Another successful IGOLD and many thanks due to all the people who help make it happen! It may have rained on our 'parade' but it certainly didn't dampen our spirits!!
Thank you to all the marshals and IGOLD friends who helped with the set-up the night before and arrived early the next morning to help get the show going, those who staffed the tables, help answer questions, give directions.
Thank you to all our speakers! Don Moran, ISRA President; Richard Pearson, ISRA Executive Director; Chip Eberhart, NRA's Freedom's Safest Place spokesperson; Massad Ayoob, firearm instructor extraordinaire; Shannon Alford and Todd Vandermyde, our NRA lobbyists; Mike Weisman, IGOLD organizer & ISRA board member; Tom Shafer, the best march leader in the world!
Thank you to all the hardy folks who ignored a rainy forecast, traveled to Springfield, marched together in tremendous show of unity and common goals.
IGOLD t-shirts and caps were everywhere you looked - all exercising their constitutional right to address their elected officials.
We had the absolute BEST rally in the rotunda that we have EVER had. Countless legislators, one after another, stepped up to the podium to vow their support of our issues, encouraging us to fight on and not become complacent.
We wrapped up the day raising our voices up to the rotunda, chanting "gun free zones are killing zones". Hearing all those voices ringing up into the far reaches of the Capitol is a tremendous experience - if you have never experienced it, make a promise to yourself to be there next year!
Many folks have photos and video of the day, we hope you will post them up here on IllinoisCarry for all to enjoy.
We'll rest up tonight and then tomorrow turn our thoughts toward IGOLD 2017!