After canceling both board meetings in January we were finally able to meet February 1st with the primary purpose of holding the annual election of officers required by Snake River Sportsmen by-laws. I would like to thank two long time club members for stepping up and accepting executive offices to allow the club to function as it should.
My thanks to Tom Bond who is our new Vice President and Gary McClellan who is the clubs Range Safety Officer.
Every year at this meeting (election of officers) we have asked a person from our community to speak to the attendees on various subjects. This year we were very happy that Sheriff Brian Wolfe accepted the board’s invitation to speak to Snake River Sportsmen.
I was struck by one of his first comments. As Sheriff Wolfe began, he wondered when the time would come that instead of there only being a very small representation of the club membership attending board meetings (under 20) to when we would see most of the club membership interested in the business of Snake River Sportsmen. That is a question that needs some thought.
As the Sheriff began his presentation he made a very poignant point regarding the 2nd Amendment. In his opening statement, he warned that the fight over gun control is not over. I must admit that up until then I was feeling pretty good about where the country was headed, especially after the November elections.
A little later Sheriff Wolfe shared a video of a self-proclaimed career criminal who, as he was loading multiple magazines, spoke about how hard his job of robbing people is with homeowners being allowed to have guns. The criminal was advocating for disarming everyone except for people in his profession because it just wasn’t fair that he had to worry about being shot while assaulting and robbing the sheep.
Sometimes you must wonder why there is such an effort by some to undermine the rights of Americans when it comes to the 2nd Amendment.
Sheriff Wolfe’s comments made me think of the statement Benjamin Franklin made to Mrs. Powel after the Constitutional Convention in 1787. Mrs. Powel asked what kind of a government have we got, a republic or a monarchy. With no hesitation, whatsoever, Franklin responded, “A republic, if you can keep it.”
I think the question is, what am I doing to keep it?
Snake River Sportsmen Inc.