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Calling it a “peaceful demonstration” to rally in support of the Second Amendment — the Constitutional Amendment that declares a right to “keep and bear arms” — gun owners and supporters plan to descend upon the nation’s Capitol on April 19, 2010.
According to the group’s Media Director, the centralized march in Washington, D.C. will also be supported by “satellite” marches in state capitols and communities across America.
“The mission of the Second Amendment March is to galvanize the courage and resolve of Americans,” said Liz Foley in a press release for the group Second Amendment March.
In addition, Foley hopes the event will encourage citizens to “petition our elected officials against establishing anti-gun legislation, and to remind America that the Second Amendment is necessary to maintain our right to self defense.”
The Second Amendment March group makes it very clear in their rules and code of conduct that carrying firearms to the event is not permitted.
“There is no reciprocity with any states to speak of,” the group stated to participants, “no recognition of licenses issued by other states, no provision for non-residents to exercise their Second Amendment right in D.C.”
The demonstration comes as citizens across the United States express growing concern over the federal government’s intrusion into their personal lives and freedoms guaranteed to them by the United States Constitution.
Ironically, the peaceful rally will be held on the 17th anniversary of the siege by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas, and the 15th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building in Oklahoma City by domestic terrorist Timothy McVeigh.
Government officials and civil rights watch dog groups, including the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, have in the past eighteen months issued reports warning of increasing threats of violence from groups such as the patriot and militia movements, Oath Keepers, and others.
In an interview with ABC News on Sunday, former President Bill Clinton said groups with gripes against the government have a responsibility to voice their concerns without promoting violence.
“We ought to have a lot of political dissent and a lot of political argument, nobody’s right all the time,” Clinton said during the interview with ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.
“But, we also have to take responsibility for the possible consequences of what we say,” Clinton continued. “And we shouldn’t demonize the government or it’s public employees, or it’s elected officials. We can disagree with them, we can harshly criticize them, but when we turn them into an object of demonization, you increase the number of threats.”
Clinton said he hoped the country learned from the Oklahoma City bombing experience the difference between disagreement and demonization.
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Callers to the Big 3 News broadcast on Sunday said there will be extremists in any protest group and it is unfair to broadly paint all members with the same brush.
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