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Gun Owners Rally in Hartford in Support of Second Amendment

Several hundred supporters attended Saturday's pro-gun rally at the Capitol.

 

By Michael Hayes

Hundreds of gun owners, including some reportedly armed with pistols and rifles, stood outside of the Capitol on Saturday to rally in support of gun rights.

The event, sponsored by Connecticut Citizens Defense League, was one of dozens of rallies held on "Gun Appreciation Day," a nationwide response to calls for tighter gun control.

Saturday's rally in Hartford was attended by Durham residents Stuart Keating and Lisa Davenport, and included several speakers.

"This is in response to the attacks and the assault on the Second Amendment. People want to let our voices be heard out here before our rights are robbed from us, so this is entirely appropriate, especially with what we're facing," Scott Wilson, president of the organization, told the crowd according to the Hartford Courant.

Wilson's comments eluded to criticism over the decision to hold the rally just over a month since Adam Lanza killed 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown.

But many at the rally wore ribbons for the victims of the mass shooting, according to WTNH.

Davenport told therepublic.com, "I am the wife of a first responder, and a mother," while carrying a sign that read Mom, wife, patriot, Christian, I own guns.

"Unfortunately gun owners are becoming demonized. We aren't bad, insensitive, radical people.  We're moms, dads, white collar, blue collar, neighbors, and more. It was important for me to illustrate the average American who is a gun owner," she told Patch.

wyatt January 21, 2013 at 01:29 PM
Rallies are a good way to let our public servants know that many people may are either for or against an issue. There effectiveness and how and if the legislators listen is another matter. Thousands turned out in protest of the State Income Tax. After the rally, we all went home and the State Legislater voted in an income tax. The moral of the story is they (state government) doesn't give a rat's patoot what you and I think. The only avenue we have left, is band together and make sure we vote out anyone who votes for laws that will restrict our 2nd Amendment Rights. If that doesn't work, the alternatives are few and unpleasant.

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