Gunning for no change: Thousands of armed protestors gather at state capitols in pro-assault rifle rallies across the country
- ‘Guns Across America’ rallies held days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping package of gun-control proposals
- Mass turnout includes thousands in New York and hundreds in Connecticut, New Hampshire and Texas
- Minnesota state Rep. Tony Cornish said he would push to allow 21-year-olds to carry guns on college campus
Thousands of gun advocates gathered peacefully Saturday at state capitals around the U.S. to rally against stricter limits on firearms, with demonstrators carrying rifles and pistols in some places while those elsewhere settled for waving hand-scrawled signs or screaming themselves hoarse.
The size of crowds at each location varied – from dozens of people in South Dakota to 2,000 in New York. Large crowds also turned out in Connecticut, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Washington state.
Some demonstrators in Olympia, Wash., Phoenix, Salem, Ore., and Salt Lake City came with holstered handguns or rifles on their backs. At the Kentucky Capitol in Frankfort, attendees gave a special round of applause for ‘the ladies that are packin’.
Representing: In Albany, New York, an estimated two thousand people rallied outside the State Capitol brandishing signs, flags and weapons
Clear message: Jared Jeanotte of Long Island, New York, displays a hand-made sign depicting an AK15 rifle and its alleged purpose to kill fascists
Activists promoted the ‘Guns Across America’ rallies primarily through social media. They were being held just days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping package of federal gun-control proposals.
The crowd swelled to more than 800 amid balmy temperatures on the steps of the pink-hued Capitol in Austin, where speakers took the microphone under a giant Texas flag with ‘Independent’ stamped across it. Homemade placards read ‘An Armed Society is a Polite Society,’ ‘The Second Amendment Comes from God’ and ‘Hey King O., I’m keeping my guns and my religion.’