2/23/13, Salt Lake City Day of Resistance rally at the Capitol. A few hundred of us braved the cold to exercise our First Amendment right to preserve the 2nd. Today, 2/23, was significant because on Jan 16, 2013, Obama signed 23 executive orders to restrict gun rights of law-abiding Americans without vetting them through the House and Senate. It also holds significance because the round commonly fired out of America's favorite rifle, the AR-15, is the .223 Remington cartridge. Additionally, this date holds significance because 2/23/45 is the date that our heroic Marines raised the Flag over Iwo Jima.
For me, the day started last night. I could feel the flu coming on and it was hitting me hard. After a few hours of toughing it out, I doped up on some NyQuil and went to bed. I woke up early today with a pounding headache and sinuses that felt like they were going to explode, but I remedied it with some Robitussin. After my wife woke up, we got the kids ready, ate some breakfast, and headed out into what we knew was going to be some snow.
We made it out of the driveway, and it hit. A big storm front was moving over the Wasatch Front and it made the roads very slippery. Fortunately, our Jeep suffered no loss of meaningful traction, and we arrived about and hour early to the rally. Experience has taught me that if you want a good parking spot, show up extra early.
About a quarter to the noon start time, we got the kids out, bundled them up, stuck them in the stroller, and made sure we had all the snacks and other goodies needed to keep kids happy. Then I got out my 3 Percenter Flag and my rifle, and we pushed the stroller up to the Capitol steps.
We had a feeling that turnout might be a bit low because of the weather, so only the most avid supporters of the 2nd Amendment would be there. We saw a couple kids with rifles slung over their shoulders too. It was cute, amazing, and heartwarming to see like-minded parents teaching their children to stand for what we believe. I also met a guy who drove from Idaho to be here in Utah with us. It was closer for him to drive here than to Boise in a blizzard. As I've driven in Idaho a couple of times during a blizzard, I tend to agree with his judgment.
One thing I can say about gun owners, especially the Dads and Moms who gathered there, they are so friendly and likable. I would have shaken every hand there if not for the fact that clenching that flag pole in that bitterly cold wind made my hands pretty stiff. Note to self: Mechanix Gloves are awesome for working, shooting, and general stuff (even in -15 degree F cold), but they do not do well when you are static. I should have brought my ski gloves, ha ha!
There were some speakers there, but I was making myself busy by mingling and networking. I gathered with Facebook friends, talked about the Liberty Pathfinders (an organization we have started in UT), as well as just talking about all the cool guns that so many people brought.
Smith & Wesson M&P 15-22. Cute! I think the best gun present was the Nerf gun that some 8 year old was packing. It had a sling and everything!
After parading my flag around the grounds, having had my picture taken by God knows how many people and news reporters, the festivities were over. I shook hands with friends and new acquaintances, and quietly left. I walked back to the Jeep to get warm. The People disbanded quietly, quickly, and without incident. I noted that not a single piece of trash littered the area we demonstrated at. Gotta love gun owners! We take care of our garbage, unlike other groups that "occupy" parks and government buildings.
There is bound to be another rally next month. I'll be ready. For now, I'm going to thaw out and let this cold do it's thing.