Saturday, August 14th, from 1 to 4 p.m., the Muster 8-14 Restore The Constitution rally will be held in Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, located at 2332 New Garden Road, Greensboro, NC.
“We want to remind Americans that they have a basic human right to keep and bear arms – both for self-defense and to preserve individual freedom – that is not only enshrined in the Bill of Rights, but is protected only by Americans’ willingness to actually exercise that right. Just as is true with free speech, freedom of assembly, and every other right guaranteed by the Constitution – if you don’t insist on your Constitutional freedoms by exercising them in public, you will lose them.”
In 1788, with the ratification vote by New Hampshire, the Constitution was adopted as the supreme law of the land. The Bill of Rights, as ratified by Virginia in late 1791, placed additional essential limitations on the powers of the government created by the Constitution. Together, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights set forth very specific limited powers for the Federal government, while also providing crucial protections for both individuals and the states from attempts by the Federal government to step outside those limits.
Over the years, as the nation grew and prospered, American citizens became lax in their vigilance against the slow and continuous encroachment of government into their private lives and affairs. Over the past 100 years, all three branches of the Federal government have stepped far beyond the clearly-articulated and mandatory boundaries set by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
With the actions taken in recent years by power-hungry Republican and Democratic politicians (examples include the bank bailouts in TARP, the automobile manufacturers’ bailout, and the recent healthcare mandate) and activist Federal judges (example: the Kelo decision), more and more Americans have had enough. They have awakened, and they notice with increasing dismay as leading politicians in both the White House and Congress disregard and even openly mock the supreme law of the land. Today’s patriots also recognize that when the Constitution and the Bill of Rights are interpreted consistently to justify the expansion of government and to mean whatever those in power say it means, we are headed towards a return to life as subjects under the thumb of tyrants.
“Can you imagine what the Founders would have said if they knew, after all of the blood and the pain of the recent revolution, that to enter the Federal governmental district created by the Constitution, American citizens would have to completely disarm themselves while petitioning their servants in government? The Founders would not have tolerated such arrogance by public officials, and they would have asked today’s Americans some pretty tough questions as to why we accept such behavior.”
This August 14th, freedom-loving Americans from all walks of life will gather in Greensboro, North Carolina, to peacefully demand that their government abide by the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Restore The Constitution rally [ https://muster814rtc.wordpress.com ] will assemble at Guilford Courthouse National Military Park — some of them legally armed (loaded sidearms, unloaded and slung rifles) — to hold a peaceful demonstration with a single, simple message:
RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION – NOW!
Speakers at this rally include:
1. Mike Vanderboegh (Alleged leader of a merry band of Three Percenters)
2 Daniel Almond (Organizer of the Original Restore The Constitution rally)
3. Taylor Ruble (from NC Rangers)
4. John Ainsworth (Civil War and Constitutional historian)
5. Ron Woodard (NC Listen)
6. David DeGerolamo (Founder of NC Freedom)
7. Ross “Bubba” McDowell (from Gathering of Eagles and whatbubbaknows.com)
8. Laura Long (from “Triangle Conservative Unite”)
9. Dr Dan Eichenbaum (Dr Dan’s Freedom Forum)
10. Dr B. J. Lawson (running for Congress)
11. Rick Smith (A Marine running for NC State House)
12. Bill Randall (running for Congress)
13. June Griffin (running for Governor of Tennessee)
14. Dr. Ada Fisher (National Spokeswomen for Conservative Republican Party)
15. Tom Baugh (author of “Starving the Monkeys”)
Current Rules of Non-Engagement
Pistol loaded, openly carried. Rifle unloaded, slung to rear. Bandoleer of magazines containing ammo. All in accordance with rules below. Please note that guidelines below are subject to final coordination with the Department of the Interior:
Participants and attendees are expected to know and abide by all applicable state and federal firearms laws. None of the information provided below is legal advice, and no attorney-client relationship is created by reading or relying upon this information. If you have questions, then you are expected to know the applicable state and federal firearms laws before attending the event. Anyone prohibited from possessing a firearm by state or federal law may not possess a firearm at this event. Participants and attendees may not bring any firearm prohibited by state or federal law.
1. ALL rifles and shotguns carried by participants at this event are to be unloaded (chamber empty, no magazine inserted, no ammo inside the rifle or shotgun, no ammo touching the rifle or shotgun whatsoever, empty chamber flags required – some available at check-in desk) and slung to the rear or to the side, away from the hands. Although the law does allow for carry of some types of loaded rifles and some types of shotguns in some circumstances, our guidelines are simpler and more strict due to the relative novelty of this event and the high level of attention it is likely to receive from law enforcement, government, and the media.
2. While we do ask that your rifles and shotguns be unloaded, you are perfectly welcome to carry ammunition and loaded magazines on your person if you so choose, so long as no magazines are actually inserted into rifles and so long as you are not prohibited from owning a firearm.
3. Open carry of a loaded pistol is allowed.
Concealed carry of a pistol is allowed for those with a valid North Carolina concealed handgun permit or a concealed handgun permit from a state for which North Carolina allows concealed carry in North Carolina (See the North Carolina Department of Justice website for a list of those states at http://www.ncdoj.gov; we do not vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of that list). Anyone carrying their pistol openly or concealed cannot have in it a magazine capable of holding over 20 rounds and cannot have a pistol designed to accept a silencer or suppressor. Participants and attendees are required to keep all pistols holstered. Participants and attendees are required to keep all rifles/shotguns slung over their shoulder, muzzle-down, unloaded, with the safety on, and with no magazine inserted. Brandishing of firearms is prohibited by North Carolina law. It is unlawful for any person to (a) point, hold, or brandish any firearm in such a manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another or (b) hold a firearm in a public place in such a manner as to reasonably induce fear in the mind of another being shot or injured. Do not engage in any horseplay, demonstration of firing positions, or exchange of or other handling of firearms at Guilford Courthouse Battleground Park, or any other location or vehicle of transportation associated with this event. By federal law, firearms are prohibited in federal facilities (defined by federal law as a building or part thereof owned or leased by the federal government, where federal employees are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties). Do not transport a loaded rifle or shotgun in any vehicle on any public street, road, or highway during this event. Participants and attendees are not to consume, possess, or be under the influence of alcohol or illegal substances at this event.
God bless these National Park Service Rangers. They have put so much effort into making this event run well that it is as much their event as it is ours. They have already had their discussion with the local law enforcement agencies about this event and have made it clear that on their side of the park boundary, it’s their world and they rule. Make no mistake, there will be officers from the local law enforcement in the park at this rally, just as they were at Gravelly Point. As long as we behave and make sure the rangers don’t have any problems, we won’t have any problems, and we all get to go home. If we make them have a bad day, then we will have a bad day. Test their patience only if you’re interested in having a little late night supper at the local hospitality center run by law enforcement guys. They are open all night.
To accommodate a large number of visitors to the park for special events, some larger that ours, the park rangers set up a control point at the entrance to the loop road thru the park and allow only event attendees and bicycle traffic and foot traffic to enter. This makes available extra parking along the roadside. There will be at least one very sharp and official looking Park Ranger asking everybody that drives up to the park entrance, “Are you here for the RTC rally?”, and you will say, “Yes sir.” Then you will be permitted to enter and park along the roadside. See Note 1 above.
On your way to the park, say the word “obama” several hundred times till you’re good and tired of saying it and hearing it. In this way you won’t feel like saying or hearing it once inside the park. In fact, it would be best, if it were to be reported by the press, that not one mention of that name was made during the entire rally. After all, he is just but one of the many that have trampled on our Constitutional rights and used abusive political power. Deny them all individual recognition because to them, this is achievement of their goals. “It’s the words that we don’t say, that sometimes say the most”.
Just like at Fort Hunt, there will be an official check-in table. It will be located at the pathway leading to the General Greene monument and amphitheater area, the rally point. That pathway is near the entrance to the park loop road on the right. (see the pictures). After you park and take a picture of where your are with your cell phone, proceed directly to the check-in desk. There will be rally marshals along the loop road to assist you in properly slinging your long arms and directing you towards the check-in table. There may be Park Rangers along the way, just to make sure you don’t get lost following the road. See Note 1 above. (admin note – The check-in table is NOT a registration table. Nothing for you to sign. I don’t want your name, rank, serial number or photo i.d. or details about what your pistol looks like. Doesn’t matter if you bring a firearm or not, if you’re 6 or 60, you’re going to be stopped at this table . The check-in table is where each individual gets the rules for weapons at the rally explained along with any last minute details that the Park Rangers may have. It’s for your safety, and you should be expecting that.)
The rally point has 25% shade at 13:00 and this increases in the afternoon. The amphitheater is completely shaded all afternoon. The General Greene monument will still be in full sun when the park gates close at 17:00. Shade is provided mostly by tall oak trees that surround the rally point on all sides. (see pictures). There are no tables or benches in this area, so if you need a chair or two, bring them. Stay off the monument. General Greene is the only one authorized to ride the horse. This section of the state is notorious for heat and humidity in August. We will have some (hopefully cold) bottled water available free for the asking, just in case you forget to bring your own. Empties go into the trash barrels. There will also be an EMS vehicle passing our location hourly, just in case. And if you like bugs, we’ve got them. The only park animals you’re allowed to personally dispatch, at will. Mosquitoes are fond of the shade and the circle flies are fond of the podium area. Nothing you haven’t had to deal with in the past, so you know what works best for you. Do not make the etiquette faux pas of wearing black bdu’s to this event as they attract an excessive amount of media attention. This always makes those around you uncomfortable and occasionally irritable, although they are not permitted to cause you bodily harm. Here. Now. This time. And yes, see Note 1 above.
Our most gracious host, the Park Rangers, are permitting us four port-a-johns, to be located in the shade, near, but adequately away from, both the rally point and the check-in desk. Regular restroom facilities are located back across the road from the entrance at the Visitor’s Center. There is much inside to see and you should stop by either before or after the rally. If during the rally, it should happen that you really, really need to make a quick visit to the Visitor’s Center, the proper procedure is to ask a marshal to either shoulder your gear or assist you in transferring your gear to a friend not wearing a Park Ranger badge. There are no firearms permitted in the Visitor’s Center. That road is not National Park Service property. Once on that road, you are fair game for the local law enforcement guys and passing motorists. Think “open season” and they have no bag limit. If the marshals were allowed tasers (which they are not), then attempting to cross the road with your firearms would guarantee the most gleeful demonstration of their skills and abilities. See Note 1 above. Did you read Note 1 above? It’s real important.
If all goes well, the event will wrap up at 16:00 sharp. This will give me time to go behind all of you and make sure we haven’t left a mess for the Park Rangers before they close the gates at 17:00. In the event the sky should open up and drop a big one on us, hiding under the oak trees till it’s over isn’t an option. The Park Rangers will direct us to stop and vacate the area or whatever they deem necessary. There probably is a multi-page form that would have to be filled out when park visitors get vaporized by lightning. There is no rain date for this event, but there will be another.
The press and media will eventually find us at this rally. They will walk freely among us, while you’re doing your best to listen to the speakers, and sometimes ask you the most amazing things. They might have preconceived ideas, like this rally is all about the guns. An area for interviewing will be maintained near the General Greene monument. Great place for pictures, too. (don’t forget to include your new found buddies in the National Park Service when it comes to photo ops). Most of the press and media, even if they read the prepared press handouts, will try to comprehend what it all really means, by getting you to tell the story in your own words. If you have a lot to say, and they seem to be encouraging you to talk, go to the interviewing area. If you don’t feel like talking, you don’t have to. They can’t make you. I won’t tell you what to say. But you know, this “Rule of Law” and “It’s in the Constitution” stuff is so simple, even a caveman can understand it. (And this isn’t about the guns, though they do say more than a little sign.) But there are some that don’t get it and some that won’t get it. That’s why we are having these rallies. Tom Jefferson could explain it better, but if this Republic is supposed to remain a government of “We the People”, then the Constitution is the owners manual on how to keep it that way.
Now scroll back up and read Note 1 again.
One Final Note.
The outcome of this event will shape future RTC events. This one does not require nor encourage you to raise your arms in protest and yell angry and provocative things. Look elsewhere for that if somehow that’s what you think this is about.
Addendum 30JUL — The Park Rangers have arranged to deputize somewhere under a dozen of the City Police just for the event. No increase is base pay is involved. We welcome the extra eyes, ears and feet they will provide to this rally. Also, there will be an auto show in a park adjacent to us, and the organizers of that event have asked that we don’t “accidentally” stray over into their area and look at their cars. Lastly, there will be some last minute information about contingency plans at the rally. Make sure you stop at the check-in desk for these latest plans.
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