Gun Owners Expected to Rally for 'Gun Appreciation Day'

"On 01/19/13 go to your local gun store, gun range or gun show with your Constitution, American flags and your 'Hands Off My Guns' sign to send a loud and clear message to Congress and President Barack Obama," says coalition website.

A conservative group is hoping that tens of thousands turn out to show their support for gun ownership with their pocketbooks and picket signs the day before President Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term.

The group, a coalition brought together for the event, declared Jan. 19 "Gun Appreciation Day." The hope is Americans nationwide will show their support for gun ownership by turning out en masse at gun stores, ranges and shows from coast to coast.

“The Obama administration has shown that it is more than willing to trample the Constitution to impose its dictates upon the American people,” said Gun Appreciation Day chairman Larry Ward in a press release. 

The day comes as the gun control debate becomes more divisive. This past week, two PA lawmakers released statements about sponsoring legislation that would allow teachers to carry guns in schools, in response to December's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.

In the past year, several high-profile mass shootings -- including one in a Colorado movie theater and one at a Wisconsin Sikh Temple -- sparked the gun control debate. According to a New York Times article, Obama called for Vice President Joe Biden to head a gun control task force. 

The "Appreciation Day" is modeled after this past summer's " the answer to a boycott of the fast food chain after CEO Dan Cathy declared his support of what he termed "traditional marriage." According to ABC News, Chick-Fil-A posted record-setting sales during the "Appreciation Day."

Gun Appreciation Day is scheduled the day before Obama's second inauguration. 

The planned event currently includes the following coalition members:

  • Second Amendment Foundation
  • Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
  • Special Operations Speaks
  • Revolution PAC
  • Citizens and Country
  • Social Security Institute
  • Committee to Draft Judge Andrew Napolitano
  • Conservative Action Alerts
  • Women Warriors PAC
  • Conservative Action Fund
  • Political Media, Inc.
Tom Bates January 11, 2013 at 02:53 PM
$5 says you're a gay, muslim, crack dealer.
George January 11, 2013 at 03:43 PM
John Q. - You are arguing with mentally restricted individuals. Their limited intelligence renders them incapable of comprehending the concept. What else could explain Obama's reelection? Unfortunately, 49% of us have the government that the other 51 justly deserves.
Voluntaryist January 11, 2013 at 03:53 PM
Dear foolish Republicans: if you thought Romney would bring change, you were just as fooled as the Democrats. The system as a whole is a complete...a charade. Time to wake up folks, and join the Liberty Movement: http://www.politicalforum.com/political-opinions-beliefs/271811-50-major-similarities-between-obama-romney.html
Tom Bates January 11, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Wow, that was one of the more thorough beat downs I've seen on this site. I actually feel kinda bad for Mildred...
Ed Roper January 11, 2013 at 05:18 PM
No, but I'm totally up for banning stupid flawed analogies.
John Q Public January 11, 2013 at 05:34 PM
George, Voluntaryist: you're both right of course. And equally, be not worried - I am not arguing with agitprop agents like I-Love-Delco etal. I'm putting ideas out there for the hundreds that read their madness but do not comment. This system of ours is corrupt and on its last legs. Why does the Armed Service not complain at the recent humiliations forced on it? Why does the Secret Service care more about hookers and blow than their prime objective? Why is "The Left" hysterical, trying to ram their agenda down our throats like there's no tomorrow? Why? Because, while subversives do in fact control every institution in the land, NO ONE BELIEVES WHAT THEY SAY ... or even cares that they say it. We good Americans are game, we're hip, we're no longer noobies. We understand it is a rigged game of lies for benefit of people that despise the fact of our birth even as their parasitical nature means they can't just kill us a la Stalin or Mao. But the end is at hand for them. Recall the final days of the U.S.S.R.: a truck driver's strike paralyzed the Soviet logistics system. But no one cared. Everyone hated the Soviets and they intuitively understood it would collapse under its own weight if they simply stopped propping it up on their own broken backs. So that's what they did -- they stopped. The U.S.S.R. collapsed in a matter of weeks. It will be equally swift here. Sooner than we imagine. Adios, comrades!
Tom Bates January 11, 2013 at 05:40 PM
I could read your writing all day. You're special. Keep going...
Bill Bechter January 11, 2013 at 10:06 PM
In 1776 a musket was an assault rifle. The phrase 'assault rifle' is used as a stigma against the 2nd amendment. Freedom is about personal choice; to choose the right tool for the task at hand. The Constitution tells government what they are allowed to do. Its Bill of Rights means just that. Government keeps away from those rights in all cases. Citizens choose what they wish to purchase while remembering that life is choices, choices have consequences, make the right choices. Citizens are to have enough sense to know what they do not need. An armed people are citizens. A disarmed people are subjects.
Tom Bates January 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM
If you're trying to draw a parallel between abortion and the murder of these living, breathing children, you are a twisted crone. I'd love to hear you say that to one of the parents affected here.
Randell Jesup January 11, 2013 at 10:25 PM
Earnest & I_Love_Delco - hear hear, well said.
Randell Jesup January 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM
One can support "gun control" without being a hater of guns (or some sort of mythical communist demon out to enslave the population). I learned to shoot before I was a teenager; my uncle shot his first deer at 10 and has hunted all his life (I think he's stopped now, at 91). He was the Police Commissioner of New Canaan, CT for many years after he retired (and was a decorated WWII top fighter pilot). He (and I) am horrified at what has happened, not just in Sandy Hook. Even Scalia, the most conservative of the Justices, has said that the 2nd Amendment is not about being able to possess any weapon; limitations on weapons (types, checks, etc) is allowed. Needing military-style weapons (and having every tom, dick and harry carry a handgun) doesn't make insurrection all that much easier. Read David Brin's "Guns and the Insurrection Myth" for another perspective - I don't totally agree with him, but he has a point.
Randell Jesup January 11, 2013 at 11:00 PM
And be serious: no one is "coming for all the guns". No one is seriously looking to eliminate hunting weapons (and AK47's are not such, even if you can use them for hunting - just like dynamite for fishing). Get over the slippery-slope argument; it's not realistic in this country. Instead, we have the slippery-slope in the other direction, where guns are easier to get than cars or driver's licenses; manufacturers are exempted from liability for what they sell, and every argument with a neighbor (or a drunk person) can end up with one of you dead. And that's in areas without rampant crime; in those areas children are frequently killed by stray bullets, even in their own bedrooms. Look at the *consequences* of your purist principle positions. Go *look* at the body of a 5-year-old riddled by a dozen bullets, and their parents, and realize that no, a guard on campus would very likely not have saved them (there was an armed guard at Columbine, for example). Teachers or random volunteers with weapons in schools would end up likely increasing the number of fatalities, just as guns in a home increase the chance of being killed by a gun. The myth of the vigilante taking down the killer in a spree is just that, a myth. Killers in these situations are stopped when they get tackled while reloading, by people talking them into stopping or surrendering, when they kill themselves (most often), or when police take them out.
Randell Jesup January 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM
Enough. Enough. More than enough. I feel like anyone saying we don't need to do something *real* about this problem should be forced to explain themselves, in person, to the parents of these kids (and other murder victims), while looking at pictures of their bodies. I'm done. Don't bother with angry responses, I won't be reading them. Think about this, and imagine instead.
Winghunter January 19, 2013 at 09:10 PM
JeshutupRandy: "And be serious: no one is 'coming for all the guns'." Richard Pearson: "While a state senator, Obama voted for a bill that would ban nearly every hunting rifle, shotgun and target rifle owned by Illinois citizens. That same bill would authorize the state police to raid homes of gun owners to forcibly confiscate banned guns." Obama also voted FOUR TIMES against legislation that would protect a homeowner who use a firearm in defense of home and family! "Our main agenda is to have ALL guns banned. We must use whatever means possible. It doesn't matter if you have to distort facts or even lie. Our task of creating a socialist America can only succeed when those who would resist us have been totally disarmed." -Attributed to Sarah Brady, President of Handgun Control, Inc., to Senator Howard Metzenbaum - The National Educator, January, 1994, Page 3. This appears to be accurate to the extent that National Educator ran the quote. The nature and accuracy of their source is a matter of some debate. However, neither Brady nor Metzenbaum appear to have denied the statement or accused the National Educator of libel." "Waiting periods are only a step. Registration is only a step. The prohibition of private firearms is the goal." -Janet Reno (Holder's old boss)
Winghunter January 19, 2013 at 09:16 PM
FBI: More Club and Hammer Homicides Than RIFLE! http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/constitution/item/14107-fbi-more-club-and-hammer-homicides-than-rifle “In 2011, 323 murders were committed with a rifle and 356 with a shotgun, while a staggering 496 were committed with hammers and clubs.”
Winghunter January 19, 2013 at 09:18 PM
SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED isn't followed by 'Unless treasonous supreme court justices happen to be sitting on the bench'.
Winghunter January 19, 2013 at 09:32 PM
EarnestlyIgnorant, Judge Napolitano: The Second Amendment is about the right to shoot tyrants, not deer! http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/10/the-right-to-shoot-tyrants-not-deer/ "...The powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, ENTITLED AND ACCUSTOMED TO THEIR ARMS, WHEN COMPARED WITH ANY POSSIBLE ARMY, MUST BE TREMENDOUS AND IRRESISTIBLE. WHO ARE THE MILITA? ARE THEY NOT OURSELVES? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man gainst his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. THEIR SWORDS, AND EVERY OTHER TERRIBLE IMPLEMENT OF THE SOLDIER, ARE THE BIRTHRIGHT OF AN AMERICAN...[T]he unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people." - Tenche Coxe, The Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788 "If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government." – Alexander Hamilton "What country can preserve its liberties if its rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms." – Thomas Jefferson
Winghunter January 19, 2013 at 09:38 PM
Bradley Manning, by his own confession, leaked top secret documents by the thousands of a wide range of topics that didn't tell us anything we didn't already know because he threw a tantrum over his homosexual boyfriend. He's not hero, he's a traitor who should be a stain on a firing squad wall.
John Q. Public January 19, 2013 at 10:27 PM
Sen Feinstein claims 48 folks on average are killed by modern sporting rifles each year, like the AR, so wants to ban them. Last year, over 700 were killed by feet and hands, and 50 will be killed by lightning. To ban the most popular rifle ever made, despite so seldom used in crime, is unfathomable.
John Q. Public January 19, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Dave, the proposals involve semi-auto weapons, not automatic. New automatic gun sales have been banned since 1986. There's only been one crime ever committed with a legal automatic gun, and that was a cop shooting at a drug dealer many years ago. Rest easy.
John Q. Public January 19, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Randell, where have you seen anyone claim more murders are committed with bats than firearms? I've seen that comparison used between AR-15 (48/year) vs. blunt objects, but never all-firearms, which includes shotguns, blackpowder, etc. Please display the link.
John Q. Public January 19, 2013 at 10:55 PM
Hey, you stole my name!
John Q. Public January 19, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Mildred, many buy for investment purposes. Some guns greatly increase in value in a fairly short time. No doubt some folks are buying in response to BHO's call for a ban, but not all.
John Q. Public January 19, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Mildred, it's simple math. The difference is six years minus six weeks.
John Q. Public January 19, 2013 at 11:11 PM
Since Cain and Able, folks can't get enough of murder. If not doing it, watching it on TV, movies, or video games. It's in the genes.
John Q. Public January 19, 2013 at 11:15 PM
This Appriciation Day was a bust! My local dealers was sold-out of anything I was interested in. AR's are scarcer than hen's teeth.
Randell Jesup January 21, 2013 at 06:30 AM
John Q Public: check the image of the Congressman(?) on this very page, which was used to promote Gun Appreciation Day. 'nuff said
Duke March 11, 2013 at 09:36 PM
Duke March 11, 2013 at 09:43 PM
I wonder if most of those patch threads on gun control were closed because the pro 2nd Amendment posters were winning the debates?
J. March 11, 2013 at 09:58 PM


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