WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Kokesh Receives Two Years Probation For Brandishing Shotgun In D.C. Plaza

Adam Kokesh faces over seven years in prison for brandishing a shotgun in D.C.'s Freedom Plaza.
YouTube
Adam Kokesh faces over seven years in prison for brandishing a shotgun in D.C.'s Freedom Plaza.

Adam Kokesh, the libertarian activist who brandished a shotgun in D.C.'s Freedom Plaza last July as part of a protest against gun restrictions, was sentenced today to two years probation for violating the city's strict gun laws.

Kokesh, who videotaped the one-man protest, pleaded guilty to the offense in November after over three months in custody, and faced over seven years in prison.

Standing outside the D.C. courthouse this morning, Kokesh says that he was forced into pleading guilty. "In a way I was backed into a corner, it was a difficult situation. It was not my desire for how this case would come out, but at the time it really was my only option."

Kokesh maintains that the protest was worth it.

"I believe self-defense is a civil right, and we need to stand up for our rights especially in America today when we see so many people suffering as a result of not standing up," he says. "Every time we stand up for what we believe I think it's worth it. We've reached millions of people with our message of self-defense being a civil right."

NPR

Barbershop: UofL Basketball Ban, Football Concussions And The NFL Women's Summit

ESPN contributor Kevin Blackistone, Bloomberg View's Kavitha Davidson and The Washington Post's Wesley Lowery talk about the UofL basketball team, public opinion of the NFL, and women in sports.
NPR

After Introducing Changes, Keurig Sales Continue To Fall

Despite America's high coffee consumption, Keurig reported disappointing sales this week. Even during its popular holiday selling period, the numbers haven't perked up in recent years.
NPR

On The Clock: Rubio Gets The Most Talking Time In Tonight's Debate

It was the last debate before the New Hampshire primary and Donald Trump was back onstage. Which GOP candidate ended up with the most talking time?
NPR

How Limited Internet Access Can Subtract From Kids' Education

Smartphones are often credited with helping bridge the "digital divide" between people who do and don't have Internet access at home. But is mobile Internet enough for a family with a kid in school?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.