ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 17, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 17, 2019

by Richard Pearson

The failing health of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is sending the left-wingers and their fellow travelers, and the media in to a combination of anaphylactic shock and hysteria.   While I wish the Justice no ill will, it is time for her to step down from the United States Supreme Court.  When this does happen it will be Katy Bar The Door in the United States Senate.  While I am not sure what kind of left-wing horse and pony show will be staged for the nominee and the public, I am sure there will be one.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 10, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 10, 2019

by Richard Pearson

Long-time Chicago Alderman, Edward Burke, has been charged with corruption by the United States Attorney’s Office after an FBI investigation.  Burke has been an Alderman for 50 years, taking the position after his father died in 1968.   No one has to slip two nitroglycerin tablets under their tongue when they hear a Chicago Alderman has been charged with corruption.  The fun part of this situation is that for gun owners, it is a little retribution for what Burke and former Mayor Jane Byrne did to gun owners in the 1980s.  If you owned handguns or long guns, each one had to be registered each year.  It was a loathsome process that took three months, was expensive, and if anything went wrong and the time period was not met, the gun could never be registered in the city ever again - even if it was the city’s fault.  This actually also applied to muzzle loading firearms.  Every person needed to take a handgun safety course even if they were registering a muzzle loader.  The Chicago handgun registration scheme was wiped out when we passed the Concealed Carry Act in 2013.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 3, 2019

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 3, 2019

by Richard Pearson

It is the New Year and a sample of the challenges gun owners will face has already reared its ugly head.  The problem is SB337, a bill Governor Rauner has said he would veto but he may not get the chance.  SB337 could survive the 100th General Assembly even though it is not supposed to.  The reason for this is a flaw in the Illinois Constitution.  The term used is sine die which means all legislation will die upon adjournment of the General Assembly.  That is normally how it works.  The Illinois Constitution provides the new Governor will be sworn in on the 2nd Monday of January and the General Assembly will be sworn in on the 2nd Wednesday of January.  The problem is that this New Year’s fell on Tuesday which means the General Assembly will be sworn in first.  Normally, that is not a big deal but this year it is.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 27, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 27, 2018

by Richard Pearson

The New Year is almost here and the ISRA is preparing for 2019.  I am sure I don’t need to remind you that 2019 is going to be a challenging year, to say the least.  If some of your friends need reminding, let them know right away and recruit them into the fight.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 20, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 20, 2018

by Richard Pearson

There is no question that unbridled illegal immigration is a threat to our Second Amendment Rights, as well as many other facets of the United States we know and love.  The left, of course, doesn’t see it that way and is on a constant quest to tear the United States apart.  Flooding the country with illegal immigrants is a sure way to do that.  The left-wing news media, left-wing organizations and left-wing politicians place constant attacks on the idea of The Wall, while saying there are other ways of securing the border.  Those other ways include such things as drones, more personnel, warning systems and on and on.  So, if they are willing to fund those things, why not The Wall?

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 13, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 13, 2018

by Richard Pearson

By now all ISRA members should have received their annual membership drive packet.  It is very important that every ISRA member try to recruit one or more new members.  Last weekend, I attended the Pekin Gun Show.  One of the excuses people use to not join the ISRA is that they are not interested in politics.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 6, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 6, 2018

It’s time to start thinking about Christmas gifts for shooters.  Of course, the top item would be an ISRA membership for everyone you know.  If they are already an ISRA member, that’s okay, you can just extend their membership or better yet, upgrade it to a higher level.  Watch your mail for a special offer coming your way soon.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 29, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 29, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Executive Directors Message

The Black Friday sales have passed, Cyber Monday is over and the icy winds of winter are sweeping through the towns, cities and prairies of Illinois.  The outdoor shooting season is mostly over except for a few shotgunners and hunters.  Don’t worry, Spring will be here before you know it.  In the meantime, there are lots of activities that you can do.  You can start by cleaning all those guns you have been shooting all summer.  It would also be a good idea to check over all those guns you don’t shoot that often.  Don’t forget the heirlooms that were entrusted to you by dad, Uncle Charlie and others (in my case, my mother’s shotgun which took many pheasants over the years).  It is particularly nice to recall those treasured memories as we handle those firearms.  It is all part of the shooting tradition; don’t forget to relay those memories to others.
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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 22, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 22, 2018

by Richard Pearson

The Democrats are now in control of the United States House of Representatives and Nancy Pelosi has stated that gun control is going to be one of their goals.  California Congressmen Eric Swalwell (D-15) suggested, in a USA Today article, that Democrats will propose to confiscate or buy (a forced sale) semi-automatic firearms that would result in a war due to resistance, stating it would be a short war because the government has nukes.  Conservative TV host John Cardillo posted a link of an NBC story dealing with Swalwell’s statements, adding that the Democrats want to eradicate the Second Amendment, seize all guns, and have the power rest in the state.  The problem gun owners face is not in Congress alone, the same problem is in many state legislatures, including Illinois.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 15, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 15, 2018

by Richard Pearson

As President Obama once said, elections have consequences.  There is no question that applies to the Midterm Elections of 2018 both in Illinois and across the country.  In Illinois, the loss of Bruce Rauner brought an immediate legislative response the next day by anti-gun State Senator Julie Morrison (D-    Deerfield).  The votes had hardly been counted when Morrison introduced SB3637, an ammunition tax bill.  SB3637 seeks to tax law-abiding gun owners to support mental health.  Mental Health is a universal problem and should not be placed on the backs of law-abiding gun owners.  This is clearly an effort to penalize Illinois gun owners, make shooting more expensive and make it more difficult for Illinois firearm dealers to compete.  This tax applies to every cartridge and shell, so this hits every firearm owner including hunters.  Not only is this a new tax but, once established, it is easy to just raise the tax rate to an onerous level.  The tax is now 1 cent per cartridge and shell but it would be easy to raise this to either 5 or 10 cents. This is designed to get the camel’s nose under the tent. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 8, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 8, 2018

by Richard Pearson

J.B. Pritzker has won the Governor’s race, as you already know.  That means the fight is on and the ISRA will be there fighting for you.  As Sir Winston Churchill pointed out, countries that fight, although they may get defeated from time to time, always rise again.  That is also true of causes like ours.  Those who don’t fight disappear and can only be found on a crumpled page of a history book.  We will always fight on.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 1, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 1, 2018

by Richard Pearson

A few months ago, I discussed the importance of applying for your FOID card immediately.  Please be very careful, particularly if you are unfamiliar with a computer; if you answer anything wrong, it becomes a mess.  When sending correspondence to the Illinois State Police (ISP) for your FOID, please send your documents either priority mail with a tracking number or send them certified mail (signed for).  This will allow you to track and ensure receipt of your documents.  Remember: if you are an ISRA member, our office will assist you.  You will need to call Mary at 815.635.3198 to schedule an appointment.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 25, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 25, 2018

by Richard Pearson

When I was reporting on the outstanding job Illinois shooters were doing at the National Rifle Championships at Camp Perry, Ohio, I missed one.  ISRA Member Farrell Porter won the Springfield 1903 Match with a superb score of 292-10X.  Sergeant York would be proud.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 18, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 18, 2018

by Richard Pearson

When you look at the front page of any newspaper, listen or watch any news broadcast, nowhere is there a headline about the Second Amendment being on the 2018 Midterm Elections ballot, but it is.  There are candidates on the ballot who disdain and despise the Second Amendment and are out to destroy it.  This is true throughout the Country and, of course, here in Illinois.  At the top of the list in Illinois is the governor’s race.  Governor Bruce Rauner has been a backstop in Springfield to some of the most outrageous proposals aimed at taking away our Second Amendment Rights and Freedoms.  People who care about the Second Amendment must support Bruce Rauner for governor.  For the last four years, it has been a pleasure to work with Governor Rauner.  His door has always been open and he truly cares about the concerns of law-abiding gun owners.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 11, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 11, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh is now on the United States Supreme Court.  It is not over and what the Brett Kavanaugh episode has revealed is the length the left will go to destroy anyone or anything they don’t like.  It has been leaked that the anti-Kavanaugh forces were financed by dark money.  Dark money comes from a lot of places; most typically, it came from anti-American billionaires who live here or elsewhere in the world and foreign governments.  The Clinton Foundation scandal is an example of dark money and how it is used.  The Wall Street Journal revealed that George Soros has twenty front groups supplying protesters in Washington, DC.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 4, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 4, 2018

by Richard Pearson

For years, Hillary Clinton has been screeching about a vast right-wing conspiracy.  I have never been able to find such a conspiracy.  For one thing, the right-wingers are too stubborn and uncompromising to engage in such a thing.  If this was a vast right-wing week-long convention, by the time they agreed on the agenda, the placement of the podium, the uniform style of footnoting, the font to be used on the power point and printed material, it would be Friday night and they would all be headed home.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 27, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 27, 2018

by Richard Pearson

I have just returned from the Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC) and I am pleased to inform you that the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) has won the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCKRBA) Affiliate of the Year Award.  The ISRA has won this award for 10 of the last 11 years.  As I reflect on this honor of why the ISRA has won this prestigious award, I found the answer to be because of the dedication of our members, Staff and Board of Directors.  Let me give you a few examples of what those words actually mean.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 20, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 20, 2018

by Richard Pearson

The media seldom mentions the 2,000,000 or more times a citizen uses a firearm in self-defense.  Many times, these incidents are unreported and if they are reported, they go unmentioned or appear deep in a newspaper.  Sometimes there is just no avoiding reporting a good outcome when a legally armed citizen uses a firearm.  Such was the case last Thursday when Cicero, Illinois police officers engaged a suspect who was firing at them with an automatic weapon.  Officer Luis Duarte was hit several times during the shootout.  Suddenly, an armed citizen got out of his car and fired at the suspect, hitting him once, which ended the gunfight.  The Cicero, Illinois Superintendent of Police and Town President Larry Dominick praised the citizen for intervening.   The name of the armed citizen has not been released.  
Cicero is in Cook County.  Cook County has 89,779 Illinois Concealed Carry Licensees and 598,205 FOID card holders, as of last week.  

Author: Lori (Admin)
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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 13, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 13, 2018

by Richard Pearson

Recent research by John Lott has brought to light interesting facts regarding concealed carry.  Nationally, in 2018, the number of concealed carry permits has grown to 17.25 million.  Last year, the number of permits had grown 890,000, the most in any year.  It is important to understand that 14 states do not require permits and are not counted in any of the above numbers.  It is certainly possible that there are 25 to 30 million people carrying firearms for self-defense.  Alabama has 22.1% of the adults carrying, followed by Indiana with 17.9% and South Dakota with 17.1%.  Four states have over 1,000,000 permits: Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 6, 2018

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 6, 2018

by Richard Pearson

The downhill slide to the Midterm Elections has begun and right on queue the Gifford’s have announced plans for ever-tightening firearm regulations.  The basic theme of all of this is that there are never enough gun control restrictions to satisfy them.  Their goal is the strangulation of the Second Amendment.  This includes the usual stuff like running gun dealers out of business by piling on costs and regulations, running the cost of firearm ownership as high as they can, taxation on firearms and ammunition and the outright banning of firearms.  The new twist seems to be to put a bureaucrat in charge of seeing if you and I are worthy enough to own a firearm.  Remember an attack on one class of firearms is an attack on all classes of firearms.

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