SPRINGFIELD - With a federal court ordering Illinois to pass a concealed carry law accompanied by several attempts to clamp down on illegal trafficking - all while neighborhoods in Chicago continue as deadly shooting fields, both sides of the gun right issues have used the opportunity to gain support for their views.
In Springfield Wednesday night, Barack Obama's grassroots network will be meeting at the Old Capitol for a Gun Violence Rally & Demonstration. The Springfield chapter of Organizing for Action (OFA) says they plan to send a message to members of Congress that "#WeWillNotBack" down on gun violence legislation.
A victim's mother from Northern Illinois University shooting, Mary Kay Mace, will share her personal story and why she believes it is time for universal background checks on all gun sales.
And on the other side of the issue, Thursday night, Illinois State Rifle Association's Richard Pearson will be speaking in Elmhurst at a special ISRA Town Hall to discuss status of concealed carry, gun bans, and grassroots campaigns to defeat anti-gun mayors.
The discussions at the Diplomat West Banquet Hall will include the current status of the legislation along with possible excuses and dirty tricks that are being used, and may be used in the future, to derail implementation of the law," the ISRA announcement says.
Also subject to discussion will be upcoming gun control legislation and renewed attempts to ban guns, ISRA says. "The town hall will also serve as a nucleus for organizing grassroots efforts to unseat mayors who belong to Bloomberg’s 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns.'"