It's almost funny how desperate some on the left are to conflate gun owners with haters—and instructive to see how filled with hate some of these "progressives" reveal themselves to be. A good example of this is the meme that the Second Amendment March is scheduled to take place on April 19 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.
Here's a sample of sentiment gleaned from around the web:
WOW, they are celebrating a terrorist attack on the US?and
god, how do these gun nuts sleep at night? ...They probably think McVeigh was a hero. some certainly think Koresh is. these are the Tea Baggers among us. loons, misfits, gun nuts, paranoids, racists and traitorous cowards.Here's my personal favorite:
They are celebrating the deaths of innocent Americans and the terrorist who murdered them.Ah, the voices of tolerance...
This is just a group of gun nuts who think they are going to stand up to the black president and show him who is boss. I am sure some Republican will get involved to make money off of this little rally. The FBI will be watching these guys like bugs under glass.
There is one other thing, there are more guns on the street than these goons can even imagine. The PD has already said they don't guarantee their safety.
To the gang leaders I would say, shoot accurately.
So why was April 19 chosen?
From Second Amendment March founder Skip Coryell:
"We chose that date because it is the 235th anniversary of Lexington-Concord."It's never been a secret—it's at the core of the rally. Look on the Second Amendment March website—right there in the banner you see this:
On their promotional flyers, you see this:
Gee, why the minuteman if not to commemorate the courage and conviction shown by armed citizens on April 19, 1775, otherwise known as Patriots' Day?
Be sure to read the complete article. I have seen a lot of commenters on the Register site making the same silly claims about April 19th and McVeigh. Nothing could be further from the truth. Patriots day. Celebrating the day that the citizens stood up to tyranny and fired "the shot heard round the world".
Henry Bowman reminds us:
And to round out the list of things to celebrate on April 19th, let's not forget the glorious resistance offered to the Nazis by the ARMED Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto -- in which roughly 500 freedom fighters with an average of one gun apiece protected 300,000 of their compatriots against the mightiest army in Europe for over a month.
This is also a great cause to celebrate. The Des Moines March will also be held the 19th of April on the west side of the Capital. Since I am the state coordinator, I have decided that no serving politicians are going to speak. They are invited, but they will be audiance.
Here are the rules for the National march in DC.
2. If you do not intend to comply with item #1, do not attend.
3. It is each attendee's own personal responsibility to be familiar with the firearm laws in the areas in which he/she will be traveling.
4. Please be courteous to everyone you encounter, including D.C. police and National Park Service rangers.
5. Please be sure to dispose of all trash. Let's strive to leave the grounds in better condition than when we arrive.
6. If you have any concerns while at the event, please notify a volunteer or event organizer immediately.
7. Your attendance at Second Amendment March indicates your intent to comply with these rules/code of conduct and all local and federal laws.
Here is the mission statement of the Second Amendment March.
Our MissionThe mission of the Second Amendment March is to galvanize the courage and resolve of Americans; 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 march in D.C. will take place on Monday, April 19, 2010 on the grounds of the Washington Monument.
Come join us on the 19th. We aren't the boogie man you think we are.