The 5th annual Flag Day Second Amendment Rally drew hundreds to talk about how to defend your second amendment rights.
Event Committee Chairman Dave Kopacz told 22News, when it comes to gun control policy in the U.S.—it’s against the law, saying, the second amendment “clearly states, ‘shall not be infringed.'”
“So, I’m seeking 100% non-compliance with that nonsense and we’re bringing the message out to the people. We want them to assert their rights and do it peacefully,” said Kopacz.
Kopacz said he reached out to some of the most well known national advocates of the second amendment to hear their message and to attract as many people as they can.
“My main concern here was about the militia. I mean, what are we doing about the militia in the United States,” said Cliven Bundy of Nevada.
Bundy told 22News, the rally is exercising their first amendment rights to meet and discuss issues like the second amendment saying, here in the U.S. “we can talk about our government… and our opinions can be voiced.”
A strong supporter of the second amendment, Massachusetts’ candidate for governor Scott Lively told 22News, the right to keep and bare arms is a natural right.
“It’s inalienable to us. The right of self defense is something the government doesn’t have to give us and can’t take away, and that’s what the second amendment really is about; the right of self defense,” Lively said.
An opposition rally to stop gun violence was held at the Belchertown Common the same afternoon.
Kopacz told 22News, those who attended the rally are equally as opposed to violence saying, “Despite political polarization, individuals on both sides are 100% against violence, including the gun owners.”