Illinois State Representative Laura Fine was planning on holding a virulently anti-gun town hall meeting Wednesday evening in her district to lambast the new Illinois carry bill.
On deck to support her was the Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office.
The plan: frighten her constituents with baseless fear-based demagoguery and emotional tugs on the heartstrings. No doubt blood dancing and bloody shirt waving was on the agenda for little Laura Fine.
The silly little woman was rumored to want to use the event to launch a campaign seek the repeal of Illinois’ new carry bill at the event. Like that’s gonna happen.
Nobody ever accused her of being forward thinking. Unless you count “Forward” in the sense of Barack Obama’s campaign slogan (and the old communist use of the word in their campaign propaganda).
Well, our friends over at the Illinois State Rifle Association sent out a couple of broadcast emails to their members and friends in the past few days.
See, the ISRA, like Guns Save Life, has a reputation of being able to turn out real grassroots support.
Even in GSL’s early days twenty years ago we turned out good crowds when it mattered. In one case, Democrat Laurel Prussing was going to attack Congressman Tom Ewing’s opposition to a scary gun ban at a campaign rally at the Champaign County Courthouse.
We turned out better than sixty people, all carrying home-made signs. Little Laurel saw the crowd as her driver brought her and she didn’t even get out of the car. They drove away.
Well, today Laura Fine did the modern day equivalent. She cancelled her town hall meeting that was to serve as her springboard to attack right-to-carry before a single license was issued.
It’s just another setback for the anti-gun crowd.
Poor ICHV. They are a group holding on to their existence by mere fingertips as grants have dried up. They fired their lobbyist because they couldn’t afford him. They closed their Springfield office to save money. They slashed staff. Their long-time director Thomas Mannard abandoned ship and took a job with cancer non-profit. (Let’s hope he has better luck banning cancer than he had at banning guns.) They spent a ton of their financial reserves this past session to stop right to carry, but it passed anyway.
We’re surprised they didn’t bring that Lee Goodman or whatever his name was from that “Stop Concealed Carry” group.
He’s probably not around because the money train dried up.