"Like all people of good conscience, lawful Illinois firearm owners abhor criminal acts of violence committed against innocent citizens. At the same time, we firmly hold the freedoms enshrined in the U.S. Constitution in the highest regard. Thus, we reject the false notion that security may only come with the diminishment of liberty.
Our nation recently suffered terribly at the hands of a vicious criminal whose wanton disregard for civility and humanity tore at the fabric of this nation’s greatness. While most citizens stood stunned in response to the crimes committed in Las Vegas, a sizeable segment of the mainstream media and public officials seized the opportunity to advance a host of political agendas.
In swift and predictable fashion, the gun control movement blamed this crime against America on the very freedoms that make us all Americans. As we have seen in the past, the gun control movement’s solution to criminal violence is to curtail the basic Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens.
The gun control movement seems all too eager to surrender hard-fought liberties to those bent on domination of the American spirit. The nation’s firearm owners, on the other hand, will not surrender to the criminal element and we will not knuckle under to those so willing to do so.
We are confident that, in the end, logic and reason will prevail and the nation will turn toward rooting out wickedness and away from vilifying the very people who make this the greatest nation on earth.”
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The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful, and responsible firearms ownership. For more than a century, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.