Second Amendment rally draws supportRichardson supports right to bear arms
Rockland — Supporters of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution held a peaceful rally in Winslow-Holbrook Memorial Park Nov. 3.
More than 20 people — men, women and children — showed up for the planned rally. Blaine Richardson of Belfast, currently running for Congress, was on hand to show his support as well.
"My support of the Second Amendment is without compromise," Richardson states in a comment on his Facebook page.
Participants displayed signs, waved flags, and received honks of approval from passersby. Several even had their firearm strapped to their side — clearly exercising their right to keep and bear arms, as stated in the Constitution.
Rally organizer Richard Ward said the rally was moved to Sunday because hunting season officially opened Saturday, and he thought that would affect attendance. Ward is a member of the National Rifle Association and People Against the National Defense Authorization Act.
"I'm one of the really big supporters of the Second Amendment in Maine," said Richardson, who was also involved in the Guns Across America rally held at the Capitol in Augusta in January.
"Maine has more handguns per capita than any other state," said Richardson. "Why? Because we are rural," he said.
"We just had a bear on a neighbor's porch in Belfast," he explained. "You don't go after a bear with a pair of scissors."
"The Second Amendment protects our First Amendment — and there is nothing more precious than our First Amendment," said Richardson.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 15.