In spite of the news media calling the Presidential Election for Joe Biden, votes are still being counted and re-counted. At this point, lawsuits are being filed in several states by the Trump Campaign questioning the results. President Trump owes this to his supporters.
I have to say that I don’t have much faith in the integrity of the voter rolls. On Monday, I received a letter from a member who found his son’s name still listed on the voter list even though he moved 12 years ago to another country. I have received several calls in the last couple of years from people who live out of state but inherited property from parents who lived in Illinois. When they returned to Illinois to take care of their property, they were quite surprised to find their long deceased relatives still voting and had even changed political parties.
Joe Biden’s call for unity is a complete waste of our time and his breath. Biden’s supporters like Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez, columnist Jennifer Durkin and others have called for “blacklisting” anyone who does not agree with the election results. This would include them from holding public office, serving on corporate boards, holding teaching positions and being publicly ostracized. This must be a proud moment for Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. When Donald Trump was elected in 2016, Barack Obama and Joe Biden should have called for unity but they did not. Instead, with the help of the mainstream media, they launched attacks on the new President, attacked his staff, called him every name in the book and tried to impeach him. In the process they destroyed several good patriotic people who were naive but had no idea how corrupt and deadly the Washington D. C. swamp was and is.
Gun owners can expect the worst from Joe Biden and his team of left-wing ideologues. We need to be ready. How we do that will mean all gun owners must be on the same page and work tirelessly. One of the names floated as Biden’s Attorney General is Andrew Cuomo, America’s most anti-gun Governor. It looks like Cuomo, and others like him, is what we have to look forward to.
Monday morning we were to go to Springfield to attend the first Veto Session. That has been canceled because of Covid-19. We will keep you up to date on whatever happens next. I know many of you are looking forward to IGOLD. There is no question the Spring Session of the General Assembly would be an important time to hold IGOLD. The problem is we have no idea what the Spring Legislative Calendar looks like. We usually get the new calendar during second Veto Session which will be the first week in December. Right now, with the COVID-19 pandemic going on, everything is up for grabs to say the least.
We are watching events like the Deer Classic and Shooting Hunting Outdoor Trade Show (SHOT Show) canceled for 2021. It looks like everything is going to be shut down for a while.
We have amended the FOID Card suit (Bradley) so we are moving forward once again. We had to replace all the plaintiffs with new people. Thanks to all of those who sent in the stories of their delays. We forward all those to our legal team. You won’t hear from us until we need you. Right now, I understand the Illinois State Police are 142,000 FOID cards behind. I am often asked why we don’t do a class action suit. Each plaintiff has to be contacted and with 142,000 people, that is impossible. Don’t forget that number changes every day.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) reports over 3.3 million background checks were performed in the month of October. While many of those were for new or renewal Concealed Carry Licenses, the NSSF estimated about 1,100,000 background checks were for firearm purchases. The number of new gun owners in the United States is estimated to be around 6.9 million. To get a perspective on how many people, that is the states of Indiana and Tennessee which have about 6.9 million citizens each. Let’s hope this trend continues. At the risk of making everyone sick, the next Election is only two years away.
Pro-gun organizations need to have more money in their coffers from here on out. The financial problems the National Rifle Association had wounded them. Of course, that was the plan of the anti-gunners all along. The NRA was founded in New York State In 1871 and had been domiciled there without much difficulty. New York Governor Cuomo was willing to use his administration’s power to tear apart the NRA and did. The NRA did everything they could but it was severely handicapped. It will be awhile before the NRA can rebuild itself.
Other national gun owner organizations like the Second Amendment Foundation, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Gun Owners of America, and others stepped forward but could not make up the difference. Every gun owner needs to reach down in their pockets and cough up a little more to be ready for next time.
I want to thank all those who have taken the time to contact us and for all the support you have given us. Please remember to recruit everyone you can to become an ISRA member.
There is a Second Veto Session scheduled for December 1, 2, and 3, but it would not surprise me if it is canceled. We usually get the Spring Session calendar during Veto Session. The Spring Session normally starts the second Wednesday of January; this year that is January 13. Normally has gotten to be a big word this year. We will keep you informed.
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