A crowd of thousands crammed the packed plaza in front of the New Hampshire Statehouse on Saturday, which probably holds the record for the largest gun rights rally ever assembled in the Live Free or Die state. The fifth annual rally of its kind, it has grown impressively from the first outing which drew only 75 to 100 people.
Nearly every attendee wore a cheap necklace of pearls, given out by organizers to show solidarity with the Women's Defense League, who sponsored the event. The WDL provides women opportunities to learn practical self-defense skills and defends Second Amendment rights.
Also commonplace in the crowd were pink knit caps with AR-15 logos embroidered onto them. These are symbolic of the now widely acknowledged principle that gun rights are women's rights and that women who carry are empowered and unafraid.
As far as anyone could tell, no counter-protest groups showed up. One person claimed to have seen a single, solitary protester standing on an opposing corner, but no actual groups of any kind were present. Apparently, Antifa won't show up to try to assault anyone in a Constitutional Carry state where most of the attendees are likely to be carrying a concealed firearm.
To give you a better idea of how big the crowd was, at least half of the attendees had already dispersed by the time the photo was taken, which was the last scheduled event of the day after everything else had wrapped up. Here's a brief video of that photo being taken:
Special thanks to Granite Grok for the video. Go check those guys out if you're from the area.