Fire Time After Next

Earlier this month (it seems so much longer ago), during a period when Second Amendment absolutists were making all sorts of threats against the rest of us if we dared even think about gun regulation, I took note of a planned “armed non-violent march on Washington” for July 4 by some dude named Adam Kokesh. It seemed an iconic “fire next time” gesture aimed at intimidating those with insufficient deference to libertarian ideas of “freedom,” and reminding us that there were very strict limits to what democratic majorities would be allowed to do without touching off a violent revolution.

Well, I was happy to read Perry Stein’s report at TPM late yesterday that the July 4 march had been called off (or at least diverted into state marches):

The. D.C. police chief previously said that the rifle-heavy protest, which would have been in violation of D.C. gun laws, would have been met on the bridge connecting Arlington to D.C. with two police forces carrying guns of their own.

Now, instead of the originally planned protest, Kokesh called on people to gather in all 50 state capitals to protest gun regulations.

The drama of the original event would have been reduced, in any event, by the absence of its organizer:

Kokesh is currently in a federal prison in Philadelphia for allegedly assaulting a police officer.

Occupational hazard, I guess.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.