Police investigating ex-Marine gun rights activist over armed park video
U.S. Park Police and Washington, D.C. Police are investigating a video posted by gun rights activist Adam Kokesh in which the former U.S. Marine and Iraq veteran is seen loading shells into a pump-action shotgun and promising a “final American Revolution” by “next Independence Day.” According to Talking Points Memo, the video was posted Thursday to Kokesh’s YouTube account.
The clip, called “Open Carry March on DC a Success,” showed Kokesh standing in a black “Goodfellas”-style jacket and no tie in what appears to be Washington, D.C.’s Freedom Plaza, where carrying a loaded firearm is illegal.
“We will not be silent,” Kokesh said, looking slightly wild-eyed and punctuating each phrase with another shell loaded into the gun’s chamber. “We will not obey. We will not allow our government to destroy our humanity. We are the final American Revolution. See you next Independence Day.”
Kokesh, a Ron Paul 2012 supporter and 9/11 “truther” was forced to call off a planned armed march on Washington in May of this year. He and other gun rights activists planned to march across the Memorial Bridge from Virginia into Washington, D.C. carrying weapons that are against the law in the nation’s capitol.
“(W)e will muster at the National Cemetery & at noon we will step off to march across the Memorial Bridge, down Independence Avenue, around the Capitol, the Supreme Court, & the White House, then peacefully return to Virginia across the Memorial Bridge,” wrote Kokesh on a Facebook page announcing the event.
The Veterans for Ron Paul founder made headlines in 2012 when he released a video musing about the assassination of erstwhile presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R). Kokesh said he did not “endorse the plan” to kill Romney, but that “I cannot deny that the thought hasn’t crossed my mind as well as so many other libertarians and Ron Paul supporters of late.”
The issue, he said, provoked “interesting moral questions.”
Watch Kokesh’s July 4 video, embedded below via YouTube: