ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 23, 2019

by Richard Pearson

On Tuesday, May 21st, the anti-gunners’ dream bill SB1966 HCA1 passed out of the House Judicial Committee and is on the order of Second Reading in the House of Representatives.   If this bill passes the House it only has to go to the Illinois Senate for Concurrence.   There will be no hearings, just a vote. 
While this bill claims to fix the Aurora problem, it does not.  The shooter in Aurora had lied twice on federal government forms, as well as state forms.  Each lie carried a perjury charge, he possessed a firearm illegally and no one did anything.  The problem, we are told, is that the Illinois State Police (ISP) does not have enough resources.  Really!

When we passed Concealed Carry, the ISP got $120 for each license.  Since passing Concealed Carry, the ISP has collected in the neighborhood of $39,180,000.  The licenses have started to renew so in the next five years the ISP will collect another $39,180,000, if not more.  We are looking at probably more than $80,000,000.

It is hard to convince me that they are so destitute that they could not have arrested this guy in Aurora.  How did they get the job done in the past?  I don’t recall seeing police officers stop and pry off hubcaps to panhandle nickels, dimes and quarters from passing motorists for gas money to go and catch bad guys. 

Don’t get me wrong, I am for funding the ISP but I don’t want them overfunded either.  If you think idle hands are tools of the devil try giving the ISP or any police departments millions they don’t need.

The Second Amendment is a fundamental right.  A few years ago, there was a debate over a Voter ID bill which would have cost each person $10.  That was deemed too much.  So why isn’t a $200, $300 or $400 FOID card too much?  This is going to make a mighty interesting court case.

I want to thank all of those who filled out witness slips on SB1966 HCA 1 and to all those who called their legislators.  For a long time, many gun owners in Illinois lived under the delusion that whenever politicians talked about taking people’s guns or limiting access to firearms, they were talking about someone else, certainly not me or my friends.  Of course, the anti-gun politicians made it sound that way.  SB1966 HCA 1 should have wiped away that delusion.  The fact is every firearm owner and their friends and family are in the anti-gunners’ crosshairs.  I would recommend renewing your FOID card early or applying for one immediately if you don’t yet have one.

When the Nazis took Europe, the people did not stand together and they were picked off one by one.  The same is true for gun owners.  All gun owners must stand together now and in the future.  This is a quote from Pastor Martin Niemoller who witnessed what happened prior to and during World War II. It explains it all: 

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

I expect SB1966 HCA 1 to be called next week.  Please continue to call your Representatives and nicely voice your opposition.

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