The IGOLD Difference
Smalltalk by Don Bekeleski
There have been times I have had people say to me,
"Does it really make a difference marching at IGOLD to
the capitolĒ? I have an answer for you. Yes it does!
Have you ever had a conversation with someone about a
hot topic and had them say that too bad we couldnít
get enough people together to have a demonstration or
something? Iím sure we all have had that experience.
Now we all know conceal carry is a hot topic in the
state of Illinois, knowing that pretty soon we will be
the only state without it!
The difference here is we do have a very well
organized demonstration every year. Yes, you ask about
a march or something, but do you take the time needed
when it is organized to make sure you are a
participant? People take days off from work for many
reasons, sometimes just to be lazy for a day. But do
they take one day out of their year to be pro-active
in a demonstration to help fight for the cause?
Somehow, to some people, it doesnít seem worth it!
It is there, it is organized for them, bus
transportation is provided, they are in the company of
thousands of others just like them, but itís not worth
If you were traveling alone to Springfield, no one
would even know you are there, except you and the
legislators you visit. When IGOLD goes down there the
whole town knows we are there, even TV stations from
central Illinois are present. I believe & I know it
makes one hell of an impact! So please give me one
sensible reason you are not going with us?
What if there was no IGOLD day? What if seven to ten
thousand people didnít show up? What if there was no
unified support held like this for conceal carry?
Do you think for one minute the legislators would even
think that you as an Illinois citizen cares whether we
have conceal carry or not? I donít think so! You see
it always takes grass roots to accomplish something
and if the legislators look out their window and there
is no grass on the front steps of the capitol, itís
just another day.
So c'mon folksóitís there and itís waiting for you to
join in! Are you going to just leave it up to the rest
of the gun owners of Illinois to fight for you?
If you cannot possibly make it fine, but if you can
and you didnít, I hope that the inner voice you hear
all day that you didnít do your part, weighs on your
mind. IGOLD does make a BIG difference! Itís time to
jump on the bus and make the chant ĎCONCEAL CARRY NOWĒ
all the louder this year in Springfield.
Plan to be in Springfield on Thursday,
The event begins at the Prairie Capital Convention
Center at 8th St and Adams, the doors open at 10:30
am, and the event starts at 11:45 AM. From there
we march to the State Capitol (with transportation for
those who can't walk that far, a little less than a
mile) and rally on the Capitol Steps.
Ride easy! If
you don't want to drive, a fleet of charter buses will be arriving in
Springfield from all
corners of the state.
reservations are available! New for
2011: Buses from Lombard and Woodstock!
Show your support! New
2011 IGOLD Hats, T-shirts and Hoodies are available at
IGOLD.isra.org! Check out the special
IGOLD raffle for the
Loaded Black Stainless 1911 from Springfield Armory!
Volunteers needed: With a rally this
large, IGOLD volunteers are essential to the success
of the event. Have you been to IGOLD before? Be
a guide for those who are attending for the first
time. If you have been a volunteer before, please
Find out more here.
IGOLD is sponsored by the Illinois State Rifle
Association, dedicated to education, safety training
and support of Illinois firearm owners. The ISRA is
also partnering with IllinoisCarry.com, Guns Save Life
and Sangamon County Rifle Association and other
pro-Second Amendment organizations in Illinois to make
our voices heard in Springfield.
ISRA needs your continued support. McDonald v
Chicago was not the end of the fight but the beginning.
The ISRA is the front line in the battles for your
firearm rights here in Illinois, such as securing your
Right To Carry.