Saturday, March 14, 2009

NRA News Report on IGOLD

Cameron Gray from NRA News rode one of the buses from the Chicago area to Springfield to follow the IGOLD meetings and marches. This is part one of his report:

Is that cool or what? Just a couple of notes.

1. At about 8:30 on the video, Cameron talks to a young boy in a yellow hat who is helping carry the ISRA banner. That kid wasn't just there because his daddy dragged him to some dumb rally; he's a dedicated shooter who gets to the Springfield Tactical Shooters' Thursday night events a lot more often than I do. His dad is currently having a rifle built by the world-famous Bill Oglesby for him to use at his first Appleseed shoot this summer. I'll be surprised if he doesn't make rifleman.

2. At about 5:50 or so, Cameron talks to a woman who makes the perfect case for why she's marching. She just does an excellent job of explaining the real reason the 2nd Amendment matters, and it's not duck hunting or skeet.

3. The tongue depressors Cameron finds unbelievable are not exaggerating the advice the Illinois State Police give to women. As a matter of fact, that advice has been up for years, and I've never gotten anyone at the ISP who would admit that they have anything to do with it, but it's also never been taken down. It's still there today. Look and see for yourself, but again, at least one good wrap of duct tape around the cranium is recommended. They're not joking about this, folks.

So, the much-hated HB45 is being "tabled" by its sponsor? That's progress. I doubt very much that the NRA lobbyist (whose name is actually "Vandermyde") trusts that this bill is actually hors de combat, and I know I don't, but it's a good sign. The bigger threat is still HB48, which also made it out of the Executive Committee that day, and its sponsor is Harry Osterman (D-Arkham Asylum), a fanatic who screams at people who don't vote with him, so I doubt education is going to be enough this time. I was really happy to see someone visiting his pro-gun legislator and thanking him for his support on this video. I get so tired of hearing people say, "I don't need to go to that--my guy always votes pro-gun!" Well, sure, he votes that way now. My Senator and Representative in the state legislature are both pro-CCW and usually vote our way, too, but I want things to stay that way, so I make sure they get thanked for their work. I want them to know that we're out here and that we are not ungrateful.


John Olson said...

What about Dunkin claiming that he is a 'Foid card carrying member'. Is the ISP/FOID now a membership group?

And this idiot hunts? Where does he keep his guns that are illegal in Chicago?

If his lips are moving, he's lying. I think he should post a picture of his FOID online and tell us more about his 'hunting'.

Don said...

I know, right?

On the other hand, I believe (and I could be wrong) that Dunkin is one of the legislators who has taken up the ISRA's offer to go shooting at one of the local indoor ranges (Siddens in Buckhart) with guns loaned by Armalite and Springfield Armory. That would have given time to talk to him in a good environment, so who knows?

Todd Vandermyde, the NRA lobbyist, seemed pretty sanguine about this bill at the ISRA annual meetings. He also correctly predicted that the biggest push would be on HB48. Maybe he was getting hints from Dunkin even back then.

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