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Tell Us: Is 'Gun Appreciation Day' a Good Idea?

"On 01/19/13 go to your local gun store, gun range or gun show with your Constitution, American flags and your 'Hands Off My Guns' sign to send a loud and clear message to Congress and President Barack Obama," says coalition website.

A conservative group is hoping that tens of thousands turn out to show their support for gun ownership with their pocketbooks and picket signs the day before President Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term.

The group, a coalition brought together for the event, declared Jan. 19 "Gun Appreciation Day." The hope is Americans nationwide will show their support for gun ownership by turning out en masse at gun stores, ranges and shows from coast to coast.

Will you participate? Tell us in the comments section below.

“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 in a press release. 

The day comes as the gun control debate becomes more divisive. This past week, two PA lawmakers released statements about sponsoring legislation that would allow teachers to carry guns in schools, in response to December's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, CT.

In the past year, several high-profile mass shootings -- including one in a Colorado movie theater and one at a Wisconsin Sikh Temple -- sparked the gun control debate. According to a New York Times article, Obama called for Vice President Joe Biden to head a gun control task force. 

The "Appreciation Day" is modeled after this past summer's " the answer to a boycott of the fast food chain after CEO Dan Cathy declared his support of what he termed "traditional marriage." According to ABC News, Chick-Fil-A posted record-setting sales during the "Appreciation Day."

Gun Appreciation Day is scheduled the day before Obama's second inauguration. 

The planned event currently includes the following coalition members:

  • 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
  • Political Media, Inc.
Jenn January 15, 2013 at 01:33 PM
Pro choice supporters always claim that without abortion rights woman will need to go back to the allies and get their abortions in an unsafe manner (also it would be illegal), But that wouldn't stop them. So what makes liberals think that just because certain guns are "illegal" that people who want them won't be able to obtain them? You are such liberal fools living in your unicorn world. Chicago has the strictest gun laws...enough said! One more point...you can't fix stupid! That mother was an idiot. There is no law that will protect us from that.
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. January 18, 2013 at 11:50 AM
This guy offered a mea culpa on that YouTube video he posted recently...It's a good thing no one got hurt during his rant, otherwise, being sorry would have been too late.
WILFREDO G. SALCEDO, Sr. January 18, 2013 at 12:02 PM
What is not to like with the proposals presented by the president?..Nothing on there that said "surrender your guns", just assault weapons...Those rapid fire shooters have no use in our defense of our castles...These proposals will work only if the rational public join the campaign and supported by our law enforcement agents.
mark wood January 18, 2013 at 05:55 PM
Useful idiots abound, sheeple who will not complain until the brown shirts come for them, but when they complain, his neighbors have all been quietly disposed of as well as his friends and family, alas he is alone, complain to no one. No one to hear......enjoy the utopia you have made for yourself.....I will enjoy mine.
melissa d January 20, 2013 at 12:22 AM
Five people shot at three different gun shows across the nation today on "National Gun Appreciation Day." ... Wow. There are no words... http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2013/01/19/1473881/two-people-accidentally-shot-at-a-gun-show-safety-checkpoint-on-gun-appreciation-day/?mobile=wp

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