Democrats Plan to Pay Second Amendment Protesters Gets Shot Down
February 25, 2013  //  By:   //  Gun Control, New York, President Obama  //  27 Comments

A ‘Second Amendment Rally’ is being held in Albany this Thursday the 28th, and will feature National Rifle Association President David Keene, and various other speakers opposed to new gun legislation passed last month in New York state.

The Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement (SAFE) Act of 2013 currently hails as the single most restrictive assault on Second Amendment rights in the country, and was forced through the legislative process without public review – a tactic that even Governor Cuomo admits was the only way to enact the law.

As a counter to the massive Second Amendment support being demonstrated by New Yorkers, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) started to organize their own counter protest.  The SEIU has strong ties to Cuomo, Mayor Bloomberg and the state Democratic Party.

But they weren’t alone.  That effort garnered support from the Obama campaign arm, Organizing For America (OFA), which also made announcements regarding the counter protest.  Together, the SEIU and OFA, an organization who recently changed its mission statement to specifically say they will notbe involved in any way in …  partisan political activity“, announced they would pay protesters to take a trip to Albany to battle the evil NRA.  Payment would involve the cost of the bus trip, as well as free meals for breakfast and lunch.

Here is the SEIU announcement on their site:




Complete with a request for the last four digits of one’s Social Security number:





And here is a screen capture of the OFA announcement:



You’ll notice the use of the word ‘free’ twice during the announcement.  Bus fare and two free meals is nothing to sneeze at.

Roughly estimating, most reports of bus fares for those attending the original pro-gun rally (you know, those not being paid by the Democrats) have the rate at $25.  New York state per diem rates for breakfast and dinner with Albany as a destination amounts to $61.  Since lunches aren’t typically covered, we can only use that as an estimate – which gives us about $86 per individual attending this clearly partisan event.

While it is unclear who would be paying those expenses (my best guess would be that money would come out of union dues), both organizations appear to have decided that paying protesters, is in reality a pretty bad idea … for now anyway.

The SEIU on Sunday deactivated the sign up link, and OFA has also pulled their link.  Clicking on it now brings you to a page that reads, “The URL you clicked references an event that does not exist.”

Additionally, the 1199 SEIU of Central NY Facebook page has announced the counter rally will be “postponed”.

Feb 28th Rally in Support of Gov. Cuomo’s NY SAFE Act has been postponed… please stay tuned for details regarding the statewide action coming soon!

Fred Dicker at the New York Post considers this having averted a “potentially explosive confrontation”.

And Assemblyman Bill Nojay (R-Rochester) added, “Rent-a-mobs to provoke a confrontation cannot have a good ending.’’

For now, the rent-a-mobs and union thugs have backed down.  For now, the voices opposing New York’s Constitution-trampling new gun legislation will not be drowned out by paid union protesters on the 28th.  And that is a rare victory for both the Second and First Amendment here in New York.

About the Author :

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

27 Comments to “Democrats Plan to Pay Second Amendment Protesters Gets Shot Down”
  • Michael Marriam
    February 25, 2013 - Reply

    Goons with pipes, chains, and baseball bats against thousands of pro-2nd amendment CCW permit holders. Liberalism may be a mental disease but it seems they aren’t totally crazy.

  • Joshua O'Donnell
    February 25, 2013 - Reply

    No Trolls Allowed, not even at a real-life activist event

  • GrandMe
    February 25, 2013 - Reply

    Lots of info on the PRO-gun rally at this blog article:

    Transportation, parking info, etc. It looks like it will be a huge turnout!

  • For My Liberty
    February 25, 2013 - Reply

    Typical Union thugs….They are big and BAD when they can bully people…but when it gets down to the “nut cutting” they are just pansies…

  • Alohajonny
    February 25, 2013 - Reply

    it is going to get interesting when the GimeDats run out of other peoples money.

  • Arcangelo 'Cisco' Cocco
    February 25, 2013 - Reply

    Lovely. Nothing surprises me anymore.

  • bondmen
    February 25, 2013 - Reply

    Obama ever so badly wants to form his own Homeland Defense Force to carry out his dastardly deeds undoing America, remaking her in the image of Mao.

    • Rachael N. Jacobs
      February 25, 2013 - Reply

      More like in the image of the anti-Christ!

  • Michael Remmy
    February 25, 2013 - Reply

    Governor Cuomo is dividing the state and polarizing rural voters and citizens of New York. He has tried to imply that those opposed to the SAFE act are fringe elements or extremists. To the contrary, they are the people of New York State. Below are the New York State counties, towns and law enforcement agencies who have passed or are passing resolutions against the SAFE ACT:


    Allegany County, Association of Erie County Governments, Cattaraugus County, Cayuga County, Chemung County, Chenango County, Chautauqua County, Chemung County, Columbia County, Cortland County, Delaware County, Dutchess County, Erie County, Fulton County, Genesee County, Greene County, Hamilton County, Herkimer County, Jefferson County, Lewis County, Livingston County, Madison County, Monroe County, Montgomery County, Niagara County, Oneida County, Onondaga County, Ontario County, Orange County, Orleans County, Oswego County, Otsego County, Putnam County, NY Association of Counties, Rensselaer County, Rockland County, Saint Lawrence County, Schoharie County, Seneca County, Schuyler County, Steuben County, Tioga County, Ulster County, Warren County, Washington County, Wayne County, Wyoming County, Yates County


    City of Ogdensburg, Town of Cambridge, Town of Chester, Town of Colden, Town of Deerpark, Town of Harrisburg, Town of Hoosick, Town of Indian Lake , Town of Libson, Town of Linclaen, Town of Neversink, Town of Riga, Town of Saratoga, Town of Sempronius, Town of Shandaken, Town of Truxton, Town of Union Vale

    Law Enforcement

    Dutchess County Deputy Sheriffs PBA, Erie County Sheriff’s PBA, Greene County Sheriff, NY State Sheriffs’ Association, Saratoga County Sheriff’s Association, Schuyler County Sheriff, Steuben County Deputy Sheriff’s Association

  • Rachael N. Jacobs
    February 25, 2013 - Reply

    WOW! God heard my prayers and acted on them. Thank you, God Almighty for hearing and doing so much to protect law-abiding citizens from the evil within our own government.

  • ernestsuter
    February 25, 2013 - Reply

    Count me in. Signed up for and PAID (we don’t get a free ride, but when our rights are under attack it’s worth it) for a ticket on one of the many many buses heading up to Albany.

  • Dapandico
    February 26, 2013 - Reply

    Why do they need the last four numbers of the SSAN?

    • Rusty Weiss
      February 26, 2013 - Reply

      That’s a great question. Anyone have thoughts on this?

  • Max Ward
    February 26, 2013 - Reply

    How is “massive Second Amendment support being demonstrated by New Yorkers” visible in an event which has not yet occurred? Time travel?

    • Rusty Weiss
      February 26, 2013 - Reply

      I believe this would be the third such rally. The other two have already demonstrated the support.

    • Will Cor
      April 6, 2013 - Reply

      the pro-gun protests in new york this year have broken records for sheer turnout. it has been massive, it will be massive.

  • Elmar17
    February 26, 2013 - Reply

    Should have just used it as a way to get pro gun people to attend the rally while costing the opposition money. Always use the enemy’s resources against them whenever possible.

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