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Second Amendment Rally - downtown CHICAGO

Discussion in 'Activism' started by Megistopoda, Jun 19, 2008.

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  1. Megistopoda

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    People, this is as huge as it gets for Illinois and gun rights.

    Chicago Second Amendment Rally Flyer

    Next to Washington, DC, Chicago has the strictest gun control laws in the nation. It is time to end the madness that is citizen disarmament. It is time to come out of the shadows. It is time to tell Chicago that enough is enough, and that they are not going to violate you any longer!

    Please ... this is the big one. Send this to everyone you know that might even be remotely interested. Print it up and drop it off at shooting ranges, sporting goods stores, gun shops, etc.

    Attend yourself!

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  2. Yas

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  3. Don Gwinn

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    We had one thread on the SAFR rally before it was officially announced, which I had to hide, so if you wondered what was up--well, it wasn't called off, it simply wasn't supposed to be public at that point, because we're not Jesse Jackson and we aren't going to cry wolf.

    Now it's on and it WILL happen, period. Would you like to stand in a crowd of thousands of law-abiding gun owners in downtown Chicago and hear Suzanna Gratia Hupp speak about concealed carry? This is your chance.

    Chicago is truly the economic and political center of Illinois. This is another step in a serious campaign to get CCW here. I said a few years back, here on THR, that I estimated it would take us ten years from the time we somehow kicked off a "serious" CCW movement (based on Missouri's experience) and that we hadn't done it yet.

    THIS IS IT. This is the grassroots movement we've all been wishing would start in Illinois, and we're in on the ground floor. Don't miss it! SAFR was the brainchild of a few gunnies getting together at www.illinoiscarry.com/forum with NO national or state backing or support. They ran with it, then the ISRA ran with it, and I expect national coverage.

    We need every single gun owner, spouses, kids, friends, and even the curious and the fence-sitters! If you want to be counted, you have to SHOW UP.

    Right now, I'm trying to find out whether anyone has a bus running from the Springfield area. If no one does, I'll probably try to put a ride together. If you'd like to get in on this, let me know ASAP.

    Also, if you're from Illinois and you're not at least lurking at www.illinoiscarry.com , here's what you've missed so far in the Illinois grassroots movement:
    1. The grassroots end of IGOLD 2008.
    2. The conception and planning of SAFR (Second Amendment Freedom Rally) in CHICAGO of all places.
    3. The Winnebago County CCW ordinance grassroots.
    4. The conception, planning and execution of the 2nd Amendment resolution "movement" following Pike County's original passage.
     
  4. mcmoyer

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    Suzanna Hupp is great!! Hope the rally goes well!!

    :D
     
  5. charon

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    I would suggest that organized transportation as with IGOLD, even from the nearby suburbs, would be worth it if it could be arranged. I have an option that works for me and makes the trip into the city easier, but with all the construction and parking it could help others.
     
  6. Don Gwinn

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    The Chicago people are saying the Thompson Center is three blocks from the Metra station, so I think a lot of people will choose to ride in on the commuter trains. But I've got 12-year-old twins and a baby coming with me, and while it wouldn't be impossible, it'd be a hassle. We'll see.
     
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    I'd like to go but there's no way I am disarming in Chicago.
     
  8. FoolishMortal

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    Id love to come, but unfortunately theres no way I can get off work on a Friday. Too bad its not on a saturday instead, though that would probably diminish the effect on people who would otherwise see it during their normal work hours in Chicago.

    I wish all of the attendees good luck, and hope they can change some minds.
     
  9. cherryriver

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    I will practically insist one and all use Metra from the outlying areas or the Chicago Transit Authority from closer in to get there.
    Trust me, folks, you really, really, don't want to drive to the Thompson Center.
    Amtrak's Union Station, shared with Metra, is an easy twenty-minute walk. The CTA trains stop practically right there. Parking is astronomical and scarce. Traffic is unbelievably awful.
    Metra's cheap and reliable. Their outlying parking is usually free. They start in Kenosha, WI; Antioch, IL; Harvard, IL; Sleepy Hollow, IL; Fox Lake, IL; Elburn, IL; Aurora, IL; Joliet, IL; University Park, IL (Metra Electric), and South Bend, IN (South Shore Line). All of those are close enough for outlanders, I assure you.
    www.metrarail.com www.amtrak.com www.transitchicago.com
    I just can't imagine how the overwhelmingly anti-gun news outfits here (worse than CNN!) are going to do this one. When the Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day in the state capitol of Springfield drew nearly 3000 (I was counting), the big newsradio station WBBM 780AM reported that "almost a thousand" of us marched. The big newspaper, the Tribune, buried it in a sentence or two inside an article on a different subject.
    As a former lover of newspapers, it should be an absolute riot. Imagine... ten thousand people in the veritable belly of the beast... only a few hundred yards from where the Little Big Man holds forth from the throne on the Fifth Floor...
     
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    Given the busted nature of the link in the OP it should be noted that the date is July 11.

    Good on ya, residents of Mordor.
    I'll give it a real try at getting there.

    And thanks to Tamara for talking it up, complete with date.
     
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    I'll be there. I just sent the link to about 500 people on an email list that I had, hopefully many of them will come as well.

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    Spread the word guys!
     
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    AS John Nash would say "I have respect for the 2nd" (or words to that effect) I see that the rally will be in my home town of Chicago.Way
    to go.ILL needs to restore the 2nd It's way too long when the people of Ill can stand up for themself's and say No more.
     
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    I sincerely hope to make it, and I've passed the word on to just about everyone I know.
     
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    Just be careful. Remember the 1968 Democrats' National Convention.
     
  15. Yas

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    This is a chance to get even with Richard Daley, Jessie Jackson, "Snuffy" Flegler. Think of all those staged PR stunts they regularly throw every time a gang-banger shoots someone and they call for legislation to further restrict legal firearm ownership. It's a half a block away from Mayor Daley's office.

    What a great chance to flip the bird to Daley!
     
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    Wow! I wish i could go to the gun owners' version of "The Million Man March" (on Chicago). Sounds good!
     
  17. Don Gwinn

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    That's a joke, right?
    Well, it's up to you, but there are 8 million people in the Chicago area and roughly 4 million in the rest of the state. If you aren't willing to take the fight to Chicago, you've accepted mathematical elimination.

    If you're from Illinois, the difference between your hometown and Chicago is, at worst, that you can't carry your unloaded handgun or a knife over whatever Chicago's arbitrary blade length is. . . . maybe 3"? Whatever. If you haven't accepted by now that Illinois doesn't change unless there's pressure on Chicago, I don't know what I can say to convince you. If you change your mind, you will be more than welcome.
     
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    Fixed the link at the top, and it's now a link to http://www.chicagorally.isra.org which has been updated beautifully and is now a great source of information.
     
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    I'm serious about the 1968 DNC. Daley is gonna send in his goons in riot gear, just hoping someone draws on them (like maybe when they are beating someone's skull in)

    Be careful.
     
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    Speaking as a Chicagoan, who did visit the scene at the '68 Demo convention, I think it's highly unlikely there'll be any head-bashing.
    Mostly because nowadays, there's video cams and YouTubers everywhere, and they link to lawyers. The CPD is under assault for their rough ways as it is, and bonking a bunch of gray-hairs on the noggin won't be good... For Obama, who might have his Chicagoness exposed if such a story got traction, and whom Daley desperately needs in the Oval Office.
    I wouldn't be surprised if he cancels the permit the day or two before- that's well within his imperial mind-set- but no, I don't think there'll be a police riot.
    Now, activist preachers shoving around innocent gun owners in a provocative way? Sure, happens here all the time. But Da Boss doesn't need the coppers to do that stuff, and so, stays out of court.
    Anyway, to my outlander colleagues: don't try to drive a car or mototcycle to the Thompson Center. There's no there, there. Take Metra or whatever.
    See you on the 11th.
     
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    Thanks for the excellent link Don. I'm surprised at how nice the official website actually looks.
     
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    Good luck to all Chicagoans out there. I hope you can fight the Daley Empire.

    As a refugee out here in New Mexico when I bought my 1911A1 in my local gun store I was amazed at not needing a FOID card, or a license. I've gotten over it now.

    I can't be there in person or I would, well after stopping off at Portillos for a dipped Italian beef, or Manny's for a corned beef, or both.
     
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    Ummm, hardly. Chicago is one of the most dangerous cities in America. I do not live in Illinois. I live in Rhode Island. I have a CCW and I carry everywhere. I would love to show up and support the cause, but I'm not comfortable disarming in downtown Chicago. Period.
     
  24. Don Gwinn

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    So you would have traveled from Rhode Island to Chicago to protest the Chicago gun ban, but you won't do it because Chicago has a gun ban? To each his own, I guess.

    CherryRiver, as I understand it, we don't have a permit from Chicago. Our arrangements are all with the Thompson Center, which is state-owned. :)

    Today I was buying computer parts at the Computer Deli in Springfield when one of the geeks noticed my "Support Concealed Carry" shirt. He started a conversation about whether CCW could ever pass. I told him about the efforts in Winnebago County (which are beginning to spread, by the way) and the conversation came around to SAFR.
    "Oh, yeah!" he said, "I saw the fliers for that at Siddens Range. Sounds great."

    I was the one who gave Mr. Siddens the fliers on Monday--it's Thursday and I'm already hearing the buzz.
     
  25. Robert Hairless

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    I envy you people who have the opportunity to participate and to see Dr. Hupp in person.

    She evidently has not refused to attend that rally on the grounds that she would not be permitted to carry.

    She stands firmly on her principles and doesn't merely talk about them.

    I wonder what possible use it would be to protest Chicago's restrictive gun laws if they weren't restrictive gun laws.
     
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