‘I Will Not Obey Orders for Americans to Surrender Their Arms’

By CTD Blogger published on in News

Thousands of activist gun owners, angered over Connecticut’s Orwellian “Gun Violence Prevention and Child Safety Act,” gathered at the State Capitol in Hartford on a cooler-than-predicted Saturday in early April.

David Codrea at the Podium

Photo © 2014 J. Codrea. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

They were fed up with opportunistic politicians exploiting the Newtown tragedy at the expense of freedom, and they were furious and defiant that many owners of semiautomatic rifles and standard-capacity rifle and handgun magazines, who had defied a registration deadline, were now considered criminals.

To my surprise, I had been invited to give the keynote address. I’m not from that state and my dealings with Connecticut Citizens Defense League, the group organizing the rally, had been mostly internet-based. Perhaps one reason for the invitation was a “GUNS Magazine” column I’d written a few months earlier defending Constitution State gun owners, some of whom lined up late to register their magazines and rifles before the mandated deadline.

When I stood to speak in Hartford, what I saw was a crowd fired up and united in opposing and working to roll back the gun ban. Judging from the vocal responses, the assembled Connecticut gun owners were supportive of calls to work within the system to elect the right candidates and defeat the wrong ones, in both parties, and to appeal to the courts, as CCDL and NRA are doing in Shew v Malloy.

Also, the rally gave me a chance to learn some new things firsthand, and to reinforce some assumptions I brought to the event. Here are five areas that stand out:

  1. There was a happy and energetic gentleman waving an American flag behind the speakers’ podium. I found out he was an Albanian immigrant who had become a citizen, and his enthusiasm gave us the priceless reminder that freedom is a joyous thing to be celebrated.
  2. Members of the audience made it clear they were not going to tolerate infringements requiring them to register and/or surrender their firearms, putting state officials on notice that they had just grabbed a tiger by the tail.
  3. Patriots from many states and organizations showed up at the rally in support of their Connecticut brothers and sisters. Contingents from West Virginia, Mississippi, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Jersey, and others, as well as representatives from Oath Keepers and NRA, all made the trek to New Hampshire at their own effort and expense. How different this grassroots movement is from the Bloomberg-funded, fraudulently-named “Everytown,” where people have to be transported and subsidized in order to get a handful of sign-holders, so that the media can portray shredding freedom as a populist undertaking.
  4. In spite of everything, the antis claim, and in spite of rally attendees showing up in various stages of anger and defiance, guns, and plenty of them, were not a problem. Many demonstrators came armed. Everyone conducted themselves peaceably, respectful of each other. Safety was the order of the day — there was certainly no sign of inappropriate activity, carelessness, negligence, or any inclination or intent to harm or victimize other human beings. That’s not the way good people act, and the presence of a tool does not change that — if anything, it makes responsible gun owners conduct themselves even more courteously. It’s the way we are.
  5. “Sportsmen” are patriots, too. The Venator Foundation, an affiliate of the Dallas Safari Club, generously donated two tables at their gourmet wild game dinner to CCDL volunteers. That gesture illustrates that though many of us differ in terms of our preferred guns and activities, ultimately we are on the same team. Those of us who don’t hunt need to support the rights of those who do. And vice-versa.

Now the time for sustained work is upon us, as elections draw near and an expensive lawsuit wends its way through the courts. Will gun owners everywhere realize that their shoulders are needed at the wheel?

You can view Codrea’s speech in the video players below. For other speeches, videographer Palin Smith has posted them on his You Tube channel.

Tell us what you think in the comment section.


A long-time gun rights activist and grassroots leader, David Codrea has been writing professionally on the subject of the right to keep and bear arms since 1999. Initially writing for GUNS & AMMO magazine, then moving on to HANDGUNS before spending the last eight years at GUNS, where he is a field editor producing the monthly Rights Watch column.
Codrea was named Gun Rights Defender of the Month in April, 2007 by the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms for persuading the Bush administration to strike collective rights language from the Federal Register in an FAA ruling. In 2011, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work exposing the Fast and Furious ATF gun walking scandal, and was a co-recipient of Soldier of Fortune Magazine’s 2nd Amendment Freedom Fighter Award, and Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership’s David and Goliath Award for his work on that story.

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Comments (20)

  • Eddie S.


    ” there was certainly no sign of inappropriate activity, carelessness, negligence, or any inclination or intent to harm or victimize other human beings.”
    No! That would be the politicians you’re talking about when you said that! Responsible Patriots are respectful of others and that’s something the Liberal gangs haven’t learned how to do yet!


  • Ron G.


    To: John J. Wall, I to am an AMERICAN and I am also a GOD fearing Christian and though I never thought of divorce that definitely would be better than another civil war and I agree 110% with your plan because I am sick of seeing the country our forefathers created for us and that my own Father fought for during ww2 I am just glad that he past own before seeing what this country has turned into. We live in a country now where it is no longer GOD BLESS AMERICA but, GOD PLEASE HELP AMERICA get back to being the country it once was where at least people know the pledge of allegiance and actually know who there own states US senators are let alone how many stripes are on our flag and what each color means. Please, draw up the papers and send the left to anywhere but the southeast maybe they will all stay in New York and California.


  • Marty


    Found this……on the net while plundering


    Dear American liberals, leftists, social progressives, socialists, Marxists and Obama supporters, et al:

    We have stuck together since the late 1950’s for the sake of the kids, but the whole of this latest election process has made me realize that I want a divorce. I know we tolerated each other for many years for the sake of future generations, but sadly, this relationship has clearly run its course.

    Our two ideological sides of America cannot and will not ever agree on what is right for us all, so let’s just end it on friendly terms. We can smile and chalk it up to irreconcilable differences and go our own way.

    Here is a model separation agreement:
    Our two groups can equitably divide up the country by landmass each taking a similar portion. That will be the difficult part, but I am sure our two sides can come to a friendly agreement. After that, it should be relatively easy! Our respective representatives can effortlessly divide other assets since both sides have such distinct and disparate tastes.

    We don’t like redistributive taxes so you can keep them. You are welcome to the liberal judges and the ACLU. Since you hate guns and war, we’ll take our firearms, the cops, the NRA and the military. We’ll take the nasty, smelly oil industry and you can go with wind, solar and biodiesel. You can keep Oprah, Michael Moore and Rosie O’Donnell. You are, however, responsible for finding a bio-diesel vehicle big enough to move all three of them.

    We’ll keep capitalism, greedy corporations, pharmaceutical companies, Wal-Mart and Wall Street. You can have your beloved lifelong welfare dwellers, food stamps, homeless, homeboys, hippies, druggies and illegal aliens. We’ll keep the hot Alaskan hockey moms, greedy CEO’s and rednecks. We’ll keep the Bibles and give you NBC and Hollywood.

    You can make nice with Iran and Palestine and we’ll retain the right to invade and hammer places that threaten us. You can have the peaceniks and war protesters. When our allies or our way of life are under assault, we’ll help provide them security.

    We’ll keep our Judeo-Christian values. You are welcome to Islam, Scientology, Humanism, political correctness and Shirley McClain. You can also have the U.N. but we will no longer be paying the bill.

    We’ll keep the SUV’s, pickup trucks and oversized luxury cars. You can take every Subaru station wagon you can find.

    You can give everyone healthcare if you can find any practicing doctors. We’ll continue to believe healthcare is a luxury and not a right. We’ll keep “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “The National Anthem.” I’m sure you’ll be happy to substitute “Imagine”, “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing”, “Kum Ba Ya” or “We Are the World”..

    We’ll practice trickle down economics and you can continue to give trickle up poverty your best shot.

    Since it often so offends you, we’ll keep our history, our name and our flag.

    Would you agree to this? If so, please pass it along to other like-minded liberal and conservative patriots and if you do not agree, just hit delete. In the spirit of friendly parting, I’ll bet you answer which one of us will need whose help in 15 years.

    John J. Wall
    Law Student and an American

    P. S. Also, please take Ted Turner, Sean Penn, Martin Sheen, Barbra Streisand, & Jane Fonda with you.

    P. S. S. And you won’t have to press 1 for English when you call our country.


    • Fred C Wilhite


      Sorry John Wall, your lack of history is showing. You wrote–We’ll keep “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”. You can’t have any knowledge about who wrote the “battle hymn” or why? The fact it is not a hymn, and only northern propaganda hate speech, may be revealed to you with a simple web search.


  • Hide Behind


    We are reduced to pleading fot mercy and all your snd my guns can do is be preserved by gun oil and elbow grease..
    Please let the 2nd Amendment RIP it has nothing left to defend; It was not meant to protect your butt, go hunting or target practice, or too shoot bad guys but to put down domestic or foreign tyrants that attack the “IDEALS AS EXPRESSED IN THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE AND BILL OF RIGHTS” .
    There is no military man today who fought to uphold the Constitution; talking reality and not macho BS; in fact the miltary is the, as our founders said, greatest danger to freedom and librrty.
    How rigjt they were for not one war has advanced vivil librrtys and what had been defended is the formation of s nation that had you pleading for the PRIVELEDGE of buying but never owning the Rights of a Free Man.
    The privileges of today are because we allowed Rights to not be expressed and instead voted for those eho promised you priveleges you thought more important than thenBill of Rights you kept huns andbthrew out nation in the bargain.
    Now you want those you made to stpp throwing ypu to the dogs.
    Play the system snd krrp on being losers to the system.
    It makes no differeence who you vote for you merely lehit the presrnt corruption.


    • Sally




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