Are we likely to see constitutional carry in Massachusetts, New York, or California any time soon? Ha! But I can tell you that a lot of us who were around in the dark old days of 1993 and 1994 never thought we’d see even this much, ever, in so many places.
And “this much” is a lot. A hell of a lot. Better yet, we’re going to see more.
Do I now approve of the “shall issue” permits that laid the groundwork for this? Nope. No way. But even I have to admit that the grassroots “shall issue” ccw movement gave birth to the constitutional carry movement. And constitutional carry is an unreservedly good thing.
I do indeed remember those darker days; in fact it was right around then that I stumbled across Claire in the first place. Worth, seriously worth, a RTWT.
The only downside I can see, honestly, is that celebrating a good thing for what it is, isn't going to help the sort of prag mindset that still can't distinguish between long-term strategy and true pre-emptive surrender. Yes, there is a lesson in all this for those of us who can't bring ourselves to actively support ideas that might turn out later to be valuable incremental milestones. (Duly noted and appreciated, and to borrow from Joel, the crow tastes pretty fine!) But we, too, should recognize our important place in restraining the surrender impulse--and keep at it. The real visionaries, as Claire's post suggests, will recognize us for what we are and work with us.
Here's to more such free-people assertions. Many more!