Imagine sitting down to play a game ofchess.
But imagine that instead of playing the game against a college roomate, girlfriend or one of your teenage children, there is a slight chance that you may be playing against a dangerous opponent, playing the game for your life.
Also imagine that the rules of the game have changed drastically.
In addition to each of the pieces of the chess set having it's own rules of movement from square to square, each of the squares has its own rule for landing upon it.
One square, for instance, requires you to recite several lines from a specific selection of Shakespeare. Another requires you to explain a passage from the Bible. Yet another requires you to recall a fact from Roman history. One requires that you translate a line of French to English.
Others have few rules other than that you must otherwise behave properly. It is a relief to land on those, but the game must continue.
To make matters even more complicated, several of the squares on the board are sub-divided into smaller regions, each with their own rules!
Imagine also that there is no assistance to playing the game, other than what you can read up on and remember prior to playing. And the reading material is scattered across hundreds of libraries, all incomplete and difficult to understand, even by an expert.
The referees offer no help either. At any time, one of more than a million referees can suddenly enter the room in which the game is going on and demand that you explain in detail why you made the last several moves. If they do not like the answer, they can detain you and possibly prevent you from ever playing chess again.
And in the end, if you lose the game to a dangerous opponent, it could cost you or a family member your life.
Welcome to the game of legal interstate carrying of self defense firearms.