Citizens Association for Responsible Gun Ownership
Rockwall County Sheriff Harold Eavenson will be featured speaker at the CARGO Rockwall February meeting when he will report on the unified position of theNATIONAL SHERIFFS ASSOCIATION (NSA), Sheriff Eavenson serves as Treasurer for this important national organization.
Sheriff Eavenson attends the NSA 2013 Winter Conference in Washington, D.C. Janurary 28 through February 2. He readily accepted an invition to report to CARGO Rockwall membership on the unified position of the NSA with respect to unconstitutional executive orders and laws pushed by the left.
Prior to being elected Sheriff at Rockwall County Texas and being sworn in on January 1, 2001, Mr. Eavenson managed his own consulting firm / investigative company for five years. Previous to forming Harold Eavenson & Associates in 1995, he spent 16 years in the financial industry, eight as Director of Security of one of the largest banks in Texas. As Director of Security of InterFirst Bank Dallas (formerly First National Bank in Dallas) he was responsible for the security program and managed / coordinated the bank’s executive protection program. His department was also responsible for all internal investigations.
We’ll be meeting in the large private meeting room of Soulman’s Bar-B-Que. Restaurant management reasonably requires everyone to purchase food and/or beverages of your choice as a condition for free use of this meeting room.
Please arrive before 6 to get your food and to seat yourself. Meeting will begin promptly at 6 and end promptly at 7. Our meetings welcome all family members, including children.
This will be our first meeting and, according to the needs of our members, time and duration will be adjusted to best meet the needs of all.
The United Nations “Programme of Action on Small Arms and Light Weapons” begins its Second Review Conference, today, August 27th.
The “United Nations Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects” will:
Enact tougher licensing requirements on gun sales and ownership, making it almost impossible for you, an individual, to own a firearm
Require the government to confiscate firearms owned by individuals
Place further restrictions on the sale of arms
Create an international gun registry
The National Association for Gun Rights read the draft of the treaty and said, “After you strip away all of the flowery language of this treaty, it comes down to a completely open-ended attempt to put United Nations bureaucrats in charge of firearms policy worldwide, usurping the authority of countries to set their own policies.”
The U.N. wants to be in control of firearms all over the world. Who would be allowed to own guns: The government of course and no one else.
“Impossible”, you say? Let’s remember who is in the White House: a lawless, dictatorial Barack Obama who snubs his nose at the rule of law and tramples the Constitution.
I ask you to contact your Congressional Delegation today, this morning. Tell them to support S. 2205 and H.R. 4846, bills that will protect Americans from any U.N. treaty and keep our sovereignty in place.
BTW – Every person entering the Texas State Capitol undergoes “homeland security” scrutiny, but Texas CHL holders may freely enter, leave and wander the premises with their concealed handgun on their persons. Why? Because our governor knows the importance of a balance between self-defense and educated gun ownership.
Before Texas issues a Concealed Handgun License, there are education classes, criminal background checks with the State of Texas, county sheriffs and other law enforcement agencies to assure the quality of prospective licensees.
How Can I Protect Myself?
First and foremost: get a CHL and buy a good handgun, not some cheap $100 .380. I recommend quality brands like Beretta, Sig Sauer, Glock and Smith & Wesson. This is not an exhaustive list of quality weapons and you should discuss the merits of various weapons with experienced owners and retailers.
Keep up to date on handgun laws in your state.
Acquire and practice shooting skills – as often as possible.
If you live in a “concealed carry” state like Texas, keep your mouth shut about your weapon. Don’t advertise it. Don’t boast about it. Just keep your mouth shut.
NEVER place bumper stickers on your car that suggest you are armed. Why? Someone eager for revenge or easy insurance money can say you brandished your weapon, or you threatened them in some way. A policeman may view your bumper sticker as evidence of intent.
Avoid entering places of business that don’t allow licensed concealed-carry or licensed open-carry of weapons.
Personal Responsibility: Key to Survival
The best your local police department can do is write a report, collect evidence from the scene of the crime and look for bad guys. They can’t actually protect you. Yes, they can be a deterrent, but a prepared YOU is your best self-defense.
A CHL holder can carry his/her weapon into the Great State Fair of Texas, but not into the Cotton Bowl arena. Why not also into the arena? Because it falls under a separate legal category of places that prohibit weapons. It makes no sense, but it’s the law. So, I NEVER enter the Cotton Bowl for any reason whatsoever.
In other words, here in Texas, you are at very high risk at Six Flags amusement parks, Rangers Stadium, Cowboys Stadium, churches, shopping centers like Grapevine Mills Mall – any and all public places that legally prohibit concealed-carry weapons.
Keep in mind this simple fact: someone with intent to do harm will simply find a way around the “homeland security” check point, just as James Holmes did in Aurora, CO.
Continue your education through organizations that uphold the Second Amendment.
Full Disclosure: I have possessed firearms since the age of 7 years when my mother purchased my first weapon for me. It was a J.C. Higgins bolt-action .22 rifle from the Victoria, Texas Sears-Roebuck store, 58 years ago. Over succeeding years, I purchased a number of other guns and not once have I endangered others or myself while hunting, target shooting or simply going about my business. Never have I pulled a gun on someone and I hope to go the rest of my life never having to do so, but I am educated, licensed and prepared to defend myself.
“As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives [only] moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise, and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun, therefore, be the constant companion to your walks.” — Thomas Jefferson, writing to his teenaged nephew
Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, warns that President Barack Obama intends to “destroy the Second Amendment” during his second term and “end our freedom forever.”
LaPierre delivered a rousing speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference in February, and the text of his speech has been published in the April issue of “America’s 1st Freedom,” the official journal of the NRA.
Asserting that the Second Amendment is the “heart and soul” of America, LaPierre says: “Our soul is at stake in this election. This campaign is a fight for our country, our values, and the freedom we believe in.
“All of our Second Amendment liberty, all of the rights we’ve worked so hard to defend, all of what we know is good and right about America — all of it could be lost if Barack Obama is re-elected.”
LaPierre predicts that on the campaign trail Obama will point out to voters that he has not pursued an anti-gun agenda during his first term, but that was a “political calculation” aimed at NRA supporters and gun owners who might oppose him in his re-election bid.
Obama’s strategy, he says, is to “get re-elected and, with no more elections to worry about, get busy dismantling and destroying our firearm freedom. Erase the Second Amendment from the Bill of Rights and excise it from the U.S. Constitution.”
During his second term Obama would likely appoint from one to three Supreme Court justices, and three more liberal justices will mean “the end of our freedom forever,” LaPierre declares.
He concludes: “If you don’t remember anything else I say today, write this down: This is the most dangerous election in our lifetime. If Obama wins, we’ll go to our grave mourning the freedom we’ve lost.
“This is our time, our election to rise up and fight for our rights. We will defend our nation because we must. We will prevail!”
Congressman Ralph M. Hall
104 N. San Jacinto Street
Rockwall, Texas 75087-2508
Subject: H.R. 822 and how this bill imperils liberty
Dear Congressman Hall,
I previously expressed my opposition to subject bill in an article titled National Right to Carry Act – Why I Oppose HR 822. My opinion has not changed, despite intense support from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA). For the record, I am a member of the NRA and the TSRA.
According to my best information, at least 246 members of the House, Democrats and Republicans, co-sponsor this bill, including you. I deeply appreciate your long-standing and unwavering support of our Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms”. In this case (HR 822), I fear an unnecessary act of Congress will diminish our liberty, not reinforce it.
As a side note to fellow Texans in CD-4, I ask you to contact Congressman Hall’s office nearest you. Tell him to either oppose H.R. 822 or to support H.R. 2900. Here is a quick link to Congressman Hall’s offices: http://ralphhall.house.gov/
Does the Second Amendment guarantee an individual right to own and possess handguns? Yes, ruled the U.S. Supreme Court on June 26, 2008.
A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. – Second Amendment
Our founders, leaders of our revolt against King George of England, understood the principle of limited government, great and terrible powers in the hands of a few. With this understanding, they crafted a constitution that preserved states’ sovereignty while striving to unite them for common defense.
“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. From time to time we’ve been tempted to believe that society has become too complex to be managed by self-rule, that government by an elite group is superior to government for, by, and of the people. Well, if no one among us is capable of governing himself, then who among us has the capacity to govern someone else? All of us together, in and out of government, must bear the burden.” – Ronald Reagan
It became apparent to all that we needed a better form of central government with enumerated, therefore limited, powers, while reserving general authority to the sovereign states.
Leaving a discussion of the process for another time, let’s recall that our Constitution came into being on September 17, 1787. James Madison introduced the first ten amendments, the Bill of Rights, two years later and they became effective on December 15, 1791. While the states ratified the first ten amendments with imperfections regarding slaves, it was superior to any other framework of law on the face of the earth.
A simple reading of the Bill of Rights leaves one with this distinct, unmistakable idea: they were created to protect us from government.