2A Community Gives Back At Florida's 2A Freedom Fest

Courtesy 2A Freedom Fest

This past weekend, I wasn't in town. I headed down from my domain in southwest Georgia and ventured into the terrifying realm of the Florida Man.

I went to the 2A Freedom Fest in Summerfield, Florida.


Put on by my friend Kevin Sona, it's an opportunity for gun rights activists from all over the nation to meet Florida activists and to share thoughts and ideas. The right to keep and bear arms is always in peril and we need to do what we can to protect it.

But there are also a lot of people who have a different kind of peril. I've been dirt poor before and I pray I'm never there again. 

What does that have to do with the event?

Well, Kevin decided to do something a little different. In conjunction with the event, there was a raffle. A number of people donated various products for the raffle and those who donate canned goods as part of a food drive got extra tickets for the raffle and the food went to the Dunnellon Community Church's food bank.

The question, of course, is, "Did it work?"

Well, I'd say so.

With probably 150 people there, all told, Sona reported they got 300 servings of food. "They collected 9 large boxes of food that will provide over 300 servings to families in need. That's an amazing accomplishment by everyone that attended," Sona noted.

That's pretty good, and Sona is as moved as anyone. "I literally want to cry and I can't thank the 2A Community Enough," he said, adding, "I'm saying now I will never organize another event that we're not helping to provide for people's needs!"

Sona says he won't organize another event without something like this, and he organizes a lot of events down in the land of oranges and alligators, so that's saying something.


But frankly, it needs to be more than just him.

This needs to be a fixture at every Second Amendment event we can possibly put something like this in. Maybe not a food drive, but some way to help others outside of defending their right to keep and bear arms.

All rights come with responsibilities, but so does just existing. Those of us who can should step up and offer what help we can to those who are less fortunate simply because it's the right thing to do. Private charities are far less likely to allow themselves to be taken advantage of than the government, for one thing, so putting efforts there likely will do more to help the people who really need it.

The fact that it's also likely undermine the argument that we're just too selfish to give up our guns as well. We're clearly not selfish, we just don't agree that gun control is a good idea.

Yet even if you ignore that, it's still a good thing to do.

Folks, I've been completely destitute in the past, and you have no idea how much it means to someone struggling to get just a little bit of help. Let's make this the norm in the Second Amendment community. Let's give back and make it really clear that we're here for those who need our help, both in protecting themselves and in just putting food on the table.

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