Rally supports right to bear arms
Accompanied by the sound of bagpipes, hundreds of Second Amendment supporters carrying guns, flags and signs gathered in front of Madison County Courthouse on Saturday, Jan 26.
This marked the beginning of the Save Our Second Amendment rally.
Dan Roberts, the event organizer, mentioned that a major purpose of the rally was to sign petitions that would be sent to government officials at the local, state, and possibly even federal level to show Idahoan’s support for the Constitutional Amendment.
“This event is not so much a protest as a rally to support the Second Amendment rights, and to encourage our local leaders not to enforce any of these non-constitutional measures we’ve been facing,” said Marc Hallacker, a sophomore studying theatre and speech education.
Hallacker also purchased a gun for the occasion.
Nearly 400 citizens, gun enthusiasts, and local leaders from various counties surrounding Rexburg attended.
Many carried homemade signs with titles such as, “Don’t Stifle the Rifle. In God We Trust” and “Keep Your Hand Off My Gun.”
In addition to the standard American flag, the group was also strewn with various patriotic flags, including ones with the famous statement from Colonial America, “Don’t Tread On Me.”
Citizens were allowed to open carry their firearms, which included squirt guns, BB guns, pistols and semi-automatic rifles.
The march followed Main Street and ended at the Rexburg Tabernacle.
Citizens then took part in an hour-long program involving several speakers, including a representative of the Madison County Sheriff’s department.
The petition to government leaders, which was signed at the rally, was also read to the group during this event.
“Enshrined in the Second Amendment of the Constitution is every American’s right to keep and bear arms — not just hunting and sport but for the ‘security of a free State,’” according to the petition. “Yet, government officials continue to infringe on that right.”
The petition also listed specific demands, such as not making laws that would encroach on the people’s right to bear arms. Roberts said the petition would be presented to the city council, county commissioners, the sheriff and state legislators.
Recognition was given to those prominent members of the community and local leadership in attendance, including the Rexburg’s Mayor Richard Woodland and several Madison County Commissioners.
This included Corporal Jared Willmore from the Madison County Sheriff’s department who read a statement from the Sheriff supporting the proceedings.
In his statement, Sheriff Roy Klinger said, “I feel the banning of certain weapons and certain ammunition capacities is not only wrong but it is another serious infringement on the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
At the ending of the meeting, lines formed to sign the petition.
Dan Little, a Rexburg local who attended the rally, said that the meeting was very peaceful.
Though independently organized, this rally is one of many that have been organized across the nation.
One rally in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho brought nearly 1,000 people.
Roberts said that he plans to organize another rally in Idaho Falls.
More information can be found
at the rally’s Facebook group: SOS
Save Our Second Amendment.