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More than 100 take part in Western Maryland 'Day of Resistance' rally

February 23, 2013|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com

Sam Fenati sees the push by some politicians for more gun control regulations as something more. 

“It’s not about gun control,” said Fenati while holding a “Don’t Tread on Me” flag aloft for motorists passing by his position along Washington Street in Hagerstown to see.

“It’s about control.”

Fenati said he drove about 60 miles from his home in Damascus, Md., to take part in the Western Maryland “Day of Resistance” rally in Hagerstown.

He joined a crowd of more than 100 who took part in the rally, one of many that were held across the nation Saturday, according to media reports.

The public demonstrations were held to oppose moves by President Obama and other political leaders to enact laws that demonstrators say threaten Americans’ Second Amendment right to bear arms.

The rallies were held on “.223” in response to 23 executive orders by Obama that the Day of Resistance website says are unconstitutional.

“I hope it starts an awakening,” said Fenati, who added he is a firm believer in the cause to protect Second Amendment rights.

Organized by the Hagerstown TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party, the event began shortly after noon with a “rally send-off” at Applause Caterers and then continued at Barefoot Bernies along the Dual Highway.

The group heard from a number of speakers, including Vietnam War veteran Jim Warner, Scott Strzelczyk, Jim Woods, Art Thomm, Ted Weaver Sr., and area elected officials.

Event coordinator Lynda Givens Evans said the rally attracted interest from Virginia, Pennsylvania and West Virginia, as well as Western Maryland.

“I can not believe the response that (we’ve) gotten,” she said.

Strzelczyk’s suggestion that Maryland’s western-most counties might want to form their own state should new gun control measures pass in Maryland garnered some of the loudest applause at the rally send-off.

Strzelczyk also said he had no doubt gun control opponents could still petition to have the new legislation put up for a referendum vote, “but we have to stand up and fight back.”

Thomm, who is vice president of West Virginia Citizen’s Defense League, the state’s largest pro-gun lobby group, said he is amazed by gun control laws in Maryland, which he said some in his state affectionately refer to as the “People’s Republic of Maryland.”

 Woods said he believes that American people who care about Second Amendment rights have been “asleep” for many years and that they have let others set the agenda for them.

Woods said he wants future generations to enjoy the same rights he has and vowed he would fight until his last breath and urged those in the room to do the same.

Otherwise, Woods said their children and their children’s children will be “slaves” to the government.

In closing, Woods loosely quoted Athenian King Leonidas’ legendary response to the Persian army’s demand that they surrender at the Battle of Thermopylae.

“If you want our weapons, you come and take them,” Woods said.

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