On Saturday, January 19, 2013, people filled streets across the country to show support of their Second Amendment rights in an effort known as Guns Across America. According to a report by USA Today, the turnout varied greatly from city to city, with some smaller towns only having a handful of people, while other larger cities packed several thousand. The day was dubbed Gun Appreciation Day.
The peaceful protests came just days following President Barack Obama signing 23 executive orders in the name of reducing gun violence and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signing new laws which puts restrictions on “assault rifles” and high-capacity magazines.
Some of the cities with the highest turnout were also those that have typically been portrayed as anti-gun, including cities in New York, Illinois and Massachusetts. Supporters also rallied in the city of Hartford, Connecticut, about 50 miles from the tragedy at Sandy Hook last month.
The people of the country came together to send a message loud and clear to Washington and others across the nation. That message stated we are the people and our right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
A special thanks to Gun Control Kills for providing photos for the Guns Across America slideshow, which features photos of rallies from around the country.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
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