Today is the national “Day of Resistance” and high desert residents made their feelings known about what that means. At least 100 protesters waved flags and signs on the corner of Apple Valley Road and Bear Valley Road in Apple Valley between noon and 2 p.m. Participants were greeted by very enthusiastic motorists who joined the protest with the honks of horns.
What is the “Day of Resistance”?
On Jan. 16, 2013, President Barack Obama issued 23 executive orders to “protect” Americans from gun violence. According to the website Day of Resistance, “In response to these unconstitutional actions by the President, on .223, February 23, 2013 the American people will stand together in defiance to protect the right that protects ALL of our rights, the 2nd Amendment! They will organize locally so that they may band together neighbor to neighbor and reassert their community’s right to determine their own destiny!”
Among the groups that participated in today’s high desert event were local tea party chapters and the John Birch Society. Members of various gun clubs also protested to show their support.
The event, at least locally, was a success. Some say this resistance may replace the Tea Party. For information on where the movement goes from here, there is a local Facebook page: Apple Valley CA Day of Resistance.
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We are the militia
The Second Amendment: 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.
Protesters were clearly on the right at this rally. It was all about the Second Amendment and upholding the Constitution of the United States.
Subject vs. Citizen
One message of the protest was that citizens are what government is supposed to be made of, not dictatorial despots, which many fear America is heading for if guns are taken away.
Not an Obama fan
It would be safe to say that a majority of the protesters did not vote for President Barack Obama. Anti-Obama sentiment was strong among the group.
Defend the Constitution
Protesters came from many walks of life. There were many children present as well as a number of senior citizens and all ages in between.
Members of a variety of shooting and gun clubs were also present to lend their support to a traditional interpretation of the Second Amendment.
No love for government officials
A variation on Donald Trump’s famous expression from “The Apprentice” could be the replacement election motto to “throw the bums out.”
Protect your freedoms
There were many, many references to the freedoms fought for by our military and protecting those freedoms. Military flags were also on display.
Guns don’t kill
These signs epitomize the points of the rally. Protesters were pro-gun and anti-Obama. More importantly, many felt the potential gun grab is meant to disarm even law-abiding citizens.
Criminals love gun control
Few believe gun control will remove guns from the hands of criminals. That theory was proven with the 18th Amendment and other prohibitions. They believe that when only criminals have guns, crime and victimization will rise.