An Armed March on Washington Is A Horrible Idea
Yeah, this is where the libertarian movement goes off the hinges. Adam Kokesh, an Iraq war veteran and radio talk show host, is planning an armed march on Washington for July 4th. He made headlines for his "musings" about assassinating Mitt Romney, and is a 9/11 truther. Business Insider reported that on May 6 that:
The plan, according to his Facebook event page, is to march across Memorial Bridge with rifles loaded and slung across the back "to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated [and] cower in submission to tyranny."
The invite continues, stating, " ... This will be a non-violent event, unless the government chooses to make it violent."
Kokesh writes that if 10,000 attendees RSVP by June 1st, "we have the critical mass necessary to pull this off." He said he wants to have at least 1,000 actually marching in the event, and as of this writing, more than 1,400 have said they were going.
Now, those planning on attending is over 3,000. Granted, this is Facebook, and only 300 or less could show up. Yet, the news media is going to have a field day with this fiasco – and paint gun rights supporters as anti-government zealots. For now, conservatives have beaten the anti-gun wing of America. Yes, they'll be back, but if there is one thing that'll strengthen their resolve, it's idiotic sideshows like this, and libertarians wonder why their movement – by itself – hasn't moved in the past two decades. That's not to bash libertarians. I tend to lean that way on some social issues, but this will accomplish nothing towards beating the left in their gun control pushes.
The NRA faced the most vicious attack by liberals – and their allies in the media – in recent memory after Newtown. In the end, they prevailed, and it wasn't because they organized armed marches. It was due to their stellar grassroots network, and engaging legislators to remind them that their organization is effective, efficient, and doesn't forgive – or forget – those who mess with the Second Amendment.
The NRA placed red state Democrats in the crosshairs, it made the 2014 senate map more favorable to Republicans, and made Obama squander the most critical moments of his second term of a failed piece of legislation. That's winning. For Kokesh, he'll only make a fool of himself this summer.