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?
This rally in Washington State and some very similar to it have been going on here in Texas since April of last year.
A Texas Army Sargent was arrested while walking along a dirt road with his son. He was arrested for carrying an AR-15 out in the open, (Open carry of long-guns is legal in Texas). That arrest cost the Sargent his Army career. But it also started the Open Carry Texas rallies. These Open Carry rallies have been spreading all across the country. Anyone who is registered on Facebook can view (and join) the groups. The link here is to the main FB Texas page but you can also just do a simple search of Facebook for OCT, (Open Carry Texas) and it will display about 50 such regional groups. Yes, this movement has been spreading, and it will continue to spread. PFA & OAS - We are NOT alone folks.
Old Rooster , my dear friend ; you and me have been to all the O.C.T.
Please enjoy this one ; it goes to all of you too ,Patriots here .
Enjoy and God Bless Texas.
Didn't know you still had that video Raffaele, yes I remember it. But who ever posted that on OCT spelled your name wrong. Didn't see that before.
Yes indeed my name was spelled wrong ( not a problem ) because my accent is still there .
There is another video ; We marched together : Come and Take it Temple .
Bless you my friend .
Unless I missed something, we patriots lack one very serious element, strong leadership! I'm willing to do whatever it takes to defend our Constitution and Bill of Rights but, we need qualified leadership. The worst thing that could happen to us is that other people view us as vigilantes or terrorists. I sincerely believe that the leaders in our government are either corrupt or incompetent (or both) and that it will probably take blood and guts to fix it. In order to accomplish our goals, we'll need all 50 of those regional groups to join together under competent leadership so that, we can respond to tyranny as a single unified front. Have a Very Merry Christmas, Tom.
You're correct Thomas. Any rag-tag-undisciplined group of large numbers can be defeated by a smaller, well disciplined, organized, dedicated group, having surprise on their side. Bundy and Washington consisted of small bands of Americans coming together when necessity presented itself. Obama's pruning of our military bolsters our militias. His leadership is giving us leaders with venomous attitudes.
My nephew, a submariner, came home on Thanksgiving leave. He asked his grandmother what she felt he should do with this fellow Obama. She said, "Your first duty is to that Constitution." He said, "I agree, and so do my shipmates." Another small band of Americans with venomous attitudes...Semper Fi Nam 66-67
I agree with you also Thomas, who is out there to step up to the plate? we may never know because once they do, they will disappear like so many of our military commanders being fired or forced to retire. And your correct when you say (WE need to be organized).
Thanks for your reply. I think that it's just a matter of time before our military makes a stand against Obama and our corrupt government. Once that happens, I believe that between our current and former military leaders, we will have a force to be reckoned with...Be Well.
God Bless you and yours! Thank you all for your service to our country and I hope that you all have a Very Merry Christmas.....Tom
Soriano my friend ; leadership will come by itself , all at the proper time ; the majority here are ex military etc. etc. etc....no need to go into details .......we all took an oat and it will rise and ..............
Raffaele: I'm glad to see my fellow American Patriots standing up to the tyranny and treason taking place in the White House and in our government! I'm not a war monger but, I am more than willing to fight for our country, Constitution and Bill of Rights. Stay Well.
Tom: Raffaele is absolutely correct. When we have been pushed too far, those capable of assuming command and who have the EXPERIENCE necessary to do so effectively WILL come forth. It is ingrained in all Field Commanders but especially those who have had COMBAT commands and are very competent but constitutionally loyal which is WHY they have been relieved. I would imagine many of those are itching for a chance to command again in CONSTITUTIONAL COMPLIANCE with the sworn oaths they took as are most of the 28 MILLION veterans in this country. The largest single group now is Vietnam vets and they are aging but tremendously loyal in spite of the treatment they got coming home from that debacle; a war they fought honorably , but were NEVER allowed to win by the ROE's implemented to prevent them from doing so and which remain a curse on our military to this day. Some will say those are strictly personal views and, they would be correct but, I AM one of those vets and from the worst part of it :1968-1969 and as personal assistant and protection by MOS to a Medal of Honor Recipient Chaplain from the 199th Light Infantry Brigade. Those with whom I served I am sure, feel as do I. There will be no dearth of volunteers to oppose what we must should it come to that as most of us think it inevitably WILL! The powers that be are underestimating the resolve of a people who through political policy have been at war for the last hundred years somewhere in the world to preserve what they are attempting to destroy. Can they really be so foolish as to think there will be NO RESISTANCE? Perhaps; but, if so, THEY WILL BE MADE TO REGRET IT!