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Meet Kevin Tully – Vet who passionately defended 2nd Amendment at anti-gun event

Meet Kevin Tully – Vet who passionately defended 2nd Amendment at anti-gun event

“When in our nation did the word ‘patriot’ become a foul word?”

This past Sunday, at an anti-gun forum in the Chicago suburbs, veteran Kevin Tully stood up and delivered a defense of the Second amendments, and why men like him choose to go to war to defend those and other inalienable rights protected by our Bill of Rights.

The video has gone viral, as people have rallied around the impassioned defense offered by Tully:

Now, the thing I would like you to answer, sir. And I did go to war for this country….

And I went to war for your ability to have the First Amendment, to say what you stood up there and said today, to write what you want to write in your newspaper, and have whatever opinion you want to have. You can practice whatever religious freedoms you want. I would like you to answer the question, since you just said that one of the rights that I went to war over to defend, that is inalienable, to every American citizen. If this discussion was going on, about your First Amendment rights, would you still have the same opinion that we don’t need that any more either….

The threat of tyranny, today, is no less than at the turn of the century in 1900, in 1800, or in 1700!

Veteran New Trier Dem Gun Forum

I spoke with Tully Wednesday evening, after having spent the past days trying to identify him.

He told me he was surprised at all the attention the video of him has gotten, that he had expected maybe it would make its way to YouTube:

“This is what I’m most amazed about. It’s not that people are commenting and saying, ‘this guy is a Second Amendment supporter,’ or ‘this guy is a patriot.’ It’s how many people said, ‘finally, someone is standing up and saying something.’ I’m just doing what I was raised to do. At some point in time, someone made it a crime to be opinionated. To be a patriot. To tell right from wrong. When in our nation did the word ‘patriot’ become a foul world?”

Tully, an Air Force veteran who comes from a military family, said he grew up knowing he wanted to join the service. His father served in World War II, and three brothers all served in the military.

“My mother instilled in us morals, and at a certain time in our adolescence she started letting us make our own decisions. By 18, I wanted to see the world, and serve my country.”

So he joined up, first as an infantryman, and then crossed over to the Air Force, where he was with the Security Force. He was deployed in Operation Desert Shield and attended Raven combat school. That background stays with him to this day:

“I serve the people of this country, the people who want to burn American flags and the people who want to beat up the people who burn flags. Being a military person, I took an oath to this country and I don’t think my oath expired when I mustered out of the service.”

He doesn’t consider himself political, and won’t affiliate as a Republican or a Democrat. “I don’t like labels to begin with. I’m an American,” he said. “I think our Democrats and Republicans have both forgotten they are representatives to the American people.”

After moving from his home town of Dalton, New York, to the Midwest, Tully joined a National Guard unit in Wisconsin before having to devote himself full-time to running his business, Hot Rod Chassis & Cycle, where he and his business partner currently employ eight people. He now lives in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

As for why he said what he did, he says part of the reason he stood up was to defend the man who was being booed by the crowd, Lee Goodman, and his right to be heard:

“I seem to be getting more vocal and standing my ground, but I don’t want to be thought of as a bully. I genuinely like listening to other people…I listened to what they had to say. Some of it was uninformed, some of it was factual, some of it was factually incorrect. I listened as long as I could. Mr. Goodman was booed off the floor, but he has the right to say what he wants to say. I stood up first and I said no, I want to hear what he has to say. I had just been told the relevance of the Second Amendment was gone. I wanted to hear what he [Goodman] would say if this was happening to the First Amendment….No one seems to realize that the Bill of Rights is not on the table. They are eternal premises that would keep our nation free.”

As far as the New Trier Democrats and the way they addressed the crowd, “my impression of them is that they were very arrogant. I think Mr. Goodman needs to reflect on how he addresses people. His demeanor was such that he was an educated person, and we were just this side of baboons.”

“I was taught in the military that you don’t bring up a problem without at least one solution…my mother taught me, never bring yourself down to someone else’s level. Be well spoken, dress well; the best way to fight back is to be educated on the facts…stand up and take your place. The Founding Fathers guaranteed you the right that you’d be heard.”

Kevin Tully

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There’s got to be some cross-pollination with him and IowaHawk.

Our opponents, all good Socialists, regardless of what they call themselves, are extremely apt at using language to frame their discussion on any topic. One aspect of Socialists is that they usually try to twist our statements and use that changed meaning as an attack on us.

For me, the issue always will be that we cannot allow them to do so yet we cannot be perceived as agreeing with their twist. Deny them that and maintain our, your, meaning on what we’re saying.

Kevin Tully did a masterful job of doing just that, in addition to demonstrating that a position of principal will win out many times. When it doesn’t, rethink, reanalyze, rearm, reload, recruit as needed, and go forth to slay that Socialist Dragon. Surrender is not an option. Loss of principal is not acceptable.

BannedbytheGuardian | January 24, 2013 at 1:56 am

A question . What is he wearing ?

He should run for office

Looking at the people behind the podium in that video confirmed that you can always spot a liberal by the smug, condescending, superior look on their faces.

NOTHING would serve this country than a return to some sort of requirement for a period of public service during every person’s youth. Every one of us that has served better appreciates what we have and why we have it.

Instead we have the unappreciative masses such as our current campaigner-in-chief and his throng of unappreciative assistants inflicting their views on us.

Woe be this country if they succeed…

Silencing, booing, mocking, avoiding debate and weighing facts and evidence are the leftists usual MO. In structured and supposedly civilized gatherings of decision-makers, they employ the Delta technique in which discussion is allowed only at quiet tables where conservatives voices are heard and duly noted, but the leftists’ objective is guaranteed through cunning, but dishonest maneuvers and the ‘group’s consensus’ and ‘decision’ is announced at the very end of the meeting when it is too late to debate and discuss anything further.

The media use such tactics on their discussion shows by cutting off conservatives and giving more time to leftists to state their views, and through positive and negative descriptors, body language and facial expressions of the news anchor or by having the camera move from the speaker to the leftist’s smug, mocking smirk while the conservative is talking.

Conservatives must learn to either navigate these shark-infested waters, out-swim the sharks or avoid them altogether.

Newt is one of the best at handling sharks…but despite his factual and convincing arguments, he still couldn’t muster enough thinking people to cause Obama’s removal.

I think this is Jan Shakowsky’s district, so the attitudes of the smug elites in Wilmette should not surprise you. There were 20-1 Obama-mcCain signs in 2008. Guess how many For Sale signs in the past few years? It was stunning. Apparently, they aren’t as smart as they like to think they are.

    9thDistrictNeighbor in reply to herm2416. | January 24, 2013 at 10:19 am

    In 2008 Wilmette was in Bob Dold’s (Rino) tenth district. Redistricting pushed Jan’s borders north into Winnetka and west though most of Glenview. Against a sacrificial lamb opponent who had no money and ran no campaign (didn’t really try to even raise money), Jan went from 80/20 victory margins to 60/40. The right candidate would have a chance.

    You also cannot underestimate the fear factor in Obama signs. We had neighbors who were not Obama voters but had to put up a sign or watch their businesses tank. No sign at all was dangerous as well, and neighbors who knew we were not drinking the koolaid were aggressive and obnoxious. We moved (one of those for sale signs) in large part because it made no sense to improve our house in an area we hated. We got redistributed back into Jan’s 9th., though.

    I didn’t find more for sale signs than in other years in the area. Most of the foreclosures have been in lower-income areas of Evanston and many in Glenview at the old Naval Air Station development. Many well-to-do people who live in Wilmette, Winnetka, Glenview are liberal voters because of abortion. And they feel that old liberal guilt. The biggest problem is that voters are totally uninformed—the left-leaners because of laziness, the educational system (which is why many people move to New Trier township. As I wore my Romney baseball cap to kids soccer games in the fall I would be approached by parents on the right who got their news from whackadoodle conspiracy websites, and wouldn’t be able to make a case to any one. This is why this airman is so great—he makes the case very well.

Kevin Tully, thank you for your service to our country. And thank you for speaking up in defense of the Second Amendment. You’re the man! You ARE the solution!

I will have to visit your hot rod shop. I used to live in Addison, IL and now I live not to far from Glen Ellyn. I want to shake your hand.

“Patriot” became a foul word in this nation around the same time that a majority of the electorate decided to elect as president the acolyte of Bill Ayers (flag-stomping, Pentagon-bombing domestic terrorist) and student of Frank Marshall Davis (anti-American commie).

    tularockstar in reply to Observer. | January 24, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Very true indeed. Most Americans are so ignorant and/or don’t care that Oloser spent a lot of time with Frank Marshall Davis, a card-carrying member of the Communist party. Then, add Bill Ayers, Bernadine Dorne and Jeremiah Wright, you now have a 2nd term President with both Communist and Marxist ideologies! He will destroy this country, and it will take decades for us to restore her back. I would also say that we should brand the mainstream media as traitors to our country as well. Because they are just as guilty for their biased news reporting.


Regarding the word “patriot”: the left has done with it as they’ve done to many other words – they’ve changed its meaning. They are now the patriots and say we are not worthy of the name. They say we should be ashamed to call ourselves Americans. That is how damned upside down this county has become. They truly do not understand they are supporting socialism, and that includes those they elected to office. They still call themselves Democrats, and I think we should help them redefine that label.