Gun Activist Faces 10 Years In Prison After Appearing In YouTube Video Near The White House With A Shotgun

Here is your bad idea for the week: Post a video to YouTube in which you load a shotgun two blocks away from the White House. If you do decide to give it a shot (pardon the pun), you may end up like gun rights activist Adam Kokesh, who was arrested Tuesday after uploading the aforementioned video.

Kokesh, being a Second Amendment activist, planned to hold an “Open Carry March” where hundreds of supporters would carry loaded guns in protest of DC’s ban on carrying loaded guns. Naturally, the march didn’t pan out; police issued warnings to Kokesh and the protesters before the rally was scheduled to take place on July 4.

Warning from police officials didn’t stop Kokesh, however; the activist uploaded the infamous shotgun video on Independence Day at Freedom Plaza. In the video Kokesh explains: “We will not be silent. 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.”

After the video was uploaded, police raided Kokesh’s home where he was arrested on possession of Schedule I and Schedule II narcotics. The warrant for the raid was issued after the Freedom Plaza video was verified as being authentic, something Kokesh confirmed with a local NBC affiliate.

“I was here, and I loaded a shotgun on Independence Day,” explained Kokesh. “But I didn’t kill anybody. I didn’t drone any children. I didn’t steal any children’s future. I didn’t sell this country into debt. I didn’t do any of the crimes that the man two blocks over at the White House is responsible for.”

If Kokesh is found guilty of possession of narcotics and a firearm, he could face a 10-year prison sentence.


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