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STRONGER TOGETHER: Illinois State Rifle Association & Guns Save Life growing closer

December 14, 2016




Guns Save Life’s new President Steve Davis, Illinois State Rifle Association’s Executive Director Rich Pearson and Guns Save Life’s Executive Director at the December 2016 GSL Champaign County meeting.

Guns Save Life's new President Steve Davis has been working hard behind the scenes to build stronger bridges between Guns Save Life and the Illinois State Rifle Association.  President Davis sees a good relationship between our two organizations as crucial, particularly in light that the anti-gun folks in Illinois haven't given up with the landslide election weeks ago. 

Davis has met with the ISRA's E.D. Pearson on a couple of occasions in past weeks, and the two have talked on the phone as well, for lengthy talks about working together.  In fact, just last night, Mr. Pearson met over dinner with Mr. Davis and John Boch from GSL. 

"It was another good meeting," Steve Davis said on the way home.  "We're making real progress moving forward.  There will be no daylight between us for the anti-gun groups to exploit."

When asked what he thought of the meeting, GSL's John Boch said, "Great meeting.  It couldn't have gone better.  Better yet, Mr. Pearson is here tonight to talk directly to our membership!"


For the first time in many years, the ISRA's chief executive spoke to GSL members, and he gave a very candid assessment of where we are at in the Illinois General Assembly.  Mr. Pearson expressed cautious optimism, but echoed earlier remarks that the Democrat Caucus in Illinois has become more radical as a number of moderate, pro-gun Democrats lost this election.

"In essence," John Boch noted, "Democrats in the Illinois Statehouse have become even more radical that before."

The Illinois State Rifle Association is the National Rifle Association's state affiliate in Illinois and has been one of the most active state-level gun rights groups nationwide.




7 Responses to STRONGER TOGETHER: Illinois State Rifle Association & Guns Save Life growing closer

  1. Hugo on December 14, 2016 at 2:22 pm

    Welcome news indeed.  Glad Mr. Pearson could come to a GSL meeting.  I've been waiting to see this for over a year now.  I know there has been some tension between the groups, but hopefully you've put that behind you both.

  2. Jen on December 14, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    Great!  Stronger together

  3. Ryan Boerger on December 14, 2016 at 7:06 pm

    Great to see both wonderful organizations working together.

  4. GSL 1598 DLM on December 14, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    Was hoping the rift between these organizations would get disolved or resolved, we need to stand together against our common adversaries.

  5. Jackie on December 14, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    well this is great.   Congrats .  To mr. Steve Smith  for moving forward on this.    P.S. ( I miss. I-Gold )      Thanks ! 

  6. Indirect Action on December 15, 2016 at 7:38 pm

    Good news for us.

    Bad news for Bloomberg.

  7. Lori on December 18, 2016 at 5:36 pm

     This is great news.  We all need to stick together while continuing to fight for our rights.