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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 7:43PM
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Did we elect the NRA to our Government?
Jan 10, 2013 7:42PM
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I almost wish Hitler would come back so all these hick whining that we are living in a new third Reich can really see how it is.
Jan 10, 2013 7:42PM
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Gun Appreciatation Day......what an embarrassment for this country. 

Jan 10, 2013 7:40PM
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"The protest is timed to coincide with Obama’s inauguration the following day, which is understandable politically but still unsettling."

What is "unsetteling" about it????    Stupid/ignorant....
Jan 10, 2013 7:39PM
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What does the N.R.A. have planned for the following day? Bullet Appreciation Day. What a bunch of wackos!! It would be funny if it wasn't so sad.
Jan 10, 2013 7:38PM
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This is the exact motivation I needed to go for a range day!!!  But one must conserve ammo...in case Tyrant Obama strips us of our rights and makes us peasants
Jan 10, 2013 7:38PM
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This country has been taken over by fairies, especially in the news media. I'm glad I'll be gone when someone like Cuba will be able to walk in and take this country without a fight. There won't be one person left with actual real balls to do anything but wave a rainbow handkerchief at them.
Jan 10, 2013 7:37PM
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