Gun rights activists are promising a crowd of 5,000 or more armed activists to gather at the Washington state capital’s lawn to protest stricter laws about gun ownership laws that will go into effect after voters approved ballot initiative i594.
The rally, scheduled for 11 a.m. Dec. 13 at the state Capitol, is being put together by Gavin Seim and Anthony Bosworth, according to the event’s Facebook page. Both men are failed candidates from the August primary races. Seim is a self-described “constitutional activist” and failed Congressional candidate who came in 8th out of 12 candidates running in the Republican primary. Bosworth is a failed Sheriff’s candidate who promised to arrest police for doing things he considered to be illegal.
“Will you bow down and lick the boots of tyrants, or will you stand for the liberty of your children?” reads the event page’s introduction. “I am Gavin Seim and I for one WILL NOT COMPLY!”
“We’re not waiting for politicians, judges or lawyers. Our birthright is NOT to be touched. We call on our Sheriffs, local representatives and legislators to stand with us and uphold their oaths,” reads the event’s Facebook page, adding later: “We will rally at the capital, openly exchange guns, unveil and plan to break apart the entire legislation and violate I-594 in every possible way. Because ALL law that violates the Constitution is not law, it is VOID!”
Background checks for gun transfers is just like standing by and letting somebody rape a child on the side of the road, you see. So now you understand why these huge enormous crowds are going to get together for LIBERTY! :
“I ask you if you are walking down a road and you see a child about to be raped, do you stand aside and let it happen? Do you say ‘I cannot decide if that is lawless, and wrong, and a violation of their rights? I’ll let the courts decide.'”
For the most part, it sounds like the gun fetishists are going to sit around and pass around their guns to each other. Vendors will be allowed to sell things, and the organizer is already selling his stickers on Facebook. Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, and they may even rent some outdoor heaters if it gets too cold. There is a possibility of a potluck scenario if anybody wants to cook up some mac and cheese or make some stew.
The coat drive will be used for cold rally attendees, then coats will be passed onto the homeless.
A Washington State Patrol spokesman says people won’t be arrested for exchanging guns:
“We don’t think that we could prove that that’s a transfer,” Bob Calkins, spokesman for the patrol, told the Seattle Times About the event.
“We are asking them for good gun-safety practices,” Calkins added, such as handling the weapons safely and not intimidating people.In those cases, there might be other laws that demonstrators would be breaking, and patrol officers will respond accordingly, Calkins added.But, “these are law-abiding folks, they have a political statement,” Calkins said. “We don’t expect a huge problem.”
Here’s some more information from their FAQ on the event, explaining why laws are not laws and how they will mass-disobey by having an impromptu gun sale / show convention, and actually sounds a bit like the sovereign citizen legal word salad that’s becoming a prevalent theme in the rightwing-nutjob-universe:
Q — How will we be violating i594?
A. It’s not hard since the law is so ridiculous. Hand a gun to a friend, buy a gun, sell a gun. You are welcome to do all of these things as you please. We are not here to obey this lawless law but to uphold real law and our rights. All gun laws that violate the Constitution are void. We are coming together to affirm that.
Q — Is this legal?
A. What’s legal is our rights. The supreme law of our Constitutions and our liberty. All other laws are lawless. But in the eyes of a lawless government, defying i594 is indeed illegal. We don’t care. It is our duty to defy such lawlessness and uphold our rights.
Q — Can we open carry/don’t open carry/loaded carry?
A. We’re not here to ask for our rights. We’re taking them. We are here to openly defy i594. We’re also here to be principled, respectful and peaceful. Don’t come looking for a fight, just come resolute. Bring your best, if that’s open carry, do it safe, if it’s concealed do so, if it’s your whole family, great. Come and stand principled for liberty and be a part of history.
Good luck with that.