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Bob McCarty is the author of two nonfiction books, Three Days In August (October 2011) and The Clapper Memo (May 2013), and one fiction novel, The National Bet (August 2014). All are available for purchase at Amazon.com.

Second Amendment’s Value Evident After Motel 6 Incident

EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a copy of a letter shared with me and several others by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico and retired corporate government relations executive whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. He gave me permission to share it with you, and I suggest you read it after watching this video.

Dear Friends:

No lessons are better learned than those that strike close to home.  The purpose of this email is just to remind as many of my friends as possible of the importance of the Second Amendment and the concealed carry laws of the states.

On Monday evening I had a telephone call from my longtime friend, Chuck de Caro, who was at a motel in Arkansas, stopping off for the night on his way to California with his new wife, former CNN anchor woman, Lynne Russell.  Chuck is a former chief war correspondent for CNN and as close to a real-life  Indiana Jones as anyone I’ve ever known.   Chuck used to parachute into the Nicaraguan jungles to live with the Contra guerillas for weeks at a time… eating snakes, rats, and other varmints… in order to bring out dramatic news film of the Sandinista-Contra civil war.  In fact, back in 1987, Chuck talked me into going with him on his next trip into Nicaragua, but the Sandinistas and the Contras stopped shooting at each other before we could get there.

Chuck has for several years worked as an Information Warfare consultant to the Pentagon.  I have worked  with Chuck before on military projects and his telephone call on Monday evening was to brief me on the military purpose of his trip to California.  Chuck has visited me here in Oklahoma on previous occasions and I tried to talk him into stopping over for a day or two, but he and Lynne were anxious to get to their next overnight stop in Albuquerque, so we made plans for them to spend a day or two with us on their way back to Washington in mid-July.

Then, on Wednesday morning, I was informed that Chuck was in critical condition in the University of New Mexico Medical Center, at Albuquerque, with three gunshot wounds… two to his abdomen and one to his leg.

As planned, Chuck and Lynne made it as far as Albuquerque on Tuesday evening, where they checked into a Motel 6 along Interstate 40.  At around 10:30 PM, Chuck was just emerging from the shower when an armed robber crashed through the door of their room with a gun pointed directly at them.  He demanded that they give him whatever cash they had and all of Lynne’s jewelry.  Fortunately, Chuck and Lynne were both traveling with their handguns.  Unfortunately, Chuck was standing there in the nude and had no place to hide a concealed carry handgun.  However, Lynne maintained her composure.  She walked to the dresser to retrieve her purse, but while she had her back turned to Chuck and their uninvited guest, she slipped her handgun into her purse.  She handed the purse to Chuck, saying, “There might be something in here that he’d like to have.”

Chuck took the purse and looked inside.  Seeing the handgun, he reached in and pulled it out.  The robber fired three round at Chuck from close range, but Chuck got off several rounds of his own.  The rounds that struck Chuck did not hit any vital organs and he is expected to make a full recovery.  The robber was DOA at the hospital.

We don’t know how Chuck’s plans will evolve, or even how long he’ll be hospitalized, but we’re hoping that he and Lynne will be able to stop off here, as planned, to enjoy the healing waters of Cedar Crest on their way back to Washington.

I realize that handguns and the concealed carry laws are a problem for some people, even for a few conservatives, but were it not for the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms, Joyce and I may very well have been short two friends today.


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Throwback Thursday: Ferguson Troubles Began in Garden

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Three years ago today, I shared news about a man in Ferguson, Mo., — yes, the same town where the Michael Brown incident took place in August 2014 — who was fighting for the right to grow food in his garden without first obtaining permission from the city. Below I share that story again, along with an update and some observations.

Karl Tricamo received a citation for gardening without permission.

On April 23, 2012, Karl Tricamo received a citation from the city of Ferguson, Mo., for gardening without permission.

During World War I and World War II, it was considered one’s patriotic duty to plant a “victory garden” in order to reduce food costs.  Doing such a thing today, however, could result in one man having to pay a hefty fine or worse if officials in the backward city of Ferguson, Mo., get their way.

According to a news release from Dave Roland at the Freedom Center of Missouri, Karl Tricamo never imagined that it would be especially controversial when he decided to plant a garden in his yard in order to secure cheap, nutritious, organic produce for his family.  Just to be sure, however, he looked up all of the relevant ordinances in the city just north of St. Louis and confirmed that he would not be violating any laws.

Tricamo found that nothing in the ordinances prohibit citizens from growing healthy, organic produce on one’s property.  In fact, the city’s zoning ordinances specifically allow residents to cultivate community gardens and urban agricultural uses in residential areas.

Because he planted the garden in front of his house instead of behind it, Ferguson city officials soon began to pester Tricamo, going so far as suggesting that his garden was illegal.  Roland described the chain of events that followed:

In March, shortly after he had tilled the garden in preparation for planting, the city sent a letter commanding that the yard be covered in straw and planted with grass seed – even though nothing in the city ordinances requires yards to be planted with grass or prohibits the planting of a garden on residential property.

Six weeks later city officials sent another letter demanding the removal of the vegetables from his yard because the property was not zoned for “agricultural” use, but of course the relevant section of Ferguson’s zoning ordinances explicitly allows gardens to be grown in residential areas.  Then the City sent Mr. Tricamo a notice (below) alleging a violation of Ferguson ordinance number 7-133 – but that ordinance addresses the structural elements of residential buildings such as foundations, walls, windows and doors, stairways, chimneys, gutters, roofs, and buildings’ exterior surfaces.  It says nothing about yards.

When Mr. Tricamo confronted the City about this violation notice, they rapidly backtracked and claimed that it had been sent by accident!  The City said he should disregard the notice, but have continued to insist that Tricamo’s garden is illegal.

According to Roland, this situation illustrates a common practice among some city officials; when all else fails in their attempt to control citizens’ behavior, they sometimes just make stuff up.

UPDATE: Barely three weeks after publishing the article above, I received another news release from Roland. Dated July 26, 2012, it contained the paragraph below which summed up the outcome of the case:

The Board of Adjustment took up the matter on Wednesday evening and heard arguments from the City, Mr. Roland, Mr. Tricamo, and several members of the community. In addition to the legal arguments that the Freedom Center advanced, the testimony pointed out the growing movement in favor of organic, locally-grown produce and the well-documented challenges that low-income families face in finding reasonably priced vegetables in grocery stores. In the end, four of the five members of the Board of Adjustment agreed that Ferguson’s zoning laws do not prohibit citizens from growing gardens in residential areas. Ferguson’s residents are free to grow vegetables in their yards as long as they are not violating a specific ordinance or endangering the public health or safety.

In light of events that put Ferguson on the world map for all the wrong reasons some 25 months later, I suspect many city residents and officials wish this gardening fiasco had been the worst of their troubles.

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