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Thursday Bulletin – July 27, 2023

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Thursday Bulletin – July 27, 2023

July 27, 2023

Executive Director’s Message

Richard Pearson

The dog days of summer are certainly here with a vengeance.  We will get through it, as we always do.  That also means the National Rifle and Pistol Matches are underway.

Last week the ISRA Women’s Pistol Team did very well at Camp Atterbury, Indiana.
Claudia Booth took the Bronze Medal in the Women’s division.  This was the team’s and Claudia’s first match.  Nothing like starting at the top!

From Camp Perry, Ohio

At Camp Perry, Ohio the Civilian Marksmanship Program National Matches are underway.  So far only the Presidents 100 and the National Trophy Individual matches have been shot.  There are about 500 competitors this year.  In the President’s 100, ISRA Members took eight places in the top 100.  Excellent, when you consider they are shooting against military shooters as well as other civilian shooters.

The National Trophy Individual match saw Illinois shooters do well.

There will be more scores next week.

The ISRA is the home of marksmanship in Illinois.

The Grand American National Trapshooting Championship will get underway next week.
I will be there at the ISRA Headquarters in 502 on Commercial Row.  Come down and see us! 


In Brazil, firearms are tightly controlled.  Restrictions were eased under the administration of Jair Bolsonaro.  More people bought firearms and ammunition, and guess what?  The murder rate went down.  Now a new administration has taken over, and Brazil is once more being more and more restrictive.  The restrictions only apply to law abiding citizens, of course.  Newly elected President Luiz Inácio da Silva thinks only the police and military should have firearms.  That of course, is the tried-and-true recipe for dictatorship.

If you have noticed, our own left-wing politicians think the same way.  They love the idea of freedom for me but not for thee. The idea of course, is to keep the jack-booted heel of the government on the necks ofcitizens who dare to disagree.

Left wing antigun New York Senator Chuck Schumer is leading the charge to convince
suburban women, that gun control is the answer to their safety, and their kids’ safety.  While of course this is a lot of misleading gobbledygook, some will believe it.  The fact is that just the opposite is true.   

One great example of what to really do is going to happen in Detroit, Michigan on July 29 and 30NRA instructor Rick Ector is putting together classes for two days, with the cooperation of several ranges and dozens of volunteer NRA instructors.  The classes are free for women.  Several organizations are contributing ammunition for the event.  Mr. Ector hopes to train 1500 women, nearly all of which will have never fired a gun before.  For more information go to:

Indiana permitless carry passed last July.  Despite the dire predictions of the loonies, the only noticeable change was that the murder rate went down in South Bend.  Indiana’s second most dangerous city.

On August 21, 2023, the Tennessee legislature will hold a special session because of the school shooting in Nashville earlier this year.  The anti-gunners are pouring it on, but at this point it looks like the Tennessee legislators are holding firm on protecting the Second Amendment.  What the anti-gunners want would have not stopped anything, but then that isn’t the point, is it!

We are still waiting on the decision on the Harrel et al v Raoul et al case before the Seventh Circuit.  A lot is being worked on but not much is moving. I will let you know as soon as I know.

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) intervened in the VanDerStok v Garland case in the Fifth Circuit in Texas.  This case deals with the ATF’s regulative authority over non-firearm parts like pistol braces, etc. The SAF won a stay on the enforcement of the ATF rules on SAF members.  The ATF asked for the stay to be removed, but the Fifth Circuit would not budge.  They handed down a ruling Monday that denies the ATF request.


On a sad note, longtime volunteer Larry Stonecipher has passed away after fighting health issues for several years.  Larry could always be counted on, and always did his best.  Aside from doing gun shows and special events, Larry was in charge of the Northwest Town Hall meetings. Larry was a U.S. Navy veteran.  We will all miss him.


Our 120th Anniversary Coin is available for $25 while they last.  Buy our commemorative, collector’s coin and be entered in the raffle.  Your contribution helps fund the many activities of the ISRA.  Call the office at (815) 635-3198, or email: to place your order today!



July 27, 1953

An armistice is reached ending hostilities in the Korean War.  Remember, an armistice just stops fighting, it does not settle anything.  The North and South Korean problem could boil over at any time.

July 28, 1945

A B-25 Mitchell Bomber crashes into the Empire State Building.  The pilot was supposed to land at LaGuardia but was re-routed to Newark because of a dense fog that covered the city.  The pilots were ordered to watch for the Empire State Building.  They saw the Chrysler Building and swerved, but when they did, they hit the Empire State Building.  Both pilots were killed, and a passenger they were carrying.

It was Saturday morning, so there were few people working in the building.  Still, 11 people were killed and others were injured.  One of the plane’s engines cut the elevator cable, and the woman riding on the elevator fell over 40 stories when the automatic elevator brakes kicked in, saving her life. The building did not sustain any structural damage, but it still cost $1,000,000 to repair.

The question is, why were they flying so low?  I don’t know.

July 28, 1942

Joseph Stalin issues Order No. 227, outlawing cowardice.  The order read “Panic makers and cowards will be liquidated on the spot.  No one must step backwards without specific orders…..”. The bravery of the Russian people was never in question.  They did a great job stopping the Germans.

July 28, 1921

Adolph Hitler becomes leader of the Nazi Party.
July 30, 1956

We all kind of assume the motto “In God we trust” has always just been around on our money. Not true.  President Dwight Eisenhower signed the bill memorializing the motto on this day in 1953.
August 1, 1914

Austria-Hungry declares war on Serbia.  Treaties were triggered that quickly dragged most of Europe into World War I.  Before the war’s end, 20 million people would die, and the political landscape of Europe was changed forever.  An Armistice was reached on November 11, 1918, but it did not end the war.  It only set the stage for WWII.

August 2, 1990

Iraq invades tiny Kuwait in an attempt to control 20% of the world’s oil.


At the Range
All classes and events are open to the public & all range members, unless otherwise noted.

MAG 40 class coming up October 5, 6, 7 and 8.

Massad Ayoob will be back teaching.

A must-have class!

for every person concerned about self-defense;

concealed carry license holders; and concealed carry instructors.

Please click here for details on how to sign up. 

Don’t wait to sign upit’ll fill up fast!



ISRA Smallbore & F-Class Rifle League – Range 6 – 2:00-Dusk – July 27

Women’s Team Pistol Practice – Range 1 – 4:00-7:00  – Resumes Aug. 2

AWA Monthly Meeting – Clubhouse-9:00-10:00; Range 10-10:00-12:00  – July 29 

Defensive Rifle II Course – Range 11 – 9:30-6:00  – July 29

Private Event – Clubhouse – 10:00-4:00  – July 29

Glock Summer League – Range 11 – 8:30-12:00 – July 30

Vintage Military Rifle League – Range 5 – 3:00-5:00  – July 31

Tuesday Night Irregular Rifles – Range 3 & Pavilion – 11:30-Dusk – August 1

F-Class Rifle League – Range 3 – 8:00-5:00 – August 2

Benchrest League – Range 4 – 8:00-Dusk – August 2

Women’s Team Pistol Practice – Range 1 – 4:00-7:00 – August 2

Paper Steel League – Range 11 – 5:00-Dusk – August 2

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

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

August 4 – 5 Prairie State Longrifle Show, Days Inn, Princeton

August 12 – 13 Bloomington Gun & Knife Show, Interstate Center, Bloomington

August 26 – 27 Belleville Gun & Knife Show, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Belleville

September 16-17 Kankakee Gun & Sportsman’s Show, Kankakee County Fairgrounds

September 17 McHenry County Gun Show, McHenry County Fairgrounds, Woodstock

September 23 National Civil War and Collector Arms Show, DuPage County Fairgrounds, Wheaton

September 23 Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club Gun & Knife Show, Chillicothe Sportsmen’s Club House, Chillicothe

September 30 – October 1 Central Illinois Gun Collectors Association Sangamon County Fairgrounds, New Berlin

October 8 Kane County Sportsman’s Show, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles 

October 22 McHenry County Gun Show, McHenry County Fairgrounds, Woodstock

October 28 – 29 Sauk Trail Gun Show, Bureau County Fairgrounds, Princeton

November 4 – 5 Decatur Gun & Knife Show, Decatur Conference Center, Decatur

November 4 – 5 ECA Hunting & Trade Shows, Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, Belleville

November 4 – 5 Kankakee Gun & Sportsman’s Show, Kankakee County Fairgrounds

November 12 Kane County Sportsman’s Show, Kane County Fairgrounds, St. Charles

November 19 McHenry County Gun Show, McHenry County Fairgrounds, Woodstock

“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