Saturday, September 28, 2013

Congrats to IllinoisCarry!!!!

Today at the Gun Rights Policy Conference in Houston, TX, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms presented IllinoisCarry with their national Grass Roots Organization of the Year award!

For all the members of IllinoisCarry: Outstanding work! It's been an uphill battle to get our Rights recognized in IL and everyone at IllinoisCarry deserves a big round of applause.

Now.... let's get back to work and continue to improve things.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Some movement...finally

Well it seems that after several weeks of delays, the ISP has finally posted a lot more names on the list of approved IL Concealed Carry Instructors. There's been a lot of wailing and gnashing of teeth, lots of finger pointing and general disappointment while waiting. I have no idea if the delay was software related, personnel related or intended by those who continue to accept that IL citizens have had their rights (kinda) recognized. It's a start anyway.

Some folks have also had their names removed from the list. Most notably some trainers that are outside  of IL borders. ISP says this is because their respective states don't report mental health issues to NICS, etc. so hopefully there won't be too much more delay for these folks.

There still aren't any curricula approved, so be wary of anyone who says that they are able to train you as of right now (Sept. 26, 2013). Yes, there are some out there that have been claiming these things already and (allegedly) collecting money for it. I don't have those facts so I won't name names just yet.

At any rate, if you plan to get this training, verify the instructor/business and also the curriculum they're using before handing over any money. ISP says they'll be posting approved curricula numbers soon (Sept. 30 is the target).

It's my hope that many, many people get the initial training and their permits - and then continue to train, it's time to exercise those Rights in IL!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Citizens of Colorado prevail! Now what?

By now many have heard that Senate President John Morse and Senator Angela Giron have been recalled. 

Good news for the good folks of Colorado and for all of American gun owners in my opinion. But the issue goes well beyond guns really, former Senate President Morse pretty much spit in the face of constituents when he admitted to Rachel Maddow that he told his state Senators to basically ignore them.

It's a real shame that Sen. Evie Hudak didn't join these two on their way out the door. Her comments to a rape victim were so far out of touch I still can't believe she spoke them. It may not be over for Sen. Hudak though, looks like those folks trying to push her out suspended their actions in order to help with the recall of these two.... now that this drive has been successful, Hudak may want to pay very close attention to what she supports.

My hope is that this will serve as a big wake up call to politicos all over our nation. Several Machine Dems in IL could certainly stand to be recalled, maybe (I won't hold my breath) this will open their eyes a bit and realize that folks are watching. If they aren't recalled, there's always the next election to sweat.

Maybe ol' Bloomberg will realize that people don't want his money involved or his opinion forced down their throats either.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

School stabbing shows that guns aren't the real problem

Today I'm skipping on IL issues and jumping down to Texas, I'm also possibly a bit quick with this since I prefer to let folks grieve a bit before running my mouth. For some reason today, I can't seem to help it though, forgive me.

Earlier today there was a high school cafeteria fight that turned into a stabbing with 1 dead and 3 others injured. Details are still vague but the situation is under control, so we can all be thankful for that. I'd ask that you send some thoughts and prayers toward those affected by this crime.

Spring High School apparently has its own police force, which arrived within one minute according to this officer.  I'd guess that this response probably did save some lives and serves as an example that more schools should have their own police force and/or armed faculty/staff (properly trained of course).

To me this is another clear example that guns aren't the real issue in our society. Our own collective failure at raising our children is more likely to blame than guns. We are seeing kids/teens/young people today that either don't understand the repercussions of their actions or they have absolutely no regard for human life...I'm sure someone involved in Sociology could say which, but it's beyond me.

But because some folks like the CSGV believe that guns are evil - rather than criminals -  we'll keep having incidents like this. Instead we should be taking some real action and protecting our kids with the best tools available.