While I agree that it will never be over, I have to disagree with you, bikerbill, on this point:
. . . each time it happens, it becomes harder and harder for even our best friends in Congress to stand against the tide ...
Apparently, it's not harder to stop an AWB now than it was in 1994.
That's not to say that it's time to become complacent. Nothing could be further from the truth. From a political perspective, we have to let our representatives know that we oppose X, Y, or Z. Just as the anti-gun folks like to say (for example) "82% of the American public support A or B," the folks on our side need to be able to say that their polls
say that "85% oppose A or B." If we don't call, don't write, don't vote in polls, then the folks who support us have no "political cover" for voting with us.