ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 7, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, V-E Day, truly a great fete of courage and commitment by the greatest generation.  Everyone should take a moment and think of all those men and women who did an impossibly difficult job and literally saved the world.  If you know any of those people who are still with us, thank them from the bottom of your heart.

We are engaged in a new type of war.  This war is tricky because not only is it against an unseen enemy, but also our own fears.  We must be careful, but not too careful, lest we kill our nation.  There are already those who want to restructure the United States and want to use this pandemic as the excuse.  This type of situation could bring the rise of tyrants.  We are seeing evidence of this phenomenon in Michigan and other states.  This must stop.

There are those who want to go to work but are being slapped down.  A Texas salon owner, Shelly Luther, was sentenced to a week in jail and given a $7,000 fine for opening her salon and violating the governor’s stay-at-home order.  Luther opposed the order for financial reasons, citing she needed to feed her kids.  Hmmm, let’s see.  No one was forced to go to her salon and everyone had to follow the face mask and social distancing requirements, so how is this worth a week in jail and a $7,000 fine?  The judge wanted her to apologize to him for what wanting to make a living?  They are now letting murderers, rapists, child molesters and thugs of every variety out of prison to protect them from the Coronavirus but we are throwing people in jail who just want to work and feed their kids.  Judge, you ought to be removed from the bench for being a draconian jerk.  I have more that I cannot say on that subject.

On a lighter note, I want to thank all those who sent in suggestions for my Libido Dominandi magazine.  I have enough suggestions for at least a year.  The great news for these magazine covers is that it is a renewable resource.  The judge in the Dallas salon owner case is a great example.  One suggestion I am going to turn down is the idea of a centerfold.  Some of you suggested it could cause widespread hysterical blindness.  I wouldn’t want that on my conscience.

Right now, most Americans are busting to get back to work.  We are printing money so fast that dollars will be devalued.  If anyone remembers Germany after WWI, that is what happened there.  I remember seeing a picture of a man pushing a wheelbarrow full of money to buy one loaf of bread.  We are so focused on the Coronavirus in the short term that we are ignoring the long-term effects on everything else.  We are seeing domestic violence on the rise, drug use spiraling upward, increased suicide rates and frustration at every level.  These people are also victims, it’s just that they are not reported on the Coronavirus score board on the evening news.  Life is a risky business.  It is now time to ease these restrictions and get America back to work.

While the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. New York City lawsuit was rendered moot, there are still four more cases that are being appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) that will further secure the Second Amendment, if these cases are heard, and this is a big if.  

I am pleased to say that two of the four cases that are presently set to move forward involve the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA).  The oldest of these cases is Wilson et.al. v. Cook County.  This case started 17 years ago when Cook County passed their so-called assault weapons ban in the dead of night, literally.  There are two points in this case.  One is to force lower courts to adhere to the Heller v. Washington D.C. decision.  The second point is to decide if local governments, including states, can decide if firearms in common use, can be prohibited by law or ordinance.  Obviously, if the SCOTUS decides in our favor, it would trash many of the stupid laws promoted by the anti-gun side.  If it goes against us, there would be a thousand brush fires to fight. 

The second case the ISRA is involved in is Culp v. Madigan.  This case includes the ISRA, SAF, Illinois Carry and 10 others plaintiffs.  This case seeks to remedy the denials of people who are otherwise qualified from other states who are trying to get an Illinois Concealed Carry License.  This case would also have ramifications throughout the United States.   

The other two cases being appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States are California cases.   The first of these is Lori Rodriguez et. al v. City of San Jose.  The City of San Jose confiscated firearms belonging to Ms. Rodriguez while confiscating someone else’s firearms.  Ms. Rodriguez has done nothing wrong.  The court ordered the City of San Jose to return the firearms to Ms. Rodriguez but the City has refused to do so.  This happens quite often in the United States and must stop.  This is not only a Second Amendment case but a Fourth Amendment case also. 

The last case is Pena v. Horan.  This case challenges the California Unsafe Handgun Act (UHA).  The UHA prohibits the manufacture, importation and distribution of handguns that does not meet the incredibly restrictive California standards.  We have seen such proposals in Illinois and others states.  This case also points out that the lower courts are using the interest-balancing approach, forbidden in the Heller decision.

All of these cases are being supported in some way by the Second Amendment Foundation and local organizations like the ISRA.  I want to remind everyone that when it comes to local support, we are talking about more than just adding our name to a piece of paper, we are also helping pay for the cases we are involved in.

It is no secret the NRA has had to cut back on staff and salaries for the third time this year.  The ISRA is doing everything possible to fill in the gaps here in Illinois.  I will admit we could certainly use your support.  If you are not an ISRA member, please join

Thanks for being a member.



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