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Radio host plans controversial armed march on DC July 4th

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Based on recent events, it seems the very thought of an armed revolution in America is more than some liberals can take. We can only guess how they might react should armed citizens assemble in the streets.

Well, if Libertarian activist and radio host Adam Kokesh has his way, we may have the chance to find out — he plans to lead an armed march on the nation’s capital on the 4th of July.

As reported by CNS News, Kokesh launched a Facebook group, the “Open Carry March on Washington,” and his goal is to get 1,000 supporters to march into Washinton, D.C., with loaded rifles.

I can only hope that the Palm Beach Post has an ample supply of duct tape on hand, as heads are probably exploding over on S. Dixie Hwy right now, based on the reaction by staff writer Stacy Singer to a recent poll on armed revolution.

While neighboring Virginia permits open carry, CNS News reports, Washington, D.C. does not issue any permit/licenses to carry a firearm.

Kokesh states on the Facebook page that “this is an act of civil disobedience,” and that participants will “march with rifles loaded & slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated & cower in submission to tyranny.”

The event is advertised as being non-violent, stating:

“There’s a remote chance that there will be violence as there has been from government before, and I think it should be clear that if anyone involved in this event is approached respectfully by agents of the state, they will submit to arrest without resisting.”

For the record, I unequivocally and irrevocably believe this is a bad idea and strongly recommend that Americans of all persuasions reject this protest.

A thousand armed protestors in the street is a recipe for disaster. It’s also the height of irresponsibility for Kokesh to think he can control the actions of these individuals, or ensure the safety of all involved.

While I believe that “these are the times that try men’s souls,” as Thomas Paine wrote in the aptly named pamphlet “The American Crisis,”  the romantic notion of an armed march that plays to the rebellious side of too many Libertarians is not the answer.

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Tom Tillison

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