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.

I regard the Illinois State Rifle Association and its members as Guardians of the Second Amendment.  At times like these we have to become more than guardians, we must become warriors for the Second Amendment.  While there are more than 5,000,000 new gun owners in the United States, that is only a repudiation of the anti-gunners’ arguments but it doesn’t necessarily mean they answer the call at the voting booth.  We all must to get them to the voting booth for a vote for Second Amendment candidates.  There is not a lot of time.

The case of Kyle Rittenhouse is complicated.  There is no question that Kyle Rittenhouse was attacked.  Rittenhouse did an excellent job of keeping control of his rifle and prevented rioters from seizing it.  The rioters would have beaten and killed Rittenhouse if they could have.  There is no question in my mind that Kyle Rittenhouse shot in self-defense.  It should be noted that at this time, none of those who attacked him have been charged or arrested.

The media immediately cried vigilantism but there is more to it than that.  Throughout the land, I believe, American citizens are fed up with watching cities being burned, looted, businesses destroyed, innocent citizens attacked, fearing for their own lives and the lives of their children.  We all know our community, our neighborhood, ourselves and our families could be next.  We also know that nothing will be done to these rioters.  As I have said before, these people are the militia of the left and are protected by left wing politicians and the media.  In Minnesota, Biden’s campaign staff paid for rioters bail.  Someone is also funding them and coordinating their activities.  This is sedition and should be treated as such.

I think at this point, some of the liberal mayors are seeing the ANTIFA crowd getting out of their control and they are beginning to fear them.  They should.  They will learn the lesson of what happens when you engage in the practice of appeasement.  Paraphrasing Winston Churchill: Appeasement is feeding the crocodile hoping you will be the last to be eaten.  In the end, those who practice appeasement will be eaten nevertheless.

All this is part of the movement to turn the United States into a socialist Country which will destroy the United States.

We were all encouraged when a three judge panel of the Ninth Circuit ruled the California magazine ban was in conflict with the Second Amendment.  As expected, California Attorney General Becerra has requested an En Blanc hearing (which means the full court will hear the case) on the California magazine ban.  We will see.

The demand for firearms, ammunition and training classes remains high.  There are many who have applied for a FOID card but have not gotten it yet.  If you are still waiting for your FOID, don’t let that stop you from taking a class.  Anyone can take firearm training classes as long as you are not a prohibited person. 


September 3, 1783, The Treaty of Paris is signed.  The United States is officially a free Nation.  In those days, when such an event occurred, the participants sat for a portrait to commemorate the event.  The British were so embarrassed they didn’t show up so the only people in the portrait are Americans.

September 4, 1951, President Truman makes the first transcontinental television broadcast.

September 7, 1813, the United States Government gets the nickname Uncle Sam.  The nickname started with meat packer Sam Wilson who supplied beef for the U. S. Army during the War of 1812.  The soldiers referred to the government supplied meat as Uncle Sam’s.

September 7, 1776, the American submersible Turtle attempts to place a bomb onto the hull of British Admiral Howe’s ship, HMS Eagle.  This is the first known attempt to use a submarine in warfare.  Howe was a really bad guy.  To make American patriots talk, he would take them to the cemetery, dig up the bodies of their deceased relatives and make the people sit by them or among their bones. 

September 9, 1776, Congress changes the name of the Country from the United Colonies to the United States of America.

September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center is attacked killing nearly 3000 people.  I was watching television and saw the second plane hit one of the towers.

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Saturday, September 5, 2020

Range Work Day

Sunday, September 6, 2020

ISRA Combat Pistol/3 Gun League

Bonfield Muzzle Loaders

Black Powder Confederation

Monday, September 7, 2020

Scout Rifle League

Military Benchrest Rifle League

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Tuesday Night Irregular Rifle League

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Benchrest League

F-Class 300 Yard Rifle League

Saturday, September 12, 2020

Handgun Drills

ISRA Smallbore Prone Rifle Championships

Sunday, September 13, 2020

ISRA Smallbore Prone Rifle Championships

Marksmanship League

.22 Rimfire Steel Challenge



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