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IL Gun Heroes of the Day: Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day

April 9, 2017
Guns Save Life's Chicagoland Regional Director Alfreda Keith-Keller, right, enjoys sharing a momentary lead in this year's march to the state capitol.

Gun owners in Illinois stepped up to the plate for the 11th annual Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day.  Thankfully, not even a steady drizzle or cool temperatures could contain gun owner enthusiasm at Wednesday's event. The People of the Gun eagerly took time off work and school to remind Illinois legislators that gun owners matter.

The Illinois State Rifle Association sponsors IGOLD. Working in conjunction with Guns Save Life and a number of smaller grassroots groups, IGOLD brings a sea of gun owners into the capitol complex. Each year, the event shows how, by working together, we can do great things to defend and promote our gun rights.


This year's rally comes on the heels of relentless lobbying in Abe Lincoln's hometown from gun control advocates. Unfortunately, those demanding Moms, the ones who haven't gotten much action in Washington, DC, have come to Springfield seeking a much-needed political win. So too have the Brady Campaign and Gabby Giffords's groups.

Even casual observers can smell their desperation. Remember last November? Crushing electoral defeats have left gun control groups nationwide gasping for any success they can find, no matter how small. Without the publicity of gun control wins, their funding will continue to decline. No funding equals no jobs for them.

Rhonda Ezell, the plaintiff in the successful civil rights lawsuit against Chicago's prohibition on public shooting ranges, poses with her grand-daughter Marley ahead of the event.

So 2A opponents have turned to the states for wins and deep blue Illinois has caught their eye. Nearly a dozen gun control groups are now operating in Illinois. Since January, they've pounded the Prairie State's fair-weather gun rights supporters, causing a few to defect. Those mostly suburban Chicagoland politicians foolishly fall for the siren song of gun control along with Everytown's pledges of future support at the polls and other dubious claims.

On the flip side, generally pro-gun downstate Illinois Democrat senators have felt the heat from gun rights groups.    Senate President John “Stonewall” Cullerton, a Chicagoland Democrat, has blocked pretty much all of our pro-gun bills. This year's IGOLD rally served to help keep up the pressure on him to allow a free and fair vote on our bills.

From left, the NRA-ILA's liaison Shannon Alford, NRA-ILA contract lobbyist Todd Vandermyde, GSL President Steve Davis and member Dave Blaskey share a laugh ahead of the event.


Preparing for the march with volunteer-made signs, courtesy of Mark the sign guy.

Congratulations to all involved for a job well done. For showing their strength to the legislature and having fun whild doing it, Illinois gun owners showed exemplary dedication to protecting and defending our right to keep and bear arms.


One Response to IL Gun Heroes of the Day: Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day

  1. Proud Deplorable on April 16, 2017 at 7:35 pm

    Over 2,000,000 FOID cards in Illinois and only 350 attend the most important event for gun rights in this state? If that isn't complacency I'll kiss your bullets. Darn tootin' I was there, wouldn't miss it for anything.