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[VIDEO]: Kirkland Pro-Gun Rally Draws Dozens from Around Puget Sound

There were few counter-protesters at the 2nd Enforcers rally, in which scores of people openly carried firearms in what they called a peaceful picket for gun rights.

They came armed with AK-47s, AR-15s, handguns, and--for the youngest participants--even "bubble guns."

The Kirkland gun rights event, a "Day of Resistance" event, organized by a new local group called was modeled around the following information (from the Day of Resistance website):

On January 16, 2013, President Barack Obama issued 23 executive actions against your 2nd amendment Constitutional right to bear arms. He did this without the consent of Congress which in itself, violates the foundation of the Constitution and the co-equal branches of government.

In response to these unconstitutional actions by the President, on .223, February 23, 2013 the American people will stand together in defiance to protect the right that protects ALL of our rights, the 2nd Amendment! They will organize locally so that they may band together neighbor to neighbor and reassert their community's right to determine their own destiny.

Some attendees, including Bill Parkinson of Puyallup, were looking for Day of Resistance events, and finding none in the South Sound, traveled to Kirkland to participate.

Meanwhile, at least in the early hours of the peaceful picket, a lone gun control advocate, the Rev. Marian Stewart of Northlake Unitarian Universalist Church, stood on the corner opposite the 2nd Enforcer demonstration. Stewart held a sign that stated that a child dies every three hours, which she said references research published on the Million Mom March website that indicate a child is killed on average every 3 hours from a gunshot.

Jacob Kukuk, founding member of the recently incorporated nonprofit 2nd Enforcers, which says on its website its mission is to protect the rights of the people at all costs, said the reason for the event in Kirkland was in part because he wanted to get the message out where he lives.

"A lot of us live in Kirkland, and 2nd Enforcers was founded in Kirkland," Kukuk said. "We're peaceful, we want to leave a good impression. We would never discourage the opposing side from showing up."

Stewart said she strongly represents the other side.

"I can't cry over things like Sandy Hook and Columbine and not do something," Stewart said, adding that she did not encourage her congregation to join her personal protest because of the invitation by 2nd Enforcers to bring guns to the rally.

"I didn't spread the word to the congregation because I didn't want them in harm's way," she said.

The pro-gun rights protesters came from all around the Puget Sound, from Port Orchard to Puyallup and South Tacoma, and most learned of the event from groups such as the Republican Liberty Caucus and the Washington Tea Party Facebook page. Many carried firearms openly, including handguns, rifles, and the controversial AR-15, in the news since the recent tragedy in Sandy Hook.

Kukuk said the group and its sister organizations normally stage events in Olympia, but he felt it was important to bring the message to where he lived.

Sandy Wolf, of Woodinville, said she attended because she's a firm believer in the second amendment.

Maya Ojalehto, who grew up in Kirkland, came with her friend Christopher, her daughter, and his daughter.

Kukuk said one of his main goals has been to cooperate with the community. He said he got permission from the Kirkland Police for the demonstration (an event permit is not required for peaceful picketing), and that the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce assisted in getting the word out to local businesses that the group had no intention of disrupting traffic or their business operations.

Kukuk said he had only one response from a local business to the notification, from the Kirkland Car Wash, which he said was "very immature." Kukuk said members of the group plan to boycott the business, but would not picket in front of the business or disrupt their operations.

Editor's note: A reference to a counter protester's sign has been clarified here.

Jason F. February 26, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Hahah Ron, that was awesome. Thanks for making my morning a bit better!
Jack Hugs February 26, 2013 at 05:15 PM
Please people, purchase a dictionary. The 'gun loons' spelling is atrocious. We all make typo's but the pattern of poor education is alarming. loose = lose persuit = pursuit You ask us 'pansies' to learn the correct terminology for your weapons, we respectfully ask you to learn how to spell 2nd-grade terms. Thank you.
Wayne Ogilvy February 27, 2013 at 01:06 AM
I would suggest that you Jack & Dave purchase a copy of the constitution and have your mommy's read it to you very slowly so that maybe it will sink in to your overeducated PHd minds. Or if you cannot afford a copy give me your address or a P.O box # and I will send you a copy for free. By the way good job insulting people's spelling and their lack of manlyhood ! That is the reason I gave you the option of a P.O box for your copy of the Constitution cause we know you are real tough fella's since you like to call others less than men. Have a good day
Flyhorsa February 27, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Considering that the pro-gun advocates did not address my question posted Sunday I will have to assume that paranoia and bravado is the true justification for arming themselves to the hilt. Clearly the stats don't support their primary argument that its needed for self protection against dangerous people and black helicopters. Here is the original question: "A question for pro-gun advocates. Considering that your main rationale for arming yourselves to the hilt with whatever gun you so desire is to protect yourselves from dangerous criminals (23% of gun deaths in America are from rape, robbery, burglary, etc.), then what do you propose be done to protect people from the primary cause of gun deaths in America (the other 77%). You are more likely to be killed by your own gun (24% of U.S. gun victims were slain by family members) or by someone you know (54% were killed by a neighbor, friend, boyfriend, etc.). In addition to this, 35% of females were murdered by their husbands or boyfriends and 41% of victims were murdered during arguments. Source: Stats from the FBI/ U.S. Dept. Justice 2010 It seems to me your voice of justification is the loudest on the smallest of gun violence issues in America, yet very silent on addressing the larger and more disturbing one." And I will add, where were your signs addressing the real and majority of gun violence issues and of your remedy to them?
DaveR February 27, 2013 at 03:08 AM
No need - I have it memorized (really). I'm unsure why you feel the need to be so insulting Wayne. Do you feel insecure perhaps? Unlike some I do not worship the Constitution or those that wrote it as though they were somehow infallible. They were merely men doing a job as best they knew how based on the times they lived in. They were not more than human - although some seem to think so. Further the document is not sacred or holy in any way - please don't suggest otherwise. Those that wrote it did so with humility and a realization that from time to time it would need to be updated. Unfortunately, of late, we have failed to keep it as relevant as necessary.
Jack Hugs February 27, 2013 at 03:10 AM
Wayne - I realize that my rhetoric may have been working above your head so I shall attempt to clarify. I introduced the term 'pansie' as a direct quote from one of your tough-guy cohorts. We 'pansies' were the first to have our manliness questioned because we are not into guns. I most certainly would not have my address available to you guys. I am concerned with the passion you people have to carry a lethal weapon and your anger. I just watched a news report about a white, middle-aged man in Florida who was 'carrying' (so cool). He stopped at a 7-Eleven and 3 black youths were parked in a car with their radio playing loudly. John Wayne asked them to turn the radio down as he had decided it was too loud. As youth would have it, they told him what they thought of his request. John Wayne felt disrespected and killed all three car occupants. I hope he rots in jail - how about you?
Wayne Ogilvy February 27, 2013 at 03:22 AM
Fly, You claim that us pro gun advocates don't address your questions, When did you address mine ? We have had these discussions before and when I present you with fact's , you twist it to fit your agenda, BS you do not respond to my questions. Answer three questions for me and I will answer three for you Okay ? My # 1 When have you been threatened or harmed by a law abiding gun owning citizen ? # 2 why do you think you should tell others what they should do and or own ? #3 Why in the heck would you listen to people that say { we will have to pass it to see what's in it } or do you just like to argue about nothing because the Bill of Rights is not up for debate ! It is as written and that is that ! If you don't like it then I suggest you try and ammend it !
DaveR February 27, 2013 at 03:24 AM
Wayne - it seems that, faced with actual facts that you cannot refute you have resorted to demeaning and insulting behavior that one expects from children in Jr High. I have observed this before and doubtless will continue to see it again. Once you run out of cut and pasted quotes from the numerous pro-gun forums you don't seem to have a leg to stand on. Please DO your own research and please DO answer the questions raised so we can actually continue the discussion as you previously suggested (8:37 pm on Sunday, February 24, 2013 ). I would also remind you that I am not trying to overturn the 2nd Amendment but I would like an honest debate on the topics raised not regurgitated rhetoric of the NRA.
Jack Hugs February 27, 2013 at 03:40 AM
I will take a crack at your questions Wayne. #1 - On Saturday, I felt threatened by the massing of a large group of strangers carrying lethal weapons on the streets of Kirkland. I chose not to go anywhere near people with killing machines strapped to their backs and standing as if the action was some was somehow 'cool' - very troublesome. #2 - Because our way is the 'sane' way. We cant have social misfits running amok with weapons and spouting Sandy Hook conspiracy theories. The adults need to step in. #3 - The Bill of Rights is absolutely up for change and debate. Any society that locks into the ideals of generations ago is both blind and doomed to self-destruct. Its called evolution. You are not presenting facts, you are presenting 'facts' as you see them. You need to at least be open to change or are destined to wither on the vine.
Wayne Ogilvy February 27, 2013 at 03:40 AM
Once again I cannot reply to Dave or Jack, Sorry guy's but I will reply ASAP { there is no reply tab after your comment at this time } By the way you both have good arguments and I did not mean to insult either one of you ! Stay tuned I guess .
Jack Hugs February 27, 2013 at 03:43 AM
No insult taken. The GREAT thing about this country is we can all have opinions and state them. We may get heated but at the end of the day its all good. I only see 'Reply' one instance and then no more option to do so.
Flyhorsa February 27, 2013 at 03:53 AM
Many pro-gun advocates like to conveniently blame gun deaths and violence in America on other causes, like violence on TV, video games, bad parenting etc., etc. But consider this, why do all the other industrialized countries in the world have almost 90% (per capita) less gun deaths than America does? Do you think it’s because these countries have better parents, have less mentally ill people, watch less violent TV/ movies or play less video games? And if it's none of these.... (which it isn’t), then what is it then? Could it be that access to guns in America has run-amok with no checks and balances. There is no rationale argument for needing high powered weaponry and high capacity clips. If you need more than a pistol to protect yourself or a shotgun for hunting, along with few rounds of ammunition, then you probably shouldn't own a gun in the first place. Try a home security system and grocery store instead. Your armed to hilt gun rationale just doesn't hold water. Your justification appears to be more of smoke screen for what the underlying issues likely are, low self-esteem and/ or paranoia. I liken your pro-gun rally to nothing more than empty bravado of trying to feel empowered and significant, not unlike why these mass murderers do what they do. Perhaps all of you gun lovers should go back to what you likely did in high school - squawking the tires of your muscle cars under the misconceived notion that it somehow impresses the chicks. By the way, it never did.
Wayne Ogilvy February 27, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Jack, I am glad I did not insult you, You seem to be very intelligent as do a lot of others on both sides of the debate. And you are correct Sir in stating that we can disagree but come together in times of need. I wish everyone the best and if someone feels that I insulted them, Then I apologize, I did not mean to insult anyone, I just get carried away sometimes and follow others leads. All of us have to live by the same rules and laws, Lets just show each other respect and treat each other as we would like to be treated !
Jack Hugs February 27, 2013 at 04:22 AM
Agreed :) I too get a little 'worked up' and apologize for any unintended insults. I love ALL people and just feel so passionate about this issue. All the best...
Flyhorsa February 27, 2013 at 04:29 AM
A1: Never, but I'm far more likely to be shot by a family member or a friend who is a "law abiding" gun owning citizen, as the stats clearly prove. Thanks for making my point. A2: Any product on the market has the appropriate solution to fit the need, except guns. You don't need to buy a nuclear bomb to get rid of a pest control problem. So what on earth do you need an assault rifle with high capacity magazines for? A3: This is up for debate and the legislation recommendations are clearly available and clear. As for the 2nd amendment it doesn't take a rocket scientist to understand its intended purpose. At that time we were a fragile Republic in a wild west culture with very few laws and oversight. Gun ownership was to ensure the majority of the people who favored the Republic could easily be assembled as a militia to defend it. The other was to ensure that new property owners could defend themselves against those who might steal it from them. Again, this is over 200 years ago. This is the 21st century. We have laws, we have oversight and we have law enforcement. We have hopefully progressed as a civilization as well. Our founding fathers could never imagined a citizenry with the weaponry available today and of its current rationale. They were only human, not gods.
Wayne Ogilvy February 27, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Darnit Jack, Once again no REPLY tab, But anyway, Some day I would like to have a barbeque with you so you can educate me on why guns are bad and I would try and educate you on why they are not bad. Summer is coming my friend, I don't know where you live but we have a lot of lakes in my general area. If you like BBQs let me know and we can get together and discuss { I don't think I spelled that right } our visions for our country. I think our country needs help from all sides to keep it from going under. Are you In ?
DaveR February 27, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Well - since everyone is hugging and making up I guess I'm game. Let's keep the discussion civil and based on actual facts rather than innuendo and rhetoric.
Wayne Ogilvy February 27, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Dave, we didn't mean to leave you out of the group hug my friend ! But I like your suggestion about facts. Maybe we can all start documenting our version of the facts and once a month we can get together and compare them/ Police reports/newspapers/ etc, Or maybe once every six months . What do you think ? maybe we can come to a logical conclusion that we can all agree on eh ? Or we can just become hugging friends now that you are game. I am having a hard time keeping a straight face my friend as I am sure you are at this point. Take care pardner ! Keep your baby powder dry, and a smile on your face !
DaveR February 27, 2013 at 05:31 AM
It's ok - I really didn't feel left out - or right out for that matter.
Wayne Ogilvy February 27, 2013 at 05:36 AM
Alright Dave, Good one by the way, I am out for the night but would be happy to pick this up tommorow if anyone is interested . Have a good one all !
Art Valla February 27, 2013 at 08:30 AM
What I find interesting is the large numbers of gun enthusiasts that feel they need military style firearms to defend themselves against their own country. They always frame themselves as the true patriots and how, if they don't have these guns, all their rights would be in jeopardy. As long as we are looking at statistics, how many times in the last 225 years have we the people needed to use guns against our government? And how well has this turned out when it was done? There are a lot of cases where the armed person was "right." Most of the time, dead right. Did this armed confrontation stop our government from doing what they wanted to do? Did the armed person change anything? Or did they just get dead? And, since we have the luxury of looking at this with hindsight, is there another approach that might have ended in a better manner? I think you will find armed insurrection, no matter how righteous the cause, rarely changes the course of America, protects others rights, or comes out well for the rebels. I would love to hear from those that feel other wise.
Lise Quinn February 27, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Pro Gunners Address these statistics please - provide citations for your statements of "fact". These are mine - argue the facts: Self Defense For every time a gun in the home is used in a self-defense homicide, a gun will be used in: 1.3 unintentional deaths 4.6 criminal homicides 37 suicides (22) In 1997 there were 15,690 homicides. Of these, 8,503 were committed with handguns. Among handgun homicides, only 193 (2.3 percent) were classified as justifiable homicides by civilians. (23) For every time in 1997 that a civilian used a handgun to kill in self-defense, 43 people lost their lives in handgun homicides alone. (24) Again, those numbers after the paragraphs are citations - they are found here: But I will also list them out to save you the trouble of a click: ( 23) FBI Supplementary Homicide Report data, 1997. (24) FBI Supplementary Homicide Report data, 1997. http://www.vpc.org/fact_sht/hgbanfs.htm
Lise Quinn February 27, 2013 at 02:39 PM
oops, citation #22 was cut off: (22) Kellermann, AL and Reay, DT. "Protection or Peril? An Analysis of Firearm-Related Deaths in the Home." NEJM 314:24 (1986):1557-1560.
Lise Quinn February 27, 2013 at 02:46 PM
This is how absolutely absurd guns in America are: Florida man shot by his dog, police say By M. Alex Johnson, staff writer, NBC News A Florida man was shot and wounded over the weekend by his dog, who walked away without charges, police said. Gregory Dale Lanier, 35, of Frostproof, Fla., told police Saturday that he and his dog were in their truck in nearby Sebring when the dog kicked a gun that was on the truck's floor, the Highlands Tribune newspaper reported. The gun went off, shooting Lanier in the leg, Sebring police said. http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/02/26/17107343-florida-man-shot-by-his-dog-police-say?lite
Don February 27, 2013 at 11:02 PM
Thank you for the stats Lise. For the amount of guns owned by American citizens to protect themselves and their familys these are remarkably great statistics. Thank you for providing a continued reason why we need to keep our rights to bear arms. When my twin brother was robbed and brutally murdered in Denver I wish the gun laws there had been more lax so he could have been armed and possibly lived. If you would like, I can send you a picture of him dead for a week, hog tied, bloated and his throat slit ear to ear because possibly that might clue you into the need for citizens to arm and protect themselves. Had something like this happened to one of your family members I would be interested in hearing your take on gun control then.
Art Valla February 27, 2013 at 11:05 PM
So much for a dog being "man's best friend"
Jack Hugs February 27, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Yes Don, I even love you. Don't be afraid of loving your fellow man. Nothing to be ashamed of. I am very passionate about this issue because the senseless killings we see nightly on the TV are just that, senseless. What's wrong with reaching across the aisle and attempting to remain civil? Not sure what your contribution to discussing the issue is other than a strange, disjointed rant about guns - which I agree with BTW.
Jack Hugs February 27, 2013 at 11:14 PM
Alas my friend, tis' not meant to be. In this world of strangeness, I must insist on anonymity. Thank you so much for the invite though. I like to step out of situations and apply logic. The future possibly reads as: "An anti-gun forum poster attended a BBQ hosted by a pro-gun forum poster who he had never met. All of a sudden____" Fill in the blank. I'm sure you are a fine, upstanding chap but in this day and age, you just never can tell. :)
Don February 27, 2013 at 11:46 PM
Lise, these three counts of negligent master shootings (NMS) by the dogs may be an indicator of a more serious underlying problem.These dogs may be harboring resentment against their masters for withholding that revered dog cookie, promised but not delivered. In addition, a missed walk or a later than usual feeding may have contributed to additional resentment and led to these heinous crimes. I would recommend all dog owners to be aware of this potential threat. Your 6 pound Chihuahua Fluffy may look perfectly innocent, but may be concealing a sinister inner evil bent on your destruction. Keep your guns, knives, forks, rocks, dog poop, sticks and any other lethal objects out of your dogs grasp. The life you save may be your own.
Jack Hugs February 27, 2013 at 11:50 PM
Don - As you brought up your unfortunate brother, you have my deepest sympathies. A tragic event. However (you knew that was coming), for the small fraction of times that a gun CAN be used to defend one's life there are many, many more cases of accidental or emotional (crazies) deaths. I am anti-gun for this very reason. Rest assured, if an intruder was attacking a member of my family with intent to harm/kill I would shoot them dead in an instant as would any sane person. Fortunately, that's very unlikely to happen. I'm anti-gun because the bad outweighs the good in terms of using a gun for a 'righteous kill'. Again, sorry for your loss.

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