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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 8:20PM
In light of last weeks incident where a mother of two was literally backed into a corner in her home by an intruder with her 2 young sons at her side, GAD could not have come at a more perfect time!  This woman / mother in my opinion, is the Poster Child who represents the beliefs and thinking of the NRA.......responsible and legal ownership and use of a firearm.  If she had been at that elementary school in Connecticut the week before, perhaps all of those innocent children and teachers would still be alive?
Jan 10, 2013 8:19PM
I think if we are going to ban guns, then we should also ban eating utensils.  Obesity is a HUGE health problem which results in untimely deaths.   I for one know for sure spoons made me fat.... Yes I am blaming the spoon, just like those who blame the gun.
Jan 10, 2013 8:19PM
It is laughable how gun nuts what to make it look like Obama wants to take their guns away, the more they rant, the more they look like doomsday preppers in a hype of a paranoia driven panic attack, it is plain hillarious. Alex Jones foaming at the mouth in CNN was just clowinsh and became the posterboy of all gun crazy loonies: extremely paranoic, unwilling to listen, unwilling to dialogue and unwilling to hold an intelligent and composed interview . A gun ban has not even been mentioned. It is gun control, which does not mean to take you gun away or impose penalities if you have a gun... it means to create regulations that will not allow unqualified people to have access to guns and the banning of assault weapons and high capacity magazines, , which should  never be in the possesion of untrained, unprepared civilians such as Adam Lanza's mom...hello!!
Jan 10, 2013 8:19PM
O'Bama's attack on Legal Gun owners will backFIRE on him.  Any attempt by the O'Bama Administration to use "Executive Privilege" to pass or Ban ANY weapon will certainly put his Democratic Administration  counter to Supreme Court Decisions regarding Legal Gun Ownership. Once again O'Bama will be in violation of the U.S. Constitution and Federal Law, not that either are of a concern to this Socialist President. Biden made a statement concerning confiscation of Legally Owned Weapons and this would lead to an armed revolution against the White House. O'Bama is pushing for a Revolution in this country with his Class Warfare (divide and maybe conquer), more Weapon Restrictions and/or Confiscation of Legally owned Weapons (Biden's remarks) through the use of  an Executive Order, his disregard of the U.S. Constitution, his failure to allow for the Enforcement of Federal Laws (Immigration) and his ability to control the Mainstream Press.
Jan 10, 2013 8:19PM

If Guns are taken away from the lawful citizen then the outlaws will be the only ones with guns. All you hear about is the negative press about gun violence. Why don't we hear more about the shootings that were stopped by people carrying concealed weapons. Google it there are plenty. How many more people are killed by cars each year with a dunk or aggressive driver? When are we going to ban cars or limit who can own one? Where are the background checks when you purchase a car? Cars aren't even protected in the Constitution, yet we have less control and concern over these kiling machines. As far as the Gov't is concerned any weapons they may think I have are lost or been stolen. I may just go shooting one of those 'missing' guns on the 19th.

Jan 10, 2013 8:18PM
http://english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/28-12-2012/123335-americans_guns-0/ they learned the hard way under Stalin
Jan 10, 2013 8:18PM

How many shooting deaths are related to legal firearms and how many to illegal?

How many of you have lost a family member or close friend to gun violence?

How many assault style weapons are used to repel a home invader vs. pistols and shotguns?  and how many shots are fired (is a 30 round magazine necessary or ever used for self protection?  Rhetoric is counterproductive unless you are trying to promote an unsupportable agenda.  Stick with the facts and let the chips fall where they may.

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.
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