View Full Version : re: IL. 50cal ban

03-29-2007, 3:20 PM
This was just posted on another forum and I just had to post it here.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following
was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):
A prominent Illinois gun control advocate found himself tongue-tied
after he was caught telling something other than the truth about a popular
brand of target rifles. The gaffe came during a Wednesday press conference
hosted by Sen. Dan Kotowski (D-33) in support of several gun control bills.
In his address, Kotowski pointed to a rifle staged as a prop for the
event and described it as being a "military" weapon. What Kotowski did not
know was that Mr. Mark Westrom, President of Armalite, Incorporated, was in
the audience. Mr. Westrom rose to inform the attendees that his company
manufactured the rifle in question, and that his company has never sold the
rifle to the military. Westrom continued by pointing out that the rifle is
purchased primarily by civilian target shooters. Westrom's revelation
changed the course of the press conference, to say the least.
Kotowski's bending of the truth was yet another example of the lengths
to which the Illinois gun control movement will go in order to move their
anti- gun agenda forward.
"When Dan Kotowski was the director of the state's gun control lobby,
he was expected to play fast and loose with the truth," commented ISRA
Executive Director, Richard Pearson. "But, now that he's a State Senator,
he has to understand that his constituency expects him to be honest about
the issues of the day."
"I understand Dan's reluctance to stick to the truth," continued
Pearson. "It sure would be tough for Kotowski to stand there and tell the
taxpayers that he wants to spend $300 million to register guns owned by
law-abiding citizens while ignoring notorious gun runners like Carail
Weeks. It would be tough for Kotowski to stand in front of the state's
hunters and tell them that he wants to take their guns away, despite the
fact that 88% of murderers have previous criminal records and cannot even
legally possess a firearm. It would be tough for Kotowski to stand there
and tell law-abiding target shooters that their target rifles are a
'problem' even though he knows darn well almost half the murders committed
in Chicago arise out of drug and/or gang activity. Indeed, the truth would
be painful for Kotowski to tell. That's why he makes stuff up to tell folks
who don't know any better."
"Here is one truth that Sen. Kotowski will come to understand," said
Pearson. "I can guarantee him that the gun owners of this state are not
going to let him misrepresent the facts unchallenged. We will confront him
every time he steps out of line. Dan Kotowski will get no rest as long as
he continues to advance his campaign of deception against the state's
law-abiding firearm owners."
The ISRA is the state's leading advocate of safe, lawful and
responsible firearms ownership. Since 1903, the ISRA has represented the
interests of over 1.5 million law-abiding Illinois firearm owners

SOURCE Illinois State Rifle Association

03-30-2007, 5:35 AM
Glad Mark was there to point out the BIG lie.
I have an AR50, no military in it's right mind would want a 40# single shot rilfle.