Updated: Sep 20, 2019
Let the games begin...
As bloggers, exposers, citizen/ independent journalists, there will come a time where you will meet another- who disagrees with your stances- and will do everything they can to discredit your work. Fortunately, homegrown 2A women in Virginia, like myself, have thick skin... and sharp tongues to go along with our southern charms.
In the time I've been fighting for our Constitutional Rights, I've had the pleasure of being "blacklisted," doxxed, defamed, slandered, unfollowed... SPELL & GRAMMAR CHECKED... the list is long. I've also had the honor of working with many other amazing bloggers, journalists/ news outlets, foundations, organizations, politicians, fellow activists, etc... all over the country, that have really set the bar on PRO Constitution/ 2A activism. So, to any of you venturing into the field, brace yourselves. It can be invigorating and empowering... but definitely a dirty, nasty, sticky job... and fortunately for me... I like that sort of stuff. ;)
Some of my research partners are in Illinois. The state that "houses" the most controversial gun control laws in the nation... along with their crime infested, glory hole, Ol Chicago, as an example. So, of course, when studying policies to blog about, I use Illinois laws as a basis, as well as the research my partners at Illinois Watchdogs for Constitutional Rights, sends my way for comparison purposes. None of the info that we have conglomerated on has yet to fail me, which is why I'm putting this article out there.
Recently, Illinois Watchdogs for Constitutional Rights called out a local politician, Carolyn Schofield, on her 2A stances- after a social media post of hers "explaining" said stances.
Carolyn Schofield is not a hunter, but claims to be a supporter of the 2nd Amendment. "However," she does not understand the hunting argument for AR-15s.
Then she goes on to compare the owning of one for hunting purposes to that of A CHILD STRIKING OUT IN BASEBALL. (My WTF meter went through the roof after reading that! Immediately thought of how much she reminds me of my reluctant- to- love- me pals at Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America.)
No, Carolyn, as a WOMAN & MOTHER, myself, I can honestly say, you're not Pro 2nd Amendment at all, hun. Let's talk "common sense," though.
Common Sense would NOT be putting a CHILD in a comparable argument with FIREARMS in the first place. The Left Wing media as well as ANTI- 2nd Amendment orgs are already doing that. Me, as an outsider of Illinois, a woman, a mom and a VERY PRO 2nd AMENDMENT ACTIVIST, sees your example as a "RED FLAG" in your own politics. Sounds like you are baiting a middle ground for votes, maybe... and YOU KNOW NOTHING ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF THE 2nd AMENDMENT... or guns... PERIOD.
THIS article is not to continue to call out the hypocrisy and ignorance that Mrs. Schofield exhibits. Illinois Watchdogs for Constitutional Rights (IW4CR) does that well enough for anyone in their article (linked above by clicking the pic).
Nor is this some way of hyping of any support for Allen Skillicorn- Mrs. Schofield's 2020 challenger. I've had a few social media run ins with Mr. Skillicorn, but nothing to really establish any type of real opinion on the guy. As a matter of fact, the times he and I have conversed online, it was in disagreements. LOL! I mean... I think he's a cool dude, which I'm sure Mrs. Schofiled is a hip chick, but it doesn't mean they're not above being held accountable for how they portray their politics.
THIS ARTICLE IS to call out another, though. A Mr. John Lopez, who writes for a blog space for McHenry County, Illinois. Seems to have a lot of OPINIONS on both Skillicorn and Schofield- Skillicorn seems to get a lot of bashing from Mr. Lopez rather than any praises unlike Mrs. Schofield. His articles on the matter are oozing with bias, yet he claims to not be.
Granted, I just skimmed through most of his pieces to write up this one of my own, but the main reason I'm calling him out is how he portrays a fellow blogger/ citizen researcher & journalist for trying to provide evidence to the masses- so that we all can formulate a validated opinion. Mr. Lopez, rather than looking into the information that Illinois Watchdogs for Constitutional Rights (IW4CR) provides in their article on Mrs. Schofield, he instead belittles, demeans and discredits their work- calling it all a smear campaign against Carolyn Schofield