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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 8:51PM
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Amid controversy..........think of another beginning will you please liberal-**** MSN.

Jan 10, 2013 8:50PM

Can someone forward this to Dianne Feinstein, please. I tried to send it to her official email address, but it would not let me because of my zip code. It says to put it in and I do, still won't go through. Here is the email I tried to send.



Dear Ms Feinstein,

I am very concerned about your gun ban. I have voted for you in the past, however, I am confident I will not make that mistake again. You take away our right to own guns and the only ones to get hurt are the citizens who own guns legally. Criminals will continue to get guns illegally and continue to hurt our citizens. How many of the tragedies in recent years were committed by lawful legal gun owners? Not many. Please open your eyes and realize more bans are not the solution. People who commit those crimes are not sane people to begin with. Here is a novel idea that could work. Get these people help and off the streets. I really hope you do the right thing because I really don't relish the idea of voting for Republicans. Katherine Medina

Jan 10, 2013 8:50PM

Tainted journalism "The protest is timed to coincide with Obama’s inauguration the following day, which is understandable, politically, but still unsettling"? That is an opinion of the writer, and definitely an "anti gun". Yellow journalism brought to you by Rich Maloof.


These idiots are trying to punish via a "Whipping boy" those who didn't have anything to do with this mess. It was a mentally ill person, not you or I. When we base our laws for the sane on the actions of the insane, that in it's self is insanity.

Jan 10, 2013 8:50PM
Well, reading this board it's easy to see why America is #1 (by a long shot) in gun-related deaths and violent crime among industrialized nations. But then, many of the people on here probably regard that statistic with pride, since fetishization of the Second Amendment and the "Founding Fathers" seems to trump common sense.
Jan 10, 2013 8:49PM
Since the Founding Fathers couldn't see beyond 1800 we should immediately ground all aircraft, park all cars, disconnect all electricity  and completely remove everything they did not see fit to protect.  If we are going to live by the rules of 1776 let's DO it!  AND, eliminate all guns using technology NOT available in 1776.  So all those who think it takes balls to use a gun....now it WILL!  And powder and flint.
Jan 10, 2013 8:49PM
Okay.  This will "backfire" in their faces.  We'll see how many accidental deaths there are because some idiots who haven't taken their guns out in years will want to celebrate.
Ugh.  Gun lovers think they are the only ones entitled to opinions and rights in this country.  The imbalance is overwhelming and disgusting.
Jan 10, 2013 8:48PM

To carry a gun in public on must have the mentality to use it. Most gun owners would agree with this statement. One could also state that with that mentality someone is going to get a bullet.

I would not like to be in the cross fire of four or five jumpy scared teachers, or even one with a handgun. I can see owning a handgun for home protection and would not advocate taking them away. Fact of the matter is people don't store them properly or have ever even attended a gun safety class.FFL registration law are way to lose if you don't have to fill one out at a gun show. There should be penalties if you gun is used in a crime or you did not properly document a sale. I can see owning a hunting rifle and would raise holy hell if someone said they were going to take it away. But to state that an AR or an AK is a hunting rifle is a stretch. A big one. If you need thirty rounds to bag your deer, maybe some more time at the range should be in your future. I love my guns. I also love my kids. I would gladly keep my 338 and give up my AR if I knew my kid was safe at school or the movies. Thing need to change. Lets all try to change things for the better..

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