So we’ve held armed RTC demos in VA, TX, AL, NM, GA and mini-RTC’s at various other locations to deliver the short and sweet RTC message. We’ve demonstrated the extent of our Second Amendment rights when exercised in conjunction with the First Amendment right to free speech and assembly, showing the naysayers what could, in fact, be done.
While the original RTC concept was “as close to DC as possible” for April 19th 2010, I’d like to propose a new concept and a new goal to shoot for that I think will address the root of the problem, as it extends well beyond DC. The new goal myself and others in my area plan on pursuing will be to hold armed RTC’s and mini RTC’s as close to polling places as possible on election day 2012, two years from now. The primary target audience will be the voters themselves, because, unfortunately, majority opinion has not been too favorable toward the actual text of the Constitution being applied in the real world. Full S.M.E.A.C. below with more on the other side:
“Restore the Constitution” Open Carry Rallies, Election Day 2012
Situation: For a variety of reasons, a majority of the electorate supports big-government programs and policies that violate the Constitution, such as minimum wage, federal drug and gun laws, and the use of the IRS as a tool to modify behavior and influence the economy. This majority votes for candidates that will continue these and many other collectivist, unconstitutional policies.
Mission: Target this audience, the electorate itself, with armed RTC rallies held as close to polling locations as possible on election day 2012 as well as preparation rallies in the weeks and months leading up to election day 2012. Remind the voters that there is a small but highly motivated group that is willing to take to the streets with their guns over the fact that the government has gotten too big.
Execution: Organizers will already have some structure in place, having participated in C4L, End the Fed, Tea Party, RTC and other “restorationist” events in their area. The next step is to research local firearms carry laws, find the location as close to the polls as possible in their areas and, if necessary, apply for permits and take steps to notify law enforcement of plans to hold an armed demonstration. For example, in Atlanta, I plan on holding an armed RTC at one or more intersections as close to a major polling location, the Claudia Lawson Dekalb County government complex on Memorial Drive, as possible. “As close as possible” will be determined by researching the law, notifying police by applying for a permit, and holding armed “mini-RTCs” at the planned site in the months leading up to the 2012 elections. How close one can get to the polls with weapons will vary from state to state. To avoid any allegation of brandishing weapons, all pistols should be holstered, and all rifles should be slung on the back. No exceptions. Anyone brandishing weapons is not a part of this.
Some sign suggestions: “Restore the Constitution” “This is NOT a Democracy” “My rights are NOT subject to majority opinion” “My rights are NOT subject to your vote”
The “I-word,” intimidation is not a part of our message or what we are doing. Ditto for the word “suppression.” This is not intended to be a voter intimidation or suppression effort. This is an effort to educate and remind the voters, not to scare them. The sight of civilian activists with slung rifles, holstered pistols, and restorationist signs ought not scare Americans. Our rights to assemble and bear arms are in the Constitution for a reason.
Admin and logistics: Big “restore” banners and signs from 4-19 already held by RTC organizers could be used. Homemade signs, however, are all that are necessary to convey the message.
Command and Control: Not too much “top down” leadership. Local leaders know who they are, and leaders naturally emerge. Use Muster 4-19 Ning site as well as restoretheconstitution.wordpress.com to find other RTC’ers and coordinate activities.
A small handful of armed RTC activists standing on a street corner near a polling location is, I believe, the best way to leverage our small numbers.
How to get “as close as possible?” Well, if you’re interested in setting something up for your area for election day 2012, one thing you can do is get involved now in your local or state gun rights organization in order to push for carry laws that will enable armed demonstrations relatively close to polling places. Remember, we have two years to get this together. While in my home state, Georgia, it is legally possible to hold armed political rallies inside the state’s largest city in highly visible urban locations, your state may be different. If so,…….work to fix that!
Another thing you could do is to be active in your area with Tea Party, C4L, and other pro-liberty groups whose goals are in line with Constitutional restoration. That way, you’ll be networking with those who are most likely to participate. Those who won’t do the easy things can’t be counted on to do the hard things, so folks who are already activists are, I think, the ones who are likeliest to help you in pulling off an election day 2012 mini RTC close to one of your hometown’s busier voting locations.