America's 1st Freedom I wanted to include the quote below because there are Uber purists that would criticize the NRA as capitulating or selling out. "None of the progress that began in 1987 would have been possible if the NRA had insisted that the only acceptable law is a perfect law. Instead, the NRA has been willing to make a few compromises so that a good law can replace a terrible law. Once residents of a state become accustomed to Right to Carry, further improvements are usually enacted." I also thought this parallel was fascinating. Obviously they are taking the long view. "This is one reason why the Illinois victory has such important national implications. Starting next spring, if you walk down Michigan Avenue in Chicago, or when you go to a shopping mall somewhere in Chicago, its close to a statistical certainty that you will walk past several people who are lawfully carrying concealed handguns. And absolutely nothing bad will happen. Right now, Quinn and Daley are fighting for the votes of people who are prejudiced against gun owners. But in a few years, when Right to Carry has become normal in Illinois, as it already has in 41 other states, some of those prejudiced voters may have become more open-minded. They may not have become pro-gun, but they also may have stopped voting for politicians whose forte is fomenting fear and bigotry. The same political process occurred in the South during the civil rights era. For a while, politicians gained votes by pandering to white fears of racial integration. Yet once the state universities and the lunch counters were integrated and nothing bad happened, the appeal to prejudice began to lose its force. Politicians who specialized in promoting racial animosity began to lose their appeal to most voters. In the long run, the result was the reform of many Southern gun laws. Those gun control laws had been created in the Jim Crow era, based on fear of black people. In the integrated New South, those laws have been discarded as relics of an unfortunate past."