HARRISBURG —State Representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-Butler) sent the following letter to Gov. Tom Wolf to officially confirm that this year’s Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms will take place as originally scheduled, on Monday, June 8, beginning at 10 a.m., on the front Capitol steps, Capitol Complex, Harrisburg. Metcalfe is also encouraging all law-abiding citizens who attend to practice social distancing according to CDC guidelines:
“I am writing to you today on behalf of all freedom-loving, law-abiding Pennsylvania firearms owners to inform you that my staff has received your presumptuous email notice through the Department of General Services stating that ‘the governor has instructed us to cancel all events at the Capitol through July 5,’ with the usual non-transparent explanation of ‘COVID-19.’
“As the prime sponsor of an impeachment resolution to bring about your removal from office, let me begin the people’s response by saying that we do not need your permission to freely exercise our Constitutional rights to peacefully assemble and denounce your tyrannical regime.
“It is precisely the Second Amendment and our right to keep and bear arms which provides the foundation and reinforcement of all the rights recognized and proclaimed in our state and federal constitutions. This especially includes, Article 1, Section 21 of the Pennsylvania Constitution which clearly states: ‘The right of the citizens to bear arms in defense of themselves and the State shall not be questioned.’
“Your incompetence and callous disregard for your fellow man give this year’s theme of ‘Stand Your Ground Against Socialism’ even more substantive significance. Your unconstitutional dictates and Orwellian overreach into our lives and the marketplace has caused immeasurable harm and hardship for far more Pennsylvanians than the virus!
“Your enlisting of law enforcement to intimidate law-abiding citizens into accepting your unconstitutional dictate to close their business is offensive and an inappropriate use of our men and women in blue. Your divisive fear mongering tactics encouraging neighbors to turn in neighbors for non-compliance with your unconstitutional orders should never happen in the land of the free and home of the brave.
“You have no authority to imprison any citizen in their home or otherwise rob them of their right to put food on the table. Our right to arm and defend ourselves and our loved ones is non-negotiable, and you can expect usto vigilantly defend it on the state Capitol steps on Monday, June 8.”
Representative Daryl Metcalfe
Pennsylvania House of Representatives
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