Armed Gun Rights Activists ‘Muster’ in VA to Make Fools of Themselves
April 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—What do various Second Amendment groups do on the anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing; one of the worst acts of domestic terrorism on American soil, which left 168 dead, many of them children? They strap on loaded pistols, with rifles unloaded and slung to the rear and magazines of ammunition hanging over their shoulders. Organized by Daniel Almond, founder of the gun rights group Restore the Constitution, a couple dozen armed anti-Obama activists held an open-carry rally at Fort Hunt National Park in Virginia on Monday. Why? Because of President Obama’s “totalitarian socialism” that he says deprives him of his constitutional rights. Ironically, Obama signed a bill into law soon after he was nominated into office allowing the open-carry of loaded weapons in national parks that made Almond’s packing heat rally possible.
Almond describes himself, as “a combat veteran of the Iraq War, having served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is currently a culinary college student and real estate sales agent in the Atlanta, Georgia area.” And he believes that parading around armed to the teeth, “as close to DC as possible” is an appropriate way to express his dissatisfaction with Obama’s policies.
According to the report on the open-carry muster by the Washington Post, the paranoid culinary student believes healthcare reform and impending environmental legislation are leading us straight towards Socialism:
“The Atlanta area real estate agent organized the rally because he is upset about health-care reform, climate control, bank bailouts, drug laws and what he sees as President Obama’s insistence on and the Democratic Congress’s capitulation to a “totalitarian socialism” that tramples individual rights.”
“The brandishing of weapons is “not just an important symbol” but “a reminder of who we are,” said Almond. “The founders knew that it is the tendency of government to expand itself and embrace its own power, and they knew the citizenry had to be reminded of that.”‘
Speaking at the event was Mike Vanderboegh, the former militia member who recently called for “patriots” opposing the healthcare reform law to throw bricks through the offices of Democratic lawmakers. “To all modern Sons of Liberty: THIS is your time. Break their windows. Break them NOW, he wrote on his “patriot” blog Sipsey Street Irregulars. And Tom Fernandez, founder of the Alarm & Muster, who organized a nationwide call tree for the purposes of armed resistance to government orders to seize firearms.
Vanderboegh, did not disappoint the armed crowd with his violent rhetoric, calling for armed confrontation against the government if people face arrest for refusing to buy insurance under the new healthcare reform law:
“If I know I’m not going to get a fair trial in federal court … I at least have the right to an unfair gunfight,” Vanderboegh said.
“We will have the freedom and the rights that our fathers paid for,” he said, adding: “We are done backing up. Done! Not one more inch.” “You can push Americans only so far,” declared Vanderboegh.
Almond speaks of Second Amendment rights with a fanatical fervor:
“[F]or those of you with the guts to exercise your First and Second Amendment rights at this event and the common sense to understand the rules, you will depart the event at the end of the day and go back to your hometowns with a unique, hands-on kind of credibility that only comes from first hand experience. Your familiarity with the Second Amendment’s meaning will go way, way beyond simply “book knowledge,” having actually participated in American history yourself in northern Virginia in the Spring of 2010.”
The only history made today was a clownish and shameful display of anti-government and incendiary rhetoric on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. If Almond and his group of armed costumed “patriots” meant to intimidate, “as close to DC as possible,” they only succeeded in making themselves look foolish.
Watch Vanderboegh’s incendiary and seditious call to arms:
Photo Credit: Huffington Post