Protests and Sit Ins?


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Raccoon
September 4, 2008, 06:41 PM
I'm curious... has the RKBA or any group of citizens attempted a peaceful demonstration or sit-in which each participant carried a holstered sidearm?

I have these fanciful visions of 1000's of gun owners organizing such a demonstration in DC in light of the recent supreme court rulings.

At the very worst, 1000's of gun owners peacefully yield their unloaded firearms over to police, and the courts reward each demonstrator a handsome sum in the class-action lawsuit which draws even more attention to the issue.

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WhisperFan
September 4, 2008, 07:35 PM
I'm pretty sure open carry is illegal in DC.

If that is the case, I imagine there would be no lawsuit to win and your firearm would be gone forever.

yokel
September 4, 2008, 07:39 PM
These visions of yours are fanciful indeed and could not be further from the truth.

Soybomb
September 4, 2008, 07:50 PM
Don't take this the wrong way, but it sounds like a waste of time. Protests and sit ins don't really to do much. Look at the million mom march for a gun related example. They got some time on the nightly news...and nothing came from it, in fact a few short years later the federal awb was dead. The people making the laws don't care what group is out protesting that day.

soccergod04
September 4, 2008, 08:24 PM
Be careful, NC anyway, I'm pretty sure it's illegal to carry in a parade or other such event. A protest may be in the form of a parade or considered another such event.


Someone please correct me if I'm wrong on this.

Titan6
September 4, 2008, 10:36 PM
I think I see th eproblem here....

All we are saaayyyying is give a piece a chance

Raccoon
September 5, 2008, 02:35 AM
Give 'piece' a chance... I like it! :D

In the case of open carry being "illegal", doesn't that also infringe on the 2A right to bear arms? The idea here is to give the Supreme Court some fodder to work with. If you get several hundred cases tried which contest carry bans as a direct infringement on a right which 'cannot be infringed', then we may see some of these "illegal to carry" laws abolished.

Also, moms against guns are really not interesting, to the media or anyone. For one, they're not carrying guns, so they're not doing anything to challenge the system. But if we can show the public media that thousands of gun owners can peacefully organize a protest, while carrying weaponry, it might garner at least some interest. If not set an example.

The whole thing would have to be very well organized; educating participants to be peaceful while vigilant against anyone who may cause problems, keeping an eye out for FBI planted trouble makers, and absolutely no mexican satellite hunting.

yokel
September 5, 2008, 03:15 AM
Prodding the folks to organize letter writing campaigns and make modest financial contributions to advocacy groups is enough of a challenge.

Accordingly, any collective action of civil disobedience is just not a viable and realistic option.

ctdonath
September 5, 2008, 05:14 AM
It would only take ONE idiot to turn it from "peaceful sit-in" to "armed insurrection" and dealt with accordingly by the authorities.

Don't go there.

ZeSpectre
September 5, 2008, 06:20 AM
Nobody likes it when I say this but doing ANYTHING in DC, getting ANY changes from .Gov takes time. A lot of time. A one day or even whole weekend "flash in the pan" event may make news, may overjoy the vendors who will sell you I<heart>DC t-shirts and food, and will probably annoy the locals who've seen it all before, but it WILL NOT make any difference to the government.

Making a difference to .gov requires lots of time and a long term strategy. That's why we have lobbyists.

It would only take ONE idiot to turn it from "peaceful sit-in" to "armed insurrection" and dealt with accordingly by the authorities. Yeah and unfortunately that idiot wouldn't even have to be one of the protesters. One gas grenade or one rubber bullet lobbed into the crowd could have -serious- results.

bdickens
September 5, 2008, 07:54 AM
It will never happen. People who value things like liberty and individual responsibility also tend to value things like gainful employment which keep them busy throughout the day.

OOOXOOO
September 5, 2008, 01:54 PM
As a person that carries 24/7 I honestly don't want to be part of a group of armed people. I just see too many things that can go wrong. The purpose of a demonstration like that, no matter how right, would be lost by the excecution.

The more I think about it the more I keep seeing the mob of people going to Dr. Frankenstien's castle. Yeah sure they went to kill the monster but what did they look like to you. Large gatherings of people tend to attract mob mentality.

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