Gun rights supporters, many who carried rifles and ammunition openly, rallied at state capitals across the U.S. on Saturday to push back against efforts to pass stricter gun-control laws that they fear threaten their Constitutional right to bear arms. Some of those who attended and carried openly carried AR-15s – the same type of rifle that a student used two months ago at a mass school shooting that killed 17 people in Parkland, Florida.
From Delaware to Wyoming, hundreds of protestors listen to speakers who warn of restrictions on gun ownership because they fear the government banning their guns, which would against the Second Amendment, the Associated Press reports.
One demonstrator in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Westley Williams, who carried an AR-15 rifle told the AP:
“If you have a building and you take a brick out every so often, after a while you’re not going to have a building”
One of the organizers of a rally in Augusta, Maine reported about 800 people showed up at the statehouse a gun free zone to make the point “we are law-abiding.”
Saturday’s protest was planned three weeks after “March For Our Lives” march in D.C., New York City, and other cities across America to call for bans on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as well as for universal background checks on gun owners.
At the protests in Atlanta, Georgia, on Saturday more than a quarter of the 160 protestors carried rifles as well as flags and signs saying “Don’t Tread On Me” as they listen about gun rights from speakers. A few people wearing “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts did attend some of the rallies and made videos but didn’t anti-protest.
Right-wing movements such as the Three Percent attended at many of the rallies the coalition of the describes itself as a collection of patriotic-based groups that:
“…Come from all walks of life, including Three Percent groups and local militias.”
Gun rights protestors also showed up in Boston; Indianapolis; Montpelier, Vermont; Albany, New York; Austin, Texas, Des Moines, Iowa, and other cities.
As a reminder, compared to the gun rights rally yesterday, last months “March For Our Lives” march was estimated to bring in anywhere between 200,000 and 800,000 people, making it one of the largest youth-led protests since those held to protest the Vietnam war.
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