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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 16, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 16, 2021

by Richard Pearson

When American citizens are asked about Washington D.C., the term “swamp” comes to mind.  The question is what is the swamp?  How does it manifest itself to influence American life?  A really good example has come out of the National Archives. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 9, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 9, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Remembering 9/11/2001

It is hard to believe that 9/11/2001 was 20 years ago.  I, like many of you, remember where I was and what I was doing when the terrorist attack happened, as well as those agonizing days after.  When I was thinking about the 9/11 attacks, it dawned on me that those under 30 have little or no memory of what happened or the aftermath.  It is like the memories my parents had of Pearl Harbor; I was not around yet so I had to learn what happened.  Still, learning what happened does not give the feelings of what happened.  That too has to be explained even though it isn’t like having lived through it at the time.  History is pretty boring if all you are learning is facts and not the emotions people felt about the people involved and the events.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 2, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 2, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The talking heads in Washington including government types, media mouthpieces and so-called experts are claiming the war in Afghanistan is over.  These people have lied so much that they are believing their own lies.  This war is not over.  This is an ideological war and there are no time limits on ideological wars.  This will only end when one side is totally crushed. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 26, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 26, 2021

by Richard Pearson

What the Biden Administration is doing in Afghanistan is more than a blemish on the reputation of the United States, it is a scar that will be there forever.  Moreover, what the Biden Administration has done to the United States Military and the Army, in particular, is unforgivable.  What the role of the United States has been since WWII is to stabilize the world by providing the muscle to organizations like NATO, SEATO and even the UN.  Without the United States the world would be in much more chaos than it is.  That reputation is fading fast with the calamitous fleeing and abandoning of Afghanistan and all those who trusted us there.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 19, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 19, 2021

by Richard Pearson

One to the topics few people understand is the new District Map and how it will affect their Second Amendment Rights.  Just to refresh everyone, there is a census every 10 years.  From that new census, political districts are redrawn to adjust for changes in population.  The redrawing of the Illinois House of Representatives and the Illinois State Senate districts is the topic of this article.  This is not to say that Judicial and Congressional districts are not affected.  I will inform you about those at another time.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 12, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 12, 2021

by Richard Pearson

On August 2, 2021, Illinois Governor Pritzker signed HB 562 with Senate Amendments 1 & 2, known as the FOID Modernization Act.  There are all kinds of gnashing of teeth about what is in the bill.  Most have not actually read the bill or understand what it does.  It is true that the ISRA was neutral on the bill.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 5, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - August 5, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The Reload, a publication which reports firearm news, reports that David Chipman, Biden’s nominee for ATF Director and former Chief Advisor to the Gifford’s anti-gun organization, has had racial complaints lodged against him in the past.  The Reload also revealed ATF agents who worked with Chipman won’t talk about him for fear of reprisals against them if he indeed is nominated.  There are many gun owners and dealers who fear that if Chipman is nominated, he will use the ATF to punish them whether they did anything wrong or not.  Please continue to call Senators Dick Durbin (202.224.2152) and Tammy Duckworth (202.224.2854) and oppose his nomination. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 29, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 29, 2021

by Richard Pearson

July is somehow slipping away and we are in the dog days of summer.  We have a while yet but Fall is creeping upon us.  Sunday marks the beginning of hunting season.  If you are a first-time buyer of a hunting license, get it now.  The IDNR has had a few glitches in its new licensing system.  To err is human but to really screw things up, computerize it.  I remember going down to the hardware store and Shirley or Virgil would sell you a hunting or fishing license on the spot.  You could also get hooks, bobbers, fishing line, shotgun shells or .22s and be out the door in a few minutes.  We sure have improved things, haven’t we?  Federal Duck Stamps are out for the 2021-2022 season.  The regular stamp has a lesser scaup drake on it and the junior stamp features a pair of hooded mergansers.  Duck stamps raise about 40 million dollars a year for conservation.  Don’t forget to buy them. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 22, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 22, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The National Rifle and Pistol Matches are being held in two locations this year, Camp Perry, Ohio, and Camp Atterbury, Indiana.  Our senior Smallbore Team, the ISRA Sunshine Boys, was first among State Associations at Atterbury, Indiana.  This year, all teams were lumped together; the civilian amateur teams were in with the professional pistol teams.  The ISRA had six teams which finished in the middle of the pack.  All in all, good considering how the teams were all together. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 15, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - July 15, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Sunday August 1, 2021, will be the beginning of squirrel season in Illinois.  This will kick off the Fall hunting seasons.  There are those who turn their nose up at eating squirrel but they have never had these little bushy-tails well prepared.  They are delicious.  Once when I was hunting with my wife’s uncle who was an avid squirrel hunter, I brought three bushy tails home.  That night we were having friends over for dinner.  I carefully prepared the squirrels, boned them, diced up the meat and put it on top of a pizza.  While we were eating dinner, our friends commented on how good the pizza was.  When I told them that I put squirrel meat on as a topping, they stopped eating the pizza.  It’s the thought that counts.  For those hunters who have not gotten their FOID card renewed, you need not worry about being stopped by the Conservation Police, it does not matter.  Make sure you have your Illinois Hunting License because that does matter.

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