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  1. The IGOLD march has been rescheduled to May 13. That date could also be changed but for now that's it. Current events regarding the coronavirus: I would be interested to know what you guys are seeing and where you think we are headed. A tremendous run on ammunition in the last week, see attachment from Marengo, Illinois. This is what I think. This week, many people receive their last pay.check, the week after no paycheck at all. No money no food so people will be stealing food from those people that have it. Your thought?? Jim
  2. There are buses going to Igold and I'll be on the one leaving the St Charles Sportsmans club. Cost is $40. If interested in the bus ride contact: Jim Cunningham <[email protected]>. I'll try to remember to wear my NRA hat to this even if you care to keep an eye out for me. Last year I found a nice restaurant 2 blocks from the state capitol building. I think this is it: http://www.joegallinaspizza.com/ Gallina Pizza, 432 E Monroe. I'll be there having a sandwich an hour before the bus loads up for the return trip if anyone would like to join me there
  3. IGOLD March 2019: Speeches presented in front of the capitol building. One speech mentioned Chicago should form its own state. After the presentations we entered the capitol building. News media know where to be seen. If you attend the march do not bring weapons because you go through metal detectors before entering the capitol building
  4. The Illinois State Rifle Association is sponsoring the IGOLD march at the Illinois state Capitol building. We should all participate in this event. IGOLD stands for Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day where we go to the state capitol building and talk directly to our representatives. The cost is FREE and last year there were buses chartered to take us down and bring us back I assume this year is the same. You can ALSO drive yourself. LAst year there were 6000 well mannered gun owners, women and children at the march. Marchers stretched for 6 city blocks. Militia members could meet for lunch.
  5. In light of what I see going on in politics I feel it is time to locate people that value the 2nd amendment like I do. Looking to find people that think like I do. There may come a time when I'll need friends who also support the 2nd amendment. I'm not a radical nor do I believe in conspiracy theories for the most part. I believe in being stealth, in other words I like to keep out of sight and not attract attention to my self or what I think. For example I believe open carry is ok but I'm not going to do it. Conceal carry I do all the time. I have no military background but know how to take care of myself but hope to learn from others.
  6. Here Illinois we fought hard to stop the Red Flag law but we failed. However we did manage to get it scaled back from the original draft. I should point out the second paragraph of the law is only for extreme cases where the court must act quickly. I do not hear of it being used. Now we have it so now we have to live with it. Now we retool for the next political battle. I'm taking every opportunity to meet personally with all my representatives or write them
  7. Beto was the only democrat at the debate that made his position perfectly clear. His comment, O’Rourke delivered one of the night’s few memorable lines. “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47, and we’re not going to allow it to be used against your fellow Americans anymore,” he said. It will be interesting to see how Beto rates in the polls. If he surges forward in the polls will be an indication of where the US is headed in the way of gun controls. Personally I think he committed political suicide with his gun grab comment but we shall see.
  8. Ok, help me out here. I watched the video "Battlefield Texas". IF/when a civil war breaks out where will the police and the military be? Who's side will they be on if they are even around? Thanks, Jim
  9. Politicians are under pressure to come up with some kind of gun control, any gun control, even if it doesn't work. It is all a 2nd amendment infraction. Contact your representatives and tell them what will work because they don't know. Illinois has a gun owner identification card (FOID) and it is a 2nd amendment infraction but I have learned to live with it . Been on the books for 50 years. I think it is effective with minimal inconvenience to the gun owners. Because of the FOID card Illinois can do daily background checks on gun owners. Furthermore the FOID card has allowances for private and gun show gun sales.
  10. I don't expect to much from the Federal Government in the way of gun control. It is much better handled at the state level because each state has different needs in the way of firearms control. An example is open carry, some state have it and some don't. A federal law on open carry is just not a good idea in my opinion. It is all very worrisome I must admit. But our local school district is conducting self defense training for all students, faculty and staff against active shooters. Stop and think there are rarely shootings at a police station, gun shop or shooting range because the criminals just don't feel safe in those places. Victims can shoot back. They are teaching people don't sit there and be killed, fight back the shooter can't shoot everyone. How many of us would like to get hold of an active shooter with our bare hands??? I would fight back with every throwable object I could get my hands on. If I could save one child it would be worth it. If you're going down may as well go down in flames. Self defense training addresses public shootings directly at the root cause,,,,the shooter himself not the gun. Self defense is a much different way of thinking. Mass shooters may think twice before shooting up a school full of students and teachers ready to launch a counter attack. Some teachers have already died saving students. I'm surprised conceal carry people don't become proactive in public shootings? They don't seem to be around or if they are they are unarmed or unwilling to get involved. Ask congress to look into that one.
  11. Ripcannon: you should research your state laws on Red Flag and find out what you are up against. I will offer advise that came from my Dad, "Don't attract attention to yourself". Think about, how many times have you been in trouble because you didn't follow those guidelines. There is power in knowledge so always run the numbers and verify what you hear. I'm so well known among my state representatives they know me by name and we often shake hands. I got that way with frequent emails and personal contact. Don't always contact them to bitch. Offer some out of the box ideas, they really like hearing ideas they can take to the legislature. I presented some ideas to an anti-gun representative and she actually liked my ideas. Truth is our legislators are quite uninformed about guns and current gun laws and what works and what won't. No surprised they get their info from the news media and they know less than the politicians. They need us to stay on course. We need to overwhelm the news media with facts and figures. I always offer to take politicians shooting with me so they can legislate on something they know a little bit about. I also believe the politicians need support from gun owners to get gun bills passed, then again I could be an idiot
  12. John, like I said the law is far from perfect but scaled back from the original draft. Also, did you miss this "Any person who knowingly provides false information in requesting a firearms restraining order would face felony perjury charges. The guy in your post, "Mr. X is a danger (because he owns an AR, wears a MAGA hat, an NRA t-shirt and makes comments on the mymilitia site". Mr. X is not a danger in my opinion and within his right to wear whatever he wants. However my style is strictly "Stealth". I want to blend in and not draw attention to myself. I do not want strangers to draw any conclusions of me or my activities. I never allow my neighbors to see any of my weapons. Open carry is always a favorite discussion topic among friends. I'm okay with open carry. I can open carry while mowing my own lawn. I enjoy seeing people open carry but I'm not going to do it strictly because it is not stealth. Stealth is the reason I like conceal carry. Know one needs to know when I'm packing not even my wife. I had to laugh one night my wife was doing laundry and was shaking out all the stuff in my pants pockets and a gun fell out along with my change. My wife was shocked, she new I carried but not used to actually seeing the weapon. No sense advertising your activities because often you're setting yourself up for theft. I do display an NRA sticker on my car and truck but even that is more for protection than advertisement. John, don't get be wrong, I'm not saying you are wrong and enjoy reading your views. I actually love these discussions. I have know idea where we are headed with gun control. I do recommend communication with your representatives and attending their meetings. My favorite activity was marching on the Illinois state capitol building with the gun owners of Illinois. It was great, 6000 gun owners looking to talk to our representatives. I made it as far as the governors desk, of course he was gone, likely hiding in the boiler room. We sent a powerful message to the legislature and everyone was well behaved. We told Chicago to go form their own state. Going again next year, come join us next year. IGOLD. https://www.isra.org/Events/AnnualEvents/iGOLD.aspx
  13. John, where is this taking place??? The Illinois red flag law started similar to what you described but during the debates gun owners protested and the bill was scaled back to what it is now. At least now someone won’t loose their guns over a domestic dispute. People making false claims could find themselves in trouble
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