Chicago murder update

Crime in Chicagoland — chicagotribune.com

photo: dnainfo.com

August 19. 444 murdered to date, doesn’t even include ten who died this year to wounds received previously, 1960 wounded.  16 murdered and 54 wounded just the past seven days. This Democrat Mayor allows a battalion worth of murders each year.  Immoral? No question.  Racist? You decide.  These pro-choice democrats make the choice to allow the killing to continue. Per capita, Baltimore with its Dem mayor is worse. #stopthecarnage #selfdefense #gunrights #2A #ownit #noexcuse #murder #ICarryMySafePlace @WillesLee Facebook WillesLeeNRA  http://crime.chicagotribune.com/chicago/homicides

Georgia Republican Assembly

Hotel message board welcome.

 

Early Saturday morning remarks to get folks fired up.

Also the President of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies. Our Georgia chapter state convention organizers invited me to speak at their annual meetings and elections. Enjoyed addressing Georgia Republican Assembly Convention 300 attendees, elected officials, supporters in Morehead. “We hold liberals – democrats and republicans – accountable.” “What WE do is politics. It is hard work. It is simple, but not easy. Identify your voters, get them to vote.” “We’re not losing America because we lose elections. We’re losing America because we’re losing our cultural values.” THIS JUST IN, MY REMARKS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKDC7sCftEs (Studio 25 Productions)

GRA President Alex Johnson

GRA leadership team is doing their job, well.  Flew down, large gathering for informal dinner, early Saturday for convention, lunch meeting, flew home. It was fun to see friends Kay Godwin and Pat Tippitt and to make new. Thank y’all for spending your Saturday with us. High-level speakers from state & national organizations, enough candidates to shake a stick at, some 40 PAC/candidate/vendor booths. Thank you, GRA, for this energizing event. Re-met friends, met new.  Quick trip, still tiring. On the way out of Atlanta met dear friends for lunch at the iconic Mary Mac’s Tea room.  Always fun in Georgia.  Go to NFRA and GRA Facebook for more photos and info.  More @WillesLee and www.WillesLee.com#MAGA #DTS #myflag #conservative #patriot #NFRA#GRA

If you have to meet ……

N Shore is flat as flat in the summer. Got a quarter of my 250+ SCUBA dives up here. The night sky is incredible!
Looking toward Waimea Bay, the iconic church tower. In winter, these become 20-30-35 foot waves. Amateur riders need not play.

The Hawaii Republican Assembly leadership met on the North Shore, ON the north shore. HIRA holds liberals – Republicans and Democrats – in Hawaii accountable, and promotes conservative solutions to our many tropical paradise problems. Ostensibly to discuss messaging and strategy, we used the visit to recharge with family and friends. Giving less priority to SCUBA in recent years, I don’t often get to the north shore, except to campaign. Drive past Pearl Harbor, Hickam Airbase, then Schofield Barracks reminds of Hawaii’s strategic importance. Most pineapple and all the sugarcane is gone, couldn’t keep up with cheaper product from other places.     

That Tora Tora Tora scene when the Japanese aircraft approach from the north? Yup.
80 degree water, reef-made swimming hole, sea turtles all around

 

National Convention was only a year ago

Hard to imagine a year ago, wrapping up 2 weeks of Republican National Convention.  America, and the world has changed.  Started with Pence a year before there were 17 & then Pence never got in. Went with Walker for the month of his campaign.  Helped organize and then led the Ted Cruz for President team from my state. We were glad to be in it to the end (competition, and all).  Cleveland and the people of Cleveland were great hosts. It was hot and humid as heck from the time we landed, until we left.  First of two weeks is the RNC meeting, and the committees.  With several NRA reps, our focus was on the Platform Committee to ensure the Republican Second Amendment plank remained strong and unequivocal, for Cruz I watched the Credentials Committee. For NFRA the Platform issues of life (during Platform, I usually sit next to our friend National Right to Life President Carol Tobias), guns and taxes were priority.  Security was heavy, very heavy from local and other jurisdiction uniformed and plain clothes police forces. Second week is convention. Protesters were terrible, as protesters go – unorganized, no coherent message, and almost all from out-of-town. Met with lots of our National Federation of Republican Assemblies (NFRA) folks, had fun (concert, dinners, bars, Congressional Sportsman Foundation-NRA sponsored Sporting Clays Shoot), and other stuffs (did I mention there is a casino downtown virtually touching the convention hall?).  American Conservative Union (I’m on the Foundation board) hosted several events during the week.  All the time, many of us were doing interviews and providing comments to home state media at all hours because of the time differences. Can use only clear plastic bag to carry stuff in the arena, so I brought and used a Colt firearms bag.  Left Cleveland ready to win with Trump-Pence.  Some may have known, but 99% of us at adjournment didn’t yet realize that the only guy who could win, won. And, it took a lot of work.  More convention memories on my FB personal page, 2A memories at FB WillesLeeNRA. #MAGA #Gorsuch 

VCDL July meeting

Good VCDL – Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. meeting last night in Annandale. Whenever I’m here, it is on the calendar. Nice to have State Pres Philip Van Cleave up front. Reviewed process to contact congress to pass #reciprocity & #HPA. Then, used video training to discuss lessons learned from actual home invasion. Good turnout w 35-40 mostly local members (w 35-40 opinions). @WillesLee  #2A #NRA #M2AGA#VCDL #ICarryMySafePlace #selfdefense #gunrights #gunowners #safety  More at www.WillesLee.com

NRA HQ day

Earlier this week, spent the day at NRA HQ in Fairfax VA.  Overview from the department and division chiefs.  Building is full of folks working 24/7/365 for my rights.  NRA is massive.  Many see and hear of the ILA side – Institute for Legislative Action – and miss that GO – General Operations – oversees 180 programs. Then, there’s the Foundation, Legal actions, Advancement, and more. Next day, shot some video and photos in the NRA National Firearms Museum for a future project.  Had an hour on the NRA range, this day was .45 and .380 work.  Headed out of town before the ridiculously hot day for Moms Demand women’s march.