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Republican Women of Yoakum hear speaker from rifle association

Feb. 22, 2013 at midnight
Updated Feb. 21, 2013 at 8:22 p.m.

Steve Hall, executive director of the Texas State Rifle Association, left, speaks at a recent Republican Women of Yoakum meeting along with Micah Harmon, Lavaca County Sheriff.

A large crowd, which included area elected officials, attended the Feb. 6 meeting of the Republican Women of Yoakum to listen and ask questions of Steve Hall, executive director of the Texas State Rifle Association.

Hall sounded the alarm on the Obama administration's efforts to pass laws which would infringe on the Second Amendment of the Constitution. He reported that unlike our rural area, children are not being taught the love of hunting, shooting sports or the Second Amendment. Many young children and even adults know nothing about guns and gun safety. The TSRA has many shooting and hunting education programs for the youth of our state, and through those programs, young people can become Hunt Master certified. Young Hunt Masters serve as role models for teens and younger children.

Present at the meeting was Virginia Roberts, the youngest Hunt Master ever certified and granddaughter of Leta Wright.

Hall spoke of the association's role as legislative watchdogs, monitoring and lobbying for or against all gun-related bills to protect gun rights. He said the Tenth Amendment, states' rights, allows states to be a firewall against federal government overreach. Because many states are governed by Democratic liberals who have passed laws to make gun ownership almost impossible, citizens from all over the nation look to Texas to lead the way in nullifying any law which infringes on Texans' right to bear arms. He said even more important are the area county sheriffs, attorneys and judges who have the power to support area citizens against any unconstitutional laws or rules. Hall urged citizens to support and become members in the Texas State Rifle Association, to preserve and protect not only this generation of gun owners but also their children and grandchildren's Second Amendment rights.

Republican Women of Yoakum serve Lavaca, DeWitt and Gonzales counties and welcome visitors and new members. Men are welcome as associate members.

Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Yoakum Community Center, 105 Huck St., in Yoakum.

The next meeting's speaker will be Mario Loyola, director of the Tenth Amendment Center for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He will speak and take questions on nullification and state sovereignty. Anyone concerned about freedom is welcome.

For more information, contact Brenda Cash at 361-594-4258.

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