It seems that no matter which way we look, some government somewhere is tightening the noose of government control to lessen the freedom of law-abiding citizens to make their voices heard. Of course, I am speaking of the people’s freedoms, not the government approved freedoms we are supposed to support. The freedom to not follow the mask mandates is the one I am speaking about, the fight against government ordered masks. The mask mandates have become a symbol of government overreach and therefore have become the line in the sand. Protests are popping up all over the world. For us here in the United States, it is a battleground. There are those who love government control right here in the United States. They espouse the government propaganda line on masks, gun control, social justice and everything else. These are the left-wing billionaires who support no-bail, reduced sentences, easy on criminal policies, open borders and all the rest of it that is tearing our country apart. Much of this is supported by people like George Soros, Mark Zuckerberg and Ed Bastian of Delta Airlines. There are others also. The big battle is coming.
For the Canadian truckers, the mask battle is the purpose of their protests. For the left-wing government of Canada, the only acceptable victory was to force these people to the ground and make them yield and humiliate them. If you have watched news coverage of what is going on in Canada, the attitudes of Justin Trudeau and the liberal members of Parliament was, and is, vile to say the least.
It is obvious there can be no opinion but the government’s opinion. The people of Canada must stand up to these holier than thou bigots who run the place. Trudeau and the anti-gun mob in Parliament have to be turned out. Canadians do not have a bill of rights, a Second Amendment or a Fourth Amendment. The further west you go in Canada, the more like Americans the people become. Alberta has from time to time, toyed with the idea with joining the United States. In fact, we almost got the job done during the War of 1812. Now might be a good time to try again.
Remember a few weeks ago I mentioned the dictators like Putin can smell weakness like a shark smells blood in the water. Now look at what is going on in Europe with Russia and Ukraine. Putin moved swiftly and decisively to get what he wants. In the meantime, President Joe Biden dithers with record setting weakness. Who knows how all of this will turn out but I bet it won’t be good. The Chinese, Iranians and war lords around the planet are laughing so hard their ribs are getting sore. The rest of the year is going to go by with blazing speed.
There are just a few weeks left in the Illinois General Assembly’s Spring session. Put yourself on full alert. Litigation is still not moving, getting bogged down in the pre-primary politics. Some new cases are on the horizon which have the potential to give us all some welcome. Kyle Rittenhouse will be suing several main stream media outlets for how they vilified Rittenhouse before, during and after he was acquitted. What was done to Rittenhouse reflected on every law-abiding gun owner.
I, like most of you, am tired of media types who think they have a right hide in their ivory towers and snip at anyone with whom they disagree and try to personally destroy them. The media, we are told, are one of those “protected classes”. Have you ever noticed when the self-appointed high and mighty talk about protected classes that you and I are never included? I actually didn’t know we had “protected classes “until a couple of years ago. I often wonder who and by what authority do they decide who is in a “protected class” and what type of person gets into a “protected class”. Of course, if you we have “protected classes” then we must have a “non-protected class”, known more commonly as the “deplorable class”. That is the one that people like you and I find ourselves in. How do you know which one you are in? That is easy. If most of the things you believe in are looked down upon by the elitists in our country then you are in the “deplorable class“. I could list dozens of traits that those of us in the “deplorable class” have but since you have them and are even proud of them, there is no need to do that. Rittenhouse has launched a “Media Accountability Project” to make sure no one experiences the grief he endured after shooting three people at a Black Lives Matter protest in 2020. I wish Kyle Rittenhouse the best of luck in his quest to hold the mainstream media accountable.
When you purchase ammunition by mail order it DOES NOT require an FTIP transaction. This is true in or out of the state of Illinois. To verify that your FOID card is active (since there is no expiration on the card), go to this link: https://verify.ispfsb.com/Public/Verify.aspx
IGOLD will be our last major event before the Illinois Primary on June 28. Make plans to come to IGOLD; a good showing is even more Important than usual. Once the primary election is behind us, it will be a mad dash to the Midterms. This Midterm will be the most important ever, in my opinion. Once again, we have a Supreme Court Justice on the line as well as piles of anti-gun legislation in both State Legislatures and Congress.
This ISRA is also planning our biggest year in the ISRA Academy. Please review our Range Calendar for all the classes. We have the Army Marksmanship Unit and the CMP coming for three days in September and October of this year. The nice thing about these classes is the CMP supplies firearms and ammunition. Massad Ayoob, John Farnham, Midwest Training Group and several other top instructors will be here this summer and will offer a great variety of classes. We will also be offering NRA Basic Rifle, Pistol, and Shotgun classes as well as NRA Basic Instructor classes. Since these classes are often prerequisites, you will want to take them.
We will be opening a new location at the Sparta World Shooting Complex later this Spring. We intend to hold classes there once we have all the details completed.
February 25, 1836 - Texas Colonel William Travis, realizing he and his Texans at the Alamo are hopelessly out numbered, calls for help. The defenders at the Alamo were surrounded by Mexican General Santa Ann and 5000 troops. When Sam Houston heard of Colonel Travis and his plight, he refused to send troops. Instead, he made the decision to keep building the Army of Texas, recruiting troops, getting ammunition, and training. The Alamo became a delaying action.
February 24, 1917 - The Zimmermann telegraph is delivered to U. S. Ambassador Walter S. Paige who forwarded the telegraph to President Woodrow Wilson. If you recall, the Zimmermann telegraph was an offer from Germany to Mexico to get Mexico to enter WWI on the German side against the United States. On February 17, 1917, the German Ambassador, Zimmermann, verified the telegram was correct. The United States was heading for war with Germany. This was an important time for people In Illinois because many were first or second generation Germans who had emigrated to the United States. Federal agents were sent to nearly every community in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana.
February 28, 1994 - NATO engages in its first military operation since its founding in 1949. NATO war planes patrolled the skies of Bosnia.
March 1, 1932 - The Lindbergh baby is kidnapped and murdered. The baby was not found right away. Two ransom notes were found, one for $50,000 and one for $70,000. The kidnappers were not found for a while. A few years later, a bill from the marked money for the ransom turned up. It was traced back to a German immigrant, Bruno Hauptmann. Although Hauptmann denied everything, he was convicted and was executed in 1936.
This is going to be a great year to be an ISRA member. If you are not a member, JOIN NOW!
Upcoming Events: ISRA Calendar
For more information, visit www.isra.org
Saturday, February 26, 2022
Armed Women of America
Saturday & Sunday, February 26 & 27, 2022
Illinois CCL Class – 16 Hours
Tuesday, March 1 & 8, 2022
Tuesday Night Air Rifle League (5:00-8:00)
Tuesday Afternoon Air Gun Open Practice
Saturday, March 5, 2022
Range Work Day
Basic AR 15 Maintenance & Care
Sunday, March 6, 2022
Bonfield Muzzle Loaders
Saturday, March 12, 2022
ISRA Academy NRA Basic Shotgun Course
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Gun & Trade Shows
Bloomington Gun & Knife Show – Bloomington, IL
Dates: February 26 & 27, 2022
Hours: Saturday: 9:00-3:00
Crown Point Gun Show – Crown Point, IN
Lake County Fairgrounds
Dates: March 5 & 6, 2022
Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00
Kankakee County Sportsman’s Show – Kankakee, IL
Kankakee County Fairgrounds
Dates: March 5 & 6, 2022
Hours: Saturday: 8:00-3:00
Belleville Gun & Knife Show – Belleville, IL
Dates: March 12 & 13, 2022
Hours: Saturday: 9:00-5:00
Kane County Sportsman’s Show – St Charles, IL
Kane County Fairgrounds
Date: March 13, 2022
Hours: Sunday: 7:30-1:30