On a dreary and cold morning interrupted occasionally by light rain showers, the Bloomberg-financed gaggle of anti-gun groups that converged at the U.S. Supreme Court today found that there was almost no one gathered in front of podium to listen to their scheduled gun control rants.
That’s because so many in the Bloomberg People Control Army had dispersed to the wings of the stage to try to screen or block the pro-freedom signs and liberty flags that my group, The Patriot Picket, had brought to challenge their anti-gun ideology.
Yes, in 2019, there are actually people protesting the freedom and liberty guaranteed to all Americans by our Constitution.
This clownish street theatre, put on by those who wish to dramatically curtail Second Amendment rights, was trundled out once again in the hope of shaping the courtroom proceedings underway just behind the giant bronze doors of the Supreme Court building.
This morning, the justices heard oral arguments in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York. It is the first significant firearms case to be heard there in almost a decade.
As many who have followed the case know, New York City officials and politicians dropped decades of infringements in just the past few months in a cynical attempt to keep their infringements from being fully reviewed at the High Court. Their machinations failed. The justices put the case on the docket for full arguments today—in a move that sent gun control advocates across country stumbling toward their fainting couches.
The great anguish among the gun-grabbing community is the potential that the Court’s ruling in NYSRPA v. NYC will be used as a basis to review all licensing and restriction schemes across the country.
Meanwhile, out on the sidewalk, the leading gun-grabbers for Moms Demand Action and Everytown, USA, along with the paid lackeys for the Brady Campaign and Giffords did their best to hide their disappointment that the “thousands of activists” they boasted would turn out, in fact, never showed.
Instead, by most estimates, the gun control crowd only numbered a couple of hundred.
My group, The Patriot Picket, although based in Maryland, regularly travels to all the states in our region when the gun haters meet to roll-out their tired rote demands for universal registration, more licensing, more restrictions and even outright confiscation.
We revere the Constitution and welcome every opportunity to stand for our founding principles.
Today was a chance to bring our liberty and freedom messages, plus our flags, to one of the greatest First Amendment forums in the United States—the public sidewalk in front of the Supreme Court. Often, the large American flags that we deploy are the ONLY Stars & Stripes visible at these kinds of events.
We are proud of our diversity. Our members are young and old, male and female, black and white, gay and straight. We come ready to debate policy and best practices, but when we hear the stale cries of “gun violence”, we answer back—as we did so many times today with our Bullhorn of Truth—that violence is violence, and that the focus must remain on people and their shortcomings, or their ill-intentions.
In the polarized environments we to often wade into, we do our best to say “meet us in the middle”, to set aside the Blame Game regarding the inanimate objects that are unfortunately used against some of us—and ask that we focus on the perpetrators who do us harm, whether they be mentally ill, criminally-minded, or just evil.
These pictures tell the tale, though. Most on the other side are only interested in screening us, blocking us, sneering at us, turning their backs on us, spewing at us, or distorting our words.
And yes, we hear the endless platitudes about “commonsense” laws, to which we reply: look no further than our Constitution, for it is a monument to “commonsense”. It is commonsense captured for the ages The wisdom is there if we will just choose to be informed by it!
Standing for the Constitution as we did today– with arms, knees and feet weary from the hours in the cold and rain– is, well, not for sissies. Yet, we are the happiest of warriors, and so blessed to have the First Amendment as a platform to stand for the 2nd. It is a gift, and we are ever grateful.
God bless America!