This weekend I had the privilege of participating in the “I will Not Comply” Rally held in Olympia, Wash., where over 1,000 fellow patriots came together to protest Initiative 594.
Approved by Washington voters in this most recent November election, I-594 requires, among other things, background checks for all gun purchases, whether they be private or at a gun store.
As to the historical significance of this rally, I will let others decide at a later date. Yet, I can’t help but feel a renewed sense of optimism and hope for our cause, as well as pride at being able to stand by fellow Americans who have answered the call to defend our rights.
On that day, hundreds of people from rural towns and urban cities openly carried firearms ranging from pistols and revolvers to bolt-action riles and semi-automatics. Militia members decked out in full tactical gear and families with children in strollers mingled and interacted. Despite the diversity of backgrounds, cultures, religions, and lifestyles, we were united in our mutual love for liberty and our determination to maintain the means of preserving them.
Then, those of us willing signed the Declaration of Affirmation, a renewed pledge to defend our liberties whatever the cost.
What happened that day discredited numerous myths and stereotypes perpetuated about gun owners as anti-social, violent, irrational, and ignorant. Anyone at the rally could not but notice the civil and polite atmosphere.
The same cannot be said for other protests occurring around the country.
For those who incorrectly believe guns are at the root cause of violence, they found themselves at a loss to explain how a rally comprised of armed individuals produced no arrests, no altercations, and no shootings.
Most importantly, however, numerous individuals stood in front of the crowd and openly sold and purchased firearms without first conducting background checks on the purchaser, in blatant violation of the one unambiguous aspect of the new law.
Washington State Patrol troopers were present at the rally, but did not interfere with the transactions, nor did they arrest the men afterwards.
Therefore, I-594 has been effectively rendered null and void.
A clear, unmistakable message has been sent: If enough people are willing to stand up to unconstitutional laws, those laws can be defeated.
Here at ShallNot.org, we are committed to using the states to fight gun control at the federal level. But we acknowledge that states, and the tyranny of the majority, can threaten our rights just as easily as the feds, and thus we cheer on anyone who nullifies unjust laws, no matter what the source.
In the fight to preserve our right to keep and bear arms, there are many fronts. “I Will Not Comply” rally fought on one, but our foe is the same. State Rep. Elizabeth Scott, one of the speakers there, understands this. During her speech, she announced her intention to introduce anti-commandeering legislation next year that would prohibit the federal government from regulating gun manufacturers in Washington.
She will need help. Around the country, ShallNot.org is helping representatives like Scott make anti-commandeering laws a reality. But if we’re to help people like her, we’re going to need your help.
Unlike other groups that claim to fight for your gun rights while cozying up to politicians in the D.C. Swampland, we are an uncompromising band of volunteers scattered across the country dedicated to opposing any and all federal laws infringing on the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
The Second Amendment says this right shall not be infringed. No exceptions. No excuses.
Help support our efforts to ensure that no such gun control law like I-594 could ever come out of D.C. with any hope of being enforced in the states. To borrow from Hamlet, let us no longer “suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” and instead “take arms against a sea of troubles and by opposing end them.”
Please take action today.