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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 21, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 21, 2021

by Richard Pearson

By now most of you know the NRA has filed Chapter 11 Bankruptcy.  Chapter 11 is protection from creditors, not complete bankruptcy.  The NRA has also announced it will reincorporate in Texas.  The NRA Board of Directors and Wayne LaPierre have been chastised and applauded for these moves.  I am on the applauding side of these moves.  It has been suggested many times that the NRA, which was founded and incorporated in New York State in 1871, move out of New York to a more friendly state.  It’s too bad it had to happen this way but at least it is getting done.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 14, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 14, 2021

by Richard Pearson

All through 2020 I have reported that firearm sales were skyrocketing and the final numbers prove that.  A new record of 21,000,000 background checks that resulted in firearm sales was set.  Of those 21,000,000 sales, 40% of them were to women.  African Americans purchased 58% more firearms than in any previous year.  Many of those were to African American women.  The record 21,000,000 firearm sales exceeded those during the 2016 Presidential Election by 34%.  The final tally shows there were 8,400,000 new gun owners in the United States.  The NICS check for December 2020 was 3,937,066, an all-time high once again.  For the entire year, the NICS checks were 39,695,315, as expected, another new record. This was driven by not only increased firearm sales but also background checks for concealed carry permits.  The number of firearm sales was down slightly for December but I believe that was simply because there was nothing to buy, at least, that anyone wanted. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 7, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 7, 2021

by Richard Pearson

On Friday, January 8, the Illinois General Assembly will return to Springfield for Lame Duck Session.  One bill we will be watching is SB1966 which is in the Senate.  Please call your State Senator and ask them to oppose SB1966.  On Wednesday, January 13, this bill will die at noon when the 102nd General Assembly is sworn in. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 31, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 31, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The year 2020 is about to slip into history.  Many are rejoicing that 2020 is gone or soon will be, depending on when you read this.  There are many that can’t wait to see 2021 because they hope things will get better.  I think the hope that things will get better in 2021 is on tenuous footing.  Hope, as I always point out, is poor strategy.  In 2020, gun owners had a President that had their back.  Red China was at the gates of fortress USA but we had a President that was fighting them.  It looks like we will have an anti-gun President appointing advisors and Cabinet members who are anti-gun and Red China will no longer be at the gates, but in the Oval Office.  The future doesn’t look all that bright as far as I am concerned.  I think we may look back on 2020 as the good old days.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 24, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 24, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The ammunition shortage continues to be a topic that shooters are talking about.  For those of us who like to shoot in competitions, leagues, take classes, practice or just go out and plink, this is a problem.  In a recent interview with Jason Vanderbrink, president of Vista Outdoors, the company that makes Federal, CCI, Speer and now Remington, pointed out that ammunition companies are working every minute of every day to meet the demand.  These companies, and I am sure their competitors, are adding employees, machinery and space to produce enough to meet the new demand.  One of the challenges these companies face is educating and training new employees.  The making of ammunition is a precise business in the United States and those standards have to be maintained.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 17, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 17, 2020

by Richard Pearson

We are all aware of the Red Chinese influence on the United States.  The Chinese have been in the diplomatic intrigue business for thousands of years, yet we seem to underestimate them.  They pat you on the back and pick your pocket at the same time.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 10, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 10, 2020

by Richard Pearson

We have lost a true American hero.  On Monday, December 7, 2020, General Chuck Yeager passed away at the age of 97.  General Yeager was the first man to break the sound barrier in level flight.  Yeager flew the Bell X-1 rocket plane to a speed of Mach 1.06.   The Bell X-1 was nicknamed The Bullet because of its shape.  It was a good name for the plane because it was designed in the shape of a .50 caliber machine gun bullet.  They just added wings and a rocket engine.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 3, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 3, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The constant question everyone is asking is where all the ammunition is.  There are all kinds of conspiracy theories out there but I don’t buy any of them at this time.  The production of ammunition is more complicated than one might assume.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 26, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 26, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone, even those sneaking around having underground secret Thanksgiving dinners with family and friends - You naughty people. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 19, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 19, 2020

by Richard Pearson

.First and Second Veto Sessions have been canceled in the General Assembly.  There will be no more sessions until next year.  There is still work to be done.  That means we are going to see a Lame Duck Session after the New Year.  Lame Duck Sessions are simply regular sessions but some of the legislators have been defeated in their election, retiring from the legislature or leaving for a number of other reasons.  The point is that since they have no holds on them, anything can happen. This is a most dangerous time for citizens.  To override a veto it takes a 60% vote.  In a Lame Duck Session, it is simply 50% plus 1.  Why this is so important is that I expect SB1966 Amendment 1 to be called.   I believe there will be a push to get it passed. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 12, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 12, 2020

by Richard Pearson

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.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 5, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 5, 2020

by Richard Pearson

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. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 29, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 29, 2020

by Richard Pearson

In approximately 100 hours Election Day will be here.  President Trump has been barnstorming in the critical swing states like Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan.  For gun owners it is all on the line.  If Joe Biden wins, which it looks like he just might, gun owners are in for a fight for their lives.  If President Trump wins, we will see the anti-gun emphasis swing back to the states.  In Illinois that is nothing new. Go vote.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 22, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 22, 2020

by Richard Pearson

October has a Blue Moon on the 31st.  The harvest season is well underway and by the 31st most of the crops will be out.  The weather will be turning cold and the deer will be in the rut.  These are perfect conditions for encountering one of these creatures with the front end of your vehicle.  Deer accidents can occur anywhere but they most often happen near streams, bridges and wherever there is cover.   They really like to move when the moon is high so the next couple of weeks will be busy.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 15, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 15, 2020

by Richard Pearson

September broke another record for background checks and gun sales.  There were 2,892,115 background checks.  Many of the background checks were for concealed carry permits.  The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), who analyzes firearm data, estimates that gun sales for September were about 1,614,000 firearms.  While this is record setting, there probably would have been more sales if more firearms were available.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 8, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 8, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The number of days until the General Election are dwindling down to a precious few.  I don’t mind telling you I have the brassy taste of fear in my mouth over this election.  Every gun owner better vote and vote the right way.  To that end, my wife and I ordered mail in ballots.  I voted and mailed in my ballot last Monday.  Dropping my ballot in the mail gave me pause I have to admit.  The ballot left my hands properly addressed but that doesn’t mean it will arrive.  I don’t know that I will do that again.  Voting in person certainly gives me a higher confidence level.  Still, I wanted to vote once by mail to see what it was like.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 1, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 1, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Fall is upon us and before long the brilliant autumn colors will be at their peak.  North of I-70 the brightest colors will be in mid-October.  South of I-70 the colors will be at their best in the third or fourth week of October.  Fall has always been my favorite season.  This October will be exceptional because it is a Blue Moon month; there will be a Full Moon on October 1st and 31st.  Halloween will have a Full Moon and what could be better?  Harvest is moving along swiftly so watch out for the deer, they will be running around everywhere.

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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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