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#1 Molly B.

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 06:35 PM

Another successful IGOLD and many thanks due to all the people who help make it happen!  It may have rained on our 'parade' but it certainly didn't dampen our spirits!!

 

Thank you to all the marshals and IGOLD friends who helped with the set-up the night before and arrived early the next morning to help get the show going, those who staffed the tables, help answer questions, give directions. 

 

Thank you to all our speakers!  Don Moran, ISRA President; Richard Pearson, ISRA Executive Director; Chip Eberhart, NRA's Freedom's Safest Place spokesperson; Massad Ayoob, firearm instructor extraordinaire; Shannon Alford and Todd Vandermyde, our NRA lobbyists; Mike Weisman, IGOLD organizer & ISRA board member; Tom Shafer, the best march leader in the world!

 

Thank you to all the hardy folks who ignored a rainy forecast, traveled to Springfield, marched together in tremendous show of unity and common goals.

 

IGOLD t-shirts and caps were everywhere you looked - all exercising their constitutional right to address their elected officials.

 

We had the absolute BEST rally in the rotunda that we have EVER had.  Countless legislators, one after another, stepped up to the podium to vow their support of our issues, encouraging us to fight on and not become complacent.

 

We wrapped up the day raising our voices up to the rotunda, chanting "gun free zones are killing zones".  Hearing all those voices ringing up into the far reaches of the Capitol is a tremendous experience - if you have never experienced it, make a promise to yourself to be there next year!

 

Many folks have photos and video of the day, we hope you will post them up here on IllinoisCarry for all to enjoy.

 

We'll rest up tonight and then tomorrow turn our thoughts toward IGOLD 2017!


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Posted 06 April 2016 - 06:52 PM

Awesome!  If it were not on a Wednesday, I might be able to come.  Church duties.  :)


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Posted 06 April 2016 - 07:31 PM

Yes indeed.  Another awesome success.  I think the fact that so many were willing to go ahead and march in the pouring rain spoke volumes about our determination.  Speakers were great at both locations.

 

It's never too early to start recruiting people to attend next year.


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Posted 06 April 2016 - 07:40 PM

I think the rain revealed our resolve.

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 08:14 PM

I think the rain revealed our resolve.

 

YESSIREEE!!


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Posted 06 April 2016 - 08:28 PM

We had way bigger numbers there than the other lobby groups.

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 08:49 PM

I heard on WBEZ about the charter school group lobbying today. Didn't realize other groups went on the same day.

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 09:06 PM

I heard on WBEZ about the charter school group lobbying today. Didn't realize other groups went on the same day.


Anything about IGOLD?

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 09:18 PM

I heard on WBEZ about the charter school group lobbying today. Didn't realize other groups went on the same day.


Anything about IGOLD?

Of course not.

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 09:23 PM

I heard on WBEZ about the charter school group lobbying today. Didn't realize other groups went on the same day.


Anything about IGOLD?

Of course not.

I didn't think so. We outnumbered them 10 to 1 easily.

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Posted 06 April 2016 - 11:53 PM

Awesome!  If it were not on a Wednesday, I might be able to come.  Church duties.   :)

It's always on a Wednesday.  Bring the church with you next time!



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Posted 07 April 2016 - 07:27 AM

For me work is always impossible to get away from at that time of year. Makes me feel like a bad gun owner, I want to go going have to make it for 2017. I cant let you guys have all glory!!
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Posted 07 April 2016 - 07:49 AM

Article in the Springfield Journal Register

 

http://www.sj-r.com/...ealed-carry-law


Edited by Molly B., 07 April 2016 - 08:49 AM.
new link

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 07:49 AM

Thanks to all that participated for your hard work & presence; I wish I could have been there myself.

 

Thanks again!



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Posted 07 April 2016 - 08:23 AM

Anyone have an estimate how many of us were there?

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 08:27 AM

Article in the Springfield Journal Register
 
http://www.sj-r.com/...ry-law/?Start=2

That link is dead for some reason here.

Check this one out.

http://m.sj-r.com/ne...ealed-carry-law

Edited by spec5, 07 April 2016 - 08:30 AM.

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 09:20 AM

Do you have any idea of how many folks actually participated in the march?



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Posted 07 April 2016 - 10:24 AM

 

Article in the Springfield Journal Register
 
http://www.sj-r.com/...ry-law/?Start=2

That link is dead for some reason here.

Check this one out.

http://m.sj-r.com/ne...ealed-carry-law

 

nice article.  Thanks spec5 and Molly B!


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Posted 07 April 2016 - 12:00 PM

Do you have any idea of how many folks actually participated in the march?

There were 26 bundles of signs set out, and 10 (dry bundles went back to ISRA) bundles of signs left when I cleaned it all up.

 

So we had 16 bundles of signs go out,  16 x 22 =  352  signs being carried

 

 

now look at the pictures throughout and figure ratio of signs to people in picture.  rinse... repeat...

 

1000 to 1200 ?

 

 

p.s.  don't rely on just the front row pictures - I'm waiting for the overhead shots if any were done from the bridge.


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Posted 07 April 2016 - 12:14 PM

Do you have any idea of how many folks actually participated in the march?

There were 26 bundles of signs set out, and 10 (dry bundles went back to ISRA) bundles of signs left when I cleaned it all up.
 
So we had 16 bundles of signs go out,  16 x 22 =  352  signs being carried
 
 
now look at the pictures throughout and figure ratio of signs to people in picture.  rinse... repeat...
 
1000 to 1200 ?
 
 
p.s.  don't rely on just the front row pictures - I'm waiting for the overhead shots if any were done from the bridge.

The rain kept reporters off the brige, and sent them underneath it.

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 02:50 PM

Anyone have an estimate how many of us were there?

 

Looking around in the PCCC, I'd guess 1000 - 1500.


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Posted 07 April 2016 - 06:14 PM

I would think in the 1k range would be accurate.  Less than some years, but the weather was terrible this year.  Probably anyone who was "on the fence" woke up, looked out their window, and decided "next year".  But thankfully there are many, many of us who come rain or shine!

 

BTW, the Rotunda rally was great this year!  It must've been 25 state legislators who spoke.  I lost count after 15.  :)


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Posted 07 April 2016 - 07:26 PM

>>>>> Anyone have an estimate how many of us were there?

 

Not enough.

 

Once in the past would have said that we had close to 0.5% (half of a percent) of the FOID holders there.

We have 25% more FOID holders now, and less attendees.



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Posted 07 April 2016 - 07:35 PM

I heard on WBEZ about the charter school group lobbying today. Didn't realize other groups went on the same day.

Anything about IGOLD?
Heard a 30 second piece at 5:30am on NPR News Radio on the way to work this morning. Included part of one of the politician's speeches.

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 07:49 PM

Fun, short little video of IGOLD 2016 march.

 


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Posted 07 April 2016 - 08:32 PM

Nice video. It shows how commented we are when we marched in the April rain and we didn't let it weaken our resolve to clean up the FCCA and get our bills heard. The fight isn't over and we will continue to fight. The only thing I had to cope with was soggy shoes and socks which was such a small thing when our rights and places we can carry are on the line. Contact you Representatives and Senators and put pressure on them to get our bills heard. We went to their offices and showed up with wet shoes and clothes so they know we are committed and will not rest. There was a tornado in the Rotunda and they heard us loud and clear.

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Posted 07 April 2016 - 09:48 PM

I think the rain revealed our resolve.

 

 

 

I think the rain revealed our resolve.

 

YESSIREEE!!

 

 

Agreed!

And did you notice that the rain stopped after the march!  :pinch:  Thank you Mother Nature!! :devil:


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Posted 08 April 2016 - 03:16 PM

Here is the full video of the 2016 IGOLD March to the Capitol...

 

 

...on the new Official IGOLD YouTube Channel...

 

https://www.youtube....kgSe0FqLEPXMVJw

 

Subscribe to that channel.  More videos will be posted this weekend including EVERY speech at the Rotunda at IGOLD 2016.



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Posted 08 April 2016 - 06:17 PM

It was a great event. Again. Molly B hit all the high points...as always!
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Posted 09 April 2016 - 04:16 PM

Also, it was great to meet such awesome people like Colleen, Chip, Mickey, the Johnsons, Rocco, Mas, and Shannon, plus see old friends Molly B / Mike, Richard, Mikey Jones, and Don. Hope to see the same crew and more next year !

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