Joey Gibson, the founder of Patriot Prayer, gives a speech for the “Enforce the 2nd Amendment” rally at Horseshoe Lake Park in Woodland, Wa. Feb. 23

A gun rights rally at Woodland’s Horseshoe Lake Park attracted about 100 people Feb. 23. 

Those in attendance heard local activists speak against the recently voter-approved Initiative 1639, calling for pushback against the law that puts added regulation on ownership of certain types of rifles, among other things. 


Families gathered to hear Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson speak at Horseshoe Lake Park in Woodland, Wa. Feb. 23

Vancouver-based Patriot Prayer alongside Washington Three Percent organized the rally which was hosted in the park shelter and was one part of a weekend of demonstrations targeting Clark County and surrounding areas. 

“The hope is to get people fired up,” Patriot Prayer Founder Joey Gibson said about the rallies. During his speech in Woodland, he referenced the stance of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office regarding I-1639. The agency said in a statement early this month that the agency “will adhere to the law as passed by a vote of the people unless a court rules that it is unconstitutional.”

As a result, Clark County Sheriff Chuck Atkins has been named in a lawsuit by the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation challenging the constitutional validity of the new law.

“Sheriff Atkins needs to be reminded what his job is, and his job is to protect the Constitution,” Gibson said. 

Gibson is focusing on mobilizing citizens in the smaller cities, naming Woodland, La Center and Battle Ground specifically, in order to get them petitioning their local governments to draft ordinances or resolutions stating those cities would not spend time or resources on enforcing I-1639’s stipulations.


Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson and supporters bowed their heads in prayer before they started the "Enforce the 2nd Amendment" rally at Horseshoe Lake Park in Woodland, Wa. Feb. 23

Gibson stated his general support of law enforcement, but “when they do something wrong they need to be called out.” Unlike Patriot Prayer rallies in Portland or Vancouver, the police presence on Saturday was minimal and the audience was almost entirely of supporters. In past demonstrations by the group protestors were often on the scene, sometimes violently clashing with the group. 

Washington Three Percent leader Matt Marshall brought up that outside of the U.S. Constitution, Washington State’s own document has its own protections on firearms ownership. He said that five counties had passed resolutions in opposition of I-1639 and 23 sheriffs that have stated they do not plan to enforce the initiative. 

“We had nothing to do with those counties except for inspiring the local people that knew their commissioners to organize and go talk to them,” Marshall said.

Cowlitz County Commissioner Arne Mortensen spoke at the rally, addressing the commissioners’ approval in January of a resolution that opposed I-1639.


Jacket patches Patriot Prayer founder Joey Gibson wore for the "Enforce the 2nd Amendment" rally at Horseshoe Lake in Woodland, Wa. Feb. 23

“We have to be true to our republic and our Constitution,” Mortensen remarked. He said that although the county passed a resolution, making an ordinance didn’t seem pertinent as obeying the Constitution was something already expected, making it codified in new laws a moot point.

“Cowlitz County is leading the way,” Gibson said. He called for those in Clark County to get into contact with the sheriff’s office as well as their local city councilors to let them know how they felt about I-1639 in an effort to have more law enforcement and municipalities making similar stances.

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Depending on Federal Judges to Protect Your Gun Rights Is a Bad Plan.
This is a really bad strategy.
At its core, the Second Amendment exists as a limit on federal authority. When you sue in federal court, you do so in the hope that the federal government will limit itself.
Remember, federal courts operate as part of the federal government, and federal judges are nothing more than politically connected lawyers drawing federal paychecks. When we keep these facts in mind, it becomes pretty obvious we shouldn’t count on federal courts to limit federal power, and uphold or preserve the Second Amendment.
James Madison gave us the blueprint. When the federal government commits unwarrantable acts, the Father of the Constitution didn’t say “file a lawsuit in federal court.” Madison advised a refusal to cooperate with officers of the union. Don’t depend on politically connected lawyers to protect your right to keep and bear arms.


The NRA has been selling out the American gun owner for over 100 years. They actively supported the NFA in 1934, the Gun Control Act in 1968 and the oppositely named Firearm Owners' Protection Act of 1986 (FOPA) which removed the right of Americans to purchase new automatic or AOW weapons, a clear violation of the Second Amendment.

All of this was done with the cooperation of the sellout Progressive owned and run Republican Party as well.


There are over 370 "mental disorders" listed in the latest version of the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.) The list includes "Tobacco Addiction Disorder" among other equally mundane and ridiculous so-called "mental illnesses."
If the DSM is the standard by which politicians wishes to remove our rights to own guns, then I'd guess 90% of the American people could probably be classified with a mental disorder of one kind or another.

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