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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho pens support for rights of armed citizens

Staff Writer | June 6, 2020 1:09 AM

A Friday afternoon letter signed by Mayor Steve Widmyer and the Coeur d’Alene City Council expressed support for the rights of armed citizens who have been patrolling downtown since Monday.

“It’s tough,” said Councilman Dan Gookin, “because the cops want to stay neutral. The cops want to do their job. We are the ones who take positions on this. But everyone’s been behaving marvelously. There’s been a lot of people downtown — I’m going to call them ‘militia,’ because I don’t know what else to call them. There’s been a lot of militia downtown, and they’ve been acting responsibly.”

Rumors of the left-wing anti-fascist protest movement Antifa coming to Coeur d’Alene drew hundreds of men and women with firearms to the downtown district in the past four days. They said they were there to protect businesses and the rights of Black Lives Matter protesters.

Protests over the death of George Floyd have swept cities across the country, sometimes leading to violence, property damage and looting.

Gookin said city officials have been getting emails over the past few days from citizens who are concerned about people openly carrying rifles and handguns on Sherman Avenue.

“I know there’s a lot of people who are uncomfortable and don’t feel safe,” Gookin said. “We’ll never know if the militia dissuaded outside agitators from coming here. But they behaved very well, and nothing happened to our town.”

Those calls of concern to City Hall led the council and Widmyer to collaborate and craft the message showing support for Coeur d’Alene Police Chief Lee White, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department and the armed response.

Councilwoman Kiki Miller said she was encouraged by the unified message.

“The entire council has confidence in our local law enforcement agencies to manage these situations,” she said.

The full text of the letter at CDA PRESS


Coeur d'Alene, Idaho pens support for rights of armed citizens





  1. If you are a 17 to 45 year old male who is not in the military or the National Guard or Naval Militia you are by law in the unorganized militia.
    If you are citizen you are in the citizen militia identified in the Second Amendment.
    Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution say the militia is for law enforcement.
    The Second Amendment says the militia is for the security of the state.
    One should be proud to be a member of this well regulated militia that is responsible for the security of the nation.

  2. I agree…this is the best news I have seen in a long time! Honor your Oath! Act with integrity! Spread the word. Educate your friends and neighbors. If you don’t know your rights, you will lose your rights. Stand tall and proud. Fly the American flag high. We protect and defend this great nation out of love for our god, family, and fellow man.

  3. To tag onto Mr Taber’s comments above my comments, US Code Title 18 Section 242 addresses deprivation of rights under color of law. This makes it a crime for a person acting under color of law to willfully deprive a person of a right or privilege protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States. Acts under ‘color of law’ include acts not only done by federal, state, or local officials within their lawful authority, but also acts done beyond the bounds of the officials lawful authority, if the acts are done while the official is purporting to or pretending to act in the performance of his/her official duties.

  4. I am watching from Kentucky, The Nation is watching, frankly the world is Watching. I am a member of Oathkeeper! I am a patriot; the patriots are behind you! We need to show a back bone, One nation under GOD.

    Be a vital part, be organize, be regulated, be seem, be heard and be ready. We are currently in what our forefathers and founders warned about and the very reason the constitution was written… the days when our freedoms would be challenged, well they are now threatened!

    “The constitution of our States assert that all power inherent in the people; that… it is their right and duty to be at all times armed.” Thomas Jefferson

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