Firearms enthusiasts rally supporters to send gun support message
Just as the National Rifle Association tells the vice president it will work with Congress on preventing gun violence, other firearms groups are busy organizing what they call "Gun Appreciation Day."
Larry Ward is with Political Media Inc., he's hoping to rally gun lovers around the U.S. much like Chick-fil-A supporters backed the fast-food chain when confronted about homosexuality.
He picked a week from Saturday to make it happen.
"January 19 is a couple days before Sen. Diane Feinstein is supposed to introduce her gun grabbing bill in the Senate and President Obama is sworn-in for a second term," Ward tells KTRH News.
Ward says for those who think the Second Amendment is out-dated; take a look at world history.
"You might look back just 100 years at the Armenia Genocide," he says, "Or how about when Nazi Germany disarmed its people?"
Ward believes the words of our founding fathers still hold true today. "We should have the arsenal to defend ourselves against whatever a criminal can get a hold of," he says.
Contrary to growing public sentiment regarding mental background checks, Ward says he's steadfast against using depression or PTSD to take away someone's gun rights.
"Mental illness is such a slippery slope," says Ward. "Somebody has to commit a crime, we're not in 'The Minority Report,' there's no such thing as pre-crime."
Organizers are urging gun-rights supporters to “send a message” to President Obama by lining up outside stores, ranges and elsewhere with signs reading: "Hands Off My Guns" and other phrases.