Common Sense Patriots rally draws Second Amendment supporters to Valpo

2013-03-23T18:30:00Z 2013-03-25T10:58:20Z Common Sense Patriots rally draws Second Amendment supporters to ValpoDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

VALPARAISO | The price of liberty is to be eternally vigilant, William Morgan told those gathered Saturday at a Second Amendment support rally.

"Servitude is the consequence if you're not vigilant," Morgan said. "The Second Amendment is the keystone to the Bill of Rights."

Morgan, who serves as a National Rifle Association election volunteer coordinator, was one of several speakers at the rally on the north side of the Porter County Courthouse.

Many in attendance carried their rifles or firearms, while others stood near the street holding brightly colored signs supporting the Second Amendment.

The event was sponsored by a newly formed organization called Common Sense Patriots, organizer Tricia Lahmann said.

Members of the Northwest Indiana-based group include those as far west as Illinois and as far east as Marshall County.

Speakers at the rally included radio personality Casey Hendrickson and several individuals who were asked to share their personal experiences.

One Union Mills man, who declined to provide his name, spoke of an incident in 1994 in which he was able to save the life of a young woman because he had been armed with a gun.

"I never heard the woman I saved ask me if I had a permit for my gun," the Union Mills man said.

He said he brandished but never shot his gun in four other instances, including one in which a robbery was averted.

"I didn't have to 'cap' anyone," he said.

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