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UPDATE: Marathon Bombing Postpones Permit for ‘Muster on the Battle Green'

A pro-Second Amendment rally was permitted for this Friday, April 19 at the Battle Green, but local officials have handed down a two-week moratorium on public events on the Green and Tower Park another 'signature' location in town.

In an emergency meeting, Lexington's Board of Selectmen this evening voted to issue a moratorium prohibiting the use of the Battle Green or Tower Park for events from April 17 to May 1.

The decision, delivered after 6 p.m. this evening, comes as officials and police simultaneously respond to yesterday's Boston Marathon bombings and looked ahead to a controversial pro-Second Amendment rally that was scheduled to take place here, on the Lexington Battle Green, this Friday, April 19.

Time and place were admittedly a consideration, officials said, as the date marks not only first day of armed conflict in the American Revolution, but also the anniverasry of more recent tragedies in Waco, Texas and Oklahoma City. However, officials said an equally relevant concern was the strain on resources the Lexington Police Department normally would have been able to count on as backup for a large assembly, including NEMLEC, the State Police and local police departments, all of which are currently channeling resources toward Boston.

POSTED EARLIER TODAY

A pro-Second Amendment rally meant to mark the ‘Shot heard ‘round the world’ may be impacted by the most recent blast heard ‘round the world.

Police in Lexington confirmed Tuesday that town officials are in conversations with organizers of the Gun Rights Across America: Massachusetts rally planned for this Friday, April 19 about how the Boston Marathon bombing will impact the event. Further, the Board of Selectmen—the permitting authority on rallies like this—have called an “emergency meeting” for 6 p.m. tonight, April 16, at the Town Office Building and items on the agenda include:

  1. Suspension of Permitted Activities on the Battle Green and Tower Park
  2. Moratorium on Future Permits for the Battle Green and Surrounding Public Areas and Tower Park

The Battle Green is the old town common in Lexington on which the first shots of the American Revolution were fired the morning of April 19, 1775, when local farmers took up arms against the British Regulars who were marching out to Concord. 

A re-enactment of this “Battle of Lexington” was held early Patriots’ Day morning, less than nine hours before two bombs detonated at the finish line of the .

Speaking with Patch on Tuesday, Lexington Police Capt. Manny Ferro said conversations among town officials and event organizers are ongoing.

“I think it’s certainly prudent for the town to take a look at that rally and discuss it further, and how it may impact out security issues,” Ferro said by phone. “Public safety is at the forefront of anything that we do. There will be discussions, and there have been discussions about how we’re going to approach this.”

Patch reached out to Gun Rights Across America for comment a few hours after the marathon bombing was first-reported on Monday and had not received a response as of 3:20 p.m. Tuesday.

A few statments had been made on the event's Facebook page, including this:

We send our best wishes and condolences to all the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing. To the coward(s) who perpetrated this heinous act, your day of judgement will come. We are the strong, the free, the determined. We are Americans, and you will never break us.

And this:

In leu of yesterday's tragedy, please don't let up on the pressure of calling our Senators and Representatives. They will not hesitate to try to sneak one by us when we're looking in the other direction.

Deb Mauger, chairwoman of Lexington's Board of Selectmen, did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment on Tuesday afternoon.

Eric Cifelli April 18, 2013 at 04:50 PM
Ah, wrong Aron Levy from Lexington then.
Patrick Ball (Editor) April 18, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Eric, You're way off topic here and violating our Terms of Use. Quit it with the personal attacks and bring the conversation back on topic. Aron, you too would do well to tone down the insults. -pb
Patrick Ball (Editor) April 18, 2013 at 05:29 PM
Meg, you're right, to an extent. I was away from the site for a while earlier and things got a little out of hand here. Which is a shame, because as you pointed out, most readers are not interested in these guys' bickering. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and insights on the Battle Green and public assembly. -pb
robert lee April 18, 2013 at 05:30 PM
Do you think the terrorists would attack a rally attended by gun owners Meg? I know a little about the subject of terrorism and terrorists strike "soft" targets. We are not a "soft" target.
Eric Cifelli April 18, 2013 at 05:36 PM
And why are we comparing out rights to India agian?
Jennifer April 18, 2013 at 06:19 PM
Not afraid - just working. Believe it or not, some of us have better things to do than argue on discussion boards all day. The answer is - you originally said the "keyboard kommados" were confusing a postponement with a cancellation. When challenged, you changed your argument. That's it.
PaulD April 18, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Meg, The Oklahoma City bombing was perpetrated on 4/19 because it was also the anniversary of the end of the Waco Siege (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waco_siege). It's only a coincidence that it happened on Patriot's Day (which I'm afraid most of the rest of the country doesn't know about). However, this rally was scheduled on 4/19 in Lexington center specifically because of its significance. I think the odds of a terrorist wishing to bomb a relatively small gathering in a MA suburb (regardless of its history), is exceedingly small compared to an event like the Boston Marathon. Finally, as was mentioned, India? Really? I've been there as well. Their record on freedom and human rights isn't much to envy.
Kevin 2A April 18, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Aron Levy, I'm one of the organizers of the April 19th, rally, and I don't know you from a hole in the wall. Thanks to the Board of Selectmen and to freedom hating people like you, my civil rights have been violated with out blinking an eye. So don't go around saying you know the organizers, because I don't know you, nor does my partner in this rally.
Aron Levy April 18, 2013 at 10:22 PM
When I said I know you, I meant I know WHO YOU ARE. Sorry for the misunderstanding. And I know what you and your ilk stand for. If you believe your civil rights have been violated, take the Town of Lexington to court. Your First Amendment also allows redress of grievances. I didn't make the decision. But I support the town in this one. (I'm sure you've got wealthy supporters in the immediate area. Why not hold your little 'muster' on their property? And you can rail about the EBIL LEXINGTON LIBRULS in addition to BARRY SOETORO, right? Get over yourself.)
Aron Levy April 18, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Make that misstatement. There was no misunderstanding on your part. I was unclear in my language.
Gunther April 18, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Lexington: The Birthplace, and Final Resting Place of Freedom. Lexington BoS, you should be ashamed of yourselves.
Tele Gram April 19, 2013 at 02:33 AM
What is imprudent about a peaceful rally espousing civil rights?
Tele Gram April 19, 2013 at 02:37 AM
Wait, is that a clue, Diana? Is this all a bag-job for the re-enactors, who don't want to share the stage? Aron, are you in this group too? It suddenly seems a little more clear if that is the case. Fear not, the rally's message is the same as the originals (not actors) who made Lexington a desirable place to live.
Tele Gram April 19, 2013 at 02:38 AM
I am curious about this also.
Tele Gram April 19, 2013 at 02:40 AM
You never did overcome the "prior restraint" argument.
Tele Gram April 19, 2013 at 02:41 AM
It may just be a jealousy thing with re-enactors who don't like to share, and have the ear of the Selectmen.
Jack Lo Cicero April 19, 2013 at 02:50 AM
BACK! Because "public land" is ours to gather in. Maybe I wanna play with my free's bee.
Aron Levy April 19, 2013 at 02:54 AM
You have a strange and admittedly entertaining theory of spelling.
Jack Lo Cicero April 19, 2013 at 03:03 AM
Meg, don't worry. Patric is doing a great job at maintaining civil order for this forum, despite the well thought out antagonisms. This particular argument will never bring forth a resolve, as for the way it was written, it caused a catch 22. Straight forward political manipulation.
Jack Lo Cicero April 19, 2013 at 03:24 AM
QUOTE "Aron Levy 6:22 pm on Thursday, April 18, 2013 When I said I know you, I meant I know WHO YOU ARE. Sorry for the misunderstanding. And I know what you and your ilk stand for. If you believe your civil rights have been violated, take the Town of Lexington to court. Your First Amendment also allows redress of grievances. I didn't make the decision. But I support the town in this one. (I'm sure you've got wealthy supporters in the immediate area. Why not hold your little 'muster' on their property? And you can rail about the EBIL LEXINGTON LIBRULS in addition to BARRY SOETORO, right? Get over yourself.)" END QUOTE Aron, you're so smart... Explain exactly what do you think would have happened on April 19, 1775, if local farmers took the British Monarch to court, instead of raising up weapons against the British Regulars IN SELF DEFENSE to protect their rightful land and loved ones?
Aron Levy April 19, 2013 at 03:29 AM
So are you going to fight an armed insurrection against the Selectmen over this? Good luck with that. I'll try and let you figure out every point that was wrong in your statement. Because there are a LOT.
Jack Lo Cicero April 19, 2013 at 03:50 AM
That is equal to a sucker punch IMO, like twisting my words around Aron? You won't play fair and for that you deserve a penalty. AGAIN! Sock puppet fascist pig! Stop kissing butt! Still striving for that intelligence position at the square office? Two time looser! We have Google now LOL. Who needs you?
Jack Lo Cicero April 19, 2013 at 04:05 AM
I will give you a dirty look and send you on your way if you try. My place of business is not yours for you to try and cause issues at. You can get into serious trouble that way Aron.
Jack Lo Cicero April 19, 2013 at 04:07 AM
and who is stalking whom here?
Aron Levy April 19, 2013 at 04:07 AM
So now you're attempting to cyber-stalk somebody who MAY OR MAY NOT be me? Thanks for admitting you can't debate me.
Jack Lo Cicero April 19, 2013 at 04:12 AM
you're too funny Aron. Just like a joke LOL. At least I am somebody. Yeah, you're welcome to come vist me since you now figured it all out. You're so smart ( ;
Aron Levy April 19, 2013 at 04:13 AM
Your information was readily available on your Patch page. You had to search for my name found someone you think might be me. You're stalking me. I simply looked at your account. Creep.
Aron Levy April 19, 2013 at 04:15 AM
In case you hadn't noticed, I removed the post the instant it went live as it was imprudent. I'm not going to sink to your level.
Jack Lo Cicero April 19, 2013 at 04:17 AM
get some help Aron.
Frugal Fannie April 21, 2013 at 01:55 PM
"A right delayed is a right denied." - Martin Luther King Jr.

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