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Open Carry Walk in Sioux Falls on Saturday

July 25, 2013

538614_307799939292517_74504031_nThis Saturday, July 27, 2013, there will be an Open Carry Walk in Sioux Falls. The event is being organized by the Sioux Falls chapter of South Dakota Open Carry (Facebooktwitter). I personally plan to attend this event. This type of event is perfect for exercising a constitutionally protected right (2nd Amendment)  in a peaceful manner. Events like this show the open carry of guns by responsible citizens is not a danger.

There is an even bigger reason I support peaceful events such as this. It is best summed up by the opencarry.org motto: “A Right Unexercised is a Right Lost”. Politicians in DC for decades have been slowly tearing away constitutionally protected rights. Our current President has been making attempts at sweeping gun control measure to draw attention away from his scandal-ridden second term. Add to that the Supreme Court decision last month that Fifth Amendment protections don’t apply if they are not “invoked”. Well, events such as this create the opportunity for citizens to invoke their rights. If rights are invoked it will be harder for anyone to say to take those rights away because “they are no longer used”.

The event will begin at 5:15 pm. See the Facebook Event page for more details on where to meet. It appears the walk will be a two-mile stretch down Minnesota Avenue where the group will get refreshments at Starbucks. Then there will be a return walk back to the starting point.

If anyone plans to attend it is imperative they read and understand the few safety rules listed on the Facebook Event page. Remember events like this are NOT acts of civil disobedience; they are about exercising your constitutional rights. All Federal, State, and local laws must be followed.

That said, I hope to have a pleasant walk exercising a constitutional right this Saturday evening. It will be nice to spend an evening with fellow citizens that understand the importance of civil and Constitutionally protected rights.

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  1. July 25, 2013 at 6:54 am

    Taking a gun out for show seems irresponsible.

    • Ken Santema
      July 25, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      I understand that many feel that way. But I feel events like this are just as important as when I attended protests against the War in Iraq and the Patriot Act during the Bush years. Actually since an open carry march has no civil disobedience it technically is a lot more tame than those events. (I do miss attending those protests, not sure my bad back can take it anymore though).

  2. ANON
    July 25, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Just another example of modern people with too much time on their hands. If this generation was just half as industrious as earlier generations there would be no time for all these parades whether they be gay pride or gun toting. Whatever happened to spending your free time working for or spending time with ones family. Today everyone has to be out making a statement as if it were special to be gay or to carry a gun. I guess ay least with the gay people they have been oppressed in the past they may think they have a beef, but guntoters? I cant think of a time when gun owners have been oppressed in America. Whatever floats your boat though , it is your right. Just don’t scream about the economy when you have enough free time in your life to be parading around your guns, things must be pretty much OK in your world.

    • Ken Santema
      July 26, 2013 at 11:51 am

      I don’t know if that is the case of people with too much time on their hands. I can’t find it, but I was recently seen some research that has shown the percentage of American citizens engaged in civil liberties events has been fairly steady for the last 100 years (with a couple of outliers, I think they were Vietnam & Occupy). I think the main difference today is the increased media coverage that comes with modern technology.

      In regards to gun rights it has been Obama that has brought this issue to the forefront by politicizing it even more than it has been in the past. Add to that States like California that is starting to take guns away from citizens and people are understandably worried about their rights.

      My only wish is that more people would care about all of their rights, instead of just their favorite right.

      As to the economy I can’t speak for anyone else at the event. But as a business owner I can say I have created more actual direct jobs in South Dakota than any politician has through policy. And that comes with me working a hell of a lot more than 40 hours per week.

  3. ANON
    July 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    key sentences from the article linked below.
    1. But when state leaders, desperate to attract outside businesses during the economic recession of the early 1980s, changed South Dakota’s usury laws to eliminate the cap on interest rates and fees, Citibank came calling. ( Policy)
    2. Citibank now employs more than 2,900 workers in the city, and it anchors a financial sector that provides more than 16,000 jobs in a metro area with a growing population of nearly 230,000 residents. And according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., South Dakota holds more bank assets—$2.5 trillion—than any other state in the country. ( jobs)


    Maybe your statement on job creation was just hyperbolic. At any rate have fun playing show and tell with your guns tomorrow. It is your right and I respect your right even if your expression of it is asinine..

    • Ken Santema
      July 26, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      That is a good success story. I see it as a lesson about how politicians need to regulate less. In this case the politicians removed bad laws made by previous politicians. It allowed the market to find a new way to expand. Smart moves like that do show politicians can help the job market. It also happens to be a good sensible deregulation move that would be voted against both parties in today’s political environment without plenty of lobbyist money going to the pols.

      I wish more people pushing for government intervention in jobs market would make cases like this one. I would probably still disagree that government created the jobs. But at least undecided people would be able to use real examples with arguments from both sides to make an informed decision.

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