As a response to President Obama’s sweeping gun control proposals, Gun Appreciation Day was created to celebrate the second amendment and the right of the people to keep and bear arms. In conjunction with Gun Appreciation Day, Guns Across America was created as a way for Americans to peacefully assemble at state capitals all across the nation.
According to the mission statement on the Guns Across America Facebook page, “Guns Across America events are committed to supporting the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as outlined in the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution. Our goal is to inform and educate the public about their Constitutional Rights. Our objective is to ensure that law abiding citizens retain those rights through peaceful and legal means.”
On January 19, state capitals from Alabama to Wyoming hosted peaceful rallies, and in Kansas, the rally was held at 12:00 noon at the steps of the capital in Topeka. Hundreds of second amendment supporters came out to utilize their first amendment right to free speech, holding signs and flags. According to the organizer of the Guns Across America: Kansas event, close to 1000 people were in attendance.