January 21, 2013
Over the weekend, thousands of pro-gun citizens gathered at their respective state capitals to protest the executive orders signed last week by President Obama to restrict gun ownership in America.
Eric Reed, pro-gun Texan, organized the “Guns Across America” (GCA), a rally to take place at each state capital, in nearly every state on January 19th. Reed has coordinated this demonstration because he “was trying to figure out why people weren’t being more proactive about this, Reed said. “Then I realized I’m part of the problem. It takes somebody to stand up and say, ‘Hey, we’re not going to accept this. We’re against it.’
Reed believes that Obama is “restricting and punishing all law-abiding American citizens. He’s taking people who have never committed a crime in their lives and he’s trying to tell them that these guns are ‘assault weapons.’ Well, I’ve got guns in my home. If they’re ‘assault weapons,’ then mine must be defective because they haven’t assaulted anybody.”
Explaining the purpose of the rally, Reed said: “The people are pulling themselves away from their families and their personal obligations for one day because the Second Amendment is very important to them. If these people are willing to take that kind of time out of their personal lives to try to tell Washington, D.C., something, those guys work for us. It’s their job to listen. This is the most crucial time. This is when all the laws and executive orders are coming down the pike. This is the time that we have to act, not next week, not next month. It’s now. If our Second Amendment rights are as important as we say they are, we need to come out and show it to the rest of America and Washington, D.C.”
The Tea Party rallied in Mansfield, Ohio where Police Chief Charlie Roub spoke to the crowd on the necessity of maintaining the 2nd Amendment.
Attorney Andrew Kvochick reminded those gathered that “the Founding Fathers included the Second Amendment in the U.S. Constitution out of a concern that citizens should have recourse to protect themselves in event of extraordinary circumstances — like those that occurred in recent history during the Third Reich, when Nazis hunted down and killed Jews.” Kvochick said: “The Second Amendment … is a check on government. It’s not about deer hunting.”
Crowds came out in South Dakota, Connecticut, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin, Washington State, Oregon and Kentucky. Signs reading “independent”, “an armed society is a police society” and “Hey King O., I’m keeping my guns and my religion” were held by protesters.
State Representative Steve Toth said: “The thing that so angers me, and I think so angers you, is that this president is using children as a human shield to advance a very liberal agenda that will do nothing to protect them.”
In Oklahoma, Bryan Hull, founder of the Oklahoma Open Carry Association, told the crowd: “No more gun control. Especially if you can’t enforce the laws you already have.”
An estimated 800 people met in Austin and 1,000 citizens came out in Connecticut.
In Lansing, Michigan 600 people attended the pro-gun rally. Phillip Hofmeister, president of Michigan Open Carry, Inc., said: “We’re doing this to show that good people carry guns, too. When they talk about gun control, they’re talking about people like us.”Add This to Technorati Faves