Katie LaPotin, Red Alert Politics, May 6, 2013
Are you a second amendment-loving, heat-packing patriot willing to get arrested to protect your right to bear arms this Independence Day? Well, if you’re in the D.C. area look no further than the “Open Carry March on Washington,” led by Libertarian talk radio host Adam Kokesh.
According to the event’s Facebook page, the march is “an act of civil disobedience, not a permitted event. We will march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny. The event is said to be non-violent and states that if the group is met with physical resistance, they will turn back.”
The proposed march route will take participants past Arlington National Cemetary, across the Memorial Bridge, down Independence Avenue, around the Capitol, the Supreme Court and the White House before returning to Virginia via the Memorial Bridge. Virginia permits the concealed carry of firearms with legal permits, while D.C. does not issue any gun permits or licenses.
As of press time 1,700 people said they would join the rally, with another 1,600 people who responded as maybe on Facebook. Kokesh’s original goal was to get 1,000 people to join him on July 4.
While Kokesh hopes to coordinate with D.C. law enforcement prior to July 4, he doesn’t completely rule out the possibility of violence and encourages armed participants to “submit to arrest without resisting” if stopped by law enforcement during the march.
Kokesh ran for Congress in 2010 as a Republican in New Mexico, however his political views could best be described as Libertarian. He now stars in his own Internet podcast, “Adam v. The Man.”
He is also a bit of an anarchist rabble-rouser, having been giving a general discharge from the U.S. Marines after the Washington Post published a photo of him in uniform with other veterans on a mock patrol during an anti-war protest. Kokesh was also arrested for leading a flash mob protest at the Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. in 2011.