U.S. Marine Adam Kokesh Organizes Loaded Gun Protest in Front of White House

July 4th Armed Protest

Okay, I heard it all now, and the dumbest of the dumb will be on display on July 4th.  A group of protesters say they plan to march from the Arlington Cemetery, across the Potomac, and in front of the White House, while having loaded rifles slung across their backs.  Yep, you read it correctly, they plan to violate a D.C. law, and challenge officers of the law who are sworn to protect it.

The march is being organized by a U.S. Marine who served in Iraq, and had one too many concussions.  31 year old Adam Kokesh returned from Iraq an anti-war activist and libertarian. Kokesh and others have declared that they will carry loaded guns in a protest march in Front of White House on Independence day, 2013.

Kokesh has asked people to sign up for the rally through internet postings, and his radio show.  He claims that 2,500 have signed up so far.  His blog is called “Adam Vs. The Man,” and calls the march “an act of civil disobedience”.  They plan to finish their march around the White House, Congress, and the Supreme Court.  D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier says they won’t make it.

“If you’re coming here to protest government policy, great,” the chief said Tuesday on her monthly appearance on NewsChannel 8, reacting to the group’s plan to cross the Potomac from Arlington National Cemetery. “If you’re coming here to break the law, we’ll take action.”

Lanier added, “There’s a pretty good chance we’ll meet them on the D.C. side of the bridge.”

In addition, the District Line is on U.S. Park Service property.  Sgt. Paul Brooks said they will be waiting there for them as well.

“We will march with rifles loaded and flung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated and cower in submission to tyranny,” Kokesh wrote on the Internet site. “Should we meet physical resistance, we will peacefully turn back, having shown that free people are not welcome in Washington. … We are truly saying in the SUBTLEST way possible that we would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.”

He added that although these actions are planned, he cannot vouch for every individual.

This is another act that is guided by fear, and mistrust, emotions that weaken character and the nation as a whole.

Although the NRA lobby is at the core of the fear mongering, celebrities on right wing radio and television shows add to its escalation.  No one with any authority or power wants to eliminate the possession of guns.  If someone believes that is an incorrect statement, they need turn off their television and become better informed.  Enhancing background checks proposes no danger to the removal of their toys.  And, if you’re afraid of background checks, then you’re the very reason they need to be more complete.

The same groups who are creating fear, are nurturing mistrust, and are separating the American people.  An honest, non-aggressive discussion of issues was the American way in the past.  Posturing, accusations, and policies of obstruction have destroyed interaction within our deliberative bodies and between the people of our country.

Gun owners have rights, but so do the majority of Americans who do not own guns and fear for their safety from those who do own guns.  If you believe in our country, and what it stands for, you believe that no one can have it their way all of the time.  Preserving your rights at the expense others is dictating, not compromising.

And breaking the law is a criminal act.  And we don’t want criminals to have guns, unless you’re the NRA.  It’s just good business.

James Turnage

Columnist-The Guardian Express