Grilling out over the 4th of July weekend is a rite of passage for men. There's also two different schools of thought on whether or not to champion charcoal or gas grills.
Science says...GAS is better!
If you're firmly in the charcoal camp, consider this: charcoal adds absolutely no flavor to your meat. It's the drippings sizzling on the hot surface that then burst into flame and smoke and infuse that savory grilled flavor. That can be accomplished just as well with gas grills as it can with charcoal grills.
If you're Mr. Charcoal Man, and are still unconvinced that gas has been scientifically proven to be better because it's the radiant heat of the coals, once glowing, at 2000 degrees that actually cooks the meat, you're right...on its own, gas may burn hotter at 3500 degrees, but gives off no radiant heat. However, that's why gas grills have a surface to infuse with all that heat: lava rocks, ceramic tiles, etc. That creates the same radiant heat as coals.
You're stubborn, and you don't want to give up your charcoal grill. You're still not convinced that gas is better, especially since it does everything that coal does, even if the process is a little different. That's where science proves gas grills are better...it takes less time to fire up the gas grill than it does to mess with a charcoal grill.
If you're down with taking three times as long to cook out with your charcoal grill, then don your "Kiss the Cook" apron with the ridiculous looking lip imprint silk screen on it, and have at. If you'd prefer to have more time enjoying the food you grilled instead of slaving over the necessary prerequesite steps, go for the gas.