Thursday, March 2, 2017

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - March 2, 2017

by Richard Pearson

Several years ago, then Governor Blagojevich proposed raising the FOID Card to as high as $500.  Blagojevich is vacationing in Colorado these days, but his ideas still linger.  Representative Marty Moylan (D-Des Plaines) has proposed HB0745, requiring fingerprinting to obtain or renew a FOID Card.  Not only would this cause a hassle for law abiding gun owners, it would also raise the cost of a FOID Card to between $100 and $200.  Just for the record, FOID Card holders go through 360 background checks a year, every night, except for New Years, Easter, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  If you are an ICCL holder, you go through two.  That means that Illinois FOID Card holders and ICCL holders go through approximately 864,000,000 background checks a year and that number grows every month. That seems to be plenty, but nothing will ever satisfy the anti-gunners.  Wouldn't it be nice if public officials were checked as thoroughly as gun owners?  Of course, if anyone were to propose the idea we would hear more caterwauling and screeching than 1000 long tailed cats in a warehouse full of rocking chairs.   

Not to be outdone, Rita Mayfield (D-Waukegan) has proposed a 3.75% sales tax on firearms and accessories.  To add insult to injury, the money would be used to fund community based groups who would like to take your Second Amendment Rights.  The fight is on in Illinois but if you look around, the left wing fascists are on the attack everywhere.  When I am asked why someone should join the ISRA, the answer is simple - because it is never over!

It is no secret the U.S. Military is in bad shape.  The Navy is as small as it was before WW I, the Army has been reduced to pre-WW II numbers and the Air Force is flying junk.  When troops come off a tour of duty, they have to give up gear to the next group that is heading out.  There isn't enough equipment for both units.  Battle readiness is at a low ebb. 

There is a proposal to increase defense spending by 54 billion dollars. There is already whining about that increase, which is only about 10% over last year.  In my mind, that is nothing compared to the 800 billion dollars Obama took from Social Security to fund Obamacare.   Russia, China and Iran are all on the rise and we are looking at the world like it was the year 1938.  If we don't get off our duff, we will get to see the world as it was in December 1941.

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