For the second summer in a row, Robert Benedict is hosting a celebration of the Second Amendment on Saturday on the Town Square.
“It’s not a protest, it’s not a demonstration, it’s not a rally, it’s not anything like that,” Benedict said. “It is purely a celebration.”
He invites anyone to join him at the gathering from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Broadway and Cache. Benedict, a British citizen, said he comes from a country where “freedoms have been eroded,” instilling in him appreciation for America’s Bill of Rights.
“It’s really to show that this community here in Jackson Hole loves America and supports the rights that we hold so dearly,” he said.
Visitors to Town Square should expect some handheld signs with messages like, “A gun in the hand is better than a cop on the phone,” free slices of “freedom cake” decorated with an American flag, and, yes, probably some guns.
Last year, Benedict said, 15 or so people hung out at the gathering in its entirety, but it was buzzing the whole time with people stopping by, asking questions and eating cake. He said the reception was “very positive.”
“We had people just stopping by and thanking us for what we’re doing and recognizing those freedoms we have in America,” Benedict said.
The event’s rules on JH2A.com ask attendees to avoid impeding road and foot traffic, to throw away their trash and to only conceal- or open-carry guns legally.