This past Saturday, Guns Across America, urged gun owners to rally at their state capitol buildings at high noon in protest of the unconstitutional actions of Pres. Barack Obama.
I’m happy to report that rallies were held in a number of states, some drawing several thousand people, showing their support for the Second Amendment in the United States Constitution.
In perhaps one of the most urgent battleground states, around 2000 pro-gun advocates rallied at the state capital in Albany, New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been trying to enact some of the strictest and most illegal gun laws in the nation. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has stated that only police and military should be allowed to possess a firearm. Many of the people at the rally in Albany chanted “USA”, “Freedom” and “We the People.” A large number of them also carried American flags and banners that read “Don’t Tread On Me.”
Connecticut, the state where the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School took place, saw a large crowd of around 1000 pro-gun supporters gather at the capital in Hartford. A number of gun manufacturers are located in the state of Connecticut. These include: Colt, Mossberg, Ruger, United States Fire Arms, Marlin, Gunx and Wildey Guns.
I am surprised at how small the crowd was in the Texas capital of Austin, where only about 800 people gathered for the rally. Flying over the heads of the speakers at the rally was a huge Texas state flag stamped with the word ‘Independent.’ One Houston family who attended the rally wore T-shirts that read “The Second Amendment Protects the First.” The Houston father said:
“What we are facing now is an assault weapons ban, but if they do this, what will they do next?”
One of the speakers was state Rep. Steve Toth, who has introduced a bill into the Texas state legislature that would ban any future federal restrictions on assault weapons or high-capacity magazines. Addressing the crowd Toth said:
“The thing that 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.”
At the rally in Phoenix, Arizona, Eric Cashman showed up dressed as a Revolutionary War Minuteman complete with his antique long rifle and a signed that read:
When interviewed, Cashman stated:
“We’re out here because this country has some very wise founding fathers and they knew they were being oppressed when they were a British colony. Had they not had their firearms…to stand up against the British, we’d still be a British colony.”
St. Paul, Minnesota saw a crowd of around 500 gather in support of the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms. State Rep. Tony Cornish (R) said that he plans on introducing legislation that would allow teachers to carry guns in school without the approval of the principal or superintendent, and to allow anyone 21 years of age or older to carry guns on college campuses for the purpose of self-protection.
Guns Across America reported that rallies also took place in Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont, Washington and Wisconsin.
I had hoped that the crowds would have been larger and gathered in more state capitals. I understand that the notices for the rallies went out at the last minute, which may have accounted for the low numbers. Perhaps a more heads up notice and advanced notice would have brought out larger crowds.
Better yet, I would love to see the Million Gun Owners March on Washington, similar to the Million Man March that took place on October 16, 1995. Can you imagine a million law abiding gun owners marching on the nation’s capital? The Million Man March is considered to have been one of the most important civil rights events in history. Hopefully, someone would be able to organize a Million Gun Owners March and it would be as important in protecting our Second Amendment rights as the Million Man March was in gaining more civil rights for blacks.