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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 9:26PM
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Go GAD.  If the camel pokes his nose in the tent, WATCH OUT!  Once the government starts taking away your rights little by little, someday you'll wake up and you won't have any at all. 
Jan 10, 2013 9:26PM
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Only the gubmint knows what is best for you.  We need fewer and fewer guns and more and bigger government with more and more free money and higher taxes on the evil rich.  The gubmint can fix everything.  There is no need for anyone to do anything.  All hail, gubmint.
Jan 10, 2013 9:26PM
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I've carried concealed for almost 30 years; my gun has been unholstered 3 times but it has never been displayed or fired in a carry situation, including some very bad situations.

Many states allow gun owners to display their holstered, unconcealed firearms without permits. Maybe there should be a "Wear your gun around town" day...or maybe that should be a week or a month.

Jan 10, 2013 9:25PM
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there is no such thing as "gun violence". mine have never moved at all on their own.
Jan 10, 2013 9:25PM
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I've carried concealed for almost 30 years; my gun has been unholstered 3 times but it has never been displayed or fired in a carry situation, including some very bad situations.

 

Many states allow gun owners to display their holstered, unconcealed firearms without permits. Maybe there should be a "Wear your gun around town" day...or maybe that should be a week or a month. 

Jan 10, 2013 9:25PM
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The thing is, crimanals don't play by the rules and obay the law. If they did they wouldn't be shooting folks. Gun control only punishes the lawfull folks, not the crooks. It will not stop crime in any way.
Jan 10, 2013 9:24PM
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Biden is an idiot and a liar.
A huge percentage of people are against gun control on both sides of the political spectrum in this country.
This attempting to write opinion instead of reporting it as it is found is dishonest.
Dishonesty is the main tool of this "administration".
Biden, what a joke.
Jan 10, 2013 9:24PM
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Ask the police how they like the public armed with machine guns!
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