The first ever Gun Appreciation Day has arrived.
Formed by and made up of a coalition of conservative groups and pro-guns lobby groups, the “national holiday” is — in the words of the coalition’s website — a protest against President Obama’s “post-Sandy Hook assault on gun rights” and a call for activists around the country to turn out at gun stores, ranges and … you get the idea.
Coming on inauguration weekend and just days after President Obama announced 23 executive actions ahead of Congress deliberating assault weapons ban proposals and various reform bills, it’s a high pressure time for millions — not least the children across America who wrote to Obama asking for stronger gun control laws.
When Gun Appreciation Day was announced, chairman Larry Ward, declared:
“If the American people don’t fight back now, Obama will do the Second Amendment what he has already done to the First –– gut it without a moment’s thought to our basic constitutional rights.”
With that in mind, the recent embarrassing revelation that original event co-sponsors — white supremacist group, American Third Position — are now no longer officially listed by Gun Appreciation Day as coalition members, was duly noted by NBC News.
While it’s demonstrably unfair, and inaccurate, to demonize all gun-owners as trigger-happy rednecks, it is staggering that A3P made it through the Gun Appreciation Day coalition’s vetting process. It should also be noted that A3P is still promoting Gun Appreciation Day on its website.
Across the country today, thousands and perhaps more are expected to come out and show their appreciation of guns.
So, to mark the historic occasion, here’s a must-never-try-this-at home collection of seminal moments in the second amendment’s history, compiled by the Huffington Post.