By now I am sure everyone has heard about Lisa Madigan’s request to release the
names of everyone that has a FOID card to the public and the press. Thank God
the Illinois State police have refused to do so for right now. This is private
information and would be a totally invasion of privacy. It would be similar to
saying we want the names of all the people who have serious diseases released to
the press, so all of us know if our neighbor is some kind of health threat. That
is no one’s business except that person’s and it is private information between
his doctor and him!
What does it take for government to stay out of our lives? We really have to
watch carefully who we vote for or every single bit of your privacy will be
evaporated like the mist on a sunny day! Whenever someone does something like
this remember it in the next election. Forget the party and study the
individual. It isn’t a contest between Democrat and Republican. It’s a duel
between someone who wants you in a bottle to study and someone who wants to
break that bottle and let you breathe fresh air!
The day this was released I heard nothing on the news stations about it on the
evening news. You see the press is the cheerleaders for these people and they
don’t want you to know about any the threat on your 2nd Amendment rights.
I was at a gun auction last Sat. recruiting for members for the ISRA.
Many, many of them had not even heard about the FOID card fiasco. Then I asked
them if they knew about 3 kinds of important bills they should be calling
Springfield on right now. Some said the FOID privacy. Some of them knew nothing
about the conceal carry bills or the firearms pre-emption bill. In the next
breath I asked them if they would like to join us to be informed of such things.
Then I got the usual, “No thanks”!
No thanks—No thanks! What will it take for you to get involved and informed? We
need gun owners calling—we need gun owners educated—we need gun owners angry.
Yes we need this and what do we get for our efforts—NO THANKS!
Now that I’ve cooled down a bit if you haven’t called you state Representative
and your State Senator on those three kinds of bills, please do, because its
people like you that are reading this that will do the walk and will do the
talk. I can count on you to stand up and speak up for our rights. Ask your
legislators to support FOID holder privacy, preemption of local regulation, and
Right to Carry. When we do win this battle like we did the others, don’t expect
a thank you from the others, they already gave you their no thanks!
This article is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily the official position of the ISRA.