Gun Rally in Andrews Had Message of Education, Peace
By: Justin Kree NewsWest 9
ANDREWS - Saturday was the first rally held by the organization "Come And Take It" since Wednesday's incident where a member was arrested for disorderly conduct, displaying a weapon in a matter that would insight fear.
On Wednesday, member Michael Keoughan claims he was walking down the street, planing a route for Saturday's rally when he was arrested.
"I was carrying a weapon exactly how I am today," Keoughan said.
Phone calls started coming into the police and the local middle school was put in lockdown. Keoughan said he was shocked when he was arrested.
"Everywhere I go, I have my black powder pistol on me and I have never had any altercations with citizens or police. The interactions have always been good. They were that day I was in Andrews, up until the time I was arrested," Keoughan said.
Even though the arrest was made earlier in the week, Saturday's rally was all about peace.
"Come and Take it" as an organization is education. We want to educate people about what our rights are," James Franklyn, West Texas Regional Director for "Come And Take It," said.
They know in order to educate the community, they must work with police.
"It's in our mission statement that we work hand-in-hand with law enforcement," Franklyn said.
There was an increase of police activity around the march route but even Police Chief Bud Jones expected the march to go smoothly.
"We don't anticipate any issues and certainly, we wouldn't allow anyone to disrupt their rally. We protect them as much as we would with anyone else," Jones said.
One thing is for sure, both police and "Come And take It" organizers had a peaceful, respectful day in Andrews.
"Come And Take It" has over 40 chapters across the state with rallies going on just about every weekend.