RTC 8/14: Guilford Courthouse National Military Park, Greensboro, NC
Where: Amphitheater near the Greene monument, Guilford Courthouse NMP, Greensboro, NC
Who: More than 200 citizens, most of whom were armed with sidearms and/or longarms and supplementary ammunition, as well as two Congressional candidates and several candidates for state office. The event was also attended by 10-15 US Park Service personnel, and upwards of 30 Greensboro PD uniformed personnel, including a mobile command post bus, at least one converted civilian armored truck, and an 4-unit element of ATV-mounted, rifle-scabbarded police motor cavalry. Based on rumors of potentially hostile counter-demonstrators, the RTC rally area was limited to rally supporters, with any counter-protests reportedly held out of eye and earshot.
What: Approximately three hours of speeches, followed by a 30-minute history lesson by Mike Vanderboegh, who declaimed from the monument above sans PA system after the other speakers ran long.
When: Initial supporters and rally volunteers started to arrive by 11 am edt on 14 August, with the speaker program commencing at 1 pm edt. All attendees departed the park grounds no later than 4:45 pm edt, as the park area closed at 5 pm edt.
How: Zero deaths, zero injuries (including heat injury), zero arrests, zero missing, zero incidents. Biggest challenges during the program were a few open-carriers who needed reminding by fellow attendees of (and immediately complied with) the rules of non-engagement re weapons carry, and some speakers who need to remember the KISSS (keep it short, sweet, and sparky) formula of public address.
Why: As one veteran of both the DC 4/19 event and this rally put it:
Proving the Bastards wrong, one Armed Rally at a time.
Many thanks to the organizers, the attendees, and the speakers, as well as the NPS and GPD personnel for their professionalism.
More imagery to follow, but here is local press coverage, David Codrea's Examiner column, and these videos:
Bill Randall, candidate for the NC-13 Congressional district
Rick Smith, candidate for NC state representative
BJ Lawson, candidate for the NC-4 Congressional district