Almost 900 people are RSVPed for a July 4th march on Washington, D.C. where protesters plan to carry loaded rifles. In D.C., openly carrying guns is against the law. But the organizer of the event, libertarian radio host Adam Kokesh, says the march is an act of “civil disobedience” that attempts to prove gun advocates’ […]
Now what could possibly be wrong with this idea?
Look, if you against gun control, that is your first amendment right. If you want to speak about what you feel is wrong about gun control, that is your first amendment right. If you want to protest gun control laws, that is your first amendment right.
But for the record, the first amendment only covers peaceful protests. One can argue that these protesters only want to display their guns, that they have no intention of using them on the march, but I still don’t think this flies.
When you say you are openly carrying guns in an effort to “put the government on notice” it crosses the line from peaceably assembling to redress your grievances to the government into intimidation and possibly treason.
When you carry loaded weapons under a message like that, there is a very clear underlying message. You say “we’re putting you on notice” with the implied addendum of “and if you don’t follow our notice, we will use these weapons on you.” And that message is clearly intended to cow government officials into doing what they want out of fear of retaliation. It also seems to suggest that these people have an intention to secede if ignored, which is treason.
And that’s not even covering the signs threatening the president’s life that we all know will be there.