Fired up Fourth
Weapons worn openly by gun advocates
WESTCLIFFE — Thursday's Fourth of July parade drew its largest crowd for any parade in recent memory as a contingent of weapon-packing Southern Colorado Patriots marched to show support for Second Amendment rights.
"There were more spectators than I have ever seen at a parade here and that's been a lot of parades," said Fred Jobe, Custer County sheriff. "It was a lot of good support and just a fun time.
"There were no problems and I didn't expect any," Jobe said after marching with the Southern Colorado Patriots Tea Party members and fellow Sheriffs James Beicker of Fremont County and Jim Faull of Prowers County.
The parade almost was canceled this year after some residents signed a petition asking that gun carriers be prohibited from marching with weapons. The Custer County Chamber canceled the parade but a few days later the town of Westcliffe agreed to sponsor the event giving a strict guideline of no-loaded weapons.