Reasonable, responsible and rational discourse has been hijacked by extremists
On July 4th Chicago author and activist WC Turck will lead a counter-protest in opposition to a planned march on Washington DC by armed gunmen with loaded weapons led by radio talk host Adam Kokesh. Turck vows a peaceful counter-protest, which he describes as a “Gandhi moment,” with activists blocking the gunmen’s access to Washington with arms linked. The counter-protesters will not provoke, incite or insult, nor will they yield. “We will not resist, nor will we be moved,” said Turck
This is not about gun banning, a fear of guns or an infringement on the Second Amendment, which very clearly describes a “well regulated militia.” The “regulated” word is critical to mature, rational and moral discussions about the place and importance of guns in contemporary American civil society. That discussion is important in stemming the bloodshed on America’s streets, but also important to people who wish to protect their families. However, the NRA and “gun pornographers,” as Turck describes them, have chosen to raise the rhetoric to a level of hysteria and paranoia. Rather than treating weapons as a tool, the NRA has promulgated them to a near religious fervor, and is forcing gun proliferation upon Americans everywhere in civil society.
This counter-protest, dubbed “Target July 4th”is not about Mr. Kokesh or Turck, but about returning the discourse to a rational, reasonable and responsible level. Kokesh has promised to lead a march of armed protesters across the Memorial Bridge at noon on July 4th. Currently Kokesh claims that 3,000 armed supporters will join him. Turck vows to meet him at the center of the bridge with fellow activists and peacefully prevent the group from entering Washington, but Turck dismisses the idea of potential violence, saying that he believes that this instead should be viewed as an opportunity for substantive dialogue.
Turck welcomes the opportunity for a dialogue with Mr. Kokesh, but adds, “If Mr. Kokesh leads a march across that bridge I will be there to peacefully and respectfully prevent him from entering Washington DC with weapons. I will not prevent his freedom of speech, but this is a threat, and threats are not protected speech. If he arrives without a weapon, I shall stand beside him and not against him as fellow Americans.”
About WC Turck
W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books. His latest is “The Last Man,” a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, “Broken: One Soldier’s Unexpected Journey Home,” was recommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, “Everything for Love” chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book “Burn Down the Sky,” about the war on terror, is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. He is currently finishing a new book titled “Tomfoolery is not a guy from Texas: Riffs and Rants in Post-Republican America.”
It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide and publically supported pro-Democracy protesters in China.
Turck hosted the popular segment “Revolution and Beer,” devoted to grassroots activism and craft beer with cohost and partner B.L. Murray on WCPT, Chicago’s Progressive Talk. In June they move the show to television. The podcasts can be found at http://www.revolutionandbeer.com.
Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, “Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol” received national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace.