‘Day of Resistance’: Thousands of gun law protesters rally across US
Thousands of Second Amendment activists across the US took part in a Day of Resistance against President Obama’s gun control measures, calling his plans unconstitutional. Words are not all they’re prepared to use to protect their right to bear arms.
People gathered at dozens of cities and towns across the United States, crowds numbering from a hundred to a thousand people. They were carrying American flags and banners with words of harsh criticism against Obama’s proposed gun control regulations. “Come and take it!” “Dictators Want You Disarmed,” “Honk If You Want to Keep Your 2nd Amendment” and “Don’t tread on me” were among the most common slogans. Protesters believe owing a gun is a basic right of every American citizen.
“This isn’t a Democratic thing, or a Republican thing, or a Tea Party thing, this is an American thing. This is about the rights this nation was founded on,” Ryan Studabaker, rally organizer from Bluffton, Indiana, told Wane.com.
Based on production data from firearm manufacturers, there are roughly 300 million firearms owned by civilians in the United States – roughly one for every citizen.
“The 2nd Amendment prohibits the government from infringing on our right to bear arms. We want to make darn sure they don’t infringe on our rights. If we lost the Second Amendment, we’ll lose them all,” Jerry Martin, a rally participant in Kenenwick, Washington, told NBC.
It’s indeed a very American thing to have so many weapons out in the open. The gun-bearing freedom has come back to the spotlight after multiple shootings that took lives of dozens at the end of 2012. Polls reveal it’s approximately a 50/50 ratio of those who want to keep to the guns and those who want guns kept away from them. According to the Pew Research Center, 50 per cent of Americans say controlling gun ownership is the priority while 46 per cent say it is to protect the right of Americans to own guns.
Supporters of gun control point to staggering statistics. The US has highest rate of gun-related killings among developed country.