By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter
Hundreds of Second Amendment supporters are expected to rally in Montgomery on Tuesday to urge state legislators to pass the Alabama Firearm Freedoms Act in the 2013 legislative session.
Conservative activist Al Mickle wrote, “As our state legislators begin the 2013 session, we will stand together, to encourage them to PASS and if necessary DEFEND the Alabama Firearms Freedom Act. This is about our 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 10th Amendments. Wear a RED SHIRT and get 10 friends to join us. It is YOUR freedom, but do you have the guts to defend it? If you do only one meaningful thing all year, MAKE SURE THIS IS IT. This is the time to present our signed petition, directing our elected office holders to enact our Alabama motto: “WE DARE DEFEND OUR RIGHTS” (please share this with everyone you know & have them invite friends as well.”
Alabama State Representative Jim McClendon (R) from Springville told ‘The Alabama Political Reporter’ that the House Republicans intend to pass legislation protecting Alabama gun makers who sell strictly to Alabamians (thus not engaging in interstate commerce) from being put out of business by the federal government.
Mickle urged participants not to bring Confederate flags, wear rocker T-shirts, or come armed (It is illegal to come armed to a political gathering in Alabama) because the media tends to seek out the most extreme looking person in the group to put on TV. Mickle said, “Based on reports from 3-4 people who attended the rally on Saturday (Jan 19), the media lapdogs were there and interviewing people, at the rally. However, it seems that 99.9% of the people they interviewed, were sporting confederate battle flags and/or mullets. (and that is a quote!!!) Folks, this event on the 5th, is NOT the time to show division. This is the time for WE THE PEOPLE to show UNITY.”
The Speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard (R) from Auburn said on Facebook, “In Alabama, we’re taking steps to ensure our constitution contains the strongest gun protection provisions in the country. We dare defend our right to bear arms.”
House Minority Leader Craig Ford (D) from Gadsden wrote, “When our founding fathers wrote the Bill of Rights, they made the “right to keep and bear arms: a priority. In fact, the right to own a firearm comes second only to the first amendment rights to free speech, freedom of religion, and the freedom of the press. The founding fathers were wise to provide constitutional protections for gun ownership.”
Mickle wrote on Facebook, “We EACH need to make sure to bring 4-5 additional people with us. (if not TEN more people.) I received calls from three (3) more legislators over the past 2 days, each voicing their support or confirming their speaking time. WE THE PEOPLE are already making an impact. Now, please print out 10-12 copies of the flyer and sign/print name/phone #/County of residence…and place it on the desk of your State Senator AND your State Representative….as well as the Governor’s office. (then share the additional copies with other men/women who forgot to print out some. THE TIME IS NOW!!! STAND UP, MY FELLOW ALABAMIANS, AND “DARE TO DEFEND OUR RIGHTS!”
The rally begins at 11:00 A.M.