Over the weekend, a diverse crowd of freedom-loving Americans rolled into Washington DC to make their voices heard. These people ranged from every color, race, size, age, political affiliation, and orientation to have their voices heard and be in unison for a shared goal: Use our First Amendment right to defend our Second Amendment.
It was a beautiful day without a cloud in the sky. The sun shinning brightly above helped warm us as the air temperature rose to 53 degrees and a slight breeze unfurled all flags in attendance.
We couldn't have asked for a better day to hold our rally.
The attendees, that I would estimate to be somewhere between 2,000 and 2,500 people at the rally's peak, made their voices heard over and again with chants designed to make us unite our voices together. Unity was one of the big themes for this 2A Rally.
We were all united regardless of where we stood on various topics. We were all united regardless of our skin color or the things we like. We were all united regardless of our love for a 1911 or a Glock … whether we carry appendix or open … whether our caliber starts with a 4 or a 9.
For just a few hours, we were united as a People regardless of the petty crap that usually divides us.
Some of the chants that were lead by the speakers are as follows:
We ARE 2 A. We ARE 2 A.
We Will. NOT Comply. We Will. NOT Comply.
WE ARE the gun lobby. WE ARE the gun lobby.
Remembering all of this brings me proud chills. Chills because we were united, even if only for a few hours, and proud because we were able to pull it off in such a short amount of time.
As I was walking around the outside of the rally taking pictures, I had the chance to talk to a few outsiders who wanted to know about the event taking place. When I told them that we were there for the Second Amendment Rally, they said, and I quote: “but it's so peaceful.”
I'm not entirely sure what they were expecting we'd be like, but we're all adults. We're all America-loving patriots who cherish our freedoms.
We are all peaceful until provoked.
It was peaceful. There were no fights, no quarrels, no discrimination against race, color, or sexual orientation–just people there exercising one right to help save another.
They must have heard us, and there is no way we looked like fools with the turnout we had. It's hard to say with precise accuracy how many people were there, but I'd say somewhere north of 2,000 at the peak.
Were we hoping for more? Sure we were. But the simple fact of the matter is that thousands of people came out to support the Second Amendment and were given nothing in return as they paid for their own stay and travel.
We came un-armed in compliance with un-constitutional laws to show that we are normal people, not terrorists as our opponents have been trying to paint us as of late.
We showed them that we're not only normal people, but we're willing to do our part to protect the Second Amendment and to preserve life.
While there was a good turnout for the amount of time that was given for us to prepare and arrange travel, it could have been better.
I can only hope that with more planning and time to allow people to make it, more people will come out next time this happens. I also hope that this will be the first spark in a long line of fires gun owners continue to ignite as we have more of these events. Hopefully around the country.
And, hopefully bringing in even the naysayers of the forums and Facebook groups who say we'd only look like fools because we'd only have a small crowd of people.
Imagine if we all just showed up. Imagine the type of message we'd hand our opponents if we all just showed up, regardless of whether we looked like fools or not. I'd personally rather look like a fool to have my voice heard than be comfortable from the sideline as others did the work for me.
I also believe that it's better to look like a fool than it is to be a coward.
At the end of the day, our voices were heard. There were no large news organizations there, and I didn't see any politicians running around. But, our voices were heard, nonetheless.
We made a powerful statement, and we will not comply with any more gun restrictions.
Were you there? If so, let us know in the comments below.