These are All-Americans right here:
More than 100 gun-rights advocates, most carrying handguns on their hips and wearing buttons saying “Guns Save Lives,” came to the City Council on Tuesday night to protest what they called harassment of law-abiding gun owners by city officials.
The protest was called by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a gun-rights group, after Chet Szymecki of Yorktown was arrested in June at Harborfest for carrying a gun.
Szymecki was arrested for violating a city ordinance banning guns at Harborfest – an ordinance that officials now acknowledge violates state law. City Attorney Bernard A. Pishko said city officials were unaware of a state law prohibiting localities from banning guns.
Carrying a weapon openly is legal in Virginia, even at a large gathering such as Harborfest. Once city officials realized their error, the charges against Szymecki were dropped.
“We made a mistake,” Councilman Barclay C. Winn said. “It was unintentional.”
Most who came to protest didn’t appear to believe it was an innocent mistake.
“You know it was illegal,” said Dave Vann, who drove from Falls Church to speak. “You arrested someone, and now it’s going to cost you dearly.”
I have only admiration and applause for these folks.Â Great work.Â That is exactly how it is supposed to be.Â No violence, just a simple message delivered.
Now consider this idea.Â As detailed earlier, there are 90 guns for every 100 Americans, or 270 million guns.Â Even if you say that every gun owner owns 10 guns, that makes 27 million gun owners.Â Remember the Million Mom March.Â Now imagine the Million Muzzle March.Â Just like these folks in Virgina, only much bigger.