Dickman, Edwards, Ellison, Fiore, Gardner, Hansen, Jones, O’Neill, Seaman, Shelton, Silberkraus, Titus, Trowbridge, Wheeler
Republicans who voted AGAINST sunsets: Anderson, Armstrong, Hambrick, Hickey, Kirner, Nelson, Stewart, Woodbury
The second amendment would take the text from AB 464 and add it into SB 483. The amended plan included making the once temporary sunset tax increases permanent, an increase in the payroll tax and the creation of a commerce tax, which we all know is a wolf in sheep’s clothing. It’s a margins tax. Don’t be fooled! A vote for this amendment was a vote for taxes.
Below is a complete list of everyone who voted in favor of this amendment, please, take note!
Republicans who voted AGAINST this amendment to raise your taxes: Dickman, Ellison, Fiore, Hansen, Jones, Seaman, Shelton, Titus, Wheeler
Republicans who voted FOR this amendment to raise your taxes: Anderson, Armstrong, Edwards, Gardner, Hambrick, Hickey, Kirner, Nelson, O’Neill, Silberkraus, Stewart, Trowbridge, Woodbury
Finally, here is the vote of the Assembly Members, including the 13 Republicans, who voted in favor of the amended bill, SB 483, effectively creating the LARGEST TAX HIKE IN NEVADA’S HISTORY. I feel confident that voters of Nevada will hold these individuals accountable in the next election.
Republicans who voted AGAINST this legislation to raise your taxes: Dickman, Edwards, Ellison, Fiore, Hansen, Jones, Seaman, Shelton, Titus, Wheeler
Republicans who voted FOR this legislation to raise your taxes: Anderson, Armstrong, Gardner, Hambrick, Hickey, Kirner, Nelson, O’Neill, Silberkraus, Stewart, Trowbridge, Woodbury
It is disheartening to see so many elected officials turn their backs on taxpayers and business owners and blatantly violate their campaign promises. Many of these legislators campaigned that they would not raise taxes, but here’s the proof. Among these representative, the most disappointing is Governor Sandoval who used his influence to essentially buy votes and promote his own agenda. I know I am not alone when I say that Governor Sandoval has lost my veneration.
The manner in which our elected officials chose to handle themselves was nothing short of sickening and selfish. Don’t think for a moment that voters don’t see right through the act. Just because a legislator claims he voted against the tax bill, SB483, look deeper at the amendment, because a vote for the second amendment was a vote for taxes.
Smoke and mirrors won’t fool Nevada voters, and neither will stories about bribery and wiretaps. The worst part of all this is wiretaps don’t just hurt the person who’s targeted. Wiretaps have the potential to hurt everyone involved because things that may have been said in confidence are no longer private. That trust is lost, especially when personal details may become public as part of this investigation. All in all, it left a very bad impression for all of the Nevadans who cared enough to vote to send us to Carson City.
Yes, I’m looking at you, Assemblyman Chris Edwards.
Although this 78th session did not go as well as we anticipated, I do not feel that all hope is lost for the real, conservative Republicans of Nevada. In the 77 legislative session there were only 5 conservative Republican Assembly Members who were dedicated to not raising taxes. This session we were lucky to have 12 members who remained true to the promises made to constituents and voted down new taxes. I am confident that this trend will continue, and in the upcoming session we will be able to give Nevadans the strong-willed representatives they deserve.
This session the media chose to portray me as having a quick temper on the floor. Though I may not always be politically correct, it is only because I am passionate about protecting Nevadans and our rights. I represent the people of District 4, and my votes are for my constituents and our future generations.
Now it’s time to get back to work because we can defeat this tax if we all work together. We talked about that Saturday on Walk the Talk with Michele Fiore. Click here to listen to our last episode and plan to join us every Saturday from 9am to 10amon KDWN 720am.
I stand with you, Nevada.