More than a thousand law-abiding gun owners are expected to gather next Wednesday for the annual Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (iGOLD). The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a rally at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield, Ill., followed by a march to the Lincoln steps, where legislative leaders will address the group. Once speeches have concluded, the gun owners will file into the capitol building, where the state senators and representatives will be on hand to discuss Second Amendment issues.
iGOLD has been held in some form since the early 1990s, when it was organized to protest the state’s draconian firearms laws. Around 200 people showed up to that first event, a number that had grown to about 1,000 in 2015. This year, attendees say they will be marching against firearm/ammo taxes, gun-free zones, the use of terrorist watch-lists in determining who may purchase firearms, and firearm registration. For more information, click here.
Americans Reject Scheme To Pay Killers Not To Kill
Four out of five Americans surveyed in a Rasmussen poll released Thursday disapprove of plans by some cities to reduce crime by paying criminals not to commit gun crime.
According to an article in the Washington Post, cities such as Washington, D.C.; Toledo; and Baltimore are considering programs similar to that adopted by Richmond, Calif., to pay killers to drop their guns. However, when asked, “Do you favor or oppose a plan in your community to pay criminals up to $1,000 a month not to kill someone with a gun?” only 5 percent of respondents agreed. More than 80 percent rejected it outright.
Ironically, the Post reports, “Five years into Richmond’s multimillion-dollar experiment, 84 of 88 young men who have participated remain alive, and four in five have not been suspected of another gun crime or suffered a bullet wound.”
The City That Makes Gun Bans Famous Breaks Yet Another Gun-Crime Record
Chicago murders continue spiraling out of control, with homicides up 71 percent the first three months of this year, compared to same period last year—which broke records of its own—according to the Chicago Tribune. That’s 135 murders in the first 90 days of this year, the deadliest first quarter for the Windy City since 1999.
Not only are Chicago’s criminals ignoring the laws against murder, they’re also evidently violating Chicago’s gun laws with impunity, since shootings are also up 73 percent year-over-year, from 2015. So far this year, 727 people have been shot in Chicago, for an average of eight per day.
Yet as we’ve reported before here, despite all Chicago’s anti-gun laws and professed outrage over “gun violence,” only a vanishingly tiny fraction of that gun violence is ever even prosecuted, let alone punished in Chicago. So not surprisingly, gun crime explodes. Eureka!
No April Fool’s: GunTV Makes Its Debut
It’s a live TV shopping network hosted by some of the most experienced and talented personalities in the business. But the merchandise categories aren’t fashion, jewelry and electronics—they’re pistols, rifles and shotguns.
Welcome to GunTV, a new home shopping network offering a wide range of firearms and related product and services, plus educational information, resources and entertainment. Each segment of the show features hosts with a variety of experience and backgrounds—from law enforcement and military to competitive shooters and NRA firearm instructors.
“They have a deep knowledge of firearms and accurately represent the products that we air,” said Valerie Castle, manager of GunTV. “They don’t promote a firearm unless they’ve gone out and used it.”
GunTV debuted on Friday and broadcasts seven days a week on satellite and cable, plus streams live on the Internet. The network hopes to eventually become an around-the-clock operation.
Iowa Suppressor Bill Signed Into Law
Republican Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad on Thursday signed into law House File 2279, the Hearing Protection Act.
The measure, which passed the House with a 74-24 vote and the Senate by a vote of 46-4, makes Iowa the 42nd state to allow for the sale, use and possession of firearm sound suppressors and the 39th to allow for the use of suppressors while hunting. The law took effect immediately.
Suppressors foster a safer and more enjoyable shooting and hunting experience and will help ensure the propagation of Iowa’s rich hunting heritage. NRA-ILA would like to thank Rep. Matt Windschitl (the measure’s author), Rep. Terry Baxter and Gov. Branstad for signing this bill, which benefits gun owners and sportsmen across the Hawkeye State. In addition, this effort would not have been possible without the activism of the NRA membership in Iowa, the Iowa Firearms Coalition and the American Suppressor Association.
Armed Cleveland Deli Clerk Stops Robbers
A Cleveland, Ohio, deli clerk used his privately owned handgun to stop an attempted armed robbery Wednesday night.
According to local media reports, the clerk, who asked to remain anonymous, was approached in the store at about 9:45 by two armed men demanding money. Fearing for his life and the life of his friend, the clerk pulled his own gun.
The deli owner told Cleveland.com that if he hadn’t been armed, he truly believes he wouldn’t have survived the encounter. “I was so panicked and scared,” the clerk told Cleveland.com. “They would have killed both of us. What’s going to stop them?”