Sunday, October 26, 2008

Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson Issues Open Letter to Nation's Sportsmen Regarding Obama's History in the Illinois Senate

CHICAGO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is the text of an open letter to the nation's hunters and sportsmen issued today by Illinois State Rifle Association Executive Director Richard Pearson:

Fellow Sportsman,

Hello, my name is Rich Pearson and I have been active in the firearm
rights movement for over 40 years. For the past 15 years, I have served in
the Illinois state capitol as the chief lobbyist for the Illinois State
Rifle Association.

I lobbied Barack Obama extensively while he was an Illinois State
Senator. As a result of that experience, I know Obama's attitudes toward
guns and gun owners better than anyone. The truth be told, in all my years
in the Capitol I have never met a legislator who harbors more contempt for
the law-abiding firearm owner than does Barack Obama.

Although Obama claims to be an advocate for the 2nd Amendment, his
voting record in the Illinois Senate paints a very different picture. While
a state senator, Obama voted for a bill that would ban nearly every hunting
rifle, shotgun and target rifle owned by Illinois citizens. That same bill
would authorize the state police to raid homes of gun owners to forcibly
confiscate banned guns. Obama supported a bill that would shut down
law-abiding firearm manufacturers including Springfield Armory, Armalite,
Rock River Arms and Les Baer. Obama also voted for a bill that would
prohibit law-abiding citizens from purchasing more than one gun per month.

Without a doubt, Barack Obama has proven himself to be an enemy of the
law abiding firearm owner. At the same time, Obama has proven himself to be
a friend to the hardened criminal. While a state senator, Obama voted 4
times against legislation that would allow a homeowner to use a firearm in
defense of home and family.

Does Barack Obama still sound to you like a "friend" of the law-abiding
gun owner?

And speaking of friends, you can always tell a person by the company
they keep. Obama counts among his friends the Rev. Michael Pfleger - a
renegade Chicago priest who has openly called for the murder of gun shop
owners and pro-gun legislators. Then there is his buddy Richard Daley, the
mayor of Chicago who has declared that if it were up to him, nobody would
be allowed to own a gun. And let's not forget Obama's pal George Soros -
the guy who has pumped millions of dollars into the UN's international
effort to disarm law-abiding citizens.

Obama has shown that he is more than willing to use other people's
money to fund his campaign to take your guns away from you. While a board
member of the leftist Joyce Foundation, Barack Obama wrote checks for tens
of millions of dollars to extremist gun control organizations such as the
Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence and the Violence Policy Center.

Does Barack Obama still sound to you like a "friend" of the law-abiding
gun owner?

By now, I'm sure that many of you have received mailings from an
organization called "American Hunters and Shooters Association(AHSA)"
talking about what a swell fellow Obama is and how he honors the 2nd
Amendment and how you will never have to worry about Obama coming to take
your guns. Let me make it perfectly clear - everything the AHSA says about
Obama is pure hogwash. The AHSA is headed by a group of left-wing elitists
who subscribe to the British view of hunting and shooting. That is, a state
of affairs where hunting and shooting are reserved for the wealthy
upper-crust who can afford guided hunts on exclusive private reserves. The
AHSA is not your friend, never will be.

In closing, I'd like to remind you that I'm a guy who has actually gone
nose to nose with Obama on gun rights issues. The Obama I know cannot even
begin to identify with this nation's outdoor traditions. The Obama I know
sees you, the law abiding gun owner, as nothing but a low-class lummox who
is easily swayed by the flash of a smile and a ration of rosy rhetoric. The
Obama I know is a stony-faced liar who has honed his skill at getting what
he wants - so long as people are willing to give it to him.

That's the Barack Obama I know.

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.


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