Conservatives and Tea Partiers plan to reignite the flame of 2010 next Saturday at rallies in cities and towns across America. The event is titled the "Day of Resistance," and head organizer Dustin Stockton told Breitbart News that February 23 was picked as the date for several reasons.
“The first is one which I’ve been getting ruthlessly abused for and that is because the AR-15 caliber is .223,” Stockton said in a phone interview. “It’s also the day that we raised the flag in Iwo Jima and it’s also a Saturday, so people who work regular hours can also attend.”
More than 50,000 Americans have already signed up for 97 rallies in more than 30 states across the country. The rallies will focus on Second Amendment issues and President Barack Obama’s push for gun control, but they will also branch out into all aspects of oppressive big government.
“The main hook is Second Amendment defense and executive actions by Obama,” Stockton said. “At the same time, we feel like the GOP establishment argument on guns is that ‘this is all crazy talk, what you’re hearing doesn’t matter and they’re not going to actually come take your guns away.’”
Stockton claimed the average law-abiding gun owner believes the president is seriously pushing for gun control, among other left-wing policies, and cannot stand the establishment GOP’s unwillingness to fight back. However, guns are not the only issue that has conservatives upset: the gun control fight is a new launching pad for a bigger discussion, similar to how Obamacare sparked the Tea Party movement’s beginnings in 2009.
“We think that gives us an opportunity to talk about how Obamacare is affecting people’s personal privacy and all the other issues the Tea Party movement has to talk about,” Stockton said. “We’ll talk about over-regulation, bailouts, crony capitalism, Benghazi, Fast and Furious."
"Fast and Furious is a big one for me," Stockton explained. "When the top cop in the country is as crooked as Eric Holder, it really cements our argument that ‘yeah, you really need to not be counting on law enforcement for protection. You need to be taking personal responsibility.’”
Those interested in getting involved can either find a rally near them on the Day of Resistance website, or they can (through the end of this week) sign up to create their own event in their own town or city. “You have three options: You can sign up to attend, you can sign up to volunteer, or you can sign up to organize your own rally,” Stockton said.
Stockton has a Political Action Committee, Western Representation PAC, that is spending $25,000 from its cash reserves on the rallies in addition to money they have raised for the events; he said about $9,000 has come in thus far. TheTeaParty.net is sponsoring the events as well.
“We’ve got financial support if people need to pay for insurance, stages or whatever,” he told Breitbart News.
Stockton said there are lots of Americans around the country who want to get involved but have not had a place to start since the big Tea Party rallies and events back in 2009 and 2010. After watching Gun Appreciation Day rallies across the country in recent weeks, Stockton said he had an idea to fund five rallies with his PAC.
“I put out this video that I was going to do five rallies, and then all of a sudden I started getting emails from people all over the country,” he said. “Some asked me to come to Mississippi, to Minneapolis, to Louisiana and so many other places. I was like ‘Holy crap.’ This is way bigger than I anticipated.”
“So I started talking to folks and I realized this does have a very similar feel to 2009 and the Obamacare response. We’re up to 97 rallies and we have 50,000 people signed up to go and we haven’t really even dug into our marketing budget yet.”
Stockton hopes these new rallies can begin to rekindle the 2010 conservative magic. “For me, my big life-changing event was my first Tea Party rally,” he said. “I wasn’t politically active. I had all the conservative ideas, but I went to college in Eugene, Oregon, so I kind of learned to mostly keep them to myself. But when I physically went and saw the massive number of people who felt like I did, there was an inspiration level that drove me and everyone else all the way through 2010.”
“That feeling of community really generates a level of enthusiasm and volunteerism that we just didn’t see in 2012,” Stockton added.
OFFICIAL LIST: DAY OF RESISTANCE RALLIES
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Atascadero Day of Resistance Location: Sunken Gardens El Camino & West Mall Time: Noon-3PM Sponsoring Organization: SLO-North County Tea Party Contact Name & Email: Lydia Thompson Lydia@NorthCountyTeaParty.org Facebook Page: North County Tea Party
Apple Valley, CA DAY OF RESISTANCE Location: corner of Bear Valley Rd. & Apple Valley Rd Time: High Noon Sponsoring Organizations: The Apple Valley, CA TEA Party and Victor Valley JBS.org Contact: Maxwell Britton firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/AppleValleyCaDayOfResistance
Pacifica, CA Day of Resistance Rally Location: Corner of Manner Drive O/C and Palmetto Ave Time: 9a-3p Sponsoring Organization: Contact Information: Robert or Allen SecondAinCa@Hotmail.com Facebook Page:
Sacramento, CA Day of Resistance Rally Location: California Veterans Memorial Obelisk 13th & Capitol Street Sacramento, CA State Capitol Park (do not confuse with rally on West Steps of Capitol) Time: TBD Sponsoring Organization: Women Warriors PAC Contact Information: Nancy Ruegner 916 email@example.com Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/263997897067111/
Road Rally Sacramento, CA Day of Resistance Caravan Location: Cycle Gear 5400 Date Ave, Sacramento, CA 95841 Route: Map handed out at Cycle Gear leave at 11:30 Time: 10:30 am doughnuts and coffee please RSVP Sponsoring Organization: Sons of Liberty Riders Contact Information: Shawn firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Page:
Dover Delaware Day of Resistance Location: Rt 13 Dover Next to the Dover Mall on sidewalk in front of pier 1 and uno’s. Parking behind Uno’s Time: 1pm – 3pm Sponsoring Organization: 9-12 Delaware Patriots Contact Information: email@example.com Website: 9-12 Delaware Patriots
Westminster, MD Day of Resistance Rally Location: TBD Time: TBD Sponsoring Organization: We the People, Carroll County, MD Contact Information: Michelle Jefferson firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Page:
Western Maryland Day of Resistance Rally Kickoff & Speakers 12 noon Location: Applause Caterers, 58 E Washington Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 (upstairs Academy Theater) Rally 1-3 Location: Franklin Street & E. Washington Street down both sides of Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD, 21740 Main Speakers 2:30-3:30 Location: Barefoot Bernies, 901 Dual Highway Sponsor: Hagerstown TEA Party Contact: Lynda email@example.com Facebook:
Worcester Day of Resistance Location: Lincoln Square Time: 1pm Sponsoring Organization: Knox Trail Tea Party and Worcester Tea Party Organizer Contact: William King, firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Page:
Ironwood, MI Day of Resistance Rally Location: Iron County Courthouse, Hurley, Wi. @ 12:00 noon and than City Parking Lot in Ironwood, Mi. @ 12:30 Sponsor: Paul Revere Patriots Contact Information: MaryanneMurray Morgan email@example.com Facebook Page:
Hattiesburg Day of Resistance Rally Location: Town Square Park – on the corner of Park Ave and Hardy St in Hattiesburg MS Time: 11a Sponsoring Organization: Contact Information: Ron Vincent firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Page:
Jefferson City Day of Resistance Rally Location: TBD Time: TBD Sponsoring Organization: Contact Information: TBD Facebook Page:
New Jersey Day of Resistance Location: Green Cafe 1029 Cooper Street, Edgewater Park NJ Time: 10a Sponsoring Organization: Contact: Carole Moore email@example.com Facebook Page:
Burlington County, New Jersey Day of Resistance Rally Car Rally Location: Dunk's Ferry Crossing at Beverly NJ 08010 Car Rally Start Time: 10am to decorate/ 11am to drive Rally Location: Green Cafe- 1101 Cooper St, Edgewater Park Time: 10am Contact Information: Carole Moore firstname.lastname@example.org
Staten Island Day of Resistance Rally Location: In front of congressman Michael Grimm’s office in honor of his support of Barack Obama’s infringement on our second amendment rights. Time: 12 Noon Sponsoring Organization: Richmond County Tea Party Patriots Contact: Bobby Zahn 646 2961958 Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/144375329054012/?ref=ts&fref=ts
Asheville, NC Day of Resistance Location: Pack Square Time: 12p Sponsoring Organization: Organizer Contact: Andrea or Cody Boyer, email@example.com, 828-423-3105 Facebook Page:
Marion, NC Day of Resistance Rally Location: Marion County Courthouse Lawn, Main Street and East Court Street Time: 12pm Sponsoring Organization: Contact: Donny Loftis, 828-674-1404, firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Page:
Pendleton, OR Day of Resistance Location: Til Taylor park in pendleton Oregon Time: High Noon Sponsoring Organization: Hermiston Chapter of Oregon Concil on Firearms Rights Open and concealed carry allowed. Unloaded rifles allowed. Organizer Contact: Jerry Hennings email@example.com Facebook Page:
Harrisburg County Day of Resistance Location: TBD Time: TBD Sponsoring Organization: Contact: Jason Britland Facebook Page:
Montgomery County, PA Day of Resistance Rally Location: Montgomery County Courthouse, 2 E Main St Norristown, PA 19401 Time: 2pm Sponsoring Organization: Citizens for Liberty Contact: Steve Piotrowski - Steve@CFLiberty.org Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/CFLiberty
Red Lion, PA Day of Resistance Location: right in the square of Red Lion, PA Time: High Noon Sponsoring Organization: Contact: Chris Ross firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Page:
Charleston, SC Day of Resistance Rally Location: TBD Time: TBD Sponsoring Organization: Contact Information: Chris Lengel email@example.com
Rapid City, South Dakota Location: Corner of Main & 7th Street, by First Stop Gun, 701 Main St. in Rapid City Time: 12pm to 1pm Sponsoring Organization:South Dakota Citizens for Liberty Contact Information: Wayne Ebbers firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Page:
Greenville, TN Day of Resistance Rally Location: Gina’s Family Restaurant, 11E Bypass Time: 11a-1p Sponsoring Organization: The Committee of Correspondence Contact Information: Doug Brooks email@example.com Facebook Page:
Alvin Day of Resistance Rally Location: Stanton’s Grocery 219 N. Taylor Street, Alvin TX Time: 2p Sponsoring Organization: Contact Information: Guy Glimp, firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Page:
Belton County Day of Resistance Rally Location: Confederate Park on I-35 (Take Central exit, go south on service road approx. one half mile. Park is on the right.). Time: 10:00am until 4:00pm Sponsoring Organization: Contact Information: Keith Lee, email@example.com Facebook Page:
Erath County Day of Resistance Rally Location: South Side Erath County Courthouse, Stephenville, TX Time: 10a Sponsoring Organization: Contact Information: Danny Pelton, firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Page:
Victoria, TX Day of Resistance Rally Location: De Leon Plaza Downtown Victoria across from First Victoria National Bank Time: 1 pm – 4 pm Sponsoring Organization: Contact Information: Bryan Billings, email@example.com, 361.935.0807 Facebook Page:
Anacortes, Washington Day of Resistance Rally Location: Sharpe’s Corner: Intersections of State Route 20/Westbound and State Route 20 Southbound. · Head WEST on SR 20 towards Anacortes · Watch for the sign for Oak Harbor. Take LEFT Turn heading towards Oak Harbor/SR 20 South. · Our rally will be just after the LEFT turn towards Oak Harbor in the large parking area on the LEFT.
Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m Sponsor: SUPPORT OUR TROOPS Contact Information: Andy Stevens / firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Page:
Central Washington Day of Resistance Rally- Yakima Location: Yakima, WA @ Millennium Plaza across from The Capitol Theater on So. 3rd Street in downtown Yakima. Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm (after 2pm we'll clean up if needed) Because we are better than the average citizens, WE ARE PATRIOTS!! Sponsor: Your LOCAL Yakima Patriots Contact Information: Sarah, email@example.com Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/CentralWashingtonDayOfResistance