The Los Angeles Times
April 20, 2010
Several dozen 2nd Amendment advocates â€” many with loaded handguns on their hips and rifles dangling from their shoulders â€” gathered in a Virginia park within view of the U.S. Capitol on Monday, marking a day of protest against what activists called dangerous breaches of the U.S. Constitution.
“It’s paid for in blood and, if necessary, we’ll defend it in blood!” said Bob Wright, speaking of the Constitution, as he and other protesters gathered at Gravelly Point Park, a national park just across the Potomac River from Washington.
Organizers of the “Restore the Constitution” protest said they chose the spot to highlight what they see as unconstitutional gun laws.
A recent law allows gun owners to carry firearms in some national parks, but openly carrying guns is prohibited under the District of Columbia’s strict gun laws. Organizers said it’s the first armed rally in a national park since the law passed.