Fox Hollow, FL – In short, the event was a roaring success and I look forward to next years march, should we need to have one. Hopefully, the voters get it right this time around and we won’t have to do another march to display our willingness to defend our God-given Constitutional rights to self-defense from the vile libtard Marxists that seek to turn America into a turd-world dictatorship.
Again, at this point, it’s anyone’s guess given that the FBI just broke Federal law in refusing to indict Hillary Clinton on charges of treason and countless violations of the National Security Act. But this is a topic for another blog post, today’s topic is the recent #takeitmarch that occurred on July 4th in Inverness.
But this is a topic for another blog post… another depression post… no, today’s topic is the recent #takeitmarch that occurred on July 4th in Inverness, that was hosted by FL Gun Supply.
The event started a little after 8AM at Florida Gun Supply which is situated in historic downtown Inverness, Florida. The march proceeded from Florida Gun Supply down a seemingly never-ending sidewalk for the next 5.6 miles into the heart of Florida’s backwoods.
This route took us past some of the most majestic views in Inverness, which is its swampy lakes. However, this scenic beauty came with a price and the price was excessively muggy conditions amidst temperatures that soared up to 98 degrees by the time the march had ended at the Florida Gun Supply shooting range. In total, the march took nearly two and a half hours from start to finish to complete, and the procession of over 270 marchers stretched for nearly a mile once we got off and walking.
This event was picture perfect as far as local community support, support from the local Citrus County Sheriffs Office, a lack of Demoncat agitators who knew better than to mess with a small army of armed Patriots, and a total lack of rain despite rain being in the forecast for that morning.
It’s nearly impossible for any event to perform this well during its first attempt. Typically every event from Gasparilla to Mardi Gras had major pitfalls and hiccups during its first five to ten years in operation. This is a given in Event Planning, it’s actually taught in advanced Event Planning training courses like Six Sigma. Given the total lack of major issues, I believe that God was truly watching over this event.
I have to also give a shout out to the small army of water vehicles, chase vehicles that picked up the few walkers that had to tap out for health reasons, and well-wishers who kept the marchers on task and on point all morning long. Without this team, the march would have failed.
Despite all of this, there were a few minor hiccups that occurred that were completely out of the control of Florida Gun Supply. Again, these guys did an awesome job and thought of everything so this is not a ding on them at all. However, It’s worth mentioning these small issues so I can provide a critique or constructive feedback to Florida Gun Supply for when they plan their next Open Carry March so they can hopefully iron these wrinkles out.
Again, these guys did an awesome job and thought of everything so this is not a ding on them at all. However, It’s worth mentioning these small issues so I can provide a critique or constructive feedback to Florida Gun Supply for when they plan their next Open Carry March so they can hopefully iron these wrinkles out.
Given the amount of work these guys put into this event, I would imagine that they are already aware of these issues. But in the event they aren’t here are the few things I would suggest changing for the next Open Carry March…
HEAT: I understand why this march was done on July 4th, rather than some random day in August or another time of the year. It was about tapping into American Patriotism when it’s at its utmost highest level. However, the heat down here in Florida in July is near unbearable to non-natives, and barely tolerable to natives. As a native in somewhat good health, I found it very difficult towards the end given the heat. I would suggest doing this march around another patriotic holiday in Fall, Winter, or Early Spring which might be enough to boost attendance and avoid any health related liability issues such as heat exhaustion or fainting.
As I understand only four people had to be picked up and taken back to FL Gun Supply due to heat exhaustion, which is amazing given the size of the group. Again, the water teams were phenomenal and did a great job at transporting, delivering, and handing out water as well as collecting trash at every rest stop. But this leads me to my next critique…
FHP: Another problem during the march was one FHP Trooper who went out of his way to harass walkers who strayed off the sidewalk, and water vehicles trying to either deliver water or pickup marchers suffering from heat exhaustion. This trooper was a real piece of work. He even gave a water vehicle driver a $116 ticket for delivering water, while putting everyone’s lives at risk by stopping traffic to remove a gopher turtle from the middle of a four-lane highway. Seriously. Had a driver got distracted enough by the trooper strutting around with the gopher turtle, they could have swerved over and run into the procession of marchers.
Furthermore, it’s a felony in Florida to pick up a gopher turtle unless you are trained in gopher turtle habitat restoration or resettlement. This law also makes it a felony for a law enforcement officer that isn’t part of Florida Fish and Game to touch a gopher turtle. Seriously, I’m not making this up…
Rule 68A-27.003: The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is hereby declared to be threatened, and shall be afforded the protective provisions specified in this paragraph. No person shall take, attempt to take, pursue, hunt, harass, capture, possess, sell or transport any gopher tortoise or parts thereof or their eggs, or molest, damage, or destroy gopher tortoise burrows, except as authorized by Commission permit or when complying with Commission approved guidelines for specific actions which may impact gopher tortoises and their burrows.
It’s even illegal to touch a gopher turtle to move it out of the road because under the provisions of the law you might be obstructing the turtles path to its burrow or babies. I learned this law as a young Florida Cracker in the Boy Scouts, and would imagine that the State Trooper should know it as well.
Heck, if one of us that wasn’t armed, left the march and tried to move the same turtle to safety I guarantee you that that same Trooper would have arrested them under the provisions of the above statute and charged them with a felony.
Again… the law states clearly that you must be an officer or agent of the Florida FWC, and last time I checked a Florida State Trooper is under the umbrella of the Florida DMV, not the Florida FWC. Given this, that Trooper should be charged under the provisions of the law for “capturing, possessing, and transporting” a gopher turtle.
I’m hoping that I caught the turtle episode, as well as the FHP Trooper pulling over vehicles without cause on my go-pro. I’m still editing as of today and will likely be doing so for a few more days.
If not for grad school I would had been done with editing by now #gradschoolproblems.
Heat and bad State Troopers aside, this event went off without any real hitches. Again, it was perfect as perfect could be given that this was the first ever Open Carry March in the State of Florida since the Civil War.
Besides doing our part at defending the 2nd Amendment and sending a message to Tallahassee and Washington D.C. that “we the people” are willing to defend our inalienable rights, this was a great proving range for our battle and SHTF kits. After this five mile hike, I will now be stripping down my tactical kit and redoing it entirely to fit the harsh Florida climate that is very unforgiving 10 out of 12 months a year.
Apparently somewhere in my mind, I forgot to factor in that Florida is nasty hot for the majority of the year, and a heavy armored kit is perhaps the stupidest thing to do.
Some of the adjustments I’m making right now to my battle kit will be the immediate addition of a dedicated USGI issued ACU camel back, and the addition of two extra USGI one liter canteens with ACU canteen holders. I will also be adding an Eagle Industries ACU “H” Harness for scouting missions or long marches such as this. I will also be losing the heavy Galac-Tac Armor unless I plan to be hunkered down for a while. In fact the only armor I will likely keep will be ACU Ciras plate carrier, optional ranger style kevlar helmet, and ACU Condor Battle belt rig.
Again, without this event, my rig would have been useless in the event of a real SHTF situation that required me to hike long distances to safety. This event has also proven without a doubt, at least in my mind, that ACU in Florida is the way to go given how it reflects heat vs. absorbing it like OD Green or Multicam does.
I’m eagerly looking forward to the next march/event and would suggest to all of my readers to go check out Florida Supply right now on social media, and visit their website at floridagunsupply.com . They are a great champion of the 2nd amendment and as such need to be supported by the Patriot community as much as possible.
#StayFrosty and as always God Bless!
Article by: Kevin Fett firstname.lastname@example.org
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