(Received: 03/07/2014, Posted: 03/07/2014)
WEATHER PUTS DAMPER ON IGOLD
BUT MESSAGE TO LEGISLATURE WAS LOUD AND CLEAR
WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY!
Lousy winter weather took its toll on attendance at the 2014 IGOLD event held in Springfield on March 5th. Frigid temperatures and blizzard-like conditions notwithstanding, more than 2,500 lawful gun owners braved the weather to let legislators know that they will not accept a toughening of the recently enacted concealed carry law and that they certainly will not accept any legislative proposals to ban, tax or register firearms.
The day began with an informational session at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center where attendees were briefed by ISRA Executive Director Richard Pearson and NRA Contract Lobbyist Todd Vandermyde. Representatives from Illinois Carry and Guns Save Lives were also on hand to impart important information.
With this being an election year, those on hand had the opportunity to hear from 3 of the 4 Republican Gubernatorial Primary candidates. Bill Brady, Kirk Dillard, and Dan Rutherford all described key planks in their platforms and affirmed that they all support the right of law-abiding citizens to possess and use firearms of their choice.
Following the convention center segment, those in attendance took the traditional march to the Capitol's Lincoln Steps for more words of encouragement from Richard Pearson. From there, those in attendance fanned out into the Capitol to meet with their legislators to remind them that we are not going away and that legislators are expected to preserve and protect all of our Constitutional rights - not just those popular with the political elite.
The day's events ended with a close-out rally in the Capitol rotunda where attendees were encouraged to continue the fight for our rights 365 days per year.
Media treatment of IGOLD was surprisingly even handed with most outlets reporting the facts - saying merely that gun owners went to Springfield to lobby legislators on key issues.
Conspicuously absent were representatives of the state's gun control movement who had promised to be there to counter IGOLD.
In short, the event was a success and plans are already in the works for the 2015 edition of IGOLD.