HAWKS-MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

JUNE 2020

MINUTES OF BUSINESS MEETING June 4, 2020

Meeting held at City Park

Directors attending; Wayne Scott, Pres., Ron Miranda, Secy., Greg Bova, Info. Officer, Paul Fletcher VP., James Morris, Trea., Rob Tubbs, Sgt. At Arms.

Absent; Leonard Newman, RSO

Support Members; George Brown, Webmstr., Mike Briggs, Chaplain, Roman Eble, Friends of HAWKS

Present 26 members and 5 guests

Pres. Wayne opened the meeting by asking Rob Tubbs to lead us in the U.S. and Texas pledges, followed by Mike Briggs offering prayers for Dennis Morey and any other members that may be hurting.  He followed with the invocation.

The pizza was delivered and we ate before moving forward.

Secy. Ron gave a short history of Dennis Bowman’s tenure with the HAWKS and invited Diane Bowman to draw the winning ticket for the Henry Golden Boy rifle and rack that was hand made by Al Andersen from exotic woods.  The winning ticket was purchased by Lee Moore of Tennessee and longtime HAWK’S member.  Danny O’Hara has a trip planned to visit Lee and Ann this summer, Covid – 19 willing.

Sheriff Tom Castloo was given the floor to promote early voting, June 29 through July 10th, with Election Day, July 14th.  He said the only race to be decided was that of Sheriff and in precinct one a commissioner’s race.

Wayne went on to comment on the times we live in and several members had questions and comments for the Sheriff. 

The winner of the first drawing which included a rifle with bayonet was Jimmy Miller.

Wayne explained that Officer Ryan Rockett of the Longview PD had to beg off as a speaker for this evening due to current conditions in the various cities. 

James Morris was asked for a Treasurer’s Report and said there was not too much activity to date, but did present a check for $1,000 to Mike Briggs, Treasurer for the FOTH in the name of Dennis Bowman.  A financial report will be sent to the members in the next few days. 

Wendall gave us an update on the culling and final selection of a student from Como-Pickton High School, who will be going to Welding School at Paris Junior College.  Wendall added that four other applications were received from Germany and Russia and were determined to be scams.

Secretary Ron read a card from Diane Bowman to the HAWKS shortly after Dennis’ passing.  Ron has a list of the range managers from last year and is encouraging them to continue but also needs additional managers to help Leonard.  Please email Ron at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  if you would like to participate and you will be added to the list.  We would like to consider having another F.A.S.T. (Familiarization and Safety Training) in firearms.  We would like to consider having this in the fall of 2020 or spring of 2021. We will need presenters, coaches and speakers to give a 30 minute class, so please be thinking about it.  If you have an abundance of ammo in necessary calibers, please consider bringing it and selling it to needy shooters at upcoming meetings.

Chuck Louttit was the second door prize winner and got to select ammo. 

Jimmy Chiles was asked to report on VIPs and said up to the present not much had been going on as Hooves and Halos and other events had been cancelled for 2020.  The Friends of NRA Banquet has been postponed twice and have a definite date, of November 3rd, however, Johnny Wetzel added that there would be a Fourth of July event and, possibly, a rodeo.

James Dugger was the third door prize winner.

Wayne said there is still no decision on when we will be able to utilize the community room at First Nat. Bank.

Ken Schwab was the winner of the fourth door prize drawing.

James Dugger asked if it was too early to plan a “HAWKS’ night out” at the Barrel House and most thought it was, so we will wait for a month or two, before trying to schedule one.

Ron announced we would try to reschedule poker night for the third Thursday in July, and will notify everyone by email.

Wayne closed the meetings

Ron Miranda

Dr. Ron Paul’s Urgent Message For Every American 6.08.2020 By Adam Wiederman

Dr. Ron Paul, the former U.S. Presidential candidate and 22-year Congressional veteran, is back in the spotlight. He’s stepping forward with a new message every American – especially those who are retired or nearing retirement – needs to see. “After so many years in Washington, I thought I was immune to being shocked by what our government does,” Dr. Paul says.

“But the actions that our elected officials… the Fed… even the medical community have taken in the past few weeks have gone beyond anything I could have imagined. And if you’re not careful, YOU could pay the price.” Few people in America today have Dr. Paul’s knowledge of the inner workings of the government…He spent more than two decades in Congress. He served on the House Banking Committee and the Committee on Foreign Affairs.

He sponsored more than 600 legislative bills. He met with every President of the past 40 years and every Fed Chairman, and spent many hours in top secret, closed-door meetings. Which is why it’s alarming he believes something troubling is lurking right around the corner. Dr. Paul discusses these and other issues in his new book. I plan to buy the book, and I will report on it as soon as I finish it.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

George, could you put this information out to our HAWKS membership. Jim Doonan went to visit Dennis Morey yesterday and I went this morning. Dennis is in the Hospice program at home to help out Dennis and Brenda. Dennis was glad to have the visit and of course Dennis dominated the conversation with funny stories of his past. I didn't intend to stay too long, because he needs the rest and he had already been spending time with the Hospice Staff. I spoke with Brenda for a while and she ask if any HAWKS want to visit Dennis to send a text to Brenda at (903) 243 - 2500 and she can advise when it would be a good time to come. Brenda would also like to have no more than one visitor per day. It is unknown how long Dennis will be with us, but he and Brenda are prepared. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated for Dennis and Brenda

Jimmy

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I’m so sorry to hear this . I’m at a lost for words . I will be praying for him and Brenda .

Schwabbie

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The Left Isn’t Anti-Gun, They’re Anti-You Having A Gun

To read the report associated with the above headline, please click on the link below.

https://bearingarms.com/tomk/2020/06/15/anti-you-having-a-gun/

 

W e have become a nation that has lost its collective mind! Lets see if I have this right...  SUBMITTED BY REX RADCLIF

If a dude pretends to be a woman, you are required to pretend with him.

Somehow it's Un-American for the census to count how many Americans are in America.

Russians influencing our elections are bad, but illegal Mexicans voting in our elections are good.

It was cool for Joe Biden to "blackmail" the President of Ukraine, but it's an impeachable offense if the President inquires about it.

Twenty is too young to drink a beer, but eighteen is old enough to vote.

People who have never owned slaves should pay slavery reparations to people who have never been slaves.   This after 250,000 white union soldiers died to free the slaves and the subsequent freed slaves had already been given 40 acres and a mule to stimulate their life of freedom.

Inflammatory rhetoric is outrageous, but harassing conservative people in restaurants is virtuous.

People who have never been to college should pay the debts of college students who took out huge loans for useless degrees.

Immigrants with tuberculosis and polio are welcome, but you'd better be able to prove your dog is vaccinated.

Irish doctors and German engineers who want to immigrate must go through a rigorous vetting process, but any illiterate Central-American gang-banger who jumps the southern fence is welcome.

$5 billion for border security is too expensive, but $1.5 trillion for 'free' health care is not.

If you cheat to get into college you go to prison, but if you cheat to get into the country you go to college for free.

People who say there is no such thing as gender are demanding a female President.

We see other countries going Socialist and collapsing, and it seems like a great plan to us.

Some people are held responsible for things that happened before they were born, and other people are not held responsible for what they are doing right now.

Criminals are catch-and-released to hurt more people, but stopping them is bad because it's a violation of THEIR rights.

The Enemy Amongst Us!! Submitted by William Rogers Origionally published in the New York Post: By the late Charles Krauthammer,

I do not understand how living in a country with its democracy established over 200 years ago, and now, for the first time in history, suddenly we have one of our former presidents set up a group called “Organizing for Action” (OFA).

OFA is 30,000+ strong and working to disrupt everything that our current president’s administration is trying to do. This organization goes against our Democracy, and it is an operation that will destroy our way of governing. It goes against our Constitution, our laws, and the processes established over 200 years ago. If it is allowed to proceed then we will be living in chaos very much like third world countries are run. What good is it to have an established government if it is not going to be respected and allowed to follow our laws?

If you had an army some 30,000 strong and a court system stacked over the decades with judges who would allow you to break the laws, how much damage could you do to a country? We are about to find out in America!

Our ex-president said he was going to stay involved through community organizing and speak out on the issues and that appears to be one post-administration promise he intends to keep. He has moved many of his administration’s top dogs over to Organizing for Action.

OFA is behind the strategic and tactical implementation of the resistance to the Trump Administration that we are seeing across America, and politically active courts are providing the leverage for this revolution.

OFA is dedicated to organizing communities for “progressive” change... Its issues are gun control, socialist healthcare, abortion, sexual equality, climate change, and of course, immigration reform.

OFA members were propped up by the ex-president’s message from the shadows: “Organizing is the building block of everything great we have accomplished. Organizers around the country are fighting for change in their communities and OFA is one of the groups on the front lines. Commit to this work in 2017 and beyond.” OFA’s website says it obtained its “digital” assets from the ex-president’s re-election effort and that he inspired the movement. In short, it is the shadow government organization aimed at resisting and tearing down the Constitutional Republic we know as AMERICA.

Paul Sperry, writing for the New York Post, says, “The OFA will fight President Donald Trump at every turn of his presidency and the ex-president will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.”  Sperry writes that, “The ex-president is setting up a shadow government to sabotage the Trump administration through a network of non-profits led by OFA, which is growing its war chest (more than $40 million) and has some 250 offices nationwide.

 

 

 

HAWKS-MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

MARCH 2020

2020 MINUTES OF BUSINESS MEETING

Minutes for HAWKS’ business meeting for March 5, 2020

Meeting held at First National Bank

Directors attending; Wayne Scott, Pres., Ron Miranda, Secy., Greg Bova, Info. Officer

Absent; Leonard Newman, RSO, Paul Fletcher VP.

Support Members; George Brown, Webmstr., Mike Briggs, Chaplain, Roman Eble, Friends of HAWKS

Attendance was 31 members and 1 guest

Wayne opened the meeting with the pledges, Mike followed with the Invocation and a prayer for Christi Tubbs, Dennis Morey, Jodi Cox and the Pescod Family.

The Pizza was delivered on time and we broke for dinner.

Ken Schwab reported on his meeting with Jay and Jan Gorman for our possible second dinner at Jan’s Grill in Quitman, however, it looks like they may not be able to get to our price point, thus eliminating them from this endeavor.

Billy Ray Jones gave a report on an event at the Gus Garrison Masonic Lodge for their 1st. Annual Five Stand and Trap Shoot.

Ken Watts replaced Leonard Newman as our featured speaker and relayed many of his experiences in law enforcement and security both domestically and abroad.

Treasurer’s Report, was given by Wayne who reported we had a balance in the black with shooter money separate. The Board has been working with the Hospitality Committee to increase attendance and recruit new members by offering incentives to attend. One is furnishing a light dinner before the business of the club is presented. In addition, a member has donated guns and ammunition to be given away at each meeting through a drawing. Wayne recognized the Hospitality Committee for their hard work by setting this in motion. The first winner is Rusdon Mills who was given the opportunity to select first.

Abby Lovier was next to offer her cake program to raise money to pay off debts for the WHS Band. She was offering four different types of cake.

Website Report: nothing new to report.

Secretaries Report, Ron began with a plea for someone to step up and do the Treasurer’s position. The donor of the guns and ammunition, specifically, said this was to be a giveaway and not to be used by anyone for fund raising. The purpose for this program is to increase attendance of members and prospective members. He finished with a description of the Ritter’s dogs and asking the members to pole their friends about taking these dogs.

No Range Report; RSO absent

Friends of HAWKS Report; Roman reported on their current fund situation, said they had two prospective recipients and asked for all HAWKS get involved in raising money for their scholarship program.

Wayne reported the Chamber’s gun show for this spring had been canceled until September.

VIP’s Report; Jimmie Chiles reported on the Hooves and Halo’s event for this year. He said the event planners have asked for 12 more volunteers for their event. This event will be Thursday, March 26th and if for kids with special needs.

Wayne announced the Friends of NRA banquet and auction will be March 21st, and that it is reported that all the sponsor tables have been sold.

The four drawings winners, for this month, were Rusdon Mills, Chuck Louttit, Dale Rockett and Cleatus Brisco.

Hospitality Report; James Dugger asked if you have not registered to go with the group at “HAWKS Night Out” on March 21st., please contact James at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or any of the Hospitality Committee. This will be at the White Oak Buffet on Rt. 69 just north of I-30 at 5:30 to 6 pm. 21 have registered so far.

Ken Schwab reported that the prices they got, so far, from Jan’s in Quitman was too high to be considered for our second banquet. Having no more business, Wayne closed the meeting.

Ron Miranda, Secretary for HAWKS

NEW LOCATION FOR BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES

There is a new tab at the top of the web page entitled Minutes for business meeting. From now on the business meeting minutes will be located under that tab. Since in the past the minutes have been placed as the first item in the newsletter, and many of you may be accustom to finding them there; I have placed them there this month. This month is the last time the minutes will be located in the newsletter. From now on they will be placed in their new location.

MESSAGE FROM THE HAWKS PRESIDENT WAYNE SCOTT

  1. When you attend our Thursday night meetings, if you make coffee, Please do not use the bank’s coffee or their cups. Each bank employee has their own designated coffee cup, and those personal cups should not be used by the Hawks, we should use our own cups.
  2. There will be a door prize given away at the next meeting. The winner will be selected by a drawing among the members to receive prizes of ammo, gift certificates, or other items.
  3. Free pizza was given to the members at the last meeting, and will also be given away at future meetings.
  4. Be sure to attend future meetings to have a chance to get the free ammo and pizza.

HAWKS DECIDE TO POSTPONE SEVERAL PLANNED ACTIVITIES

The HAWKS have decided to postpone the Wednesday shoot and the planned dining outing until the coronavirus is under control. In a message to the entire membership, Secretary Ron Miranda notified us of this action by the board. Two of his communications are printed below. Since our night out has been postponed and not canceled, here are the directions to White Oak buffet.

Direction to White Oak buffet

From Winnsboro take Hwy 11 west to Como
Turn right at blinking light onto FM 69 continue north on FM 69 after crossing
Interstate 30. Go Approx. 2 miles White Oak buffet will be on left

From Mt Vernon take interstate 30 west to FM69 exit 131 turn right on FM 69 approx. 2 miles. White Oak buffet will be on left

Just a reminder, this restaurant prefers CASH and may have a small upcharge for using credit cards.

HAWKS

I JUST SPOKE WITH WAYNE WHO HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH PAUL FLETCHER AND HAS SUGGESTED WE CONSIDER CANCELLING OUR WEDNESDAY BREAKFAST AND SHOOT.  WE CAN'T TELL YOU WHAT WE THINK YOU SHOULD DO OR NOT DO, BUT AGAIN, CONSIDERING OUR AVERAGE AGES AND SOME OF US WITH RESPIRATORY ISSUES IT MIGHT BE PRUDENT TO ADVISE SOME TO STAY HOME.  I'M, ALSO, HEARING THE WEATHER WILL BE LESS THAN DESIRABLE ON WEDNESDAY, AS USUAL.

WAYNE HAD HEARD FROM BILLY RAY JONES, HIS GUN SHOW COMPANION, AND WAS TOLD THE SPRING GUN SHOW IN TULSA, OK. HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

WE HAVE NOT HEARD FROM ALL BOARD MEMBERS, BUT CONSIDERING THE CIRCUMSTANCES WE HOPE THEY WILL AGREE.

RON

ATTENTION, ATTENTION, ATTENTION

IN LIGHT OF THE ON GOING CONCERN REGARDING THE CORONA VIRUS, THE HOSPITALITY COMMITTEE AND THE BOARD of DIRECTORS FEEL IT WOULD BE IN THE CLUB'S BEST INTEREST TO POSTPONE OUR TRIP TO THE "WHITE OAK BUFFET" FOR ABOUT SIX WEEKS.

HOPEFULLY AT THAT TIME WE WILL HAVE GOTTEN PAST THIS SCARE AND WE WILL SEE SOME SEMBLANCE OF NORMALCY (toilet paper will be in full supply) RETURNED TO OUR LIVES.

WE, SINCERELY, HOPE THE THREE CASES REPORTED FROM TYLER AND THE ONE FROM LONGVIEW WILL DRAW TO A SPEEDY AND SUCCESSFUL CONCLUSION.

SLEEPY DUGGER AND HIS BAND OF MERRY MEN WILL HAVE US BACK ON TRACK VERY SOON AND HE PROMISES THE CAT FISH IS WORTH THE WAIT.

Catfish starved Ron

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MESSAGE FROM THE CDC

22,000 Americans died from the flu this year and 50 from the coronavirus and the country is in a total panic because of the coronavirus? Nevertheless the new virus could become a real threat to many people. The previous statement was taken from an article about the virus. To read the whole article please click on the following link. https://freedomnewsusa.com/breaking-cdc-releases-the-numbers-this-is-how-coronavirus-compares-to-the-flu/

GOODEN'S CORONAVIRUS NO VOTE

Congressman Lance Gooden (R-TX) - "I promised to thoughtfully represent my constituents and voted NO after being given only a few minutes to read a bill at midnight. The Senate had already left town and there was no necessary rush to pass this bill without debate or amendment opportunities at 1am on a Saturday. I continue to do all I can to work with the President and my colleagues as we tackle this crisis. Is it any wonder our country seems underprepared when our legislative body operates so dysfunctionally? I don’t wish to disparage any House members as they hail this bill as a positive step forward. There are great things in this bill that I look forward to learning about as I read it today, but I’m not here to rubber stamp Nancy Pelosi or anyone else’s work without proper vetting." 

Congressman Gooden’s contact information is listed below.

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PREDICTION FOR AMERICA SUBMITTED BY CHARLES MCAFEE

Almost exactly sixty years ago since Russia’s Khrushchev delivered his 
message to the UN; …  prediction for America.

TV coverage of him banging his shoe on the podium.  At that time, the word ‘communism’ was feared throughout our nation. Now here is some food for thought if it does not make us choke!  Do you remember September 29, 1959?  THIS WAS HIS ENTIRE QUOTE:
"Your children's children will live under communism, You Americans are so gullible.  No, you won't accept communism outright; but we will keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you will finally wake up and find you already have Communism. 

We will not have to fight you; We will so weaken your economy, until you will fall like overripe fruit into our hands."  "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

Remember, socialism leads to Communism So, how do you create a Socialistic State? 
There are 8 levels of control; read the following recipe.
     1) Healthcare - Control healthcare and you control the people.
     2) Poverty - Increase the poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them.            
     3) Debt - Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.         
     4) Gun Control - Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government That way you are able to create a police state.       
     5) Welfare - Take control of every aspect (food, housing, income) of their lives because that will make them fully dependent on the government.           
     6) Education - Take control of what people read and listen to and take control of what children learn in school.               
     7) Religion - Remove the belief in God from the Government and schools because the people need  to believe in ONLY the government knowing what is best for the people.      
      8) Class Warfare - Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. Eliminate the middle class. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to tax the wealthy with the support of the poor              
Does this sound like the agenda of one of our political parties???? 

TEXAS LAW SHIELD PLEDGES SUPPORT

Your membership will NOT be impacted…

In light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) being declared a pandemic, we want you to know that our commitment to zealously defend your freedom, finances, and future during this global epidemic hasn’t changed.

Bottom line: if you’re forced into a self-defense incident, your access to the 24/7/365 Attorney-Answered Emergency Hotline will not be impacted.

Stay tuned. We’ll be sending you more information on how this pandemic affects your gun rights in the upcoming days and weeks as the situation continues to unfold.

Yours in preparedness,

PRIZE DRAWING AT HAWKS MEETINGS

In an effort to provide incentives to increase meeting attendance and promote closeness, we are prepared to give away donated and purchased prizes through drawings at Thursday meetings, mid-year event, picnics as well as December banquet. So we need some guidelines, and after some early suggestions have decided to go with the following. Members enter their (printed legible) names into a hopper for choice at 2-6 ammo items, scopes, cameras, etc. at each meeting. You must be present to get your name in the hopper and win. We will draw 4 names each night. The first name drawn will have first choice of the prizes, and so on. Drawn names will go back into the hopper for later meetings. As time goes on names will begin to accumulate depending on the number of times you are present for a better chance to win. Winner must be present to win. If you win you may donate your prize back to the pool of prizes, sell, trade or just be happy with your win. This, of course is a trial run and may continue as long as the prizes hold out. A separate name will go into a separate hopper for Wednesday breakfast/shoot, and Thursday meeting for a chance for a .50 caliber in-line black powder with scope at a summer picnic. (see Al Anderson) Thanks to the donor and to the hospitality committee for this effort. Suggestions are welcome.

The White House • March 16, 2020

15 days to slow the spread

This afternoon, President Trump and the White House Coronavirus Task Force issued new guidelines to help protect Americans during the global Coronavirus outbreak.

 🎬 President Trump: Taking action now will keep America ahead of the curve

 The new recommendations are simple to follow but will have a resounding impact on public health. While the President leads a nationwide response, bringing together government resources and private-sector ingenuity, every American can help slow the virus’ spread and keep our most high-risk populations safe:

  1. Listen to and follow the directions of your state and local authorities.
  2. If you feel sick, stay home. Do not go to work. Contact your medical provider.
  3. If your children are sick, keep them at home. Contact your medical provider.
  4. If someone in your household has tested positive for the Coronavirus, keep the entire household at home.
  5. If you are an older American, stay home and away from other people.
  6. If you are a person with a serious underlying health condition—such as a significant heart or lung disease—stay home and away from other people.

 Today’s guidelines build on the CDC’s recommendations to help prevent spread of the virus. Americans should continue practicing strict personal hygiene, including washing hands regularly for at least 20 seconds at a time and wiping down surfaces in the home regularly. Even if you are young and otherwise healthy, you are at risk—and your activities can increase the risk of contracting the Coronavirus for others. Everyone can do their part. There’s no better way to protect your family and your community than by arming yourself with accurate, up-to-date information.

President Trump declared a National Emergency in response to the Coronavirus on Friday, freeing up more than $42 billion in resources for states and localities. The emergency declaration will give healthcare providers on the front lines of this pandemic the flexibility they need to respond. President Trump continues to cut through every piece of unnecessary Washington red tape that may hinder response efforts, and he is continuing to make every Federal resource available to those who need it.

 “I know I speak on behalf of the President and our entire team when I say how grateful we are for governors all across the country and the seamless partnership that we have forged with them and with state health officials,” Vice President Mike Pence said yesterday. “We also want to express great appreciation to the American people. Not surprisingly, it is inspiring to see the way tens of millions of Americans are responding with compassion [and] with common sense.”

Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid Package with Paid Sick Leave, & Free Testing

“President Trump on Wednesday signed into law a multibillion-dollar emergency aid package aimed at helping Americans impacted by the coronavirus,” Morgan Chalfant reports in The Hill.

The bipartisan measure, resulting from negotiations last week between the Trump Administration and Congress, “includes provisions offering paid leave benefits for Americans, bolstered unemployment benefits and free diagnostic testing for the virus.”

SIG SAUER RESOLVES CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT

Although plaintiffs have not proven their claims, SIG SAUER has reached an agreement to resolve a class action lawsuit alleging that P320 pistols manufactured prior to August 8, 2017, have the ability to fire when the pistol’s slide and barrel are in an unlocked condition. The plaintiffs in this lawsuit claim that the inclusion of a mechanical disconnector in the design of the P320 pistol after August 8, 2017, a feature which is also included in the free Voluntary Upgrade Program (VUP) provided to all owners of P320 pistols manufactured prior to August 8, 2017, prevents the P320 pistol from firing in this condition.

SIG SAUER denies plaintiffs’ claims. By entering into this agreement, SIG SAUER is not admitting that any of plaintiffs’ allegations have merit, and plaintiffs have not proven their claims. In fact, it is SIG SAUER’s position that the design of the P320 pistol – both pre-upgrade and post-upgrade – prevents the P320 pistol from firing in an unlocked condition. SIG SAUER has conducted extensive testing of both the pre-upgrade and post-upgrade P320 pistols to confirm its position that the pistol will not fire with the slide and barrel in an unlocked condition.

In late 2017, SIG SAUER implemented an upgraded design of the P320 pistol to enhance the safety and performance of its P320 model pistol. All P320 owners who purchased a pistol prior to the design change are able to have their P320 pistols upgraded through the P320 Voluntary Upgrade Program (VUP). The upgraded design and implementation of the VUP was designed to further enhance the drop safety of the P320 model pistol. Although the P320 pistol met and exceeded all U.S. safety standards, it was discovered during additional testing beyond those standards that in some cases, under very specific conditions, the P320 pistol could discharge if dropped at a specific angle. Additionally, as part of this design upgrade, a mechanical disconnector was added to the P320 pistol to enhance trigger feel and consistency, as well as to prevent a “dead trigger” condition when the trigger has been pulled with the slide retracted. Although this disconnector serves as a redundant safety against the pistol firing in an unlocked condition, it is not its primary function and is not necessary to prevent such occurrences.

The SIG SAUER P320 pistol continues to meet and exceed all industry safety standards, and it is safe to carry and use in both the pre- and post-upgrade versions, when handled in accordance with the operator’s manual. However, to avoid the uncertainty and high costs of further litigation, SIG SAUER has reached an agreement to resolve this case. The forms attached below describe the rights which current and past P320 pistol owners may have under the terms of this agreement. If this agreement is finally approved by the court, these individuals may be entitled to certain benefits, including continued availability of the P320 VUP free of charge, a lifetime warranty against specific kinds of damage to the firearms, and a potential refund of amounts previously charged to repair firearms or replacement of unrepairable pistols. Please review these documents carefully to determine whether you may be eligible to submit a claim for such benefits.

NOTE: IF YOU CURRENTLY OWN A P320 PISTOL THAT WAS MANUFACTURED PRIOR TO AUGUST 8, 2017, AND WHICH HAS NOT GONE THROUGH THE VOLUNTARY UPGRADE PROGRAM, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO SUBMIT A CLAIM FORM TO HAVE AN UPGRADE PERFORMED. SIG SAUER ENCOURAGES YOU TO VISIT THE VOLUNTARY UPGRADE PAGE TO DETERMINE WHETHER YOUR FIREARM IS ELIGIBLE FOR UPGRADE, AND TO INITIATE THE UPGRADE PROCESS.

Completed claim forms can be submitted to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

·     Claim Form

·     Short Form Agreement Notice

·     Voluntary Upgrade Notice

LAST LAUGH 

TOILET PAPER SUBMITTED BY REX RADCLIFF

EDUCATION OF BABY SUBMITTED BY JAMES CHILES

 

 

 

 

HAWKS-MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY 2020

2020 MINUTES OF BUSINESS MEETING

Minutes for HAWKS’ business meeting for February 6, 2020

Meeting held at First National Bank

Directors attending; Wayne Scott, Pres., Rob Tubbs Sgt. at Arms, Ron Miranda, Secy., Paul Fletcher, VP.

Absent; Greg Bova, Info. Officer, Leonard Newman, RSO

Support Members; George Brown, Webmaster, Mike Briggs, Chaplain, Roman Eble, Friends of HAWKS

Attendance was 20 members and 1 guest

Rob Tubbs opened the meeting with both pledges, followed by Mike Briggs, giving the invocation and Prayer requests for Ken and Sandy Pescod, Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Morey, Jack Miranda, Jimmy Chiles and Ken Goodson and asked for prayers and support for our President who is constantly battling evil.

With the absence of our speaker, Jim Morgan and back-up Leonard Newman, Wayne filled in with a dissertation on where to and not to carry open or concealed.

Paul Fletcher followed with possibilities on how to use the $3 collected at the Wednesday shoots.  He explored the use of reducing the donation to $1 and using those monies for the purchase of targets, waving the fee’s altogether, having those who preferred just giving a direct donation to the FOTH.  Discussion ensued on the subject.  Ron moved that this subject be tabled until next meeting, motion passed.

The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Wayne, who again asked, no begged for someone to step up and take this position.  He reported on our bank balance and expenditures.

The Website report, George invited anyone who wishes to submit a story, article, monograph or pictures do so to him to be posted on the Newsletter page, as the Minutes of this and any following meetings will be on a separate page.  (No politics, please)

The Secretaries’ report followed and Ron began with Dennis Morey’s request for a Nine year service pin.  He asked for a motion for or against the nine year pin.  Ron said the pin would cost each member $3 per pin, then followed by saying Morey had contacted him and said he had it handled.  Paul moved that we do multiples of five, and use up the existing pins and not replace any other than a 5, 10 and 15 etc. etc.  Motion carried.

Ron announced Casino Night is this Saturday and he had tickets for sale.

Poker Night is scheduled for February 20th at Miranda’s Man Cave, all are invited, and shuffling and dealing begin about 5:30.

Thanks to James Dugger for making us aware of the wild game supper this past Monday night.  It was a great success, if you see Don Hightower be sure to thank him for his efforts in making this event an annual favorite.

We are, currently, working on the signup sheet by hand as my two computers are NOT compatible with each other.

He then read two thank you notes, one from Angela Albers, our current DA, for our involvement in the past Candidate Forum, the other from Jay McClendon for our members watching their store and homes while they attended Jay’s wife’s funeral.  Steve Williams announced several forums would be held throughout the area and advised we get as much information as we can on each candidate.

The FOTH report was given by Roman Eble, announcing their bank balance and that Wendall is in charge of fund raising.  Another meeting is scheduled for this month.  A donation was received by Roman from the Chamber of Commerce for the Scholarship fund and Wayne turned over another amount from the proceeds from the sale of table space for member’s guns.

Thank Ricky for the purchase of the HAWKS’ mugs.  These can be personalized for $15 and you can keep the mug with the profits going to the Scholarship fund.  Ron asked if anyone had looked into applying for grant money.  Wendall opposed this as not reaping the benefits for the effort expended.

Wayne announced “Hooves and Halos” will need VIPs help for their upcoming event on Thursday March 26th, and he will have info sent on to Jimmy Chiles.

The Candidate Forum went very well the City put on with approximately 195 people attended, and complimented Craig Lindholm for his involvement in running the event.

Roman announced that the Friends of HAWKS Foundation is now a member of the Winnsboro Chamber of Commerce.

James Dugger announced the Chamber will host a gun show on March 13, 14, and 15th and will need HAWKS’ involvement as in the past.  Jimmy Chiles will be asked to handle the signup sheet.

Rob announced he has 2, 5, 7 and 8 year pins for anyone who qualifies for them.

A Night Out is planned for next month at the White Oak Buffet on Hwy. 69 north of I-30 for March 19th.  James will fill in any additional information.

Meeting was adjourned

Ron Miranda Secretary for HAWKS

NEW LOCATION FOR BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES

There is a new tab at the top of the web page entitled Minutes for business meeting. From now on the business meeting minutes will be located under that tab. Since in the past the minutes have been placed as the first item in the newsletter, and many of you may be accustom to finding them there; I will continue to place them there for a brief time. So for a few months, they will be located in both places.

CONCERNING SUBMISSIONS TO THE NEWSLETTER

I get lots of first class submissions to the newsletter that are extremely funny, but I cannot use them because of their political nature. Because the HAWKS is a tax free 501(c) 7 organization, we cannot support one political party over another. Political activity on the part of organizations such as ours is prohibited by the federal government. If we engage in political activity, we could lose our tax free status. I do appreciate all the good political cartoons I receive, and I usually send them out to members as an individual, but I am not allowed to place them in the newsletter. So please, don’t stop sending me the good stuff, it will be passed on to others, but just not in the pages of the newsletter.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 HAWKS has had a legacy of community service since formation in 2011 that rivals all local groups.

A strong and committed group of men working together to make a difference in many areas.

It will take real dedication and teamwork to keep this organization at the forefront.

Strife and division rise up to tear us down.

Let us remember where we have been and work to keep that momentum.

Hawks Gun Club of East Texas with a mission to build
community relations:

 Awarded scholarships $42,500 plus to deserving
seniors since 2011 from raffle sales and fund raising events.

Set-up and helped with the annual Winnsboro Animal
Shelter garage sale.

From 2012-2014 Hawks invested $2,169.96 in Hawk's
provided funds.

 Purchased and donated shipping container then provided material
and labor to recondition shipping container into a food storage facility for
the Winnsboro Animal Shelter. 

Set up tables, welcomed and assisted vendors and provided
day time eyes and ears for two Chamber of Commerce Gun Shows each year, since
its inception  

Contributed, financially, to the Winnsboro VFD Christmas
toy drive. 

Hawks worked with the Rodeo Association and Texas Country
Ford hosting test drives to raise Teen Rodeo money. 

Conducted eyes and ears surveillance for the Winnsboro
Fine Arts Market in events during November. 

Participated in the 4th of July and Christmas parades,
and provided traffic   control as
Volunteers in Police Service (VIPS). 

Conducted three Rim Fire events each year for youth and
family to promote gun safety and marksmanship. 

Hawks helped direct traffic and conduct kids safely at
Winnsboro downtown Halloween event. 

Co-sponsored (with Main Street Winnsboro now Chamber of
Commerce) to plan and conduct the Annual Winnsboro Classic Car Cruise-In. 

Implemented the Volunteer in Police Service (VIPS) at the
invitation of the Winnsboro Police Department and spent countless man hours in
traffic control with Parades and Autumn Trails events 

Actively supported the newly formed Friends of NRA
fund-raising banquet to support grants for local Boy Scouts, 4-H, and Winnsboro
Police Department.

 The past four years Hawks have Honored Veteran residents
at Autumn Winds Assisted Living with refreshments and a Wall of Honor.

 Members attended Active Shooter seminars then organized a
local Survive an Active Shooter event presented by Tyler PD. Then provided same
training to local banks and churches

 Organized First Aid Saves Lives Seminar in cooperation
with Champion EMS and Christus Trinity Mother Francis Winnsboro.

Donated a mobile kitchen for disaster relief to a local
church.

Hosted a Survive an Active Shooter  Seminar at Winnsboro High School.

Assisted in posting American Flags at the Memorial Park
for 4th of July.

Promise yourself..to think only the best,

whatever it takes...

Thank you

Wayne Scott  (903) 243-7526 cell

License to Carry Handgun Instructor

 NRA Range Safety Officer

 

 

Winnsboro Chamber of Commerce Receives Talon Club Award for 2019.

 

                       

 

 

NEW GUNS FOR 2020 SUBMITTED BY ROMAN EBLE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-CBmx-171hQ&feature=youtu.be

UGLY GUN

https://www.full30.com/watch/MDI0MjI0/full-review-of-the-altor-9mm-single-shot-pistol

ENCOURAGING EVENTS YOU WILL NOT SEE, OR HEAR MUCH ABOUT IN THE PRINT-PRESS, OR ON TELEVISION SUBMITTED BY REX RADCLIFF

Neil Gorsuch has only been on the Supreme Court for a short while. Recently he ignited the fire of liberty and broke 40 years of precedent when he refused to join the SCOTUS “cert pool.” The cert pool was established in 1973 during the early days of the Burger Court, in order to efficiently review the near 8,000 petitions received each term. In practice, the petitions are apportioned among the Court’s law clerks, who then circulate a memo to the justices recommending a grant or denial. The obvious problem here is that this gives the power in these 8000 cases to the law clerks instead of the Justices. It also, in theory, allows 3rd parties to unfairly influence a case through the clerks.

That is NOT how the Supreme Court was designed to operate. Neil Gorsuch just managed to set his foot down in the Supreme Court and say it is NOT okay to pass off judgments to the discretion of legal clerks. This is the kind of story everyone should be hearing or reading in the media, but obviously is not.

Today the United States Supreme Court issued a direct and final blow to the Islamic Indoctrination of the young in this nation.

The full panel of the United States Supreme Court which consists of 9 judges met to decide the fate of Islamic indoctrination in our American public schools. In a typical 5 X 4 decision, common sense won out, and we have sanity restored to our schools once again.

The United States Supreme Court was able to hand out this decision banning Sharia Law and Islam from being taught in classrooms because of the tie-breaking vote of the newly appointed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Gorsuch went on to write about the decision:

“The government certainly has no business being involved in religion, but this isn’t a government issue or a religious issue. This is about the judicial branch interpreting the laws as they apply to the teaching of religion. We shouldn't be teaching any religions in the public schools of this country Amen, Justice Gorsuch, Amen!

Liberals are all about teaching Islam and Sharia Law but they have issues with “Under God” in the pledge of allegiance and “In God We Trust” on our currency.

This should have been a unanimous decision, not 5 to 4, but it seems like the 4 liberal judges on the Supreme Court don’t care about the Constitution, nor our values.

Perhaps this is the start of restoring America to its founding glory.

Thank GOD for our new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch--- a great selection by President Trump.

RULES AND REGULATIONS GOVERNING 501(c)3 ORGANIZATIONS SUBMITTED BY ROMAN EBLE

https://nonprofitrisk.org/resources/articles/how-to-lose-your-501c3-tax-exempt-status-without-really-trying/

https://www.boardeffect.com/blog/common-501c3-rules-regulations/

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A PISTOL FROM SIG SAUER

https://www.sigsauer.com/what-to-look-for-in-an-everyday-carry-pistol/?utm_campaign=Blog_EDC&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Eloqua

LAST LAUGH SUBMITTED BY BILL ROGERS

                                                     

 

HAWKS-MONTHLY NEWSLETTER

JANUARY 2020

Minutes for HAWKS’ business meeting for January 9, 2020

Meeting held at First National Bank

Directors attending;  Wayne Scott, Pres., Rob Tubbs Sgt. At Arms, Greg Bova Info Officer, Leonard Newman R.S.O.

Absent; Ron Miranda Secy., Paul Fletcher V.P. George Brown, Webmstr.

Support Members;  Billy Ray Jones acting Chaplain, Wendall Hildebrandt, Friends of HAWKS, Jimmy Chiles, V.I.P.s

Attendance was 25 members and 2 guests

Rob Tubbs opened the meeting with both pledges, followed by Billy Ray Jones giving the invocation and Prayer requests for Ron Miranda, Ken Pescod, Dennis Morey, Christi and Zerita Tubbs, the mother of Cleatus Brisco, and Victoria Fletcher in addition asked for prayers and support for our President who is constantly battling evil.

Wayne introduced member Leonard Newman who spoke on his gun collection and his carry preferences including his method of carry.  Leonard is a 40 year veteran of law enforcement and education in law enforcement.

Wayne, then announced no Treasurer report due to the abrupt resignation of Ron Smth, but that we had $5,436+ in the bank, less $650 to Richie’s for our annual Christmas dinner.  We still have a deposit or two for our Wednesday shoot to be added to the total.  He then explained how the $3 is used for prizes at the end of the shooting year, or can be donated to the scholarship fund at the shooter’s preference.

Wayne asked for suggestions for a start time for breakfast so we could all eat together.  James Morris added that consideration should be given to Richie’s by eating as a group instead of dribbling in all morning long.  Chuck injected that we could go to breakfast early then go to the range and be ready to shoot at 8 am.  This would mean eating from 6 am on.  James  added Ron Miranda suggested eating from 7:30am. And leave for the range when finished.  Additional comments were aired.

A motion was made by Chuck to assemble at the range at 7:30 am., however,  Wendal amended the motion to include an either or and asked for a vote.  Option one was eat early then be at  the range by 8am.  Option two was eating leisurely at that point pandemonium broke out.

Leonard called for a definitive vote on two options, that being eat at 7:30am. followed by shooting, the second being go to the range by 8am. followed by breakfast.  13 voted for option one, 7 voted for option two.

Bill Ray moved the treasurer’s report be accepted as read no second.

Wayne  went over the “Candidate Forum” for January 21st. At the City Auditorium at 5:30 pm. Craig Lindholm will moderate and work from pre-approved questions.  Please put this on Facebook, if you have it available.

Wayne reminded all that early voting begins Feburary 18th. thru the 28th. With the general election is March 3rd

Roman was asked for a Friend’s of HAWKS report and said we had a good year and have plans to increase funding.  We, currently have about $2,000 in the bank which is dedicated to scholarships.  Ken Watts had to resign as chairman due to health issues and Wendal Hildebrandt was appointed to fill Ken’s vacancy.  Johnny Wetzel remains as Vice Chair, George Brown is Secretary, and Mike Briggs is Treasurer.  Elections for board members will be held in November of 2020 for the year 2021, date to be determined.  The board is, currently, exploring ways to raise money.  He, then passed out certificates of appreciation.

The “feed the cops” program was funded by the FoH and passing the hat.  James Morris stated the “feed the cops” is NOT a charity.  $150 was given to Tino-V’s and no figure has come in from Richie’s.  This provided lunches from Thanksgiving to New Years.

James Dugger asked if we will be meeting monthly or bi-monthly.  Wendal moved that we have a meeting every month and if no speakers are available, someone from our ranks could volunteer to speak.  Motion passed unanimously.

Roman asked about a meeting/dinner at Richie’s and was referred to James Dugger, Chairman of the Hospitality Committee.  He said he had a dinner scheduled for Jan’s with date and time to be determined.

Wayne closed the meeting

Ron Miranda

Secretary for HAWKS

1/13/2020

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

George

I finished the minutes and submitted them for posting, however, what was omitted was what I feel, with regards to the club, our club.

Wayne has said over and over we have something for everyone or nothing at all, what ever you prefer or the depth of your desired involvement.  I never realized until now just how much involvement one could really miss.  When a Doctor looks you in the eye and tells you that without proper medication and by dropping your guard, just a little, your life could take a drastic turn.  I will have cellulitus the rest of my natural life and the only way to control it is a constant vigil for bumps, bruises and cuts.  At the first sign of swelling it's back to massive doses of ant-biotics or a needle in the arm.  This is all leading up to why I chose to write this.  I don't live on the edge of the abyss like my friend, Dennis Morey, nor do I have the luxury of good health like, say Dak Prescott, but I do share some great friendships, like the ones Wayne Scott alludes to.

Please take my thoughts on Camaraderie to heart.

Camaraderie is what we all share, or I hope we do.  Dennis Morey alluded to it in an email he sent a short time ago.  It's, even, in our Mission Statement along with everything the HAWKS stand for, Civic involvement, assistance to young and old shooters alike, and most importantly, support for our Constitution and the Amendments, especially the second.  

Does it matter when we break bread?  As long as it's together.  7:30, 7:45, 8:07, who cares?  Then off to the range, set up targets, begin practicing, bang, bang, bang... Oh!!! CEASE FIRE... Late comers...so what. Take five, reload magazines only!!!  Welcome late comers, all are welcome.  Range is HOT, continue...

Feed the Cops someone cries.  Pass the hat, why not?  It's from the heart not the wallet... $365 WOW!  And another $150 from the Friends of HAWKS.  One winner---The Cops.

Get my  drift?

Why do the Three Musketeers keep coming to mind?  One for all and all for one!!!

We all have our individual involvements ---VIPs, Scholarships, Wednesday shoots, Feed the Cops, Dinners on the Danube or home after breakfast, grass to cut, animals to feed, or if you're like me---off to the doctor's office.

Our time is short, don't squander it.  Be a friend, anybody's friend, that is what COMARADERIE is.

Crap... time for another pill.

Your friend,   The Only Ron

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BRAVO!!!  Jack Wilson should and is receiving his 15 minutes of fame for his courageous act in the West Freeway Church of Christ's attempted mass murder instead of the IDIOT that perpetrated the crime.  It's too bad two precious lives were lost before Jack could swing into action.

Only Ron

REPLY

I ceretainly agree with you. There is an article below about this event.

George

_____________________________________________________________________________

HAWKS

Ken Watts is back in the hospital in Tyler possibly facing more surgery.  He has a possible perforated colon (been there done that) but the doctors are trying to correct with medicines.  If surgery is necessary he may require a colostomy permanently.  Kay is suffering from failing eye sight, in addition to Ken's problems.  We need super charged prayers for this family.

Ron

____________________________________________________________________________

Wayneeeee

Just called and said Kay Watts had updated him on Ken's condition.  They are trying to correct his issues with anti-biotics, if that doesn't work he may be moved to Grapevine under the care of the original Doctor.  Let's hope...

As you know, Kay is visually impaired to the point that she may need transportation.  If you are available please be on call.

Prayers, of course, for Ken.

Greggo or George please add Ken Watts to our prayer page.

Thanks

Only Ron

____________________________________________________________________________

HAWKS

Be aware that Casino Night is February 8th and tickets will sell fast.  (They can only sell 200 due to fire codes)  Single is $50 and includes 1,000 game pieces and Couple Tickets are $90 and include 2,000 game pieces.  Plan ahead don't be left out.

Only Ron

_____________________________________________________________________________

HAWKS

I received an email from George Brown, yesterday, explaining that due to his health the minutes for the January meeting have not yet been posted on our web site.  If anyone can shed any light on George's condition we would like to know.  George is a valued member of our staff and a great HAWK, however, he does live alone and I don't know if anyone can check on him.

Please let us know if there is a problem.

Only Ron

__________________________________________________________________________________

George

Job ONE is your health. Do what is necessary to get back on your feet.

You are a valuable link in the HAWKS' chain.

If we can help in any way, just say the word

Get well soon

Only Ron

____________________________________________________________________________________

HAWKS

Downtown George Brown has been found.  A little worse for wear.  George called the Morey Hotline this afternoon and told him he had had a stroke, but was convalescing at home.  He didn't know how sever the stroke was but we are holding a Casino Night ticket for ole' George.

George let us know if there is anything we can do for you, as we know you live alone.  Get well soon as we need you back.

Keep George in your prayers.

Only Ron

REPLY

I very much appreciate the concern and offers of help from the Hawks. The mini stroke I had left me with limited use of my left arm, but I can still type well enough to do the newsletter. I am undergoing physical thereapy now, which should help me to recover the use of my left arm.

George

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NEW VIRGINIA GOVERNMENT ATTACKS VIRGINIA GUN OWNERS

The following excerpt was taken from an article by Erich Pratt which appeared in the Jan 18, issue of GOA.

The Virginia Supreme Court denied the appeal made by Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL).

And in doing so, the court refused to overturn Governor Ralph Northam’s Lobby Day Gun Ban.

Governor Northam issued a clearly illegal and unconstitutional order on Wednesday, banning guns on the Capitol grounds -- all in attempt to prevent law-abiding citizens from carrying firearms at Lobby Day this coming Monday.

Amazingly, Governor Northam voted for HB 20 in 2012 to prevent governors from doing exactly what Northam did in suspending our Second Amendment rights on state capitol grounds. His actions are completely lawless!

Remarkably, the Virginia Supreme Court did not reject our arguments on the merits, but declined to rule, asserting there was insufficient evidence to determine whether the circuit court abused its discretion.

The Governor has reportedly ordered that there will be a check point (with metal detectors) before one can step onto the Capitol Grounds. Firearms ownership will still be “permitted” outside of the fenced area.

SCAMS TO AVOID

The following link will connect you to an article that describes several new scams that you should be careful to avoid.

https://www.americanprosperity.com/popular-scams-you-may-have-already-fallen-for/?utm_source=ewcp&utm_placement=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_content=APnewsletter

FOTH HONORS SEVERAL HAWKS FOR THEIR WORK ON SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

The following individuals were recognized for outstanding FOTH support for 2019 during our HAWKS monthly meeting Thursday, 9 January 2020:

FOTH PRESIDENT’S AWARD 2019

James Morris

Johnny Wetzel

Ken Watts

Wendall Hildebrandt

FOTH CERTIFICATE
OF APPRECIATION

George Brown

Mike Briggs

Wayne Scott

I received the following communucation from the TSRA and I wanted to share it with the rest of the HAWKS.

 

Governor Abbott Presents White Settlement Hero Jack Wilson With Texas’ Medal of Courage

Dear Texas Rifle Association Member:

On Monday, Governor Greg Abbott presented the Governor's Medal of Courage to West Freeway Church of Christ hero Jack Wilson at the Governor's Mansion in Austin. From the Governor's press release:

"When faced with an evil that few of us will ever comprehend, Jack Wilson responded with strength, bravery, and with love for those in the church that day," said Governor Abbott. "The courage in his actions cannot be understated, and Jack is not only a hero to West Freeway Church of Christ -- he is a hero to the entire State of Texas."

TSRA PAC would like to thank Governor Abbott for recognizing Wilson's life-saving actions in White Settlement. We would also like to extend our gratitude not only to Mr. Wilson himself, but to the sponsors and legislative supporters of TSRA-backed laws passed in 2017 and 2019 which expanded the rights of law-abiding citizens to protect themselves in churches, synagogues or other places of worship:

Senate Bill 2065 by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) which included language from House bills by former Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Farmers Branch) and Rep. John Wray (R-Waxahachie) to allow volunteers providing armed security at places of worship to be exempt from certain requirements of the Private Security Act (2017); and

Senate Bill 535 by Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) and Rep. Dan Flynn (R-Van) which removed these locations from the list of prohibited places for handgun possession in the Penal Code, clarifying once and for all that controllers of church property, rather than the state, may decide whether to allow License To Carry holders on-premises. (2019).

 

THIS DAY IN HISTORY SUBMITTED BY BILL ROGERS 

This Day in History: Horace Smith 

15 January 2020 

Logan Metesh

On January 15, 1893, Horace Smith passed away at the age of 84. He retired 20 years earlier in 1873, having spent most of his life in the arms industry. By the time he became best known as the first half of Smith & Wesson’s namesake, he had already worked a total of 28 years for a number of big names: Springfield Armory, Eli Whitney, Allen & Thurber, and Robbins & Lawrence, just to name a few.

When he was just 16, Horace began as an apprentice at Springfield Armory. Among his first tasks were acting as the assistant to a bayonet forger. After four years, he became a journeyman and worked in a variety of armory departments. He excelled at inventing gun-making machinery and is credited for creating the machine for checkering hammers. 

After 18 years of working for the government, he moved from Massachusetts to Connecticut, where he was a toolmaker for Eli Whitney. This was short-lived, and he moved on to Allen & Thurber in just over a year. While working for the pepperbox pistol company, he began making his own arms, namely whaling guns and barrels and an exploding bullet to be used with them. 

The years 1850 to 1852 are a little hazy, but we know it was during this time that he met D. B. Wesson and also continued working on designs for repeating arms. The earliest example of his involvement is with a magazine-loaded pistol invented by a couple of other men and manufactured by Horace in 1850. 

During this same time period, he was hired to work on improvements to the lever-action rifle invented by Walter Hunt and Lewis Jennings. Wesson knew of the rifle, too, and the two men presumably bonded over the design, its shortcomings, and their thoughts for improving it. In 1852, they formed their first of two partnerships and began producing what we recognize today as the Volcanic line of repeaters. Financial issues in late 1854 led to the partnership’s dissolution, but the two titans wouldn’t be apart for long. On November 18, 1856, a factory ledger notes the reformation of a Smith and Wesson partnership. Wesson contributed $2,003.63 and Smith put in $1,646.68 – and just like that, they were off and running. They paid Rollin White $497 as a licensing fee for his patent on the bored-through cylinder, with an additional royalty of 25 cents per gun.

All told, it cost $4,147.31 (including White’s fee) for the two men to start a company that would go on to become a household name in the firearms business. Adjusted for inflation, that’s approximately $122,600 in 2020 money.

That initial startup cost paid off handsomely. By October 1865 – just shy of nine years later – both Horace and D. B. cleared $163,000 in annual personal income. They were the only two residents in Springfield, Massachusetts, with six-figure incomes.

Smith was 17 years older than Wesson, so when he sold his interest in the company to D. B. on July 1, 1873, at the age of 65, he was ready to retire. The almost-48-year-old Wesson was still in his prime, and it was under his tutelage that the company would grow even more than it had with Smith. In retirement, Horace Smith traveled to see the western frontier, became a student of astronomy, and devoted time and money to his church and the youth in his community. After passing away on January 15, 1893, he was laid to rest in the Smith family plot in Springfield, Massachusetts. His individual headstone in the plot is very simple, giving no indication of his tremendous impact on the arms community.

LAST LAUGH SUBMITTED BY BILL ROGERS

AOC inspects ICE dentention center.