I attended another pro-rights rally at the AZ state capitol yesterday. The event was scheduled 12-2 and my wife, son, and I were able to stay until about 1:15. There was a decent turnout, but it seemed a little smaller than the last rally I attended. This time they had a PA system, but I still couldn’t hear them very well.
I saw considerably more long guns being OC’d than last time, but far fewer handguns OC’d. This surprised me quite a bit, but I guess that was just the makeup of the crowd. Also a suggestion: If you’re going to OC, ensure your holster has more than just friction retention. This is of particular importance if you’re going to be around a crowd, IMO.
There were 2-3 local media outlets in attendance, but I didn’t see much coverage after the fact.
I saw people from just about every age group and race and both genders were well represented.
*LENS FLARE* – I’m the next JJ Abrams
And lastly there’s that guy. I have less vitriol for the Confederate battle flag than many folks I know, but I don’t think it had a place at this rally. It’s too divisive (and we’re already dealing with a divisive issue). I’m not going to tell people what to do and what not to do, but I will say this doesn’t help our cause.
I also had the opportunity to meet Kevin from ExurbanLeague and Robert and Jackie from Great Satan, Inc. They’re good people and I hope to meet up with them again sometime down the line. If time permits (HA!), I’ll see about shooting some matches with them. If you’re not reading their blogs, you’re missing out. Both sites tend to lean a little more conservative than I do, but they’ve got some solid insights.
Allegedly, there’s another rally next Saturday, but I will not be in attendance for that and don’t really have any details.
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