Here we go…………
I got the call today from the National Park Service with reps from the US Park Police conferenced in to discuss the permit application. In all, it wen’t pretty well. I told them up front that I understood the Gravelly Point Park location to be a firearms carry-legal location come early next year and that some participants would be carrying rifles, some would be carrying pistols only, and that some would be coming totally unarmed. Also, I made it known that the concept of the rally was to convey the simple message, “restore the constitution,” and do so at a location where participants could excercise their First and Second amendment rights simultaneously. I re-iterated that niether I nor anyone I knew was specifically calling for anyone else to show up armed, and that doing so was an individual decision. The rep from the National Park permit office did have several concerns, mainly the close proximity to Reagan National Airport’s flight path. The rep from the US Park Police said that she would contact Reagan National about this and see what they had to say. After that, I am told to expect a call back from the National Park Service about the status of the permit. This should be in 2-3 weeks I am told, the wait due to the holiday season and people going on vacation.
So, that’s the short version of where we are with the status of Gravelly Point as our location. If we need to make adjustments, I am told that there should not be a need for new permit applications and that all that I need to do is fax an amendment to the current application in order to change location or other details.
If we do get Gravelly Point, I do ask any participants who do plan on carrying rifles to carry them muzzle down and without a round chambered. Call me anti-gun, but I think this is a reasonable request if we can get Gravelly Point with it’s being so close to the airport.
Now one more item which I do think is important enough to bring up at this point: At the end of the phone conversation, the Sergeant with the US Park Police said that she had looked at the websites pertaining to this event and saw something someone had posted somewhere about a “hidden militia” being ready for a possible confrontation. She wasn’t saying this was on either of the event sites I use (it is not), just that it was mentioned somewhere in connection to this event. She then said that (and I continue to paraphrase here) “The US Park Police is a professional organization and we do not seek any confrontation. We want you to have a peaceful, successful demonstration.”
Great! I’ll take them at their word. Unless and until something is brought to my attention to the contrary, I’ll count them as a supportive organization and add a link to their site in the blogroll/ friendly sites.
Do we see how this works?
FYI, the statement “We want you to have a peaceful, successful demonstration” is actually a much warmer reception than this idea has received from a lot of supposed pro-2A, pro-constitution individuals and organizations. One more thing for the US Park Police or any other law enforcement or government agency reading this: Please take some time to read the US Constitution and keep fresh in your memory the wording in the document we have taken an oath to uphold and defend. Too many government officials have forgotten or chose to ignore the US Constitution and its guarantee of individual rights and its limits on the size and scope of government.
So far as the “hidden militia” thing goes, I’m sure that won’t be the last example of keyboard commando-ism surfacing on sites connected to this event, and I may as well acknowledge this kind of thing and get it out there in the beginning. It’s impossible to control everything that is said about this event, and there is a lot that will be said about it. I don’t have time to address every comment that has been made or is yet to be made on this event, but I can say that a lot of the keyboard commando stuff and off-the-wall suggestions come from anonymous persons who have no intent of ever even attending the event. So to anyone reading this, do keep in mind that those of us who are actually serious about attending this event do not seek any confrontation whatsoever. Our reasons for conducting this event are explained at length in the official mission statement, FAQ’s, and “target audience/ objectives” statements, and I refer you to those.
So, to re-cap, 2-3 weeks and we should expect further word back from the National Park Service about what Reagan National Airport, and possibly the FAA, have to say about the main event.