Despite a wicked winter storm in northern Illinois, approximately 8100 gun owners still managed to converge on Springfield, Illinois for Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day (IGOLD) on Wednesday, March 6, 2013.
IGOLD began in 2007 as the Illinois State Rifle Association joined forces with other gun clubs, organizations and Internet forums to have a massive turnout at the Statehouse in Springfield to lobby legislators and the state’s elected officials.
In the first year, nearly 1200 people turned out and the crowds have grown consistently.
This year, the weather was very unfavorable for those in northern Illinois as a winter snowstorm blew through Tuesday evening into Wednesday morning. At least a half-dozen buses from northern Illinois were cancelled because of road conditions and others were late. Plenty more individuals tried to drive down and turned back because of treacherous road conditions.
Despite these challenges, over eight thousand dedicated gun owners turned out to advocate for the principles our nation was founded upon and to rally against recreating past tyrannies.
Speakers, including politicians and the NRA’s contract lobbyist for Illinois Toddy Vandermyde and representatives from the major sponsoring gun rights organizations warmed up the crowd at the Prairie Capital Convention Center before the six-block walk to the Statehouse. Other speakers included plaintiffs of a several of the recent landmark civil rights cases.