Hey everyone, I got back a couple hours ago from the 2nd Amendment rally downtown. It was a really great experience. I’ve never attended or been a part of a political “rally” before and it was something I really enjoyed. I might have enjoyed it MORE though if there were counter-protesters.
I decided to cover this the same way zombietime covers his rallies. I’d also like to thank him for getting back to me when I asked him for any advice he might have in regards to covering events like this.
The rally was held at the Thompson Center and emcee’d by local conservative talk-show host Cisco Cotto. Also there were a couple NRA VPs, representatives from the Illinois Rifle Association, State’s attorney candidate Tony Peraica, and several spokesperson for 2nd Amendment Sisters (pro-gun women), PinkPistols (pro-gun gay/alternative sexualty) and other local 2nd Amendment supporters.
Anyway, here we go…
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The rally was held right outside the James R. Thompson center, which was really convenient as it’s the same location as a major hub for Chicago’s “L” train. You just get off on the Clark/Lake stop, step outside, and you’d practically run into the rally.
I’d about two to three hundred people showed up. Not all were there at the beginning, and not all of them stayed through to the end. Above is a picture taken during feature speaker Dr. Susanna Hupp’s time at the mic. She had a compelling story to tell about her experience during a shooting that took place inside a Texas restaraunt and claimed the lives of 22 people, including both her mother and father. I actually found a YouTube of her telling her story taken from Penn & Teller’s show Bullshit! on Showtime.
As usual, signs are always a huge part of events like this. I personally love seeing all the signs that zombietime takes photographs of, so I took the time to grab pics of almost every one that I saw there so I could share them with you. The sign on the right I think makes a great point, and was a theme reflected in a lot of shirts/signs today.
This sign supports guns on campus, something that might have helped prevent or at least lessen the damage at the Northern Illinois University shooting earlier this year.
Who doesn’t love the image of a mom holding an assault weapon? Not only does it help protect your home and family, it’ll also help keep your kids in line knowing their mom is a crack-shot with a deadly weapon.
Not only signs, but shirts are also a popular way of showing your opinion. Some of which I have to admit, I wish I would have come up with.
Yes, even us conservatives, if when given the right to own and carry handguns in Chicago, would defend both sides of the aisle in a dangerous situation. How’s that for bi-partisanship?
I don’t know if this is wrong, but I loved this sign. At first, all I saw was the “Rape This” version. It wasn’t until about halfway through the rally I saw my first “Rape That” sign. Also, I couldn’t find any to take a picture of, but there were some tongue-depressors floating around as a joke towards the advice that women should make themselves puke to help ward off an attacker. I’m trying to find evidence that this was actual self-defense advice given out by the state/city, but I don’t have any reason to doubt it.
I didn’t feel like I was at an “actual” political rally until I start spotting the PaulBots.
Oh, and it looks like he found some friends too. I just don’t get it, when are the PaulBots going to realize that Ron Paul isn’t the candidate anymore and he won’t be President this year? It just boggles my mind.
This I thought was one of the better signs of the day. It makes a great point against those who would argue that the right to bear arms only applies to those firearms that existed at the time the Constitution was drafted. However, having the right to free speech only apply to those that use a printing press would probably be pretty attractive right now to the New York Times, LA Times, and other news printers having to cut jobs.
Just a great shirt.
Here’s my favorite item of the day. Most people there had a sticker they received at the NRA/IRA table that was setup. What a great slogan, it really just speaks for itself.
Overall I think it was a great day and a successful event. I saw many passersby and stop to listen for a few minutes and I think I saw a few nod in approval or at least give some serious thought to what was being said.
And now, I leave you with one other thing I’d like to mention. Something I’ve noticed over the past few years and I just want to see if anyone else has spotted this trend as well. Is it just me, or are conservative commentators/newsbabes more attractive than their lefty counterparts? I think so. However, what I do know for a fact…pro-gun babes are ALWAYS hot.