Well, how did it go Drake? Let us know how OC was tolerated in Lex.
Last Saturday night, June 21, my wife and I were in downtown Louisville. It was a very nice evening and we were walking down Main St. There was music coming from the Belvedere, on the riverfront. It was the Gay Pride Fest. We decided to go in to see how it was going and enjoy the music. I was OC, and didn't know how we would be received, but we had no problems. I honestly don't think anyone noticed. That's not unusual and it was dusk. There were hundreds of people there; gays, straights, couples, groups and singles. The music was great. What really got to me was, here are all these people exercising their rights and celebrating a lifestyle that just a few years ago would have been cause for ridicule, hate, abuse and, maybe, violence. How did this change happen? The answer was right there in front of me. They can turn out a huge crowd to demand their rights and show support for liberty. We, on the other hand, can not put together 10 people to eat a meal together. They can speak to the government and the media about the abuses of their rights and in the process, gain support for their cause. Our favored right is enumerated in the constitution, their's is not. Our favorite right has long standing legislation and case law backing it up, their's does not. If we could generate one tenth of the energy and passion that they have and do one tenth of the work that they have done, we could have the same successes. They have worked for their convictions. Gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders have worked together and won, mostly. They have earned it. All we can do is argue about OC vs. CC, self defense vs. hunting, long guns vs. handguns, revolvers vs. semi autos, semi vs. full auto or steel frame vs. polymer frame. We are our own worst enemy. They have advanced their issue in the face of horrible ignorance and bigotry. We are just barely holding our ground. They are organized and we are lazy. They value their rights and we do not. We need to get working and get together. This proves it can be done. It is just that we are not doing it. This change would have not happened on its own. They have endured much worse treatment that we have and prevailed. They should be congratulated and emulated.