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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 8:07PM
I like what The Duke said in one of his WWII Films - Give EM Hell BOYS !
Jan 10, 2013 8:05PM

Deep in the dark hills of Appalachia you can appreciate your guns everyday but now is not the time to poke the liberals with a sharp stick. Responsible gun owners have owned guns down here for generations, so common they are not even an after thought. Now it is not the time to flaunt the things or make a big deal out of ownership. Yes they will have to burn these damn hills and sift the ashes to get mine but why participate in the over emotional slug fest that the media is feeding.

CNN during prime time was dead so they bring in an arrogant, pompous **** from England to inflame the conversation and pump their ratings up! Everybody else is 24/7 into the hand wringing...

Jan 10, 2013 8:05PM
The United States is constantly funding AND fighting with rebels in other countries to help overthrow local Governments that the "US" deems is evil.   Maybe we should rise up and have our own revolution here?    Do you think that our own troops, our own sons and daughters would fire on us???  If the American People were rise up in arms and throw all these socialist-leaning politicians out of office, we could start over and re-establish the Government how it was intended:  a Government FOR the people, BY the people....     NOT a government for the sake of government RULING the people, overtaxing us just so it can grow bigger.     I say we rally and rise up in arms, take back the United States of America for the people!
Jan 10, 2013 8:05PM
I grew up in a house full of guns, as my dad was an avid hunter and a bit of a gun collector. This was years ago as I am now 54. Many times I heard the phrase 'gun nut' growing up. It simple referred to some one that loved guns. It has taken on a complete new meaning today. I hope our country splits in two, one with guns and one without. I'll be on the gun-less side. The locked and loaded side will self destruct within a matter of years. You folks have gone completely over the cliff. You have no credibility whatsoever. You have no solutions other than more guns and more ammo. What a sad lot you are.
Jan 10, 2013 8:04PM

This holiday brought to you by gun and ammo dealers, keep the fear alive buy guns and bullets before they get you because you know they are coming and they are evil. oh by the the way how come no one will tell us who "they" are and what their agenda is. maybe because there is no "them".

Jan 10, 2013 8:04PM
Aw heck, just go outside the front door and fire a couple of rounds into the sky?  Share your appreciatino of guns with your neighbors.
Jan 10, 2013 8:03PM

Did anyone see the article on Foxnews.com about the ex-con who said he wishes the New York Times would have printed all the people with gun registations when he was a thief. He said he would know who didn't have a gun and who to rob and not rob. Thank you liberal media......you truly are idiots.

Jan 10, 2013 8:03PM
So, January 19th will be like any other day in the life of most gun owners.  Wonder how many ****s will appreciate their guns by shooting someone.  What a joke.
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