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Amid controversy, Gun Appreciation Day set for Jan. 19

A conservative coalition rallies support as clouds gather.

By Rich_Maloof Jan 10, 2013 6:42PM
“Americans love their guns and their Second Amendment right to bear arms. On Jan. 19, 2013, gun owners and tea party activists across the country will demonstrate their passions…Chick-fil-A style!”

So reads the flyer from a conservative coalition calling for the first national Gun Appreciation Day. Activists are urged to demonstrate their support for gun ownership next Saturday by “turning out en masse at gun stores, ranges, and shows from coast to coast.”

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In the online banner for GAD, a handgun stands in for the “r” in Appreciation, just like the logo for the mafioso series The Sopranos (Bing: See the logo).

Early commenters on the GAD site have said that the demonstrations would be better held at state capitals and in D.C. than in gun shops and ranges, where pro-gun advocates would be preaching to the choir. But the coalition is hoping to induce the same kind of turnout and media coverage as there was for Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day.

The protest is timed to coincide with Obama’s inauguration the following day, which is understandable, politically, but still unsettling. Gun Appreciation Day is also scheduled within 48 hours of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

But the coalition, sponsored by more than 50 organizations (including the Committee to Draft Judge Andrew Napolitano, Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership, and Women Warriors PAC), is pressed to gather support while forces are rallying against their causes.

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In a second day of meetings to prevent gun violence, Vice President Joe Biden meets today with the NRA and other groups. Biden told reporters, “I want to make it clear that we are not going to get caught up in the notion that unless we can do everything, we are going to do nothing.”

In a speech yesterday exclaiming that his state should lead the nation in curbing gun violence, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo roared that we must “End the madness now!”

To provide added backdrop that conservatives don’t need right now, a judge is deciding whether James Holmes is fit to stand trial for the shootings in Aurora, Colo. The best news gun advocates have had lately is that an Atlanta mom shot an intruder five times in the face.

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491Comments
Jan 17, 2013 11:25AM
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To Bood550: It would be easy to strap two of these shot guns on each side of your body, that would bee 4 shotguns, a person could hold one more by hand, thats 5 shot guns.  Do the math under those coditions. When on is empty just drop it and grab another one..
Jan 12, 2013 6:23PM
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The purpose of the constitution is to limit the power of the Federal Government, not the American People.

Jan 11, 2013 9:02PM
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I'm not anti-gun.  I think everyone has the right to own a gun in their home, car, or business--it's smart to have them there.  Gun collecting & use for target practice is good.  It's the fearful thinking that's the problem--that any restraint means every restraint--and the bizarre advocacy of weapons of mass destruction like in the Conn. shootings.  You don't need this in your home or anywhere else.  The biggest fear you should have from other people is when you get in your car:  People run red lights, drive drunk, and so on, killing hundreds times more people every year than people who go postal with automatic weapons.  You should be rational in your fear, think for yourself, and stop listening to the fearmongering from the "leadership" of the NRA.
Jan 11, 2013 7:56PM
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Thank God I had a gun as two intruders tried to break into my house on Tuesday night. I didn't need to use it, but the sight of a .45 had them running.
Jan 11, 2013 12:14AM
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NRA Statement 3:51 pm     We were disappointed with how little this (today's') meeting had to do with keeping our children safe and how much it had to do with an agenda to attack the Second Amendment. While claiming that no policy proposals would be “prejudged,” this Task Force spent most of its time on proposed restrictions on lawful firearms owners - honest, taxpaying, hardworking Americans. 
Jan 11, 2013 12:07AM
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get that black man out of  office   rush the whit house and   tar feather him
Jan 11, 2013 12:03AM
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What we should be freaking out about is an executive branch constantly trying to maneuver around the people’s house and congress’s maneuvering around the will of the people! All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others. 

A proclamation by the pigs who control the government in Animal Farm, by George Orwell .  The hypocrisy of governments that proclaim that an absolute equality of their citizens but give power and privilege to a small elite. 

Jan 10, 2013 11:37PM
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You are not allowed to have loaded guns in gun shows.  How ironic is that?
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