Libertarian Activist Holding Peaceful Armed March in D.C., Police Chief says Actions Will Be Taken

By on May 9, 2013

by Ezra Van Auken

Could it be that the time for highly controversial civil disobedience is now? Adam Kokesh, a radio show host of “Adam Vs. The Man”, believes just that and has gone lengths to make sure this happens. In what could be one of the most daring demonstrations in some time, the radio show host hopes to gather thousands for an armed, open carry march through Washington D.C., peacefully. So far the event page has received over 2,000 attendees in under a week along with 50,000 being invited – putting this event on track to be a big one.

Kokesh is no stranger to civil disobedience either. The 31-year-old has participated in demonstrations ranging from Jefferson Memorial dance parties and California beach protests against state laws, to standing at John McCain’s Republican convention speech expressing his hatred for the Iraq war. All of these acts are challenging “the man”. Of course now, with the already highly politicized and heightened fear of guns, Kokesh’s idea takes center stage in a nationwide debate over gun control.

Despite the basic stereotype of an open carry march, Kokesh has reiterated time after time that his demonstration should in no way become violent. “This will be a non-violent event unless the government chooses to make it violent. Should we meet physical resistance, we will peacefully turn back,” states the event page. The talk show host explained that he isn’t looking to spark a fight with police, but instead, Kokesh is looking to challenge an “unjust law” and use the experience to challenge government even more.

The host of “Adam Vs. The Man” told SLN, “Not only do we hope to make a powerful statement but if I end up crossing the line and getting arrested, I hope that we’ll be able to face the ultimate legal test of the Second Amendment, taking this to the Supreme Court.” Overall, the achievements Kokesh hopes to garner are practicing self-ownership, working non-violently with authorities to uphold the Second Amendment, and if necessary, taking the demonstration and his arrestment to the Supreme Court.

Violating D.C. gun laws could land Kokesh a 5-year sentence or $5,000 fine, which the host says he’s willing to take for advancing the idea of individual liberty. As of right now, Kokesh hopes he can work with law enforcement to get an escort – maintaining peace as well as organization between the protestors and authorities.

In regards to the worrisome narrative that if Kokesh goes through with an armed march, a bloodbath will ensue, the talk show host explained to SLN this would be the last case scenario. Stretching the possibilities, other critics of the July 4th armed march believe government could go as far as planting an individual with protestors to disrupt the event, allowing authority to take action. Kokesh said to SLN, “That’s going to happen in any event going contrary to the desires of government. If anything, that’s all the more reason to do it;” alluding to how people fear the government.

Lori Stacey of the Examiner described clearly, “In what can only be described as perhaps the ultimate test of the 2nd Amendment,” Kokesh is taking civil disobedience and the Second Amendment to its roots.

During an interview on the Alex Jones Show, Kokesh told Jones that there are two possible outcomes for the July 4th march. “There are really only two possible outcomes for this to go non-violently as we strongly are working to ensure that it is non-violent. But, there are really only two possibilities and one is that she [D.C. Police Chief] honors our request and provides us with an escort along our route,” Kokesh reiterated, looking forward to working with police to generate a non-violent protest.

In response to Kokesh’s planned march, Cathy Lanier, the D.C. police chief, commented on the event this past Tuesday. The police chief said that protestors coming to break the law will be addressed and actions will be taken. Lanier told Channel 8 News, “There is a pretty good chance we’ll meet them on the D.C. side of the bridge.” The chief also said she’d be willing to meet with organizers to discuss the laws they will be breaking, looking to make any amends.

Even though this demonstration seems to be just another Kokesh-created act of civil disobedience like others in the past, the fact that guns are involved has sparked worry despite restatements that peace is the goal. If in fact demonstrators and police, both of which will be armed, peacefully assemble and disassemble, those believing violence is inevitable would be proven wrong. This would open the door for a whole new form of activism.

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  1. Georgia patriot

    May 9, 2013 at 3:07 am

    I Suport this 100% people’s fears and ignorance, baring a plant being imbedded, would be the only excuse for blood shed to occur at this event. If time permitted I would stand side by side with the marchers, as I did with my brothers in uniform when called upon by my country to defend the very constitution that is being systematically disassembled by the current administration.

    • Hope Shit Goes Good

      May 9, 2013 at 9:25 pm

      my personal opinion, the cops will infiltrate with an undercover and shoot first, and then everyone is going to start firing and then bye bye gun laws, this is stupid in my opinion but good luck either way

    • Wigi

      May 10, 2013 at 9:51 pm

      It’s not just this administration it’s slowly been happening little by little and now they are testing their strength over us and people should not comply and fight for our freedoms

  2. BrotherPatriot

    May 9, 2013 at 10:20 am

    My professional opinion (Former special forces, Navy SEAL here) is the following.
    Though I support the idea of what this message would be trying to convey, the going about it is incorrect.
    I would like to suggest (and I hope this propagates) to initially within the cemetery that they originate from (where it is legal to be openly armed) they all muster locked & loaded. Then follow the following initiative order…
    1. Muster.
    2. Formation of unorganized militia in marching ranks. Officer’s at appointed positions.
    3. March to border of lawful carry.
    4. There stop & exchange for proxy weapon/item. Becoming Lawful.
    5. Detach a small unit to guard the real firearms being forced behind due to unlawful laws passed by criminals who have reached high positions within our Government. Unlawful laws that prevent our God given right to bear arms in Washington D.C. The “capital” of our great Nation.
    6. Proceed with the planned march and return to detachment.
    7. Once safely back to detachment, rearm and finish the Event.

    God Bless America & the Patriots willing to water the Tree of Liberty.

    • Michael Dennis

      May 10, 2013 at 9:28 pm

      That would work. Point made. Violence avoided.

  3. Patrick Binder

    May 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Open that door Adam!

  4. Peace and Justice Lady

    May 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I agree with the Patriot Brother above! Follow his lead. It’s admirable, but Adam is such a voice, I don’t want him, or those brave enough to join him, to be harmed. Peace to you Patriots!

  5. vanessa moeller

    May 9, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    This is just a set-up for another crack our rights to own weapons.People are going to hand it over with this. No protest has ever ended in peace. Adding guns to this equation is just ludicrous! Fear or not this will only bring the issues of GUN CONTROL back to the forefront, but with better reasoning now. Perhaps this man was paid to host this event so that this issue will be more predominant! Everyone in a spotlight has a price for fame. But it come to the cost of those of us who own but keep a respectful understanding of what owning a weapon is. Not walking to the capital building with weapons in mass union. I think it’s fools folly. God Help us all If this is our logic now.

  6. Joe

    May 9, 2013 at 5:04 pm

    I think it’s a great idea. Just like bob marley sang, ” stand up for your rights” If we don’t start pushing back now, then it won’t be too long before we lose them all. It’s time we show them who is really in charge of this country. How are they going to arrest 10,000 people with loaded guns? Either something goes wrong and a lot of people die or they let us march. God bless this once free nation.

  7. IRA

    May 9, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    I propose taking a dump on the whitehouse lawn… At least I would die doing something that the left would air on the news. I would just be concerned that they would wipe my ass with the constitution after putting a bullet in my head. Oh that’s right, they already have.

  8. Rick Saffery

    May 19, 2013 at 1:31 am

    The DC po-po will go after bonafide American’s exercising their right to self defense and unlawfully detain or arrest them. Their stance is that they are enforcing the unconstitutional law. Yet, a parade of illegal aliens, whose very presence is against federal law, would be welcomed with open arms by that same morally bankrupt DC police force.

    The DC police hypocrisy should be a wake-up call to all American’s. Fight for your freedoms before they are all gone. Fire all politicians who are contrary to this position. Fire all police too. It’s really that simple.

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