May 08, 2007

Pike County Rocks!

Holy crap, there may still be hope for Illinois! It seems that Pike County in Illinois adopted a resolution last month to oppose ANY legislation that infringes on the right to keep and bear arms. It seems that the citizens of the county were afraid that all of the anti-gun legislation that is being pushed through Springfield is going to not only jeopardize their Constitutional rights, but also hurt their tourism industry. Pike county is famous for itís hunting. I know a lot of people that have traveled there to go Deer Hunting. The citizens and county board feel that the Stateís attempt to ban firearms would end that hunting tradition.

On April 24, 2007 in a 7-2 vote they adopted a resolution that read:

Ē Now, Therefore, It Be And Is Hereby Resolved, that the people of Pike County, Illinois, do oppose the enactment of any legislation that would infringe upon the Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms, and deem such laws to be Unconstitutional and beyond lawful Legislative Authority.Ē

IE if the State does pass such laws, they arenít going to enforce them. Iím sure they will run into problems with the State Police and government over this, if anything comes to head. Until then I hope that other counties and citizens take this example and run with it. Remember Illinois, we are NOT Chicago. What Mayor Daley and Governor Blagojevich want is to control the entire state. They want to make us all like Chicago. You know, big city, big crime, crooked politics and infringed rights. Itís time to take back our state and tell them in a loud and strong voice, WE ARE NOT CHICAGO!

"What we are trying to do here is protect rights we already have," board member Robert Kenady said. And

"We have to stand up," said board member Mark Mountain, who proposed the resolution. "We have to voice our opinion. As an individual, it doesn't mean much. As a county, it means more. As three or four counties, it means a lot."

Nothing I could write would put it better then those two quotes. I applaud you Pike County, I applaud you and your citizens for symbolically firing the first shot in what I hope is a revolution to keep our rights. Yes, I know this is mostly symbolic, but itís a good start. If only it wasn't so far down state, I'd move there.

Posted by Contagion in Politics at May 8, 2007 07:45 PM | TrackBack

I can't really say this is symbolic. I grew up down in Greene County (close to Pike) & have known quite a few folks from Pike. I can tell you, they take their Constitutional rights VERY seriously. Anyone who thinks they can go down there and just take their guns will have a very real fight on their hands!

Pike County folk (referred to by many neighbors as "River Rats") epitomize an old "poem" I heard years ago:

"We're the boys from Illinois
we live in caves & ditches,
we drag our c*cks 'cross jagged rocks,
we're mean sons o' bitches!"

Now, let's see if the rest of this candy-assed state will stand with 'em.

Posted by: Wes at May 8, 2007 11:03 PM

It's symbolic because even though the local law enforcement may not enforce it, the state agencies will. And once the state pulls it's funding from the citizens of that county for harboring Illegal activity, more then likely they will back down. That's what I meant by it being symbolic. That and the fact that no laws have been passed.... yet.

Posted by: Contagion at May 9, 2007 06:13 AM