Some 200 to 250 Americans assembled peacefully on the grounds of the state Capitol this morning to petition their government and rally in support of their interpretation of the Second Amendment. The vast majority were openly carrying weapons; roughly a third were carrying semi-automatic long guns of the variety known by some as assault weapons.
One speaker, former gubernatorial candidate Ray McBerry, warned the crowd that “the foreign-born Marxist in the White House and his Marxist attorney general” were using “staged crisis events — yes, I said staged crisis events” to justify confiscation of their weapons. That got a loud cheer and applause.
According to McBerry, the Obama administration is using these “staged crisis events” in exactly the same way that Adolph Hitler used the Reichstag fire, as an excuse to impose complete tyranny on the American people. The national socialist government in Washington is following the blueprint to power that the national socialist government in Germany followed, he said, reeling off a string of comparisons that would be uncanny if true.
That too drew strong applause.
“Which federal gun laws are constitutional?” McBerry asked.
“NONE!” the crowd roared back.
“You know the answer,” he said smiling.
(Just as an aside, earlier this week McBerry issued a press release announcing his endorsement of U.S. Rep. Paul Broun for U.S. Senate.)
Security at the event was heavy, watchful but not intrusive. State troopers armed with M-6 carbines, a version of the AR-15, stood nearby. The GBI’s bomb-disposal truck was parked on an adjacent street, just in case. An armed officer stood on a church roof across the street.
McBerry was followed by Bill Looman, who told the crowd that he would be self-editing his own comments about Obama, and might not be saying all the things he really thought. It seems that Looman’s past comments about the president on Facebook and other forums, as well as his ties to the North Georgia militia, made the Secret Service nervous and convinced them that it was necessary to visit Looman in person. Just to talk things over, all friendly like.
Like McBerry, Looman talked of the necessity of firearms to fend off what he believes to be impending tyranny. He also mentioned his work with Oathkeepers, an organization of former and current members of the military, law enforcement and other agencies who have sworn never to follow government orders to force Americans into concentration camps, or to go house to house to confiscate firearms, or to blockade entire American cities, as the British did to Boston.
You know, just in case such orders should ever be issued.
One enterprising young man even used the symbol of his Second Amendment rights, his firearm, to exercise his First Amendment rights as well:
He could use some work on his spelling, but it’s the thought that matters, right?
UPDATE: As commenters below have pointed out, the line “This machine kills fascists” appeared on legendary folksinger Woody Guthrie’s guitar, and Guthrie in turn reportedly borrowed it from a slogan painted on airplanes used by the anti-fascist Republicans in the Spanish Civil War.
– Jay Bookman