ISRA Thursday Bulletin For May 25, 2017

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Illinois State Rifle AssociationUSA -( On Tuesday, May 16, 2017, SB1657 came out of the House Judiciary Criminal Committee (the vote was 7-6). When looking at committee votes don’t be fooled by the margin. The margins may be close or overwhelming and do not necessarily predict what is going to happen on the floor.

SB1657 is designed to run legitimate gun dealers out of business, making it more expensive and harder for you to buy a firearm. The anti-gun crowd say that is not their intent, but you can bet that it is exactly their intent.

One of the big factors in the progress of SB1657 is Michael Bloomberg’s money. We have seen an ex-BATF agent testify at the hearings on SB1657. He is bought and paid for by Bloomberg and his wife, who also works for Bloomberg. The influence that Bloomberg’s money buys is insidious.

One cause of the progress on the anti-gun side is the lack of organized resistance of gun owners. There were over 10,000 witness slips filed against SB1657, but there are over 2,154,000 gun owners in Illinois.

We have to get the word out, but those folks have to join and stay together through thick and thin. I had a call from a guy who was complaining about what was going on.

I asked, “Are you an ISRA member?” Without taking a breath, he told me he couldn’t afford it because he just spent $1500 on his new AR15. It is people like this who are the problem. I am asking every ISRA member to go out and recruit a new ISRA member, and another and another.

On May 5, 1868, John A. Logan, Adjutant General of the newly formed Grand Army of the Republic (GAR), issued General Order No. 11, which designated May 30th as Memorial Day. The GAR was the American Legion of its time. General Logan was from Carbondale, Illinois, and the GAR was formed in Decatur in 1866, making Memorial Day a part of Illinois history.

Memorial Day is much more important than a part of Illinois history. It is important that we remember Memorial Day for more than the day the Indianapolis 500 is run, the day when the pool opens or the annual mattress sale.

We all have to remember the sacrifice that men and women have made in order to protect and preserve the freedoms that many of us have taken for granted. It is also important to teach those lessons to the next generation. This Memorial Day, please take time to honor those who have served and remember how much we all owe them.

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As of May 1, 2017, the number of active FOID cards and ICCL’s are:

  • FOID’s – 2,154,622
  • ICCL’s – 235,528

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Unless gun owners show the same passion, commitment and focus that the anti-gun groups show, there will come a time when gun ownership as we know it will be a thing of the past.