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Thursday Bulletin – April 18, 2024

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Thursday Bulletin – April 18, 2024

May 4, 2024

Executive Director’s Message
Richard Pearson

Illinois Gun Owner Lobby Day is today!  If you haven’t left yet – you’d better get started.  Doors open at 10 am.  Located at the Bank of Springfield Center, Springfield, IL. Come join us and be a force with other like-minded, law-abiding gun owners!

Biden Expands Background Checks on Private Sales
Joe Biden recently announced an expansion of background checks on private sales of firearms. His claim is that this will cut down on crime. This of course, is baloney. The real reason is, it’s a further attack on the private ownership of firearms, and the Second Amendment of the United States.

This is known as the so-called “gun show loophole”. Gun shows only amount to about 8-tenths, of 1 percent of firearms used by criminals. The real effect of this, would be to require background checks on family gifts, private sales among friends, and even a loan of a firearm to another person. It is just the further weaponizing by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) of private firearm ownership. This is not a law passed by congress, but an administration’s rule, designed to get around congressional oversight. I expect this rule to be challenged in court.

85-Year-Old Idaho Woman Fatally Shoots Home Intruder In ‘Heroic’ Act of Self-Defense
County prosecutors stated that Christime Jenneiahn committed a “justifiable homicide” after she shot and killed an armed burglar, 39-year-old Derek Condon, who handcuffed her to a chair and threatened to kill her multiple times.

On March 13th at around 2:00 a.m., a burglar wearing a black ski mask and military jacket, aimed a gun and flashlight at Jenneiahn, striking her on the head. Condon then handcuffed her, forcing her to the living room at gunpoint. He asked about her valuables while handcuffing her to a wooden chair. He put his gun to her head when she said she didn’t have much, but that she did have two safes downstairs. He left her handcuffed in the living room, while he searched her house in multiple rooms for her valuables.  She dragged the wooden chair in which she was handcuffed into her bedroom and grabbed her .357 Magnum handgun from beneath her pillow. Back in the living room, she hid her firearm between an armrest and a cushion.

Condon came back to the living room and threatened to kill her once more.

“She ultimately made the decision that it was ‘now or never’ and drew her concealed 357 magnum, striking her assailant with both her shots. Condon opened fire again, hitting Jenneiahn several times in the abdomen, arm, leg, and chest with a 9 mm pistol. Still wearing her handcuffs, Jenneiahn collapsed and lay on the floor for roughly ten hours until her son came upstairs in the late hours of the morning, and then 911 was called. Condon was found in the kitchen, where he died of his gunshot wounds. One less predator off the streets!

“This case presents an easy analysis of self-defense and justifiable homicide,” Prosecutor Jolley reported. “It also presents one of the most heroic acts of self-preservation I have ever heard of.” If this happened to you, would you be able to handle it as well as this 85-year-old lady?

Biden’s Border Policies Lead to Surging Gun Sales in Southern California

We all know that the Biden is doing his best to keep Americans from exercising their Second Amendment rights. What a lot of us don’t realize is that his failure to secure the southern border is leading to a surge in gun sales in California. Why is that? It’s because of a surge and steady stream of illegal immigrants has many citizens increasingly concerned for their personal safety.

After Texas made it much more difficult to cross its border with Mexico by implementing razor wire and boots on the ground, more migrants started making their way to California. The border patrol in California saw an increased daily average of 1,200 migrants crossing into the San Diego region illegally during the week ending on Feb. 4, while migrant crossings in Texas’ Del Rio border area dropped to just 200 a day the week of Feb. 4 — compared to the 2,300 daily crossings in December, according to government data obtained by CBS News.

Even though buying a gun is an expensive and time-consuming process in California, and carrying one lawfully is an even bigger ordeal, many citizens say that the huge influx of illegal entries increasing on the streets has forced their hand.

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April 18, 1906 – The Great San Francisco Earthquake
At 5:13 a.m., a massive earthquake recorded at 7.9 on the Richter scale strike San Francisco. The earthquake killed 3,000 people and toppled or destroyed nearly 30,000 buildings. The mayor asked for help from the United States Army who moved into fight fires and house the homeless caused by the earthquake. The Army set up 20 refugee camps housing over 20,000 people. The earthquake and the damage caused put a strain on the insurance industry, but San Francisco was rebuilt.

April 18, 1942 – Doolittle Leads Tokyo Air Raid
Lieutenant Colonel James H. Dolittle led 16 American B-25 bombers in an attack on Tokyo. The raid did little physical damage, but it did damage the reputation of the Japanese government among their people. They had led their people to believe that they were safe from attack. The Japanese people knew that was not true after the raid.

Many of the Tokyo Raiders were forced to crash-land short of their landing sites in China, or ditch into the sea. The reason for this is because they had to take off early from the USS Hornet. The carrier encountered two Japanese vessels, so the planes were launched early to not put the aircraft carrier at any further risk. The book “30 seconds over Tokyo” describes the story through the eyes of one of the pilots, Ted Lawon. The book was later made into a movie and is certainly worth watching.

April 19, 1775 – The Shot Heard Round the World
The famous shot took place at 5 a.m. British forces were marching to Lexington to seize the Patriot arsenal. The 700 British troops were faced by 77 Minute Men under Captain John Parker. The first shot was fired by an unknown person, and after the smoke cleared several Patriots were dead and wounded, but only one British trooper was killed. Nevertheless, the American Revolution had begun.

April 19, 1775 – Patriots Day
The battle of Lexington and Concord, as well as the aftermath of the “shot heard ’round the world” is commemorated as the start of the American Revolution. It is with those brave souls, that the Revolutionary War began leading to the birth of the United States.

April 21, 1836 – Texas Militia Overcomes Mexican Army
The Texas militia under the command of Sam Houston, takes hundreds of Mexican forces along the San Jacinto River, capturing Mexican General Santa Anna. In exchange for his freedom, Santa Anna granted independence to Texas. Despite the defeat of Mexican forces, tensions along the Texas Mexican border continued to build up.

Texas eventually became part of the United States on December 29, 1845. It entered the Union as a slave state and increased tensions in the United States over the institution of slavery. It would be 20 years, before the slavery question would be settled at the end of the United States Civil War.

April 22, 1876 – The First Official National League Baseball Game
The Boston Red Caps defeated the Philadelphia Athletics, 6 to 5 before a crowd of 3000 fans, on the loser’s home ground in Philadelphia.

April 23, 1778 – John Paul Jones Burns British Towns
Along with 30 volunteers from his ship, the USS Ranger, Jones attacks two harbor forts in White Haven, England. The first boat led by John Paul Jones attacked the southern fort. The second boat assigned to attack the northern fort turned back. Jones decided to burn the southern fort that he had taken. The fire eventually burned the entire town down. Military significance of the attack raised the spirits of American Patriots and delivered a message to the British, that we weren’t going away.

April 24, 1800 – The Library of Congress Established
The first order of books from London arrived in 1801. The library’s catalog listed 964 books and nine maps. When the British invaded the United States during the War of 1812. The Library of Congress was burned, including the then 3,000-volume collection.

Thomas Jefferson was a great promoter of the Library of Congress. The U.S. Congress eventually purchased Thomas Jefferson’s personal library, the largest and finest in the country, 6,487 volumes, and hired a professional librarian. In 1851, another fire destroyed the Library of Congress and about 2/3 of its 55,000 volumes, including Thomas Jefferson’s collection. Responding quickly, Congress replaced as many books as it could, and the Library of Congress continued to grow. Today it contains more than 17 million books, as well as millions of maps, manuscripts, photographs, films, audio and video recordings, prints, drawings, and all kinds of digital material. It is the largest library in the world.

The Illinois State Rifle Association
is the home of marksmanship in Illinois. 
At the Range

Click here to view the entire calendar. All classes and events are open to the public & all range members, unless otherwise noted.  here

Project Appleseed Class April 20 – 21, 2024

Rifle marksmanship and history class of 1775. Open to the public. Spots are available. Project Appleseed is the primary focus of the Revolutionary War Veteran’s Association (RWVA). It was formed solely to revitalize America’s heritage of rifle marksmanship and to promote America’s Revolutionary War history.  Whether you’re a new shooter or a seasoned marksman, Project Appleseed can help transform you from a person with a rifle into a principled and skilled Rifleman or Riflewoman.

This is a traditional 25m Project Appleseed rifle event. Both Centerfire and .22 Rimfire rifles are allowed at this event. The fee is $10 per day, per person (Range fee).

For more details and to register online, click here, or email: Chuck Apger, 

Bullseye Match

This is a national match course for Rim Fire and/or Center Fire. The first match is April 21st, held at the ISRA Range. Click here for details and complete match schedule.

The ISRA Range is located at 1589 N 7000w Rd, Bonfield, IL 60913.

The ISRA Range offers great classes and leagues
for shooting enthusiasts!
Interested in joining a league?
Just show up 15 – 30 minutes early.
Range memberships are available.
A day at the ISRA Range is always a  great day!

Thank you for being a member!


If you are not an ISRA member,  join today
Upcoming Meetings:
Upcoming Range Events:

Upcoming Gun Shows & Events

While the gun show information shown in this email is believed to be correct – sometimes changes occur. This is provided for informational purposes only.

If your club or organization is holding a gun show, event or class, let us know the details, and we’d be happy to post it in our Thursday Bulletin.

Looking for a Hunter Safety Class?  You can them here throughout the state on the IDNR website, which lists classes by county and date: 

Apr 18   IGOLD, Bank of Springfield Center, Springfield 

April 20    ISRA Range Open House Tours 

April 20    National Civil War & Collector Arms Show, DuPage Co. Fairgrounds, Wheaton

April 20   Wing Shooting Clinic, Moraine View State Park, Leroy, IL

April 20 – 21   Will County Gun Show, Will County Fairgrounds, Peotone

April 28   McHenry County Sportsman’s Show, Woodstock

May 3 – 5   Pecatonica Gun Show, Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Pecatonica

May 18 –   ISRA Range Open House Tours

May 18 – 19   Kankakee Gun & Sportsman’s Show, Kankakee Co. Fairgrounds, Kankakee

May 19   Kane County Sportsman’s Show, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles

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“Ninety-eight percent of the people in this country are decent, hardworking, honest Americans. It’s the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity. But then, we elected them.”

Lily Tomlin

“The people who work against your gun rights are basically saying to you, “The right of the criminal to rip you off, rape and kill you shall not be infringed.” And they wonder why we’re a bit testy”

Editor of KABA LIBERTY ADVOCATE, Friday, July 30, 2001

“I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.”


“You may find me one day dead in a ditch somewhere. But by God, you’ll find me in a pile of brass.”

Tpr. M. Padgett

“Using inner city kids as your proof that guns and kids don’t mix, is like using an alcoholic to prove all people will abuse alcohol.”

Lori Broadhead

“How dare politicians continue to pass insane laws forcing good, law-abiding people to be defenseless and helpless.”

Ted Nugent

The said Constitution [shall] never be construed to authorize Congress to infringe or to prevent the people of the United States from keeping their own arms.”

Samuel Adams, Massachusetts' U.S. Constitution Ratification Convention, 1788

“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”

Thomas B. Reed (1886)

“No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”

Thomas Jefferson, Proposed Virginia Constitution (1776)

“Foolish liberals who are trying to read the Second Amendment out of the Constitution are courting disaster by encouraging others to use the same means to eliminate portions of the constitution THEY don’t like.”

Alan Dershowitz

“Every 13 seconds in America someone uses a gun to stop a crime.”

Sen. Larry Craig

“The AK-47 is not a device of aggression … I devised this machine-gun for the security of my country,”

Mikhail Kalashnikov, April 1997