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Get Ready to Party Like It’s 1989

Remember the mass demonstrations of the late 1980's up to the time that Bill Clinton signed his (and Joe Biden's) infamous "assault weapon" ban?  The largest demonstration was in Columbus, Ohio on May 20, 1989.  Police estimated the crowd at 22,000.  In Phoenix crowds were estimated at above 10,000 (wishful recolleciton on my part – Chris) nearly 3,000, this on a mid-June day when the temperature would eventually rise to well above 105.  It occurred to me that it would be a good idea to start gearing up for such demonstrations again.  Hoping to provide some inspiration, I started digging around the Web for pictures.  I am appalled to report that I could find no pictures of any pro-gun demonstration of the late 1980's.  None.  Zip.  Nada.  Google couldn't find an image, neither could Yahoo!  It's as if Winston of 1984 fame made it all go away.  That's just paranoia on my part, but we're looking at paranoid times.

It's time to get ready for a reprise.  

I well remember how uncomfortable gun people seemed to be coming out and marching with signs.  They were strangely quiet, for a demonstration.  Certainly they were well-mannered.  Parks where the demonstrations occurred tended to be cleaner after the demonstration than before.  Frankly, demonstrating in the street is not something that gun people take to easily.  So let's start preparing the ground.

If you have pictures from one of those demonstrations from the late 1980's and early 1990's, put them on the scanner.  Don't have a scanner?  Go to the nearest copy store or even to a drug store.  Then post those photos to Flickr, Shutterfly, Picasa, PhotoBucket, or wherever you store your pictures, and send me a link.  Send a link to every gun blogger you know.  Send a link to me.  Post it on your favorite forum.  Spread 'em around.  It's time to kick off the Great Virtual March for Gun Rights of 2008.