Mark it on your calendars, folks. Starting this year and for evermore, January 19th shall be national “Gun Appreciation Day.”
According to the Washington Post, a number of conservative organizations and pro-gun groups are launching the day-o’-the-gun two days before President Obama’s inauguration to protest what the organizers see as Washington’s plan to disarm Americans.
"If the American people don’t fight back now, Obama will do to 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," said Larry Ward, chairman of the event.
To celebrate “Gun Appreciation Day,” groups, such as the Second Amendment Foundation, Revolution PAC and Draft Judge Andrew Napolitano are urging gun enthusiasts across the country to “turn out in droves” at gun shows, shooting ranges and gun stores to show a united front against those planning to take their guns.
As Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation told the Post, “We need to ban politicians who assault our rights, not firearms that are used thousands of times a day to protect lives and property from criminal attack.”
Someone Flunked Public Relations 101
A note to Alan and the boys: Here we are, not a month after one of the most horrific shootings in our history and you are seriously planning a very public day to extol the virtues of the firearm? Believe me, I’m not normally one to coach you guys on the finer points of public relations -- but Alan, “Gun Appreciation Day”???
Do you not realize that to the average, non-NRA, non-Obama-hatin’ American -- the very Americans you will need on your side when legislators get down to new gun business -- that right now, guns are about as popular as the shingles. Believe me, the image of lots of smiling people proudly holding up their Bushmasters, Glocks and AKs for the TV cameras will not sit well in most American living rooms. In fact, you just might wind up growing a few more gun control activists on your “day.”
If you must have your day, hold it on a day that is far removed on the calendar from horrible gun days, such as Columbine, Aurora, Clackamas, Tucson... hmm, I guess there are no good days for "Gun Appreciation Day."
And another thing: What is it about you guys and Obama? To you, Wayne LaPierre of the NRA and a number of other gun-thumpers, Obama is the gun-taking antichrist. Yet Obama’s record on guns, including his signing off on loaded guns in national parks and in Amtrak passengers’ luggage, make him more gun-friendly than George W. Bush and has earned him an “F” from the Brady Campaign. Is there something else about Obama you don't like and you're just not telling us?
There’s one more thing. January 19th is “National Popcorn Day.” I suppose you could combine the two but I have a feeling the National Popcorn Board won’t go for it.