Rally to show support for Constitution, gun rights

February 21, 2013

Members of several grassroots organizations and other Tulsans will gather from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at LaFortune Park to rally for support of the U.S. Constitution.

Special attention will be given to support of Second Amendment gun rights, which are under assault by President Obama and liberal members of the U.S. Congress.

State Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow; a representative from U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine and former city councilor Bill Christiansen are scheduled speakers. State Rep. David Derby, R-Owasso, is sending a synopsis of two pro-Second Amendment bills being considered by the Oklahoma Legislature, which opened its 2013 session on Feb. 4. Other elected officials have been invited.

A flyer for the event asks, “Are you willing to turn in your guns?”

“In cities across America, gun owners and patriots are going to rally to remind Washington to honor the Constitution and in particular, to protect the rights granted under the Second Amendment,” the flyer states. “For decades, politicians on both sides of the aisle have been chipping away at the Constitution and the Second Amendment. It’s time to push back by sending a clear message to Washington that ‘the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.’ The Constitution must prevail. Our elected officials must be held to their oath of office to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies,’” according to the flyer.

Founding father Thomas Jefferson quoted 18th Century criminologist Cesara Beccaria and wrote, “The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”

Jefferson wrote, “What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance?”

Founding Father Thomas Paine wrote, “The duty of a patriot is to protect his country  from its government.”

Contributions to help defray the cost of the nonpartisan rally can be made at the Bank of Oklahoma.

Those who attend are asked to bring lawn chairs and to not park in the shopping center on the northwest corner of Yale Avenue and 61st Street.

For information,  send an e-mail to adamsdan47@gmail.com or   dan.adams@bakerhughes.com  or call Dan Adams at  918-342-8485.