Adam Kokesh, host of the popular show Adam Vs The Man, is planning to stage an armed, open carry march into Washington D.C.
The march is designed to be a nonviolent protest (as Kokesh puts is, "civil disobedience") of the heinous D.C. gun laws, which prohibit both the concealed carry and open carry of firearms in the city.
Kokesh describes the march in detail on his Facebook page:
On the morning of July 4, 2013, Independence Day, we will muster at the National Cemetery & at noon we will step off to march across the Memorial Bridge, down Independence Avenue, around the Capitol, the Supreme Court, & the White House, then peacefully return to Virginia across the Memorial Bridge. This is an act of civil disobedience, not a permitted event. We will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny. We are marching to mark the high water mark of government & to turn the tide. This will be a non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent. Should we meet physical resistance, we will peacefully turn back, having shown that free people are not welcome in Washington, & returning with the resolve that the politicians, bureaucrats, & enforcers of the federal government will not be welcome in the land of the free.
There's a remote chance that there will be violence as there has been from government before, and I think it should be clear that if anyone involved in this event is approached respectfully by agents of the state, they will submit to arrest without resisting. We are truly saying in the SUBTLEST way possible that we would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.
You are welcome to attend unarmed as a supporter, or armed with a recording device. We especially invite law enforcement officers to stand with us armed however they feel is appropriate. If any law enforcement officers would like to volunteer in any way, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If this page gets to 10,000 attendees by June 1st, & we have the critical mass necessary to pull this off, (1,000 actual attendees) we will march. Please spread the word, share this event, & invite all your friends.
If law enforcement policy for the public space in front of the National Cemetery prevents open carry there, we will rally at the next closest area where we can legally open carry.
UPDATE 130506 Now that it's undeniable that this is going to happen, allow me to make clear how. There will be coordination with DC law enforcement prior to the event. I will recommend that they do the best they can to honor their oaths and escort us on our route. Failing to provide that commitment to safety, we will either be informed that we will only be allowed up to a certain point where we would be arrested. If this is the case, we will approach that point as a group and if necessary, I will procede to volunteer myself to determine what their actual course of action with someone crossing the line will be at which point fellow marchers will have the choice of joining me one at a time in a peaceful, orderly manner, or turning back to the National Cemetery.
Thanks to everyone for the vibrant conversation, but we have decided to make the wall of this event page specifically just for announcements and important info for the event. Please feel free to comment, and continue the conversation as you like at: http://
The landmark Supreme Court case District of Columbia v. Heller did not substantially address the carry of firearms, rather the right of an individual to possess firearms within their homes.
The 2nd Amendment, however, is plain as day on the issue:
A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.The emphasis is on "bear", the part of the 2nd Amendment Heller failed to address.
While it is clear Kokesh is in the right to plan this demonstration, it is not without some concerns.
One, it could lead to the protesters being arrested and their firearms confiscated permanently. Two, a provocateur on either side could start a firefight. Three, it could hurt the pro-gun movement's image.
Additionally, the D.C. police chief, Cathy Lanier, has spoken in regards to the demonstration:
“Passing into the District of Columbia with loaded firearms is a violation of the law and we’ll have to treat it as such,” Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier said on NewsChannel 8.You can watch Kokesh discuss the protest with fellow host Alex Jones here: