Second Ammendment Rallies: Pro-Gun Groups Rally
Washington, Virgina Anti-Gun Control Rallies On Anniversary of Oklahoma Bombing: Patriots or Paranoid?
Gun owners, gun supporters pro-pistol packing men and women - they came by the hundreds armed with fake guns in Washington and with real, though unloaded guns in Virginia.
The two separate gun rallies had a common goal, to affirm their faith in the second amendment and advocate for guns as vital to the American way and to blast the what they perceive as an erosion of their rights (not only gun ownership rights) but all rights under the Obama administration.
We're in a war," Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, told a crowd at the foot of the iconic Washington Monument.
"The other side knows they're at war because they started it. They're coming for our freedom, our money, our kids ... they're coming for everything because they're socialists."
The two separate rallies one in Washington on the National Mall and the other across the Potomac in Alexandria, Virginia came on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombings and the 17th anniversary of the conflict between the ATF agents and the Branch Dravidian cult in Waco Texas.
Organizers of the gun rallies say those events were not the reason April 19th was chosen for the rallies, rather;
Monday's events come on the anniversary of the battles at Lexington and Concord in the Revolutionary War, when the British moved to seize colonists' supplies. It's a point protesters say is the impetus for their call to action.
This was also the first time that gun owners (albeit unloaded) protesting in Virginia were allowed to carry their firearms in a National Park.
"Organizers said it's the first armed rally in a national park since a law passed allowing people to carry firearms in national parks. Organizer Daniel Almond said he wanted to hold the rally in a place where "we can exercise our rights." He pointed in the direction of Washington and said, "Over there the constitution is being violated and in that we can no bear arms."
What Almond likely failed to mention is that it was the Obama administration that gave the green light for the carrying of guns in National Parks.
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