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Media, Gun Rights Advocates Converge on Gravelly Point

by ARLnow.com April 19, 2010 at 11:44 am 2,144 6 Comments

Around noon today at Gravelly Point, there they were, together at last: about 65 flag-waving, sign-holding and gun-toting Second Amendment advocates, swarmed by a slightly larger crowd of photo-snapping and microphone-wielding members of the media.

Off to the side, under the shade of some tall trees, about two dozen police officers looked on. Further in the distance, CNN’s John King chatted up a young man wearing nylon cargo pants, a florescent vest and a large rifle.

Nearly all the rally participants had rifles or handguns, and a solid minority had both.

From the bed of a pickup truck, in the middle of the park’s large grass field, people started giving speeches.

“I want to thank the media for coming out, as much as I dislike the media,” said Tom Fernandez, co-founder of a group called Alarm & Muster.

Two counter-protesters held handmade signs criticizing the timing of the rally — on the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. Fernandez thanked them for exercising their First Amendment rights.

Further into the program, another speaker compared the government’s bailout of banks to the hijacking of United Flight 93.

“Does our government not act like suicidal hijackers?” he asked, later shouting the newly-minted term “commie-kazies” as a commercial jetliner roared overhead (it was, at best, a poorly thought-out venue for speeches).

As the speeches continued, reporters conducted one-on-one interviews. Pointed questions were asked.

“What constitutional rights do you think are being violated?”

“What do you think about President Obama?”

“What kind of gun is that?”

Amid the media circus, joggers and bicyclists continued on with their daily routines, some shooting quizzical looks at the gathered crowd.

“I think it’s another Tea Party,” one bicyclist said to another.

Lot of photos, after the jump.

  • FREDTERP

    These lunatics better be out of the way for my afternoon run? FREDTERP

  • Anthony

    More press and police than lunatics?

  • MB

    Yes, I was particularly impressed with picking a site with roaring jets every 60 seconds as a venue for speech-making. At least the jets were all taking off. If the planes were landing, I’d imagine the passengers would be a bit alarmed with all these guns on the ground . . .

    It was also news to me that “the Left came to power by riots [and] the blood of murdered policemen” (close quote). If I were as misinformed as the speakers seemed to be, I suppose I’d be obsessed with guns, too.

  • And how many of the lunatics were actually undercover agents there to make sure this didnt get outta control. Subtract the press; subtract the undercover agents = 10 lunatics??

  • Francis

    Look at me, I’ve got a gun!
    MOM, ARE YOU PAYING ATTENTION TO ME NOW?!

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