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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 7:48PM
ok msnbc, we get it. you hate Americans.
Jan 10, 2013 7:48PM
typical biased msnbc story about firearms control. i dare msnbc to publish a story about a legal law abiding firearms owner who saved his or her life or others for every story they hype up about what they call ''GUN CRIME''. never will happen in their little hoplophobic world.the liberal media is hell bent on disarming law abiding citizens who legally excercise their 2nd ammendment rights.their should be a 2nd ammendment fairness doctrine.
Jan 10, 2013 7:46PM

The faster you are unarmed and your rights are taken away the faster we will be ruled by dictators and those who dont want you to be able to resist.


Biden is making a name for himself to try and run for President in the future.


All Secret Service personnel should not be armed in order to make Biden's and Obama's intentions real and more sincere.


If the citizens have to turn in weapons so does the government, if we are under a true democracy and with rights

Jan 10, 2013 7:45PM
Freedom is "paper or plastic" in the U.S.
American cowboys, time to give up the guns. Revolutionary War is long over and the government can swat you down like a fly if you give it reason. Your weapons are useless except for crimes of passion, accidental shootings or suicides and just plain macho-ness.
The majority feels that guns need stronger regulations - majority will win. Japan has the toughest gun laws and the lowest rate of death by guns in the world.

Jan 10, 2013 7:44PM
Gun appreciation day?  Really?

I am going to start a dagger appreciation day....no, wait!  A house alarm appreciation day....a barb wire appreciation day!

Jan 10, 2013 7:43PM
"New York Governor Andrew Cuomo roared that we must “End the madness now!”

I agree andy, commit yourself......
Jan 10, 2013 7:43PM
Did we elect the NRA to our Government?
Jan 10, 2013 7:42PM
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.
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