Fed up with the passage of an 18½-page incoherent, rambling, unconstitutional gun control initiative that was bankrolled by billionaires, gun owners across Washington state held the largest felony civil disobedience rally in the nation’s history, brazenly titled “I Will Not Comply.” No one was hurt and no stores were looted. Between 1,000 and 3,000 lawful gun owners showed up openly armed at the state capitol in Olympia, Wash., on Saturday to defy the newly passed gun control law, I-594.
Organizer Gavin Seim made the extraordinary nature of the rally very clear, "This isn’t just a protest. We are here to openly violate the law." Attendees publicly transferred their guns to each other in violation of I-591’s background check provisions, and some even bought and sold guns just a few feet away from law enforcement. A fire pit blazed throughout the rally, and at the conclusion, gun owners lined up to burn their concealed weapons permits. A petition was circulated affirming gun owners’ refusal to follow I-594, which ended with, “We pledge our blood. We will not comply.”
As the RSVPs in advance of the rally grew to over 6,000, the police - most who probably detest I-594 - decided not to enforce the law. The Washington State Patrol announced there would be no arrests for exchanging guns - not even for selling guns. Seim refused to obtain a permit to hold the rally, citing the right of people to peaceably assemble.
The rally could not be dismissed as fringe elements. Several lawmakers and lawmen spoke, including former Graham County Sheriff Richard Mack of Arizona, Washington State Rep. Elizabeth Scott (R-Monroe) and Rep. Graham Hunt (R-Orting), who sported an AR-15 during his speech. Mack advised gun owners engaging in civil disobedience to “put your sheriff next to you to keep it peaceful.” Scott defiantly explained in her speech, “I will not comply with I-594 because it is unconstitutional, unenforceable and unjust. It is impossible to enforce this law unless there is a police officer on every back porch and in every living room. So it will be enforced selectively.” She noted that Founding Father Alexander Hamilton said any law that violates the Constitution is not valid, and there is a moral obligation to disobey unjust laws.
Seim, a political activist and congressional candidate, wrote on his website, “Today I become an OUTLAW! Arrest me! I will NOT comply.” He led the rally peacefully, and at one point asked everyone attending to kneel with him in prayer. As he led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance, he stressed, “I am not pledging obedience to the government, it is to the Republic. We don’t ask for our rights, and we don’t negotiate for our rights. We will take America back.”
Another speaker explained what was happening this way, “We no longer consent nor comply.” Mike Vanderboegh, whose Three Percenter movement is modeled after the three percent of the colonists who fought in the American War of Independence, said that those at the rally are the resistance behind enemy lines. The resistance is also taking place in a handful of other states with strict gun control laws, where patriots are now smuggling in weapons illegally. Vanderboegh told attendees, “This is the tyranny the Founding Fathers warned us about. Tyranny can be voted into existence by a majority. We will not fire the first shot, but if need be, we will fire the last.”
Gun control zealots have finally gone too far. Gun owners are now discovering that the police in New York are using gun control laws to confiscate guns from family members within days after their owners pass away. Hundreds of thousands of gun owners in Connecticut and New York who failed to register their AR-15s earlier this year are now felons. Requiring the registration of guns or requiring background checks, as I-594 does, allows the government to compile a list of gun owners, which can be used later for confiscation.
If guns cause crime, then why wasn’t there a single mishap, considering there were 1,000 or so guns present and hundreds of violations of felony law taking place? Tellingly, Washington State Trooper Guy Gill predicted beforehand, “"Most of these folks are responsible gun owners. We probably will not have an issue." The truth is, the state capitol was probably the safest place in the state last Saturday.
Patriots have had enough. The Second Amendment is gradually being eroded, state by state, and gun owners are not going to lie down and give up their arms. A handful of billionaires and elitists in blue cities like Seattle do not respect the Constitution nor represent the vast majority of Americans. Another rally in Olympia is planned for January 15, and another one in Spokane on December 20. The Second Amendment Foundation, headquartered in Bellevue, intends to sue the state over I-594, and will be lobbying the legislature to get the law changed or repealed. Washington state is now ground zero for patriotic gun owners resisting tyranny, which is at a tipping point since law enforcement does not intend to enforce I-594. What happens next?
The Statement about the definition of a democracy is from a U.S. government tech manual from 1928 as stated. I have had a degree in government since 1967 from St. Michael's college and was personal protection for a MOH awarded Chaplain for action during the 1968 Tet Offensive. I was subsequently assigned to Walter Reed Army Medical Center as a Chaplain's Assistant again and worked the 30 wards (combat traumatic amputees) and also presented the flag to bereaved families as the Chaplain read the Letter of Condolence from the DOD.I had the unfortunate duty as well to deal directly with a number of congress cretins who took their care at Walter Reed and , rest assured: It was a revelation!. I have been a hard conservative ever since and a strict Constitutionalist , having put my money and personal health at severe risk as a matter of my CITIZENSHIP. Most in Washington are concerned ONLY with themselves or their party agendas and rarely if ever, pay much attention to their constituents' wants , needs or preferences. That was my heartfelt conclusion after dealing for 18 consecutive months with them. I see no reason to change that assessment as their proclivities for self aggrandizement and a refusal to compromise for the benefit of AMERICAN CITIZENS is quite apparent if one is honest enough to look at the reality, which too many are not. We are paying the price for THAT lack of vigilance and our failure to hold them either responsible or accountable and, that will continue unless the new Congress can begin a return to CONSTITUTIONAL CMPLIANCE UNDER THE RULE OF LAW, so long absent from a government gone rogue. God help, us all and our progeny who, if we cannot turn things around, will suffer incredibly and it is a legacy I would do anything NOT to leave them. Let us hope we can, somehow
His diatribes mean nothing. It is nothing but Marxist denigration under the dialectic and application of the smear technique for which they are ALL infamous, including the modified Marxist notion of Former Obama advisor Rahm Emmanuelle and his mantra of : "never letting a perfectly good crisis go to waste," to accomplish YOUR political agenda; even if you have to manufacture those Crises, which is his approach here. If you fail to respond, eventually he will be bored and run away as they all do, because in the end, THEY ARE ALL COWARDS.
I have been here for the last four years and in Washington last May. Exhibit your Trolldom wherever you wish as it is your right thanks to the efforts and sacrifices of others doing things in all ,likelihood you have neither the guts nor the citizenship to do. This is my final response to a pestiferous prevaricator and irritant since further correspondence is pointless, AS ARE YOU!
Everybody knows he does not have a birth certificate, school records or an American passport verifying his travels, I am not sure he really exist except in the minds of some communist. But we do know he smoked mary jane and was or sit in as a senator and voted present a lot and stood on the floor Chicago state house and fought for infanticide.
That definition of democracy was stated as policy by the U,.S. Government in 1928. It was written when we still HAD a Constitutional Republic which worked because the Constitution was ADHERED TO most of the time. The abuses allowed by a criminally complicit congress MUST eventually lead to a confrontation and we are being deliberately divided from within by the enemies within who are as legion as those from outside simply because they have been allowed to invade us through inequitable or totally lacking ENFORCEMENT of existing American Laws by those in BOTH parties. RINOS are counterfeit democrats and THAT is the problem. True conservatives are the only hope for the country and I wish I were younger for what I fear is coming but, while there is no organized resistance as yet, I am prepared to do whatever I can to Protect and preserve all I have and all that let me have it. I will be neither victimized nor intimidated by swamp things like those who fail to exhibit any sense of decorum. Their idiocy speaks for itself and you KNOW who they are . If they are ignored for a long enough period of time and we are not baited into continuing responses, they will go away from sheer boredom: AND INHERENT COWARDICE. And, the applause you seem to be hearing issues from a relative few , hopefully to become by shunning, the sound of silence.
The majority of the voters vote for a free ride.
You do know if you buy it you own it. May you always remember your words.