They intend to make history as the first people to take their guns to a demonstration in a national park, and the Virginia rally is deliberately being held just a few miles from the Capitol and the White House.
The group leader, Almond, plans to have his pistol loaded and openly carried, his rifle unloaded and slung to the rear, a bandoleer of magazines containing ammunition draped over his polo-shirted shoulder. The Atlanta area real estate agent organized the rally because he is upset about ♦ health-care reform, ♦ climate control, ♦ bank bailouts, ♦ drug laws and ♦ what he sees as President Obama’s drive to a “totalitarian socialism” that tramples individual rights.
It’s a truly sad statement on conservative citizens when assuring all citizens access to health care, responsibly shepherding use of the world’s limited natural resources, ensuring an inhabitable world for future generations of citizens, preventing the nation from falling into Depression due to the failure of unregulated free-market capitalism, working to ensure the safety and efficacy of medical drugs citizens depend upon to exist, and striving to achieve a more equitable society are all seen as somehow trampling “individual rights.”
- I mean, come on, these efforts to help our nation and people are what enrages some of our citizens? Really?
- To the extent that they feel compelled to protest while armed to the teeth with instruments of violence and death? No, really?
- These citizens think they set good examples and are protecting freedoms? Umm… No!
Crazed Loonies they are, truly!
So, let’s understand the conservative and republican proposition:
- Carrying loaded weapons in public while emotionally hyped up = “Good”
- Providing citizens access to proper health care = “Bad”
- The U.S. Constitution protects citizens’ “freedom” to own personal armories and walk the streets as armed marauders (even though we have standing armed forces and local police forces)
- The U.S. Constitution prohibits the protection of citizens’ access to health care, and a requirement for every adult citizen to purchase health insurance violates the Constitution (even though the federal government may legally compel citizens’ behavior in a range of ways, such as conscription to fight wars, purchasing “old age” pension insurance through Social Security, purchasing “old age” medical insurance through Medicare, purchasing unemployment insurance through payroll taxes,…)
How about if we just wall off Texas and remove these pathological citizens to there, allowing them all the freedom to kill, maim, rape, turn their backs on anyone suffering in their encampment, and enjoy all the benefits of the primitive cowboy life?
A member of several edgy groups, including “Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership” (who knew, right?) and “Oath Keepers” — former and active military and law enforcement officials who have vowed to resist laws they deem unconstitutional (in a word: Seditionists) — Almond, 31, considers carrying loaded weapons on the doorstep of the federal government within the mainstream of political speech. Oh geez…
Reasonable people must consider such civic outbursts an alarming escalation of paranoia and anger in the age of Obama.
Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, said of the program for the armed rally:
What I think is important to note is that many of the speakers have really threatened violence, and it’s a real threat to the rule of law. They are calling health care and taxes that have been duly enacted by a democratically elected Congress tyrannical, and they feel they have a right to confront that individually.
Countering leaders of the armed rally, Horwitz offered correctly: “Our founders thought they got rid of political violence with the Constitution. That was its point. The basic idea of America is one person, one vote, equality.”
So-called open-carry rallies have been sprouting across the country. Hundreds gathered in Michigan, New Mexico and Ohio last week, and rallies also are taking place Monday in Arizona.
Frankly, it seems like too large a number of Americans behave too irresponsibly and irrationally to exercise the “right of the people to bear arms.” Shouldn’t that “right” cease at the point that these gun toters threaten the sense of safety of actually peaceful citizens?