On the one hand, you have our John Boch on Fox this morning arguing against arbitrary bans on cosmetically incorrect rifles, like the one the city of Deerfield, Illinois has enacted. John and Guns Save Life are tireless supporters of Second Amendment rights, fighting a never-ending battle against the Chicago-dominated Illinois legislature’s efforts to roll back the right to keep and bear arms at every opportunity.
And then you have this . . .
That’s Illinois State Rifle Association executive director Richard Pearson un-doing much of the good that Guns Save Life, the national NRA and other gun rights supporters haver accomplished in the state.
In a post titled ‘Head of Illinois NRA affiliate accidentally admits gun restrictions stop mass shootings,’ lefty thinkprogress.com gleefully quotes Pearson . . .
“If people want to do a mass shooting, they are going to do a mass shooting,” he argued, ignoring the fact that mass shootings without guns are impossible.
“Illinois is a little bit different than every other state because every gun owner in the state that has a (FOID) card goes through a background check every night of the year,” he continued. “So if you have looked at the history of Illinois, we don’t have any of those or very few of those in our history. And so, we are much more tightly regulated than the other states anyway.”
We wonder how Mr. Pearson reconciles the state’s wonderfully effective gun control laws with the daily slaughter on the streets of Chicago. Or that downstate counties are so “appreciative” of Illinois’ restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms that they’ve pledged not to enforce them in the future.
So thanks for that clip, Mr. Pearson. It will no doubt be played by the Moms, the Bradys, the Giffords and the Hoggs for the next decade. With friend like these . . .