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How about a Million Gun March?

Discussion in 'Activism Discussion and Planning' started by ToadPS, Nov 22, 2008.

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  1. ToadPS

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    On a couple of other boards I visit there has been an idea kicked around for doing one of the famous "million" marches in DC in support of the 2nd and to clearly demonstrate to the Congressional leadership that there is strong popular support for the 2nd before they get going on another AWB.

    One would think a Million Rifleman March would get their attention.

    I think it would need national organization and publicity and it would seem that the NRA would be an outfit that could handle the job.

    I'm going to write to them and suggest the idea; I doubt I'll be the first one to do so.

    Any other outfits with money, publicity and clout that come to mind? Might as well send a few letters, electronic stamps are still cheap!
     
  2. rrflyer

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    a large organized group of known gun owners marching on a nations capital sounds like a recipe for disaster. For some reason I get visions of the bonus army flashing.

    but thats just me.
     
  3. ToadPS

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    I don't think it will be necessary to carry rifles during the march. :)

    In fact, one of the main things would be to present an all-American demeanor and appearance.
     
  4. CSestp

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    love the idea.
     
  5. rrflyer

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    ToadPS

    Both of your comments are why I get flashs of the bonus army.

    I'm not saying its a horrible idea i just think itd be very easy for someone to get the wrong idea about it.
     
  6. ReadyontheRight

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    Such a protest would have to be managed very well in today's political climate. I agree that it could backfire like the "Bonus Army".

    The reality is that those who care about RKBA are those who WORK (and drive the economy), so they have no time to go to D.C.

    But if we did, such a domestic "crisis" for the new administration would be a handy diversion from our current economic problems.

    In terms of RKBA...what Obama decision in response to a "terrorist" attack would not be "popular"? And need "reinforcement" by Obama supporters?

    Remember how quick the main-stream-media is to point out that we have domestic terrorists too.

    I just hope I'm wrong.

    If they start driving new anti-RKBA legislation, then let's MARCH!
     
  7. ToadPS

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    True. When I wrote the NRA I suggested the 4th of July holiday as it would be a long weekend and might help with that problem; also it has significance with respect to Liberty.
     
  8. 7.62X25mm

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    Like "Take your daughter to work" campaigns.

    "Take your gun to work." -- openly park it next to your work station. Send a message about

    "A well regulated militia . . . "

    I'm not talking about being confrontive or belligerent. Just let's have a show of gun owners in the population.

    Jan 20, 2009 seems like a good day --
     
  9. 7.62X25mm

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    Few things in this world more significantly "AMERICAN" in demeanor and appearance than RKBA.
     
  10. Hoplophile

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    I have little to add except the "All-American" part needs to be very broadly interpreted. The more we can incorporate women and minorities into the march, the better. It is very hard to vilify a multi-cultural group without looking like a racist dipstick. We should hold up signs in English, Spanish, German, Afrikaans, Basque, whatever. Make it clear to them that we aren't KKK members, just a cross section of how America really is.
     
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    We wouldn't be allowed to carry firearms in Washington anyway. But we need to be visible.
    I have tried to be quiet about my sports so as not to offend anyone or give them the idea that i am some sort of paranoid crazy. Most have no idea that I frequently carry a firearm. But we need to let people understand that we are not nuts but your co-workers, friends and neighbors. We vote. We purchase things and we deserve to be treated no differently than any other law-abiding citizen.
    Why is it that some politicians are so much smarter than any of us that they can determine what is good for us? It is because we dummies vote for them.
    I'm for such a March because it is necessary. Show me how many millions have ever showed up before? I'll bet we could get a million gun owners - including a bunch of politicians.
     
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    There are a politicians on our side, but we need to show them that we have enough committed bodies for the march. We need to be there in volumes so that we can show our strength and also our civility! As our founders intended!
    Also, I agree with Hoplophile. I can't agree more! Except I don't think the language matters as much as their presence.
     
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    Maybe if you mustered up a million gun owners within easy driving distance from DC this idea might work. However I doubt you'd get very many gun owners from around the country buying expensive plane tickets to fly out for such an event. With the economy the way it is right now hard working gun owners probably have more to worry about then marching on Washington for the vague possibility that it might do any good.

    Sorry I don't mean to be the voice of gloom here but I just don't see it happening. I think most gun owners are going to spending what little spare cash they have on guns and ammo right now as opposed to plane tickets to a march. However I don't see why you couldn't hold a demonstration all the same, you may not get a million people to show up but there are probably many thousands of gun owners within easy reach of DC who could find the time for a gun rally to draw attention to the RKBA cause.
     
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    What would end up happening is that no one would show up except for a few die hards. They would end up, along with the rest of us, looking like fools.
     
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    I am younger and don't have my license yet but in a couple years after I get my license I would drive from PA to D.C. because I feel my rights are endangered.
    We the people are the militia.I don't know what they don't understand.Due to the fact I am in school and with the election there was a lot of talk.In my school a lot of students find gun rights important.They thought obama wasn't going to do anything until I showed them everything he has said.One of my friends said that we didn't need "assault weapons".When I told him that my modded SKS that he liked shooting was considered an assault weapon he changed his mind.
    Some people are fools and listen to everything they here on TV.
     
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    I'd personally be concerned about anti-gun plants dressing up like their favorite stereotype and parading for the cameras (and the cameras would seek them out). It doesn't matter if you get a million responsible gun owners there, if the one media interview that gets shown is a Brady Bunch plant posing as an "ignorant, racist gun owner."

    I think the hundreds of millions of dollars that would be spent on something like that would be better spent elsewhere, personally.
     
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    Great Post Hoplophile

    I totally agree with your idea of an "Expanded All American" gathering. There are more than just WASP's that are concerned by what the future holds.
     
  19. KINGMAX

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    Count me in

    Get it organized and I will be there.
     
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    It's not easy driving distance, but I'd be there.
     
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    Count me in! This needs to be done; whether on the local level, in D.C. or both. Plus more folks need to actually go pay a visit to their Congressman/ Senators , as I have heard that their staff actually tend to treat letters and e-mails as office jokes:cuss:
     
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    I'd drive the 6 hrs from CT. Of the 70 million or so gun owners out there it shouldn't be too hard to have 1 mil show up.
     
  23. 7.62X25mm

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    "Great American Shootout" --

    Like the "Great American Smoke Out" . . . Yeah, I realize the name is a bad pun. But the concept is that we make note of who the armed Americans are in the USA.

    Pick a day. Show us your guns . . . annually.
     
  24. ToadPS

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    Well, the NRA apparently would not support such a march.

    That's all I have to say about that.

    Except that while I will remain an NRA member I am going to look around for and support a more aggressive organization that supports/defends the RKBA.

     
  25. Lonest@r

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    It's been brought up before, but like here, it was shot down by most...


    http://www.thehighroad.org/showthread.php?t=404900


     
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