A group of pro-gun folk are planning a march on Washington on the Fourth of July to basically dare the police to arrest them for carrying weapons into the city where open carrying is illegal.
Adam Kokesh, 31, is planning a July 4 rally of pro-gun activists openly carrying rifles from Virginia to Washington as an act of “civil disobedience.” The plan, according to his Facebook event page, is to march across Memorial Bridge with rifles loaded and slung across the back “to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated [and] cower in submission to tyranny.”
The invite continues, stating, ” … This will be a non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent.”
Kokesh writes that if 10,000 attendees RSVP by June 1st, “we have the critical mass necessary to pull this off.” He said he wants to have at least 1,000 actually marching in the event, and as of this writing, more than 1,400 have said they were going.
I’m sure that they are hoping for a confrontation with the cops so that they can claim that they’re being oppressed by tyranny. (It’s always the same thing with some people. Can’t get an extra order of fries with your Happy Meal? TYRANNY!)
Ed Kilgore’s take on this is that it’s an attempt to intimidate the people they think are intimidating them.
But even if no violence ensues, this exercise is actually typical of an awful lot of the stockpiling-guns-to-resist-tyranny talk on the Right (and on rare occasions, the Left) these days. It’s actually the inverse of what Kokesh says: it’s an effort to intimidate political opponents with the threat, if not the immediate actuality, of violence. Otherwise, what’s the point of carrying guns to your nonviolent protest? The point, it seems clear, is to make extraconstitutional claims for the legitimacy of the “constitutional” protests against Big Government.
Or, as Dr. Freud would put it, “Nice gun. Sorry about your small dick.”
The best thing the DC police could do would be to ignore them. You want to march? Fine. Don’t block traffic and don’t litter. Yawn.