The next Texoma Pariots meeting will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m. at Dorthy Fielder Park in Van Alstyne, located next to City Hall. In case of weather issues, the meeting will be moved to the Van Alstyne Community Center, located at 262 Preston Ave. Lunch will be provided with a special discount at Buck Snort BBQ at 224 E Jefferson, Van Alstyne from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The topic of the meeting is “The County Sheriff, America’s Last Hope,” with former Sheriff Richard Mack from Arizona serving as the speaker. The Texoma Patriots are holding a special “Honor the Blue” event at the meeting, and they invite all first responders — including police, firefighters and sherrifs —to come and be recognized.

“We are grateful for the work they do to keep us safe, and we want to say thank you,” said Texoma Patriots Coordinator Kaaren Teuber in a statement

“In 1994, Sheriff Mack took a courageous stand to defend the U.S. Constitution and the autonomy of Sheriffs against the Clinton administration,” said Sheriff Joe Arpaio. “His lawsuit and subsequent victory at the Supreme Court proved once and for all that the Sheriff is indeed the ultimate law enforcement authority in his county and in this country. He is not a bureaucrat and he does not answer to one. He answers to his boss, the citizens. The Sheriff is the employee of the people and exists to serve and protect them in all matters.”

Sheriff Mack is best known for challenging the Brady Bill, a gun control scheme requiring local law enforcement to perform background checks on prospective gun purchasers. He maintained that the Federal Government had no authority to command local officials, and he became the first sheriff in American history to sue the Federal Government and win at the U.S. Supreme Court. The case was based on the Tenth Amendment, states rights, and local sovereignty. Mack is the founder of Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) and he established the “County Sheriff Project” movement.

Everyone is welcomed to attend the meeting at no cost.