“BamaCarry”: For Such A Time As This

Enough is enough! How many New Prisons will it take to stop people from killing each other? How many New Parole Officers will it take to turn drug infested neighborhoods from war zones into safe communities so children can turn their thoughts to education rather than survival? How many more corrupt politicians will it take before more of Alabama’s oldest cities and towns become nothing but cemeteries and boarded up buildings, rather than thriving communities and businesses?

I believe there is a correlation between Alabama’s struggling violent, unemployed communities and an Alabama State Constitution that is the largest of any American State Constitution, and a State Constitution that is 40 times longer than our U.S.Constitution. Yes, this is the same document that Alabama State Legislators have amended 892 times as of 2015, and currently EARMARKS approximately 90 percent of Alabamian’s State and Federal Tax Dollars. (Once again, Alabama is #1 in the nation for EARMARKED Revenue. Other States average EARMARKING approximately 25 percent of their state budget resources.)

So, are Alabama politicians frantically focusing on neighborhoods with double digit unemployment, failing public schools and increasing neighborhood violence? Are they focusing on the neighborhoods of 80 percent of the inmates in our overcrowded State Prisons whose histories of drug and alcohol abuse are directly connected to the criminal activity that put them in prison? Is a portion of Alabama’s 90 percent EARMARKED revenues directed at solving any of these growing problems?

Over the last few years Alabama has seen Prison Reform Legislation that makes it harder for Law Enforcement to put certain criminals in prison. It also provides for the expenditure of additional State Tax Dollars to hire more Probation Officers to monitor our growing “Released Inmate” population. And, there recently was a (very strong) attempt to pass Legislation that would have allowed the governor to hand out $800 Million Dollars in “State Contracts” to build four SUPER PRISONS.

I have sadly not seen any political excitement in the Alabama State House about finding a way to change certain Alabama neighborhoods that continue to be nurseries for prison recidivism. (Alabama families and communities associated with our growing Prison population don’t have the powerful lobbyists concerned for their future, or the future of their children.)

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As we continue to hear the standard political rhetoric about attracting new businesses to Alabama communities struggling with growing unemployment, drugs and violence, you would think Alabama Law Enforcement agencies would be high on the list to receive additional State Resources. Well, there is definitely an association between Alabama’s “Political Leaders” and Alabama Law Enforcement. (Sorry, no help there.)

When I retired from Law Enforcement in 2010 I really thought I was going to be a voice in the Alabama State House to help rebuild hurting communities and save a future generation of children from becoming State Prison Inmates. (Again, Sorry, No state contracts, No interest!)

Well, a few months ago, I prayerfully reached out to a Christian brother who had helped put together a group of men and women concerned for the future safety of Alabama families. I told my friend Billy Denton I wanted him to teach me about the “BamaCarry” organization. You see, I have come to realize that God has obviously not sent me to the Alabama State House to be a part of the Political Receptions and Status-Quo politics. Maybe I have been placed in a position to “Represent” the working class Alabama family who just wants to keep their family and neighbors from becoming victims? Maybe I was placed in the Alabama State House to help a group of Alabama men and women make our “Thin Blue Line” stronger?

Esther 4:14bAnd who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?”

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Fact: I am Law Enforcement to my Christian Core. I have spent most of my adult life as a Public Servant dedicated to keeping people safe. And, for years, I have referred to myself as “A First Responder.” But, really, the Law Enforcement professionals usually respond after the criminal act has already taken place. The “Thin Blue Line” represents the “First Trained Professionals” who respond to a Criminal Act, Accident, or Someone In Need Of Assistance.

Question: In today’s world of growing violence, who are the individuals who have the best opportunity to respond to a criminal act while it is actually occurring, and very possibly save a life?

Answer: The targeted Victim and/or the citizens who are standing, walking, or driving by. Everyone needs to be ready to act. Can you imagine the pressure that will be taken off of our Law Enforcement community if they realized there are men and women who are legally carrying a firearm, have been properly trained, and are ready to step up.

After Muriel and I attended just two meetings, we decided BamaCarry members are our kind of people. Are they perfect? Heavens no.They are just regular, hard working, God fearing Alabama families who have come together to better understand their 2nd Amendment Rights to protect themselves, their families, and their neighbors. (And that definitely includes watching the back of our Law Enforcement Community.) Really, I have yet to discover any group in Alabama Politics to compare them to. Muriel and I are truly proud to be a part of this amazing group of people.

BamaCarry Mission Statement

BamaCarry exists to educate and inform citizens concerning their rights protected by the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Alabama. BamaCarry centers around the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. We strive to restore, protect and maintain these Rights given to us by our Creator and protected by our Constitution, by educational programs and legal means if necessary. We proudly defend the Constitutional Rights of Alabama Citizens to carry a weapon in defense of Self and State.”

For more information you can visit bamacarry.org

Matthew 14: 26-27 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. (27) But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

God Bless America!!!

Allen Farley represents portions of Jefferson and Shelby Counties in the Alabama Legislature’s House District 15. Representative Farley can be contacted at allenfarley@bellsouth.net, or (205)-960-7526.

Representative Farley’s blogs can be viewed at allenfarley.wordpress.com