Help Wanted – Rickreall Gun Show

The Summer Rickreall Gun Show will be coming up on Saturday and Sunday, December

10 and 11, 2016, at the Polk County Fairgrounds. As usual, the Four Corners Rod and

Gun Club will support their gun show efforts by having an information and membership

table at the show to make our facilities, programs, and activities know to the people

attending the show.

Member volunteers are needed to man the table. Two members are needed at the table

for each of four shifts or a total of eight members. Table shifts will run from 9:00 AM to

1:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and 9:00 AM till 12:00 PM and 12:00 PM

to 3:00 PM on Sunday.

Club members manning the table will receive free admission to the gun show. This, of

course, is in addition to the reward of being of service to the club, gaining an opportunity

to meet and talk with a lot of interesting people, and being able to browse around the

show and look at all the goodies.

Members desiring to help will need to sign up for a shift so that their names can be given

to show management for name tags and free entry. To sign up for a shift, or if you have

questions, please call Tim Brown at 503-390- 1922.

Rimfire Defender Pistol Shoot

It was a fair turn out of shooters at the Indoor range on the evening of September 13,

2016 for the scheduled Rimfire Defender Pistol shoot. As the shooters took to the firing

line, in front of them in the target holders were three bulls-eye targets and one T-Rex

dinosaur target. As instructed by the match director each shooter loaded the announced

number of rounds and fired at the targets in the order given – round and round and up and

down, side to side, back and across, etc. – until they had gone through their first fifty

rounds. As they encountered the T-Rex they had a choice to make as to where to shoot.

They could shoot at the big T-Rex for a lower point score per hit, or they could chance

shooting at the smaller dinosaur on the target for a higher point score, or if they felt really

lucky they could try for the small mosquitoes on the target for the biggest score per shot.

After the first round of shooting was concluded, the targets were replaced, the shot ones

scored, and the shooting fun continued for another fifty rounds. When all the targets

scored, and the range cleaned up, shooting honors for the evening’s fun went to:

1st Place James Krehmke

2nd Place Bruce Reynolds and Tim Brown

3rd Place Will Funk

As has been said before, my thanks to those who came out and enjoyed the evening’s

shooting fun and challenges. And as said the same number of many times before, those

of you who stayed home missed out on a lot of shooting fun, great pistol practice, and

really good fellowship. So mark your calendars as this shoot is held every month. Come

on out and join in the fun.

Tim Brown…………Match Director

Tim’s Tidbits

Once again our old world kept on a turning and the stars, sun and moon stayed in

their places so here we go again. Each month in these pages, I try very hard to find

and pass on information about your rights, legislation, and the whacky things that

go on around us. Some months I find a lot to pass on and some months not so

much. But there is always something going on that is worthy of note. So let get

going.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that the operations of our governmental

agencies sometimes don’t run as advertises. In particular when it comes to

firearms and enforcement. Case in point the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,

Firearms, and Explosives. We all remember the debacle that was ‘Fast and

Furious’. This is where the BATFE made an attempt to run a sting to curtail the

trafficking of guns across our boarder in Mexico. The result was that thousands of

guns went south and in at least on case on of them was used to kill a U.S. agent.

Of course the administration turned a blind eye to it wrong doing and hid behind

what was called executive privileges.

Well the U.S. Justice Department has once again issue a report slamming BATFE

for its practices. In this report it points out that federal agents lacked proper

guidance and experience while conducting undercover sting operations that were

aimed at disrupting illegal gun sales in Milwaukee and several other cities. The

BATFE ran storefront sting operations in Milwaukee; Pensacola, Florida; Kansas;

and Boston. The operations were designed to curb illegal gun trafficking by luring

people with illegal weapons into the store where agents could identify them, buy

their guns, and get the weapons off the streets and trace the gun’s history.

According to the report, BATFE established 53 store fronts throughout the country

between 2004 and 2013.

Problems found with the operations included: agents overpaying for guns with

taxpayer monies, guns were stolen from BATFE vehicles, and stores were

burglarized. If one case, agents left behind an operations plan at the store when

they shut it down. The document included undercover agent’s names, vehicle

descriptions, cell phone numbers, and secret signals. Of the persons charged with

trafficking, most were low level offenders and the operation failed to capture any

major criminals. In Boston, agents ran their operation out of a van that traveled

around the city hoping to encounter someone on the street who wanted to sell a

gun. The report also examined whether the five storefronts, including a sixth in

Portland, Oregon, targeted people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The office found that no evidence that BATFE targeted or used disabled people

because of their disabilities. However, the report did conclude that enforcement

agencies lack policies addressing how to apply federal law prohibiting

discrimination based on disabilities in their operations.

The report offered 13 recommendations, including developing operations

protocols, using experienced agents, tracking firearms quickly, and building a plan

to ensure disability compliance. BATFE Deputy Director Thomas Brandon

promised to concur with all the recommendations. But in a letter, he also stressed

the five operations the report reviewed prevented more than 780 guns from

entering illegal commerce and resulted in charging recommendations against 120

people. (You the reader be the judge if that significant.)

And speaking of gun, and we were, let us look at gun ownership in America. As

expected the number one state for gun ownership is Alaska with 61.7% of adults

owning guns. Coming in second is Arkansas with 57.9%, followed by Idaho with

56.9%. The others above 50 % are West Virginia, Wyoming, and Montana, at

54.2%, 53.8%, and 52.3% respectively. Oregon is at 26.6%. Surprisingly, Texas

has a rate of only 35.7%. The lowest states are Rhode Island and Delaware with

5.8% and 5.2% respectively. The above percentages are based on 2013 figures and

probably have changed a little with the higher guns sales in the last few years. The

guess would be that a higher percentage of adults in all states now own firearms of

some type.

The Second Amendment is more popular than ever according to recent polls.

Sixty-five percent of likely voters say that the Second Amendment is important to

their vote, with 47% saying the issue is ‘very important’ according to Rasmussen

Reports. The survey conducted by Rasmussen revealed that the right to keep and

bear arms enjoys more popularity than either major party presidential candidate.

How this will play out in November remains to be seen provided those voters with

gun rights in mind cast their ballots. Second Amendment activists have been

pressing gun owners to vote, and there have been voter registration efforts already

underway. SO THE WORD IS HERE, IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR RIGHTS

VOTE. IF YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED TO VOTE, GET REGISTERED AND

THEN VOTE.

And this could come as no surprise to anyone – armed citizens who regularly carry

concealed sidearm for personal protections and are licensed to do so are among the

most law-abiding group in the country according to the Crime Prevention Research

Center. There are now more that 14.5 million people who now carry according to

the report issued in July and of that number only a tiny number are involved in

criminal activities. Some states are actually seeing a decline in permit holders as,

like Kansas, it is legal to carry without a permit. Called “Constitutional Carry” this

is something of a new phenomenon with 11 states no longer requiring permits to

carry in all or most of their jurisdictions. According to the report 6.06% of the

adult population is licensed to carry, in ten states more than 10% of the population

is licensed, and Indiana has the highest ranking with 15%. The report also states

that there has not been a decline in training courses and that the demand for classes

remains strong because people want education when they carry.

Let’s conclude with these.

The sign at the veterinary clinic on Cordon Road reads: ‘Don’t worry. Pee

Happy’. (Sounds like good advice).

And more good advice. An old woman walked up and tied her old mule to the

hitching post. As she stood there, brushing some of the dust from her face and

clothes, a young gunslinger stepped out of the saloon with a gun in one hand and a

bottle of whiskey in the other. The young gunslinger looked at the old woman and

laughed, “hey old woman, have you ever danced?” The old woman looked up at

the gunslinger and said, "no, I never did dance… never really wanted to."

 

A crowd had gathered as the gunslinger grinned and said "well, you old bag, you’re

gonna dance now," and started shooting at the old woman’s feet. The old woman

prospector — not wanting to get her toe blown off — started hopping around.

Everybody was laughing. When his last bullet had been fired, the young

gunslinger, still laughing, holstered his gun and turned around to go back into the

saloon.

 

The old woman turned to her pack mule, pulled out a double-barrelled shotgun,

and cocked both hammers. The loud clicks carried clearly through the desert air,

and the crowd stopped laughing immediately. The young gunslinger heard the

sounds, too, and he turned around very slowly. The silence was almost deafening.

The crowd watched as the young gunman stared at the old woman and the large

gaping holes of those twin barrels.

 

The barrels of the shotgun never wavered in the old woman’s hands, as she quietly

said, “son, have you ever kissed a mule’s back side?” The gunslinger swallowed

hard and said, “no ma’am… but I’ve always wanted to.”

 

There are five lessons here for all of us:

 

1 – Never be arrogant.

2 – Don’t waste ammunition.

3 – Whiskey makes you think you’re smarter than you are.

4 – Always make sure you know who has the power.

5 – Don’t mess with old people; they didn’t get old by being stupid.

Well, that is all for now. More maybe next month if the world keeps turning and

the sun doesn’t get too close to the earth. Until then, shoot straight, keep em in the

ten ring, be safe on the range, be vigilant and protective of your freedoms, and God

bless the USA.

Tim Brown

Singing or Crying

At each general membership meeting the member number of a member is drawn from the BIG barrel. If that member is current on his/her dues and present at the meeting, then they are rewarded with money. The amount is based on what has accumulated in the POT-OF- GOLD up to that time with a maximum of $500.00. If they are not present then they get the crying towel.  At the September meeting, member number 554 belonging to Karl Sziisz was drawn. He was not in attendance at the meeting and so lost out on collecting $500.00. So Karl it is boo hoo and the crying towel to you. The pot for the next meeting will remain at $500.00.