State Auditor Jim Zeigler will speak to the pro-gun rights group BamaCarry in Bessemer this weekend on the importance of proactive protection of the Second Amendment and personal liberties through gun ownership.
In an advance version of his remarks, Zeigler amends an apocryphal dictum of Thomas Jefferson by declaring, “The price of freedom is eternal, armed, and prepared vigilance.”
It is not enough to just support the Second Amendment in principle, says Zeigler. A defender of liberty must put that belief into action.
Or as Zeigler puts it: “Just sitting on the front porch watching is not enough. Unless you have a shotgun with you.”
Zeigler will deliver his address at BamaCarry’s “Alabama Firearms Freedom Rally,” set for Saturday at the Bessemer Civic Center. The group boasts about 12,500 gun-supporting members across Alabama.
In his speech Zeigler, who has held a unique ombudsman-like position in the state Cabinet since his election in 2010, plans to trumpet a recent move by leading gun manufacturer Remington to move operations to Alabama, and to declare that the best defense against crime is not the police or the state, but rather a well-armed and well-prepared citizenry.
The BamaCarry convention is set to run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are available to the public for $25.