As the first 100 days of the Trump Administration slip into history, pro-gun people all know the shining star accomplishment for us is the appointment of Neil Gorsuch as Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. Before we all climb on a nice flat rock somewhere and start basking in the nice warm sun, we better realize there is much yet to do. One such example is the filling of 126 vacant federal judgeships. These vacancies are causing a backlog of cases, some of which need to move to the US Supreme Court. These vacancies need to be filled with pro Second Amendment judges as soon as possible. The lower federal courts provide the “farm team” for future Supreme Court Justices. It is important that we get the best rulings on the record.
We just got done with “Shot Heard Round the World Day,” celebrating King George’s failed attempt to disarm American colonists (which did not work out so well for him, if you recall). Despots have always tried to disarm those who opposed them, for their own benefit. The British got away with it in India, Hitler did it in Germany, and on and on it goes. Of course, not everyone is disarmed. The dictator du jour makes sure his supports are armed.
Right now, the Venezuelan dictator, Maduro, is busy disarming citizens and arming some 400,000 of his supporters in his new militia, to protect Venezuela from “imperialism”. Ordinary citizens cannot own firearms there, which is probably why that country’s murder rate makes Chicago’s pale by comparison. If you own or want to start a new brown shirt factory this may be an opportunity for you – deja vu all over again.
April 27th the NRA Annual Meeting was held in Atlanta, Georgia kicked off with the National Friends of the NRA Dinner. This is always a great event that features things that most of us can only dream about, but are still fun to see up close.
70,000 plus of the faithful made their annual pilgrimage to see the sights and rub shoulders with their like-minded brothers and sisters. They came from near and far. The main attraction was President Donald Trump’s address at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum on Friday May 19th.
Last year, President Trump received his first major endorsement from the NRA at the Annual Meeting. President Trump was the first President to speak since Ronald Regan in 1983. I remember the main stream media scoffing at the NRA endorsement. Today, they are still licking their wounds. It is a good thing they have forked tongues, that way they can cover two wounds in one lick.
The exhibit hall was packed with the latest in firearms, optics, holsters, gadgets and gizmos of every shape, size and description. When most people leave, they are salivating like one of Pavlov’s dogs, myself included. Ahh, to win the lottery!
The NRA Annual Meeting and Convention was all I hoped for and more. Next year, the shindig will be held in Dallas, Texas. Plan to go if you can.
During the Revolutionary War, Thomas Paine wrote: “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from service of his country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman.” Thomas Paine must have been thinking of Springfield, as well as the fledgling United States.
These coming weeks are going to be among the toughest, if not the toughest, we have ever faced. There are those who are squandering megajoules of valuable energy assessing blame, finger pointing, and hurling recriminations without knowing the whole story; all actions which only compound the problem and do nothing to solve it. Now is the time to stick together.
The ISRA is going to press forward with every resource we have to protect and defend gun owners’ rights and the Second Amendment in Illinois. Those rights include the rights of individuals, firearm dealers, manufactures, and all of the numerous other elements that make up the matrix of the law-abiding gun community. I view this matrix in terms of the NATO doctrine, which is, “An attack on one part of the matrix is an attack on all parts of the matrix”. I ask that you put behind you all of the venom and anger and stand together to fight the looming menace of SB1657. That is the only way to win.
I am pleased to announce the ISRA has contracted with former State Representative, and now lobbyist, Ed Sullivan. Ed was a former leader in the Illinois House Republicans and was a driving force in passing the concealed carry bill in 2013. Ed is well respected on both sides of the House and will be working with the ISRA during the last few weeks of session to turn back SB1657. This Dealer Licensing bill moves to the House next week.
As I have said, the ISRA will be fighting with every resource so we really need whatever help you can give us. We don’t have George Soros or a Michael Bloomberg. We survive on dues and donations. If you are a member, please make a donation today. If you are not a member, please join today and make a donation also.
A few years ago, I penned an article entitled “The Gathering Storm,” which envisioned intensive attacks on the Second Amendment and our gun rights in Illinois. Those predictions have now come to fruition. I failed to remind everyone that storms are a repeating phenomenon and so are pushes for gun control. We are in the middle of one of those storms right now.
Many gun owners seem to think that when a push for gun control is over, there will never be another one. They then let their membership lapse, stop donating and stop volunteering. Pushes for gun control on law abiding citizens are like storms. There may be a lull but there is another one coming. After a tornado passes, no one tears down their storm shelter.
Organizations like the ISRA are your gun control “storm shelter”. Please join and continue to be a member. The victory will never be quite won and the battle will never be over.
Right now, anti-gun organizations are experiencing high influxes of cash and other outside support. Never in history have they had so much money. The other outside support includes professional writers, advertising agencies, and organizers. Never under estimate these people.
Citizens are never safe. We are all still recovering from the last elections, but in August, people can take out petitions for the 2018 election. They have to be back roughly by the third week in December. The dates are not set yet. Ugh, here we go again.
A hundred years ago, the United States was in turmoil. On April 6, 1917, the unprepared United States had declared war on Germany after the revelation of the “Zimmermann Telegram” and the sinking of three American merchant ships by German U-boats. The “Zimmermann Telegram” was an offer to Mexico to become allies with Germany. Mexico would attack the United States with the goal of re-conquering Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The United States would be forced to fight a two-front war, one of which would be a direct attack on the homeland.
There were training camps being built all over the country, recruits were drilling with wooden sticks because there weren’t enough guns; we had no tanks, no helmets, and most of our artillery belonged in a museum. We had a great rifle, the 1903 Springfield, but very few of them.
We all hear about the great marksmen, such as Sergeant York. Most of the good marksmen were farm boys, but many of the city boys couldn’t hit a subway car at 20 feet. There were a million problems to solve, but the United States set about solving them with vigor.
By the end of May 1917, General “Black Jack” Pershing set sail with 14,000 troops bound for France. There were more than troops on those ships. The United States’ destiny to become a world power was also aboard. The ISRA was there also training civilians in marksmanship before they reported for duty and continued to support marksmanship programs in the Illinois National Guard and regular Army. As an ISRA member, you are part of a proud heritage.
During this ongoing fight for our Second Amendment rights, I am forever grateful for the support of members and Second Amendment friends. I am thankful that we are standing together, united because that is the only way we can win. Just last November, we witnessed an election that caused promotion of anti-gun leadership in the Illinois Democrat Party. Because of that event, we are now facing the worst of California-New York-New Jersey style gun control in the history of the Illinois General Assembly.
There is no question that this is going to be a long, long battle, but I want to assure you that the ISRA has the resolve and is going to be in the fight for the long haul. The ISRA is committed to preserving our Second Amendment rights in Illinois. As I have mentioned time and time again, this fight may never be over. No matter, the ISRA will be there for you, your children, and your great, great, great grandchildren. The ISRA will never quit!
Yet, this battle and every battle in Springfield requires a lot more than resolve, it requires members and money. Every ounce of support that we obtain from our friends has been a thanksgiving of sorts to the ISRA. The support from you and our other friends has been necessary in defending our Second Amendment rights and shooting sports here in Illinois.
The support we are receiving from members, firearm dealers, Springfield Armory, and Rock River Arms is keeping the ISRA in the fight. We are using your support in every way possible- shoe leather on the ground in the Capitol, direct mailers, internet advertising, gun shop visits, gun show flyers, sportsmen banquet events, etc. Each friend we have is making this happen and we thank you.
This is not the time to sit on the sidelines or in the bleachers; now is the time to join the fight! Ask everyone you know to become a friend of the ISRA by supporting us and joining today. Together we can win!!
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