Saturday is the big day. I am hoping tens of thousands of people will gather on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in support of the Second Amendment.
I will be attending the 2nd Amendment Rally — billed as one of the largest rallies in support of the right to keep and bear arms ever to be staged. This event is set to take place from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. right there on the lawn. Let’s hope the weather is good.
You might be asking, “What’s the point? Everyone seems to be against us.”
Well, that is just the point. Gun owners are currently underrepresented in the media and on Capitol Hill. We have, quite honestly, lost control of our own narrative. People are trying to tell the world who gun owners are and what gun safety really means. We need to take that back. We can do that by showing the world what we really stand for. And we are doing it on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
The 2nd Amendment Rally Is for Everyone
This is our chance to show the world that American gun owners are responsible, law-abiding people who genuinely care about our country, our Constitution and our own safety. I predict you will see a group of people standing together to peacefully but forcefully remind everyone who will listen that we are on the right side of history.
If you attend this event, you will see a wide range of public speakers all talking about the importance of the Second Amendment. Personally, I am hoping to see one of the most inclusive events in the country. Gun owners come in all shapes and sizes. We are people of all races, creeds and colors. We are even represented on both sides of the political aisle. Yes, there are plenty of gun-owning Democrats out there too. Guess what? I support them just as I support every other gun owner in this country. As far as I am concerned, there is room for us all under this tent. The pole that holds up the entire tent is the Second Amendment. We must protect it.
What Does the 2nd Amendment Rally Mean to You?
What does it mean to support the Second Amendment? Well, in my mind — and I’m the guy getting paid to sit at this keyboard and share my opinion — supporting the Second Amendment does not mean blindly following the latest internet meme about “cold, dead hands” or “watering the tree of liberty with the blood of tyrants.” Supporting the Second Amendment means making rational and well-reasoned arguments about not only the value of the Second Amendment but also its permanence. The right of free people to be able to defend themselves should be inviolate.
The Second Amendment is not about hunting. Nor is it about magazine capacity or firearms accessories. In my mind, the Second Amendment is about personal responsibility. You are responsible for your own safety. In order to maintain your own safety, you have the right to use the most effective tools available to defend yourself. You have the right to choose which tools YOU believe are the most effective. But you are also responsible for the legal, ethical and moral use of those tools and will be held accountable for your actions. Do you see how these rights and responsibilities are so tightly intertwined?
Fewer Laws — More Accountability
We need laws. When properly implemented and enforced, laws help to define the values of a society. But some values shift. At one time, women were not allowed to vote. Other values should not shift. Our rights to free speech and to peacefully assemble should never be violated. Nor should our right to keep and bear arms. But just as one will be held accountable for shouting “FIRE” in a crowded theater, one must be held accountable for the malicious use of a firearm.
Notice, I did not say we should restrict the ownership of firearms. I said we should hold accountable those persons who would misuse firearms. Keeping that accountability ONLY in the courtroom does not make the public safer. If a man shoots and kills my son and is later tried and convicted, my son will still be just as dead. I contend that my son — indeed, ANY law-abiding person — should have the right to self-defense at the time and place a crime might occur. That means honest, law-abiding citizens should have the right to keep and BEAR arms.
If you can’t be at the event tomorrow (Nov. 2), search for it on the USCCA social media outlets. Show your support for the people who are supporting the Second Amendment.
If you are attending the event, show the world what it means to be reasonable, responsible and articulate in your support of the Second Amendment.
About Kevin Michalowski
Kevin Michalowski is executive editor of Concealed Carry Magazine and a fully certified law enforcement officer working part time in rural Wisconsin. He is a USCCA- and NRA-Certified Trainer. Kevin has participated in training across the U.S. as both a student and an instructor in multiple disciplines. These specialties include pistol, rifle, shotgun, empty-hand defense and rapid response to the active shooter. Kevin is passionate about the concealed carry lifestyle, studying the legal, ethical and moral aspects of the use of force in self-defense. He is a graduate of the Force Science Institute Certification Course and has worked as a professional witness and consultant on matters concerning the judicious use of deadly force and deadly force decision-making.