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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 24, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 24, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (RBG) has added one more log to the 2020 General Election fire.  Those of us in the Second Amendment movement have long known that Ginsberg was an enemy of the Second Amendment.  Ginsberg was a President Clinton appointee during the time of the 1994 semi-auto ban.  RBG, who came from the DC Circuit, was part of the swamp from the beginning and soon became an icon of the left.  The left wingers will use her for a rallying cry.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 17, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 17, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The shooting of two California police officers, by an unknown assailant at the time of this writing, has prompted Joe Biden to call for more gun control.  Joe ‘always on top of the situation’ Biden called for a ban on semiautomatic rifles.  The assailant used a handgun but Biden dutifully read from his script.  In the past, you may recall Biden called for a ban of magazines that held 100 clips.  Yes, you read it correctly.  Make no mistake; Biden wants to ban them all.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 10, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 10, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Labor Day is the unofficial start of the campaign season.  As Jackie Gleason used to say at the beginning of his Saturday Night comedy show, And away we go!  I expect the Presidential Campaign to heat up very quickly.  For a long time we were only seeing Donald Trump signs, but now Biden-Harris signs are popping up.  By this time next week both campaigns will be at a full gallop.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 3, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 3, 2020

by Richard Pearson

September is already here and the cooling days not only signal the coming of Fall, but this year the most important election in our lifetime.  As of today, the election is only 60 days away.  For those who want to know how far away the election is, we have put a countdown to the election clock on the ISRA website on the bottom of the home page.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 27, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 27, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Somehow the summer is slipping by more rapidly than normal.  The 1st of September will be here soon and with it comes dove season.  I consider dove hunting one of the more challenging and enjoyable of the hunting seasons.  A few years ago, I went to Argentina dove hunting.  I have to say it wasn’t a very good dove shot at the beginning but I was much better by the end of the trip.  That trip was really a safari.  A bird boy is assigned to each hunter and they tally every shot.  The first day I was limping along with a 25% hit ratio.  There were 23 of us in the hunting party and each night everyone’s hit ratio went up on a board for all to see.  The good news is I wasn’t last.  By the last day of the four-day trip I was at 75%.  Doves are a pest in Argentina.  We were in Cordoba Province and doves eat an estimated 50,000 bushels of grain a day in that province alone.  The farmers were glad to see us.  We ate dove every day for lunch and the bird boys took the rest to their families and villages and shared them with everyone.  They are very poor there so they were glad to have the meat.  At the end of four days, I was in the upper middle of the pack with 1794 doves.  In all, we killed over 44,000 doves. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 20, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 20, 2020

by Richard Pearson

A three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower court ruling that California’s ban on so-called high capacity magazines is a violation of the Second Amendment.  While the case, known as Duncan v. Becerra, brought a favorable ruling, it will still have to go to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to become the law of the land.  I have talked several times about the weakness of the SCOTUS.  This case will be caught in the clog of cases being held up for that reason.  The only chance this case has is if Donald Trump is re-elected as President of the United States.  The General Election is only 73 days away.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 13, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 13, 2020

by Richard Pearson

As rioters continue to control the streets of Chicago and other major cities, the mayors of these cities and their respective legislative bodies do nothing.  They simply don’t really care, are visionless, or on the side of the rioters.  This has gone so far that at this point it may not matter.  If this continues, these cities will become shells and turn into Petri dishes for all sorts of evil, if they haven’t already.  These gangs that roam unobstructed will eventually cannibalize the cities and spill out into surrounding areas that were once peaceful neighborhoods, suburbs, villages, towns and smaller cities.  Eventually, we will all have to face them.  It is better to prepare for a storm and not have one than not prepare and get one.  To dither and say “I hope” is a poor strategy.  People who depend on hope rather than action aren’t worth much in my view.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 6, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 6, 2020

by Richard Pearson

On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped the first of two atomic nomads on Japan.  The first was on Hiroshima and the second was August 9 on Nagasaki.  Japan surrendered the next day.  Being the eternal history fanatic, I watched a special on those two events a few nights ago.  It followed the same pattern of a couple of others in previous years.  There was a Japanese woman talking about how terrible it was.  Since there were no American soldiers who talked about how terrible the Japanese were, I will.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 30, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 30, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The saga of Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s treachery in prosecuting Mark and Patricia McCloskey has taken another turn.  Apparently, the pistol Patricia McCloskey was holding was used in a previous court case and had been rendered inoperable so it could be brought into court.  It, therefore, was not a weapon.  Kim Gardner and her enterprising staff had the crime lab fix the gun so it was capable of being fired.  This was done to bring charges against the McCloskeys.  I’m going to guess this wasn’t the first time this was done in the Circuit Attorney’s office.  It sounds like the McCloskeys need to hire a snake charmer as well as an attorney.  Meanwhile, I have heard George Soros, who financed Gardner’s campaign, has left the United States.  No one seems to know where he went.  While that seems like good news, it really isn’t. This guy has long tentacles. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 23, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 23, 2020

by Richard Pearson

On Monday, July 20, 2020, the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) filed suit against the Illinois State Police regarding the delay in issuing new FOID cards.  The case was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division, Case 1:20-cv-04270.  The ISRA is once again leading the way to protect the Second Amendment Rights in Illinois.  We will keep you posted as the case progresses.  We are waiting for a court date.  If you look into your crystal ball, you see more is coming.  If you are not already an ISRA member, you should be.  That is the best way you can help in this fight right now. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 16, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 16, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Mark and Patricia McCloskey live in a gated community in St. Louis, Missouri.  They were suddenly thrust into the national limelight when a group of protesters broke through the gates of their neighborhood.  The startled McCloskeys saw a hundred or so protesters coming toward their house.  They grabbed their firearms and stood on their front porch to keep the protesters back.  Their lives were threatened, their dog’s life was threatened and they were told their home would be burned down.  The police were nowhere to be seen.  Apparently, St Louis police were told to stand down.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 9, 2020

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.

 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 2, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 2, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The Chicago Tribune reports that between June 1, 2020, and June 17, 2020, the Illinois State Police received 42,089 applications for FOID cards, with nearly 5000 of those applications occurring in one day.  This upswing in FOID card applications has been going on since last December.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 25, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 25, 2020

by Richard Pearson

It is with great regret that I must inform you the Grand American Trapshooting has been moved to Missouri for this year.  The Grand American is one of the greatest events in the world.  The fact that it was forced out of the State of Illinois is a travesty.  It is time this ridiculous shutdown is over.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 18, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 18, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Gun sales are breaking records month after month.  The number of new firearm owners grows by the thousands not only in Illinois, but everywhere.  These new gun owners understand that what we are seeing in the streets may soon come to their front door.  Everyone needs to get their head out of the sand and get ready.  The new gun owners need training and so do a lot of the old gun owners, by the way.  Every instructor, NRA, USCCA, and Concealed Carry, needs to be offering and advertising classes right now.  These people need your help and you need to be stepping up to the plate.  The ISRA is developing a list of instructors throughout the state.  If you are an instructor and want to be on that list, please get you credentials together.  We will be calling for them around July 1, 2020. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 11, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 11, 2020

by Richard Pearson

 The Minneapolis City Council is leading the way on defunding the Minneapolis Police Department.  There are a few other cities following behind.  These police departments will be replaced by some form of community public safety committee which will reflect the values of the community.  What does that mean?  That means the mob will run the show and, so far, they have only shown the willingness to destroy, not build.  They shout and complain but with no experience or even desire to maintain order.  This idea and these people are trouble and they want to be trouble; if they succeed we are headed for a dark future.  What will happen if the police are defunded is that a vacuum will be created.  The mob says the police roll will be filled by the so called Public Safety Committees and Social Workers.  What that means is that if you or someone in your family is robbed, beaten, raped, or murdered, the social worker will commiserate with you or tell you how sorry everyone is and the perpetrators will get a good talking to if they are ever caught.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 4, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 4, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Last Saturday morning I began hearing about violent protests that would occur later in the day.  There had been peaceful protests earlier on Saturday afternoon but they turned ugly Saturday night.  That pattern has now become familiar in only a few days when peaceful protests would be followed by violence, looting and marauding arsonists.  Police were standing by simply watching lawlessness, looting and arson.  All this had been confined to cities but rumors indicated that small towns would be next.  The police everywhere were overwhelmed. This means that you are on your own to protect your property as well as yourself and family.  This is exactly what I described a couple of weeks ago.  I admit I thought I was ready, but quickly realized I was kidding myself.  I was ready for one or two intruders in my house, not dozens.  By Sunday afternoon and evening I quickly adjusted my plans and added two more escape routes in case of fire and made sure my fire extinguishers were ready.  I loaded all my magazines and every firearm had a backup firearm.  Sunday night passed without incident.  On Monday I spent part of the day making sure my friends were also prepared.  Monday night also passed without incident but while waiting, I realized how unprepared most people are.  I am now going to invite them to a short training course using whatever firearm they have.  Will it be enough?  No, but it will still be better than no training and it might encourage them to get more training.  You should get more training also.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 28, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 28, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The arrival of June brings with it the summer shooting season although it is somewhat curtailed this year.  We will get through this exercise of Executive Power but it will take determination.  June also means the first hunting season is only two months away and upland game and certain waterfowl season is only three months away.  It is time to start making your plans. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 21, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 21, 2020

by Richard Pearson

While we may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to reopening Illinois, we still are going to have to deal with some terrible decisions that have been made by those in power.  One of those decisions is the release of 4828 felons back in to Illinois communities to prevent them from getting the Coronavirus.  As I always say, “What about us, are we chopped liver?”  Apparently, that answer is yes.  To get into prison these days you a really have to work at it.  Felons have more protection than law-abiding citizens it seems. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 14, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 14, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Gun sales in April were still amazingly strong and were 69% higher than April 2019.  Handgun sales were the majority of sales with 984,872.  It is obvious that people are worried about the times we are going through and the social unrest that may be on the way.  Everyone is preparing.  People keep throwing the term social unrest around, but what does that mean?  I can best describe social unrest by my own experience.  I witnessed this at my own front door.  In the late 1960s, I lived with two other guys on North Indiana Avenue in Kankakee, Illinois.  It was an old 11 room house and my share of the rent was $27 per month.  It wasn’t exactly Gold Coast property.  The house was located two blocks north of the Kankakee Police Station.  At the 4-way stop, a half a block from the house, people were getting robbed if they had the windows rolled down in their car.  It was simple, if you had your driver’s window rolled down and you stopped, a guy would run up to the car and put a hunting knife to your throat.  If you moved, you would get your throat cut.  One night we were having a party and three of our guests were on our front porch.  One-time riots broke out but we thought we were pretty safe with the police station only being two blocks away.  When we looked at the police station, the windows were all boarded up.  We had to park in the back and I carried my Winchester Model 12 shotgun in the car.  When I got home, the shotgun was uncased and loaded when I entered the house.  I know the neighbors saw me and that was just fine with me.  I remember being home and getting a call from one or the other of the two guys who lived at the house, telling me they were on their way home.  I would stand in the upstairs window and cover the rear parking lot with their pending arrival home.  Two blocks from the police station might as well have been 20 miles.  I totally understand why people want to arm themselves and why they need to.  Needless to say, it wasn’t long before we found more upscale living arrangements. 

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