GOAL Rally on the Common in Support of the Second Amendment!
Gun Owners Action League Rally: Tremendous Turnout!
Well over 1,500 residents of the Commonwealth turned out on a clear but cold day in downtown Boston exercising their First Amendment Right of Free Speech in defense of their Second Amendment Right to Keep and Bear Arms. Several media outlets and helicopters looked on as patriots peaceably formed on the Boston Common and continued with a march to the State House. Folks from Pittsfield to Provincetown made the trek along with homemade signs and banners and a spirit that even the most zealous of anti freedom politicians could not break.
Among the many speakers were GOAL’s own Jim Wallace, Jay Beard, Robert Pepi, and Steve Moysey as well as special guests Yang LI, the Second Amendment Foundation’s Alan Gottlieb and Illinois State Rifle Association’s Rich Pearson. Moysey proudly claimed “I went from British subject to American Citizen!” as Li likened many of the proposals to the actions taken by the Chinese government prior to the Tiananmen Square protests. The call for action echoed to 2nd Amendment supporters throughout New England yesterday as Connecticut enacted severe consequences for citizens simply exercising their rights, with felony charges possible for those who do not register lawfully owned standard capacity magazines.
While the event was a tremendous success, it also underscores the incredible amount of work gun owners in Massachusetts have in the weeks, months, and years ahead. Representative David Linsky (D-Natick) and Governor Deval Patrick have made clear their resolve to criminalize an entire class of law abiding citizens just like Connecticut and will not stop until the 2nd Amendment is rendered dead in the Commonwealth. Bills limiting magazine capacity to an arbitrary 7 rounds will effectively ban an entire class of handguns and a forced insurance mandate proposal will rob both low income families of their right to self defense and anyone whom an insurance company denies coverage. With a tremendous amount of support in both halls of the legislature and certainly in the Governor’s office it is imperative to KEEP THE PRESSURE on your State Senator and Representative. Keep up the momentum!
GOAL would like to thank everyone in attendance at Yesterday’s rally for their presence and support; we cannot defeat the anti-freedom legislation and politicians without your dedication and participation! Please encourage your friends and family to join GOAL. We are a 100% member funded organization and your voice for 2nd Amendment freedom in Massachusetts.
GOAL Exec. Director Jim Wallace speaks to the media on hand before the rally
GOAL President of the Board Jay Beard opened the Rally with a welcome and thank you from GOAL.
The media reported the crowd as "hundreds" we'd say it was well over 1.5K
GOAL Member Yang Li speaks about his experience as a Chinese dissident and becoming an American Citizen.
Rally Attendees progress to the State House to speak with their legislators.
Related Media coverage:
WCVB - TV 5 Boston, CBS TV 4 Boston, WHDH - TV 7 Boston, Fox TV 25 Boston, New England Cable News (NECN), WGGB - TV 40, Boston Globe/Boston.com, Boston Globe (video), Associated Press (VIA Boston Herald), Charlestown Patch, Worcester T&G, State House News Service (VIA Gloucester Times), WWLP TV - 22, The Republican, Sentinel & Enterprise
This is your opportunity to make your voice heard to your state lawmakers! It is critical that you attend this important rally to show your support for our Second Amendment rights. If able, please schedule meetings with your state legislators in advance, and spend the day networking with other Second Amendment supporters.
Westfield: The Westfield Sportsman Club has two buses leaving the club for the Boston rally April 3rd at 10am. Tickets are available at the club or BG Sporting, twenty dollar donation pays for bus. For more info contact - Westfield Sportsman club 413-562-0771 or BG Sporting at 413-568-7569
Worcester Pistol & Rifle Club: For Bus reservations call or e-mail Peter Saniuk. 508-873-3111 - firstname.lastname@example.org (not sure they still have room but give him a try)
Southborough Rod & Gun Club: The bus leaves at 10:30. Limited seating still available, you must make a RSVP to ride, please call Steve at (508) 380-3563 .
Shawme Fish & Game: President Steve Horigan plans to arrange for a van or bus for Shawme Club members and guests. If you would like to catch a ride email Steve here.
Otter River Sportsmen’s Club. Meet at Wilson Bus in E Templeton at 9:30 AM Bus will leave their terminal at 10 AM sharp. Bus will leave Boston Common at 3:30 pm. They are asking for a donation of $20 to $25 for covering the cost of the bus.
Maspenock is trying to get enough people together to rent a bus as well, if you are interested please call Joe at 508 769 1319.
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