Illinois: A Message from ISRA’s Executive Director

Illinois A Message from ISRA
Illinois A Message from ISRA
Illinois State Rifle Association
Illinois State Rifle Association

Chatsworth, IL -( Your life matters. The lives of your loved ones matter.

That is why I am always writing about getting your concealed carry license, receiving additional training, pointing out what a dangerous world we live in, and letting you know that the world is getting even more dangerous. Avoiding facing reality and preparation are fatal errors for each of us personally and for our nation. Here are examples of how dangerous it is:

Take the case of Byron White. White approached a young man and demanded his cell phone. The young man said no and called police. White shot him to death, took the phone, and then complained to his friends that the phone wasn’t as nice as the one he wanted. Then there is the case of Tyshawn Lee, a nine year old boy who was lured to a gang execution, and then shot in a Chicago alley. This is what is out there.

If you prepare and nothing happens, nothing is lost. If you don’t prepare and something happens, all may be lost. Then of course, maybe if nothing happens it was because you were prepared.

The anti-gun forces are getting reinforcements from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo piloted New York’s draconian Safe Act through the state’s legislature. Now he has pledged to help the Brady Campaign spread their gun control message across the United States. I’m sure Cuomo will help Hillary Clinton by spearheading her anti-gun plank in her platform.

In Springfield we have a couple of troublesome House Resolutions introduced. The first of these is HR 0830 (Flowers, D-31, Chicago). HR 0830 calls for President Obama to hold a National Conference on Gun Violence by the end of 2015, in Chicago. This of course would be a blame the law abiding gun owners conference more than anything else. There are only 49 days left this year so it would have to happen quickly.

The next resolution, (Welch, D-7, Hillside), urges the courts, especially the Supreme Court, to adhere to the clear wording of the Second Amendment, being a right afforded to state sponsored militias, not individuals (this is their wording, not mine). What this clearly points out is that the Second Amendment is under attack. If you are not disturbed by this, you should be.

I am pleased to announce that Ken Simmons has become a NRA Training Counselor. This means we will be able to teach basic and instructor classes starting next year. I’m very excited about this expansion of the ISRA Academy. ISRA members will be offered classes at discount prices.

If you haven’t purchased your commemorative coin yet, please do so. We need all the financial support we can get. The Spring Legislative Session will be here before you know it.

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About ISRA:

The ISRA is the state’s leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. Since 1903, the ISRA has represented the interests of over 1.5 million law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.

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