Gun rights activists call for Capitol protest, but not violence

Gun rights activists call for Capitol protest, but not violence

PORTLAND, Ore. – Some KATU viewers are asking if today's Patriot Party for Second Amendment rights planned at the Capitol poses a security threat.

But organizers say they're not calling for violence despite their YouTube messages that are delivered with urgency.

"There's a line – a clear line – between freedom and tyranny. That line has been crossed already," says Shane Freeman, with Blake Rinkin standing beside him in a YouTube video. "We have to start fighting back now. If we don't start fighting back now, by the time we're free again, this land, it will be called something else."

Freeman and Rinkin have produced dozens of YouTube videos. Now they're producing what they call a Patriot Party.

"Our freedom is slipping away. We need to reach for it with all that we have left and we need to grab it," says Rinkin in the video.

The protest is a follow-up to last month’s gun rally that brought thousands to the state Capitol to push back on gun control legislation.

"If we don't do this now, it's going to be too late," Rinkin says in the video.

And while Freeman and Rinkin expect lawmakers on hand as they demonstrate firearms safety and weapons handling, some people want to know if the rally will create a situation similar to last month in Southeast Portland. On that day two men walked the streets of Sellwood with their semiautomatic rifles in hand to demonstrate their Second Amendment rights. It led to 911 calls and a day care center lockdown.

"It's hard to have a dialogue with someone who's holding a gun," said Jenn Lynch, whose group, Million Moms for Gun Control, is holding its own rally this Saturday.

"Standing out publicly for your support for gun control is a scary thing when you know people who are pro-Second Amendment tend to be armed. It's just a scary leap to make," she said.

But Freeman and Rinkin are adamant they’re not calling for violence. They're fight is political, not with guns blazing.

"It's very important that as responsible gun owners and freedom-loving Americans, we need to stay calm and collective, but also be assertive," Rinkin says in another YouTube video.

Organizers say they're more than willing to debate openly with gun control advocates. They say they're just standing up for their right to bear arms and that this is a battle that will be won with a pen, not a sword.

The protest begins at 10 a.m.