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The Farce and Fallacy of Gun Control Laws

SedonaEye.com J. Rick Normand, Investigative and Financial Columnist

SedonaEye.com J. Rick Normand, Investigative and Financial Columnist

Sedona AZ (December 16, 2015)The farce and the fallacy of gun control laws? The reality of the problem is that it’s not an epidemic, it’s a pandemic!

A recent study recited in the Journal of Patient Safety, by John T. James, PhD, says that between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death. That would make medical errors the third-leading cause of death in America, behind heart disease, which is the first, and cancer, which is second.

The Centers for Disease Control report that ethical drug overdoses were the cause of 38,329 deaths in 2010 which contributes to the above mentioned scourge.

Yet none of these facts are daily front page news. These reports don’t sell newspapers, broadcasts, and talk shows. The media would have to describe these findings as an “epidemic” to do that.

gun Of 33,636 deaths from firearms counted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2013, some 62% or 21,175 were suicides, 11,208 were murders, 748 were motive undetermined, and 505 were accidents.

In light of all this, the Obama administration is still seemingly hellbent on going after stricter gun control, notwithstanding that research from the Pew Research Center, the FBI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, all reveal that gun violence in the United States is actually on the decline, and is at its lowest since the 1960s. But this is not upsetting headline-worthy news, is it?

To reiterate, gun crime – despite an exponential increase in privately owned firearms over the same period – has steadily declined for about 20 years, except for high profile shootings in gun-free zones which is headline worthy.

Yes, gun crime is a problem that needs attention and prevention, but it is not an epidemic.

Nevertheless, on December 5, 2015, for the first time since 1920, the New York Times published an op-ed on its front page.

The editorial, entitled “End the Gun Epidemic,” takes aim at what is perceived by the New York Times’ editorial board as a lack of federal government enforced gun control across our country.

In the piece, the Times’ editorial board writes: “It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency.”

The editorial board’s piece then dispatches U.S. politicians who offer their thoughts and prayers for victims of gun violence, “…and then, callously and without fear of consequence, reject the most basic restrictions on weapons of mass killing.”

Yet, the Times concedes a point often underscored by gun-control opponents...that tougher gun laws won’t stop “determined killers” from acquiring weapons. And that statement cannot be contested thus rendering the remainder of the Times’ article null and void. What you are about to read will show you why.

Looking to place blame, California Governor Jerry Brown said Arizona and Nevada gun laws provide a “back door” for terrorists. Despite Brown’s remarks, the weapons used in the San Bernardino massacre were purchased from gun dealers in San Diego and Corona within the past three years, a federal official, who can’t comment publicly, told USA Today. Arizona had nothing to do with the mass killings in California.

While nearly 40 states have relaxed gun rules in the last two decades, California has enacted more than 50 major gun bills since 1994. The “pro gun control” Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence based in San Francisco, naturally, gave California’s laws an “A-” in 2014, the highest grade given to any state. Guns & Ammo Magazine, with a “pro-gun rights” stance, ranked the state fourth worst in the country for gun ownership. Prior to the San Bernardino mass shooting, California had seen seven public shootings since 2006 that claimed four or more lives (not counting those the police believe were gang related) according to USA TODAY’s “Behind the Bloodshed” tracker. Maybe this is why Governor Brown was looking for somewhere else to place blame!

Writer Glenn Kessler of the Washington Post has concluded that Marco Rubio’s claim that gun control wouldn’t have prevented the mass shootings that have occurred in “last few months or years” is, indeed, accurate.

Rubio’s statement stands up to scrutiny…at least for the recent past, as Kessler framed it. “Notably, three of the mass shootings took place in California, which already has strong gun laws including a ban on certain weapons and high-capacity magazines,” Kessler wrote.

Homeland SecurityAnd yet, states like New York, on their own, cannot block sales of guns to those who are on the Department of Homeland Security’s “U.S. Terror Watch List” because it is restricted by the Feds. So, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, in the last couple of weeks, have announced a push to prevent known or suspected terrorists from purchasing guns in New York State. Efforts of Schumer and Cuomo come on the heels of federal failed efforts to close terror gaps. The problem is, for the naive Messers Schumer and Cuomo, that terrorists and gang-bangers don’t buy guns from the retail trade, they buy or earn them from the worldwide black market cartels of drug and gun runners! However, Schumer’s and Cuomo’s efforts will make you feel good, won’t they?

Nevertheless, Schumer and Cuomo are asking the federal government to officially add the U.S. Terror Watch List to the criteria it uses for federal background checks in New York State. This would, purportedly, prevent known or suspected terrorists from legally purchasing guns and would cross-check the terror watch list with a National Instant Criminal Background Check System request. Why then, I ask, has the Obama Administration been so uncooperative? Why has there been no use of the President’s vaunted Executive Order tendency relative to this critical issue?

Moving on, Eugene Volokh, a professor of Constitutional law at UCLA and writer for “The Volokh Conspiracy,” a legal blog hosted by the Washington Post, points out that [gun] violence has dropped nationwide even though most states have loosened gun control laws and California is widely known to have the strictest laws in the nation. But those strict gun control laws haven’t reduced the rate of gun related deaths in California at all. The percentage of homicide victims killed by firearms has remained steady in California since 1990, according to the California Attorney General’s Homicide Report.

Realistically, the battle to prevent mass tragedies with legislation may be futile, Volokh said.

“Let’s look at somebody who is a would-be mass shooter. This person has essentially decided to have the defining event of his life, and possibly the concluding event of his life, be mass murder,” Volokh said. “This is somebody who is very motivated to commit the crime, and again, we know he is motivated because he’s willing to give up his life to do that.”

So, let’s examine the real reasons the Feds can’t seem to halt the mass shootings that now dominate media headlines. The root of the problem has little to do with retail gun shops, background checks, published terrorist lists, kids with legal guns, and gun show loopholes. Those are assertions for consumption by the gullible public!

Below, I will describe to you how the incomprehensibly massive and complex transnational black market in illegal weapons works: It’s not an epidemic (geographically limited to a single area or country), it’s a pandemic (spreading world-wide)! But first, we must begin with the two following proven premises: First, there’s no way to separate the merger of the international drug cartels from international gun-running. They work hand-in-hand. And, secondly, the vast majority of small arms on the black market were produced and traded legally before being diverted into an illicit network.

METHODOLOGY for CIRCUMVENTING OFFICIAL REGULATION aka The Black Market:

Sourcing Arms Inventories, Manufacturers, Wholesaling Networks

The Shadow Economy of the Trans-National, Allied, Inter-Operable Crime Syndicate Organizations is comprised of illegal drug cartels and dealers, covert contraband smuggling operators, covert gun-running cartels, covert international money laundering banks, and gun-barter brokers for non-cash trades for other commodities, such as mined gemstones, who use bogus private nominee agreements and proxy statements in their trade documentation. There are professional pirates and human traffickers as well (immigration coyotes, human slave traders, child sex slave traders, prostitution rings and sea born pirates) who now work together with drug cartels and gun-runners across borders with the help of aircraft transport and shipping companies who bribe corrupt government officials in third world countries for seemingly legitimate operating licenses (AOCs) and import-export documentation. Within all contraband, there are usually included military grade weapons. It’s a great recession-proof high cash-flow business.

Drug cartels have merged drug sales and distribution into covert gun running operations with common street gangs in almost every mid-sized and large city of America and the western world.

Islamic jihadist organizations have entered into joint ventures with crime/cartel syndicates to distribute overseas stolen, captured, illegally traded and purchased, as well as, hijacked and pirated weapons, derived from pirates and contraband smugglers who engage heavily in trafficking of captured and stolen military-grade weapons from current and past conflict zones. More wars generate more black market weapons!

3D Printer manufacture of guns and ammunition and the advent of gun design software have made it even more challenging for gun control supporters to corral the rise of homemade arsenals, as a recent YouTube video uploaded to the “Taofledermaus” channel in the last few days demonstrates. And people have already started to download patterns (software) for their future firearms. According to a 2015 January report, more than 150,000 patterns were downloaded immediately following a pro-gun control speech by President Obama. No, these bullets are not even close to commercial or military grade yet, but the speed at which technology progresses will assure that quality untracked 3D manufacture of high grade guns and ammunition isn’t far off.

Distributing Arms Inventories, Retail

moneyThe illicit drug trade (and its black market weapons partners) is the largest, most profitable and best cash-flowing business on Earth, and accounts for more than 8%-9% of world trade today. Illegal product(s) cartels simply cannot function without cross-border banking services from the largest of international banks including money laundering, equipment financing, currency conversion, as well as, jury-rigged export-import documentation and investment banking facilities. There is a consensus among U.S. Congressional Investigators, former bankers and international banking experts that U.S. and European banks launder between $500 billion and $1 trillion of dirty money each year, half of which is laundered by U.S. banks alone. Bank of America, Western Union, JP Morgan/Chase, Citigroup, and Wells Fargo (through its Wachovia Bank acquisition) are among the institutions allegedly involved in the drug trade. Meanwhile, Britain’s giant HSBC has admitted its laundering role, and evaded criminal prosecution by paying a fine of almost $2 billion. In fact, all these banks evade criminal prosecution by paying large fines without admitting guilt which is a permissible legal tactic in the United States. The drug cartels, gun-runners, smugglers, contraband traffickers, etc. cannot exist without banking partners…the same banks who serve in your local Chamber of Commerce.

Professional straw buyers for non-qualifying buyers who work different state retail stores (who report most brokered sales to police as stolen weapons so that when they’re tied to a future crime there will be no associated liability for the straw man). These people operate a huge cottage industry.

Drug Cartels have merged drug sales and distribution into covert gun running operations with common street gangs. Every under aged “gangsta” knows how to buy or earn, through drug sales or a contract killing, a firearm and ammunition without ever entering a retail gun store.

Every millennial in the U.S. and western world who is unemployed, disillusioned, lonely, highly indebted, and sees no future, who has a hand-held communications device and understands ever app that runs on it as well as all social media communications, is already being targeted by the drug/gun-running cartels through exceedingly sophisticated social media online marketing. You older progressives just don’t get it…your political leaders, laws, and law enforcement are doomed to be in control of nothing that these cartels don’t want controlled…but they do want you to help them with gun control laws which drive more customers to them!

Sales made by legally licensed but corrupt at-home commercial gun dealers, without retail store facilities, are proliferating.

Gangs are now so sophisticated that they have central weapons vaults for temporary loan of “gang community guns” to young gangstas who haven’t earned ownership of a weapon. They also hire college MBAs for their financial management needs.

Secret online gun-running and Internet weapons-trafficking syndicates are proliferating. All they need is a private Tor Browser Bundle and a skilled hacker.

Stolen guns derived from ordinary street crime, burglaries, home invasions, mini-storage locker thefts, etc., are bought by the crime syndicates. Continuously stealing guns is an organized cash-flow business for the unemployed these days since there’s always an available illicit buyer/reseller.

Foreign unregulated gun and ammunition manufacturers, of which there are over a thousand manufacturing in more than a 100 countries, use illegal crime/cartel syndicate’s distribution systems in the U.S. just as if they were straight-up import/export businesses.

Unreported gun and ammunition sales between private parties happen every day. There’s no way for police to know about these transactions.

Provided to the illegal guns black market are U.S. Government unaccountable mass firearms distribution, such as Obama’s botched Fast & Furious operation and an unaccounted for 15,000 National Park Service assault weapons, not to mention provision of weapons to friendly jihadists and middle east government militaries that surrender in battle and leave U.S. provided weapons behind for capture and sale.

Many governments, including the U.S. Government, and that of the U.K, France, Germany, Belgium and Israel, not to mention China and Russia and several Balkan countries, enter into the gray-market trade, in which arms sold legally can end up on the black market.

“This involves weapons that originate from a legal government transfer,” a Conflict Awareness Project official said, “but when they arm proxy forces to carry out their national security agendas, they may use illicit channels or black market arms brokers to carry out the deal.” Virtually all international illegal arms brokers work the world’s conflict zones.

COMMONLY DISCUSSED CAUSES OF MASS GUN VIOLENCE:

phone cell computer laptopDesensitized Gamers playing/viewing endless online war games, DVDs, television shows and movies glamorizing war; these guys are targeted for recruiting into the military.

Emergence of Religious, Political and Polarized Lifestyle Cult Groups:

ISIS and al-Qaeda are sophisticated brainwashers and seducers. Internet advertisement is horrendously popular for terrorist recruiters. Charismatic Imams use fiery anti-American sermons at mosques to attract young men. These potential recruits are “in-betweeners”: in between jobs, in between relationships, in between their family homes and their own marriages, in between schools or, in general, in between young adulthood and adulthood. The key psycho-dynamic patterns in homegrown terrorists are:

  • Ambivalence toward or disappointment in early parental figures, often resulting in father hunger or longing
  • Ambivalence about vocation, marriage, and intimacy
  • Being an “in-betweener” with prolonged adolescent identity searching
  • Ambivalence toward authority, fear of authority and hate of authority, yet longing for effective authority.

The recruitment of homegrown terrorists involves the charismatic exploitation of “in-betweener” life situations by radical Imams as cult figures. Terror cults and their recruiters use well-recognized mind control, thought-reform techniques, and social group atmospheres to accomplish their ends vis-a-vis the Internet.

Death of the Nuclear Family and Golden Rule in favor of promotion of self-esteem (“it’s all about me” attitude), Political Correctness, Failure of State Welfarism, Multiculturalism and Religious Diversity, as well as, emergence of unfathomable cost of a business or entrepreneurial education.

Emergence of electronic non-face-to-face communications which reduces moral compunction!

Utter rewriting of history to promote current political and social belief-systems.

Replacement of a loving and merciful God with a politically correct God.

Complete collapse of morality, in general, since the “Love Generation” of the 60s.

Complete failure of a manufacturing based economy resulting in sustained high unemployment.

Loss of faith in the objectivity and truthfulness of the news media.

Promotion of military conquest and settlement of international disputes by economic coercion and subterfuge.

Complete divergence from original Constitutional Law reflecting our Founding Fathers principles.

Acceptance of a new moral construct, i.e. avoidance of responsibility for one’s acts while attempting to find a social cause for every immoral transgression or micro-aggression:

“…[E]very free individual must protect themselves against the evil will of the man, the mob and the state.”
Tiffany Madison

GUNS ARE NOT THE ISSUE. WE ARE.”
Aaron B. Powell, Guns

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1. The Conflict Awareness Project (CAP) is an international non-profit organization dedicated to investigating, documenting, and bringing to justice major arms traffickers, war profiteering networks, and transnational criminal operations that fuel war and conflict around the world. See http://http://conflictawareness.org
2. http://conflictawareness.org/ “The Tangled Web of Illicit Arms Trafficking by Rachel Stohl.” See http://conflictawareness.org/
3. http://www.psychiatrictimes.com/trauma-and-violence/making-homegrown-terrorist?GUID=21A28F6B-4D09-45C1-8017-E51A24CF1790&rememberme=1&ts=10122015 “The Making of a Homegrown Terrorist” by Peter A. Olsson, MD
4. http://www.inquisitr.com/676556/3d-printed-bullets-latest-gun-control-nightmare/ “3D Printed Bullets-Latest Gun Control Nightmare”
5. Table 10. Number of deaths from 113 selected causes, Enterocolitis due to Clostridium difficile, drug-induced causes, alcohol-induced causes, and injury by firearms, by age: United States, 2013…Centers for Disease Control
6. Death by Prescription, by Deborah King, The Huffingon POST 09/23/2013
7. Doctors Are the Third Leading Cause of Death in the U.S. by Joseph Mercola, D.O.
8. [Search domain www.wsws.org] wsws.org/en/articles/2011/05/mexi-m20.html
9. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/avinash-tharoor/banks-cartel-money-laundering_b_4619464.html
10. Banks Financing Mexico Drug Gangs Admitted in Wells Fargo Deal http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2010-06-29/banks-financing-mexico-s-drug-cartels-admitted-in-wells-fargo-s-u-s-deal
11. US Bank Money Laundering -Enormous By Any Measure by James Petras, Professor of Sociology, Binghamton University

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143 Comments

  1. I See Through You says:

    To Gun Control Proponents at The Eye (if there are any)

    An adjunct professor at Southern State Community College (SSCC) in Ohio is under investigation for threatening to shoot up the NRA.

    “Look, there’s only one solution. A bunch of us anti-gun types are going to have to arm ourselves, storm the NRA headquarters in Fairfax, VA, and make sure there are no survivors,” James Pearce wrote in a Facebook post on June 13. “This action might also require coordinated hits at remote sites, like Washington lobbyists. Then and only then will we see some legislative action on assault weapons. Have a nice day.”

    The Highland County Press (Ohio) reported that Pearce’s comments were sent to authorities and SSCC on June 15.

  2. I See Through You says:

    To Gun Control Proponents at The Eye (if there are any),

    Breitbart Lead Article: ” Study: Four of Five Criminals Acquire Guns Illegally”

    see this link>

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/07/29/study-four-of-five-criminals-acquire-guns-illegally/

    Seems J. Rick was nearly 8 months ahead of the curve

  3. J. Rick Normand says:

    @All Readers at The Eye:

    Major Headlines: Sandy Hook mass shootings, San Bernadino, Chattanooga, Orlando, etc. and on and on

    MINOR HEADLINE TODAY (no MSM news coverage at all, Aug 12, 2016):

    *100 Killed in Shootings Last Week Alone in Chicago*

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-chicago-violence-shootings-20160810-story.html

    Why no MSM news coverage of this slaughter? Could it be that all these killings happened in a gun-free zone subject to the toughest gun-control laws in the U.S.? Chicago’s bloody war proves the point in my article. The black market for illegal guns will overwhelm any gun-control laws anywhere. Create absolute gun-control by legislation and the black market will fill the void created by those same misguided laws leaving the unarmed public at the mercy of the illegally armed who are inherently violent.

    JRN

  4. Wsr says:

    But it’s ok for the Tea Party government to butt in other areas of our life…..Tea party government pick and choose when it’s ok for government intervention……as long as it fits into their hypocritical ideas….. BS artists and con man

  5. Just Askin says:

    And so Wsr is it any different with the Socialists hellbent to take over our country? Pony up the pennies from your own piggy bank. Share and share alike. OK?

  6. J. Rick Normand says:

    @Wsr

    I don’t have time for your Tea Party poop right now DR/MR/SS/AC which has nothing to do with the issue. I’m too busy for this!

    JRN

  7. steve segner says:

    Stock market all time high, Unemployment all time Low, Sedona booming Arizona turning BLUE.

    Rick Is going down with the T party ship.

    Rick says,
    I don’t have time for your Tea Party poop right now DR/MR/SS/AC which has nothing to do with the issue. I’m too busy for this!

    Too Busy? And mostly wrong look at Rick’s past predictions

    The one thing Rick is good at is he is “consistently” Wrong.

    Guns, God and States rights +T Party own it Rick

    This is why our local economy is NOT getting any better…
    By J. Rick Normand · Comments (0)
    Friday, August 23rd, 2013
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    Submitted by J. Rick Normand
    (August 23, 2013)
    Shadowstats.com calculates Key Statistics the way they were calculated in the 1980s and 1990s before Official Data Manipulation began in e

    Gallup Unemployment Rate Spikes from 7.9% on Aug 1 to 8.9% on August 20!
    By J. Rick Normand · Comments (0)
    Friday, August 23rd, 2013
    Categories : Hypocracy, Media, Wild Card
    end .post
    title, meta, and date info
    So, the never-ending hyper-inflationary bail-outs, stimulus packages, and wars will take our standard of living down to third-world status beginning next year and leave the U.S. with debts it can never repay. If its creditors aren’t repaid, then funding for government provided services will be largely cut off. This is not speculation any longer. It’s the only outcome left to us since America has been looted of all the funds that it needed to finance its future growth. Think about this as you cast your votes on November 6, 2012. And, keep thinking about those promises the candidates have made to you.
    After the November 6, 2012 Election, the new American mantra will be:
    Chic poverty…coming soon to neighborhoods near you! (as said in the Daily Reckoning).

    Think about these staggering numbers as you vote!
    By J. Rick Normand · Comments (7)
    Wednesday, August 15th, 2012
    post content
    “Citizens! The integrity of the government has been violated. A financial trust has control of your money, and with it is robbing you of your property. Vampires feed upon your commercial blood….Oppression now seeks to enslave this fair land. Its name is greed…This is a struggle for humanity – for our homes and firesides, for the purity and integrity of our government.” ~ From Mr. Coin, a fictional character of William H. Harvey, Chicago, 1894, describing the depression of that era
    “I have always said if you torture statistics long enough they will eventually confess.” ~ Former U.S. Sen. Alan Simpson, co-chairman of President Barack Obama’s fiscal commission
    Never were words of greater truth spoken than those above. When will the people of America recognize that our country has been looted, not bailed-out or stimulated? The staggering funding requirements of all our government’s bail-out/stimulus programs of the last six years have been provided by borrowed money. So, the aggregate of these bail-outs is debt that is supposed to be repaid, not just surplus funds taken from the Treasury, all of which is gone anyway! Never lose sight of the fact that these bail-outs didn’t bail-out Main Street…they just bailed out investment and commercial bankers and foreign creditors.
    About four years ago we first heard about the U.S. Treasury Department’s $700 billion dollar bailout of failing financial institutions, failing

    The Tenth Amendment Revisited
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    To Preserve Our Freedom a Lawful National Rebellion Has Begun!

  8. Who hates Steve? says:

    Everyone I know.I don’t read his dumb a– posts. Just a Public Service Announcement. Steve S. attacks anyone or thing that interferes with his smoke n mirrors. He is complete Bs.

  9. clarissa says:

    to good ol’ steve segner –
    Hilary seems to be at All Time High number of Lies! Hilary at All time High of illegal financial actions of a person running for president!!! Hilary hides her “creative” lifestyle as Bill continues to search for handy friends to keep him and everyone happy.

  10. Love the fact she got to resign & wasn't fired says:

    http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/White-House-Staffer-Threatened-Boyfriend-a-US-Capitol-Police-Officer-With-Gun-321276871.html
    Good thing it wasn’t the Prez pissing her off. She got to RESIGN rather than get FIRED. She didn’t get national “YOU F*****G K**D*G M*!!!!!!” news coverage. DNC & WH kept it on the down low. NICE. Power to the ELITES.

  11. Dreaming a dream says:

    When I read a super stupid a post by segner it brings me to the same dream. Punch gag barf……..

  12. Geezo Peezo says:

    Seems S Segner has too much time on his hands these days. How much time did it take you to research J Rick and how much city money did the REGIONAL chamber of commerce pay you to do it? Enjoy. Nothing lasts forever.

    JRN – keep up the good work. You obviously have them shaking in their boots. Yippee!

  13. J. Rick Normand says:

    @steve segner

    First of all, the newest comment posted at to this article wasn’t written by you, Steve Segner. You’ve asked your ghost/surrogate writer to write it. I think it is about time to start exposing vicious hecklers and their ghost writers. I think most readers at The Eye can figure out who your surrogate writers are SS. I see below that tagging me (JRN) with the “T” Party label, as part of a gorilla marketing program in the Mayor’s behalf, which is a group I have nothing to do with, is a political smear tactic concocted by the some of the people whose names appear in the email. It is time to confront these people publicly. Also, Eye readers, please recall I have asked Steve Segner, WSR and Wsr three times to define what the Tea Party stands for and who is involved locally…but, still, no answer has been posted here. That’s because there are no Tea Party activists in this town.

    The following evidentiary email, written in your typically illiterate style SS, was sent to me from a whistleblower yesterday (and I have whistleblowers everywhere) :

    Attached Message

    From: Steve Segner
    To: Al Comello
    Cc: SANDY MORIARTY
    Subject: lets meet please do not pass around
    Date: Sun, 27 Jul 2014 10:39:26 -0700

    Al

    We need to do something that puts Sand on the map, the hill top people are Hamilton’s they hang together butt they are few…. we need the flatlanders….

    I see (former local politician-name edited out by JRN) as a life long autocrat… we need to tell that story “Sandy gets her hands dirty…. (former local politician-name edited out by JRN) talks and talks down.

    Can you get me his background? I am thinking about a large rental truck parked around town with sides with Sands posters… remember all Sedona residents go to two locations each week, Bash’s and Safeway,

    Lets be smart, lets run a gorilla marketing campaign

    I think (former local politician-name edited out by JRN) will try to paint the chamber in a bad light so he can come in and fix things ,lets keep the chamber out of this, and talk about and (former local politician-name edited out by JRN) and his imperil management stile.

    I think using the “T” party as a comment would be good.

    Steve

    * * * * * * * * * *

    Come on, children. Let’s lighten up, show a bit of class, and refrain from such utter indignation, if not for your own self-image, for the benefit of the City of Sedona.

    Al

  14. steve segner says:

    Still a Great idea may use this year
    One more time for” Rick” marketing is not your strong point , gorilla marketing campaign
    is one run with little or no money,
    But first tell us what you so wrong!!!! all your doom and gloom,,,, just wrong.
    now something to help you.

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    read and learn rick…….

  15. steve Segner says:

    OH , look Rick even Oscar Meyer Wiener-Mobile Guerilla Marketing Example
    Guerilla Marketing Campaign Examples
    BAD Oscar………………..

    Arguably the most famous in-your-face marketing campaign of all time is the Oscar Meyer wiener-mobile. Shaped as an enormous hot dog, the car makes its way across the nation, drawing attention from kids and adults alike as they watch the edible-looking vehicle lumber down the street. Entire songs have been written about the wiener-mobile, which has made appearances in TV shows and movies for decades since its launch.
    And all we wanted to do was use a u haul with a sign on it ……..
    See what happens when you look at the facts, Ricky looks Dumb…. .

  16. I See Through You says:

    steve segner’s ghost writer,

    You say “Stock market all time high, Unemployment all time Low, Sedona booming Arizona turning BLUE. J. Rick said “(August 23, 2013) Shadowstats.com calculates Key Statistics the way they were calculated in the 1980s and 1990s before Official Data Manipulation began.” The current rate of unemployed for more than 6 months is 94,000,000 who are NOT counted in the Bureau of Labor Statistics unemployment rate. That’s almost one third of the U.S. So, SS ghost writer, if you were as smart as you think you are, since you can cut and paste, you’d know J. Rick was right 3 years ago if you had just looked at ShadowStats.com. as he told you to do. You’d also know that the level of the DOW Avg has absolutely nothing to do with the state of the economy since the FED, through its offshore proxies, like the Bank of Japan buys gargantuan amounts of U.S. Stocks. You know nothing about economics. And, btw, Sedona is booming because it borrows considerably more money than it takes in due to bond debt borrowing. You, DR/MR/AC are embarrassingly ignorant. Stop cutting and pasting until you learn how economics works. After years of your stupid remarks, if I was J. Rick, I wouldn’t waste time responding to a know-nothing loser who hides in secrecy. Get off this site.

  17. J. Rick Normand says:

    Headlines across alt.news sources nationwide today:

    “Chicago Gangs Reportedly Agree To Use Snipers And Automatic Weapons Against The Police”

    So, how is it that in the nation’s absolute toughest gun-control/gun-free zone environment that uneducated gang hooligans with rap sheets longer than their tatooed arms can get military grade weapons and hire professional snipers? Hmmm! Couldn’t be the Black Market, could it? And, btw, there’s now well over 113 comments to this 8 month old article and none of the “Repeal the 2nd Amendment” crowd has dared to show up in this blog. I have a ton of “lives saved due to the use of legal firearms” vs. “lives lost to illegal gun use + accidents” statistics provided by the feds and police associations and I’ve never been able to use them in an argument here at this site.

    Anyway, see link below:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-10/chicago-gangs-reportedly-agree-use-snipers-and-automatic-weapons-against-police

    Oh, I almost forgot to thank you “I See Through You” for making the observation that these hecklers at this site never extend comments about the article at hand or even understand the polemical necessities of logically tying together their disjointed cut and paste recitals. It is fun to chuckle over their lame efforts, isn’t it?

    JRN

  18. J. Rick Normand says:

    @steve segner’s ghost writer,

    Since you think cutting and pasting now qualifies you as a published economist, try reading this article which came out just today, Aug 14:

    “Obama’s Job Recovery Is Not Only Slower Than Past Recessions, It’s Completely Nonexistent” posted at ZeroHedge. It totally contradicts your ridiculous comments.

    see this link:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-08-13/obama-job-recovery-nonexistent

  19. J. Rick Normand says:

    @steve segner’s ghost writer

    You, steve segner’s ghost writer, have been ID’d by a whistleblower. The cut and re-paste of my articles above were never written for The Eye. The were in your archieves when I wrote them for you in 2012-2013 when you listed me as one of your featured writers. I had to ask you to drop my name after I started writing for The Eye. You sent me an email and said you would comply and delete my archived articles. You lied little man. You, and only you, had access to the published article information embedded in the phoney comment purportedly from Steve Segner above. Too bad for you that your WordPress publishing platform is easily hacked. Now, the only question is how should I deal with your career future in this town?

    JRN

  20. Wsr says:

    @i see thru you You said you were a therapist…… Now your an economist too….Your really a joke and should take your meds… Your delusional

  21. Steve segner says:

    More bs from rick ,I pulled from the internet
    all your past hot air From sedona biz before they fired you , hacked my ass , rick is never wrong rick is hacked and what is with the ghost writer ?

    Google you name and sedona biz , you can not hide your past.
    rick I post your old writings and you threaten to hack my account? Is that what a grown man does when his old articles are posted ? You wrote them !
    P.s read your post really bad syntax.
    I just re posted, so sad.
    Ss
    Think blue

  22. Steve segner says:

    http://www.sedonadotbiz/wildcard/author/j-rick-normand/
    Rick calls this a hack. It is on sedona biz, please rick say your sorry.
    Ss

  23. Wsr says:

    Hey Rick

    Don’t you ever get tired of your overblown ego……. Your body must get tired trying to hold that big head of yours up….

  24. J. Rick Normand says:

    @Steve segner,

    And how many articles have you written in the past 10 years little dog-food salesman? None, and no one could understand one if you had.

    JRN

  25. I See Through You says:

    Wsr,

    Some of us, unlike you who’s utterly incapable of discussing anything other than name-calling, are actually accomplished in more than one academic discipline.

  26. Who hates Steve? says:

    Everyone.

    Clearly he is low life. Spinning, lying and cheating every chance he can.

    But it is all about stealing taxpayers money 2.01 this year. 16 million to date to pay for is tiny 7 room BnB advertising. Beggars and users.

    Strange that Al & Steve would PAY to advertise the re-elect group running for council. I won’t vote for one of them!

  27. Wise Up! says:

    Don’t you all get it? Every person that posts a message acknowledging Steve Segner and/or WSR and affiliates (including this message) tends to feed the egos of those that remain so pompous and, unfortunately, are in control of not only the city council and staff, but to a great extent municipal funds that translates to public money! How could this happen? Only Segner etal can answer that but please, don’t give him the satisfaction of asking. Drop his name. Avoid reading his comments. Move on!

  28. mrsnak says:

    J. Rick Normand’s threat to hack a website because someone doesn’t agree with him is not only childish, and it’s a federal crime.

  29. Sedona Esquire says:

    He didn’t say that. Reading comprehension not a strong suit of a few of you either. Get back to the subject matter or be quiet.

  30. Wsr says:

    @wise up
    @i see thru you
    @who hates Steve

    Their all the same person….disregard

    Btw I see thru you

    For such an accomplished person you waste a lot of your time on SE

  31. Article says:

    Please go back to the article at hand.

    Take your personal issues off line.

  32. The Thought Proctologist says:

    @All Readers at The EYE:

    More proof that black-market guns are filling an illegal need>>>

    Headline March 6, 2017: CHICAGO GANGS ACQUIRING GUNS VIA RAILWAY YARD ROBBERIES

    see this link;

    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/05/chicago-gangs-acquiring-guns-via-train-robberies/

  33. wSR says:

    Hey J Rickey

    You forgot to use your real name on your last post….You revealed yourself Thought Proctologist….. no one else except you would would go back and comment on a COLD letter that you wrote 8 months ago…Funny stuff loser

  34. The Thought Proctologist says:

    @wSR

    Then what are you doing back at one of J. Rick’s articles, loser. I follow the subject matter in this article because it is of particular interest to me. You say “no one else except you…” but who are you referring to halfwit? Once again, you prove yourself illiterate as usual. Don’t you ever get tired of making yourself look stupid?…LOL!!!

  35. J. Rick Normand says:

    To All Readers at The Eye:

    Within hours of the Las Vegas Route 91 mass murder by automatic weapons fire last night on October 1, 2017, Hillary Clinton politicized the moment by issuing a statement demanding more gun control…as if it had worked in Chicago, Baltimore and Los Angeles just for starters. This, from a woman who’s husband, when President, vis-a-vis his U.S. Customs Service, permitted 1.7 million foreign manufactured assault rifles to pass through the Port of Los Angeles which were somehow not tracked so that no one knows who ended up with them. Meanwhile, the “pro-gun control” Obama Administration, while HRC was Secretary of State, sold 35,000 assault rifles to Mexican drug cartels, some of which were used to kill U.S. Border Patrol Agents.

    Meanwhile, it’s too bad most all of those calling for more gun controls on this sad day didn’t read my article above. Gun control regulations cause voids in the illicit firearms market which are soon filled by drug cartel/gun running partnerships which sell untracked and untrackable illegal weapons into that void such that more guns are matriculated in a gun controlled areas than ever would have been without the regulations.

    As of today, it is possible with new computer technology to produce guns at a miscreant’s home which can never be tracked or controlled. Consider this:

    For the past five years, a cleaver fellow by the name of Cody Wilson has applied every possible advance in digital manufacturing technology to the mission of undermining government attempts at gun control. First he created the world’s first 3-D printed gun, a deadly plastic weapon anyone could print at home with a download and a few clicks. Then he started selling a computer-controlled milling machine designed to let anyone automatically carve out the body of an untraceable AR-15 from a semifinished chunk of aluminum, upgrading his provocations from plastic to metal. Now his latest advance in home firearm fabrication allows anyone to make an object designed to defy the most basic essence of gun control: A concealable, untraceable, and entirely unregulated metal handgun.

    On Sunday, Wilson’s gun rights advocacy group, Defense Distributed, announced a new release of software for his computer-controlled milling machine known as the Ghost Gunner. The new code allows the 1-foot-cubed tabletop machine—which uses a spinning bit to carve three-dimensional shapes with minute precision—to not only produce untraceable bodies of AR-15s but to carve out the aluminum frame of an M1911 handgun, the popular class of semiautomatic pistols that includes the Colt 45 and similar weapons. Wilson says he plans to follow up soon with software for producing regulation-free Glocks and other handgun models to follow.

    Wilson’s goal is to do for small arms what Defense Distributed did for AR-15s when it first released the $1,500 Ghost Gunner milling machine exactly three years ago to the day: Give people the ability to make a lethal weapon at home with no regulation whatsoever.

    The latest model of the milling machine can finish a handgun’s frame in about an hour, with minimal human interaction. And that frame is the only regulated part of the pistol: Under current US law, every other part of the gun, from its barrel to its slide to its tiny firing pin, can be ordered online with no questions asked. Making that one element at home means the entire process of assembling a working weapon requires no identification, no background check, no waiting period, not even a serial number that would allow the Department of Justice to track the gun’s existence.

    And, finally, there now are in production drones that can carry automatic weapons.

    When will it ever occur to the communist left and the neocon right that guns are just tools while the root of the problem is the mentality of our populace who has been indoctrinated for decades by violent Hollywood movies, TV shows, video game producers, TV talking heads, the Main Stream Media, Wall Street warmongering and financiers of all the means of indoctrination just mentioned, as well as the proverbial death of God at the federal level and in our schools. All the aforementioned have taken part in steering our culture to behave violently in a vain attempt to resolve whatever it is that they don’t agree with. This is all taken right out of the Khazarian Globalist playbook!

    JRN

  36. @ J. Rick Normand says:

    And let’s not rule out anti-depressant drugs. So many of the mass shootings over the years have been committed by people on anti-depressants.

  37. Steve Segner says:

    Notice how J Rick crawls out of his NRA bunker when ever some nutcase white white gun owners killes a bunch of people.

    Rick Says, And let’s not rule out anti-depressant drugs. So many of the mass shootings over the years have been committed by people on anti-depressants.

    Rick most of sedona worries about “You and your group for nut jobs” that live in the basmements, and clean guns all day. I can only hope you are on a goverment list.

  38. Fred says:

    Hallo segner……..it wasn’t J Rick saying that

  39. J. Rick Normand says:

    To All Readers at The Eye:

    Within hours of the Las Vegas Route 95 mass murder by automatic weapons fire on the night of October 1, 2017, Hillary Clinton politicized the moment by issuing a statement demanding more gun control…as if it had worked in Chicago, Baltimore and Los Angeles just for starters. This, from a woman who’s husband, when President, vis-a-vis his U.S. Customs Service, permitted 1.7 million foreign manufactured assault rifles to pass through the Port of Los Angeles which were somehow not tracked so that no one knows who ended up with them. Meanwhile, the “pro-gun control” Obama Administration, while HRC was Secretary of State, sold 35,000 assault rifles to Mexican drug cartels, some of which were used to kill U.S. Border Patrol Agents.

    Meanwhile, it’s too bad most all of those calling for more gun controls on this sad day didn’t read my article above. Gun control regulations cause voids in the illicit firearms market which are soon filled by drug cartel/gun running partnerships which sell untracked and untrackable illegal weapons into that void such that more guns are matriculated in a gun controlled areas than ever would have been without the regulations.

    As of today, it is possible with new computer technology to produce guns at a miscreant’s home which can never be tracked or controlled. Consider this:

    For the past five years, a cleaver fellow by the name of Cody Wilson has applied every possible advance in digital manufacturing technology to the mission of undermining government attempts at gun control. First he created the world’s first 3-D printed gun, a deadly plastic weapon anyone could print at home with a download and a few clicks. Then he started selling a computer-controlled milling machine designed to let anyone automatically carve out the body of an untraceable AR-15 from a semifinished chunk of aluminum, upgrading his provocations from plastic to metal. Now his latest advance in home firearm fabrication allows anyone to make an object designed to defy the most basic essence of gun control: A concealable, untraceable, and entirely unregulated metal handgun.

    On Sunday, Wilson’s gun rights advocacy group, Defense Distributed, announced a new release of software for his computer-controlled milling machine known as the Ghost Gunner. The new code allows the 1-foot-cubed tabletop machine—which uses a spinning bit to carve three-dimensional shapes with minute precision—to not only produce untraceable bodies of AR-15s but to carve out the aluminum frame of an M1911 handgun, the popular class of semiautomatic pistols that includes the Colt 45 and similar weapons. Wilson says he plans to follow up soon with software for producing regulation-free Glocks and other handgun models to follow.

    Wilson’s goal is to do for small arms what Defense Distributed did for AR-15s when it first released the $1,500 Ghost Gunner milling machine exactly three years ago to the day: Give people the ability to make a lethal weapon at home with no regulation whatsoever.

    The latest model of the milling machine can finish a handgun’s frame in about an hour, with minimal human interaction. And that frame is the only regulated part of the pistol: Under current US law, every other part of the gun, from its barrel to its slide to its tiny firing pin, can be ordered online with no questions asked. Making that one element at home means the entire process of assembling a working weapon requires no identification, no background check, no waiting period, not even a serial number that would allow the Department of Justice to track the gun’s existence.

    And, finally, there now are in production drones that can carry automatic weapons.

    When will it ever occur to the communist left and the neocon right that guns are just tools while the root of the problem is the mentality of our populace who has been indoctrinated for decades by violent Hollywood movies, TV shows, video game producers, TV talking heads, the Main Stream Media, Wall Street warmongering and financiers of all the means of indoctrination just mentioned, as well as the proverbial death of God at the federal level and in our schools. All the aforementioned have taken part in steering our culture to behave violently in a vain attempt to resolve whatever it is that they don’t agree with. This is all taken right out of the Khazarian Globalist playbook!

    JRN

  40. J. Rick Normand says:

    To All Readers at The Eye:

    Add this to my comments in conjunction with the article above;

    See this headline and associated link;

    Chicago police say Facebook ‘secret groups’ used to sell guns, drugs
    By Bernie Woodall, Reuters•December 21, 2017

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/chicago-police-facebook-secret-groups-used-sell-guns-230222703–finance.html

    JRN

  41. @JDickNormand says:

    So what’s your point (Deleted by editor)?

  42. J. Rick Normand says:

    @All Readers at The EYE:

    International drug cartels, operating out of Mexico, and which have now merged with international gun-running cartels (as well as child-sex slavery cartels), are presently amassing huge caches of military-grade weapons along the U.S.-Mexican border. Anyone care to guess where they’ll end up next! See this:

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-10/ak-47-rifles-claymore-mines-grenade-launchers-discovered-mexico-border

    JRN

  43. J. Rick Normand says:

    To All Readers at The Eye,

    See the link below:

    The Washington Post creates fake news about the current danger of gun violence to U.S. school children…U.S. school children are far SAFER TODAY from gun violence than in the nineties. It’s not even close!

    https://www.theblaze.com/news/2018/03/25/washington-post-makes-wild-claim-about-gun-violence-but-the-facts-destroy-their-narrative

    JRN

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