- The Enterprise
- The Recorder
At the pro-gun rally day in Annapolis, there also were other hearings going on, but for two prominent rallies, that is newsworthy. In order to control the crowds, as neither causes were the will of the Maryland governor or the dominant legislature, the Gestapo-like tactics are telling: Remove all the portable toilets and close all the parking areas so people have no way to use the facilities or park. There were hundreds of parking places available, but gates were shut. Shuttle buses couldn’t park either. People had to walk a mile to get to the area. Hundreds couldn’t find parking.
Being a small crowded downtown, where the U.S. Naval Academy is nearby, as well as government buildings, there isn’t much room. The crowds, reported by the individuals I know who attended, were peaceful, courteous and respectful but also frustrated at the government.
The Maryland Department of General Services estimates the attendance at 4,000, despite the parking problems. A senior Democrat acknowledged a last count of more than 1,770 (the number may reach well more than 2,000) signed up to testify on behalf of the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms.
Wanda Gardner, Bryans Road