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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 10, 2013 9:41PM
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What's next, bone your cousin day. Yahoo, we're gonna get together, shoots some guns and bone our cousin. Is this a Kentucky holiday or can anyone join?

Jan 10, 2013 9:41PM
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The President should have to live with the same laws he wants to impose on the American people.  If these assault rifles and large clips are not effective in protecting your personal safety, then the Secret Service should be limited to the same laws.  Just pistols with 10 shot clips and no fully automatic or semi automatic assault weapons. 

Jan 10, 2013 9:40PM
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The best news gun advocates have had lately is that an shot an intruder five times in the face.

Leave it to MSN to of course put there agenda before reality by making this sound like it's a bad thing.  This should read, "The best news gun advocates have had in the media lately is that an Atlanta mom shot a intruder BEFOR HE COULD HARM HER AND HER 2 CHILDREN"  But alas MSN has to try to put the mother in a negative light because it does not further their agenda
Jan 10, 2013 9:40PM
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Can it be so bad in this country where the president is going to attempt to dictate policy through an executive order to undermine our constitutional rights? First, the 2nd amendment, what's next-free speech? These are very scary times, indeed.
Jan 10, 2013 9:39PM
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Favored by target shooters in competitions and by hunters who stalk small game and sometimes deer, its customizable features — stocks, grips, sights, barrel lengths — are endlessly discussed in online forums. It ranks high among the firearms bought for self-defense.

But the AR-15 style rifle — the most popular rifle in America, according to gun dealers — was also the weapon of choice for Adam Lanza, who the police said used one made by Bushmaster on Friday to in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., in a massacre that has horrified the nation

Jan 10, 2013 9:36PM
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You want to do something to stop this, quit keeping the ten commandments and prayer out of the schools.
Jan 10, 2013 9:36PM
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I read somewhere that there's a town in GA which forces people to own a gun. THAT, NRA ****ers, is tyranny
Jan 10, 2013 9:34PM
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I don't trust any of them, and they are playing some real serious games. They are armed really  well and i'm sure we bought them only the best weapons our money could buy!
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