Gun Groups Are Asking You to Support u2018Gun Appreciation Day' on Jan. 19

by S.H. Blannelberry

As pro-gun control forces in and around Washington begin to mobilize their base to support various bills that will severely restrict the rights of law-abiding gun owners, a broad coalition of organizations including the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms are fighting back.

With the launch of the first national u2018Gun Appreciation Day' on Jan. 19, a grass roots effort designed to protest the draconian gun laws being discussed in Washington (u2018assault weapons ban,' national handgun registry, ban on online ammo sales and high-capacity magazines, among others), organizers are hoping to show the White House that the American people will not sit by idly as the government attempts to radically alter the Second Amendment.

u201CWe need to ban politicians who assault our rights,u201D said Alan Gottlieb, the SAF's executive vice president, in a press release, u201Cnot firearms that are used thousands of times a day to protect lives and property from criminal attack.u201D

u201CThe Obama administration has shown that it is more than willing to trample the Constitution to impose its dictates upon the American people,u201D added Gun Appreciation Day chairman Larry Ward, president of Political Media, Inc. u201CIf the American people don't fight back now, Obama will do the Second Amendment what he has already done to the First with Obamacare – gut it without a moment's thought to our basic constitutional rights.u201D

Gun Appreciation Day is on Jan. 19, exactly two days before President Obama is sworn in for his second term on Jan. 21. Organizers said this was intentional, the close proximity to Obama's inauguration provides for maximum visibility.

u201CWe want the president and his allies on Capitol Hill to understand their new push will result in a shove back from the people,u201D Gottlieb exclaimed. u201CMillions of law-abiding firearms owners are not about to be penalized for the unconscionable act of a madman. We will not all be judged by the conduct of a single crazy person.u201D

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