ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 25, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 25, 2020

by Richard Pearson

It is with great regret that I must inform you the Grand American Trapshooting has been moved to Missouri for this year.  The Grand American is one of the greatest events in the world.  The fact that it was forced out of the State of Illinois is a travesty.  It is time this ridiculous shutdown is over.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 18, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 18, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Gun sales are breaking records month after month.  The number of new firearm owners grows by the thousands not only in Illinois, but everywhere.  These new gun owners understand that what we are seeing in the streets may soon come to their front door.  Everyone needs to get their head out of the sand and get ready.  The new gun owners need training and so do a lot of the old gun owners, by the way.  Every instructor, NRA, USCCA, and Concealed Carry, needs to be offering and advertising classes right now.  These people need your help and you need to be stepping up to the plate.  The ISRA is developing a list of instructors throughout the state.  If you are an instructor and want to be on that list, please get you credentials together.  We will be calling for them around July 1, 2020. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 11, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 11, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The Minneapolis City Council is leading the way on defunding the Minneapolis Police Department.  There are a few other cities following behind.  These police departments will be replaced by some form of community public safety committee which will reflect the values of the community.  What does that mean?  That means the mob will run the show and, so far, they have only shown the willingness to destroy, not build.  They shout and complain but with no experience or even desire to maintain order.  This idea and these people are trouble and they want to be trouble; if they succeed we are headed for a dark future.  What will happen if the police are defunded is that a vacuum will be created.  The mob says the police roll will be filled by the so called Public Safety Committees and Social Workers.  What that means is that if you or someone in your family is robbed, beaten, raped, or murdered, the social worker will commiserate with you or tell you how sorry everyone is and the perpetrators will get a good talking to if they are ever caught.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 4, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - June 4, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Last Saturday morning I began hearing about violent protests that would occur later in the day.  There had been peaceful protests earlier on Saturday afternoon but they turned ugly Saturday night.  That pattern has now become familiar in only a few days when peaceful protests would be followed by violence, looting and marauding arsonists.  Police were standing by simply watching lawlessness, looting and arson.  All this had been confined to cities but rumors indicated that small towns would be next.  The police everywhere were overwhelmed. This means that you are on your own to protect your property as well as yourself and family.  This is exactly what I described a couple of weeks ago.  I admit I thought I was ready, but quickly realized I was kidding myself.  I was ready for one or two intruders in my house, not dozens.  By Sunday afternoon and evening I quickly adjusted my plans and added two more escape routes in case of fire and made sure my fire extinguishers were ready.  I loaded all my magazines and every firearm had a backup firearm.  Sunday night passed without incident.  On Monday I spent part of the day making sure my friends were also prepared.  Monday night also passed without incident but while waiting, I realized how unprepared most people are.  I am now going to invite them to a short training course using whatever firearm they have.  Will it be enough?  No, but it will still be better than no training and it might encourage them to get more training.  You should get more training also.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 28, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 28, 2020

by Richard Pearson

The arrival of June brings with it the summer shooting season although it is somewhat curtailed this year.  We will get through this exercise of Executive Power but it will take determination.  June also means the first hunting season is only two months away and upland game and certain waterfowl season is only three months away.  It is time to start making your plans. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 21, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 21, 2020

by Richard Pearson

While we may be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel when it comes to reopening Illinois, we still are going to have to deal with some terrible decisions that have been made by those in power.  One of those decisions is the release of 4828 felons back in to Illinois communities to prevent them from getting the Coronavirus.  As I always say, “What about us, are we chopped liver?”  Apparently, that answer is yes.  To get into prison these days you a really have to work at it.  Felons have more protection than law-abiding citizens it seems. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 14, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 14, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Gun sales in April were still amazingly strong and were 69% higher than April 2019.  Handgun sales were the majority of sales with 984,872.  It is obvious that people are worried about the times we are going through and the social unrest that may be on the way.  Everyone is preparing.  People keep throwing the term social unrest around, but what does that mean?  I can best describe social unrest by my own experience.  I witnessed this at my own front door.  In the late 1960s, I lived with two other guys on North Indiana Avenue in Kankakee, Illinois.  It was an old 11 room house and my share of the rent was $27 per month.  It wasn’t exactly Gold Coast property.  The house was located two blocks north of the Kankakee Police Station.  At the 4-way stop, a half a block from the house, people were getting robbed if they had the windows rolled down in their car.  It was simple, if you had your driver’s window rolled down and you stopped, a guy would run up to the car and put a hunting knife to your throat.  If you moved, you would get your throat cut.  One night we were having a party and three of our guests were on our front porch.  One-time riots broke out but we thought we were pretty safe with the police station only being two blocks away.  When we looked at the police station, the windows were all boarded up.  We had to park in the back and I carried my Winchester Model 12 shotgun in the car.  When I got home, the shotgun was uncased and loaded when I entered the house.  I know the neighbors saw me and that was just fine with me.  I remember being home and getting a call from one or the other of the two guys who lived at the house, telling me they were on their way home.  I would stand in the upstairs window and cover the rear parking lot with their pending arrival home.  Two blocks from the police station might as well have been 20 miles.  I totally understand why people want to arm themselves and why they need to.  Needless to say, it wasn’t long before we found more upscale living arrangements. 

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - May 7, 2020

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.

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 30, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 30, 2020

by Richard Pearson

An old English proverb states that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.  Truer words were never spoken particularly when it comes to Executive Orders issued by Governor Pritzker and many other governors throughout United States.  Part of the latest Executive Order requires citizens to wear a face mask while out in public.  The problem is that if you are a firearm owner and comply with that order, you are also violating the Illinois Criminal Code.  So, you are guilty if you do and you are guilty if you don’t.  

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ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 23, 2020

ISRA Thursday Bulletin - April 23, 2020

by Richard Pearson

Recently there have been a series of break-ins in northeast Illinois within 50 miles of the Illinois-Indiana border.  Farmer’s machine sheds have been the targets.  Most of the stolen equipment are tractors and combines that have very expensive parts that can be resold or scrapped for a very high price.  The new machinery includes platinum in the catalytic converters as well as very sophisticated electronics.  The robbers destroy the machinery in the process.  For those of you who are reading this in a city, we are talking about machinery costing between $300,000 to a $1,000,000.  As with any crime spree, the criminals are becoming bolder and, in this case, are starting to target homes.  Sooner or later someone will be home and will get hurt.  Last Friday, we had a report about a break-in at a home and in this case the police would not come out and investigate the crime.  With what is going on in the country, I think this type of activity will become more frequent and dangerous.  I want everyone to think about this and be prepared.  I would prepare today, not tomorrow or next week.

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