On April 19th, gun owners and gun rights’ supporters (big overlap there) will rally in Washington to “galvanize the courage and resolve of Americans; to petition our elected officials against establishing anti-gun legislation; and to remind Aantimerica that the Second Amendment is necessary to maintain our right to self defense.” The Second Amendment March’s organizers chose the date to honor the day when the first shots were fired in The Revolutionary War, at The Battle of Lexington. Members of the media checked that date and discovered that the march also fell “On the anniversary of Waco, [when] anti-government, right-wing militia sympathizer Timothy McVeigh drove an explosive-laden Ryder truck to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.” As far as I know, the Huffington Post’s Mike Malloy was the first to pick-up this coincidence and run with it. And I mean really run with it . . .
Malloy lists fifteen anti-government shootings that happened to happen in the month of April. And so a meme was born: the Second Amendment March is the child of proto-domestic terrorists.
It’s a despicable mis-characterization, perpetuated by (surprise!) MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. And how. In fact the excerpt on the official MSNBC excerpt [link above] cuts off Maddow’s intro, which restates (verbatim) the Second Amendment March’s goals [click here to see the full clip].
Maddow’s report quickly blends the SAM with an open carry rally in Virginia (“roughly the same place”). Talk about guilt by association. “There are actually TWO marches on Washington on the Oklahoma City anniversary for people with guns this year.” The clear implication: THAT’S what they’re commemorating. And she says it AGAIN.
As we confront the facts that the anniversary the day that Timothy McVeigh killed 168 Americans has been picked by not one but TWO anti-government gun rallies in Washington, there is a certain disconnect between what these organizers describe as their peaceful motives, and the tactics they are using to try to attract their audience.
A shocking and shameful smear campaign. How does this woman call herself a journalist?