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Hundreds gathered for armed march

A video of a soldier being arrested in March for rudely displaying a weapon sparked outrage among many Temple residents Saturday and hundreds came out for an armed march in support of the Second Amendment.

Dozens of police were also on hand to ensure the protest remained peaceful.

The Come and Take it Temple March hosted nearly a dozen speakers who took the stage to express their concern about how they believe police and government are impinging on their rights.

More than 200 supporters turned out carrying riffles, shot guns and semi- automatic weapons in response to what they say was the unlawful arrest of a soldier.

Army Master Sergeant Christopher J. Grisham was stopped and arrested March 16th while hiking with his son in Temple for carrying his semi- automatic gun.

He says, "I had my son record the arrest because it just became so egregious to me. It was wrong to begin with and I wanted people to see what was going on."

Since the video has been up, it has gotten thousands of views and comments from supporters. 

Co-Owner of and event organizer Murdoch Pizgatti says, "I've seen the stop and frisk videos in New York and heard about things like that but this was stop and frisk, it was disarm, handcuffed, it was the arrest and it was right down the road here in Texas. You know that shouldn't happen here, that is way to close to home. That was my line in the sand and I knew it had been crossed at that moment so I got up and did something."

Protestor Josh Toles says, "There's a lot of stuff that's going on and people think it's out of our control but it's not. We're the people, that's why the constitution was written for us."   

Grisham says the march sent a message to both Temple Police and the public.

"Not only is one man with a riffle or a weapon not any cause for alarm but hundreds of people with weapons are no cause for alarm. The reality is and the message that I think got through quite well to the Temple Police Department is that an armed society is a polite society and that a person with a gun isn't someone that you need to fear," said Grisham.        

Pizgatti says because the day was a success is now working to organize armed Second Amendment marches in cities across the country.

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