I completely agree with the Pro's being quite good..
However.. Would you go to a First Amendment demonstration where they prohibited some forms of speech?
To further the cause? YES. It WILL have an impact. If I am in town, I'll volunteer. That is, of course, if I am allowed
to by the organization.
You're absolutely right. it will have an impact, and it will make a statement. It will make a statement that you are willing to suspend your rights in return for gain, and it will make a statement that you support organizations who would deny you your rights.
Obviously, being a free society, you are more than welcome to go and share and eat a nice meal. I simply choose to avoid any place that expects me to give up my right to self defense - even if that particular place provides benefit to me.
I would get some personal gain from it. I would enjoy a nice meal, and good conversation. You have to consider the effects far down the road, though.
You show up to inform people of the right to carry openly. It is in a PFZ, which is also private property
. One stipulation is that you not carry. Go about your business speaking with folks, conveying information. A lot of these people will be those who attend on a weekly basis. You turn several non-believers into believers. They start talking among themselves, and eventually approach the "presiding official" about carrying on the property. He gives them permission based largely on the fact that you decided to show up despite the fact that not carrying is against your belief. In doing so, you have demonstrated a level of respect that many people are lacking. It tells him that you are not the typical media hyped, right wing, extremist gun nut. Next time, he may allow CC, or even OC at the same event. Everything we do, everything we discuss, everything we decide, especially here on this forum, has an impact on our image, and ultimately our goal.
I'm saying, don't throw away an opportunity because you have to sacrifice a little something. We can't make all our gain without pain. The benefits potentially outweigh the negatives by a long shot.
If you're truly hungry, you'll eat what's within reach.