WASHINGTON — Gun Appreciation Day is the brainwave of a new coalition of gun rights and conservative groups.
The coalition is urging American citizens to come out in support of the Second Amendment right to carry firearms, by showing up “en masse at gun stores, ranges and shows from coast to coast” on January 19 to protest what they call President Obama’s “post Sandy Hook assault on gun rights.”
The fact that this gun celebration will be happening 48 hours before the President is sworn in for his second and last term is probably just a coincidence, The Atlantic Wire wryly notes.
According to Agence France-Presse(AFP), “Gun Appreciation Day” organizer, Larry Ward said:
“The Obama administration has shown that it is more than willing to trample the Constitution to impose its dictates upon the American people.”
“We have never had a president who so callously disregards the Constitution, Congress, the courts and the will of the American people.”
Those sentiments are echoed by Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, who says:
“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.”
The Washington Post reports that the organizations behind Gun Appreciation Day are: 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.
One notable omission from that roster is the National Rifle Association (NRA), but, of course, there’s still time for them to join the festivities.
In the wake of the December 14 mass shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., when Adam Lanza shot dead 27 people including 20 children, Obama’s administration and Democrats are pushing for the reinstatement of the 1994 assault weapons ban.
Obama has also appointed Vice President Joe Biden to head a task force to draw up an array of gun control proposals to be submitted before Congress, said Politico.