Message from the Illinois State Rifle Association

SRA Thursday Bulletin – October 15, 2015   

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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE
In the last couple of weeks we have watched and listened to anti-gun messages blasted across America, assisted by the mainstream media.  Hillary Clinton compared the NRA and by inference its members, to negotiating with Iran or communists.  As insulting as this reference is, it does give hope to gun owners.  When Hillary was Secretary of State she got her clock cleaned by both of these groups – witness to the situation in the Middle East.
The question that is always asked is how we can stop such tragedies.  The media and the left-wing politicians are always looking for laws and regulations that will do the job.  The fact is that no law or regulation will do the job.  Everything they propose attacks law abiding gun owners and just makes it harder for them to defend themselves.
Here is the fact that everyone loves to avoid.  When an attack happens, whether it be on one person or a group, the only people who can stop such an attack is the intended victim(s).  This is not something some people want to talk about, but it is the reality.
When Dr. Ben Carson suggested the intended victims would have been better off had they attacked the perpetrator, he was ridiculed by the mainstream media.  Remember, we are living in a time when schools hire outside consultants to help us decide if kids should play dodgeball or tag.  School officials haven’t even got the backbone to make such a decision.  They don’t want competition because it might be too harsh.  These people are developing a new class in the United States – the victim class.  The anti-self-defense crowd and the anti-gun crowd are fellow travelers.  They will make us a nation of sheep if we let them.
When such tragedies happen the anti-gunners usually pass some piece of feel good legislation that makes no sense.  For example:  California Governor Jerry Brown just signed a bill that bans licensed concealed carry holders from carrying a gun within 1000 feet of a school.  I guess the Governor wants to make sure that students in California have absolutely no chance, if attacked.
We are going to see the same nonsense in the next legislative session.  Remember that just because it is a bad idea doesn’t mean it won’t pass in the Illinois Legislature.  The ISRA will be there.
By now you have probably received the 112th Anniversary mailing.  I hope you will participate.  Please return your order form as soon as possible.
REMINDER: ISRA Annual Sighting-In Day is October 24th at the ISRA Range (Ranges 2, 3, and 5) from 9:30-3:30 – open to the public and free parking.
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