Groups are calling on gun rights activists to go to local gun stores, gun ranges or gun shows in order to send a message to the president and Congress.
“The Obama administration has shown that it is more than willing to trample the Constitution to impose its dictates upon the American people,” “Gun Appreciation Day” chairman Larry Ward, president of Political Media, Inc., said in a press release. “If the American people don’t fight back now, Obama will do the Second Amendment what he has already done to the First with Obamacare – gut it without a moment’s thought to our basic constitutional rights.”
The groups are hoping to reach up to 50 million Americans ahead of “Gun Appreciation Day” which will take place two days before Obama’s inauguration.
“We have never had a president who so callously disregards the Constitution, Congress, the courts, and the will of the American people,” Ward said in a statement. “And that’s why this outpouring of public support is so important for our constitutional safeguards to keep and bear arms. If, as this president claims, the American people are at risk from murderous rampagers, the logical solution is to arm, not present a docile target.”
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4 People Shot At 3 Different Gun Shows On Gun Appreciation Day - pulse.me/s/hxVWe Guns don't shoot people. Morons do.— William Moore (@Underdad) January 19, 2013
The irony is mightier than the gun. fb.me/2eX4ccK8R— LOLGOP (@LOLGOP) January 19, 2013
"I got shot at #GunAppreciationDay and all I got was this $50K medical bill I can't afford."— Gabe Ortíz (@TUSK81) January 19, 2013
Big dilemma; do I bring my Bushmaster or my H&KMP7 to Gun Appreciation Day? What would Jesus bring?— Jack Sussek (@JackSussek) January 19, 2013
When celebrating National Gun Appreciation Day, organize a toilet seat horseshoe tournament.— Perry Stroika (@PerryJerisho) January 19, 2013
Please retweet if you will be buying guns & ammo instead of watching the inauguration.— Phillip Laird (@PhillipLaird) January 17, 2013
Today is a good day to reflect on what Martin Luther King, Jr. thought about guns. bit.ly/VdX53A— VoiceInTheWilderness (@VoiceInTheWild2) January 19, 2013
In Indianapolis, police said a 54-year-old man was injured when he inadvertently shot himself while leaving a gun show. Emory L. Cozee was loading his .45-caliber semi-automatic when he shot himself in the hand as he was leaving the Indy 1500 Gun and Knife show at the state fairgrounds, state police said. Loaded personal weapons aren't allowed inside the show. Cozee, of Indianapolis, was hospitalized for treatment. Police say the shooting was accidental and no charges will be filed. And in Ohio, a gun dealer in Medina was checking out a semi-automatic handgun he had bought Saturday when he accidentally pulled the trigger, injuring his friend, police said. The gun's magazine had been removed from the firearm, but one round remained in the chamber, police said. Police Chief Pat Berarducci said it appears the bullet ricocheted off the floor and struck the friend in the arm and leg. The man was taken by helicopter to a hospital 30 miles north in Cleveland, Berarducci said. His condition wasn't immediately known.From CNN
The most casualties came at the Dixie Gun and Knife Show in Raleigh, North Carolina, where attendees bolted -- with at least one woman wiping out in the frenetic scene -- when gunfire rang out around 1 p.m., as seen on video captured by CNN affiliate WRAL. Police later explained that a a 36-year-old man from Wilmington, North Carolina, was unfastening the case of his 12-gauge shotgun on a table near the show entrance when it accidentally discharged. The man planned to sell the shotgun at the show. The bird shot ended up injuring three people. One was a sheriff's deputy, who suffered a slight injury to his hand and was treated and released at a local hospital before returning immediately to work, said Joel Keith, chief of police of the North Carolina State Fair. A 54-year-old woman from Benson, North Carolina, was being treated for a wound to her right torso at a local hospital, and a 50-year-old man from Durham, North Carolina, was treated for an injured left hand, Keith told reporters. "I want to emphasize that this is an accident," Keith said.