Nearly 1,000 pro-gun advocates have RSVPed for a march on Washington, DC on Independence Day. Right-wing radio host, Adam Kokesh is planning the march, where protesters are planning to bring loaded guns, and has put a minimum online RSVP of 10,000 people for the protest to get the official green light.
After a weak bi-partisan background check bill failed to make it out of the Democratic controlled Senate, pro-gun conservatives have had a new light of fire lit underneath them. As a conservative libertarian, Kokesh has planned a march of “civil disobedience” against the U.S. government, the same government he recently said should be abolished.
The event, titled “Open Carry March on Washington,” has an invitation set up on Facebook. If the online page receives 10,000 RSVPs, Kokesh plans to bring a minimum of 1,000 supporters to the rally. According to the event’s Facebook page summary of the march, the rally will be a “non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent” and warned that there could be a “remote chance” of violence.
“On the morning of July 4, 2013, Independence Day, we will muster at the National Cemetery & at noon we will step off to march across the Memorial Bridge, down Independence Avenue, around the Capitol, the Supreme Court, & the White House, then peacefully return to Virginia across the Memorial Bridge. This is an act of civil disobedience, not a permitted event. We will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny. We are marching to mark the high water mark of government & to turn the tide. This will be a non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent. Should we meet physical resistance, we will peacefully turn back, having shown that free people are not welcome in Washington, & returning with the resolve that the politicians, bureaucrats, & enforcers of the federal government will not be welcome in the land of the free.
There’s a remote chance that there will be violence as there has been from government before, and I think it should be clear that if anyone involved in this event is approached respectfully by agents of the state, they will submit to arrest without resisting. We are truly saying in the SUBTLEST way possible that we would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.
You are welcome to attend unarmed as a supporter, or armed with a recording device. We especially invite law enforcement officers to stand with us armed however they feel is appropriate.
If this page gets to 10,000 attendees by June 1st, & we have the critical mass necessary to pull this off, (1,000 actual attendees) we will march. Please spread the word, share this event, & invite all your friends.”
If the event does take place, the rally goers will have a major issue as openly carrying guns is against the law in the District of Columbia.