Over 100 activists carrying a variety of rifles marched through downtown Austin
Source: Kit Daniels
At least ten times as many people showed up to an open carry march organized in mere days than a gun control event hosted by key leaders of the anti-gun movement.
It was difficult to move through the large crowd in the march for photographs.
Over 100 activists carrying a variety of rifles showed up today for a march through downtown Austin, Texas during South by Southwest (SXSW), an internationally-known festival held annually in Austin which attracts hundreds of thousands from around the world.
The march, which was organized in only a few days and attracted a number of news outlets, was led by the Austin chapter of Come and Take It (CATI) Texas, a grassroots organization that promotes basic human freedoms by educating fellow Texans on their gun rights.
“It was not a protest necessarily,” Tom, one of the event’s organizers said, emphasizing that CATI Austin is focused on education instead of directly countering gun control groups. “It’s just a walk to go out and educate the public on their Second Amendment rights and natural born rights and what we need to do to restore some of the rights that have been taken away from us.”
The attendance was far more than the handful who showed up for a panel discussion on gun control at SXSW on Saturday morning even though the event was planned well in advance, promoted by the festival and featured the heads of three major gun control groups.
This really exposes how anti-gun groups are not grassroots as they claim but are rather top-down organizations which serve the agenda of those at the top of the political structure, such as Michael Bloomberg for example.
It also shows how liberty is becoming more and more popular as Americans enjoy the rights that they inherently own from birth, which the marchers surely did today.
“Everyone is super excited about what we’re doing,” Tom stated. “We have much more positive encounters than any negative types and we are making a change.”
He also added that the movement will continue to grow.
“It will spread like wildfire throughout the country,” he added.
The crowd in the march was so thick, it was difficult to move through them for photographs. But not only was the march well-attended, it also attracted a large variety of individuals who were all well-versed in their basic liberties.
“What brings me here is the fundamental right to self-defense,” one marcher named Jeremy said. “The Founders placed the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights because the First Amendment is actually a greater weapon, a greater tool, a greater asset to the people, so the Second Amendment is the last line of defense for the people to say, ‘Yes, we do have the right to free speech.’”
CATI Austin will lead another open carry march on Saturday, March 15 starting at 11:30am. They will be meeting again at the parking garage at 1201 San Jacinto St. in Austin, which is at the corner of 12th St. and San Jacinto.