"Day of Resistance" and The Case of The Rightbloggers Who Didn't Bark

Some politicians, like Texas Congressnut Steve Stockman, climbed aboard the bandwagon. The occasion's most high-visibility advocate was Senator Rand Paul, who in a video told Resisters that "the notion that the President of the United States can simply issue executive orders limiting citizens' Constitutional rights -- even as many as 23 executive orders -- is something the Second Amendment was designed to prevent." As his auditors' trigger-fingers twitched, Paul went on, "As you stand up for gun rights today, know that I stand strongly with you, and that I will always stand up for the Bill of Rights and our Second Amendment."

Well, the great day came, and news reports on the rallies trickled in: "More than 200 people" in Tulsa, said the local Fox affiliate ("'When you come for my gun, bring yours,' said Phillip Morgan, a Vietnam Veteran. 'I'm a law abiding citizen for now'"); "about 250 people" in Ventura, California, said the Ventura County Star ("Faulk, a sixth-grade teacher at Ventura's St. Augustine Academy, said he would feel safer and better equipped to protect his class of 15 students if faculty members were allowed to have firearms on campus"); "Nearly 150 people" gathered in Yakima, Washington, reported the local NBC affiliate ("'Them taking my guns is like taking your breath,' said Bosworth"). "More than 100 take part in Western Maryland 'Day of Resistance' rally," said the Hagerstown, MD Herald-Mail ("'If you want our weapons, you come and take them,' Woods said"); "more than 100 supporters" in Asheville, NC, per the Citizen-Times ("'I'm out here to make sure we don't head down the road to despotism,' the former Marine said"), etc.

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Some rightbloggers shared their photos and their memories, too: "200 - 250 People Protest Government Overreach in Joplin, MO," announced Nice Deb. "Even on a grey, dark day with intermiteant spitting snow... approximately 400 attendees stood on the stairs of the State House and filled the plaza in front. ," reported Granite Grok. "Many had rifles (the majority being the 'make Progressive soil themselves' semi-automatic AR-15 style)." The Silicon Greybeard reported from Melbourne, Florida a crowd of about 200. "I think it's safe to say that most of the group was armed," he wrote.

Clayton Cramer said there were 1000 people at the Idaho State Capitol, which if true would probably make one of the larger rallies (so far Bakersfield, California seems the biggest at 1,700); his pictures didn't really give that sense of scale -- in fact, the largest cluster he showed was engaged in a drum circle ("I was told that these were Snake River Alliance, one of the local far left groups here in Idaho") -- but what the hell, it's Idaho. Cramer also observed, "Even more pleasing was the number of really quite attractive young ladies that were present... It's a silly way to enlarge our numbers, but it works, and the media can't tell who is there for the cause, and who is there for the hot chicks!" Wait'll the boys in Twin Falls find out about this.

"Top 15 #DayOfResistance Photos You Will Never See in Democrat Media," said Director Blue, though we can't imagine why not -- except for the crowd in Phoenix, the turnouts Director Blue pictured look rather thin. "Thousands attend Day of Resistance rallies in support of Second Amendment," said Twitchy, Michelle Malkin's alternate-universe Twitter. While the photos they published didn't suggest large crowds either, it's certain that the rallies together added up to thousands -- as did those fabled, sweeping-the-country Tea Party rallies of yesteryear.

But the Day of Resistance didn't seem to have a lot of media reach -- and that went for citizen as well Lame Stream media. Which got us to thinking: Where were the big-time rightbloggers on this?

At this writing, National Review hasn't published a thing about it. Neither has Michelle Malkin. Glenn Reynolds issued one terse reminder of the event, but since then, nothing, though his site is full of its customary gun advocacy. Since Matthew Boyle announced the event, Breitbart.com has been silent on the subject. RedState, though festooned with ads that say things like "OBAMA SAYS, BAN GUNS!" also gave it a pass. Ditto Commentary, the Weekly Standard, and the other outrage outlets that supply us with so much of our copy week after week. Why, they had more to say about Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day than about this celebration of the holiest of all Constitutional Amendments.

Maybe these worthies chose to keep their powder dry. Since the Newtown massacre Americans remain split on gun control; it could be the smarter rightbloggers have surmised that the balance won't be tipped in their favor by mobs of gun-toting, rebellion-talking silver bugs. Better to go with a proven winner -- like Benghazi, or socialism, or any of the other themes that have been working so well for them lately.

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alanhw
alanhw

Life would be so cool if you had to pay all your bills with metal.  This is the best wingnut idea since firing all the food safety inspectors!  

chicobrisbane
chicobrisbane

WHAT PART OF "WELL REGULATED" - Don't these people undertsand? - If everyone has to register their vehicle with the Department of Motor Vehicles, it only makes sense for EVERYONE should register their firearms with the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.  These are common sense measures that are necessary to, you know? - To form a more perfect union.

sparky
sparky

His name is Tony Whitnack, or, how he's known in polite circles, fuckwit-shit-fer-brains-paranoid-dickless-wonder who repeatedly lies to fellow citizens in an effort to grift more money from the eternally fearful and wilfully ignorant

Vh Hurtado
Vh Hurtado

if we teabaggers during the american revolution we'd still be British subject. ironic

radiopuck
radiopuck

My name is Tony Whitnack and I was the organizer of The Bakersfield Day of Resistance.  I just wanted to let you guys know that the actual number of attendees at the rally, minus the volunteers was 1,970. I actually had a lady count the people as they came through the gates of the rally.  Great speakers all day, including Assemblyman Tim Donnelly who's running for governor in 2014.  We also raffled off 3 AR-15's and shotgun.

radiopuck
radiopuck

My name is Tony Whitnack and I was the organizer of The Bakersfield Day of Resistance.  I just wanted to let you guys know that the actual number of attendees at the rally, minus the volunteers was 1,970. I actually had a lady count the people as they came through the gates of the rally.  Great speakers all day, including Assemblyman Tim Donnelly who's running for governor in 2014.  We also raffled off 3 AR-15's and shotgun.

merl.allen
merl.allen topcommenter

Every time a Democrat is in office the wingers say he's going to take their guns. Every time. You'd think that the 27% would have caught on to this scam.  I guess they think Obama made it legal to carry in Nat'l Parks so it would be easier to take them. 

As for the silver scam, all of these right wings days of protest are just money making ventures.

pastormaker
pastormaker

Has anyone else noticed that online hawkers of gold and silver coins accept only dreaded and soon-to-be-worthless debt-based currency for their wares?

kawasakimamma
kawasakimamma

@chicobrisbane What part of "shall not be infringed" - don't YOU understand? Driving is NOT a RIGHT, it's a privilege.

The 2nd Amendment is a RIGHT - not a whim, not a privilege, not a fad. Which one of the other RIGHTS are YOU willing to just throw away?

If you choose NOT to exercise your 2nd Amendment RIGHT - don't. But, I won't let YOU keep ME from doing so.

dbarrier
dbarrier

that way they can squeeze more money from the law abiding tax payers. every time we turn around they want to raise taxes or charge us some kind of fee. They squander OUR money and never fix a damn thing. If you want to give them 50% of your pay knock your socks off. I want to keep mine

kawasakimamma
kawasakimamma

@sparkyAhhhh yes -- the childish ad hominem attack ...how very original of you!

McSalmon
McSalmon

@radiopuck I know guns are cool and all, but isn't it irresponsible to just raffle off a weapon made infamous for killing children to a crowd of strangers? It really screams 'Think how pissed that lib will be when I show him this?' Was the seller licensed? Was there a background check on the winner? Even if you think people should have full access to firearms, it's irresponsible to treat them like a raffled cake.


McSalmon
McSalmon

@radiopuck  

I have to ask: Considering it was used at Sandy Hook, why did you raffle an AR-15 to a crowd of strangers? It screams 'This was used to gun down children - think how pissed off the liberals will be if you had one!' Did you do a background check on the winner? Was the seller licensed? 

I know it's a right not to be infringed on and all that crap, but honestly isn't it irresponsible chuck guns into a crowd and hope that the lucky fan isn't about to snap? 

glennisw250
glennisw250 topcommenter

@merl.allen Greatest marketing campaign ever for the gun manufacturers! And the rubes fall for it every time.

GeoX
GeoX

@kawasakimamma @chicobrisbane Ya know, you can mindlessly repeat predigested cant about "rights" without having a damn clue what you're talking about, but...huh.  I don't know how I planned on finishing that sentence.  But you definitely can and will do that!  So, uh, bully for you.

kawasakimamma
kawasakimamma

@BudbearWe have pictures to prove  how many folks were at the rally.


BTW - Popeye (your apparent hero) uses his fists -

"According to FBI crime statistics, more people were killed with hammers, knives, clubs and fists than with rifles between 2005 and 2011."

Shouldn't you change your icon to a more politically correct limp noodle?

Snarl
Snarl

@kawasakimamma Incapable of recognizing sarcasm when it pats you on the bottom, are you?

Budbear
Budbear

@kawasakimamma @BudbearYou are quite the dullard, aren't you. I'll type slowly; try to keep up.

I've been trying to determine the relevancy of those statistics, but have yet to find an incidence of a young man, taught assault and battery by an unstable mother whose hands he stole, and after beating her to death with them, proceeded to a nearby school, whereupon, using those stolen hands, he further fatally beat 20 small children and 6 of their teachers. And then, not yet exhausted, beat himself to death.

As to limp noodles, it appears that your phallical overcompensation might indicate it is an issue you are well aware of and are personally concerned with. Your bête noire, perhaps?

GeoX
GeoX

@kawasakimamma @Budbear Golly, I wonder why those stats are limited specifically to rifles!  It's a huge mystery that will never be solved!

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