Skip to comments.Gun Control Advocates March as Nation Reels From School Shootings
Posted on 01/26/2013 11:17:38 AM PST by kristinn
Thousands of demonstrators rallied Saturday in Washington to demand tougher gun control laws, many describing themselves as first-time capital marchers who've had enough of gun violence.
On a cold day, a vanguard led a blocks-long procession with a big blue banner, declaring "March on Washington for Gun Control: When we stand together, we stand a chance."
The demonstrators want reinstatement of the federal ban on the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles such as the one used in the recent Newtown, Connecticut, school shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead, plus the gunman and his mother. The protestors also want a ban on the sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines and universal background checks.
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan told an assembly of marchers, after they reached their rallying area midway between the White House and the Capitol, that Saturday's demonstration wasn't about the Second Amendment.
"This is about gun responsibility; this is about gun safety; this is about fewer dead Americans, fewer dead children," Duncan told the crowd.
A small counterdemonstration was held across the street from the gun control advocates' staging area near the Capitol. One gun rights advocate said he thinks people in schools should be armed -- a viewpoint he developed after the Newtown shooting.
"I could not figure out why government employees have armed guards, banks have armed guards to protect the money, but the government, for some reason, thought we don't need armed guards to protect our children," Dick Heller said. "Maybe they're less worthy. I don't know. I don't know what their thinking was. All I can't understand is why didn't they protect their children like the government protects itself?"
(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...
Watch and Learn, o ye of little faith.
I must not be too big. FOX was showing very narrow shots today. I didn’t see any wide views.
Where is the second amendment march! Where are we!
When leftists march it is always “thousands” or “millions,” but when patriots march it is hundreds or less.
I’m not reeling.
I was over it the exact second it was politicized.
We have gun control, it is called The 2nd Amendment.
Actually the homicide rate in this country is at an almost 100 year low, even though we have a record number of guns. Hmmmmmm...
“Where is the second amendment march! Where are we!”
We have jobs.
“Reeling”? “Blocks Long”? Who dreams this stuff up?
The usual CNN propagandists.
I’m “reeling” from the GUN FREE ZONES...
What, you didn't see it?
Nope, neither did I.
Gun control won’t do a thing when it comes to Adam Lanza types, not a thing.
Thanks for the video. What absolute fools to have meekly surrendered their firearms!
In the US? To quote Michigan state Rep. Doug Geiss (D-Taylor), “there will be blood, there will be repercussions”.
Thousands? I did not even see hundreds in the photo’s I saw. I call total BS!
“The group One Million Moms for Gun Control, the Washington National Cathedral and two other churches eventually signed on to co-sponsor the march. Organizers have raised more than $46,000 online to pay for equipment and fees to stage the rally.”
“If your not willing to risk it all, then you dont want it bad enoug”
Idiotic - “we have jobs”.....so did the many soldier Reservists that died for your freedom. Dont be so ignorant.
One day will not kill you.
Have asked a friend outside of DC to try and give me some accurate numbers on the crowd. If CNN says thousands, it’s a low number that they’re trying to make look large. Even Yahoo isn’t inflating the number above thousands instead of tens of thousands. By the way, did anyone notice if SEIU was there? If anyone has a friend in DC who can give accurate numbers, please post it.
They are trying to change the language, from “gun control” to “gun safety.” This is more important than it may seem. Don’t let the Left get language control.
Politically Gun Control is the Liberals version of what Abortion is to Conservatives.
Their trying to pass laws (sometimes very harsh laws) to force people to behave in ways in which they very much disagree. (and large numbers of people).
This won’t turn out well for them politically. They will piss of large numbers of people.
Ding Ding Ding
Major Sponsor: Washington National Cathedral?
“Washington National Cathedral: Great place for a gay wedding”
Danger Will Robinson: Hard Leftie Propaganda....!!!!
February 8, every State Capital.
Thank you.....I will be there...I have three jobs,
Obviously CNN doesn't know that our nation is now controlled by the low information voter. They only "reeled" until another shiny object was dangled in front of them, now they have forgot about school shootings and moved on to the new season of American Idol.
All of them are on the government dole one way or another, or basically the elected democratic crooks forced their staff workers to “brave” the cold weather. I mock them and any conservative who has any respect for them.
Yes, but here in the U.S., ur overlords seek to exempt themselves from the consequences of their proposed bans.
Any man looks me in the face and asks me to surrender my firearm, while he fancies himself fit to have one, wishes to enslave me.
Hoping I don’t have to cross that bridge, but I will.
Motivation for just such encounters, courtesy of Clint:
Horrendous as the massacre was, there is absolutely no relationship between that and what is happening now. We have a radical leftist president, and the Left is taking this opportunity. The shootings, whether staged or not, are an excuse to take the guns away. If they succeed, the Constitution may never recover.
I know this has been said here before. It’s just that the absolute lack of connection is so extra crystal clear to me now that we have Gun Grabbers on Parade.
I noticed the dishonest, DUmb gun-grabbers are attempting to substitute pictures from some other protest as their own as seen at this link. You'll notice the people wearing t-shirts and shorts in the picture. It's summer time and not a cold January in DC.
“”Hey LaPierre. How about this? Keep the Bad guy from even getting a gun!””
I keep waiting for these folks to truly give and explanation of “HOW”.
Keeping good guys from getting guns is not a valid explanation.
Folks warm up your disqus log in and cream those libturds at that thread.
Good catch on a MSM trick... Rather than ‘marching’ why don’t these people make a list of all the great cities where gun control has worked? You know, places like Chicago, Detroit and DC....
Pro Life yesterday - a half million people - no comment from the media.
It’s time for the gun party to march.
When a DA charges a gun with murder or manslaughter and NOT the person holding the gun, THAT’S when I will believe in gun control!!!
But, not before.
CNN gets the truth from Jesse Ventura:
There should be a march on Washington to ban stupid people..100 percent of them being Obama voters
I don't think that's a sufficient reason, anymore. Orchestrated protests (by rent-a-mobs) get Washington's attention, NOT writing or phoning a Congresscritter. The left understands street demonstrations while country club Republicans are content to disagree with the marchers over drinks at the club. This is about "sound and fury representing nothing", not facts and not reality.
We will not preserve our country and our Constitution if we do not become more vocal. IOW, the squeaky wheel gets the grease.
You will love this:
500,000 people, many of them young adults, marched on Washington yesterday against abortion.
That’s five hundred thousand - Yesterday- the commemoration of Roe V wade decision 40 years ago which has resulted in at least 55,000,000 - That’s fifty five million - deaths.
Did you hear about it, see it or read about it?
Muskets were made for killing people.
First, there are already more than 20,000 gun control laws actively on the books today and none of them prevented the Sandy Hook tragedy. Second, millions upon million of people in America own guns and 99.9999% of them have never and will never use them for anything other than hunting or self-defense.
So, lets lose the hysteria and analyze the facts - a PERSON murdered those children in Connecticut, NOT a hunk of steel. In Portland, a PERSON killed two people in the mall, NOT a hunk of steel! In Denver, a PERSON shot up the theater, NOT a hunk of steel!!
NONE of these facts will matter to the gun-grabbing nanny-staters, because they focus solely on the gun and nothing else. So, what happens if ALL guns are outlawed and forcibly collected by the feds? Someone bent on committing mass murder may turn to knives, hatchets, chainsaws or machetes. So, we outlaw those. The next person to commit a heinous crime may use a bat, poison, poison gas or a semi-tractor. And the one after that may use a car, a pen or pencil, a rock, his hands . . . . . . so when do we blame the PERSON and NOT the inanimate weapon!???
The fact remains that until the left understands that murdering humans by ANY means including their favorite method, abortion, human life will be valueless and more copycats will come out to exercise their demented mass murder of innocent people.
All of that said, it occurs to me that the gun-grabbers are from the leftist school of complete control. What that means is that if 1 person commits a gun crime then, under the leftist theory of the “collective” and “groupthink”, they believe that ALL gun owners will commit mass murder unless they eliminate guns (good luck with that!). So, the calls for more gun control by the left after these incidents is twofold - eliminate the “balance of power” the Founding Fathers so carefully wove into the Constitution and gain total control over the people.
Another part that affects all of this is the fact that laws, whether gun laws, robbery laws, or whatever, are written solely to affect law-abiding citizens. People who commit crimes are called “outlaws” and criminals because they DON’T adhere to the laws created to control or stop their illegal activities.
So, should the left create additional gun control laws, will it prevent the next gun-related crime? Of course not. Laws only affect those of us who obey them. Those who disregard the law won’t be stopped from committing whatever crime they want to commit.
As a final note, Adam Lanza did not own the guns he used to murder all of the people at Sandy Hook Elementary. They were his mother’s guns and they were all legally purchased and registered. Which begs the question, what will any NEW gun control laws accomplish?
Yep, shorts in a blizzard. hee hee hee
It ain't a big crowd in DC if you can see daylight between 'em. My guess is they're maybe 995,000 shy of a "Million Moms". Less, if you include the media in the total.
It’s a damn good reason.
I go to local Tea Party gatherings. I vote in every election. I write and call my representatives. I’ve been a paid conservative columnist for the local daily, until my wife had to fear for her own job because of the least politically incorrect topics (never homosexuality, never race) I might address.
I don’t give a rip what country club Republicans do. They don’t influence me and don’t ask my advice either.
But I do not have time or money to head to D.C. or L.A. or Billings, Montana, to hold hands and march in parade.
Good on ya FRiend if you do. Wave at the camera if you get a chance. And let me know how things turn out.
It has been reported that no rifle was used in the Newtown school shooting, nor was any rifle carried into the building by the shooter.
Is this true?
I saw a photo of about a dozen people, although the text refered to “thousands” and “blocks long”.
Yeah, but we turned up in all the state capitols as well as D.C. on Jan. 19; (or was it the 20th?)so we actually had far more than they did! All they’re reporting seems to be in D.C.!