Thursday, September 14, 2017

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 14, 2017

by Richard Pearson

Sixteen years ago, the United States was stunned by the attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and, most likely, the White House, had it not been for the courage of ordinary heroes on Flight 93.  On September 11, 2001, those who had access to television watched as more than 200 of our fellow citizens plunged to their deaths to escape being burned alive.  By the next day those photos of people had been air brushed, not to been seen again.  I was glued to the television. 

As tragic as all of this was, acts of American courage began to immediately appear.  Firemen, policemen and first responders rushed to the scene knowing they were going into the jaws of death.  It was a catastrophe and everyone knew it.  By the end of the first day, the first responders were exhausted.  But suddenly, over 1000 construction workers appeared and voluntarily continued the rescue efforts.

In the next few hours, firemen and rescue workers were coming from everywhere to aid their fellow Americans.  Cities, towns and villages, large and small, sent help.  Not only did they send people, but they also sent equipment to replace the tremendous amount of trucks and equipment lost in the attack.  Although it would take time to replace everything, the American flag did not need replacing.  Americans were immediately galvanized into one people, differences forgotten. 

We recently witnessed the same phenomenon with hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Originally, people responded to Houston with whatever they had, such as boats and ATVs.  Donations were sent by those who could not go to assist.  These people were not the rich and famous, but rather, Joe and Jane who live down the street, the everyday heroes that make America great, the people with hearts of gold and spirits of steel.  They are not the fast-tracked Sunday afternoon millionaires who take a knee when the National Anthem is sung and that have made whining an art form.  When these people whine, it makes me feel like a Philistine because I have been assaulted by the jawbone of an ass.

On September 9th and 10th, the Illinois State Rifle Association held the 81st Smallbore State Championship.  Jim Miller and his crew did a great job.  Once again, there were remarkable demonstrations of marksmanship and that is exactly what the ISRA is supposed to be doing and teaching.

Gun sales have fallen off by about 11% across the country.  I have noticed that prices have also fallen.  The MSRPs have not changed but there are sales, coupons, rebates and packages that all go to reducing the cost; the same is true of ammunition.  I suggest everyone buy the gun they have been longing for, purchase some ammunition, and go to the range and have some fun.

Thanks for being a member.


Upcoming Events: ISRA Calendar

For more information, visit www.isra.org

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Constitutional Rights Fundraiser
ISRA Smallbore/Rimfire F-Class Thursday Night League

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Next Steps Level 1 Firearms Training
Illinois Short Course Championship

Sunday, September 17, 2017
Illinois Short Course Championship
ISRA Bullseye Match
Handgun Skills & Drills
Springfield Armory Pistol Match

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
ISRA Tuesday Night Irregular League

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
ISRA Benchrest League
F-Class League


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