Adam Kokesh, the man trying to get 10,000 people to March on Washington, D.C., with loaded rifles, may have some trouble on his hands. The Iraq War veteran turned libertarian activist and the 2,733 people who have RSVP'd via Facebook, probably won’t get very far with their loaded firearms. That, however, is exactly what the 31-year-old Kokesh is hoping for.
Here's a look at the event Adam is planning for July 4, 2013:
Critical mass isn't going to help Adam. Critical mass is a pair of words that people like to throw around when they don't understand grassroots organization. It sounds great, but it doesn't translate into boots on the ground. This will probably come as no surprise to Kokesh, but the people that responded via Facebook, well they're not going. Those people are just part of the slacktivism movement, they feel good about liking something they believe in. Also, no amount of "critical mass" will take away from the fact that it is illegal. Washington, D.C., does not issue permits to carry firearms. That doesn't seem likely to stop him though, here is a recent update from Adam via Facebook:
How surprising, Adam will "volunteer himself." Adam runs a blog called, Adam Vs. The Man. I’m sorry to break this to you Adam but, the man is you and you are him, and you belong to each other. Though he does remind me of another self-important white guy. Adam would seem to have a friend in 3D-printed gun wielding Cody Wilson. Both suffer from an over inflated sense of self-importance, both are convinced that the government is increasingly unnecessary.
After all nothing says "peaceful" like calling for the shooting of government agents. Don’t get me wrong, both of these individuals care about the causes they are fighting for, but not as much as they care about ensuring that their names are associated with that cause.
This will probably disappoint Kokesh, but the police actually want to help facilitate his protest. At least that is what D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier has said,"If you are coming here to protest government policy, great. We're all for it. We'll work with you. We'll get you in and where you want to go. We'll facilitate you moving in and around the city. If you're coming here to break the law, then we're going to take action."
Should Adam be allowed to protest? Of course. Does he really want that protest to be peaceful though? Absolutely not. He would love to be arrested, to be seen as some sort of victim at the hands of the government. What else would do more to further the imaginary governmental betrayal narrative he is perpetuating, plus think of all the hits his website would get!