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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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Jan 10, 2013 8:18PM
Gun appreciation day? I won't be participating, because this is f*cking retarded. I have better things to do.
Jan 10, 2013 8:18PM

This must be why GE sold off NBC just before the O'Bamo campaign...it's the agenda of the energy/windmill/war industry to force our tax money to their coffers and to send to hell those who oppose.

They figure they don't want their logo associated with O'Blamo even though Immelt (the CEO) is in O'Blamo administration...sshhhh:)  Boycott?

Jan 10, 2013 8:18PM
Jan 10, 2013 8:18PM
Im going target shooting with my MAK-90 that day
Jan 10, 2013 8:18PM
I am an independent voter that owns a shot gun and a rifle, I am a member of the NRA but we need some common sense here.  Who needs assault rifles????? The answer is no one.  There should be laws against the ownership of that type of fire arm.  There should also be laws on the books about being responsible and keeping your fire arms out of the reach of children and locked up.    There is no doubt that criminals will always find a way to own any type of gun they want but at least we would be keeping the guns away from the whacko's of the world.   
Jan 10, 2013 8:17PM
Don't go, They're gonna get us all in one place and blow us the hell up...
Jan 10, 2013 8:17PM
Does anyone really believe you can keep the government in check by being armed? You can't even hide in the dark anymore.
Jan 10, 2013 8:16PM
Wonder where on MSNBC can a guy find the story about mom shooting an intruder. In the midst of all the doom and gloom, sounds like a pretty uplifting story...
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