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  1. This is different. Under this principle, your anti gun neighbor could sue gun manufacturers without ever having a direct loss like the Sandy Hook families did. Visualize a law that lets your neighbor sue you and/or your homebuilder for having a cedar shake roof that he says is more prone to fire, and therefore puts his house and his family at increased risk. Sounds crazy, but the Texas legislature has kicked open this door, thinking they were clever in restricting abortion, but they risking it being used in other ways if it is held to be constitutional. The idea of giving a third party standing to sue in this way evidently presents some novel legal questions that eventually will be sorted out -- first on the abortion issue, and perhaps in parallel with anti gun laws patterned in the same fashion. Sadly for us, Illinois is a fertile ground for this new anti gun strategy, and it's going to be a while before this gets sorted out. Rich Phillips
  2. The new Texas law that allows private suits against abortion providers is the model they are emulating. It's evidently a novel legal strategy that is hard to enjoin in advance. Hence the Supreme Court not stepping in so far. If that legal tactic is eventually upheld by the Supreme Court, we can expect it to be deployed against honest citizens and businesses in many anti 2A jurisdictions. Rich Phillips
  3. In all fairness, as old and set in my ways as I am, I didn't find it that much harder to use, once I got used to it. And yes, I know I had 1,000+ posts before, instead of the current couple of hundred. But that number associated with a given individual is probably far less important than the actual quality of their current content. Granted, different users have different use patterns. So I surely can't credibly represent that my experience is typical. But if an old geezer like me can adjust to it, it can't be that bad... Rich Phillips
  4. https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/09/27/fbi-people-killed-knives-rifles/ Which, briefly, points out that FBI data shows very clearly that in recent years cutting instruments kill vastly more people than long guns of all types, not just "assault rifles". Rich Phillips
  5. If this wasn't so pathetic, it would be uproariously funny. I can visualize the gang members shaking in their boots over this one... Rich Phillips
  6. Couldn't have said it better myself. Rich Phillips
  7. And ISRA didn't rise up in righteous anger and indignation over this, and oppose it vigorously????? Rich Phillips
  8. If there is body cam footage, that should shine some light on this tragic incident. For instance, if it shows responding personnel seeing a downed officer and an individual standing in proximity with a long gun, a reasonable inference would be that the person with the gun presented a continuing threat, justifying the use of deadly force. There can be reasonable explanations for this without a video record, of course. But the facts as reported could just as easily be interpreted as I've described above. FWIW. Rich Phillips
  9. There is a lesson in this tragic incident, about how to act in the aftermath of a shooting. Rich Phillips
  10. At last we get something that resembles an explanation... Thanks for posting it. But why in the world didn't ISRA direct this to Molly for wider dissemination, or post it directly here? This is the foremost avenue of communicating with concerned gun owners in Illinois. What can leadership in ISRA be thinking when they see the concerns voiced here so vigorously, and not approach us directly? Color me supportive, but gravely disappointed. Rich Phillips
  11. This is so disappointing. We who have over the years trusted ISRA to faithfully not defend the status quo, but push back against further inroads, now get no official explanation of why they failed to vigorously oppose these new restrictions. But there is a second level of disappointment. Illinois Carry -- through this forum -- has the most effective and concentrated outreach available to gun owners in this state. Why hasn't ISRA reached out -- authoritatively and comprehensively -- to this readership in response to to the clear concerns being voiced here? Color me deeply troubled. Rich Phillips
  12. There must be a reason for their actions. This conversation never would never have emerged if they had been more forthcoming. They need to provide a detailed account of the way things developed, to restore/solidify confidence in their efforts going forward. Rich Phillips
  13. There are too many nuances here for me to form an opinion. I will continue to endorse ISRA for all the good they do. But I dearly wish the the Thursday bulletin had provided some insight for members into what was done and why. Rich Phillips
  14. We all owe Valinda such a debt of gratitude for what she does, and how well she does it!!!
  15. Smallbore, I'm reacting to a mindset that infiltrates many posts here and elsewhere on this subject -- one that ignores the fact that there are folks who wear them for legitimate medical reasons, and who aren't mindless sheep. Rich
  16. How about a little consideration for those of us with personal circumstances that make us more vulnerable? Even after vaccination, my immune system is not as fully fortified against the virus because the rheumatoid arthritis drugs I take also suppressed the ability of the vaccine to create a full amount of antibodies. And the baseline antibody suppression itself already made me extremely more vulnerable at my age, with my other health conditions, while caring for someone under cancer treatment. So yeah, as much as I hate masks for a variety of reasons (difficulty in recognizing people, muffled voices, difficulty in establishing initial rapport, reduction in breathing efficiency, etc.) I still will wear one more often than I would really like. Not because I'm making a political statement -- simply out of advisable medical caution. Rich Phillips
  17. Second City Cop always had a very low opinion of this system. Rich Phillips
  18. Gunuser identified the heart of the matter. Burden the defendant with such extensive and elaborate, (and costly), document production requirements, and just the threat of such expensive, time-consuming litigation will begin to strangle not just this one dealer, but firearms commerce more broadly. Rich phillips
  19. As I noted in another post, this is likely to be narrow. A law blog I follow explains in some detail how the Court has already narrowed the issue considerably just by the way they frame the question. The article I'm going to link to below describes in discouraging legal detail how this may not result in the nice crisp decision we all hope for, and notes in passing this may be the last chance we have with a nine person SC. https://reason.com/volokh/2021/04/26/making-sense-of-the-limited-cert-grant-in-nys-rifle-pistol-association-v-corlett/ FWIW. Rich Phillips
  20. Sadly, we can expect the narrowest possible 5-4 ruling, with Roberts writing a strong dissent for the minority. You heard it here first. Rich Phillips
  21. And here is a related take on the whole SC matter from a legal blog I follow. https://reason.com/volokh/2021/03/24/theres-no-time-like-the-present-to-take-a-second-amendment-case/ Rich Phillips
  22. And the Ninth Circuit just ruled against open carry in a Hawaii case, giving yet another circuit split for the Supreme Court to deal with. Hope this link works... https://mol.im/a/9399823 Rich Phillips
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