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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 9, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) produced 3,951,607 for June 2020.  Illinois lead the way with 706,000 NICS checks.  In Illinois, every FOID card and Illinois Concealed Carry License holder must go through a check when applying for a new card or renewing an existing card.  This does not count the daily background checks Illinois gun owners must go through.  New FOID card applications hit the 40,000 mark in June, by the way.  Thus far, Illinois has accounted for 3,878,025 background checks in the first 6 months of 2020.  The total new firearm purchases for the United States in June are estimated to be 2,387,524 units with 1,511,714 being handguns, according to the Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting.  Right now, 2020 is on pace to be a record year for firearm purchases.

I expect firearm and ammunition sales to continue to remain high for the rest of the year.  If Joe Biden should be elected President, sales will skyrocket beyond anything we have ever seen.  The lame stream media mumbles and rambles about why firearm sales are breaking all records.  Their next story is about riots and the one after that is about defunding the police and they still wonder why.  Anyone with the brain of an amoeba could figure that out.  Add to that, no one seems to have the back of the police except a few conservative groups like firearm owners.  The chaos in Chicago, Baltimore, New York, Portland and other places is being orchestrated by outside forces bent on destroying the United States as we know it.  The 20th century communist revolutionary Che Guevara said that it is not necessary to wait for conditions for revolutionary insurrection, you can create them.  I think that is one of the things going on now.  Another is to create a diversion so we are distracted and don’t watch attempts to steal the next election.  We have to be alert to everything.  There are gun owners who tell me they don’t want to be involved in politics.  That is like passengers on a floundering ship saying they don’t want to help save the ship.  They would rather drown or, in our case, lose their Second Amendment Rights.

According to the Chicago Police Chief, the Chicago Police took 173 illegal guns off the street over the 4th of the July weekend.  While this makes a great soundbite, a gun is just an inanimate object.  The fact is they did not take any of those people who illegally possessed those guns off the street.  The Chief complained that there is no penalty for illegal gun possession.  Umm, sorry Chief, that just is not so.  Illegal firearm possession is a local, state, and federal crime.  The jurisdiction to enforce the law starts with local government; the state follows the local lead and the federal government follows the state.  In some of these cases, felons possessed the guns.  If a felon is convicted, a person can get 10 years per change in the big house for that.  Then we have the case of an eight year old girl who was shot in her grandmother’s back yard.  They actually know who fired the shot.  That guy isn’t in jail either.

The Mayor of Chicago is blaming the Coronavirus for this sharp rise in violence.  The fact that the authorities released everyone out of jail and required no bail if arrested, and are not charging anyone with crimes has nothing to do with what is going on.  It is true that they let everyone out of jail using the Coronavirus as an excuse.  It is apparently okay to let them run around killing people but heaven forbid they get a runny nose.  

This situation is similar in every major city in the country.  They, of course, blame guns for all of this.  Gun owners need to stand up and get organized.  Joining the ISRA is the best way to do that.  

There are literally thousands of new gun owners in the Illinois and the United States. Most of them are still in shock as to how much paper work and red tape it takes to simply purchase a firearm for self-defense.  These new people are like piles of iron ore, nickel, limestone and coal in a materials yard at a steel mill.  At this point, they are raw material.  They have to be put together to become steel.  What we are talking about is political steel.  They have to be organized into the pro-gun movement.  To do that, the ISRA needs your help.  You all know new gun owners.  Ask them to join the ISRA.  We need your help.

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Tidbits: 

This is the 77th anniversary of the beginning of the invasion of Operation Husky, the invasion of Sicily.  General George Patton was the American Commander. 

On July 12th, 1954, President Dwight Eisenhower proposed the Interstate Highway System.

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