David Codrea of The War on Guns and Jeff Know of the Firearms Coalition hit upon the idea of countering Jesse Jackson and the Brady Bunch at pretty much the same time. Daniel, an Amendment II Democrat, had scheduled a rally in Dallas to counter one put on by the Brady Bunch and the Rainbow Coalition.
So what have I personally done to support our rights today? Both First and Second Amendment?
I'll start by going over purchases.
Two 50 round boxes of Federal Premium Law Enforcement Tactical HST in .45ACP.
This little rifle is for teaching my grandchildren how to shoot. #1 grandson is going to get a kick out of this.
During lunch, I headed on over to the Save the Second Amendment Rally hosted by the Amendment II Democrats. The Brady Bunch's rally started at noon, so I got there a bit early, I arrived just as Daniel was starting to get set up. We got set up across the street from the church, along the path of past protest marches. I made up a quick sign, and we were ready. My sign read "The Deacons of Defense and Justice were Pro Second Amendment". We had our very own sheriff keeping an eye on our side of things. The anti's marched from a different direction, but we were still in a good spot, got our picture taken and had fun with the signs.
How many of us were there?
Daniel, myself, and the NRA-ILA Election Coordinator for the Texas 5th Congressional District.
The good thing is that the antis also had a very small turn out.
I was a bit disappointed that a couple folks from the Texas Hometown Forum on AR15.com did not show up, but what the heck. When I drove into the neighborhood where the rally was being held, I almost said "no thanks". It was not a place I would normally hang out. It turns out my disappointment was unfounded. The two folks I expected to show up did, they just joined the Rainbow Coalition march!
I would never, in a million years, have thought of mingling with the anti's in their own rally. These guys did, and they did it well.
From CBS 11 News:
By Steve Pickett
...The south Dallas march was a plea for peace and a call for more gun control.These guys did good, they even got play on the afternoon news broadcast. Not many showed up, but I have to call today a success.
But Karina Hollands saw the march as an opportunity to spread a different message.
"That doesn't stop murder; that doesn't stop violent crime," said Hollands. "It just means honest citizens don't have the means to protect themselves."
"There's no clear relationship between more guns and higher levels of violence," the director of the Small Arms Survey, Keith Krause said. He pointed to low ownership and high crime rates in Latin America.
He said studies have shown that gun violence often occurred in places undergoing rapid urban growth, and when lawless areas are created by extreme poverty and the absence of effective policing.
If you participated in today's event, please let me know. Also, please post the details on The War on Guns, you may win a new hat.