Adam Kokesh Calls Off July 4th Washington DC Open Carry March
Libertarian activist Adam Kokesh has been making headline news recently for his calls to have an armed, open carry march on Washington DC on July 4th.
Openly carrying a firearm in Washington DC is a felony and DC police had already announced they would arrest anyone who crossed the border into DC carrying a firearm.
Now Kokesh, who has had recent legal problems related to other activism, has decided to call off the armed DC march and replace it with a call to march on all state capitols, which is a much more legal in many states.
Kokesh has come under fire from many pro gun groups and activists for his march due to the fact that gun control at the federal level seems to be a non starter as of right now and an event like this would only have a negative impact given the current political climate.
The change is noted on the Facebook page for the event and Kokesh tried to clarify the change on a Media Matters radio interview.
KOKESH: Please don’t come to Washington, D.C., this now an appeal to the state level and I think it’s much more appropriate given the gravity of the situation. We shouldn’t be begging the federal government to change, we shouldn’t be hoping that they respect our rights because it’s clear that they don’t.
And I can’t even, as the organizer of this event, be able to say that I’m going to be there. We can’t have this depend on any one person or even any central event.
SANTILLI: There you go.
KOKESH: So now it’s a march on all 50 state capitols.
KOKESH: A lot of people have raised criticism about well, you can’t just end the federal government. Well you can’t keep it going either. Look at it, it’s going to collapse under its own weight. We are an empire in decline and if we don’t do something about this now, like an orderly peaceful dissolution, it’s going to be a chaotic collapse.
I’ve always said this as libertarians from our analysis of government when we say, hey you know what, we need to reduce the coercion in society, reduce the tyranny and the force and the fraud that is government. I’ve always thought when we’re saying is, look guys we can do this the easy way or the hard way. And this is sort of like, hey guys, last chance to do it the easy way.
SANTILLI: Tell me if you agree or disagree with this, that we can’t wait for a couple of more elections in order to purge the system. That we have a system of government right now that is not —
KOKESH: Were you suggesting — hold on, hold on, I have to stop and laugh at you for a second if I may —
SANTILLI: Yes, please.
KOKESH: — were you actually just suggesting that elections can have a positive impact? Or were you suggesting that elections can somehow clean house or clear out? Because I think if anything that’s clearly not the case anymore.