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Open Carry Marchers Draw Cheers on Independence Day in Colorado
Gun Watch ^ | 22 July, 2014 | Dean Weingarten

Posted on 07/23/2014 7:21:33 AM PDT by marktwain

On Independence day, in Colorado, there was an open carry contingent in the parade.   The popularity of open carry in the area can be judged by the size of the contingent, which was an estimated 250 participants.   It was the most popular part of the parade.   From

But the largest group of participants - and the one that got some of the most enthusiastic response from the crowd - were the estimated 250 advocates, many clad in red, white and blue, marching openly with guns holstered on their hips or slung over their shoulders. They carried everything from old-fashioned flintlock rifles to semi-automatics to fake plastic guns carried by children.
 This is small town and rural America.   Westcliffe has a population listed at 568; Custer County is reported to have a population of 5,410

Last year was the first time that open carry was allowed in the parade.  .  There were no problems last year, and enthusiastic support for the open carriers this year.
Mike Hess, who helped organize the patriots' entry, made sure the marchers knew that this was a responsible showing of arms.

"We are not marching with insurrection in mind," he said before the parade started. "Nothing could be more wrong. We are law-abiding citizens marching not to intimidate, but to exercise our rights to assembly, speak and have firearms."
 250 marchers.  That is a pretty impressive turnout for such a sparsely populated area.    Notice that Mike Hess emphasizes the theme of exercising their rights under both the first and second amendments.    That theme is occurring in more and more open carry demonstrations.  

I expect to see this idea spread across the country.   I predict that many communities will have open carry marchers in Independence day parades next year.  

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TOPICS: Government; History; Politics; Society
KEYWORDS: banglist; co; guncontrol; opencarry
This seems like an idea that could become popular.
1 posted on 07/23/2014 7:21:33 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Were any of them carrying those E-e-vil 30 round “clips”? ;-D

I’d love to get some of them for my Garand.

2 posted on 07/23/2014 8:00:48 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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Westcliffe is a nice little town at the foot of the Sangri de Christo mountains.
3 posted on 07/23/2014 8:28:39 AM PDT by MileHi
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Technically speaking, this is a bit confusing, whether any of this violates their oppressive state law; and if their Sheriff has said he will not enforce that state law. Hard to keep track.

I guess Hickenlooper is sweating bullets after seeing weak poll numbers for his reelection.

4 posted on 07/23/2014 9:41:26 AM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy ("Don't compare me to the almighty, compare me to the alternative." -Obama, 09-24-11)
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It’s no different than “bling”. Look at me I have a gun. Carry concealed and let ‘em guess if the smile on your face is because you are a happy liberal who hates guns, or a man well-armed and capable of killing them if you are attacked. Let ‘em guess and hope they get it right. I don’t need to show off, I simply need to be armed and prepared. ...and I smile a lot!

5 posted on 07/23/2014 9:51:25 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ($$$$$$$$ DEFUND OBAMA! $$$$$$$$$)
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To: ThePatriotsFlag; All

“It’s no different than “bling”. Look at me I have a gun.”

I think it is a good bit different than “bling”. It is primarily for deterrence, just like nuclear weapons or a rattlesnake’s rattle.

Don’t Tread on US.

A great many attacks are prevented when the would be aggressor realizes that they might end up on the losing end.

6 posted on 07/23/2014 12:03:01 PM PDT by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
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