Posted 20 February 2012 - 11:55 PM
It was very nice to see so many of you lovely people again tonight, as well as Otis McDonald and his wife, candidate Vincent Romano, our usual tireless second amendment superstars, and some very enthused area residents, who, on the whole, seemed pretty relieved not to find themselves alone in seeking second amendment rights. Some knew it will be a reinstatement of our rights, some did not know this and were simply glad to know there is hope and support for the end of being powerless.
The speeches were enjoyable; everyone brought something new to the table and, as our M.C. told us in closing, there was some good educatin' to be had (ok, I paraphrased --- she said she had learned a lot). Mind you, our M.C. had been a newswoman for more than 20 years ...
Radie's words and delivery packed a lot of punch. It would have been impossible not to be moved by her delivery, pace and eye contact as she related her experiences against men whose violence and physical power outpaced her own -- but not that of the firearm with which she capably defended herself.
Molly mixes calm and passion more magically everytime I hear her, allowing you to easily feel the terror of being unarmed and the sensibility of being seen as a human being with dignity by other states. She sprinkles this magic with common sense fact and, by the time she's done, careful listeners have learned a textbook's worth of how very different and ridiculous the laws and politicians of Illinois are in comparison to the rest of America.
Andre Queen is the kind of speaker to which toastmasters aspire. If we ever reach a point where there are no more Illinoisians left to train and certify, he could have a very successful career teaching public speaking.
This was the first time I'd heard Marie Queen speak, and the warmth of her personality comes through in most every sentence she speaks. Very easy for the women in the audience, especially, to relate to her words.
Mike Weisman was as engaging as ever. His style keeps the audience alert, with the nuances of voice and tone and volume he brings, and it's gratifying to have him on any panel, as I know he will always be abreast of the most recent events and news, and include them in his presentation with an eye on how they affect those of us who live here. Mike is one of those rare individuals who honestly has something in common with people of any race or neighborhood, and it is never long before those to whom he speaks feel the same strong level of comfort that he does in speaking with them.
Ed Arroyo, chief of police for the city of Hinckley, IL rounded out the panel of speakers. For (I believe?) 30 years prior to that position, he'd been an ATF officer. It was good to have him and his wealth of experience speaking out to the audience from the LEO perspective. It really put paid to the white shirt statements trotted out by the CPD -- whose blue shirted beat officers, as everyone knows, have been asking for citizen carry for years.
In fact, as echoed by one of the reporters at tonight's meeting, there have been noticeably fewer of these mouthpieces at each meeting, and fewer citizens quoting the misconceptions fed to us over the past few decades. Imagine: 30 years of misinformation taught to Chicagoans concerning firearm truths ... and in less than two years of the truth finally crossing our city border -- our citizenry are no longer accepting what they were once told. Ah, the power of relying upon our own eyes and ears!
All in all, I agree with Molly wholeheartedly: attentive crowd, great panel, eager residents, friendly newspeople -- and priceless volunteers!
Instructor: NRA (BasicPistol * PPITH* PPOTH* HFS) Massad Ayoob (MAG-20 Range Defense Extreme Stress)
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