The Satuit Nimrod

The Newsletter of the Scituate Rod & Gun Club
July 2023 — V30N07

News Around the Club

Renewal notices were sent out at the end of June and we are receiving a slow, but steady stream of renewals for our upcoming fiscal year that begins on September 1st.

Keep in mind that: 1) Dues are now $150.00 for Senior members; 2) Current non-Life memberships expire on September 1st, if you have a range access fob it will be deactivated, also, you will pay non-member rates for Skeet and Trap. You may reinstate your membership and retain your seniority by paying your dues plus a $25 late fee until November 1st, after which you will have to rejoin the club as a new member by paying the current dues plus the $50 initiation fee.

Tree Removal — Friday, July 28th

We have several pine trees that have grown to a height where they now pose a danger in storm and high wind conditions to the clubhouse, parking lot, pond and pistol range. Work on removing these trees will occur on Friday, July 28th resulting in access to the above mentioned areas being restricted at times.


The Combat Match held on July 1st attracted 10 shooters who shot the course of fire twice.

In our Combat Matches, the aim is not to be the fastest shooter, nor the shooter with the highest score, rather the shooter who accumulates points the fastest; a concept that eludes some of our (more senior) members. It's quite easy really, a shooter's score is divided by their time giving a number that is points per second being accumulated.

Winners were:
1st Relay

1st Tom Melanson 5.422 p/s (points per second)
2nd Mike Guidicci 4.231 p/s
3rd Griffin Campbell 3.881 p/s
1st Lady Sue Lennon 0.643 p/s

2nd Relay

1st Tom Melanson 5.281 p/s
2nd Griffin Campbell 3.945 p/s
3rd  Mike Guidicci 3.728 p/s
1st Lady Sue Lennon 0.814 p/s

The next pistol match will be a Steel Plate shoot on Saturday, August 5th starting at 2:00 pm.

Skeet and Trap

Both disciplines are faced with the Curse of Summer; low attendance due to holes in water surrounded by wood which seem to hold more fascination for some people than shooting a 25 straight, or 50 straight for those who have already achieved the first rung on the ladder to Nirvana — 100 straight.

Cowboy Action Shooting

The Gunnysackers will hold their next match on Sunday, August 6th starting at 9:00 am.

Massachusetts’ Gun-Ban Measure Delayed, But Not Dead — Yet!

On Monday, July 24, 2023 Massachusetts House Speaker Ron Mariano issued a statement to the members of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. In the release, he announced a delay on any action regarding HD.4420.

 Note that the issue is only being delayed, it has not been dismissed. We are obviously having an effect, but we are not in the clear yet, so keep applying the pressure and continue to contact your legislators by phone calls and personal emails. Do not use the pre-written emails that can be found on-line to which you add your name, these are treated as junk/spam.

 Contact information for the Scituate State Senator and Representative are:

Senator Patrick O'Connor –  (617) 722-1646 and
Rep. Patrick Kearney –  (617) 722-2014.

For locations other than Scituate visit Find My Legislator.

Here is Mariano's statement to House Members:

Honorable Members,

Thank you for your attendance at last week’s leadership briefings and continued conversations regarding the House’s gun violence legislation. Many of your questions were centered around the challenging new legal landscape following the Bruen decision. I am thankful for the productive feedback that we received, as well as for the legislators and members of the public who participated in the 11 listening sessions around the Commonwealth. I would also like to offer my sincere gratitude to Chairman Michael Day for thoroughly engaging the public and putting forward such a thoughtful bill for our consideration.

As you have heard me say many times, the Bruen decision fundamentally changed how courts review state gun laws and immediately jeopardized aspects of the laws that have made our Commonwealth a national leader in reducing gun violence. While the House’s commitment to pursuing a comprehensive update remains steadfast, a new legal landscape will be the greatest threat to those efforts. That is why the House believes that we must thoroughly evaluate all of the proposals made in HD4420 over the Summer, and that House Members must have the chance to continue to speak with their constituents and provide feedback. House leadership will continue to work on the bill until it is ready for debate this Fall.

The House believes that the Joint Committee on the Judiciary is uniquely equipped to navigate the legal challenges brought on by SCOTUS decisions, just as it did during our initial response to Bruen and the overturning of Roe. We remain disappointed that the Senate delayed our intended review of this gun violence legislation by insisting on its referral to the Public Safety Committee, despite the fact that just last year, the Senate insisted that a different late-filed bill proposing changes to our gun laws be referred to Judiciary instead of Public Safety. Regardless, you have my word that we will spend the ensuing weeks working with you to address concerns and questions you and your constituents may have about the proposed legislation. 

As the House continues its efforts over August, we will work with the Membership, as well as with constituents, advocates and legal experts to ensure that our proposal will make Massachusetts safer, while also standing the test of time.

Ron Mariano
House Speaker

Quotes of the Month

"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives 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 your constant companion of your walks.”
Thomas Jefferson, letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785

I truly believe that firearms in the hands of law abiding citizen's makes our families and our communities more safe, not less safe.”
Mike Pence, former Vice-President

"Outside of the killings, Washington has one of the lowest crime rates in the country."

Mayor Marion Barry, Washington, DC

So Kamala Harris is the New Gun-Control Spokesperson?

by Mark Chesnut posted on June 15, 2023 in NRA/America's 1st Freedom

President Joe Biden (D) and Vice President Kamala Harris (D) are seeking a second term, despite abysmal approval ratings. With that in mind, it’s curious that Biden announced that Harris would be his “leading voice” in addressing what he calls “gun violence.”

It’s not that Biden and Harris don’t agree on what they want to do with our freedom. Harris has not only expressed a desire to ban common semi-automatic firearms that gun-ban advocates call “assault weapons,” but she has also spoken in favor of confiscating those firearms from the millions of Americans who legally own and use them.

Indeed, at a presidential campaign event in 2019, then-candidate Harris said that confiscation of commonly owned semi-automatic firearms like the AR-15 was “a good idea.” When promoting a forced “buyback” program (of course, the government can’t “buy back” something it never owned), Harris stated, “We have to work out the details—there are a lot of details—but … . We have to take those guns off the streets.”

Also, on June 2 of this year, as her first order of business representing the gun-ban aspect of Biden’s 2024 campaign, Harris gave a speech at an event in Springfield, Ill. In the speech, Harris said that “on the subject of gun-safety laws, it is a false choice—it is a false choice to suggest that we have to choose between either supporting the Second Amendment or passing reasonable gun-safety laws. We can do both. We can do both.”

Of course, those “gun-safety” laws she touched on during the speech—things she often calls “common-sense gun safety” laws—included gun bans, federal “red-flag” laws and “universal” background checks, all of which run afoul of the U.S. Constitution.

The thing is, this is a curious choice for a spokesperson from the White House on this topic, because all Harris can do is laugh nervously and spout dishonest talking points. If Biden really wanted to sell his bad policies on our Second Amendment rights, wouldn’t he choose a serious person who is capable of articulating the nuances of his policy positions, such as they are?

It would take a skilled orator and practitioner of rhetoric to have a chance to win debates predicated on the dishonest positions the Biden administration begins from.

While Harris and Biden like to talk about “common-sense gun-safety” legislation, it’s no secret that what they both want is to ban firearms. Biden has spoken repeatedly about banning commonly owned and legally used semi-automatic rifles, and has repeatedly expressed support for banning popular 9 mm pistols used by millions of Americans for self-defense, sport shooting and competition.

“The idea you need a weapon that can have the ability to fire 20, 30, 40, 50, 120 shots from that weapon, whether it’s a 9-millimeter pistol or whether it’s a rifle, is ridiculous. I’m continuing to push to eliminate the sale of those things,” said Biden at a July 21, 2021, presidential “town hall” appearance.

He has repeated his desire to ban what is arguably the most popular handgun caliber in America on other occasions.

Meanwhile, both Biden and Harris have repeatedly called for the repeal of the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), as they really do want to allow a flood of frivolous lawsuits to submerge America’s gun makers and dealers.

In 2008, Harris joined an amicus brief filed in the landmark case District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) that argued that the Second Amendment does not protect our individual right to keep and bear arms, so, yes, like Biden she even wants to take away the basis of our rights. 

If there’s one positive thing about Harris being Biden’s “leading voice” in his anti-gun efforts heading into the 2024 campaign, it’s that as poor of job as she has done at most aspects of her job as vice president, it’s likely she’ll do an equally bad job pushing more unconstitutional restrictions on gun ownership leading up to election day.

Club Calendar

Monday, August 7th – 8:00 pm.

Executive Board Business Meeting
Monday, August 7th – 7:00 pm.

Sundays: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. Note: if turnout is light, Skeet will close early; come early and be happy!
Wednesdays: On hold until Fall.

Saturdays: 10:00 am – 12:00 pm.
Tuesdays: 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Steel Plate Match — Saturday, August 5th at 2:00 pm.

Cowboy Match — Sunday, August 6th  at 9:00 am.

Tuesday, August 8th – 7:00 pm & Thursday August 10th – 7:00 pm Register here.
Tuesday, September 5th – 7:00 pm & Thursday September 7th – 7:00 pm Register here.

Sunday, August 13th – 9:00 am Register here.

…And Finally