Fireworks won’t be the only form of explosive seen on July 4.
Libertarian radio host Adam Kokesh has organized an “Open Carry March on Washington,” which he describes as “an act of civil disobedience” in which he and thousands plan to protest in Washington, D.C., with loaded guns.
“We will march with rifles loaded and slung across our backs to put the government on notice that we will not be intimidated and cower in submission to tyranny,” Kokesh writes on the event’s Facebook page.
So far, more than 1,400 are listed as attending with more than 30,000 people invited.
The protest will go from Arlington National Cemetery to the Capitol, the Supreme Court and the White House.
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“There's a remote chance that there will be violence as there has been from government before,” Kokesh writes, urging attendees to submit to arrest without resisting.
“We are truly saying in the subtlest way possible that we would rather die on our feet than live on our knees.” Kokesh later posted in an update saying there will be “coordination with D.C. law enforcement prior to the event.”
Facebook comments on the event’s page vary.
“Haven't seen this many pissed-off liberals since they canceled the last Jewel concert!” Leon Weatherby writes.
“Almost 4,000 people have died from gunshots since 20 children were butchered, some with up to 11 bullets in their little corpses. What will you misguided psychopaths do to honor them on your stupid march?” Patrick Timothy posted.
This isn’t Kokesh’s first time causing controversy in the nation’s capital.
In 2007, the former Marine was given a general discharge after the Washington Post published a photograph of him in uniform with other veterans on a mock patrol during an anti-war protest, Fox News reports.
Four years later, Kokesh led a flash-mob protest at the Jefferson Memorial where he and four others were arrested.
A once prominent support of Ron Paul, Kokesh was later banned from the presidential candidate’s events after criticizing empty seats at one of Paul’s events.
"We respect Adam’s service, but he's a very troubled young man. We just hope he can get his life together," Jesse Benton, Ron Paul’s campaign manager, told Reason.com.