Thursday, May 30, 2013

Armed patriots, Oathkeepers to march in Temple

Temple – At 10 a.m. on Saturday, they will gather at the main junction, the Community Market at 212 S. Main St., armed patriots carrying assault weapons.

The march is organized and permitted by the City of Temple Parks and Leisure Department in reaction to the arrest of U.S. Army Master Sergeant C.J. Grisham for alarming other citizens while carrying a loaded AR-15 on a rural road near the airport. "I was thrown in jail and my lawfully owned weapons were confiscated without receipt or notice," said Sgt. Grisham.

He is charged in County Court at Law with the unlawful display of a weapon, though there is no state law against carrying a long gun.

“That's right! Get your guns and get to Temple, TX. They forgot we have rights and we must remind them. If we don't stand for fellow Texans today then we will stand alone when it happens to us in our hometown,” the organizers, Come and Take It Temple, say in a website at

Guidelines for the event are these:

Weapons must be kept slung on the body in some fashion. To hold the rifle in one's hands could be interpreted as a hostile act, one of aggression "calculated to alarm," according to organizers.

“For those concerned about safety we will be implementing the “Solidarity of Safety” (S.O.S) program at the event. Well qualified people will ask to perform a chamber check and flag it with a red straw half inserted into the bolt. This of course is voluntary and does not render your weapon useless like a zip tie at a gun show. We ask everyone proficient in guns to do this as well, as a good example for the new people. Not having a bullet chambered will prevent any unwanted fire. Thanks for helping this event to be remembered for the right reasons...we will show the power of the people and support of our right to bear arms is in full swing.”

Donations for Sgt. Grisham's legal defense are to be collected.

Speakers include:

Jay Stang – Oath Keepers State Chapter President for Texas
Mike Vanderboegh – Three Percenter
Lynn Woolley – The Lynn Woolley Show
Christopher J. Grisham – Black Rain Ordinance
Murdoch Pizgatti – Co-Owner
Phoenix Horton – Founder and Co-Owner

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