Militia Groups Hold Armed Protest on Potomac
Obama signed law that allowed it
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 19, 2010 7:35 AM CDT
Updated Apr 19, 2010 7:50 AM CDT
Kentucky U.S. Senate Republican candidate Rand Paul, left, talks to a man carrying a rifle after speaking at a second amendment rally on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., Saturday,...   (AP Photo/Garry Jones)
camera-icon View 3 more images

(Newser) – A number of militia groups intend to rally on the banks of the Potomac River today, and they'll be packing heat. It'll be the first armed rally ever held in a national park, which ironically is only possible because of a law signed by Barack Obama. But that doesn't hold any weight with the event's organizer, who tells the Washington Post he'll be carrying a loaded pistol, unloaded rifle and a bandoleer loaded with ammo to protest the president's “totalitarian socialism.”

The event also happens to fall on the anniversary of both the Oklahoma City bombing, and the Waco showdown, but the organizers say they picked the day because it's also the anniversary of the battles of Lexington and Concord in the Revolutionary War. They say toting weapons mere miles from the Capitol is an “important reminder of who we are.” But gun control advocates say it's an appalling intimidation technique, saying some of the scheduled speakers have “really threatened violence.”