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Sierra Foothills Tea Party talks gun control

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DOUG HUFFMAN, of Sierra School of Survival, speaks to the Sierra Foothills Tea Party on Thursday, Jan. 17. Photo by Jason Bross

From page A1 | January 21, 2013 | 18 Comments

“Show up, show up, show up. Get involved, get involved, get involved. Get other people to get involved. When you don’t go to meetings to give your input, then they’re just planning everything for you.” So began the first Sierra Foothills Tea Party meeting of the year. Held on Thursday, Jan. 17 in the community room at Burke Junction in Cameron Park, about 50 people were present for an evening that included guest speakers.

“We are a portal of education and action in the community — a forum for like-minded people to come together. It’s not our group, it’s your group. We want to hear your ideas,” said Terry Crumpley, 47, founder and leader of the group. During her invocation, Crumpley emphasized the number of city planning and other meetings she herself has attended in recent weeks. “I may not have seen my kids much, but someday they’ll understand. I’m trying to make a better country for all of us.”

The Tea Party is a grassroots movement that encourages participation in government and calls awareness to any issue that “challenges the security, sovereignty or domestic tranquility” of the United States. Inspired by the Boston Tea Party in 1773, in which patriots protested British taxation without representation by throwing 342 chests of East India tea into the harbor, the party holds the Constitution as inherently conservative. It is not surprising, then, that members of the party are concerned by recent calls to action from the Oval Office.

Present at the meeting were two guest speakers, Sam Paredes, executive director of the Gun Owners of California, and Doug Huffman, founder of the Sierra School of Survival, located in Pilot Hill.

“Right now, President Obama has called for 23 executive actions to make it harder for regular citizens to own guns,” said Paredes. “If he succeeds, every time you or I want to buy even ammunition, we’ll have to give our name, address, thumb print, drivers’ license … My heart bleeds for the children and families at Sandy Hook, but none of the laws they want to pass have anything to do with the massacres that have occurred. As long as we continue to talk about gun control instead of focusing on people, we will continue to have things like this happen.”

Parades also emphasized that, despite having more than 40 million legally owned guns registered in the state of California, the state’s crime rate as been on the decline for the past 10 years. “Three times as many people die in car accidents every year as from guns. So why does the government allow us to own ‘assault vehicles?’” The audience laughed.

Following Paredes, Huffman took the stage. The Sierra School of Survival is a program that teaches self-reliance and survival skills in the event of any natural or man-made disaster. During his speech, Huffman encouraged listeners to be prepared in the event of a national crisis, not only by equipping themselves with the right weaponry but also by stocking up on long-term food and water supplies, learning medicinal tricks, and building up their libraries in case the Internet goes down. Huffman feels certain that if another catastrophe like Hurricane Sandy hits, the United States will experience a level of inflation and crisis parallel to the Great Depression. If that happens, he’s determined not to be “that guy” at the grocery store fighting over a can of kerosene.

“Our economy has moved so far from its natural resources that it’s scary,” said Huffman. “We have a problem that isn’t solvable. But by being prepared, you can help yourself and the guy who isn’t prepared living next to you.”

Jessica Cyphers


Discussion | 18 comments

  • Mark JamesJanuary 21, 2013 - 12:38 am

    hard to explain it better than Wild Bill

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  • DarrinJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:28 am

    Hey, Henny Penny and friends, Meet the preppers, a rattled, robust survivalist movement whose members just hate being called survivalists.

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  • chrispytahoeJanuary 21, 2013 - 9:38 am

    Hoffman and many like him have this apocalyptic vision of America. Doom and gloom. It is pretty clear he is a member of the old rural white guy tribe. 'Circle the wagons cause the natives is getting restless'. Well Doug, there is a paradigm shift in this country that does not equate with your vision of what America used to or should be. Where you see disaster I see oportunity. Where you see anger and despair, I see a new wave of Americans ready to take up the mantle of citizenship and patriotism. I see hope. So go bury yourself and your family in the sand with your canned food and guns. I will be out here working towards a better America.

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  • EvelynJanuary 21, 2013 - 10:13 am

    "I see hope. So go bury yourself and your family in the sand ... ." Hmmm. Remember Hurricane Sandy? Masses of people experienced disaster and still are living are with the aftershocks. We buy many insurances, hoping they’ll never be needed. One can do worse than having on hand emergency supplies. But you’re, right, Chrispy -- out of disaster comes opportunity. The post Civil War South experienced the Carpetbaggers. Nothing has changed.

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  • DaveinKelseyJanuary 21, 2013 - 11:32 am

    Chris's comments are typical hate speech from the left just because someone else is different. As if preppers don't have regular jobs or contribute to society. The difference is, preppers know not to rely on the government to save them. On the other hand, Chris is the type of person that believes government is their religion, their savior, their mother and father, their everything. Chris and people alike are nothing but young babes. They whine, cry, throw temper tantrums, and need to be reared sometimes to keep them in check.

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  • JayJanuary 21, 2013 - 12:47 pm

    Chrispy is an absolute idiot and brings in race to something that has nothing to do with someones color. I would destroy you in a debate. I eat Libtards like you. It is actually you that has your head buried.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJanuary 21, 2013 - 1:16 pm

    RE: Darrin and CrispedInTahoe; This, from the side of the aisle that claims "tolerance". Tolerance, M.A.

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  • Dick BransonJanuary 21, 2013 - 2:53 pm

    Hasn't anyboy told these guys that the teaparty is history?

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  • Frank AfieldJanuary 21, 2013 - 3:20 pm

    This is why classes in logic and critical thinking should be required in every school in the land. There are people living among us who believe that deaths from cars and deaths from guns are comparable. Why are they so scared? Have to give your name to buy a gun? Oh, the horror. I have to give my name to buy real Sudafed. I'd be very interested to learn what percentage of these frightened people have ever had anything bad happen to them that an assault rifle would have been a help. Stop preparing for the zombie apocalypse, people. Stop dwelling on fear.

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  • what orion said | shiftJanuary 21, 2013 - 3:35 pm

    [...] needed to clear my head so that I could work on yet another news article. (To be started shortly. I [...]

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  • chrispytahoeJanuary 21, 2013 - 3:36 pm

    Wow! These are some pretty defensive comments! Like pulling roaches out of the woodwork! I am in my mid 40's, I am a gun owner and a centrist. My family ran a dairy farm for almost 50 years. Too smart to follow either political party, I practice critical thinking. Jay I think retarded people would be offended by your comments!

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  • chrispytahoeJanuary 21, 2013 - 4:06 pm

    I suppose my point is this; the country is changing. In many, many ways. As Jay mentioned I did bring (indirectly)race into it. Because White will be the minority in this country in the not too distant future. Fact. Some people get scared and want to ignore reality. I would hardly qualify my previous post as hate speech.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJanuary 21, 2013 - 6:04 pm

    Soooo, what does race have to do with this? Who mentioned it? Who cares? Does this matter to anybody? Is the assumption that conservatives and Tea Party types are racist? Proof please?

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  • Ken SteersJanuary 22, 2013 - 7:12 pm

    Paddy, the supporters of the democrat socialist have nothing to fear. So to use racist hate speech as well as derogatory terms "R word" to describe special needs people by these racist bigots like this crispy critter, attacking anyone they want, is not only tolerated by the controlling regime but encouraged. What is uncanny is that most of the democrat socialist posters are actually members of the Eldorado Democrat party, all 5 of them.

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  • James E.January 22, 2013 - 7:38 pm

    For full disclosure, I am not now nor have I ever been a member of the El Dorado County Democratic Party (apparently also known by some as the El Dorado County 'Democrat' Socialist Party). I wonder, who wastes their time joining the local Democratic, Republican, or Tea Party organizations, as events are dictated in Washington, DC, not locally. Guess wearing the party arm bands makes joiners seem involved. So, if you are a joiner, enjoy.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureJanuary 22, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    Fortunately Ken, we have broad shoulders and can handle the trash these folks throw. I have a VERY special needs son (severe brain damage from a stroke in his birth mother's drug-saturated womb), cerebral palsy, blindness and he's hearing impaired. He's my buddy and while I take "retard" comments lightly, if anyone ever said it while he and I were around, baby, it would be on...BTW Ken, thanks for supporting the foster kids in our county. Heroes walk among us and we don't even know it...

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  • James E.January 22, 2013 - 11:01 pm

    Paddy, I'm beginning to hold you in high esteem.

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  • James E.January 22, 2013 - 11:03 pm

    And now, goodnight all.

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