ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 16, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 16, 2020

by Richard Pearson

I have been warning everyone about Michael Bloomberg and how dangerous he is to the Second Amendment and our gun rights.  Bloomberg has just announced he is going to pour a billion dollars into his presidential campaign.  I don’t think Bloomberg expects to be elected, I think he wants to reshape the United States which would include banning firearms to individuals like you and me.  He will pour hundreds of millions into anti-gun commercials.  The Executive Directors of the Texas State Rifle Association told me that in November and December, Bloomberg established 16 new offices in Texas.  This is not just rented space.  These offices are fully equipped and staffed and aimed at destroying the Second Amendment.  If that is happening there, it is happening everywhere.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 9, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 9, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The Illinois General Assembly officially started the Spring Session yesterday, January 8th.  We will not see much activity until the last week of January.  That does not mean there will not be a lot going on behind the scenes.  We can expect the introduction of many bills but nothing will actually happen until early February.  Over the last 20 years, there have been many changes in the lobbying world.  The ISRA Lobby Team has been preparing for this Spring Legislative Session.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 2, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 2, 2020

by Richard Pearson

For years, we have been reminding everyone that when things go bad you have between three to five seconds to respond.  The shooting at the West Freeway Church of Christ proves the point.  The shooter was dead in six seconds.  Still, he was able to kill two people.  Nevertheless, many people were saved by the quick response of the volunteer security guards.  In such situations you have to be accurate and decisive.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 26, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 26, 2019

by Richard Pearson

On this day in 1944, citizens all across the United States were holding their collective breath.  The war in Europe was not over but it seemed to be winding down.  The allies were at ease, sort of.  It was winter and Germany had not launched a winter military campaign since Frederick the Great in the mid-1700s.  On December 16th, that all changed.  Hitler had quietly gathered his forces and sent them plunging though the Ardennes Forest to carry the fight to the allies.  It worked and what was to become known as the Battle of the Bulge was on.  The weather was cloudy and miserable and that made it impossible for allied air power to protect ground troops.  Many American ground troops still had summer uniforms and were suffering.  European winters are mild by Midwest standards but the winter of 1944-1945 was the worst in years.  Americans knew our troops were in trouble.  The town of Bastogne, Belgium was held by the 101st Airborne but they were surrounded, outgunned and running low on everything but courage.  Bastogne was important because it was a crossroads for the major roads in the area.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 19, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 19, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Like most of you, I have been watching the FBI investigation of President Trump and the other poor folks that got swept up in it.  The central figure on the FBI side was, of course, former FBI Director James Comey.  Comey is one of those guys that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up whenever I see him.  In his latest interview with Chis Wallace, Comey seems to want us to believe he was not the leader of the FBI but just a spectator.  He falls into the standard bureaucratic line: I can’t tell a lie, someone else did it.  Sorry James ole boy but I saved my program and it has you listed as the coach.  Your chances at fame are not lost yet, they still have not nominated Worm of the Year.  Your chances are looking better every day.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 12, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 12, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The recent revelations regarding fund sweeps of monies from the State Police Firearm Services Fund and the State Police Services Fund are a travesty against law-abiding gun owners in Illinois [refer to the Headline News on our website, www.isra.org and please share our FB post].  These revelations are the work of the Illinois State Rifle Association lobbying team.  The idea to check out what was happening to gun owners’ money became a discussion in April 2019 when the highly organized and well-funded anti-gunners began pushing the so- called FOID fix bill, which turned out to be a guise to crush firearm ownership.  The project to find out what happened to the FOID funds was led by ISRA lobbyist Ed Sullivan.  The ISRA has five lobbyists and each one brings different skills to the table.  When added together, the ISRA has one of the best, if not the best, pro-gun lobbying teams anywhere.  Ed Sullivan is a former Republican Floor Leader and was on the negotiating team when we passed the Illinois Concealed Carry Act in 2013.  Remember, we had to override Governor Quinn’s veto to get that done.  Ed Sullivan is an example of why experience matters.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 5, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 5, 2019

by Richard Pearson

President Barack Obama famously said, “Elections have consequences…” and nothing could make that clearer than the recent elections in Virginia.  We are now seeing what many of us have been saying for a long time, which is that Bloomberg, Soros and the rest of the many elitist billionaires are funding a nationwide movement to disarm law-abiding American citizens.  The combination of Bloomberg pouring millions into the Virginia elections, poor voter turnout, few strong Second Amendment candidates, and gun owner complacency has created a perfect storm against the Second Amendment in Virginia.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 28, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 28, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Thanksgiving is here and I want to wish everyone the happiest of Thanksgivings.  Sometimes we fail to recognize our blessings or, even worse, take them for granted.  I want to assure all of our members, volunteers and those who donate to the cause how thankful we are for you and your support.  The Board of Directors, staff and I are thankful for your dedication and commitment to saving the Second Amendment.  By working together, we are making a positive difference.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 21, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 21, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The gun sanctuary movement keeps chugging along despite the wailing and gnashing of teeth by the anti-gun fanatics.  In Lake County, Florida, the Commission passed a resolution declaring Lake County a Second Amendment Sanctuary County.  This is the first county in Florida to become a Gun Sanctuary County.  This resolution was a response to gun buy-back proposals from various democrat presidential candidates. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 14, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 14, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The lessons from the Virginia elections should be on the minds of every gun owner in Illinois and everywhere else.  The liberal Democrats have won both chambers in the Virginia Legislature and control the Governorship.  I know you are thinking, so what else is new?  The point is it did not need to happen.  Virginia has been a Red State for 25 years.  Michael Bloomberg poured millions into the election.  While that is a factor, it is not the only reason gun owners lost in Virginia.  They lost for all the classic reasons.

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