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Gun Owners Rally in Hartford in Support of Second Amendment

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

 

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.

"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.

Lisa Davenport of Durham 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.

Georgette January 20, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Men faught and died for this right to remain ...and remain...it will.
andrew frederick January 20, 2013 at 10:51 PM
Hard to see this rally as anything but distasteful. Some lawful gun users have legitimate gripes about discrimination, but now is not the time to be overly antagonistic i.e. Open carry in public places, especially in Connecticut.
Reuben Ryder January 20, 2013 at 10:53 PM
Paid for by the Colt Firearms Company, for sure.
James Cooper January 20, 2013 at 11:00 PM
"eluded" ? Really?
Cindy Smith January 20, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Were trying to protect what little rights we have left! Wake up! !!!Obama is inillegible to be president ! If he's got nothing to hide, then why doesn't he readily give his passport, LONGform birth certificate, and college records? Why did it take him 4 years to produce his fake birth certificate ? Why hasn't Congress made him produce these documents BEFORE THE INAUGURATION ? ?? IF YOU OR I WERE TO BEPRESIDENT,THE HIGHER UPS WOULD FOR SURE MAKE US PRODUCE OUR DOCUMENTS! !! WHY IS THIS MUSLIM MARXIST GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER ? LITERALLY! !! FIRST HE COVERED UP FAST AND FURIOUS, THEN BENGAZI, NOW ALGERIA. .... BUT HE CANT COVER THIS ONE UP BECAUSE TOO. MANY OTHER COUNTRIES ARE INVOLVED! !!80 PEOPLE WERE MURDERED IN ALGERIA ...OBAMA COULD CARE LESS!!! WAKE UP AND SEE THIS EVIL MARKIST AND REALIZE WHAT HIS REAL AGENDA IS! HIS ONLY AGENDA IS TO DO AS MUCH POSSIBLE DAMAGE TO AMERICA THESE NEXT 4 YEARS! IF YOU STILL DONT REALIZE HOW ANTI AMERICAN OBAMA IS. THEN I FEEL SORRY 4 U. TALK 2 ME IN 4 YEARS. ...YOU WILL SEE WHOS RIGHT.
William Stanton January 20, 2013 at 11:52 PM
Andrew Frederick, open carry is technically legal in CT. Not that I have th marbles to do it...
Don Isom January 21, 2013 at 12:38 AM
It makes me sick to read the postings of the liberal morons in this country.My family fought and died for you small minded pieces of humanity to mouth off.The second addmemnt protects you idiots to spew your junk.
REVMAN January 21, 2013 at 03:11 PM
I am getting very tired of all the negative press ie;Peirs Morgan,MSNBC news &Gov.Coumo.If you feel the need to exercise your 2nd ammendment right, do so.People are jumping on band wagons to support anti-gun organizations.I'm willing to bet more than of of these anti-gun advicates NEVER proudly served our country.I have to go now and become a NEW member of the NRA-4,000,000 plus1strong.
REVMAN January 21, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Cindy-- also wouldn't you take THE DONALDS bet and give $5,000,000 to your favorate charity (tax deductable) just to shove it to him??? He will go in the history books as a president who couldn't even work with his own party(except Reid&Pelosi).You woun't have to wait 4 more years, next year Obamacare takes affect then you'll hear a lot of Liberal screaming."Let's pass it and see what's in it."
Cynthia Kozaczensky January 21, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Members of my family proudly support gun ownership, as do I. I must ask why law abiding gun owners are targeted for insults and derision? We have broken no laws and by the very nature of our permits we have proven to be good citizens. There have been tragedies, no doubt, but legal gun owners have not been part of them. I must assume all of you flailing about, pointing fingers and blaming us have never needed to protect yourselves or your loves ones, have never wondered why it took the police so long to arrive, have ever felt helpless against a predator. Good for you, may your luck hold out. I participated in the rally. Trust me when I say you will not find a larger group of law abiding citizens than LEGAL gun owners
Cynthia Kozaczensky January 21, 2013 at 08:39 PM
Avoid Obama-Care. You can purchase Health Insurance through the NRA.

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