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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 27, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 27, 2022

by Richard Pearson

I have not flown for a couple of years.  The last time I flew before this SHOT Show was in 2019.  Going out and coming back this time was even less pleasant than in 2019.  Coming back was particularly aggravating.  Sure, I had to show a photo ID every time I walked a few feet while hanging on to my phone and iPad.  When I got to the metal detector, I explained that I had four plates in my neck.  Still, the metal detector found something and I had to be wanded down.  I set that wand off so I had to be patted down.  Still nothing, so I went to pick up my shoes, watch, backpack, coat and other items in the two trays I had crammed everything onto.  One tray went one way and the other tray had gone down another way.  The tray with my backpack had to be searched.  My backpack was full of such terrorist items as pens, paper and my meds.  I learned the hard way a few years ago, if you take meds, keep them with you.  Once, my luggage went to San Francisco but I went to Washington D. C.  Not good.  After my backpack was searched and I redressed myself, I was ready to go to the gate.  I admit I muttered to myself about why I had to put up with all this crap.  I had never done anything bad.  I have a FOID card and CCL and go through background checks every night and the TSA people don’t go through any.  All that gave away to dealing with driving on the Tristate Expressway, Interstates 88, 355 and 55.  When I got to the last 30 miles, the road is a nice blacktop two lane road occupied with about 10 vehicles and a couple of rabbits.  Wonderful.  When I got home, my blood pressure had dropped to normal levels.  Then I turned on the TV to see the latest news.  It was then I learned the TSA had ruled that illegal aliens can use their arrest warrants to board airplanes.  I wondered what illegal aliens use for a photo ID, their wanted poster?  I did not check my blood pressure before going to bed.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 20, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 20, 2022

by Richard Pearson

As promised, I am at the SHOT Show.  Attendance is down about 33% and the number of exhibitors is down 25%.  Many of those who are here have cut down on the number of personnel and their displays.  This does not mean that sales are necessarily down.  It was much easier to talk to factory people and they were able to take more time with each person.

 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 13, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 13, 2022

by Richard Pearson

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) has issued a Scam Alert to those trying to purchase high demand shooting products online. There are bogus websites and offers out there for ammunition, propellants and other items.  I have received two calls from people who have been scammed so I know that this is happening.  If this happens to you, call the FBI or the ATF and report it.

 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 6, 2022

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - January 6, 2022

by Richard Pearson

The first week of the 2022 General Assembly has been canceled.  We will be starting on Tuesday, January 11th in the House of Representatives.  The Senate is canceled next week.  Not surprising.  The January session will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until the end of the month.  Those same days will carry over into the first week of February.  We will keep you informed.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 30, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 30, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Reports on the Illinois deer harvest show a 12% drop in the number of deer taken so far.  There is an antlerless season in January but the major numbers are in and shouldn’t affect the totals too much.  So far in 2021, a total of 71,675 deer have been harvested.  In 2020, the total was 77,160.  In 82 of the 100 counties where deer are hunted, it shows a drop in numbers.  Randolph County led the way in number of deer taken with 2,162, and Adams County following with 2,042.  Pike County slipped to seventh this year.  A warm second season and a full moon aided in keeping the numbers down.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 23, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 23, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Christmas is on our doorstep and with memories of Christmases past.  To say that Christmas was a big deal at the Pearson house would be an understatement.  Both my mother and father were into Christmas as far as a person could get.  Decorating for Christmas was the highlight of the year.  On Thanksgiving weekend all the Christmas decorating and lights had to be done and ready to turn on the day after Thanksgiving.  If that didn’t happen, I’m sure something cataclysmic would have occurred.  Fortunately, it never happened.  On the nice days of November, my dad would be stringing lights on the peak of the house and on every gable.  Boxes of decorations were dragged out of closets, staged and ready to go.  We lived on a corner and the windows facing the street were outlined in lights and those that did not have lights had an electric candle in each window.  Then there was the Christmas tree.  That was always dad’s job.  It could not have any bare spots in it, if at all possible.  If it did, the tree was carefully positioned to hide that spot from anyone looking at it through the living room window.  The Christmas tree was the center of it all.  It filled the living room.  The furniture had to be moved around to accommodate the tree and still be able to watch television.  When we started to decorate the tree, it was a project, a labor of love but a project nevertheless.  The rules were roughly, put on all the lights that you possibly could, add ornaments on all possible branches and then tinsel.  The biggest job was the tinsel.  Each piece had to be placed on the tree one by one.  None of this throwing stuff, that was a sacrilege.  If you have ever seen the tree in the movie “The Bishop’s Wife”, you would see our tree.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 16, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 16, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The Mayors Against Illegal Guns seems to remain clueless about what causes the major increase in the murder rate in America's largest cities.  These people cannot seem to grasp the idea that if you don't punish criminals, let criminals out of jail and let murderer's walk out of jail with small bonds or no bond at all, the murder rate will increase.  Dumb as a box of rocks is the phrase that comes to mind, or are they?  The Mayors Against Illegal Guns is a cover.  I believe their aim is your guns and my guns.  I believe their real goal is to make the uninformed ones believe that all guns are the problem.  When criminals are stopped by law-abiding citizens defending themselves, the media doesn't cover it or if they do, the story disappears in a matter of hours.  Thieves are getting bolder and bolder.  In Chicago, Joe Perillo who owns Gold Coast Exotic Motor Cars, stated that criminals made off with $2,000,000 worth of watches.  Some of those people who live on the Gold Coast believe crime won't affect them.  Of course, they have armed security in their Gold Coast high rises.  This might be a wakeup call to them, eh maybe, possibly, ok, maybe not.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 9, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 9, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Sunday morning, I was sitting in my mother-in-law’s kitchen gazing out the patio doors at the huge hard maple tree that dominates her back yard.  There were only two leaves still hanging on the tree.  A few minutes later a cold December rain began pattering against the doors and windows and the last two leaves that were on the maple tree floated to their final resting place on the ground.  Mother Nature had officially informed me that Fall was over and winter was on its way.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 2, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - December 2, 2021

by Richard Pearson

On Black Friday week the National Shooting Sports Foundation, NSSF, reported that there more than 683,000 background checks performed.  This period includes November 20, 2021 thru November 25, 2021.  This year will end up being the second highest number of background checks on record.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 25, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 25, 2021

by Richard Pearson

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

It is customary to think about what we are thankful for as we gather with family and friends to celebrate the uniquely American Holiday – Thanksgiving.

The sentiments expressed this time of year may very well be sincere but if these sentiments are not followed by action, what value do they have?

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 18, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 18, 2021

by Richard Pearson

I looked at the calendar and was shocked to see how fast Thanksgiving is catching up with us.  Not only that but Christmas is not far behind.  Somehow when Halloween gets here, it always seems there is plenty of time before the major holidays; then, in a flash, that time is gone.  Happy Thanksgiving to all. 

 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 11, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 11, 2021

by Richard Pearson

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 World War I (WW I) ended.  WW I had left 9 million soldiers dead, 21 million wounded and at least 5 million civilians died.  WW I was the “war to end all wars.”  What WW I really did is laid the ground work for WW II.  The problem was that WW I ended with an armistice not a surrender.  The caldron of discontent boiled for 21 years in Germany.  The draconian measures, placed on the German people festered and caused the rise of Adolf Hitler.  November 11th was celebrated to remember the American soldiers in WW I.  In 1954, the name of the day was changed to Veteran’s Day to honor American soldiers of all wars.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 4, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - November 4, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The results of the Virginia gubernatorial election are in and I am pleased to say the very anti-gun Terry McAuliffe was upset by newcomer Glenn Youngkin.  McAuliffe trotted every major anti-gun politician to support his candidacy in Virginia to no avail.  A few weeks ago, it looked like McAuliffe couldn’t lose but he did.  The Lt. Governor is Winsome Sears.  Sears served in the U.S. Marines and lit up the anti-gun left by being photographed with an AR15 which I am sure she knew how to shoot.  The shocked press is pointing out that Sears is the first black woman to be elected to a statewide office in Virginia.  Sears is red, white and blue through and through, those are the important colors.  During her speech to her supporters, she started the chant USA, USA, USA and the crowd loved it.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 28, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 28, 2021

by Richard Pearson

When you leave the house, the brisk morning air tantalizes your face.  There is little question that Fall is upon us.  If winter continues to be as wet as the Fall weather has been, it may be time to tune up the snow blower.  Seriously, it is time to winterize your car, SUV or whatever you drive as well as put emergency gear in your vehicle just in case something goes wrong.  Flashlights with new batteries, extra warm clothes, a blanket or two and ice scrapers are a start.  A few years ago, I picked up four college students off I-55 on a cold subzero night.  They only had light jackets on because they thought their car would be warm.  The car is warm until it isn’t.  Another tip is never let your gas tank get below half full.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 21, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 21, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The Virginia gubernatorial is a race to watch.  On November 2, 2021, Virginia will elect a new governor.  The race is between anti-gun former Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe and Republican challenger Glenn Youngkin.  Virginia has become a blue state and McAuliffe should be a shoo-in but he is getting a lot of push back from Second Amendment supporters.  Just to add fuel to the fire, if McAuliffe wins, he will bring with him anti-gun Attorney General Mark Herring.  This will be Herring’s third term if elected.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 14, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 14, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The cool winds of Fall are sweeping across the cities, towns, villages and prairies of Illinois.  The grain harvest is progressing although slowed by rain in certain areas.  On the 20th, the Hunter’s Full Moon will be at its zenith.  Deer will be running everywhere so be careful out there.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 7, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - October 7, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2020 is out.  In 2020, legally armed citizens killed more criminals than the police.  Armed citizens killed 343 criminals and the police killed 298 criminals.  There are differences between the two numbers.  I don't have the exact figures but when a legally armed citizen kills a criminal he or she is in defense of their own life or the life of another.  They are stopping a crime and they are also preventing further crimes from being committed.  In the case where the police have to arrest someone and they are shot and killed, it is because they have already committed a crime and have left victims who have been killed, injured, maimed, mentally injured or in some cases, scarred for life.  Seldom are the police able to intervene during the commission of a crime. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 30, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 30, 2021

by Richard Pearson

The numbers of FOID cards and Illinois Concealed Carry Licenses (ICCL) keep rising In Illinois.  The same is true in other states.  These facts come as no surprise.  The United States is fast becoming a mess with an estimated 1,234,183 people who have crossed our borders illegally since Biden took office.  By the time you read this, that figure will be out of date.  When asked how many of these people had criminal records, one Biden Administration official said he did not know.  My guess is they do know but it is better to look incompetent than face the rath of the American people if the truth were known.  Of course, these people are being transported to your neighborhood, or a neighborhood near you, free of charge.  Well, it is free to them, you and I are paying for it.  Trust me, this may be the cheapest part of this fiasco.  I imagine we will be on the hook for a century.  Haiti and Mexico are nearly 2000 miles apart and separated by open sea.  So how did some 15,000 Haitians get to Mexico?  Someone is helping them.  Now, I wonder who that could be?

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 23, 2021

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - September 23, 2021

by Richard Pearson

Michael Bloomberg has already begun to pour money into the 2022 election campaigns.  In Virginia, long time anti-gun politician Terry McAuliffe is running for Governor.  Michael Bloomberg has already poured 1.8 million dollars into McAuliffe’s campaign.

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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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