Big crowd expected at 2nd Amendment Rally
February 6, 2013
Organizers have no idea how many people to
expect, but response has been so overwhelming
they've changed the venue of the Second
Amendment Rally this Saturday from the parking
lot at Far North Outfitters to the much more
spacious green at the Boundary County
The event, which begins at 2 p.m., will feature
guest speakers former Bonner County Commissioner
Cornel Rasor and Stewart Rhodes, founder of
Oath Keepers, "a non-partisan
association of current and formerly serving
military, reserves, National Guard, veterans,
Peace Officers, and Fire Fighters who will
fulfill the Oath we swore, with the support of
like minded citizens who take an Oath to stand
with us, to support and defend the Constitution
against all enemies, foreign and domestic, so
help us God."
Citizens are encouraged to open carry their
firearms, both rifles and pistols, but to keep
their arms unloaded, holstered or slung for
"We'd hate to see anyone get hurt," said one of
the event organizers. "Most gun owners are very
safety conscious, respect firearms and know how
to handle them safely and appropriately, and we
don't need an incident at the rally to get in
the way of the cause."
"The reason for organizing this is to help
create more understanding about the history and
importance of the Second Amendment," said Tia
Avery, Moyie Springs, who is helping coordinate
the event and spread the word. "So many events
in national politics seem be intent on
marginalizing and altering the meaning of the
Second that we thought its time to start pushing
back a bit through education."
Few issues, she said, get people as concerned as
infringement of the right to keep and bear arms,
she said, as all the other rights we hold dear
hinge on our ability to defend them from any
threat, be it a mugger, a foreign invader or the
tyranny of our own government.
"Private ownership of weapons is insurance much
like owning a fire extinguisher or wearing your
seat belt," she said. "It's better to have it
and not need it than to need it and not have it.
As for a message of the rally, I would say its
this: We do value all of our rights and we need
to remind our elected officials, local and
national, of this from time to time. The vast
majority of gun control suggested so far has
dubious value at best in solving the violent
crime problem in this country. What it does all
to often, however, is infringe on the right of
honest citizens to keep and bear arms or defend
themselves in a lawful manner."
Another point of interest not many people know
about, she said, is a recent Supreme Court
ruling that police are not under obligation to
respond to calls of distress.
"Ultimately, the responsibility for our safety
rests on our own shoulders," she said. "Shoot me
an email if I can answer any other questions ...
pun definitely intended."
She's also like to extend thanks to the folks at
Far North Outfitters for the offer of their
parking lot as the original rally location.
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