TODAY Gun rally set for noon Saturday in downtown Asheville in Pack Square Park

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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Screen shot 2013-02-20 at 11.08.42 AMFrom The Day of Resistance: WNC Second Amendment Rally page on FB. The event is set for noon on Saturday:

Our goal is to peacefully stand with fellow patriots across the nation in defense of our Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. The rights of American citizens shall not be infringed.

The Constitution is being trampled. Our “natural rights” are gradually being stripped each day. How much longer are we to sit and watch? It’s time to stand together as citizens of this country. Join us in support our Second Amendment (and the Constitution). The Second Amendment is one of the most important of the rights we have to protect what our founding fathers set up to secure our freedom from tyranny.

Please remember that this is a peaceful protest. Please consider your message as you create signs. Also please remember to follow all local, state, and federal laws concerning firearms.

Asheville – Day of Resistance

Jason Sandford

Jason Sandford is a reporter, writer, blogger and photographer interested in all things Asheville.

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  1. Stewart February 23, 2013

    Possession of a gun at the rally appears to be illegal. see below.

    Sec. 16-117. – Weapons.

    With the exception of law enforcement officers acting within the scope of their duties, no firearms or dangerous weapons of any kind, as defined by federal, state and local laws, may be possessed by any participant in a parade or by any person engaged in picketing.

    Definition of picketing below:

    Sec. 16-113. – Definitions.

    [For the purposes of this division, certain terms shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, unless the context clearly indicates otherwise.]

    Chief of police means the police chief of the City of Asheville or the police chief’s designee.

    City means the City of Asheville, North Carolina

    City manager means the city manager of the City of Asheville or his/her designee.

    Parade means any march, demonstration, ceremony or procession of any kind which moves from place to place completely or partially in or upon any street, sidewalk or other public grounds or places owned or under the control of the city along a specified route.

    Parade permit means prior written authorization to utilize the street, sidewalk or other city-owned areas for a parade.

    Picketing means the stationing of any person by standing, lying, walking, sitting, kneeling, bending or in any other similar manner at a particular place so as to persuade, or otherwise influence another person’s actions or conduct, or to apprise the public of an opinion or message.

  2. Christian W. February 22, 2013

    My right not to be shot trumps your right to own a gun. Put that on a sign.

  3. spsimmons February 22, 2013

    Peter: I am a gun owner myself, and though I don’t hunt often anymore, I see hunting as an important part rural culture and an important source of food for many. As a child, I probably ate venison and other game as much as beef or pork. (My family’s pigs and cows were an important source of income, it wouldn’t have been prudent to eat them.) As an adult living in a more urban setting, I am glad that random strangers and potential criminals have no idea which residents on my street are armed and which ones aren’t. I think its an important deterrent to crime. I believe in the second amendment.

    What I think is ridiculous is the HOLY SH*T freak-out that people are currently having. I’m mean Wayne LaPierre himself was in favor of background checks at gun shows, now he equates it to confiscation. The straight-up gun NUTS are crawling out of the woodwork. Meanwhile, DB is right, gun and ammo sales are through the roof and the manufacturers are laughing all the way to the bank.

  4. Peter Dunbar February 21, 2013

    Actually it is perfectly legal to conceal carry and open carry at Pack Square Park. I don’t know why you people want to make fun of them. They are rallying for the 2nd amendment. Do you not believe in the bill of rights?

    1. Ashevillian February 22, 2013

      Yes Pete but the Second Amendment was not written with assault rifles in mind, nor did mentally defective individuals shoot up a bunch of innocent folks in schools or theaters…..

      1. Sarge February 24, 2013

        I would argue that it was written with “assault rifles” in mind. The rifles that had just beaten the British were the assault weapons of the day, and is precisely why the founders added the second amendment. What part of shall not be infringed do you folks not understand?

    2. Jason W. February 22, 2013

      Actually it’s NOT perfectly legal to carry firearms in Pack Square Park.

      1. Murphy February 23, 2013

        it also says “No motorized vehicles” … I see cars in the picture.

  5. Sean February 21, 2013

    Not so fast. The Occupiers succeeded in one thing….establishing “free speech” zones within Pack Square Park. The area around the monument isn’t subject to park rules.

  6. spsimmons February 20, 2013

    This just in… Gun nuts just figured out that it’s illegal to carry firearms, openly, or concealed at a protests in general, or on city property, i.e. Pack Square. Signs only. Better run ’em through spell check.

  7. DB February 20, 2013

    Every time liberals start talking about “reasonable” gun control, (we all know what they really mean) legal gun sales go through the roof. Over 65M guns have been legally purchased since Obama has been elected. Do you want to slow down the proliferation of guns in America? Then tell Obama, Feinstein, The Media, etc., to STFU!

  8. Smytty February 20, 2013

    Oh, this is just going to go well, I can see it from here.

    1. MACPAC February 24, 2013

      It went very well, thank you for your support!

  9. Stewart February 20, 2013

    An NRA membership card in your wallet means blood on your hands.

  10. Jody F February 20, 2013

    I’ll be there holding a picture of my mom and handing out copies of this letter I recently sent to Rep. McHenry. Alas he offered no help, compassion or support.

    Dear Congressman McHenry,

    I’m writing you as a father of two young children and the son of a beautiful, giving, lovely mother- who was cut down in her prime by an act of senseless gun violence when I was in college and my sister was in junior high school. She was shot in cold blood and literally left to die alone in the gutter in Charlotte in 1989.

    Since that time, I’ve started a family of my own. My kids will never know their grandmother, JoAnne Flemming. And one day I’ll have to tell them how their grandmother died. I can’t imagine anything worse to tell a child, but I’ll have to do it. My kids were horrified by the Sandy Hook shootings, can’t comprehend how such a horrible thing can happen.

    There are many factors that contribute to violence, no doubt. But you can’t deny that if there were fewer guns on the streets, fewer people would be killed by guns. Its a truth.

    To that end I’m asking you support President Obama’s entirely reasonable gun control agenda. Regular citizens do not need assault rifles. They don’t need armor piercing rounds or 30 round clips.

    We do need stronger background checks on gun buyers. We do need more funding for mental health services to help prevent future bloodshed. We need to close the gun show loophole.

    And we need YOUR leadership to help break the intractable grip that the NRA has on the Republican party. You know that most Americans support the measures I mentioned. Do you really think it is fair to put more people in harms way just to appease a well connected but minority special interest?

    I’m asking you to put aside party politics and support positive action to lessen the horrific toll gun violence plays in America today.


    Jody F
    Asheville, NC

  11. The Wine Mule February 20, 2013

    I think I’m gonna give downtown a wide berth today. As has been demonstrated over and over again, when there are a lot of guns in one place, one is likely to go off.

    1. Nate February 21, 2013

      That’s fine, but the rally is tomorrow . . .

  12. spsimmons February 20, 2013

    So, if you go downtown and parade about with your breasts out (Breasts= 100% natural, life giving, necessary to the survival of the species) you will be labeled obscene and perhaps charged with a felony.

    Go downtown and parade around with your AK-47 (Gun= man-made, instrument of death and destruction, no other use) you are a patriot, standing up for your rights.

    If there is a God, it should just smite us all now. We are a mess, as in totally f’ed up.

    1. jenna February 21, 2013


    2. Nate February 21, 2013

      The protest is in Pack Square, which is a city park, and I’m fairly certain that guns are completely banned within park boundaries. That’s probably why the message also includes the warning about following all federal, state and local gun laws.

      1. Murphy February 22, 2013

        According to the CT today: “the Gun owners, according to city ordinance, can’t openly carry in Pack Square Park, other city parks or designated city-owned facilities. Vance Monument is likely exempt from these rules because its considered a “free speech zone.”

  13. hauntedheadnc February 20, 2013

    I love the warning to be careful of what you write on your signs. In. Other words, the media will be watching, so if at all possible reign in your inner Cletus and Jethro.

    1. Murphy February 23, 2013

      not to mention the APD and BCSD most always video the protests that occur around that intersection (regardless of the nature of the gathering) … my guess is the FBI will also be on hand with cameras.

  14. Murphy February 20, 2013

    Where were these protestors when Bush was chiseling away at Americans’ civil liberties under the guise of “protecting the motherland” …


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