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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 10:02PM
MSN, you just don't get it. Why would it be good news that a man was shot in the face? The good news is that an intruder was stopped from committing mayhem.
Jan 10, 2013 10:00PM

The problem with this approach is you will still have the fear mongoring media reporting. Now I understand showing up in force armed might have someone invoke marshall law or arrest under the Patriot act. The organizers may support compromise, yet the media will pick and choose what is presented. They have done so in the past and will do so again. I will support gun rights, I will not support control unless it is done with equality. Every person in the United States must take psychological examinations as at some point in their life they maybe in possession of a weapon.   

Jan 10, 2013 10:00PM
Cuomo has recently put weapon confiscation on the table.
Jan 10, 2013 9:57PM

Did you lefties know that most homesides in the nation are caused by baseball bats? Yes baseball bats, how about we  shorten them to lets say 6 inches. That should save some lives right? Oh what about those automobliles they are killing thousands. Lets reduce the size to one person each and 15 mph that will save lives right?


Is there any intelligent life on the left wing dummycrat side of this nation?

Jan 10, 2013 9:57PM
Leave it to paranoid (not to mention, classy) Tea Party conservatives to plan the FIRST EVER gun APPRECIATION day in the wake of one of our nations greatest tragedies. Children were needlessly murdered by a sick man carrying a military-grade assault riffle. Clearly, we have 2 problems needing addressed: How we care for our mentally ill and the types of guns we should be able to purchase. Obviously, nobody is going to try to take away handguns used for personal protection or rifles from hunters. All of this psycho-babble about liberals and Obama... What part of people not needing military style weapons in order to function in life is so hard to grasp? Stop being so paranoid and try rationalizing with a little common sense.
Jan 10, 2013 9:57PM
Let's suppose we sprinkle some magic fairy dust on the reality of this world (we'll call that dust Gun Control...Gun Bans) and pretend that it can remove the Gun from gun violence..guess what's left......VIOLENCE....THAT"S WHAT THE STATISTICS SHOW IN COUNTRIES THAT HAVE THE MOST STRICT GUN LAWS.......do they have lower "gun" violence.....sure....do they have lower crime rates or attacks on people..hekk no.....

GET A CLUE people.....there are crazy people out there that are going to do bad things....hold them accountable whenever you can don't infringe upon the liberties of the majority (hopefully including yourself). 

Jan 10, 2013 9:56PM

Obama, Biden, Feinstein and all you gun grabbers can suck it!

Jan 10, 2013 9:56PM
? for all of you that don't like guns and gun owners. What are you going to do when your the victim or your kids or any loved one. Ask yourself that ? because when you cant protect yourself that's all you are a VICTIM.
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