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jont92619
04-20-2010, 8:05 PM
Thought you all might find this article interesting. Bill Hunt is pretty staunch when it comes to his defense of the Second Amendment. How come none of the other candidates seem to put themselves out there to defend the Second Amendment like Hunt does??

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/apr/20/gun-owners-come-armed-with-message/

Gun owners come armed with message
Hundreds rally in N. Virginia, D.C.
Washington Times

By Joseph Weber

Gun owners came out in force on both sides of the Potomac on Monday to proclaim their Second Amendment rights, but only those on the Northern Virginia side of the river came bearing their handguns and rifles.

Hundreds of pro-gun activists rallied near the base of the Washington Monument on the National Mall and at Gravelly Point Park in Arlington, Va. Those in the District protested city laws that prohibit them from displaying their guns in public.

The daylong event in the District attracted gun-rights advocates from across the country. They included Mark Easterday from Kentucky and Dick Heller, the event's keynote speaker and the plaintiff in the landmark 2008 Supreme Court case that overturned the District of Columbia's restrictive gun laws and established for the first time an individual right to own firearms.

"I'm not the message," Mr. Heller said. "The people are the message."
He added that recent moves by Congress and the D.C. government to chip away at his victory "are not an episodic event."

"This is incremental. You see these kinds of things at every level of government. The larger message today is: We're still here. We're not going away and we're going to fight back," Mr. Heller said.

Mr. Easterday, 48, said a sense of duty compelled him to drive to Washington from Kentucky's Hart County with his wife and many of his 16 children.

"Our forefathers died for these rights we take for granted," said Mr. Easterday, who owns handguns and rifles. "I've got nothing against [President] Obama. Bush wasn't much better. We haven't had a good president in a long time."

Speakers at the rallies urged the crowds to support pro-gun candidates in this fall's midterm elections, particularly in local races to elect sheriffs.

"The Second Amendment should be the litmus test for anybody seeking election," said Bill Hunt, a candidate for sheriff in Orange County, Calif.

Mr. Hunt compared himself to the embattled sheriff played by Gary Cooper in the film classic "High Noon."

"They found a tough man and sheriff to run the bad guys out of town," he roared to the approval of the crowd, assembled on breezy, sunny afternoon. "Let the revolution for constitutional rights go from Orange County, Calif., to Orange County, Fla."

Organizers said the Northern Virginia event, in which participants carried loaded pistols in holsters and toted unloaded rifles slung over their shoulders, was the first such rally in a national park since Congress earlier this year allowed visitors to carry firearms in national parks.

The Northern Virginia event attracted nearly as many reporters and photographers as demonstrators, and those in the crowd said the mainstream media had come looking for the spectacle of Americans carrying guns in public.

What they found instead, said Burtonsville, Md. resident Bob Culver, 64, was gun owners scrupulously observing Virginia's gun laws.

"You get a lot of people trying to find the negative aspect," he said. "We're trying to get people with a positive image into the public eye."

Among the signs at the National Mall protest was one that read, "The Constitution isn't a list of suggestions." Another, making a veiled reference to what some critics feel about Mr. Obama, read, "The difference between a communist and a socialist is that a socialist doesn't have all the guns yet."

Many demonstrators wore bright orange stickers on their shirts that read: "Guns save lives."

Organizers said the rallies were timed to mark the anniversary of the Revolutionary War battles of Lexington and Concord. They said the date was not chosen to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, which was also observed Monday.

The District's gun laws are in the spotlight again as the House of Representatives considers a bill this week that would give the city a voting member in the chamber but would undercut the city's gun control statutes enacted after the 2008 Supreme Court ruling.

Mary G. Wilson, president of the League of Women Voters of the United States, and Billie Day, president of the League's Washington chapter, called the trade-off a bad deal.

"No one should be under any illusions about how comprehensive and destructive the gun amendments could be if they are adopted as part of final legislation," the two said in a joint statement Monday. "They not only wipe out D.C. laws designed to protect lives, they also change federal law to allow purchase of weapons across state lines in Virginia and Maryland."

At the Virginia rally, former Alabama Minutemen leader Mike Vanderboegh told the crowd armed confrontation should be reserved only for instances of the government threatening people's lives.

However, he said it might be justified if people face arrest for refusing to buy insurance under the health care reform package recently passed by Congress.

"If I know I'm not going to get a fair trial in federal court. ... I at least have the right to an unfair gunfight," Mr. Vanderboegh said.

Gun control advocate Martina Leinz dismissed Mr. Vanderboegh as a bully.

"If they wanted to have dialogue, they don't need to bring a big weapon with them," she said of the protesters.

DarthSean
04-20-2010, 8:18 PM
He makes me wish I lived in Orange County.:(

thrillhouse700
04-21-2010, 12:40 AM
I live in orange county, my skepticism does not allow me to believe he will be elected as sheriff tho. I would hope but seems socal is pretty corrupt.

SteveH
04-21-2010, 2:19 AM
The other candidates for OC sheriff probably find Hunt's comments and those who support them frightening and part of the problem, not the solution.

I have seen Hunt signs in Irvine, Laguna Niguel and Mission Viejo the last 4 or 5 days.

I'll go on record now. If there is a run off Hunt WILL be in it. There is zero chance of a Hunter/Hutchens contest come November.

Sinixstar
04-21-2010, 7:57 AM
There's a couple things from this article that jumped out at me, notably from the anti gun people:

"No one should be under any illusions about how comprehensive and destructive the gun amendments could be if they are adopted as part of final legislation," the two said in a joint statement Monday. "They not only wipe out D.C. laws designed to protect lives, they also change federal law to allow purchase of weapons across state lines in Virginia and Maryland."


1) If they were designed to protect lives - they have failed miserably. DC is a freaking hell hole, and it's a disgrace that's our nation's capital.
1a) No one should have to give up constitutionally protected rights for FAILED policy.

2) State lines are imaginary pencil marks on a piece of paper. Who cares if you go across state lines?
2a) Criminals are going across state lines anyways. If they can do it seemingly without consequence, why can't I?

Doheny
04-21-2010, 4:23 PM
The other candidates for OC sheriff probably find Hunt's comments and those who support them frightening and part of the problem, not the solution.

I have to agree with that. They're not use to that type of talk in the OC.

IGOTDIRT4U
04-21-2010, 4:34 PM
I have to agree with that. They're not use to that type of talk in the OC.

Huh? One moment you come across as one of the most liberal people I have heard in OC, and now you think the people in OC are not liking a conservative message, at least? How long have you lived here? Something tells me longtime OC is not your blood.

I do find it interesting that Hunt made it to the rally to speak, very nice of him.

As to the quip about his opposition, par for the course considering the source. yawn.

Doheny
04-21-2010, 5:09 PM
Huh? One moment you come across as one of the most liberal people I have heard in OC, and now you think the people in OC are not liking a conservative message, at least?

My point is that it's too conservative...the tough guy gun talk, his comments about standing up to federal agents, Sheriff Joe, etc.

How long have you lived here? Something tells me longtime OC is not your blood.

Born and raised here and have never lived a day outside of the county. I'll bet you a box of ammo that's longer than you've lived here. ;)

I do find it interesting that Hunt made it to the rally to speak, very nice of him.

Me too...just not sure how much it will help him here in OC.

As to the quip about his opposition, par for the course considering the source. yawn.

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