OK, I’ve noticed an increase in the number and frequency of “what if” comments and posts in regards to the 4-19 event. Now, sure, it’s always prudent to think about and discuss possible scenarios and be prepared, but I would like to encourage readers to step back, read the previous blog posts, and especially the mission statement/ FAQ’s, before posting “what if” comments. I would especially urge caution before posting comments about possible confrontations with law enforcement. Confrontation with law enforcement is the last thing we want, AND law enforcement and government are a big part of our target audience. I’m not imposing any kind of strict restrictions on what will and will not be approved as a comment, not yet, but anyone who truly supports this event should read the relevant background material and be mindful of staying on message to some degree. Posting “what if” stuff on here does nothing to help the cause. Nothing. Believe me, we take this very, very seriously, and we have already considered a lot of the “what ifs” and possible objections. I myself am a Marine Corps veteran and have led troops in combat, so I don’t take issues of safety and human life lightly.
I do anticipate a heavy law enforcement presence at the event, and that’s fine. Again, law enforcement is a big part of our target audience. As a matter of fact, if we do get a “close up” location like Gravelly Point, and if a large number of attendees do choose to carry rifles, I’d like to even take some time at the event to walk along with law enforcement officers (if they’d be agreeable) to observe participants and make sure they’re following proper safety rules and legal regulations with their firearms. This is not intended as an “us vs. them” kind of thing, and I’ll do all in my power to try to prevent that kind of atmosphere.
In closing, I also ask that any government or law enforcement personnell reading this blog go ahead and provide comments as well. Input from law enforcement and government is more than welcome on this site, and I do think such comments would be helpful to our having “a successful peaceful demonstration.”