A Busy Month Ahead
Are Guns the Problem?
Quote Of The Month
Gun Crime Is Way Down
Clear your calendars for two important dates in November. On Sunday, November 3rd we’ll be holding our Club Champion shoot plus on November 24th, after a five year hiatus, the Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot returns.
Club Champion Shoot
Our new Skeet Chairman, Steve Guard, has organized this year’s shoot slated for Sunday, November 3rd with a new format. Not only will there be a Skeet Champion, but Trap and a combination Skeet/Trap Champion.
Skeet and Trap are 50 bird shoots while the combo shoot is 25 skeet and 25 trap birds. Cost is $20.00 for any of the three shoots with a re-entry of $10.00.
The entry fee also gets you continental breakfast, lunch, entry into a 50/50 cash raffle and the opportunity to win a Lonesome Charlie leather shell pouch that was kindly donated by Jack Kesckemety.
The first squad takes the field at 10:00 AM and the intention is to run alternating skeet and trap squads.
A sign-up sheet is posted in the clubhouse plus you can also pre-register by e-mailing Steve Guard at email@example.com
Our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot returns on Sunday, November 24th after a five-year hiatus!
Changes this year will see the use of BB guns for the Lucky Target game and no Blackpowder and Pocket Pistol games, otherwise the other traditional games are still on. Expect a couple of new games, details of which were still being finalized at press time.
As ever, we need help running this event. All we ask is an hour or two of your precious time to help run the games. The big blackboard in the clubhouse contains a sign-up grid by hour, so please consider adding your name.
We will also need BB guns, an old pump shotgun or two and a few recurve bows. If you can loan us these items for the event, please either call the club and leave a message or drop us an e-mail
A clean-up cum set-up and repair day is planned for Saturday, November 23rd. Some of the stands for the game are in need of repair or replacement after being stored for the last five years. Swing by with your tool belt if you are out and about that Saturday, the coffee pot will be full and there’ll be donuts for the early birds.
At last we have a date to get before the court to present our range improvement plans!
It’s taken quite a while to get our lawyers and expert and their lawyer and expert plus Judge Hely to find a date when all are available.
See you in Suffolk Superior Court on Wednesday, December 11th at 2:00 PM.
Skeet & Trap
You already know the major Skeet and Trap news from the above, now for the rest.
Skeet has been active of late with many new shooters trying their hand, or more experienced shooters honing their skills for the upland bird and migratory bird seasons.
The lights on the skeet field are in need of some TLC which will happen in the next few months. We may be able to get a range improvement grant from the State to cover a good chunk of the expense.
Trap continues to do well. The next regularly scheduled trap days are November 9th and 23rd, however the 23rd is the clean-up day prior to the Turkey Shoot. At press-time it had not been decided if that day’s trap would move to another Saturday.
by Walter Williams
Every time there’s a shooting tragedy, there are more calls for gun control. Let’s examine a few historical facts. By 1910, the National Rifle Association had succeeded in establishing 73 NRA–affiliated high–school rifle clubs. The 1911 second edition of the Boy Scout Handbook made qualification in NRA’s junior marksmanship program a prerequisite for obtaining a BSA merit badge in marksmanship. In 1918, the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. established its own Winchester Junior Rifle Corps. The program grew to 135,000 members by 1925. In New York City, gun clubs were started at Boys, Curtis, Commercial, Manual Training and Stuyvesant high schools. With so many guns in the hands of youngsters, did we see today’s level of youth violence?
What about gun availability? Catalogs and magazines from the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s were full of gun advertisements directed to children and parents. For example, “What Every Parent Should Know When a Boy or Girl Wants a Gun” was published by the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The 1902 Sears mail–order catalog had 35 pages of firearm advertisements. People just sent in their money, and a firearm was shipped. For most of our history, a person could simply walk into a hardware store, virtually anywhere in our country, and buy a gun. Few states bothered to have even age restrictions on buying guns.
Those and other historical facts should force us to ask ourselves: Why — at a time in our history when guns were readily available, when a person could just walk into a store or order a gun through the mail, when there were no FBI background checks, no waiting periods, no licensing requirements — was there not the frequency and kind of gun violence that we sometimes see today, when access to guns is more restricted? Guns are guns. If they were capable of behavior, as some people seem to suggest, they should have been doing then what they’re doing now.
Customs, traditions, moral values and rules of etiquette, not just laws and government regulations, are what make for a civilized society, not restraints on inanimate objects.
These behavioral norms — transmitted by example, word of mouth and religious teachings — represent a body of wisdom distilled through ages of experience, trial and error, and looking at what works. The benefit of having customs, traditions and moral values as a means of regulating behavior is that people behave themselves even if nobody’s watching. In other words, it’s morality that is society’s first line of defense against uncivilized behavior.
Moral standards of conduct, as well as strict and swift punishment for criminal behaviors, have been under siege in our country for more than a half–century. Moral absolutes have been abandoned as a guiding principle. We’ve been taught not to be judgmental, that one lifestyle or value is just as good as another. More often than not, the attack on moral standards has been orchestrated by the education establishment and progressives. Police and laws can never replace the! se restraints on personal conduct so as to produce a civilized society. At best, the police and criminal justice system are the last desperate line of defense for a civilized society. The more uncivilized we become the more laws are needed to regulate behavior.
What’s worse is that instead of trying to return to what worked, progressives want to replace what worked with what sounds good or what seems plausible, such as more gun locks, longer waiting periods and stricter gun possession laws. Then there’s progressive mindlessness “cures,” such as “zero tolerance” for schoolyard recess games such as cops and robbers and cowboys and Indians, shouting “bang bang,” drawing a picture of a pistol, making a gun out of Lego pieces, and biting the shape of a gun out of a Pop–Tart. This kind of unadulterated lunacy — which focuses on an inanimate object such as a gun instead of on morality, self–discipline and character — will continue to produce disappointing results.
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New York: As a female shopper exited a convenience store, a man grabbed her purse and ran. The clerk called 911 immediately and the woman was able to give them a detailed description of the snatcher. Within minutes, the police had apprehended the snatcher. They put him in the car and drove back to the store. The thief was then taken out of the car and told to stand there for a positive ID. To which he replied, “Yes Officer, that’s her. That’s the lady I stole the purse from.”
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“By calling attention to ‘a well regulated militia,’ ‘the security of the nation,’ and the right of each citizen ‘to keep and bear arms,’ our founding fathers recognized the essentially civilian nature of our economy. The Second Amendment still remains an important declaration of our basic civilian-military relationships in which every citizen must be ready to participate in the defense of his country. For that reason I believe the Second Amendment will always be important.”
– John F. Kennedy
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More Guns = Less Crime
Given the recent clamoring from Barack Obama and his cadres on gun violence, you would think violent crime levels were astronomical relative to past decades. Far from it. In fact, the latest statistics from the FBI reveal a substantial decline. Unsurprisingly, the mainstream media and this administration dedicated to gun confiscation have greeted the encouraging news with deafening silence.
With gun ownership in American at an all-time high, violent crime, according to the FBI’s most recent national crime report, is at its lowest level in more than four decades. The rate of homicides in which murderers use guns has decreased almost 50%, from a high of 6.62 per 100,000 to 3.27 in 2012.
But why are mass shootings rising, you ask? A recent Wall Street Journal report helps explain one of the primary reasons: “One theory is the proliferation of public areas where guns are outlawed. ‘Since 1950, almost every single public shooting in the United States in which more than three people have been killed has taken place in what are commonly known as “gun-free zones,”’ reports the Washington Examiner.
Recent shootings at schools and movie theaters illustrate this point. The Navy Yard shooting is another example. A policy implemented 20 years ago effectively banned people other than security guards from carrying guns on military bases. The shooters go where it’s less likely that someone will fire back.
Imagine that: It’s leftist policies that are behind the overall rise. The Left’s fantasy “gun-free zones” effectively encourage perpetrators to pick the point of least resistance.
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If you ever feel a little bit stupid, read these mayoral pronouncements; you’ll think you are a genius.
“It’s like an Alcatraz around my neck.”
– Boston mayor “Mumbles” Menino on the shortage of city parking spaces
“The streets are safe in Philadelphia. It’s only the people who make them unsafe.”
– Frank Rizzo, ex-police chief and mayor of Philadelphia
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- General Meetings
- Monday, November 04 – 8:00 PM
- Monday, November 18 – 8:00 PM
- Club Championship Shoot
Sunday, November 03 – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Thanksgiving Turkey Shoot
Sunday, November 24 – 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
- Safety Course
- Tuesday, November 05 – 7:00 PM
- Thursday, November 07 – 7:00 PM
- 2nd & 4th Saturdays – 11:00 AM.
11:00 until 4:00
evenings, 5:00 until 9:00
Scituate Rod & Gun Club holds its meetings at 8:00 PM on
the first and third Mondays of every Month at the Club House
located off Route 3A in North Scituate. Members and guests
are invited to attend. Call (781) 545-1510.
all for this Month.
Satuit Nimrod is the monthly newsletter of the Scituate Rod & Gun