Second Amendment Rally Held In A National Park... For The First Time

Posted: Apr 19, 2010 4:49 PM

A small but powerful 100-person rally took place today overlooking the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. in support of the Second Amendment.

American flags and yellow-serpent "Don’t Tread on Me" flags were the protesters most immediately visible props, but a closer look revealed exposed ammunition slung from their shoulders and holstered around their waists. The fact that they had guns and ammo was because of Obama's newly signed law permitting firearms in national parks.


Henry Bowman of Houston, Texas was eager to talk about why he is an ardent Tea Party and pro-gun supporter. Proudly wearing his gun, he explained that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and that he has a duty to defend and protect it as an American citizen. A former Marine, Bowman plans to attend the Second Amendment March later today in downtown Washington.

Bowman doesn't think the tea party movement is going anywhere. If anything, he said, “the tea party is here to stay, but it needs to remain independent from both the Democrat and Republican parties."


Will Thompson of Duncansville, Pennsylvania stood at the rally holding both a large American flag in his right hand, and a yellow Don’t Tread on Me Flag in his left. Thompson stated that he was at the rally to support his Second Amendment right, as well as to “support the limited basics of federal government power.” He felt that it was his duty to help the country understand, and to stand in support of his grandchildren’s economic, moral, religious, and future.s Thompson’s son is serving in the 82nd Airborne Division in Afghanistan, and he hopes to welcome him home this coming August.

Bob Wright from Lea County, New Mexico stood bold in his cowboy boots as he gave a speech about Second Amendment rights. Wright is the commander of the Lea Country Second Amendment group, but likes to be referred to as a "spokesman for liberty." He said that what sets the United States’ Constitution a part from any other foreign constitution is that it has a right to bear arms.
Anyone who tries to protest that right is un-American, and we are here to remind those, who are trying to take away our right that they cannot. The message that we need to spread across this river today is that no one can vote away our right. We will not surrender our rights that were paid for in blood. This Country was found on the blood of patriots.
Wright did give credit to President Obama allowing guns into national parks.
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