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Armed Rally Gathers in National Park

April 20, 2010

Don Syfrett, of Dallas, Ga., demonstrates for First and Second Amendment rights Monday at Gravelly Point Park in Arlington, Va.
April 20, 2010 in Nation/World

Armed rally gathers in national park

Gun rights advocates protest in view of Capitol building
Kathleen Hennessey Tribune Washington bureau

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Several dozen Second Amendment advocates – many with loaded handguns on their hips and rifles dangling from their shoulders – gathered in a park within view of the U.S. Capitol building on Monday, marking a day of protest against what activists called dangerous breaches of the U.S. Constitution.

“It’s paid for in blood and, if necessary, we’ll defend it in blood!” said Bob Wright, one of the speakers at the “Restore the Constitution” protest at Gravelly Point, a national park just across the Potomac River from Washington. Organizers said they chose the spot to highlight what they see as unconstitutional gun laws.

A recent law allows gun owners to carry firearms in some national parks, while openly carrying guns is prohibited under the District of Columbia’s strict gun laws. Organizers said it’s the first armed rally in a national park since the law passed.

“We want to get the message across to the other side of the Potomac that we’re tired of the Constitution not being followed,” said organizer Daniel Almond, as he held a paperback copy of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Almond, a 31-year-old former Marine, carried an unloaded AR15 rifle, a bandoleer of loaded rifle magazines and a holstered pistol. He and others wore yellow ribbons across their forearms to indicate their weapons had been checked by volunteers and were in line with laws on ammunition and gun locks.

Other, unarmed, advocates rallied on the National Mall. The crowd of hundreds that gathered near the Washington Monument was dotted with orange stickers that read “Guns save lives.”

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. April 20, 2010 8:07 pm

    Well done Rose!!

    Below is a quote from the Patriot Post….It describes my feelings very well about how we have gotten to the point we are today!!

    Political Futures

    “I am as irate as anyone at the way that Obama and Pelosi, like a pair of old-time bootleggers, strong-armed members of Congress into voting for ObamaCare. But just because the Republicans fought back, I’m not as prepared as some to give them a pass. … I would say to GOP politicians, you had control of the House, the Senate and the Oval Office from 2001-2007, but you didn’t do a darn thing about health insurance. It’s only now that the liberals are gobbling up one-sixth of the economy that you’re suddenly all for tort reform and allowing insurance companies to compete across state borders. When you had the power, all that people like John McCain and the rest of you punks did was cozy up to people like Feingold and Kennedy, like a bunch of school girls hoping the liberals would ask you to the prom. … [I]nstead of behaving responsibly, you cheered Bush on when he signed a blank check to cover pharmaceuticals. You patted him on the back and took a few bows yourself, as if you or he were personally picking up the tab for granny’s meds. … I’m not suggesting that I don’t despise Obama, Pelosi, Waxman and the other left-wing gnomes, but just letting you know that there’s more than enough well-deserved contempt to go around. So don’t assume that simply because you call yourself a Republican and make nice with the Tea Party crowd that we trust you any farther than we can throw Barney Frank.” –columnist Burt Prelutsky

  2. April 20, 2010 9:25 pm

    lol! That’s good lisa!

  3. April 22, 2010 4:09 am

    “Besides the advantage of being armed, which the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation, the existence of subordinate governments, to which the people are attached and by which the militia officers are appointed, forms a barrier against the enterprises of ambition, more insurmountable than any which a simple government of any form can admit of.” –James Madison, Federalist No. 46

  4. April 22, 2010 4:13 am

    I would say that with JUST the one quote above, that it VERY CLEARLY STATES that we Americans have an advantage of being ARMED…..what part of this does the nutcase Cass not comprehend??? Our founding fathers MEANT for us to defend ourselves against ALL enemies, even a tyrant lizard of a government!

  5. April 22, 2010 4:15 am

    Rose
    Barney the Frank is still roasting over an open fire….I like my dwags extra crispy these days…hahahaa

  6. April 22, 2010 4:38 am

    Thanks lisa. I’ve been working on an Earth Day video most of the afternoon. Can’t believe how long it took me. All sorts of problems.

    Pretty cool about the rally!

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