Second Amendment Mercenaries
Michigan – -(AmmoLand.com)- Part of my job as Founder is to extend invitations for people to speak at these events. Recently, I invited a famous Second Amendment activist. I asked him to spend five minutes on stage. He said he would be very happy and honored to attend the Second Amendment March … but only if we paid him $40,000.
Color me stunned.
I have known this man for years and it just never occurred to me that he charged money to exhibit patriotism. I didn't know anyone was able to make money on the Second Amendment. It's always been a big loss for me. But then, I'm not in it for the money. I'm in it for my freedom.
Color me naive.
He also insisted on two “first class”, round trip tickets to and from the event. Hmmm, makes sense I suppose. (You certainly can't expect a patriot to fly coach. Personally, I've never flown first class, though I'd like to try it once before I die.)
Color me foolish.
But wait! There's more! He also wanted room and board at a luxury hotel and to be driven to and from the event. (I've never been inside a limousine, though I've seen them drive by and often wondered what they were like. I think I'd like to look inside one of those too, before I die of course.)
Color me silly.
I always thought that all Second Amendment advocates were like me; they worked hard, tirelesly, fighting for their freedom, shoulder to shoulder beside their fellow Americans. Apparently I was wrong. There are two classes of patriots in America: the rich ones and the poor ones. I would be … the latter.
But that's okay by me and I'll tell you why. It's because I'm in good company. I'm organizing a march on Washington DC to celebrate my Second Amendment freedom, and it's the common people like you and I who are making it work. We don't have big sponsors – not a single one. All those rich ammo and firearms manufacturers who are making record profits? They haven't donated a penny to the Second Amendment March. They're getting rich off the backs of the commoners struggling to keep their freedom, but they refuse to ante up, even while thousands of little people like you and I donate our measly 10 or 20 dollars to the cause. But it's those little donations that are adding up and keeping us alive; it's five dollars from a house wife in Nebraska, a dollar from a pig farmer in Iowa, a ten spot from a New Jersey cab driver, and an occasional 50-dollar bill from a doctor or a lawyer.
During an economic depression, it's always the little people that end up doing most of the living and giving and fighting in this country. It has always been that way. My experience has been that if you aren't generous when you're poor, then you'll still be selfish when you're rich.
To me, the best soldiers are the ones who fight based on their convictions, not on their financial bottom line. In the first American revolution, the British hired mercenaries to fight for them and they were beaten in the end by farmers and shopkeepers and blacksmiths who shot at them from behind rocks and trees. Many American soldiers were ill-equipped, ill-fed, and poorly trained. But they had something that mercenaries do not. Heart!
And that's why the Second Amendment March will prevail. We are a grassroots effort composed of men and women with conviction, courage and indomitable character. Yeah, sure, it would be easier if the rich people helped us fight for freedom, but, with or without them, it's going to happen. Come April 19th all us little people will be on the National Mall fighting for our right to keep and bear arms.
Color me proud.
And you know what? Now that I've had a chance to think about it, that rich and famous Second Amendment mercenary, the one who wants $40,000 to attend? He's no longer invited. I'd rather be with “real” people like you and I.
The mission of the Second Amendment March is to galvanize the courage and resolve of Americans; to petition our elected officials against establishing anti-gun legislation; and to remind America that the Second Amendment is necessary to maintain our right to self defense.