Gun Activists: Jan. 19 Is 'Gun Appreciation Day'
Conservatives rally as Joe Biden's team weighs sweeping measures
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2013 5:10 PM CST
In this Jan. 4, 2013 photo, handguns are displayed in the sales area of Sandy Springs Gun Club and Range, in Sandy Springs, Ga.   (AP Photo/Robert Ray)

(Newser) – Are we surprised that an anti-gay rally inspired a pro-gun rally? Gun-rights activists say last year's "Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day" has motivated them to make Jan. 19 "Gun Appreciation Day," reports NPR. Organizers want Americans to visit gun shows, gun ranges, and gun stores that Saturday, two days before President Obama's second inauguration. They picked the date to "send a message to Washington" at a time of the "Obama administration's post-Sandy Hook assault on gun rights."

And that "assault" is in the works, the Washington Post reports. Obama's team is considering a much broader approach to gun legislation than just reviving the assault-weapons ban, according to sources involved in the plan. With the support of law enforcement leaders, Joe Biden's working group is weighing universal background checks for gun buyers, weapons-tracking through a nationwide database, higher mental health barriers, and greater punishment for Americans who give guns to minors or carry them near schools.

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Jan 9, 2013 6:01 PM CST
I think I will go skeet shooting. We need Constitution appreciation day to explain our rights why we have the and why they should be protected. The second amendment is to protect military weapons for all citizens because they were intended to be used for national defense. The founders of our country had fought a revolution against their county (with their personal weapons) for their rights and wanted to preserve that right for future generations.They saw a large standing army as a threat to liberty. (Because it is just ask the Syrians or Libyans.) The first amendment is so regular citizens can form militias to provide for the common defense in times of need and this is still a viable argument. The second amendment has nothing to do with hunting or recreation it is to protect the citizens other rights against threats foreign or domestic.
Jan 8, 2013 8:58 AM CST
Considering "Gun Appreciation Day" and reading the comments below make me weep for my country. It's distressing to see the intransigence and the stupidity and the circular arguments, the name calling, the lack of honest intelligent debate on both sides of this very complicated social problem we have in the U.S. I don't believe we can ban guns, but can we try to have some calm reasoned debate about trying to stop the aimless slaughter of our own citizens? 500+ people in America have died from gunshots since Newtown. Do you have to lose someone in your own family first before you're willing to talk calmly about this issue?
Jan 8, 2013 7:52 AM CST
No matter what you think about guns or no guns.. I wish I had a business selling something that got SOOO MUCH advertisements..