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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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486Comments
Jan 10, 2013 8:35PM
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Bernie, taking away all high powered semis and all  capacity magazines is the right thing to do and the idea is gaining momentum, just like the civil rights or the anti Viet Nam war movements. Nobody is going to take away your gun or hunting rifle. If you claim you need the assault weapon for defense against tyranny, I got news for you. The South tried it and lost. We the people will crush these right wing militias if they ever dare attack law enforcement or the soldiers that protect all citizens, including you and that crazy Jones . Would  you believe he claims to have 50 guns? That's some serious imbalanced mind at work
Jan 10, 2013 8:35PM
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.....and I took the "Sacred Oath" numerous times during my military career with my right hand raised as I repeated these words, ....."against all enemies both foreign and domestic...."  .

 

I now say, "SO HELP ME GOD!"

Jan 10, 2013 8:35PM
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Second Amendment clearly states right to bear arms, so I want an automatic and I want to be able to bear it at the local shopping mall.  Is that OK?  Would you feel safe with your kids if that was the case?   Have you ever been to Isreal where everyone has a gone, I have and It is very unsettling....   Guns do not kill, bullets kill, guns are just the means of delivery, so, eliminate the means of delivery
Jan 10, 2013 8:35PM
Jan 10, 2013 8:34PM
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In the USA, a nation different from any other in the history of man, to attempt to incrementally or wholly disarm its citizenry would assuredly result in bloodshed and loss of life.  It is therefore EVIL to will, advocate or participate in such a concept.  

Jan 10, 2013 8:34PM
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The rifle ban that has already been proven not to work and was complete failure and expired in 2004,is again the main focus of the liberals...Instead of doing something that would really work like to implement a security program in our schools that even Clinton proposed is the 1990's and then by the NRA in 2007 and 2012 the liberals are narrowly only focusing on gun bans.   All the weapon bans would do is take away even more of the rights  from law abiding citizens and would  prevent nothing...These bans are for liberal ideology only.. and the clueless who know nothing about guns or the real truth and facts are the one's who are the most vocal about gun control...I fully support the Gun Appreciation day and the people who think it's controversial are mostly the uninformed anti gun liberals. 
Jan 10, 2013 8:34PM
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Thanks for this head up now I know where to shop on Saturday!

Need to upgrade my Arsenal anyway!

Jan 10, 2013 8:32PM
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Yep, the constitution is outdated. it's too old.  There's some real intelligence.
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