Two Illinois communities, two very different takes on guns

Two Illinois communities, two very different takes on guns

Iroquois County, Illinois – It’s had to find unanimous consent on just about anything these days, let alone gun rights. But in rural Illinois, about two hours south of Chicago, the Iroquois County board recently had no trouble passing a resolution relating to guns in an 18-to-0 vote. Its purpose: to voice their support for the Second Amendment in a state that they fear is being controlled by progressive Chicago politicians, especially when it comes to gun control. “I feel like a lot of politicians in Chicago are very disconnected with rural America,” said Daniel Rayman, a farmer by trade who is also on the county board, a part time position in Iroquois County. Rayman introduced the resolution with a fellow board member. “It’s basically just a way for the county to state its displeasure with the state of Illinois,” Rayman said, adding that they “don’t agree with the legislation coming out of [the capitol city of] Springfield.” For Rayman, the right to bear arms is one not to be taken lightly. “It’s important not only for peoples self-protection, but for hunting, and people just being able to sustain themselves and their family,” said Rayman. The Illinois legislature has introduced some measures that could restrict gun rights. But hypothetically speaking if legislators passed an assault weapons ban, Iroquois County’s resolution would not prevent them from having to follow the law since it’s non-binding. John Shure, another board member and gun rights enthusiast, says the government one day trying to […]

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