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  1. I think the problem with Chicago isn't the counting machines or the crooked counters, but rather the immense population that anchors Illinois in single party rule. Look back to the Quinn days when he only needed to win 2 or 3 counties to take the whole state. Of course, it's not helped when conservatives erect their own purity barriers and abstain from voting, an act of spite that harms them directly. You guys know I love you all, but sometimes you deserve the representation you get when you don't vote.
  2. In trying to figure it out don't forget to run property tax savings and other costs through your cost benefit analysis. For some the benefit of being able to carry on Chicago streets is nullified by the no carry postings at all the neat places there are to visit in Chicago for culture and food. If you're one of the "concealed is concealed" types that carries everywhere regardless of postings having a permit for the city streets is kind of silly because you'd really only have coverage between the car and the posted spot. IMO that's not enough reason to deny yourself the savings to be had by moving out of state.
  3. It's my opinion that should this become law, and then should a working firearm be created, and then should the police in Illinois adopt it that the very next thing to happen would be tantamount to a gun ban. They wouldn't just mandate that these be sold to the public, they would go big and ban all guns that do not have this technology and only permit guns with this technology be sold going forward. That's exactly what previous ammo based bills have done. They were going to ban reloading and traditional factory ammo and only allow serialized ammo in limited quantities.
  4. It's my understanding that if a bullet severs ligaments that the muscles they're connected to will contract instantly like a roller shade. That violence of action may be what a made an otherwise comparitively minor wound seem so much worse in photos and video.
  5. That makes a little more sense. I know he was the guy when I was a member prior to shipping out. It was a little "odd", or perhaps "coincidental" that his training company was given favored status over other training companies back before they had expanded the back side of the berms into training bays. If you remember the old poster PDPSC, he ran a few companies with Metro Training being one of them. Dan raised a little stink about it around 2014 and was eventually accommodated as were some others like Frank Sharpe of Fortress. Just seemed like everything Lombardo touched had the odor of connected guy on it, I suppose I've learned that's par for the course with Illinois though.
  6. Additionally, when ISRA is the entity that's behind so many of the lawsuits in Illinois concerning infringements of the 2nd, who is to blame for their membership not being able to determine the difference between activism and advocacy? I'm just itching to hear how bad donations and memberships have declined over the past several months and into the future. That'll underscore the newfound understanding of their previous membership of the distinction between advocacy and activism.
  7. Wait a minute...wasn't Aurora Sportsman Club one of the entities that came out against the neutral position of ISRA and against the bad bills? Isn't Lombardo the president there? Now he's the guy helping to smooth over the "misunderstanding" the 2nd rights community has regarding the turncoats? How much are they paying him for this from the dues anyway?
  8. Path of least resistance is paved with the tax dollars that no longer pay for his excesses. Reality is Illinois isn't going to change, or change enough fast enough for anybody older than 20 to ever see a proper budget or fair play in Springfield. Save yourselves and move away. It feels great not sending that slimeball any more tax money.
  9. The problem so many conservatives face is their self imposed purity tests. They'll just not vote at all before they'll compromise thier integrity by voting for a lesser evil candidate that would protect 80 of what they agree upon. The 20% they disagree upon stupidly disqualifies them and guarentees a win for the bigger tyrant. Reality is we're sliding to the left either way, but do we want it a fast or slow decent? Keep not voting Illinois conservatives and see what you cost yourselves and how quickly. If you look at Youngkin he's closer to Rauner or Kirk than you guys would care for. If Virginia was Illinois MCCaulife would have won when y'all abstained from voting and your kids would be getting segregated for indoctrination in school next year.
  10. I think the vast majority of these people are the ones who don't understand that their Constitutionally carried, or permitted carry rights don't extend to airplanes. They go there ASSuming their permit or permissive state grants them the right to go wherever they want while armed. So the issue isn't stupidity or intentional troublemaking, it's ignorance and complacency.
  11. From the perspective of a guy who's state has a republican legislative body due only to gerrymandering, it's not so bad when it's your guys doing it. It's so bad here we keep getting sued. They've redrawn the maps to satisfy the court and gave an extra seat to the democrats. Post census, we get to draw them again. We'll be sending an extra republican to Washington in 2022 to make up for your "loss" of Kinzinger.
  12. Seems like post counts changed quit a bit.
  13. Oooh. Imagine my surprise when the page laoded and the format changed. Looks great! And it's a HTTPS now!
  14. Seems related to this mess published by a know left outlet: Scholar Carol Anderson on the "anti-Blackness" coded into the Second Amendment (msn.com) From the article" So the key here is anti-Blackness. The key for the Second Amendment is the ability to have a militia to control Black people, to stop slave revolts and to keep Black people subjugated. It was part of the deal that was cut that allowed the South to be able to sign on to the Constitution. They needed to be protected. And I talk about these deals a lot, with the three-fifths clause, the extension of 20 years for the Atlantic slave trade, the fugitive slave clause, which were put in the Constitution because the South demanded that kind of protection in order to sign on. Sounds like revisionist history to me.
  15. I called the IL DMV to find out if they were real texts, and they confirmed they were. I was curious about the phishing also. For clarification, did you call the number included with the text or a number you looked up independently. The number they include in the text could very well go right back the the entity that sent the text and that entity is just as suspect as the text.
  16. You owe them nothing, including a call back. I've been getting texts suggesting that I need to clarify DVM info. I block sender and delete them. Could be phishing. Don't trust the phone number or link on a text message. If any government agency wants something from me they can write me a letter to my current address of record. This is pretty standard.
  17. I've long held my tongue on my opinion of ISRA. When the chairman appoints the board, and the board appoints the chairman there's a conflict of interest. That detail of their org always kept me on the sidelines when ISRA was involved. Now that ISRA can no longer affect my life, and they seem to have decided a chair at the table with the weasels in Springfield is more important than the people who pay their dues, call the reps, write the reps and make the fight an actual fight it's time to call them out as what they are. Self Important traitors. Snake oil salesmen. No better than the weasels in Springfield. In fact, their presence at the table isn't what they thought it was. They weren't there to make sausage, they were the sausage. Now they've been eaten by the weasels and exist only as weasel poop. Sorry you guys and gals got the shaft. There's greener pastures. Lots of us former Illinois folks tested the waters and they're fine. I know I sure could use some neighbors like y'all.
  18. It's a gun grab. It's also a registry. The mayor said on CNN that he's (paraphrased) targeting law abiding gun owners. When someone call the police for a domestic issue the dispatcher will ask if there's gun in the house. If you answer yes, but the city hasn't taxed you and there's no insurance paperwork as mandated then you're no longer law abiding and the police can sieze the guns.
  19. Maybe it would be appropriate to hang up some photos of Otis in your business area where customers might wait around. Put a small plaque under the 8X10 of Otis and explain why he's the patron saint of self defense in Chicago. See if that gets them talking and interested.
  20. The effect is likely going to be the end of private sales. By design of course.
  21. I'm so sorry that this is the government good people in Illinois are stuck with. I'm following the saga from safety, but I still get a pit in my stomach everytime I hit "refresh" to see what Keith has added to the live blogging.
  22. Not familiar with the Hellcat because Springfield is on my do not buy list. They haven't been forgiven. Trijicon HD has a u notch rear sight with a big bright front dot and tritium. I've got these on my Shield.
  23. I'd say no chance of grandfathering and anti gun illinois will enjoy squeezing you guys out of your pistols if you aren't prepared to change the barrels and make them 16"+ rifles. I read that folks in Maryland can only have an AK in pistol form. This kills that for them and the only real option available to them is to forfeit the firearm. I'm sure other places have this problem too. This doesn't affect all, or even most, AK/AR pistols, only those with the arm braces would be banned under this rule (and it would actually be the brace that gets banned, not the pistol itself) Was just repeating what I had read. Sorry if it's not true, I don't claim to be an expert. Thanks for the clarification.
  24. Here's an example of what you're facing: I think the method of telescoping on rails is considered part of a known design, add points. The telescoping itself also counts again as it's own points. I'll add to that the sights might not be deemed useful at arms length so that adds points too. I think I read that the velcro strap being tightened up like that indicates intent to use as a stock, more points. If the strap is too short to go around your arm, points. Then you consider the length and weight unloaded with a magazine. The Surefire light/switches looks like an indication that the gun is intended to be shot with two hands...automagically SBR. And after all that the enforcement guys can simply opine it's a SBR anyway.
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