2013 was a year of first as a collective for the ladies of the Last Civil Right, and what a busy year we had. The year started off with an offer to lend our talent for sharing the truth and nothing but the absolute truth in the manner that we are best at and that’s through our written words shared by our numerous friends, and fellow supporters for christian/conservative causes. We started the year off with a surprising and truly blessed invitation to join Star Parker’s CURE network at a press conference in Washington D.C., on gun control and second amendment rights called The Never Again Campaign. Below is a video and picture documentary of the year with TLCR ladies on the road.
Read more on the Never Again Campaign regarding Gun Control at: http://thelastcivilright.org/2013/03/01/never-again/
The very next month, March of 2013 we were invited to speak at the New Jersey 2nd Amendment Society by Frank Fiamingo.
Follow-up blog regarding that wonderful event with our fellow freedom patriots in New Jersey at: http://thelastcivilright.org/2013/03/25/the-ladies-of-the-last-civil-right-taking-their-voices-to-the-streets/
Gun Control became a hot subject long before the tragedy of the Newton Ct. school shooting in 2013, and the Last Civil Rights ladies were hot on the trail of the congressional caucus for this fundamental right with some of America’s brightest advocates and experts in the field of gun rights. Kuuleme Stephens attended Tea Party and speaking engagements in Arizona. Shannon Wright covered the state of New Jersey regarding their on-going and continuous battle for gun permits, licenses and carry rights. Babette Holder-Youngberg attended Tea Party and rallies in Illinois that year as well as following the Illinois state legislation debates and votes for the concealed carry law. We have a few blogs here on gun control, but one that may be of interest is the one where I used information from Professor Gary Kleck and Rob Young. Rob Young is a survivor of a famous school shooting, Cleveland Elementary playground shooting to be exact, that blog is located at this link: http://thelastcivilright.org/2013/04/02/a-lone-survivors-voice-amongst-the-cacophony-of-gun-control/
I would also recommend the blog featuring some interesting data from a renowned handgun crime expert and professor Gary Kleck. http://thelastcivilright.org/2012/12/27/second-amendment-duel-on-americans-right-to-bear-arms/
The Last Civil Rights Ladies answered the invitation to lend our media voices again in Washington D.C. with CURE, this time for abortion and specifically the Gosnell atrocity in the Planned Parenthood abortion industry.
If you didn’t catch our detailed writings on the Gosnell press conference and legislative briefing you can read more at this link: http://thelastcivilright.org/2013/05/18/planned-parenthoods-deliberate-decimation-of-the-black-community/
This is a video from CURE of Catherine Davis speaking at the Congressional briefing after the Gosnell press conference which the ladies of The Last Civil Rights group also attended.
During the year we attended many events in our respective states individually as well. After the Gosnell press conference, Pastor Shannon Wright attended the @Large Conference, while Kuuleme and Babette attended the Tonya Reaves Memorial and call for justice by the Black Pro-life activists and pastors in Chicago, IL. Walter B. Hoye, Pastor Ceasar LeFlore, Pastor Alveda King, Connie Eller, Zina Hackworth, Letitia Wong, Thomas Duane Smith, Dr. Eric Wallace, to name a few with CURE’s support being Represented by Lonnie Poindexter in attendance so many others from around the nation. Tonya Reaves is the 24 year old woman that died from a botched late term abortion in Illinois in July of 2012.
In September of 2013 Babette attended the Black Conservative Summit by Freedom Journal, in St. Charles, IL. Kuuleme Stephens wrote an article for TLCR relating to the fact that because of the name of the summit some felt it was racist due to the name of the summit, you can read more regarding that at this link: http://thelastcivilright.org/2013/08/11/the-black-conservative-summit-is-it-racist-to-have-one/
You can also find a great number of videos and audios to the summit at: https://www.youtube.com/user/wmg2005/videos
We wrapped up our year of traveling at a CURE policy summit and Gala Award Dinner in Washington, D.C. The policy summit had to be one of the most outstanding and informative events that the ladies as agreed as a group to have the great fortune to have been invited to attend as guests. We did an extensive blog and have numerous pictures so I won’t repeat those here, but will share again some of the highlights for us at the Summit.
For your viewing pleasure of speeches from Star Parker’s CURE Policy Summit and Gala, at this link: https://www.youtube.com/user/StarParkerForFreedom/videos?flow=list&view=0&live_view=500&sort=dd
To find out more about Star Parker’s Urban Cure, please feel free to visit the site: http://www.urbancure.org/about.asp
And the Last Civil Rights photos from the 2 day policy summit can be viewed at: https://www.facebook.com/TheLastCivilRight/photos_stream
We thank all our readers for taking the time to read our blogs, share them and especially for their support. We look forward to another busy and active year in 2014, and as always we promise to keep you posted and informed right here. God Bless you all and have a Happy New Year! See you in 2014.
Babette Holder/Kuuleme Stephens/Pastor Shannon Wright/Atarah Golden and all the ladies of The Last Civil Right past, present and future.
When I first came across this article this morning I had some trepidations to read another article on Gun Control using another Tragic school shooting, and it wasn’t just the push for more gun control laws, but it’s always hard to read about children being senselessly murdered! Within a few minutes, I realized, I remembered this tragedy all too well and how it affected me in 1989, even though I was only 23 and childless. I had spent many summer’s earlier working as a summer camp counselor with children close to their ages. I went ahead and read the article and then the surprise near the end, Rob Young.
Rob Young was a victim and a survivor of the Stockton, Ca., Cleveland Elementary School playground shooting, when a disturbed person by the name of Patrick Purdy walked onto the playground and proceeded to commit a heinous crime. Rob Young was 6 years old when he was shot in the foot and had bullet wounds from bullet fragments in his chest. Rob Young, also known as ‘Robbie’ still today to some of his teachers though is what some consider the “wildcard” in this community, he is opposed to gun control, at least more gun control laws.
Rob Young has stepped forth, away from those in his community that are supporting more gun control laws to advocate for there to be properly trained, armed school teachers and principals as well as armed security guards at schools. Rob Young felt that he needed to speak out against gun control and gun free zones so he joined Gun Owners of America, this organization is supporting legislation introduced by Texas Republican Congressman Steve Stockman that repeals “gun-free zones” on school campuses. I should also mention that Mr.Young is also referred to as Officer Young, he is a police officer and has stated,
“I deal with gang members all the time,” Young said. “I’ve arrested people in the past who have been arrested more than once for unlawfully carrying firearms. A lot are convicted felons, they’re carrying guns that were stolen or that have the serial numbers scraped off. These are criminals. They’re not supposed to be carrying guns, anyway.”
Patrick Purdy the man who committed this heinous crime on January 17, 1989, was a drifter and had an extensive criminal record that dated as far back to this teen years in 1977. Purdy, had a record for running away, narcotics usage, drinking, violence, armed robbery, white supremacy, and had been diagnosed with slight mental retardation in to be considered, “a danger to himself and others” by a psychiatric evaluation while in prison in 1987. Not only that but a female friend of Purdy’s, Kelley Riley stated that, “his clothes and guns bore radical Islamic slogans“. Kelley goes on to state in the article how, “nice” most of the time Purdy was, but in the same interview for the Prescott Courier she goes on to state how often he was prone to moodiness and his paranoia. Patrick Purdy had also attended Cleveland Elementary school in his troubled youth.
Gun control laws dating back to 1968 (the federally mandated Gun Control Act of 1968) are supposed to prohibit firearms from those that:
- is under indictment for, or has been convicted in any court of, a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year
- is a fugitive from justice
- is an unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act (21 U.S.C. 802))
- has been adjudicated as a mental defective or has been committed to any mental institution
- who, being an alien – (A) is illegally or unlawfully in the United States; or (B) except as provided in subsection (y)(2), has been admitted to the United States under a nonimmigrant visa (as that term is defined in section 101(a)(26) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(26))
- who (!2) has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions
- who, having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced his citizenship
- is subject to a court order that restrains such person from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner of such person or child of such intimate partner or person, or engaging in other conduct that would place an intimate partner in reasonable fear of bodily injury to the partner or child, except that this paragraph shall only apply to a court order that – (A) was issued after a hearing of which such person received actual notice, and at which such person had the opportunity to participate; and (B)(i) includes a finding that such person represents a credible threat to the physical safety of such intimate partner or child; or (ii) by its terms explicitly prohibits the use, attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against such intimate partner or child that would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury
- has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
I personally question still, why Purdy wasn’t banned from purchasing firearms considering that in 1982 he was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug dealing?
Rob Young has stated on several occasions in several articles that, Gun control would not have saved me or any of my classmates that day.” Officer Young clearly states it’s the person behind the violence and the choice of weapon, that is to blame for that day at his school and in other instances of these tragedies. Rob Young also states something that those who believe in the right to bear arms for self-defense know too,
Excessive gun control laws and “minimum staffing levels,” Young believes, leads police forces to be “reactive” rather than “ proactive” so that police officers often feel more like “coroners” rather than officers of the law.
The police cannot be everywhere all the time, many times they are acting in response to a crime that has already been committed or in the process of being carried out.
I personally stand with school shooting survivor/Officer Rob Young in agreement that gun control and gun free zones are not the answer! I hope if you weren’t familiar with this tragic event in Stockton Ca., and/or have never heard of Rob Young that you’ll take the time to go back and click on some of the highlighted links to read the more detailed interviews and statements with Rob Young and the background on Patrick Purdy. I shall add Rob Young personally to my evening prayers as well as those for all our service providers that are sworn to serve and protect while putting their very own lives in jeopardy every day.
In the end I keep thinking back to a statement made by a criminologist and Florida State Professor that I had written a blog based on his research being used in the Heller v Washington Supreme Court case. Professor Gary Kleck had read that blog as I submitted a copy to him and he even provided me with some newer research of his by taking the time to scan and email significant sections of his research to me, a very kind and generous act that is so very much appreciated. Prof. Gary Kleck states:
Probably fewer than 2% of handguns and well under 1% of all guns will ever be involved in a violent crime. Thus, the problem of criminal gun violence is concentrated within a very small subset of gun owners, indicating that gun control aimed at the general population faces a serious needle-in-the-haystack problem.