For weeks we’ve been hearing about an armed march on the Capitol of the United States. Washington, D.C. is supposed to be the target of a “peaceful” protest with people marching with their loaded firearms. While I agree with the sentiment, let me just come right out and say this as simple and as blunt as I can say it: This is a very, very, very, very, very bad idea. It’s also stupid. Let me explain.
First Adam Kokesh, 31, is the man who began promoting the event. You can read a bit more about Kokesh and some of his ties here. While there are things I agree with him on, there is much I disagree with him about. He talks about nonviolence and I don’t have any reason to not believe him in that regard, but he has no way of ensuring that violence will not erupt, especially when you consider that there are many, not all, in his audience that are clearly fringe anarchists. However, consider what is to take place and the ramifications of it.
First, Kokesh remarks in an update to the event, scheduled for July 4, 2013:
Now that it’s undeniable that this is going to happen, allow me to make clear how. There will be coordination with DC law enforcement prior to the event. I will recommend that they do the best they can to honor their oaths and escort us on our route. Failing to provide that commitment to safety, we will either be informed that we will only be allowed up to a certain point where we would be arrested. If this is the case, we will approach that point as a group and if necessary, I will procede (sic) to volunteer myself to determine what their actual course of action with someone crossing the line will be at which point fellow marchers will have the choice of joining me one at a time in a peaceful, orderly manner, or turning back to the National Cemetery.