Off Duty Police Officer Carried an AR-15 at a Gun Control Rally

Martin Palla dressed in a deep red flannel pullover jacket and khakis with his AR-15 slung over his shoulder and his dog by his side…

(Salena Zito, Washington Examiner) GREENSBURG, Pa. — …Last month, Martin Palla, a police officer in Western Pennsylvania, learned this the hard way. Palla, who polices Rostraver Township, stood watching the “March for Our Lives” anti-gun rally in nearby Greensburg, dressed in a deep red flannel pullover jacket and khakis with his AR-15 slung over his shoulder and his dog by his side…

The department immediately launched an investigation, which was thorough…

In the spirit of Palla exercising his civil rights, a rally was held last Saturday in front of the same courthouse where the “March for Our Lives” protesters held their event last month.

A crowd just about equal in size attended the pro-Palla rally. The attendees were just as hopeful, just as passionate, just as patriotic as the “March for Our Lives” attendees.

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But there were a few differences. The “March for Our Lives” rally was run by Voice of Westmoreland (a liberal activist group) and the Westmoreland County Young Democrats. The rally for Palla was organized by Brett Seroka, who lives two counties away and has never met the officer. According to his Facebook page, he just felt deeply motivated to show support for the officer and the Second Amendment.

A more striking distinction between the rallies: Pretty much everyone at the Palla rally was carrying, which is completely legal in Pennsylvania, an open-carry state.

The final distinction: There was no national media coverage of the pro-gun event…

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