The Mayors Against Illegal Guns “No More Names” cross-country bus tour will be stopping in Aurora, Col. on Friday, Rocky Mountain Gun Owners announced to its members and supporters yesterday via email, asking them to engage the tour with a pro-gun rights message.
“Join us for a peaceful ‘counter-rally’ with other gun rights supporters across the state to tell gun-grabber Bloomberg to keep his hands off of our Constitutional rights,” RMGO Executive Director Dudley Brown invited announcement recipients.
Unsurprisingly, peaceable assembly in defense of a natural and Constitutionally-enshrined right is something anti-gun politicians can’t tolerate, at least not without ad hominem attacks and hyperbole.
“We find comparisons being made to Westboro Baptist Church’s infamous protests at soldier funerals to be, well, deplorably accurate,” State Representative Rhonda Fields announced to her supporters, who reacted to Brown’s announcement in comments with obscenity-laced hatred.
That would be the same Rhonda Fields “arrested in 1976 on a larceny charge and in 1991 for shoplifting,” and who “pleaded guilty to writing bad checks in 1998.” That she is anti-gun is perhaps understandable, considering her son was murdered (although others have also suffered grievous losses and chosen a different path). He’d been shot and wounded at a hip hop barbecue where a friend was shot and killed. He was scheduled to testify in that case when he and his fiancée were assassinated to prevent it.
Still, to think cold-blooded killers would have been slowed down by edicts only the law-abiding will heed is, at best, naive. And for Fields to try to intimidate political opposition into silence in such a manipulative manner demands a response — because even though we can sympathize with her loss, we have a right to defend ourselves and defend our rights, including from those who mourn.
Essentially what Fields is saying is the Bloomberg bus — and the evisceration of the Second Amendment that it represents — must be held as sacred and immune from protest, and if you dare disagree, you’ll be accused of being a hate-filled zealot intent on causing more agony to grieving survivors. If one accepts that premise, that could be a powerful dissuasion from standing up for the Bill of Rights. Having failed at shutting gun owners up by smearing them as racists and terrorists, look for those demanding citizen disarmament to pick up on the Westboro meme and use it every chance they get — it’s not original to Fields and her followers, so their use of it shows its gaining traction.
For those who will not allow themselves to be cowed by contemptible smear attempts, the counter-rally will be held beginning at 12 p.m. at Smoky Hill Shelter, Cherry Creek State Park.
“Smoky Hill Shelter is located on the east side of the lake and south of the swim beach,” the RMGO email directs. Noting “there is a $9 fee per vehicle to get into the park, it advises “There is free parking in a commercial area directly east of the park along Parker Road, but plan on wearing comfortable shoes if you plan on walking to Smoky Hill Shelter from there.”
The current Weather.com forecast also predicts scattered thunderstorms for the Aurora area on Friday, warm and with a high chance of rain, so appropriate clothing and gear should also be brought. Patriots have sacrificed a lot more and in a lot worse weather. And based on some of the comments by Fields’ supporters, you might also want to bring ear plugs for the kids.
The Bloomberg tour, as was noted in the first report this column filed on it, has been coy with its itinerary precisely because it does not want to have to share the media spotlight and acknowledge grassroots gun owners. Because various individuals with agendas other than honesty have contacted Gun Rights Examiner and other with false information in attempts to confuse their opponents on dates and locations, and in order to preclude a wild goose chase, the Friday rally location has been confirmed though this MAIG press release.
If enough Colorado gun owners are outraged by AstroTurf carpetbaggers and incensed by insulting accusations designed to intimidate them from standing up for their rights, they should be able to duplicate the experience of Raleigh, N.C., where pro-gun volunteers outnumbered the heavily-financed, media-hyped road show and its coterie of opportunists, useful idiots and petty haters.
A new GUNS Magazine “Rights Watch” column is now online. All aboard for the Bloomberg bus bust. Click here to read “Magical Misery Tour.”
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