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Groups plan national 'Gun Appreciation Day' for Jan. 19

Many pro-gun-rights groups say they're promoting a Gun Appreciation Day on Jan. 19.

Organizers say it's planned for two days before President Obama's second inauguration to send a message to Washington about gun policies.

They say they want Americans to "show their support for gun ownership by turning out en masse at gun stores, ranges, and shows from coast to coast."

The event will come a little a month after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting brought a resurgence in calls for a ban on assault weapons.

A website promoting the pro-gun day says it's sponsored by a coalition that includes the 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, and Political Media, Inc.

The news release says:

"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, president of Political Media, Inc. "If the American people don’t fight back now, Obama will do to 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."

Second Amendment Foundation Chairman Alan Gottlieb said:

"We need to ban politicians who assault our rights, not firearms that are used thousands of times a day to protect lives and property from criminal attack."

And Ward added:

"We have never had a president who so callously disregards the Constitution, Congress, the courts, and the will of the American people. And that’s why this outpouring of public support is so important for our constitutional safeguards to keep and bear arms. If, as this president claims, the American people are at risk from murderous rampagers, the logical solution is to arm, not present a docile target."

Many other groups, including some conservative voices, support a ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, as well as more oversight of those who buy guns.

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Paranoid fanatics

Barf. And two days before Martin Luther King Day.

Naive statists

Feh. And you can think about how the slave states were defeated and African slaves were freed.

It was men with guns.

And how was slavery

And how was slavery maintained before that? Did slave owners ask politely, or did they use violence and the threat of violence (typically with guns, I imagine) to maintain that system?

You say the solution to gun violence is a literal arms race between "good" gun owners and "bad" gun owners. The problem with delineating between good gun owners and bad gun owners is that any given gun owner can become bad at his or her whim. Andrew Engeldinger was a good gun owner until he murdered five people at Accent Signage.


It was "statists" with guns; that is, an organized, disciplined force. If you think a bunch of yokels with issues out of the first chapter of "Freud for Dummies" could ever accomplish anything like that, you are sadly mistaken.

Of course, the neo-confederates want to keep their guns so that sort of thing doesn't happen again. Go figure.

Yes, naive.

RB Holbrook, your hyperbolic, condescending bigotry against gun owners as unintelligent neanderthals is noted, to wit: your references of "bunch of yokels", "issues out of the first chapter of "Freud for Dummies", "neo-confederates". I'm not surprised the Minnpost moderators allowed this one through. It is quite *uncivil*.

My point was to illuminate the fact that slavery was defeated, not by an argument between two parties - it was by aggressive military force using armed violence. With guns. The same method was used by Freemen who defended themselves against Nightriders.

RB Holbrook and anyone else who cares to answer: Do you believe the state should have a monopoly on armed violence?

Thread highjack attempt

Your final question has nothing to do with the article and is an attempt to highjack the thread. If you're so darned interested in a discussion of this, abide by MinnPost guidelines, write your own article and submit it to "Community Voices" for publication.

But quit trying to highjack unrelated threads.

It further occurs to me that

It further occurs to me that you probably didn't actually respond to the MLK reference because he was devoted to drastic social change through - believe it or not - nonviolence! And he's didn't die of old age, as you might have heard.

Callous disregard

I would like Mr. Ward to share examples of President Obama's callous disregard of "the Constitution, Congress, the courts, and the will of the American people." His planned confiscation of all guns (cleverly kept hidden until his second term) counts only if Mr. Ward includes dates and places.

Their full perspective

Could it be possible that this is what they're REALLY thinking and saying, cloaked in all the bluster and a very minimal understanding of the Constitution and History?