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Pro-gun activists flood US state capitals defending right to bear arms (PHOTOS)

Published time: January 20, 2013 01:59
Edited time: January 20, 2013 05:59
Jared Jeanotte of Long Island, New York, displays a sign during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Albany, New York, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Hans Pennink)

Jared Jeanotte of Long Island, New York, displays a sign during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Albany, New York, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Hans Pennink)

Pro-gun rallies have been held across the US demanding the White House curb its sweeping new gun-control proposals and to defend the second amendment of the constitution.

­Thousands of protestors took to the streets across the US, after a massive social-media grass roots initiative called “Guns Across America,” called on Americans to defend the right to bear arms guaranteed by the second amendment of the constitution.

Most of weapons advocates gathered next to state capitol buildings, where on-going discussions on gun control are taking place following December’s Sandy Hook massacre.  

Around two thousand people took to the streets of New York. Other locations throughout the nation witnessed crowd of different sizes, from dozens of people in South Dakota to around 600 people Austin, Texas.

"An Armed Society is a Polite Society," and "The Second Amendment Comes from God," were among the slogans used by the people to protect their constitutional right.

In some states, like Arizona and Oregon, men came with rifles on their backs.

In Connecticut where the December 14 tragedy unfolded, more than 1,000 people urged the authorities not implement new restrictions on gun possession. 

On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza burst into Sandy Hook Elementary School killing  twenty children and six teachers in Newtown, Connecticut. The second-deadliest school shooting in US history, after the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre, sparked a debate over the fate of the second amendment.

This Wednesday, President Barack Obama called on Congress to pass a number of proposals that could allow for sweeping new gun laws across the country. If approved, the measures will ban the buying and selling of certain assault weapons, close loopholes that circumvent a background check requirement, impose limits on ammunition purchases and more.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law Tuesday gun control legislation banning military-style rifles and imposing tighter restrictions on ammunition.

Lanell Babbage-Torres holds a sign as she listens to speakers during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Tami Chappell)
Lanell Babbage-Torres holds a sign as she listens to speakers during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Tami Chappell)
Nine year old Summer Stayton sits on her dad Jason Stayton′s shoulders as they listens to speakers during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Tami Chappell)
Nine year old Summer Stayton sits on her dad Jason Stayton's shoulders as they listens to speakers during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Tami Chappell)
Tom Rycroft (R), stands with his sons Austin (L), and Wyatt (C) as they wait for the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Tami Chappell)
Tom Rycroft (R), stands with his sons Austin (L), and Wyatt (C) as they wait for the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Atlanta, Georgia, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Tami Chappell)
A couple hold a banner during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Denver, Colorado, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Mark Leffingwell)
A couple hold a banner during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Denver, Colorado, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Mark Leffingwell)
Gun legislation protesters hold signs during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Denver, Colorado, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Mark Leffingwell)
Gun legislation protesters hold signs during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Denver, Colorado, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Mark Leffingwell)
Bob Dobyns speaks as several hundred people listen during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Denver, Colorado, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Mark Leffingwell)
Bob Dobyns speaks as several hundred people listen during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Denver, Colorado, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Mark Leffingwell)
Jay Hartley carries his 8 year old daughter during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Michelle McLoughlin)
Jay Hartley carries his 8 year old daughter during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Michelle McLoughlin)
Hundreds of people gather for the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Michelle McLoughlin)
Hundreds of people gather for the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Michelle McLoughlin)
An 8 year old girl holds a sign during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Michelle McLoughlin)
An 8 year old girl holds a sign during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Michelle McLoughlin)
An unidentified man carries an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Michelle McLoughlin)
An unidentified man carries an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle during the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Michelle McLoughlin)
John Noto of Springville, New York, displays signs prior to the start of the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Albany, New York, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Hans Pennink)
John Noto of Springville, New York, displays signs prior to the start of the Guns Across America pro-gun rally at the State Capitol in Albany, New York, January 19, 2013. (Reuters / Hans Pennink)

Comments (2)

 

Louis Lalonde 11.05.2013 14:02

I'm all for gun rights. Law abiding citizens with no mental health issues should have guns. I personnaly don't have any, wish I did, but I have other financial priorities, like paying my rent and food! I wish I could afford to buy a few. The thing I don't understand is that I would spend a lot more energy defending my rights as a worker, tenant, consumer, public transit user rather than my gun rights. Question of prority. There seems to be more people in the US demonstrating for guns rights then people demonstrating against low wages, lack of union protection and social justice. Financial security comes first to me.

 

Raymond Armstrong 11.05.2013 07:57

Armed and disciplined doesn't sound like a general right to carry arms but restricts it to those who are "disciplined&qu ot; as in lawfully constituted bodies of the state.

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