“The Book of Trump” Ten Commandments

Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ is using Bible verses to justify the Trump administration’s immigration policies.

Sessions wants to split up families that arrive at U.S. borders seeking asylum and separate children from their parents.

Sessions wants to put children in a tent city which is an empty Walmart building in a Texas border town with tents erected outside.

Sessions was quoted as saying: “I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order.”

During a daily press briefing, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was asked the question:

“Where in the Bible does it say that it’s moral to take children away from their mothers?”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded by saying:

“I’m not aware of the attorney general’s comments or what he would be referencing. … I can say that it is very “Biblical” to enforce the law.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2018/06/14/youre-a-parent-things-got-personal-in-the-white-house-briefing-room/?utm_term=.3a4e348ad7be

THE BOOK OF TRUMP BIBLE STUDY

Rumor has it that the New York Times is trying to confirm that Huckabee-Sanders was referring to is the White House “Book of Trump”.

Confidential sources have confirmed President Donald Trump has indeed penned the “Book of Trump” that lists the Trump “ten commandments”.

Confidential sources are also reporting there are White House Bible study sessions on the “Book of Trump” ten commandments.

The Book of Trump Ten Commandments are:

1st TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou shall have no other Gods before Trump.

The one and only person allowed to teach this Bible Study course is Trump himself because he believes he is God. Attendees are having a hard time reading the “Book of Trump” on the morals he teaches because it is full of blank pages, white out, eraser marks and smears of the “special sauce” from McDonalds used on Bic Macs.

2nd TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Not Make False Idols That Are Not Trump.

Rumor is all White House staff carry 3-inch gold plated statues of Trump with “small hands” that they are required to worship each day. No other idols are allowed in the White House. Rudy Giuliani leads the Bible study on this commandment for a small fee of $1,000 per hour asking his money be funneled through the Michael Cohen law firm. While Giuliani lectures, Trump himself stands in front of the mirror saying prayers to himself while eating Big Mac cheese burgers in the private quarters, all the while FOX News provides a backdrop on TV.

3rd TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Not Take The Name Of Lord Trump Your God In Vain.

Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson use to teach this Bible study class until he was fired by Trump while Trump sat on a toilet because Tillerson referred to Trump as a “moron”. Chief of Staff John Kelly took over, but his position is in doubt after denying he called Trump an “idiot”. John Bannon is said to be thinking about applying for the opening once Kelly is fired.

4th TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Remember the Sabbath Day, To Keep It Holy, Unless Every Day Is The Sabbath.

Every day at the White House is the sabbath day to worship Donald Trump. This Bible study class has been cancelled until further notice from the President.

5th TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Honor Your Father Trump and Your Step Mother.

Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. are all having a difficult time finding any real father to teach this commandment. However, there are many mothers that can be found in the Republican Congress who refuse to denounce the actions of their chosen one.

6th TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Not Kill, Unless You Are President Trump.

This Trump Commandment has its Biblical origins from when Trump said “I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters.” Michael Cohen, the president’s fixer, continues to teach this Book of Trump Commandment until he is indicted for taking anyone out at Trump’s order to fix a problem. President of the National Rifle Association Wayne La Pierre offers a substitute Bible class for credit entitled “People Kill People Not Assault Rifles”.

7th TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery, Unless You Have A Prenuptial.

Stormy Daniels teaches this White House Bible Study class using a large number of rough drafts from Trump’s previous marriage engagements. Daniels is said to have at least 3 original prenuptial agreements Trump has signed from his previous marriages to use and quote during the Bible study. Stormy Daniels is also said to use a pole as she spins around answering any and all questions during the Bible study class.

8th TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Not Steal And Not Say It Is A Campaign Donation.

Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, was teaching this Bible study session until he was thrown in jail for witness tampering. As a backup, the White House has asked over 3,000 students of Trump University to teach this commandment. However, there are no takers with all awaiting refunds from the settlement in the fraud lawsuit filed against Trump.

9th TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Not Lie, But Make Sure You Lie When You Get Caught.

The only ones that are allowed to teach this bible study are Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Kellyanne Conway. President Trump has a lifetime being excused from attending this bible study class in that he tweets lies every single day.

10th TRUMP COMMANDMENT: Thou Shall Not Covet What Is Trumps.

Kim Jung-Un and President Donald Trump are trying decide who will lead this Bible study class as they awaite word who gets the “Nobel Peace Prize”. Rumor is that two awards have already been cast in radioactive “yellow cake” by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee, one in the shape of “LITTLE BOY” and the other in the shape of “FATMAN”. (Least anyone forget, “Little Boy” and “Fat Man” are the nicknames given to the two atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan that ended World War II.) The Nobel Prize committee is said to be conflicted as to who gets the “FAT MAN” trophy and who gets the “LITTLE MAN” trophy calling it the closest call they have ever had in recent history making the awards. The Nobel Committee is hoping to take the measurements of Kim’s and Trump’s hands as a tie breaker.

CONCLUSION

The Bible study classes continue to shrink at the White House as each day passes and Trump continues to fire his cabinet members.

President Trump was last seen sitting on floor of the White House Ballroom all by himself mumbling to himself “Blessed are the fools who believe in making America great again” as he was being measured for a strait jacket emblazoned with the Presidential Seal as he clutched a personalized autograph photo of Richard Nixon with the words “You are the crook!”

Transparency Does Not Mean Confidentiality

More than two weeks after a public records requests and one day after announcing the appointment of APD Chief Michael Geier, the city released the names and résumés of the 29 applicants for the position of APD Chief.

All the names and resumes can be read on the below link:

https://www.scribd.com/document/381820249/Resumes-for-candidates-for-Albuquerque-police-chief#from_embed

THE APPLICANTS FINALLY IDENTIFIED

Only 29 people applied for the APD Chief position no doubt because of the short time frame to apply and set up interviews.

Of the 29 people who did apply, 24 do not currently work for APD.

In addition to Interim Chief Michael Geier applying to be permanent, local candidates included Richard Gomez, a former APD captain who retired in 2007, Phillip Hart, the chief of Gallup police, Dennis Maez, who quit APD as a sergeant before a career with the U.S. Secret Service, and Joseph Silva, a commander for University of New Mexico police.

Presumably in addition to Chief Geier, the Keller Administration identified that only 3 other candidates were interviewed in Albuquerque:

1. Keith Humphrey, the chief of police in Norman, Okla.;
2. Jeronimo Rodriguez, chief of investigations in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and a former high-ranking officer for Baltimore police; and
3. Perry Tarrant, assistant chief of police in Seattle.

Other applicants who were not interviewed included chiefs and high-ranking officials of small police departments and sheriff’s offices around the country as well as a high-ranking officer for Chicago police.

FAILING TO DISCLOSE IS NOT TRANSPARENCY

Interim Chief Michael Geier was appointed on December 1, 2017.

It was not until May 1, 2018 that the Keller Administration posted the APD Chief position, advertised and began accepting applications.

The Chief Selection Committee of 5 was appointed at the same time as the posting and tasked to review the resumes and conduct interviews with the final selection announced 6 weeks later on June 13, 2018.

The selection committee consisted of a former APD Captain, the Fraternal Order of Police President and 3 Keller Administration employees with no one from the general public nor affected groups.

The city administration also paid a private company $10,000 to assist in the recruitment, selection and interview process.

There were no representatives on the Chief’s Selection Committee from the American Civil Liberties Union, APD Forward, the District Attorney’s Office nor Public Defenders Office, nor any Hispanic, Native American or other minority groups nor communities affected by police actions and none of the stake holders in the Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA) and no one from the Police Oversight Board nor the Community Policing Councils.

The Chief Selection Committee held what amounted to nothing more than public relations “listening sessions” with the public and stake holders, and the Community Policing Councils, with one of the committee members not even bothering to show up at the meeting with APD Forward.

A Keller administration official defended the chief selection committee process saying that it had not ever been done before, public comments were taken on line, the selection committee agreed to attend the Community Policing Councils for input and the public was allowed to directly ask questions and express their opinions to the search committee.

The Keller Administration never posted “on line” the names of the applicants to allow the public to comment on the individual applicants.

The applicants for the position were never disclosed to the public during the “listening” sessions and all the names were kept confidential by the Chief Selection Committee until after Mayor Keller made the appointment of Chief Michael Geier.

COMMENTARY

In announcing the appointment of Interim APD Chief Michael Geier as permanent, Mayor Keller had this to say:

“What would the world look like with a brand-new fresh chief? Let’s just think about that for a minute. … They’d have to get up to speed on all the DOJ reforms that have taken years to get into place. They’d have to get to know our community, one of the most diverse and unique communities in the entire country, and on top of that they’d have an urgent crime problem.”

“There was always this idea that there was some magical person who could be all things to all people and be a new police chief in Albuquerque. People would say, ‘(The police chief would) have to have done all the DOJ reforms, and they’d have to be respected by front-line officers, and they also have to be from outside Albuquerque, but they also have to know Albuquerque. … The amazing thing about that is the closest person to that is Chief Geier.”

What is truly amazing is the Mayor thinking people are going to buy into this rhetoric that only Geier was capable of taking over given the secrecy of the selection process and the shortness of time to accept applicants and do interviews.

From what I can tell, the only person that said anything about some “magical person” and being so dismissive with the use of those words is Mayor Keller and it was done apparently to garner public support of his chosen one who was always considered the front runner.

What Mayor Keller has yet to comprehend is that what all the stakeholders wanted, including the Police Oversight Commission, the Community Policing Councils, the American Civil Liberties Union, APD Forward, the District Attorney’s Office, the Public Defender’s Office, Hispanic and Native American organization or other minority groups affected by police actions, the stake holders in the Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA) and the family’s of the victims who have died from deadly use of force by APD was a fair and open application and a selection process of a new Chief that was not rushed with enough time to find truly qualified people to take control of a department in desperate need of major change.

What all the community stakeholders in the Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA) were imagining and demanding is an APD fully committed to the Court Ordered Approved Settlement Agreement and a department not having a bunker mentality and committed to the motto of “serve and protect.”

Chief Michael Geier was a solid choice to be Interim Chief and he has done a commendable job of settling the department down.

But to presume Geier was the only one that was qualified and capable to take over a trouble Department is not credible.

Mayor Keller will now submit Cheif Geier to the City Council to be voted upon for approval which will no doubt be approved on a 9-0 vote.

I predict not a single question will be asked by the City Council about the selection process, why more people were not interviewed and why the application process was rushed.

The City Council will continue their pattern of failed oversight of APD.

Only time will tell if Mayor Keller has made the right decision in making Chief Geier permanent.

Chief Geier will need all the experience he has accumulated over his 40+ year career in law enforcement to rebuild and turn the department around.

When Tim Keller was running for Mayor, he repeatedly committed that his administration would be up front and transparent.

Keeping all applicant names and resumes confidential until after a person is hired for the most important appointment any Mayor can make does not speak well for a commitment to transparency.

National Search For New APD Chief A Sham

As Gomer Pyle use to say “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise!”

It has now been made official and Mayor Tim Keller has appointed Interim Chief Michael Geier as permanent APD Chief!

https://www.abqreport.com/single-post/2018/06/13/Geier-Named-Permanent-Police-Chief

Keller’s Senior Advisor for Public Safety James Lewis and head of the search committee said this about the appointment:

“We followed a methodical and thoughtful process to help the Keller Administration select the top candidate for our city. … After gathering community input and conducting interviews, I’m confident that Mike Geier has the varied experience, the perspective from both within and outside of APD, and the skills and determination to transform the Department that the public is asking for.”

Mayor Tim Keller in announcing the Geier appointment had this to say:

“From day one, it was important for me to have a Chief with a combination of knowledge of our city, an outside leadership perspective to implement change, and the respect of both frontline officers and community stakeholders. … Chief Geier has already begun to make progress toward reforming APD and re-establishing community policing strategies. He also understands that there’s still a lot of work left to do.”

GEIER APPOINTMENT WAS EXPECTED

On May 1, 2018, the Keller Administration announced that a national search was underway to select a permanent APD Chief.

From day one, it was apparent that Mayor Tim Keller knew he was going to appoint Geier permanent when he said:

“We’ve got to have a chief that understands APD and Albuquerque. … That’s a general statement because I think that can come in numerous forms. I think that’s critical – they have to have some sort of experience with respect to our city, our state and the department. They also have to have some sort of outside perspective. We know that, coming in, we didn’t want someone that’s been solely in APD. They need to know a lot about community policing. It’s our administration’s priority and they’ve got to have expertise in that area.”

https://www.abqjournal.com/1166033/mayor-abq-in-middle-of-search-for-permanent-apd-chief.html

For his part, Geier announced immediately his intent to apply to be permanent giving him a front runner status

Chief Geier has over 40 years of law enforcement experience first in Chicago and after that with APD and then  Chief of the Rio Rancho Police Department.

Chief Michael Geier was well school in community-based policing when it was first instituted in Albuquerque back in the 1990’s.

He was also well schooled in the management practices of former Chief Ray Schultz having been appointed a commander by Schultz, which is a real problem.

Confidential sources have said then Rio Rancho Chief of Police Michael Geier met with candidate for Mayor Tim Keller back in late 2016 before Keller announced for Mayor in January, 2017 and before Geier retired as Chief of the Rio Rancho Police Department on February 18, 2017.

Confidential sources have also said that it was during the election Keller made the commitment in private to appoint Geier Interim chief and to keep him for a while and to see how he performed before he was made permanent.

PUBLIC RELATIONS CAMPAIGN

Keller announced the appointment of a 5-member selection committee for a permanent APD chief with the goal of hiring a chief by mid-June, 2017.

Sure enough, the appointment was made mid-June!

The city administration also paid a private company $10,000 to assist in the recruitment, selection and interview process.

The selection committee consisted of a former APD Captain, the Fraternal Order of Police President and 3 Keller Administration employees with no one from the general public nor affected groups.

There were no representatives on the chief’s selection committee from the American Civil Liberties Union, APD Forward, the District Attorney’s Office nor Public Defenders Office, nor any Hispanic, Native American or other minority groups nor communities affected by police actions.

There was no representation on the selection committee from any one of the stake holders in the Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA) mandating implementation of reforms and no representation from the Police Oversight Commission nor the Community Policing Counsels.

A Keller administration official defended the chief selection committee process saying that it had not ever been done before, public comments were taken on line, the selection committee agreed to attend the Community Policing Councils for input and the public was allowed to directly ask questions and express their opinions to the search committee.

NOT THE FIRST TIME APPOINTMENT PRE-DETERMINED

The first appointment made by Keller that appeared that the fix was in was his appointment of a City Attorney, who like the APD Chief, must be approved by the City Council.

The position of City Attorney was posted and advertised, applications were taken and interviews were conducted just like with the APD Chief.

Notwithstanding the selection process, the Keller Administration proceeded to solicit and then appoint a City Attorney who had not even applied nor was interviewed by the transition team.

The soliciting and appointing a city attorney after the closure date for applications and after all applicant interviews had been conducted resulted in the charge of political cronyism against Keller’s Chief Administrative Officer who knows and went to law school with the city attorney selected.

The city attorney appointment appearance that the “fix was in” could have been easily avoided by advertising the position further and expanding the application time to have more interviews and solicit more applicants, or Mayor Keller could have been honest about it and said he was not happy with any of the original applicants.

COMMENTARY

Mayor Keller made good on his campaign promise that he was committed to a national search for a new Chief of Police. But why bother?

It is apparent Keller had already made the decision and the “national search” was nothing more than a sham.

Sham selection processes to make a political appointment are how elected officials lose their credibility with the public.

So are appointments where the fix is in and where the public can see right through it.

The Chief Selection Committee making the rounds to hold listening sessions with the public and stake holders was nothing more than a series of public relations stunts to give the appearance of a “national search”.

To avoid the charge that the fix was in, Keller could have been appointed members to the selection committee from the affected stake holders.

No doubt Mayor Keller and Chief Geier “bonded” when Mayor Keller failed his first major test in dealing with APD in the evidence gathering of a child abuse case where the blood-stained underwear of a seven-year-old child was collected by the child’s teacher and the clothing was thrown out and not tag by APD.

Initially, both Mayor Keller and Interim Chief Geier insisted that no one with APD violated any policies or procedures and said that officers and detectives did everything they could with the information they had at the time, which was not the case.

What happened in the child abuse case is evidence that nothing has really changed with APD management.

APD is not seeing management changes but a reliance on past management of the department.

The current Deputy Chiefs are not outsiders at all but have been with APD for years.

The Deputy Chiefs of Police appointed by Mayor Keller include Harold Medina who retired from APD as commander after serving 20 years, Rogelio Banez who was the area commander in southwest Albuquerque, and Eric Garcia who was a Deputy Chief under APD Chief Gordon Eden.

The command staff under Chief Geier do not reflect a new generation of police officer fully committed and trained in constitutional policing.

All the previous commanders under the previous administration have been shuffled around with a few retiring, with no firm commitment that they will be kept as commanders.

It was the past APD management practices that resulted in the “culture of aggression” found by the Department of Justice that lead to the federal consent decree after 18 police officer involved shootings and the findings of excessive use of force and deadly force by APD.

APD needs a clean sweep in management and philosophy to remove anyone who may have assisted, contributed or who did not stop the culture of aggression found by the Department of Justice and who have resisted the reform process during the last 3 years of the consent decree.

Appointing a new interim police chief who is a retired APD commander and former Rio Rancho Police Chief understandably was necessary given the two-week time frame Mayor Keller had from his election to his swearing in on December 1, 2017.

However, making that Interim Chief permanent is evidence nothing is going to change with APD management.

The “new” command staff is a reflection of APD’s past and all have been with APD for some time.

The current command staff are not a new generation of police officer fully committed and trained in constitutional policing.

Mayor Keller did say one encouraging thing when he made the announcement making Geier permanent:

“The search process showed us that there are other strong candidates out there who might be able to help build the leadership bench and bring fresh perspectives to APD. … We are continuing to talk to talented professionals to see if others will be a good fit to join the team.”

Hope springs eternal that Keller, and for that matter Chief Geier, are truly committed to finding and hiring outside management to rebuild APD.

If Keller and Geier make the interim Deputy Chief’s permanent, the public will know the truth.

For other blog articles and commentary see:

http://www.petedinelli.com/2018/06/05/channel-4-does-major-disservice-to-apd-chief-selection-process-and-viewers/

http://www.petedinelli.com/2018/05/03/no-need-for-charade-if-fix-already-in/

http://www.petedinelli.com/2018/05/21/too-much-at-stake-to-rush-and-get-wrong/

Repeal Second Amendment

On June 13, 2018, the Albuquerque Journal published a letter from Dr. R.J. Brewer of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Dr. Brewer is retired from the United States Marine Corps having served from 1969-1972.

1969 to 1972 was at the height of the Vietnam War, and I suspect, but I do not know for sure, if Dr. Brewer saw action in Viet Nam.

In his letter to the editor, Dr. Brewer advocates for repeal of the Second Amendment.

Following is the full letter to the editor:

“I think there are good and honest men and women within the Democratic and Republican caucuses of the House and Senate who could come together to address the shameful profiteering by gun manufacturers in America at the cost of the lives of her children and innocent people of all ages. I will not see the repeal of the second amendment in my lifetime. This is the tragedy. But it is important to at least try and tell the truth.”

“Our founding fathers, with their single -shot, flint lock muskets and pistols, never envisioned an AR-15 rifle. I am sure they would have been astonished by its power, accuracy and firing rate; in effect, by its deadliness and danger to the public. I cannot logically understand why we should have a sacred right to own and use this murderous weapon of war but not have a constitutional right to “bear” and use a shoulder fired grenade launcher capable of destroying a car, or a shoulder-fired, light antitank rocket launcher capable of destroying a small house.”

“I understand that there are Americans who are ardent and even fanatical with the regard to their right to own and use weapons of war. I suspect the majority of these people never volunteered to serve in the military in time of war, or actively evaded that service when it was when it was legally required of them. But to those other less committed gun owners who say they use these weapons for “recreation”, please give them up. Weapons of war should not be considered “sporting goods” and they’re not “recreational.”

“Repeal the Second Amendment”

Dr. R.J. Brewer
U.S.M.C. (Ret.) 1969-1972
Albuquerque

DINELLI COMMENTARY

Dr. Brewer makes a point all too often overlooked by the NRA and the defenders of the Second Amendment, and that is the historical context of when the Second Amendment was enacted and the advancement of our technology to make and wage war.

Simply put, times change, scientific advancements are made and fiction becomes a reality.

When the Second Amendment was enacted, the mode of transportation was horseback, flint locks were used to defend and wage war, no one could fly and all of mankind could only look to the stars in wonder and life expectancy was around 50 years old if you survived childbirth and if you were lucky and did not die of disease.

Today, our mode of transportation are cars and jet airplanes, our country defends itself with nuclear warheads and cruise missiles, the United States has gone to the moon and back more than once, and countries are exploring space and medical advances are allowing people to live into their nineties and organ transplants are common place.

Sooner rather than later, gunpowder will be replaced by technology and no doubt Second Amendment advocates will want to hold a weapon of mass destruction in their hands like seen in Star Trek or Star Wars.

It is not at all hard to imagine in 100 years an NRA member and Second Amendment rights advocate going into a gun store and asking to buy the updated, hand held remote control for his lazer drone Death Star 100 saying he needs it for the weekend hunt and proclaiming “My Death Star 100 can take out an entire herd of elk, butcher it, cook it and make jerky out of it with just one shot!”

SECOND AMENDMENT IS JUST THAT AND CAN BE REPEALED OR AMENDED BY THE STATES

Second amendment advocates ignore the fact that it just that, an Amendment to our US Constitution that was enacted and can be repealed or substituted by the will of the people.

Our founding fathers knew that for a democracy such as ours to survive, it needed a process to allow government to be able to reflect changing times, grant human rights and allow the US Constitution to conform with changing norms and make corrections.

Otherwise, we would still have slavery, women would not be able to vote and we would not be able to drink alcohol.

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution declares that “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction”, it formally abolishing slavery in the United States, it was passed by the Congress on January 31, 1865, and ratified by the states on December 6, 1865.

Passed by Congress June 4, 1919, and ratified on August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote and it guarantees all American women the right to vote.

The Twenty-first Amendment (Amendment XXI) to the United States Constitution repealed the Eighteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which had mandated nationwide prohibition on the production and sale of alcohol on January 16, 1919 and the Twenty-first Amendment was ratified by the states on December 5, 1933.

The “right to bear arms” is not a right embodied or guaranteed in the original constitution.

UNITED STATES HISTORY OF MASS SHOOTINGS

Since 1995, the United States has had 95 mass shootings, including seven of the 11 deadliest.

Three of the 11 biggest mass shootings in American history have now taken place in the United States in the last six months.

There is no doubt we have a deadly mass shooting epidemic on our hands.

The mass shooting with guns in the last 10 years include: Orlando, Florida (49 killed, 50 injured), Blacksburg, Va. (32 killed), San Ysidro, Cal (21 killed), San Bernardino, (14 killed), Edmond Oklahoma (14 killed), Fort Hood (13 killed), Binghamton, NY (13 killed) Washington, DC (12 killed), Aurora, Colorado (12 killed), Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown, Conn (21 children and 6 adult staff members killed) and the largest mass shooting in this country’s history that occurred in Las Vegas, Nevada with at least 59 dead and at least 515 wounded and the Parkland/Stoneridge High School shooting that resulted in 17 children’s deaths.

After so many mass killings, it is difficult to refute that something needs to be done about semi-automatic and automatic guns such as the AR-15, or the type used in all the mass shootings and that are the weapons of choice for mass murderers.

The difference with the Parkland shooting and all the other mass shootings is that it finally ignited a national discussion on gun control with the March for Our Life’s movement, and it was the children of our county that said enough is enough.

The National Rifle Association (NRA) no doubt realizes that a sleeping giant has now been awaken and that two generations of voters are now “pissed”.

The millions of people who marched in Washington, DC and in cities all over the country are clear proof just how upset voters are with the availability of guns.

The clear message to congress by the March for Our Lives movement is that the time has come to tell the NRA and the politicians they have in their pockets to pound sand.

OTHER PROPOSALS TO CONSIDER LOCALLY AND NATIONALLY

There are many legislative proposals, albeit too controversial for many running for office and who hold office to stomach, that need to be considered on a state level and on the federal level that could be proposed or enacted by our federal and state officials and those running for office.

In New Mexico, our legislature should consider:

1. Repeal the New Mexico Constitutional provision that allows the “open carry” of firearms. This would require a public vote and no doubt generate heated discussion given New Mexico’s high percentage of gun ownership for hunting, sport or hobby.
2. Prohibit in New Mexico the sale of “ghost guns” parts. Ghost guns are guns that are manufactured and sold in parts without any serial numbers to be assembled by the purchaser and that can be sold to anyone.
3. Requiring in New Mexico the mandatory purchase of “liability insurance” with each gun sold as is required for all operable vehicles bought and driven in New Mexico.
4. Enact a gun violence restraining order and extreme risk protection process to temporarily prohibit an individual deemed by a judge to pose a danger to self or others, from purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition and allow law local law enforcement to remove any firearms or ammunition already in the individual’s possession.
5. Restrict and penalize firearm possession by or transfer to a person subject to a domestic violence protection order or a person, including dating partners, convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor.
6. Mandate the school systems and higher education institutions “harden” their facilities with more security doors, security windows, and security measures and alarm systems and security cameras tied directly to law enforcement 911 emergency operations centers.

On a federal level, congress needs to consider:

1. Implementation of background checks on the sale of all guns.
2. Close the “Charleston loophole” or “delayed denial” where federally licensed dealers can sell guns if three business days pass without FBI clearance.
3. Call for the update and enhancement of the federal National Instant Criminal Background Check system (NCIS).
4. Institute mandatory extended waiting periods for all gun purchases.
5. Implement mandatory handgun licensing, permitting, training, and registration requirements.
6. Ban “bump-fire stocks” as was used in the Las Vegas mass shooting and other dangerous accessories.
7. Ban future manufacture and sale of all assault weapons and regulate existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act of 1934, and initiate a federal gun buyback program.
8. Impose limits on high capacity magazines.
9. Prohibit firearm sale or transfer to and receipt or possession by an individual who has: (1) been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor hate crime, or (2) received from any court an enhanced hate crime misdemeanor sentence.
10. Institute mandatory child access prevention safe storage requirements and prohibit the sales of handguns with “hair triggers”.
11. Provide more resources and treatment for people with mental illness.
12. Enhance accountability of federally licensed firearms dealers.
13. Implement micro stamped code on each bullet that links it to a specific gun.
14. Produce ‘x-mart guns’ with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) or biometric recognition (fingerprint) capability.
15. Limit gun purchases to one gun per month to reduce trafficking and straw purchases.
16. Prohibit open carry of firearms.
17. Digitize Alcohol, Tobacco and Fire (ATF) gun records.
18. Require licensing for ammunition dealer.

CONCLUSION

Voters need to ask those running for congress how much they have received from the National Rifle Association over the years and what they are doing and where they stand on gun control.

Now that we are in an election year, New Mexico voters need to demand the positions from our candidates for United States Senator, Governor, and for the New Mexico legislature where they stand on gun control.

Until there is real change on the national level, we can continue to expect more mass shootings, more burials, more outrage, more sympathy expressed until it dies down for a few months and we have another mass shooting and the cycle starts all over again.

I for one would like to see Dr. Brewer marvel at the repeal of the Second Amendment in his lifetime.

For further commentary on mass shootings see:

http://www.petedinelli.com/2018/02/15/what-we-hear-is-the-sounds-of-silence/

Dinelli Blog Articles On ART Bus Project Listed

Since the inception of my blog over a year and a half ago, one story I have followed very closely has been the disastrous ART Bus project having published 15 articles. With that said, I compiled a list of the articles for easy reference. Below are the links that can be click on to read the articles:

http://www.petedinelli.com/2018/06/11/give-art-work-to-city-attorney-nm-attorney-general-and-district-attorney/

http://www.petedinelli.com/2018/06/04/want-a-divorce-hire-a-lawyer/

“To Be Clear, Funds Were Never Guaranteed. … That was simply never the case.”

http://www.petedinelli.com/2018/01/15/vowing-to-fix-problems-required-to-fix-by-law/

“This Project Is A Bit Of A Lemon”

http://www.petedinelli.com/?s=Special+Grand+Jury&submit=Search

Mayor Keller Should Scrap ART Bus Project And Find Alternatives

http://www.petedinelli.com/2017/12/14/leaking-new-civic-plaza-fountain-symbolizes-berry-administration/

http://www.petedinelli.com/2017/06/27/another-lie-from-the-city-hall-liars-club/

http://www.petedinelli.com/2017/03/16/biggest-lie-the-check-is-in-the-mail/

http://www.petedinelli.com/2017/02/22/remember-election-time-who-carried-the-mayors-water-on-art/

http://www.petedinelli.com/2017/02/17/hidden-costs-of-berrys-white-elephant/

http://www.petedinelli.com/2017/02/12/art-bus-project-funding-still-in-doubt/

http://www.petedinelli.com/2017/01/03/sneaks-we-is-when-funding-art-bus-project-and-capital-projects/

http://www.petedinelli.com/2016/11/18/art-bus-project-destroys-historic-route-66/

Not Sure Who To Believe; Creating Two Problems

Mayor Tim Keller and APD Interim Chief Michael Geier are reporting progress in all areas of compliance with the Department of Justice’s Court Approved Settlement Agreement (CASA).

https://www.kob.com/albuquerque-news/city-provides-update-on-apd-compliance-with-doj-agreement/4945092/#.Wx7tkjcyFBl.facebook

APD acknowledged in the most recent a report filed with the Federal Court that a backlog of use of force investigations exists that are over 120 days old or had not been closed.

In response to the use of force backlog, APD defined and prioritized a review of the backlog and identified processes supervisors will have to follow when reviewing the investigations.

According to a court filing by city officials, the Albuquerque Police Department is developing a new streamlined use-of-force policy that was created with input from the community.

The “streamlined use of force policy” is nothing new in that it was already announced with great specify in mid-March:

http://www.petedinelli.com/2018/03/13/streamlining-apd-use-of-force-investigations/

Further, APD announced that Internal Affairs was divided into two sections: Internal Affairs – Force and Internal Affairs – Misconduct.

Interim APD Chief Michael Geier said of the changes:

“We take seriously the monitor’s recommendations to address use-of-force reviews so we can understand the magnitude of past problems. … We want objectivity and consistency in use-of-force investigations to ensure we are holding officers to the standards required under Constitutional policing.”

Mayor Tim Keller for his part said of the changes:

“Our administration is owning the responsibility of transforming law enforcement and creating a new APD. … We instituted the most extensive restructuring of APD in recent history, so that every taxpayer dollar we invest in the Department will result in an institutional commitment to community policing.”

The last announcement of an “extensive restructuring of APD” occurred a mere two and a half years ago on December 14, 2015 when then APD Chief Gordon Eden announced a reorganization of APD to get 80 more sworn police officers on the street and created the positions of Major.

The goal was again to renew APD’s commitment to community policing.

https://www.abqjournal.com/691340/apd-overhaul-to-put-cops-in-community.html

On December 15, 2015, APD had 836 sworn police and the goal was to grow APD to 1,000 for community policing and it never happened.

Under Mayor Tim Keller, APD currently has 898 sworn police officer positions filled and the APD budget commencing July 1, 2018 has funding for 1,040.

If performance history of APD’s academy is any indication, the city will be lucky to have 950 sworn police officers by this time next year.

DIVIDING A PROBLEM CREATES TWO PROBLEMS

The announcement that APD Internal Affairs has been divided into two sections, Internal Affairs – Force and Internal Affairs – Misconduct, should be viewed with great skepticism.

APD dividing Internal Affairs into two separate function will only create two sets of problems.

APD has consistently shown over many years it cannot police itself which contributed to the “culture of aggression” found by the Department of Justice.

The APD Internal Affairs Unit needs to be abolished and its functions absorbed by the Office Independent Council or Inspector General office in order to ensure and achieve true civilian oversight of APD.

The investigation of police misconduct cases including excessive use of force cases not resulting in death or nor serious bodily harm should be done by “civilian” personnel investigators.

The function and responsibility for investigating police misconduct cases and violations of personnel policy and procedures by police should be assumed by the Office of Independent Council in conjunction with the City Human Resources Department and the Office of Internal Audit where necessary.

“Deadly use of force” cases would continue to be investigated by the Critical Incident Review Team and the final reports with finding and recommendations submitted to the Police Chief for implementation and imposition of disciplinary action.

CONCLUSION

Self-proclaimed progress to the reform measures is something we have heard way too often during the last 3 years when it comes to the DOJ reforms only to find they were not true.

There were 5 times the Federal Monitor issued his status report that he took issue with APD management and reported resistance to change and the reforms by APD.

Just a few weeks ago, Interim Chief Geier and Mayor Tim Keller made proclamations that APD followed “all policy and procedures” and APD “did everything it could” in a child abuse case and the collection of the blood-stained garments of a 7-year-old child.

The APD Officer said he could not collect the child’s garment nor tag it into evidence and proceeded to trash the evidence.

The Mayor and the Chief were forced to reverse themselves when it was revealed that APD did not act on all the information it had access to from the Children Youth and Family Department.

As a result of media scrutiny, Mayor Keller also went so far as to apologize and ordered an Internal Affairs Investigation and announced major changes in policy when dealing with child abuse cases.

At the time of his apology to the Albuquerque Journal editors, Mayor Keller had this to say about APD:

“There are still lots and lots of issues at APD. The deep-seated bunker mentality culture goes right down to every unit and shows up in a different way. It’s just a realization that reforming APD in reality is going to be a unit-by-unit exercise and that is going to take years.”

During the March 15, 2018 day long status conference hearing on the consent decree, it was announced that the Federal Monitor would suspend preparing his six-month reports until November of this year.

The Federal Monitor also committed to provide “technical assistance” to APD as opposed to performing audits and gathering data.

Instead of preparing his usual 500-page boiler plate audit report, Federal Monitor James Ginger has been focusing on helping APD build the procedural infrastructure to be able to comply with the reforms.

Federal Monitor Ginger did not issue his seventh progress report in May, but instead is supposed to issue a “mini-report” in August of this year.

Both Mayor Keller and Chief Geier would be wise to let the Federal Monitor make the pronouncements in November if APD is in compliance before they try and take so much credit themselves and telling the public APD has made so much progress with the reforms and how committed APD is to the reforms.