Gun Owners Rights Enter Chicago Area

McHenry County Board member Nick Provenzano brought gun owners’ rights to the Chicago metropolitan area Tuesday night.

I thought you might like to read what he told the McHenry County Board:

“This resolution is sweeping through Illinois… since I first became aware of this resolution, just nine months ago, from approval in 17 counties to today with 74 counties approving and 4 pending passage.

“I would like to remind my colleagues that we each to an oath of office and solemnly swore we would support and defend the constitution of the United States and the state of Illinois…

“So let me read from the US Constitution:

‘A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.’

And the Illinois Constitution reads:

‘Subject only to the police power, the right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’

I would also like to quote a few of our founding fathers:

President Abraham Lincoln wrote:

‘Don’t interfere with anything in the constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.’

And President George Washington wrote:

‘The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honor with all that’s good.’

“I ask my colleagues, which one of you will stand here tonight and vote against the constitution that you swore an oath to support and defend. If today they come for the 2nd amendment, which one will they come for tomorrow?”

The vote was 23-0. Mary Lou Zierer was absent.

A vote on the resolution was scheduled for right after the murders at Northern Illinois University, but postpone at that time.

75 out of 102 Illinois counties have passed the resolution. The Northwest Herald’s David Fitzgerald reports the counties of Rock Island, Madison, Stark, Champaign and Douglas have rejected the resolution.

I asked the McHenry County Sportsmen’s Association for a report and its web master sent me the following:

There was a litte discussion from Board Member Kennedy and Salgado, but that was more over concerns that other interest groups would try to have the board vote in favor of their agendas…

I’ll also be following up with a post to the MCSA blog –

Also, I’d like to extend an invitation to you to check us out – we meet at 7:30 PM the 3rd Wednesday of every month at the McHenry VFW.

We are meeting tomorrow, but that might be a bit short notice…The club has aspirations of doing things like the Appleseed shoot, NRA certification training, etc… I’ll be honest, the meetings can be a bit, uh, “slow”, but it’s a start… At least the VFW has beer…

Les K – MCSA webmaster.

The story was carried on WBBM radio this morning.

Think it will help keep robbers out of McHenry County?

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