Illinois gun owners fight hard to defend and protect their God-given rights, including the right to keep and bear arms and the right to self-defense. Frankly, we have to in a very blue state where politicians constantly work to undermine and peel away law-abiding gun owners' rights. Today, Land of Lincoln good guys and gals have turned out in force to rally and lobby Illinois' political leaders as part of Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day.
Why do we turn out?
Simple: We value our right to self-defense and to keep and bear arms. In New Zealand, a nation without a Second Amendment, one lunatic's rampage in a place he expected no armed resistance has led that nation to arbitrarily ban commonly used guns.
And now, barely a week later, police are showing up at people's workplaces to make arrangements to seize their guns. From The Truth About Guns:
According to members of New Zealand’s largest firearm forum, Kiwi police are starting to go to gun owners’ places of employment, homes, and even visiting gun ranges in an attempt to gather information and get gun owners to relinquish their firearms.
Or their residences. Even based upon social media reports.
One gun owner in New Zealand held off police intent on seizing his gun for three hours before committed suicide. Again, from TTAG:
Additionally, it appears that New Zealand’s crackdown on semi-automatic long guns has claimed its first victim. According to Stuff which appears to be the New Zealand equivalent of The Patch . . .
A former Russian soldier who feared going back to prison tried to call his son before dying of a suspected suicide following a three-hour standoff with police.
The family of 54-year-old Troy Dubovskiy told Stuff he was sought by police after his property in the Christchurch suburb of St Martins was searched on Tuesday.
Police acted on information from the public.
Here in Illinois, we have at least one politician who has privately expressed approval over the prospect of dead gun owners should Illinois enact a semi-auto gun ban.
Local cops responded to her cavalier attitude about gun ban enforcement and told her they wanted no part of kicking in doors to enforce a semi-auto gun ban or confiscating those guns from otherwise law-abiding gun owners. The response? Something like, "Well, how about just kicking in a few doors?"
Unfortunately, nobody present offered for this would-by tyrant to take her place at the front of a stack of jack-booted thugs going into gun owner homes to take their guns.
Another person present told her that people will die if Illinois passes a semi-auto ban.
Our gun grabbing pol's response: shrugged shoulders. This person couldn't fathom that some Americans value their rights more than life itself and will use every means available to defend their rights. After all, some of us are real Americans. And we all know how and why the American Revolution kicked off on April 16th, 1775.
And it won't just be gun owners dying. Some door-kickin', oath-breaking cops will die along the way too.
Because you don't go up against skilled people, including former military who take their oaths seriously, and expect not to take serious losses. And that's if your door-kickin' stormtroopers are the top of the varsity team.
If they are the jayvee, it'll be a bloodbath for the oathbreakers.
Word has it that IGOLD attendance is YUUUUUGGGGGEEEEE this year – thousands, in fact. Up dramatically from the past three years or so, as it should be. In fact, one person said it's bigger than the last three or four years put together… and doubled!
(I'm at home with a bad virus going around the state… I don't want to make my illness worse by running myself down and I don't want to share the virus with thousands of my closest friends.)