Adam Kokesh wants to lead a march of gun-toting protesters who believe the government is infringing on their Second Amendment rights through Washington, D.C., on July 4. And if you don’t think you should take this nutty demonstration by the 31-year-old former Marine and radio talk show host seriously, perhaps a television interview from May 9 will snap you out of it.

We’re going to stop criminals and I’m talking about DC chief of police Cathy Lanier, who said she’s going to arrest us. And I understand that’s to be expected, but that’s a violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution that she swore an oath to when she took that position.

The laws of the District, passed by the duly elected representatives of the people, dictate that it is illegal to carry a gun openly or concealed within its borders. But don’t tell that to Kokesh. “[T]he individual right to be armed in public is being infringed upon and it would be in line with the Second Amendment to assert that right.”

When Kokesh was read a statement from the Metropolitan Police Department that outlined once again what the law is, the wanna-be freedom fighter made an outlandish assertion.

Well, these criminals have made it clear they don’t understand the law. They don’t understand the Constitution and they don’t even understand the definition of civil disobedience. What we are doing, we are going to deliberately break what we consider an unjust law in accordance with the highest law in the land.

Law enforcement officers who are sworn to serve and protect the public are “criminals”? The gun laws passed by the duly elected representatives of the people of the District are “unjust” because Kokesh disagrees with them? This sure is one slippery slope to anarchy if that loopy mindset were to take hold. Unfortunately, he has plenty of company on his absolute gun rights grassy knoll.

Adam Kokesh (Michael Williamson/The Washington Post)
Adam Kokesh (Michael Williamson/The Washington Post)

Kokesh’s stated goal when he went public with this idea on May 6 was 10,000 RSVPs by June 1. When I wrote about the planned march on May 8, there were 2,673 RSVPs. When Kokesh did the WUSA9 interview the next day, he said he had “about 3,000” signed up. When The Post’s David A. Fahrenthold and Peter Hermann wrote about Kokesh on Monday, they noted that “the number online was a little over 3,900.” As of this writing at 8:31 a.m., there were 4,271 RSVPs.

At the rate he’s going, he’ll meet meet his goal. And Lanier will have her hands full.

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