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Gun Owners Expected to Rally for Jan. 19 'Gun Appreciation Day'

"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.

“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.
Crestor Januvia January 09, 2013 at 06:35 PM
Idiot.... then we should take eveything out of the hands all people right? Hammers, cell phones people use in cars, alcohol. You're a moron.
Crestor Januvia January 09, 2013 at 06:36 PM
If your report was biased in the conservative direction, that would be one time vs. 1 million liberal articles on the Patch. So don't sweat it.
Crestor Januvia January 09, 2013 at 06:38 PM
Dumbo... learn what an AUTOMATIC weapon is. No new AUTOMATIC weapons are being made. Stop watching Rachel Maddow and petting your cats.
Crestor Januvia January 09, 2013 at 06:41 PM
All your responses are emotional. That's the only way you can support an assault weapon ban when assault weapons kill 300 annually, and NOT support an alcohol ban when it kills 12,000 in cars, and another 100,000+ from disease. Not to mention the problems it causes with child neglegt and abuse, spousal abuse, depression, suicide and so on. It the only reason you don't support banning swimming pools, which kill 500 to 750 per year, and brain damage another 1500. You are a silly, illogical person, who only seeks to ban what you neither understand or use. HAMMERS kill more than guns. Want to have background checks for hammers? WHY NOT? Because you are a silly little person who should not even be able to vote.
Marikay Welsh January 11, 2013 at 10:15 AM
Dont change the Constitution because mass murders need psych help

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