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Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Pike County (Illinois) Rebellion?

OK--just kidding, but apparently Pike County is fed up with the way the Illinois Politburo legislature insists on violating the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. That being the case, they want to go on record as being opposed to it. Members of the Pike-Adams Sportsmen's Alliance received the following email:


The County Board of Pike County, Illinois, has called a public
meeting to consider a resolution which would state that the
people of Pike County, Illinois, consider any legislation passed
by the Illinois State Legislature that would infringe upon the
Right of the People to Keep and Bear Arms to be unconstitutional
and beyond lawful Legislative Authority.

Such a resolution, if enacted by a County Government, would be
unprecedented in the history of the United States.

The resolution has strong support among members of the Pike
County Board. The resolution states that it is being enacted
because, "The Pike County Board being elected by the People of
Pike County is duly sworn by Oath of Office to uphold the United
States Constitution and the Constitution of the State of

The members of the Pike County Board ask all interested citizens
to attend this Public Meeting and demonstrate their support for
the enactment of this resolution.

The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday evening, April 24th, at
7:00pm, in the 1st Floor courtroom of the Pike County Courthouse
in Pittsfield, Illinois.

All members of PASA, whether Pike County residents or not, are
urged to attend this historic event, and express their support
for the courageous action of the members of the Pike County

I hope to see you there. With everybody you can bring.

P.R. Metcalf
Pike-Adams Sportsmen's Alliance
That meeting, as you can see, is scheduled for 7:00 PM tonight, which isn't a lot of notice, but anyone who can make it there to show their support would be well advised to do so.

I realize that this measure would be largely symbolic, with no real power to steer Illinois law back in line with the ideals on which this nation was founded, but it's still a good thing to see. Events like this will help to put our lawmakers on notice that the people of Illinois are fed up with civilian disarmament. Pike County is providing just the kind of leadership this state needs.

Power to The People--We Shall Overcome.


Anonymous said...

Yay for Pike County!! One of, if not the, most beautiful counties in the entire state! With one of the highest number of FOID cards per capita (25%). My hometown of New Salem, in Pike County, has 74 FOID holders ... out of 150 residents!

How I do love to see the words "Pike County" and "Rebellion" in the same sentence!

Anonymous said...

Actually they have more power than you might realize. The county sheriff is the most powerful law enforcement entity in the county, no matter who else is there. He can arrest State Police, FBI, any and all. No one is more powerful in the law enforcement community than a sheriff. Political machinations make it easier for sheriff's to go along to get along, but legally, no agency can usurp or avoid his authority. Most sheriffs do not know this and most of those that do, have not the courage to stand against state and federal agencies. Which if one thinks about it, is understandable since the courts are for sale.

Kurt '45superman' Hofmann said...

Yeah, I'm starting to get cautiously optimistic that this will be bigger than I had originally thought.

I'll certainly be eager to hear what happens at the meeting tonight.

Anonymous said...


Kurt '45superman' Hofmann said...

That's great news, Anon--thanks.

John R said...

That is great news.

Communities all over the country ignore federal immigration laws as part of official policy. Maybe this will be the start of some ignoring federal firearm laws?

Kurt '45superman' Hofmann said...

JR, I think that at this point, Pike County is worried more about Illinois laws (which are egregious) than about federal laws, although that's just a guess on my part.