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  1. It is obvious to everyone that it’s time for a leader change at ISRA. My worry is who will be the replacement. Perhaps the change needs to be deeper than just the top. But, I know of at least one other person who, it appears, has some influence in the organization that I wouldn’t trust. I can only assume there are others. When is the next annual meeting where lowly members might meet and express their dissatisfaction? 

  2. On 1/15/2023 at 3:35 PM, yurimodin said:

    I'm honest enough to see the battlefield for what it is.....this isn't "believe and clap harder or Tinkerbell will die" fairy-tale nonsense.

     

    Keep in mind now the Dems cannot even have an internal war. Back when the lower end of the party got mad at leadership the Alderman wouldn't run the extra buses in Chicago to get the vote out (how do you think we got Rauner......hint, it was intentional lower turnout on the blue side). Now its all top down and they can just import box stuffers if the locals go rouge.

     

    I'm not saying give up/don't fight but let’s all at least be honest about how all the pieces are laid out on the chess board at this point in the game.

     

     

     

    It is obvious that our opponents have more resources than we do. We know well that our near constant willingness to compromise has left us weak and uncoordinated. It is obvious that we are reacting to change as opposed to driving it. We’ve known for decades of the machinations of the Illinois left and the lengths that they will go to to usurp our rights and take our money. But we hurt ourselves if we believe that the enemy cannot be stopped, that their advantages are too overwhelming. We hurt our cause and abdicate our civil rights if we melt away because we feel the deck is stacked against us. This is the time for us to coalesce around the protection of our civil rights and challenge any government that fails to protect them. We need to shape the battlefield to our advantage. 

  3. On 1/14/2023 at 9:44 AM, yurimodin said:

    They don't need to worry about what the voting public thinks anymore. They have unattended ballot drop boxes and 5+ ballots being mailed to the right harvestable addresses by "mistake" now

    We can never overcome our adversaries if we believe they’ve already won the fight. Believing they hold an insurmountable advantage only stops people from trying. Look for their weaknesses and use them against them. Do not surrender before the fight starts. 

  4. On 1/13/2023 at 9:33 AM, yurimodin said:

    They don't care about appearing hypocritical anymore......POWER is the ultimate currency in this fiefdom 

    Please let me clarify. It really doesn’t matter if they care about being hypocritical. What matters is how the voting public perceives them. Use their hypocrisy against them and develop a sense of distrust of them in the minds of voters. It is a political tool we can use to destabilize those who oppose the liberty of the common man. Regaining our freedom is going to be slower than many of us think. We need to use every advantage we my find in the long fight ahead of us. Even if a court rules against the state it will take decades to preserve what we might win. This, as it was centuries ago, is a never ending battle. Complacency and compromise got us here, let it never happen again. Shrugging our shoulders and ruminating our laments about what happened won’t get us anywhere. We have an uphill battle ahead of us. Use every tool we have to win. 

  5. The sheriffs haven’t done anything yet. JaBa is reacting to political opposition. He just doesn’t like what they said publicly. To find a reason to go after a sheriff will be difficult. There must be evidence they committed some form of willful malfeasance in office, some form of official misconduct.

     

    But, supposed a sheriff was deposed by the Governor. What might happen then? Who will  police the county? Who will be in charge?  ISP has limited resources. They can’t seem to enforce speeding on the interstate let alone a county. What deputy would cooperate? Or, would JaBa use the National Guard? What problems might that might cause? The mind boggles at how military enforcement of civil law could be portrayed. 

  6. It will be interesting to see how the Cook County State’s Attorney prosecutes those charged with violations of the law. She doesn’t have a record of record of being very demanding of heavy penalties. My best guess is that her lack of interest will continue and becomes her own form of refusing to prosecute. But, it shall go unreported by media and ignored by the left and JaBa. 

  7. What the corpulent comrade fails to believe is that police in Illinois have discretion in enforcement of law. Be it whether or not to issue a traffic ticket or if a law is obviously unconstitutional. There are serious crimes where their discretion is far less, but not with the “average” citizen interaction. JaBa, as a good leftist, wants police robots that simply do as they are told.  

  8. Everything stated so far is cogent and valid. From these things we need to develop marketing strategies that will counter the emotional rhetoric of those who oppose us. The media and leftists portray us as blubbering sexist and racist wackos in pickup trucks or super right flag wavers who want the country to return to 1950. It’s time we develop our image to compliment a sound strategy for the future.
     

    This may leave a bad taste for some on our side, but change is needed. The cost of doing what we’ve been doing, and coming up short, is too great. We need to recognize that just telling your elected official of your position is not enough. We need one organization with one mission, with one strategy, and one pool of funds. Our diffused approach is not working. We need to create strong, pointed, political power that can be brought to bear as needed. Because the political landscape has changed in Illinois, If we don’t change we’ll always be at the mercy of a court to bail us out. We need to shape the political landscape not react to it. 

  9. Wow! JaBa the Putz is upset! My, my. When will this corpulent and corrupt politician from the patrician class learn that he is not the dictator, but rather the housekeeper. When someone’s biggest claim to fame is pulling toilets from their mansion to avoid paying property taxes they need to understand that they’ve lost all the moral authority that they assume they had. 

  10. On 1/7/2023 at 9:32 AM, papa said:

     

    We may be spinning our wheels as you say but I for one like letting them know that I do not agree with their ideals of dictating what I can and cannot do.


    I concur. By letting them know they have alienated a sizable and vocal portion of the electorate it will present them problems they never assumed. Let them be concerned with civil disobedience in whatever form that might take. Let them be worried about facing state and Federal litigation. Let them consider that our vocal dissent could spread to other issues they prefer not to discuss. Allow the “spinning wheels” to make smoke and foul smells that attracts attention. Let them worry about the growing fissure they created between the northeast and the rest of the state. 

  11. I posit that a primary reason we, shooters/gun owners, lack political power is because nothing is done to attract anyone to our cause. We should not be satisfied with our organization saying that “we do not the numbers to do anything “, but then presume they have the power to negotiate legislation. We need forceful leadership to preserve our civil rights and to regain what we’ve lost. Perhaps it is time to swing assets from range building and competitive shooting to fighting the political fires that attack us all. 

  12. On 1/5/2023 at 4:06 PM, Quiet Observer said:

    Do you need weekly instructions how to write or call legislators and other government officials? Can you write to the local paper on your own? 

    The ISRA website has lists of bills that it supports and opposes as well as links to the texts of the bills. The site has contact information on legislators. It also lists legislation that is involved in. 

    Many of the threads on the Illinois Carry site are not connected to gun rights issues. So, do we reject IC because not every thread does not deal with government overreach?

    As stated I believe the ISRA, of which I am a member, has advanced to the point that actual leadership is required for it, and us, to be successful in stopping unconstitutional legislation. The organization needs someone to constantly make members and the public aware of the degradation of everyone’s civil rights by state government. To explain in detail what is happening frequently with respect to proposed law and regulations. To build the organization into a large and rapidly responsive group of educated voters who understand the importance and totality of not opposing onerous legislation. Merely relying on members to read a website or know what is happening in Springpatch is insufficient to counter the well oiled machine of our opponents. Additionally, my comment was aimed specifically at the useless weekly messages from Mr. Pearson who seems happy to report news from other countries and states and his obligatory history lesson. That is not leadership. That does not satisfy the needs of the membership or our problems at hand. 

  13. With respect to the question broached by Randy, I think you will find that if someone is actually charged in Illinois with the possession of a reportedly stolen firearm the charge is frequently dropped. It requires the offender to knowingly possess the item. Possession does not automatically prove intent. As to returning stolen firearms it is frequently unlikely as to the effort the police or a court have to take to return it. In Cook County they are mostly confiscated and destroyed.  This is not a level playing field we are on. 
     

    Re: Mauser question. My position is that these laws were part of a reaction to crime at two periods of history with a naive idea that collecting serial members would magically deter crime. I do not support government mandating anything that does not support the public good.  Most manufacturers had serialized their products well before 1934. If a gun was taken in a crime the serial number could, and were, provided. Some makers chose not to number their products. Inexpensive guns remained that way until 1968. Government has no right to collect personal information about citizens. We do not belong to the government, but government belongs to the people. 

  14. I argue that serial numbers have no beneficial effect for society. They serve no law enforcement purpose. Crimes are not detected, cleared, or prevented by having serial numbers. The only purpose is to identify what person owns what gun.

    The rhetorical question then is, to what purpose does a government need this? While the answer is obvious to everyone, leftists refuse to honestly answer the question. Answering the question would betray their true intent. The good citizens, who find it so hard to vote in person, are foolishly or deliberately naive. They refuse to confront government, wanting to believe that it will just go away if you comply with it.
    The time for compromise is over. We must attack with every legal means and challenge this state in Federal court every time state government oversteps its defined limits. Force them to articulate in court reasons for bad laws. Expose them to even the most complacent citizens. Attack every tax increase. Speak openly against politicians who seek your control. Our legal resistance needs to open a broader front against the usurpation of our civil rights. 

  15. Life can sometimes carry one away from current events. The last month has been a blur of personal responsibilities preventing me from following political activities in Springpatch. I am thankful for the email alert sent several days ago concerning the need for witness slips regarding HB5855. This leads mo to my question, has the ISRA done anything to notify members about the need for witness slips? 

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