Rally for our rights manasota II

Pro-Second Amendment Demonstration & March

When?

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Where?

Bayfront Park, Marina Jack Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Google MapParking Info

What?

A peaceful, positive, patriotic exercise of our First Amendment right to defend our Second Amendment right.

City of Sarasota’s Rules

Who?

This event is sponsored by volunteer citizens from the local gun community, and all who support the Second Amendment are welcome!

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Special Guests

Our emcee: Captain Matt Bruce, The Captain’s America Radio Show

Vietnam Brotherhood, Color Guard

National Anthem performed by Tawnya Miller

Invocation by Gold Star Father, Kris Hager

State Senator Greg Steube, candidate for U.S. House of Rep.

George Buck, candidate for U.S. House of Rep.

Christian Ziegler, candidate for Sarasota County Commissioner

James Satcher, citizen and former candidate for Manatee County Commissioner

Martin Hyde, citizen and former candidate for Sarasota City Commissioner

Kevin Sona, Florida Carry’s Region 5 Senior Lead

Stay tuned as other guests are announced…

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What Should I Bring?

Please remember – no open carry.

Things to Bring

Need Help With Your Sign?

Drawing a blank about what the heck to put on your sign? Here are some ideas to get you started.

  Some ideas for signs

Latest News

 

September 24, 2018

We’ve added some photos of the Sept. 2018 rally to our Photos gallery below. The photos from the most recent rally are first, ending with the beautiful Sarasota sunset photo.

September 22, 2018

Well, it was a great rally today! Attendance wasn’t as good as the first one, but we realize people like us have work and family obligations. It was also VERY hot! We’ve also heard that many people thought the red tide would be an issue since we were at the Marina. It wasn’t. Unfortunately, it was so hot that we decided not to do the march over the Bridge. Disappointing, but we Floridians know when to bow to Mother Nature.

Of course, Capt. Matt Bruce was emcee extraordinaire, and having the Vietnam Brotherhood serve as Color Guard, Tawnya Miller sing the national anthem, and Gold Star Father Kris Hager give the Invocation and lead the Pledge was a wonderful way to start the rally.

Our scheduled speakers: Christian Ziegler, Greg Steube, James Satcher, Kris Hager, Kevin Sona, George Buck and Martin Hyde were great. And then we opened the mic to people in the crowd! That was fun!

We’ll have some photos up soon.

August 29, 2018

The primaries are over, so we’re contacting Second Amendment supporters and inviting them to speak at the rally. We’ll add their names to the website as they’re confirmed!

May 16, 2018

Save the Date for Rally For Our Rights Manasota II…Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Bayfront Park and Ringling Bridge in Sarasota!

May 6, 2018

Well, the May 5, 2018 Rally For Our Rights Manasota was a success! About 400 people took time out of their busy lives to make their way down to sarasota’s Bayfront Park to support a cause that so important to all of us. It truly was a sea of red, white, and blue. And gold.  Flags were everywhere!!

Capt. Matt Bruce was our emcee, and Gold Star Father Kris Hager gave the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Our DJ and co-emcee was Ken Nyhus. Speakers included private citizens Julie Bales, Martin Hyde, Jeff Young, and Cindy Clark. And our pro-Second Amendment politician speakers included Senator Greg Steube, Representative Julio Gonzalez, Col. Mike McCalister, Melissa Howard, Tommy Gregory, James Satcher, and Christian Ziegler.

It was a great day to be an American!

The response was so good that we’re already talking about doing another one.

So, enjoy the video and photos below, and click here for email updates to stay in the loop. 

Rally for Our Rights Manasota II

Pro-Second Amendment Demonstration & March

Sarasota Bayfront Park 

Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018

10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Peaceful • Positive • Patriotic

Our first rally and march on May 5th was a success, so we’re going to do it again!

It’s time to stand up. To be seen and heard. To let people see us as we REALLY are – men and women of all races and backgrounds who love their children, grandchildren, and their country, and who cherish the rights so many have died defending.

Let’s once again create a sea of red, white, and blue all along Bayfront. Bring your large U.S. flags and Gadsden flags. Bring your children (free small flags available while they last). Proudly wear your veteran, 2nd Amendment, and NRA ball caps and t-shirts.

Bring your signs with Pro-Second Amendment messages – keep them positive and factual. Please – no profanity, no personal attacks. Police your trash – take it with you when you leave. No open carry.

Don’t be “that guy” that will make all of us look like extremists, haters, or crazies. Keep calm, smile, and carry on.

We’ll gather near the Unconditional Surrender (Kissing) statue by 10:00 am, and an optional march across Ringling Bridge to Bird Key and back will start at 11:30 am for those who want to do the 2-mile roundtrip walk. No police escort – we must follow traffic laws.

Let’s once again have dozens, if not hundreds, of American flags going across our beautiful Ringling Bridge

Please click the “I’ll be there!” link below to RSVP for yourself and up to 9 friends. We promise we won’t keep or use the info for any reason (we’re just private individuals like you!) – we’d just like to get a rough headcount.

Spread the word  – here’s the link to the Facebook page so you can share the event. Bring your friends!

Let us know if you’ll be joining us. 

Special Guests

We’re pleased to announce that these special guests support the Second Amendment and have agreed to help and/or speak at the event.

Stay tuned as we announce other guests…
CAPTAIN MATT BRUCE

The Captain, our emcee, is a retired firefighter, disabled Vietnam veteran, USCCA spokesman, and conservative host of The Captain’s America Radio Show, heard locally on AM 860.

VIETNAM BROTHERHOOD

The Vietnam Brotherhood, an in-country, fraternal association of Vietnam Veterans located in Sarasota, FL, will be providing Color Guard services.

KRIS HAGER

Kris and Wendy’s son, SSG Joshua Ryan Hager (Army Ranger), gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom on February 22, 2007 in Iraq. Kris will deliver the invocation and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.

GREG STEUBE

Greg is an outspoken pro-2nd Amendment Republican member of the Florida Senate, representing Sarasota County and western Charlotte County. He is running against Democrat April Freeman in November for U.S. House of Representatives, FL District 17.

GEORGE BUCK

George is a veteran, life-long first responder, and pro-Second Amendment, pro-business conservative Republican candidate for U.S. House of Representatives. He’s running against Democrat Charlie Crist in FL District 13.

CHRISTIAN ZIEGLER

Christian is a Republican candidate for Sarasota County Commissioner. He’s a business owner, 2nd Amendment supporter, State Committeeman for the Sarasota Republican Party and was a 2016 Republican Convention Delegate and Elector.

JAMES SATCHER

James is a minister and a member of the Manatee County Republican Executive Committee. He chairs the Coalition Against Human Trafficking for Manatee, Sarasota, and Desoto counties, and was a pro-2nd Amendment candidate in the recent primary election for Manatee County Commissioner.

MARTIN HYDE

Martin is a Sarasota businessman,  small-government conservative, supporter of the 2nd Amendment, and potential future candidate for City Commissioner.

KEVIN SONA

Kevin is a life member of Florida Carry, a nonprofit, grassroots pro-gun rights organization. As Florida Carry’s Region 5 Senior Lead, he has organized over two dozen open-carry events.

TAWNYA MILLER

Tawnya lives in Bradenton with her husband and two children, and studied music at Morehead State University. Tawnya will be singing our National Anthem.

Video from the May 5, 2018 Rally For Our Rights Manasota

Photographed and produced by Joe Krawtschenko

Let us know if we’ll see you there!

Yes, I’ll be there!

What the Second Amendment Means to Me

The Second Amendment means different things to different people… what does it mean to you?

City of Sarasota Rules for Demonstrations

These rules apply to all demonstrations held in the City of Sarasota.

Respect Property Rights

All participants shall use only the sidewalks and shall not interfere with or impede other pedestrian traffic or any vehicular traffic. Participants shall not use any other areas, whether public or private, grassy, paved, or otherwise, or any buildings, unless written permission has been granted by the property owner.

Follow all Ordinances and Laws

All City and County ordinances and State and Federal statutes shall be obeyed, including, but not limited to, noise ordinance and zoning codes, and all necessary permits shall be obtained.

Be Chill

The demonstration shall be peaceful and nonviolent at all times.

Respect Others

Neither pedestrians nor motorists may be accosted, obstructed, or harassed in any way.

Clean Up After Yourself

All materials used shall be removed immediately upon the conclusion of the demonstration.

Park Legally

Participants shall park only in legal parking spaces and shall not exceed specified time limits. No special parking privileges are granted for demonstrations.

Use Your Grown-Up Words

All signs or posters shall contain no profanity, obscene language/pictures or hate speech.

A few things to bring

Flags

Large or small U.S. and Gadsden flags. Please, no Confederate flags.

Signs

Positive pro-Second Amendment signs Please, no personal attacks or “f*ck anything/anyone.”

Sunblock & Water

It’s September in Florida… ‘nuff said.

Chairs

If needed or desired.

Trash bags

We’re responsible adults, so we’ll leave the area cleaner than when we came.

Patience and a Sense of Humor

Make new friends, enjoy the camraderie, stay chill.

Some ideas for signs

Let’s keep it positive and factual. Please refrain from profanity, name-calling, or insults. Feel free to use these, or let them inspire you to come up with something better.

We’ll add more as we find or think of them!

It’s a Bill of Rights, not a Bill of Needs.

Bad governments ban guns.

Assault is a behavior, not a device.

If you don’t know your rights, you have none.

Enforce the gun laws we already have.

The Constitution- created to guard the People against the dangers of good intentions.

I am the NRA.

Real women own AR-15s.

This Grandma’s got a gun… or two…or three…

More gun control is NOT the answer.

Never underestimate the power of a woman with a gun.

We will not be silenced. #SecondAmendment

Do you blame knives for stabbings?

Daughter, sister, mother, grandma, veteran, NRA life member

Columbine happened during the federal assault weapons ban.

How can you praise freedom, yet condemn that which gains and preserves it?

“To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”
– George Mason, June 14, 1788

Support Firearms Preemption Laws

There is NO such thing as a gun show loophole.

Buying a gun is NOT as easy as buying groceries or books. Or voting

The 2nd Amendment was NEVER about hunting.

Heller didn’t make the 2nd Amendment an individual right; it merely affirmed what already existed.

There’s no such thing as “gun violence.” Guns aren’t violent – evil people are.

Gun-free zones are soft targets for evil-doers.

2nd Amendment – the original Homeland Security

If the 2nd falls, the rest will follow.

2nd Amendment: the first and only “common sense” gun law.

An AR-15 is NOT a machine gun.

If you say “I support the 2nd Amendment, but …” then you don’t support the 2nd Amendment.

My AR-15 identifies as a musket.

Women For Gun Rights (this would look great on a pink sign with black letters!)

Firearms are a girl’s best friend.

A gun is a tool. No better or worse than any other tool. A gun is as good or as bad as the person using it.

With guns, we are citizens. Without guns, we are subjects.

de•plor•a•ble: hard-working, gun-carrying, God-loving, American patriot

Don’t like guns? Don’t buy one.

I’m 1776% sure that no one is taking my guns.

American by birth, patriot by choice.

2nd Amendment – rated E for Everyone

I have the Right to bear arms; your approval is NOT required.

How I choose to defend my home and family is none of your damn business!

Girls just want to have guns.

You can’t defend the First Amendment without the Second.

If it weren’t for guns, we’d still be British.

Are you coming? Let us know!

Who’s Organizing This Event?

This is being organized by a grassroots all-volunteer group of Floridians who happen to be members of several local Second Amendment-related groups. While chatting online, these individuals decided to get off social media and actually do something.

Parking Information

Some parking may be available in the Bayfront Park/Marina Jack’s parking lot if you get there early enough. Otherwise, look for on-street parking on the side roads, or use one of the many fine public parking garages in the downtown area.

The State Street and Palm Ave garages are closest, and generally are free to enter and park for up to 3 hours except on the ground level. However, the city can shoose to charge a $5 entry fee at any time.

Please remember to obey all parking laws.

Click the link below for a downtown Sarasota parking map.

Downtown Parking Map

Questions or would like to volunteer to help?

rallyforourrightsmanasota@gmail.com