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Voter Guide Candidate Spotlight:
With a law enforcement career spanning nearly 40 years, Shannon Dicus was appointed on July 14, 2021, to serve as the 36th Sheriff of San Bernardino County. Before his time with the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Shannon served as a Military Policeman in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division and as a federal law enforcement officer with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He began his career with the Sheriff’s Department in 1991.
In his previous position as Undersheriff, Shannon was responsible for managing the daily operations of the Department. During that time, one of his significant accomplishments was completing the “Jail Utilization Study.” The project was conducted in partnership with CalForward to determine the effects of prison realignment and recidivism in our jail system.
Shannon earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, San Bernardino, and a master’s degree in Communications from California Baptist University.
Shannon has extensive experience in many assignments. He worked in both the Glen Helen Rehabilitation and West Valley Detention centers. On patrol, he served the communities of Apple Valley, Barstow, Victorville, and Victor Valley. His specialized assignments were in Narcotics, SWAT, and the Criminal Intelligence Divisions. As an Assistant Sheriff, Shannon was responsible for three Bureau Deputy Chiefs, who oversaw the Corrections, Field Support Services, and Personnel/Training Bureaus.
SHERIFF DICUS ON THE ISSUES
I intend to hire more deputies to serve our unincorporated communities. Illegal activities, particularly unlicensed marijuana farms, are bringing criminal elements to our rural communities and we need more deputies to fight back.
I have grave concerns over the direction criminal justice reform is headed in California. Whether it’s early release policies like AB 109 or attempts to civilianize county sheriff’s (SB 271), it’s clear the California State Legislature is siding with criminals over citizens. The state needs to enact policies similar to Proposition 184, California’s “three strikes law.” While the criminal justice reform community cites the increased prison population as failure of the law, the data is clear: crime rates fall when criminals are in prison.
The Sheriff’s Department will continue its partnership with stakeholder groups from throughout the county to support youth educational programs that encourage children to enter law enforcement career paths.
Ensuring responsible gun ownership is of paramount importance to me. As your Sheriff, I will continue to issue Concealed Carry Weapons (CCW) permits to eligible residents.
As criminals become more sophisticated, it’s imperative that our Sheriff’s Department is prepared. Whether it’s cyber-attacks or phone scams, our deputies need cutting-edge technologies to keep pace with the criminal underworld. As your Sheriff, I will invest in innovative technologies that protect our residents and increase our crimefighting capabilities.
Members Corner – Yes, it can happen to anyone!
By: Karla Talley – IEGO Executive Director
WARNING: The following subject maybe difficult for some to read:
I wasn’t sure I was going to write this story, my story. With April 30th fast approaching and the end of Sexual Assault Awareness month ending, I felt I needed to make the decision to either do it or not.
You see, nearly 40 years ago I went to the beach with a group of girlfriends for the last hurrah before the start of school, and the start of our Senior year of High School. We had a great time, doing things we shouldn’t as teenagers, sneaking some Malibu Rum into our Sunny Delight bottles, swimming, playing volleyball, and meeting new people that joined our little end of the summer party.
One of my close friends really seemed to be hitting it off with a guy we had met during the day, and of course, didn’t want to leave when it was time for us to go home. Being a little naïve, believing in safety in numbers and being the “Leave no one behind” kind of friend, I stayed with her. The guys we met assured us they would make sure we both got home ok. A few hours later the beach closed with the local curfew, and the two guys knew of a place we could “hang out” until we were ready to go home. We then went to an empty office building. One thing led to another, and my friend wandered off with the guy she liked, leaving me and his friend behind, hanging out in an empty office of the complex. Apparently, he felt that since my “friend” was so agreeable to engage in intercourse with a guy she just met, that I must also be ok with it. Even though I told him NO so many times, he was not taking that NO for an answer. So on that night, even though I thought I could handle whatever situation I faced, on the floor of an empty office complex, with the moonlight streaming in through a window, I was raped.
I have never kept this a secret, but I also have never publicly “told my story”, it was not something that I just told anyone. My husband knows, and so does my daughter. I talked to them both about the Pros and Cons of telling my story here. I also confided in a few family members as well as some very close childhood friends. It took me some time to process what happened, to understand that it was not my fault. The only thing that would have saved me that night when I was 17 years old, was to leave with the rest of my friends.
It took a few years to work through the trauma that I experienced that night. I had panic attacks in crowded public places, and nightmares. These feelings helped me face my fears head-on, developing situational awareness, training to protect myself through hand-to-hand combat and later with my firearms. Today I feel stronger physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. I am able to say I am at peace with what happened. I use this as a valuable life lesson, and to help me get through some of the tougher times in life. I am one of the lucky ones, for others did/don’t get through it. I refused to allow this to destroy me or rule my life. My life in all its ups and downs is MINE and I will never allow someone to take that from me!
I now strive to help other women become stronger, through training, practice, and competency with a firearm, to build their situational awareness and to look for the signs to retreat out of a situation before it gets to the point of no return. The NotMeIE program was built for this purpose, not only for victims of sexual assault or domestic violence, but for those who do not wish to become a victim in the future. I urge you to become an ambassador for the Inland Empire Gun Owners NotMeIE program if you are confident in your ability with your firearm or become an applicant if you have never used a firearm or are just beginning your firearm ownership journey.
Inland Empire Gun Owners Proudly Endorses These Great Candidates!
Election season is right around the corner! It’s time to start preparing to support these proponents of the Second Amendment with your time and your money.
We have worked hard to vet these candidates so you can be confident that they support and fight for your Second Amendment rights. Find out more about our vetting process HERE.
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Magloft Article: This Is My Rifle, How the M1 Garand Became a Legend Among Riflemen
By Sam Lichtman
Perhaps more than any other military rifle, John Garand’s iconic M1 holds a special place in the hearts of military riflemen and civilian enthusiasts alike. From the jungles of the South Pacific to the infamous “Frozen Chosin,” Marines carried this revolutionary arm for nearly two decades, using it to deadly effect in some of the Corps’ most famous battles.
The year was 1932, and then-Major (later Major General) Julian S. Hatcher at the U.S. Army Ordnance Office had a problem. The Army had already decided that it wanted to replace the venerable bolt-action M1903 Springfield with a self-loading rifle to provide its riflemen with rapid-fire capability. Although there were no shortage of talented designers looking to sign a contract, Hatcher had no way to tell who was serious about building a suitable rifle and who was just a hobbyist looking for an easy cash grant. Furthermore, the workable designs that already existed had significant problems—after all, self-loading infantry rifles had been produced in small numbers since before the First World War, but no design had been good enough for a major military to adopt it as standard. A round of trials in 1924 had failed to find a rifle that was entirely suitable, but those trials set the stage for what was soon to come.
The #NotMeIE program is a mentor/mentee referral service run by women for women to help them:
Obtain firearms training
Get assistance in choosing and purchasing a firearm
Obtain a CCW
How does the program work?
A potential client can fill out the application for service on our website. Once received, the project manager reviews the application and assigns the client to an Ambassador. An Ambassador then contacts the client to begin the process of walking them through whatever their firearm needs are. After the client has been successfully helped, their case is closed, and the Ambassador is given a new client to work with. Some of our Ambassadors are also NRA certified trainers. They are very knowledgeable in all aspects of firearms training and purchasing. IEGO also offers an online CCW seminar once a month. Check the IEGO website for upcoming dates. If you are an experienced gun owner and are interested in becoming an Ambassador for the #NotMeIE program please reach out to Karla at [email protected]