Former Afton resident plans 'Open Carry Tea Party' in Hudson
It's going to happen.
Gun rights activist and former Afton resident David E. Olson of Glenwood City has announced that an "Open Carry Tea Party" will be held the afternoon of Oct. 17, a Saturday, at Lakefront Park in Hudson, Wis.
The purpose of the event is for people to exercise their First Amendment rights to free speech and assembly and their Second Amendment rights to own and carry firearms, Olson said.
After holding an open carry event in Glenwood City on Aug. 23, Olson told other media outlets that he was planning a similar event for Hudson in mid-October.
A Web site with information about the Hudson event, www.donotinfringe.org, urges people to: "Come exercise your liberties affirmed by the 1st and 2nd Amendments. Stand against the path to socialism!"
The logo from President Barack Obama's election campaign is used as the O in socialism.
The Web site says "attendees are encouraged, but not required, to wear a holstered sidearm to exercise their God-given right to self defense."
The site also contains a list of confirmed speakers for the event, including Hudson Mayor Dean Knudson, Twin Cities talk radio host Sue Jeffers and seven others.
Olson said in the phone call that he had attempted to get former rock star Ted Nugent to speak in Hudson, but Nugent plans to be hunting at that time.
Olson also has invited all State Legislature representatives for western Wisconsin, gubernatorial candidate Scott Walker and Minnesota Congresswoman Michelle Bachmann to speak at the Oct. 17 event. It will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Lakefront Park band shell.
Education about Wisconsin's gun laws is also a purpose of the event, Olson said. He said he'll display large copies of Wisconsin's gun laws like he did at Glenwood City and a TEA (Taxed Enough Already) party in New Richmond.
Olson is a labor manager for a construction company. He grew up in Maplewood, Minn., and lived in Afton for 14 years before moving to Glenwood City, where he has resided for 14 years.