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Chairman's 4th of July Message 2022

One Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all”

There’s more on our minds this Fourth of July than fireworks and cookouts. While areas around our great County may light up the night skies in remembrance of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, we must also acknowledge that we are living in complicated times that require deeply thought-out solutions. 

Whereas we may have come from diverse backgrounds, via different pathways, purporting different occupations, and speak different languages, we must be united by belief in a simple truth: that we are all created equal, that we are all endowed by our Creator with certain inalienable rights, and that among these rights are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 

It must be noted that our Government is unique in that it is a Government of the people. It MUST represent their will. Its officers may sometimes go astray, but that is not a reason for abandoning the principles of our Government. The heart of Government rests with the heart of the people. It is from that source that we must look for all genuine reform. We must work together to improve public safety in the County; to move our education system towards concentrating on science, technology engineering, arts and math, to prepare our student for the jobs of the future; and work diligently to bring jobs back to Montgomery County. 

As we are coming up on the primary elections, I am reminded of the historical lessons of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. The pair became estranged after a bitterly fought presidential election, ultimately won by Jefferson, and the founding fathers ceased to talk. But after years, they set their differences aside, and began writing letters to each other about things other than politics. 

We must come together

I believe that together we can make the future of Montgomery County our best years, but we must rise above cynicism, doubt, and identity politics to perfect this County we love so much.

Since 1776, the Declaration of Independence has shaken the globe. We must acknowledge the work that started in the 1700’s continues to this day. We all know that Government cannot solve all of our problems and that all citizens are keenly responsible for the success of this County. Let us continue to move forward together to make positive change in the County.

Have a happy, safe and blessed Independence Day!!!

Some Thoughts On Gun Control

Some thoughts on Gun Control

14 Republican Senators recently voted for gun control legislation. While on the surface this is the betrayal grassroots Republicans have learned to expect from establishment politicians, if the legislation is being accurately portrayed by the media a more nuanced response is called for.  Perhaps this is a good time to look at the premise for gun control. 

What does the constitution say about gun control?  A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.  What is the militia?  Every able bodied man in the US.  In fact the states were supposed to arm and train them.  The US is supposed to be like Switzerland where many homes have an automatic weapon.  Any gun control legislation in the US is flat-out unconstitutional.

The traditional response to a mass shooting is an “assault weapon” (rifle) ban.  What do people use rifles for?   Something more than 100,000,000 varmints are killed each year in America.  I know – I helped kill them.  A varmint is a nuisance animal smaller than a deer (although technically deer could be classified as varmints).  Given that 7.5 million deer are killed each year, 6 million by gun and 1.5 million by car, the number of varmints killed annually could be higher than the population of the US, since there is no legal restriction on varmint hunting.  Less than 1 out of every one million rifle rounds fired for hunting purposes is used on the wrong prey (people).  American civilians burn through about 9 billion rounds of ammunition each year (almost 30 rounds per American).

As a side note it is much cheaper to kill deer with a rifle than to kill them with a car, and much safer.  Only city dwellers and suburbanites exclusively kill deer with cars. People in rural areas have more brains than that, they use rifles.

There were 21,570 homicides in 2021, a 5% increase from 2020.  2020 was a 30% increase from 2019, fueled by BLM riots and COVID.   Further, the murder total was 14,249 in 2014 and has risen since then every year there was a major BLM riot, or Biden was president, and declined every year there wasn’t a major BLM riot and Joe Biden wasn’t president.  Letting Joe Biden steal the election has caused the murder of more than 1500 Americans.

About 360 people are killed with rifles each year (about 1.5%) so banning rifles is pointless.  And what about “assault weapons”?  In 2014 out of 11,961 murders only 39 used an “assault weapon” (AR-15, AK-47, or similar weapon).  Only 0.33% of murders are committed with an “assault weapon”.

Another side note:  Anti-gunners like to quote the number 45,222  for annual gun deaths in the US.  The CDC says that in 2020 there were 24,292 suicides, 19,384 murders, 535 “unintentional”, 611 law enforcement involved, and 400 “undetermined circumstances” gun deaths.  Given that there were only 21500 murders in 2020, and 34% of murders (FBI UCR) are committed with non-gun weapons this blurb from the CDC is highly suspect.  Further a number of these deaths were officially recorded as dying of COVID.

The largest share of gun deaths are suicides.  Only 52.83% of suicides, a little more than half,  in 2020 were committed with firearms. If the Anti-gunners think they will stop suicides by banning guns they are sadly mistaken.  Greenland achieves 6 times our suicide rate with far fewer guns.  8% of their population dies by suicide. South Korea exceeds our suicide rate relatively gun free.  And Japan had a higher gun-free suicide rate, but they are improving. And the progressive driven cultural disruption is responsible for many of the suicides, which have risen steadily in the US since 2000.

They missed on an assault weapons ban this year, but did decide to raise the age to buy a rifle, mandate storage requirements for gun owners and increase bump stock regulations.  There is a argument to be made that the new regulations don’t infringe on the right to keep and bear arms (unlike an “assault weapons” ban) but it is a weak argument.  Biden’s attempts to tax or limit ammunition are a more direct threat to 2nd amendment rights.  

Let’s see how effective these measures would be in Uvalde.  Raising the age limit would have delayed it for three years assuming the shooter had no friends and couldn’t borrow weapons. Storage requirements and bump stock regulations would have no effect. The legislation wouldn’t fix the unlocked door the shooter used to enter the school.  The legislation wouldn’t fix the 75 minutes that law enforcement dithered while children were shot.  The shooter could have killed more than 19 people in 75 minutes with a single semi-automatic handgun or a katana.

So what do we do about mass shootings?  What if there was a way to stop 20-30% of mass shooting deaths overnight with a single piece of legislation?  A solution used by other countries to combat mass shooting? This solution exists.

The solution is a complete blackout of news coverage of mass shootings.  Mass shootings tend to happen in clusters because of the copy-cat effect.  And the mercilessly milking of any mass shooting by the backers of gun control just makes it worse.  But we can stop the backers of gun control from needlessly killing Americans with a press ban.

Given that the current press is dishonest and hopelessly biased “freedom of the press” does more harm than good.  The press is no longer a “guardian of democracy” but one of the forces working to undermine it.  They are allied with the bureaucracy and support them rather than oppose them.  So it is impossible to understand why Republicans haven't proposed a press blackout to stop 20-30% of the carnage.

We need some solid research on why mass shootings have increased in the last 30 years.  What is causing this?  Is it the dissolution of the family?  Is it SSRIs (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors)? Is it corruption of the culture by godless communists aka secular progressives aka “Wokies”?  Is it modern progressive (“Woke”) psychology?  Is it “Gun free zones” and failures by law enforcement?  Is it all of these?

Uvalde, where 21 people died instead of 3 or less, occurred despite the lessons learned from the  Parkland shooting (17 dead).  This would indicate there are some low hanging fruit on the law enforcement side of the equation.  And we could just ban the “gun free zones” where these tragedies inevitably occur.

As far as the progressive side of things, if it would cut the number of mass shooting deaths by even 10%,  it is worth banning Wokeness (radical progressivism).

SSRIs have been tentatively linked to mass shootings.  There is no excuse that the health records of mass shooters have not been thoroughly mined to establish whether their mental health treatment is linked to their actions.

There has been a knee jerk reaction to ban guns in response to these incidents instead of exploring other ways to violate the constitution that would be far more effective.  A press ban and a progressive “woke” ban (a ban on corrosive philosophy that is destroying America), would be far more effective than a gun ban.  And the research to find out whether there is a link between shooters' drug history or progressive psychology, and mass shootings, should start immediately.

We need to ask why establishment Republicans side with the enemy instead of proposing innovative legislation.  Legislation that would aggressively target the root causes of mass shootings (the press, mental health care, cultural disruption, etc.)  Legislation with beneficial side effects that would improve society.

Let's go Brandon. God Bless America.

Paul Agle is a Member of the Montgomery County Republican Central Committee

Left Coast becomes Less Woke

The Left Coast becomes a little less WOKE

On the far-left coast and in the most-woke city of San Francisco the Red Wave is visible. You can see it from Nancy Pelosi’s well stocked freezer. First, this Spring in the nearly all-Democrat City they voted out 3 of the WOKE school board members (members who had debated taking Abe Lincoln’s name off schools and making sure not too many Asian Americans could get into particular schools based on merit – instead of debating when to open doors to all students).

But they weren’t done, last week they overwhelmingly voted out WOKE left District Attorney Chesa Boudin, who they felt was more protective of the criminals than the victims. Boudin, the son of convicted murderers, was voted out by the Democratic super majority. Seems the homelessness, filth, lack of public safety, rampant theft, open drug use and lack of civility was too much even for the Center of the Progressive movement.

I know what you’re thinking, aren’t we “San Francisco on the Potomac”? How about us? Well, go to the grocery store and talk to folks about the price of food. Go to the gas station and put gas in the truck. Ask how the truck driver delivering your food and goods can afford to put gas in their tank. Go to the drugstore and ask the moms about formula, go to the schools and ask the dads picking up their kids what the kids are learning…is it reading and writing or is it genderism and racial hatred? Finally, work late and see if others worry if you’ll be home safe…and if the cops will feel supported by the WOKE Left County government if they come to help you if a crime occurs.

Yes, when even the WOKE Left coast starts reconsidering their choices you could see that change come here - quickly.

The Primary is July 19, early voting before that. Get ready.

Events

Thursday, July 07, 2022 at 07:00 AM

MCGOP at Early Voting - July 7th thru July 14

Here we go! Early voting starts this week!

We need you to be there at the polls to help hand out literature about the Primary races and also lay the groundwork for the General Election!

We have the materials you need, we just need you to be there!

Please see the links below to sign up to spend some time helping your fellow Republicans learn about our candidates and make sure they are in a position to cast an educated vote.

There are 14 Early Voting Sites, open from 7am to 8pm every day starting Thursday July 7th thru Thursday July 14th.

Please sign up to spend some time at one of them - Thanks!!

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY EARLY VOTING SITES

Activity Center at Bohrer Park Social Hall

506 S. Frederick Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVBohrerParkRC

 

Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center

14625 Bauer Drive Rockville, MD 20853

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVBauerRCRockville

 

Damascus Community Recreation Center Social Hall

25520 Oak Drive Damascus, MD 20872

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVDamascusRC

 

Executive Office Building Auditorium

101 Monroe Street Rockville, MD 20850

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVEOBRockville

 

Germantown Community Recreation Center

18905 Kingsview Road Germantown, MD 20874

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVGermantownRC

 

Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center Social Hall

4301 Willow Lane Chevy Chase, MD 20815

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/LawtonRCChevyChase

 

Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center

14906 Old Columbia Pike Burtonsville, MD 20866

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVPraisnerRC

 

Mid-County Community Recreation Center Social Hall

2004 Queensguard Road Silver Spring, MD 20906

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVMid-CountyRCSS

 

Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac Community Recreation Center

13850 Travilah Road Rockville, MD 20850

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVDacekRCNorthPotomac

 

Potomac Community Recreation Center

11315 Falls Road Potomac, MD 20854

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVPotomacRC

 

Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department

17921 Brooke Road Sandy Spring, MD 20860

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVSSFD

 

Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza One

Veterans Place Silver Spring, MD 20910

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVSSCB

 

Wheaton Library & Community Recreation Center

11701 Georgia Avenue Wheaton, MD 20902

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVWheatonLRC

Friday, July 08, 2022 at 07:00 AM

MCGOP at Early Voting - July 7th thru July 14

Here we go! Early voting starts this week!

We need you to be there at the polls to help hand out literature about the Primary races and also lay the groundwork for the General Election!

We have the materials you need, we just need you to be there!

Please see the links below to sign up to spend some time helping your fellow Republicans learn about our candidates and make sure they are in a position to cast an educated vote.

There are 14 Early Voting Sites, open from 7am to 8pm every day starting Thursday July 7th thru Thursday July 14th.

Please sign up to spend some time at one of them - Thanks!!

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY EARLY VOTING SITES

Activity Center at Bohrer Park Social Hall

506 S. Frederick Avenue Gaithersburg, MD 20877

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVBohrerParkRC

 

Bauer Drive Community Recreation Center

14625 Bauer Drive Rockville, MD 20853

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVBauerRCRockville

 

Damascus Community Recreation Center Social Hall

25520 Oak Drive Damascus, MD 20872

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVDamascusRC

 

Executive Office Building Auditorium

101 Monroe Street Rockville, MD 20850

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVEOBRockville

 

Germantown Community Recreation Center

18905 Kingsview Road Germantown, MD 20874

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVGermantownRC

 

Jane E. Lawton Community Recreation Center Social Hall

4301 Willow Lane Chevy Chase, MD 20815

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/LawtonRCChevyChase

 

Marilyn J. Praisner Community Recreation Center

14906 Old Columbia Pike Burtonsville, MD 20866

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVPraisnerRC

 

Mid-County Community Recreation Center Social Hall

2004 Queensguard Road Silver Spring, MD 20906

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVMid-CountyRCSS

 

Nancy H. Dacek North Potomac Community Recreation Center

13850 Travilah Road Rockville, MD 20850

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVDacekRCNorthPotomac

 

Potomac Community Recreation Center

11315 Falls Road Potomac, MD 20854

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVPotomacRC

 

Sandy Spring Volunteer Fire Department

17921 Brooke Road Sandy Spring, MD 20860

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVSSFD

 

Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza One

Veterans Place Silver Spring, MD 20910

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVSSCB

 

Wheaton Library & Community Recreation Center

11701 Georgia Avenue Wheaton, MD 20902

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/2022PEVWheatonLRC

Saturday, July 09, 2022 at 10:00 AM

Orientation July 2022

Please join us to develop the basics skills to be a Republican volunteer participating in Montgomery County politics

You must RSVP

The orientation is free

This is a virtual event and you will be contacted soon about further details

Thank you in advance for signing up to participate !

 

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