‘Rod of Iron’ firearm festival held in Greeley

‘Rod of Iron’ firearm festival held in Greeley

The Rod of Iron Freedom Festival was fraught with political rhetoric and imagery. GREELEY, PA — Guns, God and Trump. Thousands of Second Amendment supporters turned out for the second annual Rod of Iron Freedom Festival in Pike County this past weekend. The largest open-carry festival in the country, the event was centered on the celebration of gun ownership but underpinned by politics ahead of this year’s General Election. Dubbed “Pennsylvania’s version of Woodstock” on its website, the event looked more like a rally for Donald Trump than a music festival. The president’s likeness was everywhere: on clothing, on flags, on cardboard cutouts, on 30-foot high banners, and at least once as an inflatable head. Held behind the corporate headquarters of firearms manufacturer Kahr Arms, vendors set up booths across the grounds providing a variety of foods (from barbecue to sushi) and a variety of information (from the National Rifle Association to Preparedness Peace Survival Classes). Some attendees shot at “tyrant targets” with specialty Kahr guns at a 50-foot shooting range, while others took in educational seminars. Over Saturday and Sunday, the seminars covered a range of topics—several focused on Marxism and communism—others covered topics like “Understanding the Threat of Islam,” “The Leftist Attack on American Identity” and “What is Unique about America’s Founding Principles.” A “Second Amendment-themed” art gallery allowed gun enthusiasts to portray their passion for firearms and conservatism through various mediums. A slate of conservative personalities and religious pastors took the main stage over the weekend, […]

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