I’m a pretty big fan of irony and juxtaposition. It doesn’t get any better than a pro-gun rally at the Ohio Statehouse during the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Weekend.
Guns Across America is doing just that in several state capitols tomorrow.
According to the Facebook event page for Ohio, the group’s intent is to have a peaceful demonstration to stop any and all future gun control legislation.
Because nothing says peaceful demonstration like walking around downtown Columbus with an assault weapon strapped to your back.
The organizers of the group are being very careful about public perception. There are many calls to very closely follow the law regarding concealed carry and open carry, not park in covered parking lots, not bring any Hitler signs, and my personal favorite “be careful to prevent any accidental discharges”. They also want people to not wear so much camo, because – you know – they’re not militant or anything. They just want to carry around AR-15s. Which begs the question: If you’re walking around with an assault weapon strapped to your back will not wearing camouflage make you look any LESS militant?
The political optics for this couldn’t be worse. In addition to “Guns Across America”, there is also “Gun Appreciation Day“, where gun supporters are told to show up at their local gun store, gun range, or gun show with a copy of the Constitution, their American Flags, and “Hands off my Guns” signs.
Great timing guys!