ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 4, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The weather in Philadelphia in July 1776 was one of those hot muggy affairs where both the temperature and humidity hovered in the 90s.  Thomas Jefferson was working on the Declaration of Independence in rooms rented from Jacob Graff on the second floor of his home.  His quarters consisted of a parlor and bed chamber.  Jefferson described himself as writing habitually in the parlor for two weeks.  Despite the conditions, he finished the Declaration of Independence.  The Lee Resolution, also known as the Resolution for Independence, was passed on the 2nd of July.  That was the date Jefferson thought would be celebrated.  The final wording for the Declaration of Independence was approved on July 4th which turned out to be the date celebrated, much to the surprise of Jefferson.  The Declaration was not actually signed until August 2nd 1776.  

The Declaration of Independence laid down the ideas that were incorporated into to the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.  The Constitution put the ideas in the Declaration of Independence into practice.  Many do not understand that the two are related.

There were 56 signers on the Declaration of Independence and all knew they were risking everything by signing it.  Most of the signers lost everything because they had the courage to stand up to the King.  Jefferson spent his life in debt.  Congress bought his extensive collection of books to help him out.  That collection became the beginning of the Library of Congress.

In the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson laid down the ideas that eventually lead to the abolition of slavery.  He and many of the other Founders were slave holders and they have been vilified for that.  They understood it was wrong, but they too were being born into the system of slavery.  A social system, wrong or not, is not something you can turn off like a water faucet.  The problem we have is we live in a time in which history is politicized by today’s standards and not viewed in the context of the time.  

Let’s celebrate the 4th of July, but please take a moment to think about those who brought all this about and the sacrifices they made as well as the millions who sacrificed themselves to keep us free over the last 234 years.

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Thursday, July 4, 2019
Independence Day 800

Saturday, July 6, 2019
Range Work Day

Sunday, July 7, 2019
Black Powder League
Black Powder Confederation Rifle & Pistol
3 Gun Combat Pistol League
Illinois Service Rifle Team Training

Monday, July 8, 2019
Military Benchrest Rifle League

Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League

Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Benchrest League
F-Class Rifle League

Thursday, July 11, 2019
ISRA Smallbore Rifle League
Smallbore F-Class Rifle League

Sunday, July 14, 2019
Handgun Training

Saturday & Sunday, July 20 & 21, 2019
MTG Advanced Handgun Skills (openings available)

Illinois Gun & Trade Shows

Crown Point Gun Show
Crown Point, IN – Lake County Fairgrounds
Dates: July 13-14, 2019
Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00
           Sunday: 9:00-3:00
Admission: $5.00

Bloomington Gun & Knife Show
Bloomington, IL – Interstate Center
Dates: August 10-11, 2019
Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00
           Sunday: 9:00-3:00
Admission: $6.00

Belleville Gun & Knife Show
Belleville, IL – Belle-Clair Expo Center
Dates: August 24-25, 2019
Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00
           Sunday: 9:00-3:00
Admission: $6.00

Lake County Gun & Sportsman Show
Antioch, IL – Antioch VFW
Date: August 25, 2019
Hours: Sunday: 8:00-2:00
Admission: $7.00


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