Thursday, November 9, 2017

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 9, 2017

by Richard Pearson

The events in Sutherland Springs, Texas, have brought out the anti-gun rattlesnakes from under their rocks.  The anti-gunners don't want to hear that Stephen Willeford used an AR15 to stop the shooter.  But who gets the brunt of the criticism, the law-abiding gun owners?  It is time for the gun owners, who have been sitting on the sidelines, to get into this fight.  We have over 2,217,000 gun owners in this state.  We have a lot of gun owners who are delinquent in their ISRA dues.  The incident in Texas has, once again, shown that the only first responder who is going to show up in time to save you… is you.

Since the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, I have talked to several people who are interested in more training.  Some have decided it is time to get their concealed carry licenses.  Those who have concealed carry licenses have decided to take another class to enhance their skills.  There are some who have decided to add a rifle to their defenses.  I suggest that everyone who decides to add a rifle for self-defense, consider taking a class immediately.  The ISRA has developed a basic AR15 class.  We are going to run the first test class in December, for ISRA Range members only.  For this class, you will need a FOID card, your own AR15 and 50 rounds of ammunition.  The class is approximately four hours long and will include both classroom and range time.  I will let you know how it turns out.

The pro-gun lobbyists have been working hard in Springfield; I want you to know we appreciate your phone calls, emails, letters and support.  It looks like both SB1657 and SB333 (the trailer bill) are dead, for the time being.  We have to start preparing for the 2018 Spring Legislative Session; January is not that far away.

For ISRA members only: Your 114th Anniversary Raffle order form must be postmarked by November 20th to be eligible to win one or more of our 114 prizes, and to also receive your challenge coin.  The drawing will take place at ISRA Headquarters on December 4th.

Veterans Day is this Saturday, November 11th.  Remember to thank all of our military veterans who have served our great country!

What is Veterans Day? 
“While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor ALL those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime,” the Department of Veterans Affairs says. 

It explains the holiday “is largely intended to thank LIVING veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty.”  Memorial Day, the VA says, is meant to honor those who have died while serving. 

Don’t forget to order your exclusive Grunt Style/ISRA shirt.  This limited time offer expires at 3:00pm on November 15th.

NOTE: As of 9:30am, Thursday, November 9, 2017, only payment by debit/credit card is accepted. 
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As of November 6, 2017:
Total active FOID=2,217,704
Total active ICCL=267,139

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
F-Class League Meeting
BSA Venture Crew 1

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
ISRA Wednesday Night Air Gun League
ISRA 10 Meter International Air Pistol League


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