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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 14, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 14, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The cool winds of Fall are sweeping across the cities, towns, villages and prairies of Illinois.  The grain harvest is progressing although slowed by rain in certain areas.  On the 20th, the Hunter’s Full Moon will be at its zenith.  Deer will be running everywhere so be careful out there.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 7, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 7, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2020 is out.  In 2020, legally armed citizens killed more criminals than the police.  Armed citizens killed 343 criminals and the police killed 298 criminals.  There are differences between the two numbers.  I don't have the exact figures but when a legally armed citizen kills a criminal he or she is in defense of their own life or the life of another.  They are stopping a crime and they are also preventing further crimes from being committed.  In the case where the police have to arrest someone and they are shot and killed, it is because they have already committed a crime and have left victims who have been killed, injured, maimed, mentally injured or in some cases, scarred for life.  Seldom are the police able to intervene during the commission of a crime. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 30, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 30, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The numbers of FOID cards and Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses (ICCL) keep rising In Illinois.  The same is true in other states.  These facts come as no surprise.  The United States is fast becoming a mess with an estimated 1,234,183 people who have crossed our borders illegally since Biden took office.  By the time you read this, that figure will be out of date.  When asked how many of these people had criminal records, one Biden Administration official said he did not know.  My guess is they do know but it is better to look incompetent than face the rath of the American people if the truth were known.  Of course, these people are being transported to your neighborhood, or a neighborhood near you, free of charge.  Well, it is free to them, you and I are paying for it.  Trust me, this may be the cheapest part of this fiasco.  I imagine we will be on the hook for a century.  Haiti and Mexico are nearly 2000 miles apart and separated by open sea.  So how did some 15,000 Haitians get to Mexico?  Someone is helping them.  Now, I wonder who that could be?

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 23, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 23, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Michael Bloomberg has already begun to pour money into the 2022 election campaigns.  In Virginia, long time anti-gun politician Terry McAuliffe is running for Governor.  Michael Bloomberg has already poured 1.8 million dollars into McAuliffe’s campaign.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 16, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 16, 2021

by Richard Pearson

When American citizens are asked about Washington D.C., the term “swamp” comes to mind.  The question is what is the swamp?  How does it manifest itself to influence American life?  A really good example has come out of the National Archives. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 9, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 9, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Remembering 9/11/2001

It is hard to believe that 9/11/2001 was 20 years ago.  I, like many of you, remember where I was and what I was doing when the terrorist attack happened, as well as those agonizing days after.  When I was thinking about the 9/11 attacks, it dawned on me that those under 30 have little or no memory of what happened or the aftermath.  It is like the memories my parents had of Pearl Harbor; I was not around yet so I had to learn what happened.  Still, learning what happened does not give the feelings of what happened.  That too has to be explained even though it isn’t like having lived through it at the time.  History is pretty boring if all you are learning is facts and not the emotions people felt about the people involved and the events.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 2, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 2, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The talking heads in Washington including government types, media mouthpieces and so-called experts are claiming the war in Afghanistan is over.  These people have lied so much that they are believing their own lies.  This war is not over.  This is an ideological war and there are no time limits on ideological wars.  This will only end when one side is totally crushed. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 26, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 26, 2021

by Richard Pearson

What the Biden Administration is doing in Afghanistan is more than a blemish on the reputation of the United States, it is a scar that will be there forever.  Moreover, what the Biden Administration has done to the United States Military and the Army, in particular, is unforgivable.  What the role of the United States has been since WWII is to stabilize the world by providing the muscle to organizations like NATO, SEATO and even the UN.  Without the United States the world would be in much more chaos than it is.  That reputation is fading fast with the calamitous fleeing and abandoning of Afghanistan and all those who trusted us there.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 19, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 19, 2021

by Richard Pearson

One to the topics few people understand is the new District Map and how it will affect their Second Amendment Rights.  Just to refresh everyone, there is a census every 10 years.  From that new census, political districts are redrawn to adjust for changes in population.  The redrawing of the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois State Senate districts is the topic of this article.  This is not to say that Judicial and Congressional districts are not affected.  I will inform you about those at another time.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 12, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 12, 2021

by Richard Pearson

On August 2, 2021, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed HB 562 with Senate Amendments 1 & 2, known as the FOID Modernization Act.  There are all kinds of gnashing of teeth about what is in the bill.  Most have not actually read the bill or understand what it does.  It is true that the ISRA was neutral on the bill.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 5, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 5, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The Reload, a publication which reports firearm news, reports that David Chipman, Biden’s nominee for ATF Director and former Chief Advisor to the Gifford’s anti-gun organization, has had racial complaints lodged against him in the past.  The Reload also revealed ATF agents who worked with Chipman won’t talk about him for fear of reprisals against them if he indeed is nominated.  There are many gun owners and dealers who fear that if Chipman is nominated, he will use the ATF to punish them whether they did anything wrong or not.  Please continue to call Senators Dick Durbin (202.224.2152) and Tammy Duckworth (202.224.2854) and oppose his nomination. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 29, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 29, 2021

by Richard Pearson

July is somehow slipping away and we are in the dog days of summer.  We have a while yet but Fall is creeping upon us.  Sunday marks the beginning of hunting season.  If you are a first-time buyer of a hunting license, get it now.  The IDNR has had a few glitches in its new licensing system.  To err is human but to really screw things up, computerize it.  I remember going down to the hardware store and Shirley or Virgil would sell you a hunting or fishing license on the spot.  You could also get hooks, bobbers, fishing line, shotgun shells or .22s and be out the door in a few minutes.  We sure have improved things, haven’t we?  Federal Duck Stamps are out for the 2021-2022 season.  The regular stamp has a lesser scaup drake on it and the junior stamp features a pair of hooded mergansers.  Duck stamps raise about 40 million dollars a year for conservation.  Don’t forget to buy them. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 22, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 22, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The National Rifle and Pistol Matches are being held in two locations this year, Camp Perry, Ohio, and Camp Atterbury, Indiana.  Our senior Smallbore Team, the ISRA Sunshine Boys, was first among State Associations at Atterbury, Indiana.  This year, all teams were lumped together; the civilian amateur teams were in with the professional pistol teams.  The ISRA had six teams which finished in the middle of the pack.  All in all, good considering how the teams were all together. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 15, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 15, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Sunday August 1, 2021, will be the beginning of squirrel season in Illinois.  This will kick off the Fall hunting seasons.  There are those who turn their nose up at eating squirrel but they have never had these little bushy-tails well prepared.  They are delicious.  Once when I was hunting with my wife’s uncle who was an avid squirrel hunter, I brought three bushy tails home.  That night we were having friends over for dinner.  I carefully prepared the squirrels, boned them, diced up the meat and put it on top of a pizza.  While we were eating dinner, our friends commented on how good the pizza was.  When I told them that I put squirrel meat on as a topping, they stopped eating the pizza.  It’s the thought that counts.  For those hunters who have not gotten their FOID card renewed, you need not worry about being stopped by the Conservation Police, it does not matter.  Make sure you have your Illinois Hunting License because that does matter.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 8, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 8, 2021

by Richard Pearson

As predicted, the 4th of July violence broke out in Chicago despite extra police presence in certain parts of the city.  The rough totals for the weekend were 108 shot and 17 dead.  Actually, that was much less than I expected.  In the South Austin area, a gunman opened fire on three people, killing one of them and wounding two.  A witness to the shooting was an Illinois Concealed Carry License (ICCL) holder who shot the gunman, preventing the death of the two wounded people.  As I often mention, when an attack occurs, the only people there are the attacker and the intended victims.  This attack was probably over in under 10 seconds despite having 5 people involved.  That is how fast these things happen.  We have over 410,000 ICCLS in Illinois but that isn’t enough.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 1, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 1, 2021

by Richard Pearson

According to reports, NICS (National Instant Criminal Background Check System) denied about 300,000 firearm purchases in 2020.  The complete analysis of all of this won’t be done for a while.  The anti-gun groups and their cohorts in the press would have you believe the people denied were all killers but that is not true.  If we look back into the past, we can find a few patterns that will most likely apply to the latest data.  About 99% of the denials were false positives which accounts for so few prosecutions.  False “Red Flag” confiscations, unjustified protection orders, attempts by illegal aliens and defective applications make up most of the denials.  It is true there were some attempts by criminals.  It takes three or four years to see how all of this comes together.  In 2017, there were only 12 prosecutions because of NICS denials.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin- June 24, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin- June 24, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Both numbers of FOID card holders and ICCL holders is up and I am expecting those numbers to rise even further.  I keep getting calls from reporters asking why these numbers keep increasing.  If you look around and see what is happening in the United States the answer is obvious.  Moreover, we are just at the beginning of the long hot Illinois summer in addition to a long Fourth of July weekend.  I predict things could get pretty rough in some cities with Chicago being number one on that wild list.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 17, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 17, 2021

by Richard Pearson

In our FOID application case, Bradley V. Kelly, we have been denied our Preliminary Injunction.  We have a couple of actions we can take and we are weighing our options at this time.  In our second FOID appeal case, Thomas v. Kelly, the judge denied a motion to dismiss brought by the State.  We will be moving forward on this case.  Other cases are waiting at this moment.  I will let you know as soon as something happens.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 10, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 10, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Every once in a while, there is a bright spot in our day.  One of those bright spots popped last week in the form of a court ruling.  U.S. District Court Judge Roger Benitez of San Diego, California, struck down California’s so-called assault weapons ban declaring it unconstitutional.  The lawsuit was brought by Jim Miller et al.  The et al includes other California residents, Second Amendment Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, California Gun Rights Foundation and several other groups.  Judge Benitez stated in his decision, “Like the Swiss Army Knife, the popular AR15 is the perfect combination of a home defense weapon and homeland defense equipment, good for home defense and battle.”  Of course, California Governor Gavin Newsom and California Attorney General Rob Bonita are squalling like a couple of long tailed cats in a room full of rocking chairs.  What else could we expect from these two darlings of the left wing?

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 3, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 3, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The Spring 2021 Legislative Session is over for the Illinois General Assembly.  The good news is nothing bad passed.  The bad news is nothing good passed.  The reality is that like it or not, the State of Illinois has the FOID card and we have to deal with it.  Before we get into the discussion about the bills in the Spring Session, one has to realize that the ISRA has both long and short-term goals.  One of the long-term goals is to get rid of the FOID.  One of the short-term goals is to get the FOID cards and ICCLs in the hands of law-abiding Illinois citizens as fast and easy as possible.  We recognize that a right delayed is a right denied.

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