Category Archives: 2nd Amendment

Toy Gun March Today

Mission Statement
The Toy Gun March is a gathering of liberty loving people and their families to promote responsible gun ownership, private charity and to bring public perception of gun owners into a better light.

In order to best communicate the importance of 2nd Amendment rights to the citizens of the District of Columbia, Freedom Fighters around the globe will descend on Washington D.C. armed with toy guns on July 3rd, 2013.
Activists are encouraged to bring fake pistols with orange tips, water guns, nerf guns, anything peaceful to make a statement about our 2nd amendment rights. Due to the fact that it is currently illegal to carry a loaded firearm into the District of Columbia, we liberty lovers have decided to tweak the nose of big government and show Obama what a clown he is for trying to restrict our natural rights. Join us as we march on DC fully armed with toy guns!

We’re locked and loaded for a great event on July 3rd at 9AM. Participants for the march will be expected to adhere to certain structural guidelines in order to provide for our safety and security during the event. If you have any questions about any of the items below, please feel free to ask. We want everyone involved to have a safe and fun event.

The Plan:

The Toy Gun March begins at 9AM on Wednesday, July 3rd. If you are planning on parking, there is paid parking in the Arlington Memorial Cemetary lot near the bridge. That is where we will meet with the Toys for Tots representative who will take our toy donations so that we don’t have to carry them across the bridge.

We will then assemble on the North side of Memorial Drive by 9:15 where we will meet our escort from the National Park Service. The NPS will inspect all realistic looking guns to ensure that they are in compliance. Remember, AIRSOFT guns are NOT permitted. Realistic looking toy guns with orange tips are permitted. After the inspections are complete, we will then begin our march across the Arlington Memorial Bridge by 9:30AM at the latest. Participants are strongly urged NOT to point guns at officers or squirt them. They are acting as our security and we should treat them with respect. This is also important because it is possible that a lot of anti-gun social democrats are looking for any opportunity to paint us in a bad light. You can squirt me all you want, but please be respectful of the park police who are going out of their way to provide us with adequate security.

There will be camera crews and media at the event. Participants are urged not to talk to the media as the Toy Gun Martials will be designated to handling the press in order to keep us on message. (Pro-gun, Private charity). Toy Gun Martials will be able to be identified by wearing an American flag bandanna on their arms. These are the people you should direct questions to if you need anything.

Please keep an eye on children. The National Park Service officers will be on hand to direct traffic, but we need to be vigilant to make sure that no children end up running into traffic or being harmed as we cross into Washington D.C.

Also remember, there will not be an option for refills of your water guns during the march until we arrive at the destination. It is a good idea to bring some fun “lights & sounds” guns (with orange tips) as backup should you quickly run out of water ammunition. It also would make sense to have a canteen, camelbak, or water bottle refill on your person in case you get hot, or need to make an emergency ammo refill while on the march.

The Route: We will cross the Arlington Memorial Bridge on the North side and cross around the Lincoln Memorial, proceeding around the Lincoln Memorial and down Constitution blvd. We will arrive at the Washington Monument at the corner of Constitution and 14th Street where the rally will begin at 10:30AM.

The Rally: When we arrive at 10:30AM, people who do not wish to participate in the march can meet up at the rally at this point to enjoy a day of games and fun with friends and family. Elderly or the very young can meet us at the corner of Constitution and 14th at 10:30AM and bring a toy to give to charity. The Toys for Tots representative will be there and the newcomers to the event can then give their donations to the SSgt who will take them for us. It is at this point that we will be able to begin refilling our water guns from a 160 gallon tank that will be standing by. Then after facepainting for anyone who wishes is complete, we will stage a braveheart style gun battle that will be filmed for the cameras. After that is complete, we will then break up into activities for the day including kickball and ultimate frisbee or any random watergun fight that you find yourself falling into. At 2PM the official event ends but people can come and go as they please at anytime of course.

What to bring: Donation of toys, books, art supplies, stuffed animals, board games, anything unopened for Toys for Tots.

For yourself: Water guns, Toy Guns with orange tips, festive attire, sunscreen and a sense of humor!

Thanks everyone! If you haven’t already, please donate to the event atwww.toygunmarch.com and encourage others to do so! Even $5 goes a long way for underprivileged kids. If you have friends in the media, please send them the attached press kit and encourage them to blog or do a story on the event and encourage everyone to bring cameras as well.

As always, if you have questions please ask. Looking forward to seeing you July 3rd!

Permitting Process is complete! We are cleared for launch!

The Heller Ruling, Five Years On

Policy Forum
June 4, 2013 12:00PM

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Hayek Auditorium
Featuring Alan Gura, Gura & Possessky, Lead Counsel, District of Columbia v. HellerRobert Levy, Chairman, Cato Institute, Co-counsel, District of Columbia v. HellerClark Neily, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice, Co-counsel, District of Columbia v. Heller; and Emily Miller, Senior Editor, Washington Times, Author, Emily Gets Her Gun (forthcoming, Regnery); moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.
Five years ago, the Supreme Court issued its landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller. By a 5-4 vote, the Court ruled that the strict gun-control laws in the nation’s capital—which amounted to a complete ban on any usable weapon for self-protection, even in the home—were unconstitutional. The Court finally confronted a long-simmering controversy over the scope of the Second Amendment and declared that, yes, that amendment does secure an individual the right to keep and bear arms. Now, five years later, with gun controls being debated both in the Congress and state legislatures, it is a good time to assess the impact of theHeller precedent. Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion of the Second Amendment, self-defense, and the right to keep and bear arms.
If you can’t make it to the Cato Institute, watch this event live online at www.cato.org/live and follow @CatoEvents on Twitter to get future event updates, live streams, and videos from the Cato Institute.

Delegate Norton fails again; barely 6,000 gun prohibition goose steppers march to hear her speak

Thousands Attend Gun Control Rally in D.C.

A “national” goose stepping of barely 6,000 (which included dozens of pro 2nd Amendment counter protestors), the day after 400,000 people marched against abortion.  And other media, from the UK Daily Mail to the local NPR affiliate WAMU simply report over a thousand, not 6,000.  I suspect the pathetically small 6,000 figure is an inflated guesstimate from the anti-self-defense/disarmament goose stepper groups.

And it was a warmer day and a weekend!

Here’s a hint for the prohibition fascists – if you had just gone the day before and found 15% of the pro-lifers who also supported gun control you could have doubled your numbers!

Local NPR affiliate WAMU interviewed one of the Bill of  Rights supporters:

Thousands of gun control advocates from across the nation rallied on the National Mall Saturday, demanding Congress and President Obama to pass gun legislation while the issue is still in the national spotlight.
Demonstrators came from across the country, including a busload of people from Newtown, Conn. One of the protesters, Eddy Sourby, is a freshman at Newtown High School.
Sourby was at the high school on Dec. 14, when, about a mile away, Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 elementary school students.
“We went into lockdown for like two hours, and everybody was like really confused,” says Sourby. “Then, when it went on for too long, our teacher, he told us there was a shooting.”
Sourby came to protest in D.C. with her mom, and about 80 others from Newtown, who say they were galvanized by the tragedy.
D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton was among the roster of local and national leaders who fired up the crowd. At one point, she asked all of the Newtown residents at the demonstration to stand up to be recognized.
“Today we join the great majority of Americans who want to move this country off of the outskirts of civilization, into the civilized world of nations who protect their children,” says Norton in a speech to the crowd.
The silent march was interrupted by a handful of counter-protestors (photo) Including Victoria Bingham, of Alexandria.
“I really believe in the second amendment because I know that living in the state of Virginia, there are so many people that do own guns, I am very safe,” says Bingham.

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray spoke at the rally, saying cities need federal action to stop gun violence.
“This is a city that has worked hard to keep guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them,” says Gray.
The District already bans high-capacity ammunition magazines, but the city’s handgun ban was struck down in 2008.
The gun control debate will be front and center on Capitol Hill next week: on Wednesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a hearing called “What Should America Do About Gun Violence?”

Postscript

I helped organize a small group of Bill of Rights supporters to educate these anti-self defense goose steppers.  They report far fewer than the measly 6,000 claimed by New York magazine:

bruce – i think bridget already made a correction on this – there weren’t thousands of anti gun protesters… there was maybe 500 at most…. and half of them were grandmothers and children whose parents dragged them with to hold signs…. it was rather sad to tell the truth   – can you update your blog?”

Newlyweds Megan McArdle and Peter Suderman and the Freedom to Carry

McArdle Wins Worst Newtown Reaction Award

Megan McArdle, a DC libertarian writer (and wife of reason magazine editor Peter Suderman) provides a target for leftover Jonathan Chait’s continuing jihad against all things libertarian.  (Perhaps New York magazine should actually have disclosed that Chait is regularly sliced and diced in the pages of his subject’s husband’s magazine.)

There isn’t actually anything unlibertarian about gun control as long as the control is not the government disarming the citizens so it could more easily abuse them. Any libertarian will say that a shopping mall, or condo association, or homeowner, can tell you you can’t bring this or that weapon into her property. 

The problem is that government owns the streets, parks, subyways, buses, schools, airports, etc. and does a lousy job of keeping armed lunatics, and for that matter, litter bugs, rapists, mosquitos and rats, mashers, flashers, gangs, marching Nazis, and the Westboro Baptist Church, from committing crimes or just being nuisances, on public property. The solution would be to have all these things owned and run privately whether by downtown business district associations, the Nature Conservancy, or for profit companies. They would implement policies that respond to consumer demand and hazard insurance risk assessments, and would control guns on their own property while not forbidding one to have one in one’s own home (or at least if so only by condo bylaws one would choose to buy into or not.)