July 4th Armed March On DC – Why You SHOULD NOT Go

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.

Kokesh has openly stated the following:

”This is an armed revolt against the American government. Make no mistake about it. We are going with the aim of overthrowing the government.”

To hear Adam say this and more, click here.

To be fair, here is the entire interview with Adam on the show.

OK, obviously he has not cleared things with DC law enforcement yet. I can tell you they will not allow an armed protest. It just isn't going to happen. Second, understand that when you go there, you will not only be arrested, but your firearm will be taken, you will be put in jail, you will be charged with a misdemeanor and since it is DC, following this, you will more than likely be unable to purchase a firearm legally again.

I have spoken with the DC police. They will not discuss their tactics for dealing with those coming, but they are aware of the protest. Chief Cathy L. Lanier has stated that they will arrest armed protesters. That is not a probability. It is what they will do.

Kokesh says that if he gets 10,000 people on his Facebook event page to sign up by June 1, then he believes they can pull it off. He says he will march with just 1,000 actual attendees. Frankly I would genuinely be surprised if he gets 500 people.

Don't get me wrong here, I completely agree with the sentiments of Kokesh that the Federal government has become tyrannical. I completely agree, as I told the DC press spokesman over the phone, that gun laws in DC are unconstitutional. They violate the Second Amendment. However, what good is a protest if you never get to make it?

If you go knowing that you will be arrested, your firearm taken, and you are thrown in jail and fined, then have to face more travel charges to return to DC, what have you accomplished? Oh that's right, you stood up to "The Man," right? Good for you. In all reality, you accomplished nothing except to put yourself back a step.

My friends protests are meant to give voice against the opposition. What this event will do will simply silence those who go. It will accomplish nothing.

Our Founders protested the right way. Then when the tyrants came for their weapons, they stood their ground and faced their enemies, not peacefully, but with violence! Friends, the Scriptures teach us that we should seek to be at peace with all men. However, there comes a time when violence is the response, but that is a defensive posture, not a pre-emptive one. DC will take an armed march, no matter how peaceful you proclaim it, as a violent act of breaking the law (no matter how unlawful that law is). That's just the way it is and who will you actually be helping by going? I'll tell you. You'll be helping to fund the DC police department, the court system there and various petroleum providers, hotels and others as you will more than likely have to make a return trip back to Washington to appeal your case. Either that, or you'll help fund attorneys in DC to go on your behalf.

My advice about not going has nothing to do with being a coward. It has to do with being wise. Wise men don't go on a pilgrimage of this sort knowing they will never be able to accomplish what they set out to do. That is what I call being foolish!

Here's the thing though, for most people that talk a good game about armed marches on DC and how they would use their guns to repel tyranny, most of them can't bring themselves to vote outside a two party system or they simply vote for the "lesser of two evils." Friends, stop electing tyrannical representatives and men with no character and we will see peaceful revolution. We've been doing it the opposite way for years and we continue down the road of Socialism, not freedom.

For a similar perspective, take a look at Dean Garrison's article at DCClothesline.

Arising Republic Radio commented on this article on Friday. To listen to the show, click here.

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  • [email protected]

    To the author: You are in no uncertain terms, a gutless worm!!! Why don't you grow a set and realize that war is the only way at this point to defend & secure the rights that God has granted us. Folks like you were ignored at the beginning of the American Revolution, and for good reason, you don't have what it takes to secure our Freedoms!!!! You my friend, are a panty waist lol.

  • Esther Starr

    Oh God, please no. Please stop this act of idiocy somehow. Please...

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005116260902 Terry Jones

    sounds like a great idea to march on DC

  • Visitor Today


    Anyone who is so stupid as to NOT comprehend this 'rally' will be stormed into a FALSE FLAG to then demand more 'gun-control' is an absolute idiot! Especially should ANYBODY be openly armed. THAT is all the excuse the Bastards That Be will require.

    Signs, flags, bull horns, organized companies of fifty or so, et cetera, WITHOUT open alcohol, is one thing and SHOULD be the standard. Even then the GOVERNMENT PLANTS will start fights, attacks and riots, for the Bastards That Be to condemn.

    YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED! Call me a liar July 5th ....

    Colonel Robert F. Cunningham,


  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Marco-Pirelli/100003546988352 Marco Pirelli

    This whole thing smells like Obama.

  • drbhelthi

    The armed march supported by Adam Kokesh is void of sensible, patriotic logic. It has the makings of a "set-up," under the rubric of patriotism. Genuine patriots are wise to avoid association with the event. If the armed march occurs, we may rest assured that it is infiltrated by agents of totalitarianism, who will provoke an incident with police. Unnecessary deaths could occur, and genuine patriots which will be harmfully propagandized.

    Which Obamacrat agency sponsors Adam Kokesh ? Is he a front for the NAZI element of the CIA, or the NAZI element of the Dept. of Homeland Security ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347080445 Jackson Taylor

    "Adam openly stated the following:
    ”This is an armed revolt against the American government. Make no mistake about it. We are going with the aim of overthrowing the government.”"

    No he didn't! He said everything up to "We are going with the aim of overthrowing the government". Way to spin it...

  • John

    My second thought is that the DC cops, DHS, FBI, ATF etc. will take away a lot of guns from the kind of people who probably shouldn't own them anyway.

    Think twice if you fall for this setup. ReconVeteran said it best, martial law will be invoked.

  • John

    Besides that, you will be arrested and your firearms will be confiscated, and after that, you will no longer be able to use or own a gun, not even a musket because you will be a felon.
    Bring a Super Squirter instead.

  • Minerva V

    I am a wholehearted believer in the 2nd Amendment. However, this march is a stupid idea. It's way to force the hand of the Government and easily give them the "ammo" they need to pass more anti gun laws and characterize the majority of freedom loving Americans as lunatics. The Bible says ""I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves." Matt. 10:16 We need to do what is effective (shrewd), not just exercise our rights in ways that are meant only to attract attention and make a point. This whole thing can easily backfire because there is no way this guy organizing the march can control what happens once he gathers all these hundreds (thousands?) of people together. It is ripe for political and media manipulation and failure.

  • guest233

    I agree we Americans MUST prevail against the evil in our WH taking guns into the capitol is just plain foolish and unwise.The liberals would pounce on this in a minute and create mayhem, where there would be gunfire and then blamed on the 'peaceful protesters'.Marshall law would be called.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Camshot2 Bill Welch

    This article is written from the point of view that, "just wait." For what? A better time? More violations of the Constitution by this corrupt admin? I beg you, WAIT FOR WHAT? The very founders of our country challenged us that we had a Republic, "if you can keep it." They would have taken a Declaration of Independence to Washington when the first mention of the '68 gun laws, and for certain when the Patriot Act was passed! They would have been to arms already! WAIT FOR WHAT, I implore? You sir, Tim Brown, are either a fool, or a coward! There comes a time when our fears will enslave us if we let them. That time is NOW! Resist the fear, do what needs be done! Arrest? So what! NOT BE ALLOWED TO BUY A FIREARM? UNCONSTITUTIONAL, AND THEREBY NULL AND VOID, AS ARE ANY AND ALL GUN LAWS PASSED, FEDERAL, STATE, OR CITY. If it violates the Law of The Land, the Constitution, then it is null and void! This was proven by Marbury vs Madison 1803, and in many quotes by our founders such as

    “There is no position
    which depends on clearer principles than that every act of a delegated
    authority, contrary to the commission under which it is exercised, is
    void. No legislative act, therefore, contrary to the Constitution, can
    be valid.”

    (Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers, #78.) and...

    “Clearly, a federal law which is contrary to the
    Constitution is no law at all; it is null, void, invalid. And a Supreme
    Court decision, which is not a ‘law,’ has no ‘supremacy’—even if it is
    faithfully interpreting the Constitution. So it is the height of
    absurdity to claim that a Supreme Court decision that manifestly
    violates the Constitution is the ‘supreme law of the land.’” (William Jasper)

    I could list 20 more, but why? AGAIN I ask you WAIT FOR WHAT? An invite by the usurpers of our Constitution to come discuss it? Come on, get some of the founders integrity, and courage! It is time to stand against the rules which are null and void because they violate the Constitution! Your position, Mister Tim Brown is the very one that got us to this terrible place! Now shut up, and get out of the way of liberty and freedom! Any more such words and I will have to expose you being traitorous to the Constitution as well! If they try to arrest any, there should be armed resistance! They have no such authority! If some must die to make the point, then so be it. Obama declare Martial Law? He already has, quietly, by executive and un-Constitutional laws. It is imperative that we resist, or lose the last vestige of freedom we have! This is a time of testing!

    MARCH, and show the resistance that made us free once from tyrannical government. We have a duty to do so again!

  • http://www.facebook.com/pablo.descartes.7 Pablo Descartes

    If I lived close enough I would be involved in a peacefull protest against this march. Anyone care to organize?

  • http://www.facebook.com/pablo.descartes.7 Pablo Descartes

    This is a foolish idea, but the organizer being an occutard, it's to be expected. Reads like a setup/entrapment to me. I'll protest w/ loaded weapons when TYRANT obama & dhs attempt confiscation.

  • ironclad292

    Let's say the worst happens and it's a blood bath and the government comes for our guns, what do we do then? Are we ready for that? I mean, eventually something stupid like this is going to happen and the Government is coming after our guns. It's just a matter of time. Believe me, I don't want this to happen. If it does, what are we prepared to do?

  • http://www.facebook.com/PEPCIS Mark Pepin

    I can't wait till Kokesh goes. He's got the balls that MOST of us don't have. It's people like him who earn our freedom.

    • drbhelthi

      Kokesh types typically are following the bidding of the string-pullers who put them on the map. They appear to be leaders, yet their leadership is designed to set traps for the eager but unwise, who fail to comprehend that thought is accomplished with the brain, and not with the gonads.
      Most of such types are employees of the evil do-er, string-pullers. They are experienced in entrapment and hollywood productions such as the alleged raid on Osama bin Laden, and the Sandy Hook, Newtown falsification.

  • poetwarrior

    There are factions among the liberal fascist groups that would fire on the assemblage simply to invoke the violence. Of that there can be no doubt. I don't have a clue who the organizer is...he could even be a plant.

  • Iamacitizen2

    Wouldn't it be great if at the last few minutes before the march that every single person involved in this march ditch their bullets and just have their arms behind their backs and then what if the police fire on them? Does just having their arms create a threat even though they are not loaded?

  • ReconVeteran

    This Adam Kokesh, is what Obama and his administration has been waiting for. A armed march on the United States Capitol will throw this country under martial law. I feel that this Adam Kokesh is a plant by this administration to force martial law and being guns will be envolved an immediate confiscation of fire arms from the citizens of this Nation will endure. Take this author's advise and do not support this move. If there is to be a move against the American people by the government let them make the first move. Never play into the hands of the opposition, let them be the aggressor.

    • John

      You said it brother.

  • far2right

    Kokesh is in with the progs.

    Even IF no violence occurs (not likely), the liberal press will have field day with it.

    Scaring low-info city dwellers into thinking the "militias" are taking over their cities and will require all kids to be home-schooled.

    The limey Piers Morgan, "Thrill My Leg" Matthews and Rachel Madcow will be foaming at the mouth.

    This is such a bad idea that it is clear to me that Kokesh is an infil-traitor.