Thursday, March 28, 2013
ISRA Exec. Dir. Message - Part 1
Following is a message from the executive director of the Illinois State Rifle Association, Richard Pearson. Because of its length, I have divided it into two parts. Part 2 will be published on March 29.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS MESSAGE
WHY WE MUST CONTINUE TO FIGHT
Just today I had a member call me and ask how much longer the ISRA was going to pester him to call his legislators about gun control bills.
My answer was, Until we win.
Ladies and gentlemen, I need to speak to you very plainly about what we are facing in Springfield. Whats going in the Capitol is not some sort of new-age encounter group where gun owners and gun grabbers are searching weepy-eyed for an elusive piece of common ground.
No, what we are engaged in is a nothing less than a good old fashioned street fight. This is the kind of fight where - in the end - one guy goes home while the other guy gets carted away in a box. If you and your fellow gun owners do not stand up for what you believe in, your gun rights will be carted away and dumped on the scrap heap of liberties sacrificed in the name of political and social progress.
Many of you may believe that we will win this battle because the facts are on our side. Indeed, if this was a battle over the facts about private firearm ownership, our freedom would be assured.
Unfortunately, the battle for gun rights is not about facts it is about out and out hatred. The followers of the gun control movement hate people who own guns, plain and simple. There is no way around it if you own guns, you are the object of the gun controllers hatred. As we have witnessed the past few months, the hatred is so deep that these people will stop at nothing to eradicate your freedoms.
Why do gun controllers hate us so much? The answer is actually very simple. The armed citizen is symbolic of freedom and self determination. As our nations history has shown, that freedom bestows prosperity and well being. As long as a person is armed, they are free unrestrained by social convention, unburdened by the priorities of others, unshackled by the intrusion of government.
On the other hand, gun controllers see self-reliance as being an obstacle to social progress. They view freedom as a selfish pursuit that reaps only inequality and despair. The gun controllers and their ilk yearn for a society where the government enforces equity among all citizens at the expense of liberty.
So, ladies and gentlemen, you see that the armed citizen just doesnt fit into the gun-controllers recipe for social and political progress. The gun controllers demand that the underlying philosophy of personal liberty and self reliance be eradicated. Thus, guns and those who own them must be purged from society if society is to progress.
[Continued on March 29]