'Gun Appreciation Day' to be held in US

2013-01-07 22:04

Washington - American gun enthusiasts can express their zeal on an upcoming "Gun Appreciation Day" right before Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term as president.

A new coalition of gun rights and conservative groups is urging Americans to show support for the right to carry firearms by turning out in large numbers on 19 January at gun stores and firing ranges. Obama's swearing in is to be take place two days later.

"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 chairperson Larry Ward.

In the wake of the shooting last month in Connecticut that claimed the lives of 20 small children and six elementary school workers, Obama said he will support a new bill to restore a ban on military-style assault weapons.

Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairperson of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, 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."

The second amendment to the US constitution guarantees the right to bear arms.

The pro-gun day is the initiative of a dozen or so associations which say they expect support from some 50 million Americans. The country's most powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association, is not among the organisers.

  • christo.stone - 2013-01-07 22:08

    Freakin Americans... - 2013-01-07 22:28

      At least they stand together for something they believe in.

      sean.bagley.50 - 2013-01-08 01:12

      I guess some people in the American Government have learned nothing from Heller vs the District of Columbia court case now have they?Heller won his case against DC for them going against his constitutional rights to bear arms and defend himself and his property.It's called infringements remember that.

  • tiaan.vanderberg.75 - 2013-01-07 22:34

    When you outlaw guns, only the outlaws will have guns. Like in RSA. Where are all the guns we had to hand in? Stolen or sold by the police!

  • mark.a.fysh - 2013-01-07 23:11

    Our first responsibility is to ourselves and this includes our safety. I would rather have the means to protect myself, than rely on the State to do so. I believe the point of minimumilist gun laws is to keep an eye on mental fitness to possess. That and the safekeeping of weapons, is surely reasonable. Having your general population armed, is in part also meant to keep power-grasping beaurocrats and polititions in check, which is not a bad thing at all. Further, an armed population is an advantage in a conflict situation (Swiss model). The Americam model is, for me, not too far off target, with the provisors mentioned above, but then again, I dislike powerful governments.

      gary.landman - 2013-01-08 00:47

      Thanks Boet.. sound reasoning.

      simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-08 06:57

      You and the Americans seem to forget that mental fitness is not a static thing. How can you constantly monitor the mental fitness of all gun owners??

  • raymond.lloyd.73 - 2013-01-08 00:03

    I am a legal firearm owner and enthusiast . I support gun control where the firearm owner is tested and registered , like having a drivers licence and can then buy a firearm legally . I do not see the reason to own a semi-automatic military rifle except for collections or sports .At the end of the day a mentally disturbed person did the killing , unfortunately he used a gun .

      gary.landman - 2013-01-08 00:52

      Raymond, for all of the rhtoric we hear, most of it is uninformed. A buyer of a gun in the USA still has to pass an FBI background check. I am always very insulted when I am lumped into the same catagory as the Conneticut killer. He was a Loonie with stolen weapons. How does gun control help. WE NEED LOONIE CONTROL!!!!

  • piet.boerie - 2013-01-08 04:35

    This is ironic. The right to bear arms in the US is to protect citizens from its government. If there was no weapons in public the US would have been a milatary dictatorship already. Its a Democracy thay invades and bombs other countries into submission to get at oil. I.e. bad man Saddam put in place by the US to fight Iran only to be taken out by the US government to get the oil. Fact, right no weapons of mass etc... The people that run the US would love to remove the weapons to finally complete the total take over of the country.

      piet.boerie - 2013-01-08 04:37

      Who is the world's biggest exporter of weapons????

      kirchnerv - 2013-01-08 08:06

      I don't get why a government who is in control of the most powerful military in the world would be worried about a populace that owns pistols and semi automatic rifles... If they wanted a so-called military dictatorship, they would have been one by now.

  • liezl.haramis.7 - 2013-01-08 05:36

    "Is to be take place"...moron reporter...go back to school!

  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-08 06:36

    they still think they're living in the wild west. the super power that sets the example for the world to follow, God help us!

  • clivegoss - 2013-01-08 07:03

    The right to "arm bears ?". Welcome to Yosemite ! !

  • simphiwe.charlie.5 - 2013-01-08 12:19

    what's next, neuclear warhead appreciation day?

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