Gun Owners Beware – Let’s Not Act Like Hot-Headed Fools

2nd Amendment ControlI seldom post more than once per day, but I believe this warrants the occasion. I was doing my morning rounds of reading the news and blog posts I read almost every day and came across something that troubles me greatly. It has to do with the push for more gun control, restrictions on the 2nd Amendment and how gun owners are portrayed in the media.

If you have read Political Realities for any length of time, you should be aware of my stance on gun control. I do not believe it is a good thing, much less constitutional. I do not trust the liberal advocates of gun control and believe they will never be satisfied until the 2nd Amendment is legislated into non-relevancy. Call me paranoid, but that’s how I feel.

Having said that, I do believe it falls on gun owners and other liberty-loving individuals in America to behave in responsibly. This is especially true in high-profile events where it is highly likely that the media will take the slightest misstep and portray it in a way that will not be to our advantage. Thus it is with the event that prompted me to write this post.

Salon – Libertarian activist and radio host Adam Kokesh is hoping to get 1,000 people to march on Washington on July 4 — armed with loaded rifles. The plan, launched with a Facebook group today, is to gather on the Virginia side of the Potomac, where gun laws are lax, and then march across the bridge with loaded rifles slung over their shoulders into the District, where openly carrying weapons is generally prohibited.

“This will be a non-violent event,” the Facebook group warns, “unless the government chooses to make it violent.” Already, over 200 people have said they’ll attend the march.

Seriously? With all the bad press gun owners receive from the media, no matter if the press should be bad or not, does Adam Kokesh really believe this is a smart idea? At the risk of sounding like I am questioning his motives, I can’t help but wonder if he is more interested in raising his profile to the public than anything else. If he really wants to help gun owners, conducting a march on Washington with loaded weapons is not the way to go. It is my honest opinion that such a march would leave his intentions, good, bad, or otherwise, far too open to interpretation by the media. Does anyone reading this really believe that interpretation would turn into anything good for gun owners? I think not and I have no problem believing gun control advocates are salivating at the possibilities such a march would provide.

Hot Air – Showing up with a thousand (or even a few hundred) people openly carrying loaded weapons and marching toward the Capitol is not something that law enforcement is going to play around with, particularly when you announce it in advance. And they’re not going to allow the march to proceed “peacefully” either. Normally I’d write this off as a bad idea that wouldn’t gain widespread support, but the problem here is that it doesn’t need widespread support. It would really only take a few hundred really upset people to get it rolling. And even if most of them intend it to be peaceful, when the officials show up to arrest them, weapons drawn, you have the potential for disaster which Rick Moran foresees.

There isn’t a chance this will turn out to be good for our cause. It will be anything except that. The more research I do, the more I am convinced that Adam Kokesh is after publicity for his upcoming run for Congress, more so than helping the plight of gun owners who feel their 2nd Amendment rights are under attack. I believe we should take steps to distance ourselves from Kokesh and his ill-conceived march on Washington with loaded rifles. Preemptively, we should be making it known that responsible gun owners have nothing to do with this hot-headed, anti-war demonstrator who is masquerading as a conservative.

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  • http://www.texasfred.net/ TexasFred

    An armed march on DC with loaded weapons will be met with an extremely violent reaction…

    I am all for gun rights and carrying, but it’s the nation’s Capital and they DO have some seriously extreme laws on the books… I would NOT participate, and I am afraid that something like this, unless they have a couple of million armed men ready to take over, could indeed be a bloodbath and the trigger for that not so civil war that is just over the horizon…

  • ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ

    “At the risk of sounding like I am questioning his motives, I can’t help but wonder if he is more interested in raising his profile to the public than anything else.”

    Pffft, question away! We fight for the rights of law-abiding citizens. Anyone who would advocate breaking the law, openly, does not have the 2nd Amendment’s interests in mind.

  • Billiam

    Lord, I wish people would think crap like this through. Talk about useful idiots. They’ll be helping the left in myriad ways, especially if something the left doesn’t like to waste happens.

    • http://www.texasfred.net/ TexasFred

      Exactly!

  • Bobby

    Great article & good advice. We do not need to be our own worst enemy by acting irresponsibly. Adam – zero votes for a political stunt that hurts our case and helps the left.

  • http://www.charlesmphipps.com Charles Phipps

    People on the left are probably -hoping- this march happens so they can point to it and say “See! See! Those gun nuts don’t care about the law!” Billiam is right, just useful idiots.

  • http://conservativesonfire.wordpress.com Jim at Asylum Watch

    I couldn’t agree with you more, Larry. Imagine how easy it would be to age such an event. Idiots!

  • http://mrmadison.net Mustang

    Kokesh is a showman. The left knows this as well as we do, but they’ll make as much hay from his retarded demonstrations as possible. In fact, they’ve already started (see Democratic Underground). He will accomplish nothing worthwhile with less than a million demonstrators and that’ll never happen. Not in this America.

  • http://americaswatchtower.com Steve Dennis

    You are right Larry, we have to keep our heads during this debate. The left is trying to goad us into reacting irrationally so they can use it to promote the anti-gun agenda. We must not fall into this trap.

  • http://texasbrady.com The Right Handed Cowboy

    Not a good idea at all. It would be bad for our cause and would play into the hands of the left. All it would take is for one moron to accidently discharge a round, and the fight would be on. No not a good idea. I would NOT participate nor would condone such an idea.

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      Either a moron or a plant from the left. I wouldn’t put it past them to try something like that to enforce their narrative that gun owners are crazy.

  • http://www.cannichecove.com John Bascom

    A random collection of 2000 souls carrying loaded, displayed guns to the Capitol in an anti-government demonstration? What could possible go wrong? I’m sure it will all end well.

    Seriously, they may just as well all juggle running chain saws; the outcome would be pretty much the same. I think I’ll stay home that day.

  • Mike

    I hadn’t heard about this — scary and stupid. I will be surprised if they are allowed to cross the bridge at all. Certainly plays into the hands of gun control advocates who will definitely be hoping it draws 1000+ people. A few dozen and it’s just a crank fringe — 1000+ and it becomes ALL conservative gun nuts who truly have no respect for the law they say they respect.

  • Dragonconservative

    Hmmm…let’s consider this. Marching on the capital of one’s nation with armed weapons. Now that just doesn’t sound smart. The problem with some individuals is that they’re nuts, and that’s just what this is; a crazy activist overemphasizing his point. All that Kokesh is doing is trying to scare the people into supporting gun rights. As you said, Larry, it’ll hurt the cause.

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      Not only will it hurt the cause of gun rights, it’s likely to turn into a nasty ordeal. I’m really afraid someone will be killed and if that happens, things will probably escalate. Nothing good can come from that.

  • http://www.texasfred.net/ TexasFred

    There is so much TRUTH in this post and the comments that it’s scary… And it’s a damned shame that this Kokesh guy is trying to get people killed to further HIS cause and future…

    An even bigger shame is that so many have fallen for it…

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  • bill gullen

    can’t add anything printable to the preceding comments re: mr. kokesh or his planned adventure. I suspect due to the pre-publicity he’ll be afforded ‘guidance’ by our f.b.i. and in this case rightly so.

    but having said that; I feel compelled to remind all of us that there was a time in our history when a thousand armed civilians crossing the Potomac into and out of Washington would not have raised an eyebrow…b

    • http://www.ldjackson.net LD Jackson

      That is true, Bill. Times have surely changed.

  • http://rjjrdq.com rjjrdq

    I never heard of the guy so I don’t know how he is day to day. A left plant? An instigator?

  • http://Www.bunkerville.wordpress.com Bunkerville

    They are just waiting for something like this. I would imagine they will even plant an action.

  • Bettybb

    This guy is not protesting, he is looking to create trouble.

  • JT

    Its their right and the law of the land to carry loaded guns into the heart of DC. We wanted less restrictions and this is one of the outcomes. When you have 100 million informally/marginally trained gun owners, you have to have some public safety laws just to keep people from getting hurt and to keep things from deterioriating into a “wild west” kind of atmosphere like this one. There has to be a balance somewhere between public safety and the open carry laws. For now, the prevailing winds (and the Supreme Court)favor unrestricted carry. I hope it goes well.

  • http://the-classic-liberal.com/ theCL

    The outcome, whether good or bad, sits squarely in government hands. This is clear by the arguments of everyone, regardless if ‘for’ or ‘against’. While certainly not my cup of tea, I have to wonder what old Sam Adams, Tom Paine and the man himself, Thomas Jefferson, would think of this march? Keep in mind the British Crown was a fuzzy-wuzzy little teddybear compared to the Leviathan occupying DC today.

    Maybe there are better ways. Certainly there are. I get that. Yet who is willing to take them? Crickets … How did that go again? “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with a vote for an Establishment and media approved Republican candidate.” Yeah, that’ll show ‘em!

    I’m Switzerland on this march, neither for nor against. But I do know this … If you’re willing to let the left, or the media, or the government interpret your intentions for you, and/or influence your behavior, “Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

    Does our heritage matter anymore? I think not. Randomly google some “founding” quotes. Neither left nor right would dare claim these men today. Each side would go out of their way to distance themselves from such radical “fringe” lunatics. Just another sign of our societal decay.

    I fear for the men and women who join this march. Greatly. I pray nothing goes wrong. I do not trust Mordor-on-the-Potomac (for good reason). Especially now that it willingly growls and shows its fangs. Pray for them. They need your prayers. DC may prove once and for all who the real enemy is.

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