Toward the bottom of this message from Mickey Schuch, President of the McHenry County Concealed Carry Association is information about an Illinois State Rifle Association meeting being held in Algqonuin Tuesday night:
When is enough….enough?
Is it too early for Merry Christmas? Happy first day of Hanukkah.
Here is the question of the day.
At what point does public safety and the rights of others trump your rights?
Hold that thought for a little back story.
I was blessed to have spent 10 years of my youth on a small 30 acre piece of earth in unincorporated Crystal Lake. It had everything a boy needed. A pond full of fish, a stream full of crawdads, woods full of deer and squirrels and plenty of area to learn how to shoot.
One day after a few hours of busting clay pigeons with my brothers, a friendly deputy rolled up the drive to say hello. He took a look at my FOID and told me a neighbor had called 911, they thought a gunfight was happening next door. We chuckled at the city folk that had moved to the country.
A few months passed with no issues and after sighting in a new .22 a knock knock, was heard at the door. Guess who? Yep another deputy to check in again.
As suburbia encroached we had to start making some changes.
I would visit the neighbors and let them know we would be shooting. Most were happy that we cared, but truth be told they still did not like it, but they tolerated our pastime as we were kind enough to show some respect.
We did curtail our shooting and they curtailed the police calls.
Did we have to do this?
No we did not. But just because we could do something did not make it right. Those folks paid to enjoy their little slice of country as well.
We now have several property owners in the county that enjoy shooting as we all do, unfortunately they have neighbors who do not feel equally as pleased on shooting day. I’m not talking about an hour or two now and again but at times hundreds of rounds for an entire weekend. I shoot more than most and I would not want to spend my weekend hearing that at home.
Its discourteous and downright infuriating.
These fed up neighbors have challenged the county board to enact new zoning restrictions to limit our ability to discharge firearms on our own property because of the lack of care by a couple of shooters.
We successfully stopped this last year but it will quickly and rightfully get reintroduced due to the selfish actions of a few.
Yes I said selfish. I don’t want to spend my time defending something that does not have to be.
Here is the dark side of liberty when it is exercised carelessly. It cuts both ways.
You get to do as you please and those you are pissing off get to lobby our leaders to enact new law. It sure seems a lot easier to me to go knock on a door or two and make peace with your neighbors.
We have two main residents at the root of this. One in the Harvard/Woodstock area, another right outside of Woodstock city limits.
You either know them or I’m talking right to you.
Get mad at me. I can take it. But when a new zoning laws get rammed through because someone is too stubborn and rude and hides behind the old “it’s my rights” speech I personally will be very upset and you should too.
This is no joke and I really have had enough of the “it’s my right” crap. During a county board meeting, this very day, neighbors of the residents mentioned, above brought the matter back in front of the board. They are fed up.
You have a right to shoot and they have a right to peace and quiet.
Read it again if you need to.
We all cry for less government. That is impossible when one cannot “self govern” their own actions.
Here is what must happen.
1. Those in question need to be more courteous of their neighbors.
2. They need to communicate to find a common ground. Yes its your right to shoot but not when it becomes illegal through zoning law(enacted because of a few hard heads) Don’t be so right that you ruin it for the rest of us.
3. We need to remind our pals that shoot in the county to do so politely and safely.
4. We preach good citizenship. Quit talking and start doing. Get involved.
Here is a good way to get involved.
Illinois State Rifle Association has its first grass roots meeting in the area.
Its tomorrow, December 8th at 7pm.
Colonial Cafe, 2555 Bunker Hill Dr, Algonquin, Illinois, 60102
I will be there and hope you will too.
With all that is currently happening in the world and nation we need, now more than ever to remember to be aware, implement action when needed and protect life and liberty where you are able.
Many of my students obtain their CCL but do not carry daily.
It’s useless sitting at home.
Get a quality holster and train.
Upholding and proliferating liberty and freedom is so much more than spouting on about the founding fathers, reciting the constitution, or waving the stars and stripes.
It is a choice to live a life that is fulfilling to our dreams and ideals, but does not impede or degrade the law abiding life of another.
If we must supplant the liberty and joy of others to create our ideal world maybe we should move.
That is in fact why God made Texas and Alaska…….
McHenry County Right To Carry Association