The ISRA is recommending that all law-abiding Americans celebrate their 2nd Amendment rights by purchasing a firearm or two this weekend. This recommendation comes as firearm dealers across the nation are reporting record jumps in sales of rifles, pistols and shotguns. Likewise, the FBI reports that requests for gun-buyer background checks are coming in at a frenzied pace.
This plus-up in gun purchases is being attributed to President-elect Obama's demonstrated hostility toward firearm owners and well-founded fears that his administration will implement Chicago-style gun controls across the United States.
"This is a perfect weekend to go out and buy a gun," commented ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson. "There are only 9 more weekends until Obama is sworn in. After that, it's anybody's guess as to how many more weekends after that that gun sales will still be permitted. If you've been putting off purchasing your first firearm, do it now while you are able. If you're a long time shooter that has been dreaming about a certain rifle or pistol, buy it this weekend or you may soon have only your dreams to fall back on. Buy a gun now, because there may be no tomorrow for the 2nd Amendment."
"During the presidential campaign, voters were fed a line of bull about Obama's 'respect' for the 2nd Amendment - and a lot of well-meaning gun owners swallowed it," continued Pearson. "Well, that 'respect' was apparently very short-lived. Just two days after the election, the Obama transition web site listed a host of gun control objectives including a ban on semiautomatic rifles, pistols and shotguns. Interestingly, once this list of controls drew public attention, it was promptly removed from the site with out explanation."
"The handwriting is on the wall," said Pearson. "It's a safe bet that the Obama administration will move swiftly to stifle the 2nd Amendment. Some gun owners take comfort in the assumption that Congress is too shy to pass the Obama gun control agenda. The truth of the matter is, Obama doesn't need the Congress to do his dirty work. His executive powers grant him a host of administrative options that would be equally effective in making private gun ownership a thing of the past."
"The best defense against the Obama Gun Grabbing Machine is a solid show of force by law-abiding gun owners," said Pearson. "The most forceful display of support for gun rights is for citizens to enthusiastically exercise their 2nd Amendment rights. By keeping the gun shop cash registers ringing and the FBI background check computers humming, citizens will send a very clear message that they do not take challenges to their rights lightly."
The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and responsible firearms ownership. Founded in 1903, the ISRA has represented the interests of millions of law-abiding Illinois firearm owners.