"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."
~ Second Amendment to the US Constitution
"There seems to us no doubt, on the basis of both text and history, that the Second Amendment conferred an individual right to keep and bear arms... Putting all of these textual elements together, we find that they guarantee the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation. This meaning is strongly confirmed by the historical background of the Second Amendment. We look to this because it has always been widely understood that the Second Amendment, like the First and Fourth Amendments, codified a pre-existing right. The very text of the Second Amendment implicitly recognizes the pre-existence of the right and declares only that it “shall not be infringed.”"With the understanding that the second amendment, to keep and BEAR arms, is one of the most basic rights an individual has, why are so many on the right quick to attack the organizers of the upcoming July 4 gun march on D.C?
~ Justice Antonin Scalia, D.C. v. Heller
Opponents of the march on the right side of the political isle are trying to scare away supporters:
"Within the boundaries of the District of Columbia, the illegal possession of all ammunition, even a single round of .22 short, can, has and will result in arrest and conviction on firearms charges... Will your family and community be better off and more well protected if you are taken away from them and imprisoned?" write DC based blogger, T. Stephen EgglestonThey've resorted to attacking the march's organizers:
"Many gullible gun-rights activists have been promoting a July 4th armed march on Washington organized by Adam Kokesh...For crying out loud, just Google him and his pals. IVAW is the group whose members included one loon who threatened to bomb the Gathering of Eagles and assassinate me," pens Michelle Malkin on her blog.The mainstream media, fearing the strangle hold of power in Washington might be shaken, has joined critics of the event:
Kokesh’s plan has been laid out on a Facebook page: his group, with loaded rifles slung on their backs, will march peacefully around the Capitol and the White House. Then they will return across the Potomac River to Arlington Cemetery, where they began. The point: “to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated.”
For that to happen, a number of laws will have to be broken: Carrying a loaded weapon, concealed or unconcealed, is against the law in the District. Even possession of a firearm not registered in the District carries a penalty up to one year in prison. If that firearm is a pistol: five years.
D.C. police have said they won’t let it happen.
“There’s a pretty good chance we’ll meet them on the D.C. side of the bridge,” Police Chief Cathy Lanier said in a TV interview this week.
Why are those on the right so worried about this march? Could it be they only find support of the second amendment when it can be used to raise money and score political points?
None of the organizers have called for violence. Just the opposite, they have stated any weapons carried will be strapped to their backs, making them difficult to get a hold of. The only opportunity for violence that can occur is if the D.C. police or federal government try to interfere with the protesters exercise of their natural and constitutional right to keep and bear arms, which would constitute a clear act of provocation.
Many on the right have questioned what the protesters hope to gain. March organizers say the event is to put the government on notice that the people will no longer stand by as their rights are stripped from them, a noble and worthy cause in and of itself. But another benefit includes the right of open carry, a key component of the second amendment that has yet to be really challenged in court.
What good is the second amendment if you are only allowed to bear arms within your home? Does your right of self defense of protection from tyranny end at your door step?
I applaud organizers of this event and proudly support all those who are willing to risk their freedoms to stand in opposition to a tyrannical government and so should you.