I ran into a friend of ours ("Amico Nostra") at the 1551 hearing, who works at the Crapitol in a fairly high position of responsibility. He supports our cause (and isn't supposed to say so, of course) and he had some very interesting suggestions.l First, don't bring guns into the Crapitol for hearings. That seems like it would be something a Crapitol employee would say, knee-jerk fashion, of course - but his background for it wasn't what you'd think. Like I said, he's a friend of ours. What he said was, that a lot of who's down there - visitors, LegiSluts, you name it - are urban nitwits who have NEVER SEEN A GUN IN THEIR LIFE, and just go into a total panic when they see one of us open-carrying. Now, ordinarily I wouldn't care how many sheeple get scared or how badly, but we're trying to influence legislation here, so it's something to think about. Sending brainless urban Mommy and her brats, who've come down there to stare at the big marble walls and trinket displays, scurrying in panic for help, probably causes headaches for legislators and everyone else. I told him the debate over open carry in the Crapitol goes on among gun owners all the time, and I don't think he even disagreed with the idea of scaring liberals to death in general; he just thinks that the disruption it causes inside the Crapitol does more harm than good, on balance, as far as our influencing legislation goes. The other thing he said was more interesting: we need to take a lesson from the "Hispanics". He said, they come down there *totally* organized (You wouldn't think...) - they arrive in orderly fashion, they have "monitors" or coordinators to get "their" people to the various rooms, they have "communicators" to get the word out on hearings, they have specific legislators targeted in various ways (don't tempt me...) and according to him, as a result they *get* their legislation passed. . I pointed out to him that we face a hostile environment to begin with down there, with the leftist 'Rats in control, whereas the latter just fall gushing and cooing with reverence all over the "Hispanics", so the latter have an advantage over us - and he agreed, but he said that nevertheless their high degree of organization and orderliness is of considerable benefit to them when they do show up to lobby or protest. Anyway, I thought I'd pass those two things on... (yeah, I know it's like herding cats, trying to get gun owners "Organized"... it's been that way since the Revolution; George Washington had trouble getting the militia to all shoot in the same direction, even) The good news in any case is, all those big marble slabs that make up the building, are just sort of tacked up there and are *totally* vulnerable to an earthquake. So when we get the big plate shift out there in the Pacific, the whole thing is coming down in a big pile of expensive rubble.