The Alcorn County Patriots will welcome guest of honor Taylor West, a seven-year-old daughter of Alcorn County and survivor of a recent water moccasin bite.
Taylor, who lives near Hurricane Creek in Glen, was bitten on the ankle last month while playing in her yard.
After two days in Magnolia Regional Health Center, she was airlifted to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital in Memphis and placed in the intensive care unit. Two days later she was back home, where she continued her recovery.
At the event Taylor will be introduced to state legislators for photos and autographs, and treated to lunch by the event’s vendors.
Slated for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for Saturday on the grounds of the Alcorn County Courthouse, the event will be a day of speakers, door prizes, entertainment, food and crafts.
Bobby McDaniel, one of the event’s organizers, said the idea for the Second Amendment Firearm Freedom Day started when he created a post on Facebook saying it would be good to do something to thank the local legislators for their support of Mississippi House Bill 2, which further protects the rights to carrying firearms.
When event Jay Anthony saw the post and started organizing an event, a simple thanks turned into something much bigger.
“Jay Anthony jumped on it and it just blew up,” said McDaniel.
The event will go on as planned despite the current situation regarding the Hinds County circuit judge who has filed an injunction blocking the bill until a hearing on July 8 decides if the injunction will be extended.
Those attending the event will be allowed to carry firearms, as long as they are unloaded. McDaniel emphasized the importance of safety at the event.
“If you’re carrying a pistol, keep it in the holster. If you’re carrying a shotgun or a rifle, keep it strung over your shoulder, muzzle down,” he urged. “Don’t take it out to show it to somebody. One accident would ruin everything.”
McDaniel said he is expecting a large turnout for an event that will send a clear signal to state and national leaders.
“Not only are we thanking our legislators, we’re sending a message to the liberals in D.C. and that state capitals that we’re not going to put up with this.”