City Paper is not for tourists
The big news this morning is that if you’re living in Arlington, your life could quickly start looking like the Old West. That’s because militia members and general anti-government types are protesting today in Arlington’s Gravelly Point Park, the closest place to Washington where you can openly carry a firearm.
WaPo talks to Daniel Almond, one of the folks coming to the Restore the Constitution muster. Apparently, they just don’t make militia members like they used to (emphasis added):
Almond plans to have his pistol loaded and openly carried, his rifle unloaded and slung to the rear, a bandoleer of magazines containing ammunition draped over his polo-shirted shoulder. The Atlanta area real estate agent organized the rally because he is upset about health-care reform, climate control, bank bailouts, drug laws…
Guns over a polo shirt? It’s enough to make me wish for the Nineties, when gun zealots realized the best part of being in a militia was the camo.
Of course, even real estate agents can get rowdy. The Oath Keepers, an organization of far-right military and police, pulled out of sponsoring the muster because they thought it was too dicey:
“It had gotten to the point that it would be dangerous to attend,” said board member Rex McTyeire, citing an escalation of threatening rhetoric online from some participants. “There are people out there willing to do anything to create chaos in an uncontrolled situation, and [the event] is wide open for disaster.”
These are the same Oath Keepers who have declared that they will disobey orders to “blockade American cities, thus turning them into giant concentration camps.” When they think you’re extreme, maybe you should leave the bandoliers at home.