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There is a Second Amendment March scheduled in states across this country and Washington D.C. on April 19, 2010. A march in Oklahoma to take place on this day is currently being organized.
There is more information available here.
As a resident of Oklahoma, I find it atrocious that anyone would not consider the Oklahoma City bombing when scheduling the date.
A statement is posted in the thread on the website www.secondamendmentmarch.com: “The date was picked because it is the 235th anniversary of the battle of Lexington/Concord and it’s also Patriots day. The OK bombing was never even thought of when the date was planned,” one response said.
This is redundant as Patriot’s Day is a day commemorating the battle in the first place. If it were not a holiday already, commemorating the 235th Anniversary of anything is arbitrary.
Absolving themselves of any responsibility by claiming that the OKC bombing was not taken into consideration is disingenuous at best, as Timothy McVeigh cherry-picked that day with vigilant consideration. While anyone that is fighting to ensure our constitutional rights is considered a patriot, McVeigh was not. While he chose that day because of the invasion of the Branch Davidian compound, he believed that it being Patriot’s day was not only a coincidence, but additional proclamation of his message. While they may not have thought of this initially, it has been brought to their attention and covered in the media, the refusal to address this fact, especially in Oklahoma is appalling.
There are people touting that Timothy McVeigh was a patriot for attacking the government and therefore holding this march on the anniversary of the bombing is significant. He took lives from people who did nothing to him, but instead were working for the country that they loved and believed in, or too young to even understand the conflict that rages throughout the society they happened to be born into. He robbed children of their parents and deprived parents of their children. He is not a man to be celebrated; this attack is not an act to be celebrated. The true patriots are the ones who he decided to execute on that day. This is a day of remembrance in our state; please do not make a mockery of it.
I am not asking the people involved with this march to cancel their plans or step down from fighting for their cause; they are citizens and have the right to do so.
I am asking that someone with the authority and access to the law enforcement entity granting the protest permit (hopefully not OKC Police as that would be an insult) address with them the lack of consideration in their timing, which they have admitted was deliberate, though not intended to be a reflection to the date of the bombing.
When confronted with this by another citizen, the group noted and blatantly dismissed the significance of the day coinciding with the 15th Anniversary of the OKC Bombing. This is bad PR for our state at best, and making a mockery of the victims and survivors of the attack and their families at worst.
The campaign also made NPR yesterday. Many of the protesters plan to attend this march fully armed.
Other days they might consider:
• July 4, 2010: Independence Day
• September 17, 2010: Constitution Day
• December 15, 2010: Bill of Right’s Day
• Any day of the calendar year other than April 19