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ISRA Statement on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing Examining “Victims of Violent Crime in Chicago”

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ISRA Statement on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing Examining “Victims of Violent Crime in Chicago”

September 26, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – September 26, 2023

ISRA Statement on the U.S. House Judiciary Committee Hearing Examining “Victims of Violent Crime in Chicago”

The Illinois State Rifle Association – one of the oldest and most respected gun organizations in the United States, released the following statement:

“As Chicago crime statistics continue to dominate national headlines, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx continues to deflect any responsibility – and instead chooses to blame ‘weak gun protection laws’ instead of the violent criminals who to this day, continue to roam the streets of Chicago targeting innocent victims.

 Since 2021, nearly 250 attorneys have resigned from Kim Foxx’s office out of frustration because of her failure to hold violent criminals accountable for their crimes. And as a result, victims’ families are suffering, and the criminals are celebrating.

 In Illinois, Democrats like Gov. JB Pritzker and Kim Foxx have declared war on the 2nd Amendment and are deliberately targeting law-abiding citizens and their lawful right to bear arms – blaming the guns for the crimes rather than the criminals committing them.

 We applaud U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan and the House Judiciary Committee for coming to Chicago and shining a light on the violent crime plaguing the city, and we remain grateful to the brave police officers who put their lives on the line each day under such difficult circumstances.”

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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

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Mikhail Kalashnikov, April 1997