Open carry walk draws a big crowd in Brookville Pennsylvania

Brookville_RallyI want to tell you about a wonderful family event that took place in Brookville Pennsylvania yesterday.

It was called the Brookville Open Carry Walk and so many people showed up despite the cold that the police and fire department had to stop traffic for a time.

Notably absent were any counter protestors.  Despite calls by the anti-gun group CeaseFirePA, not a single counter protestor showed up.  I guess CeaseFirePA’s 7 members were busy elsewhere.

According to event organizers Adam Smith and Angel  Yount-Smith, the purpose of the event was to show that the media-backed stereotypes about gun owners are not correct.  And I have to say “mission accomplished!

The walk started at 1:00 PM in front of the Brookville Courthouse, wound it’s way down both sides of main street and ended back in front of the Courthouse.


The crowd was a wonderfully diverse mix of young and old, male and female that really illustrated the changing demographics of the gun-rights movement.

One woman bore a sign which said ‘Nurse, Mother, Wife’.  She told reporters “[T]hat’s what I am. I’m not some crazy person with guns in the basement. I’m a regular person who wants my second amendment protected.

The firearms  being carried were a diverse mix as well.  There were 1911s, Glocks, XDs, AR-15s, AK variants, hunting rifles, shotguns, muzzle loaders, and even a pink bb gun being carried by 9 year-old Desert Atkinson who proudly told reporters that it was her Christmas present last year.

After the walk itself, the Pinecreek Fire Department hosted a meet and greet with hotdogs, hamburgers, fries, and drinks.  It was truly an event for the entire family and most participants brought their children with them to enjoy the event and learn about what it takes to keep America free.


Representative Sam Smith spoke at the event as did Congressman Glenn Thompson.

As many of you know, I live in Virginia but work in Pennsylvania and consider it my second home.  And I am constantly amazed at the dedication of Pennsylvania gun owners.

Sadly, I was unable to attend this event but numerous posters at PAFOA gave detailed accounts of the event and were kind enough to share their photos and videos.

I want to extend a truly heartfelt “thank you” to the Smiths for organizing the event and to all who attended.

It is people like those in Brookville that keep America free.

Upcoming Event

Everyone in Pennsylvania should have April 23rd on their calendars.  That is the date of the 8th Annual Right to Keep and Bear Arms Rally in Harrisburg.

This is the event of the year and every single Pennsylvania gun owner should plan on attending!

I am honored to be attending on behalf of  I hope to see you all there!

About John Pierce

Monachus Lex is written by Virginia attorney John Pierce. John is a life-long gun rights advocate, an NRA certified instructor and co-founder of the nationwide gun rights group

He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems, an MBA from George Mason University and is a 2012 Honors Graduate of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN.

Professionally, John is a member of the American Bar Association Second Amendment Civil Rights Litigation Subcommittee and his writings have been published by the ABA Civil Rights Litigation Committee and the ABA Minority Trial Lawyer Committee.

In addition, his open carry advocacy has been featured on Nightline and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
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6 Responses to Open carry walk draws a big crowd in Brookville Pennsylvania

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  2. Billo says:

    Sounds like a great event; thanks for the article! I’m sorry that I missed it. How can I find out about other similar events, closer to where I live?

  3. Grapeshot says:

    Truly putting the “people” in We the People – standing up and being counted.

    Really enjoyed that photo of the youngster holding the sign with the quote from Madam Currie. It was a glimpse into our future – reminding me that this legacy must be preserved.

    Wish that Melanie Haun could have been there.

  4. ERIK ASHER says:

    I am a former Pittsburgh resident living in Florida. I hope that a rally like that will be organized in Pittsburgh, or Philly. Now that would be something special!!!!

  5. Laura Hughes says:

    Great news. I hope to hear more like this. Thank goodness for the internet for real news.

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