Last Friday, there were numerous pro-2A rallies held at statehouses across the country that were loosely organized on the internet. They were organized to bring awareness to the issue of impending legislation that will dramatically impact our constitutional rights to bearing arms. I was not able to participate in one here in Columbus due to work, but I was able to take a few pics as it literally happened on the street below my office and I went down and walked around at lunch.
View from 38 stories....not many visible among the crowd but you can see bits of yellow from Gadsden flags. Weather was cold and damp that day....
Here are a couple of like minded individuals that allowed me to take their picture. I promised them I would hide their identities.
Most in the crowd seemed to be carrying AR style rifles, while some played it safe and I saw some Mosins in the crowd....you know, in case the police got a bit "grabby". Speaking of police there were multiple squad cars and both the Columbus PD and Ohio State Highway Patrol (who secure the statehouse) were present. In strict contrast to other "demonstrations" of this past year, there was no yelling, no obscenities shouted and no threats of violence. Yep, all those guns and nobody got hurt...imagine that.
My coworkers (at least the liberal ones) were up in arms and some even called the police. A friend that works for a group that provides "courtesy patrols" downtown (and is very pro-2A) said they were inundated with calls, to all of which he asked "well, what are they doing illegal?" to which he received (generally) stunned silence.
Got to love that right to peaceful assembly.
2nd Amendment to the Constitution of The United States of America
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.
"I ask sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people except for a few politicians."
- George Mason (father of the Bill of Rights and The Virginia Declaration of Rights)