Gun Owners Expected to Rally for Jan. 19 'Gun Appreciation Day'

"On 01/19/13 go to your local gun store, gun range or gun show with your Constitution, American flags and your 'Hands Off My Guns' sign to send a loud and clear message to Congress and President Barack Obama," says coalition website.

A conservative group is hoping that tens of thousands turn out to show their support for gun ownership with their pocketbooks and picket signs the day before President Barack Obama is sworn in for a second term.

The group, a coalition brought together for the event, declared Jan. 19 "Gun Appreciation Day." The hope is Americans nationwide will show their support for gun ownership by turning out en masse at gun stores, ranges and shows from coast to coast.

“The Obama administration has shown that it is more than willing to trample the Constitution to impose its dictates upon the American people,” said Gun Appreciation Day chairman Larry Ward in a press release. 

The day comes as the gun control debate becomes more divisive. Earlier this month, two PA lawmakers released statements about sponsoring legislation that would allow teachers to carry guns in schools, in response to December's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

On Wednesday, Obama signed 23 executive actions aimed at curtailing gun violence and called on Congress to make tougher punishments for gun trafficking and place limits on magazine sizes.

Clayton's Hunting and Fishing in Horsham does not have any special events planned for Saturday, but the staff at the shop welcome any opportunity that allows them to stand up for their customers' Second Amendment rights.

"They are addressing the epidemic of violence and the mental health problems in this country by passing laws against inanimate objects," said Ed Hartzel, instruction range master at Clayton's. "All they are doing is turning law-abiding citizens into criminals overnight. That's working further away from a real solution."

In the past year, several high-profile mass shootings -- including one in a Colorado movie theater and one at a Wisconsin Sikh Temple -- sparked the gun control debate. According to a New York Times article, Obama called for Vice President Joe Biden to head a gun control task force.

Hartzel says the intense scrutiny over firearms has translated into more traffic in the store as gun owners add to their collections before more restrictions are in place. He says Clayton's sold more than 1,000 guns in the past 30 days, and there are days that see several hundred visitors to the shop's gun range.

"The average concensus is that when they see their freedoms being threatened," said Hartzel, "they are going to run out and get the guns before they are not available anymore. This isn't about duck hunting or deer hunting, that's not what is in the Constitution. This is about having the right to protect ourselves."

The "Appreciation Day" is modeled after this past summer's " the answer to a boycott of the fast food chain after CEO Dan Cathy declared his support of what he termed "traditional marriage." According to ABC News, Chick-Fil-A posted record-setting sales during the "Appreciation Day."

A counter event has also been formed by a group called Parents Against Gun Violence (PAGV), which has declared January 19 Child Appreciation Day.

"Organizing a 'gun appreciation day' so soon after the Newtown Massacre is in poor taste. In response we have decided to promote a 'Child Appreciation Day' to honor our children and the victims of Newtown," said Jennifer Caldera, a member of the PAGV Steering Committee, in a statement to the press. 

Gun Appreciation Day is scheduled the day before Obama's second inauguration. 

The planned event currently includes the following coalition members:

  • Second Amendment Foundation
  • Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms
  • Special Operations Speaks
  • Revolution PAC
  • Citizens and Country
  • Social Security Institute
  • Committee to Draft Judge Andrew Napolitano
  • Conservative Action Alerts
  • Women Warriors PAC
  • Conservative Action Fund
  • Political Media, Inc.
Arno Vorwerk January 18, 2013 at 04:11 PM
A famous quote is out there which goes "Those who turn their swords into plowshares will end up plowing the fields of those who did not (turn their swords into plowshares)". One law-abiding citizen with a concealed carry permit might have made a difference at the Colorado movie theatre, the Virginia Tech campus, or any of the incidents which have occurred. Some may argue that we do not live in the Wild West anymore, but challenging economic times will bring out the worst behavior.Horse thieves in the past were hanged from the nearest stout tree, while murderers were hanged in the public square, all after due process in a court of law. Today we have car jackings, drug dealers, and home invasions. These criminals are given a slap on the wrist, are given a minimal sentence, and sent on their way only to re-enter the criminal justice system's revolving door. So for anyone who may think that ending private/civilian ownership of weapons is the definitive answer, I strongly suggest looking back into history. It was done as population control.
Shalina January 18, 2013 at 04:11 PM
I'm DEMOCRAT and GUN LOVER!!! Not all democrats are in your face liberalists who believe in controling the people. I didn't elect to have Obama in for another year, I do believe that our goverment as a whole (republicans alike) is trying to strip the people of their rights and create a new world order. I do believe that the government is using the recent shootings as a jumping point to further both sides agenda's. I am not a member of the NRA who tends to offend even me at times. We will never have an independent government who puts the people first. Dems and Reps, both push thier own personal agendas, so please stop insulting me by lumping me into your rants about "liberals". Even dems want an equal, peaceful society.
Lisa January 18, 2013 at 04:17 PM
How about we reinstate mental institutions? Think of the help to be offered and the jobs to be created. That might be a start.
William F. Brenner January 18, 2013 at 04:18 PM
Sorry, Tom, but you've got your facts mixed up. The 2nd Amendment was intended to provide a way for the Federal Government to call up a WELL-REGULATED citizen MILITIA, without having to bear the costs of keeping a standing army for that purpose. So, it's not that the right to bear arms enables citizens to defend themselves against the federal government, rather it gives the federal government the ability to call up a citizen militia when it deems necessary.
David Neamand January 18, 2013 at 04:26 PM
If you will notice Tom, what did Obama have behind him during his speech? Children - exploitation at it's finest.
Siobhra DeWar January 18, 2013 at 05:19 PM
Tom's right. At least that is what the founding fathers said in many of their speeches.
Patrick C January 18, 2013 at 06:49 PM
I am sure the shooter at Sandy Hooks Mother felt the same as you Siobhra DeWar until her son shot her to death with her own guns.
Patrick C January 18, 2013 at 06:51 PM
It is a fact that Nukes have not killed anyone since 1945, Mike S. and The Illuminati, are you saying that they should be legal for personal ownership?
Siobhra DeWar January 18, 2013 at 07:51 PM
Patrick, She most likely did. But mothers tend to get blinded by the dangers of their own children. A lot of gun owners get blinded by people they trust. But it is that misplaced trust that got them killed or hurt. And that can happen to you if you are armed or not. But don't you think that if she had not had any guns she would have been any safer? A lot of people get killed by all sorts of weapons when they are armed or not by people who are out to get them. If someone were to target me my gun would only give me the smallest of chance's. If any. But the random home invader or car jacker would find I am not as easy a target as he believed. The bottom line really is all the gun laws and bans will never do anything to make us and our children any safer. None at all. And letting the nation go the direction of gun laws is taking attention away from the core problems. Our so-called leaders are using the people who hate guns as a tool to keep the nation from looking at their failure to do their job. And from their desire to do their job. And you anti-gun people are helping to keep the problem going.
Anthony January 18, 2013 at 08:13 PM
Obama Supplied The Guns That Murdered 16 Mexican Teenagers. Does anybody recall the "Fast and Furious" Movement.
Andrew Funk January 18, 2013 at 08:33 PM
Ask Camden how their strict gun laws have kept crime down. There's a town we should model our gun laws after.
James Kephart Jr. January 18, 2013 at 08:35 PM
How about we do nothing? I am not interested in wasting money we do not have to pass "feel good laws".
Matt Allen January 18, 2013 at 09:13 PM
Come on, everyone knows when you ban guns there is less gun crime. Just look at Chicago & D.C. or of course how there are never any shooting in the "Gun Free Zones" at our schools. You crazy NRA members need to look at the facts.
Right to own January 18, 2013 at 10:03 PM
What's wrong with you??? You think lawful gun owners are going to kill a member of your family because they "love guns"??!!!! The 2nd amendment is not about a love of guns but of freedom and rights ...I think you are the one's who are "mentally ill" with this kind of absurd thinking!
Right to own January 18, 2013 at 10:15 PM
Agreed Shalina...I am a republican and my husband is a registered democrat...we are both for the 2nd amendment rights. This whole argument goes way beyond Democrat/ Republican...it's about our freedoms. Yes I agree that a lot of the legislators from both parties are definitely for a one world agenda...let's not lump them all in to one group either...check out their voting records...do your homework and vote responsibly if you really cherish your freedoms. I think an impeachment is in order for several in gov.
Siobhra DeWar January 18, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Right now there are millions of legal gun owners in this country with carry permits. And 3 or 4 times that amount of legal gun owners that just have guns. If we were half as dangerous as the gun grabbers say we are they would all be dead by now.
Patrick C January 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM
Siobhra DeWar, I never said I was against guns, you assumed that because I do not believe that guns equal safety that I am against guns. In truth I agree that bans will not stop the issue since it is caused by a culture that has been ingrained in us that the only way to stay free, to not feel oppressed, and to protect yourself from the world is by a gun. If someone that disconnects from reality hears this they will turn to a gun. I've felt the pull to use a gun to solve a problem, I was able to turn to other ways to solve problems. Imagine how a person that is angry at the world would feel if someone told him the only way to fight the bad guy, is a be a good guy with a gun. This has been known since Waco and due to the first amendment, the only thing the government can due then ... is control the guns.
mitch January 19, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Teachers with guns? As '"local cop" I am sure you train often with your firrarm. My place does 4 times a year including tactical and dim light. I am all for more trai.ed cops assigned to the schools. Things like adrenalin and tunnel vision and not knowing who the "good guys" are would all come into play with the teachers.Lets not ask them to be cops and incur the liability that goes along with that.
Siobhra DeWar January 19, 2013 at 01:35 AM
Patrick, controlling guns is only control on good people. Since all on-line arguments end up talking about Hitler let's start there. How about if back at the start of WW2 we decided to make peace between England and Germany by disarming England. How do you think it would have turned out for England? Well that is how it will work out here. Bad guys have guns and always will. Bad guys have fist or their youth. They make deadly weapons in prison so they can make them on the outside even easier. Do you want us to try and out run them? Control of guns only means control of us. Control of you. Because like it or not the fear of who is carrying and not carrying gives you some protection. When the good guys are disarmed the bad guys will have less fear of getting hurt in an attack.
Ashish Sitapara MD January 19, 2013 at 05:43 AM
Someone needs to tell people that you don't have to be a "progun" person to be conservative. Progun is progun. Its a single policy issue. It has very little to do with a particular political persuasion.
Ashish Sitapara MD January 19, 2013 at 05:59 AM
Why is the gun argument always an all or nothing fight? We the people elect our representatives to enact laws on our behalf (specifically the majorities behalf) . We regulate what we have the right to do and not to do and the limits we set. Every constitutional right has degrees, not absolutes. Justice Scalia has endorsed that sentiment, especially with gun regulation. Surely we the people can figure out a way for our citizens to maintain and enjoy the right to own guns (as protected by the Second Amendment,) while at the same time enact safeguards to try and prevent irresponsible people from having access to "tools" designed for killing. This doesn't have to be an all or nothing conversation.
Ezra Williams January 19, 2013 at 06:18 AM
The leftist, liberal wussies who think we can maintain our freedoms through hugging and kissing our enemies are the "all or nothing" clowns. Or course, you know better because you have MD after your name and are smarter than me and most others. In fact, judging by your name, you left your home country to come to the U.S. (besides less immigration issues due to your degree) because you feel a need to change our culture of gun ownership because it worked so well in your home country.
mike January 19, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Biggest threat to the world to day is the idea of progressive liberalism.While I think many average people who class themselves as being liberal and wish for a utopian world as we all do,it simply cannot be.But these people are just misguided maliable and easily convinced by people with higher power because its easy that way. The real danger is these cloak and dagger governments hiding behind a cloud of liberal ideas to push through their agendas because they can't possibly be the bad guys as they are fighting for the oppressed as they say. This is the way they get to power and take all your rights because they are doing it in your interest and how could they possibly be the bad guys when they are apparently fighting the corner of the minorities. In truth they don't care at all for these minorities only gaining the power which they so want and will go with any public opinion to gain this power Unfortunately we are on the direct road to true government oppression in the west and we are fighting for it.
James Kephart Jr. January 19, 2013 at 01:32 PM
If this article was correct, it appears as though we may be better off taking our chances with properly trained and armed citizens (though I do understand officers are much more likely to be involved in an incident requiring the use of a gun): "In the November 15, 1993 issue of Newsweek Magazine, George Will reported that police are more than 5 times more likely than a civilian to shoot an innocent person by mistake." Here is another interesting fact for the women out their wondering if they should arm themselves: "An unarmed woman is more than 10 times more likely to be raped than an armed woman." Two can play the fear mongering game with "statistical information".
SEM January 19, 2013 at 02:28 PM
Why don't you ask the person who pulled the trigger what's wrong? What laws that they are trying to pass today would have stopped him from doing what he did? 1) Ban Hi Cap magazines 2) Ban "Assault" Rifles ( These are NOT assault rifles they are indeed Semi Auto's ) 3) Universal Background check ( already in place NICS) 4) Asking your Dr if you have a gun? What do Drs have to do with Gun control? 5) 7 or less magazines as opposed to 10+ Will 3 bullets really make a difference? 6) Creating Gun free zones creates a magnet to mass killers. They know they will not encounter any resistance. Are you that guillible that we will live in a peaceful world? really? Civilization has been around for over 2000 years and has always been at war, why would that change now? How dare the Dictator in cheif hide behind children to push his agenda. He should be ashamed of himself. This is the same thing Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Castro, Chavez did before disarming their citizens and then imposing dictatorship/communism. Answer me that since your so smart?
SEM January 19, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Obama is such a hyprocrit, he has killed more children than he pretends to protect. Think about Fast & Furious and the mexican kids killed because of the cartels. LIberals modo "Do as I say, not as I do" Liberals should be the ones in mental institutions, that would be a start
SEM January 19, 2013 at 02:47 PM
@ Mike L. You take these 23 EO's at face value, were you born yesterday? Your going to tell me there is no alterior motive? I thought liberals were smart. Let me help you here 1) Will allow skewed government research to lie and spin the truth on a mass scale. ( think falsified "Global Warming" studies ) kind of like the current "Independant think tank" at fort hood portraying Conservative, Right leaning, Law abiding citizens that believe in defending themselves and in Constitutional rights as Terrorists. This is paving the way for the UN ( ATT ) gun ban Mr Dictator is planning to sign in March. Look it up. You need to stop watching American Idol and research what is going on in your world....That is if you care about your rights
SEM January 19, 2013 at 02:49 PM
Your kidding right? No one is that stupid. Or at least I didn't think so
SEM January 19, 2013 at 02:51 PM
That is what Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Chavez, Castro said before turning their country into mass killing machines. Keep your lips on your dictators sphinxter
Irene Lennon April 15, 2013 at 01:15 PM
Looks as if Obama has already appointed himself Monarch.


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