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Concerned Gun Owners Meet During Shootout

Coincidentally, the Concerned Gun Owners of Bucks County met during a shootout at the Jefferson on the Creek apartment complex in Warminster on Tuesday.

As police officers began a seven-hour stand-off Tuesday night with alleged gunman Andrew Cairns, which included an exchange of gunfire that resulted in the death of 85-year-old Marie Zienkewicz, a meeting of the Concerned Gun Owners of Bucks County was in session a few blocks away at the Warminster VFW.

The group formed shortly after President Barack Obama announced his proposals aimed at curbing gun violence in America, formed in reaction to the Sandy Hook shooting that killed 26 people, mostly first-graders. Tuesday night was the second time the organization met, attracting more than 300 attendees to the standing-room only event, according to organization member William Marsh.

"We are a very peaceful, but committed, group that does not want law-abiding gun owners to become scapegoats for events like this and Sandy Hook," said Marsh, a Warminster business owner.

Nearby, unknown to the members at the time, Andrew Cairns was allegedly shooting at police from his second floor apartment. Cairns, according to the arrest affidavit, is a legal, registered owner of a number of guns, including:

  • .44 magnum handgun
  • 12 gauge Winchester shotgun
  • 9mm firearm 
  • several .22 caliber firearms
  • several .380 caliber firearms.

At the meeting, speakers spent more than two hours presenting strategies to push back against the scrutiny and gun control measures that have emerged since the Sandy Hook shootings, WFMZ reports. State Rep. Paul Clymer (145th district-Bucks), told the attendees that the guns are not the cause of the violence, and more attention should be made to cultural influences such as video games and violent films, the article says. (Phone calls to Rep. Clymer's office have not been returned.)

According to Marsh, the group agrees that the proposals and calls for gun control are coming from an emotional reaction to the bloodshed, when the debate needs to originate from a more rational foundation.

"It feels great to say, 'We're going to get the guns,'" said Marsh. "It feels like you are really doing something when you say that, but all that is happening is law-abiding citizens are being turned into criminals."

By throwing hands in the air and saying get rid of all the guns, Marsh said, only people who obey the law will be affected. Criminals are unlikely to suddenly turn in their weapons, and the law-abiding citizens will be left defenseless, he says.

"These stricter laws would do nothing to prevent a random person from going crazy and walking into a school," said Marsh.

Paul H. Simons February 23, 2013 at 07:01 PM
There are two elements to the Second Amendment, the "Right to bear arms" part AND the "Well regulated" part. The gun lobby chooses to ignore that part, which at this time is needed, very badly needed.
DSSA February 24, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Paul, You're really going to result to that old hyperbole? You need to research the meaning of "well regulated" in the context it was used at the time of the writing. It would also help to read statements made by the authors of the 2nd Amendment discussing it after it was written if you need further clarification.
DSSA February 24, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Stanley, Sounds good. Now if you'll just provide proper I.D., fill out this paperwork, and wait for your background check, we'll get you right in to vote. The paperwork stating that you voted and what you voted on, will be retained for possible future use. Please be aware that we are working on limiting you to 3 votes per year so please choose carefully what you choose to vote on. Voters may currently vote on 3 or more issues at once, however, if you choose to do so, your application to vote will be reviewed manually by one of our agents. Yes, we should completely handle gun purchases and voting the same way. Great idea!
Kirk B March 08, 2013 at 04:20 PM
"Well regulated" in the language of the day, refers to a "well trained" militia. The 2A states that because a "well trained" militia is necessary for the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. If you don't have armed citizens, you can't have a militia. It says nothing about restrictions or regulations as they are referred to these days. Don't make the mistake of thinking it means that you should have to be part of a trained militia to own guns either, because that was never the intent.
Kirk B March 08, 2013 at 05:12 PM
So I am wondering, what exactly is the point of the article? What is the relation to the meeting being held and the shooting taking place? There are factual. if not coincidental events reported on here but since no conclusions are made, what is the inference here?

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