(Received: 01/12/2013, Posted: 01/13/2013)
Special Alert - Be Careful Of What You Are Reading
As many of you know by now, there is a near-viral posting going around the internet that insinuates that Chicago Police Superintendant Garry McCarthy plans to train Chicago police officers in methods of setting up concealed carry permit holders for murder. We’ve all come to know McCarthy as one of those guys that has a mouth that moves faster than his brain. But, at this time, the ISRA has no independent confirmation that McCarthy’s alleged remarks on a Chicago radio station are genuine, or within what context they may have been uttered.
Garry McCarthy’s record speaks for itself, and that record paints McCarthy as the most ineffectual big-city top-cops in the nation. That notwithstanding, we do not believe that McCarthy is stupid enough to publicly reveal that it is the official policy of the CPD to murder concealed carry permit holders in cold blood.
One thing we know for sure, our many friends who comprise law-enforcement’s rank and file are well trained on how to properly engage armed civilians – with a peaceful outcome as the main objective. Likewise, a key element of concealed carry training will be training on how civilians may safely interact with police officers. In 49 other states, armed engagements between lawful permit holders and police officers are unheard of. When CCW is implemented here in Illinois, the ISRA will spare no effort to ensure that such is the case here in Illinois as well.
If McCarthy was smart, he would put out a statement clarifying his alleged remarks so as to avoid further angst amongst the public.
And, as just a general word to our friends and members, we all understand that the past few weeks have been difficult for the entire nation. We’ve seen a horrific crime committed in Connecticut. As fallout of that crime, we’ve seen politicians and the media shift the blame for the crime from the irresponsible person who armed and trained a mentally ill young man, and over to responsible firearm owners. In the past few weeks, we’ve seen extremist gun controllers launch an all out attack on your rights. To make matters worse, inflammatory comments from people like Obama, Biden, Feinstein and Piers Morgan have stoked the fires of division. These so-called leaders would do well to ponder the consequences of tempting fate with unbridled passion. It’s a safe bet that there is a person or persons somewhere out there looking for an excuse to relive the horrors of the early 1990s. Such is something that this nation could not endure.
The bottom line is this – resist becoming an agent of division. Don’t spread unfounded rumors, and don’t make up any rumors of your own. Avoid debates that cannot be held in a civil manner. Instead, concentrate your energies on working to preserve and protect your gun rights through the legislative and legal processes. Believe it or not, the system still works.
Please distribute this alert to your friends and family and post it to any and all Internet bulletin boards and blogs to which you belong.