Gun Appreciation Day At State Capitol

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Hundreds of supporters showed up for the Gun Appreciation Day rally Saturday, held at noon on the steps of the state capitol in Hartford.

The Hartford rally is affiliated with a group called “Guns Across America,’’ which is sponsoring rallies in state capitols across the country, but falls on the same day as \”Gun Appreciation Day,\” a widely publicized event organized by a different group.

Four speakers had been lined up for Saturday\’s rally and event organizer Dave Ouimette, of Norwich, was expecting between 200 and 400 people to attend.

Saturday also happens to be the day before President Obama is officially sworn in for his second term, and the timing of the event drew criticism from people across the country, especially because it falls on Martin Luther King weekend.


“My main goal is that everyone’s under the same understanding that we are there to stand up for our Second Amendment rights, not to be used as an example,” Ouimette said before the event.  “We’re already labeled as the bad guys.”

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26 thoughts on “Gun Appreciation Day At State Capitol

  1. Scott

    People are missing the point. It’s not just about guns, it is standing up to Obama as he tries to slowly strip away the constituion. If he can do this with the 2nd ammendment, what other ammendments can or will he try it on. Heck he he is doing his best to get rid of the 1st as well. It’s time America stood up against this, not let them walk of America. What would the founding fathers think if they were here today?

    1. Kim

      once they get rid of the second amendment, all others are at risk. The 2nd is the protection for the others.

  2. BillboyBaggins

    I was at the second amendment rally today at the capitol. Believe it or not, but it is lawful to carry a gun, open or concealed on the grounds! I saw one man with a firearm on his hip. The state police were there of course, that is there job for any such event. There did not seem to be an inordinate number of troopers and they pretty much just hung out and chatted amounts themselves.

    Of all the rallies I have been to, tea party, tax day, 2nd Amnd., this one was the most passionate. There was (likely) a sign up sheet for those who wanted to speak. Everyone I heard, spoke with knowledge of the Constitution and the facts of things and articulated their thoughts well.

    I’m sure there will be videos posted of the event, soon. One of our Tea Party activists is “Palin Smith”, records and posts this sort of thing. Google Palin Smith YouTube videos.

    Of course there was absolutely no disorder. Surprisingly, there were no planted instigators in the crowd. And, the media seemed conspicuously absent.

  3. BillboyBaggins

    I will add, too, that many people brought there children, at least one in a stroller. There was the occasional dog on a leash. It was, a crowd not much different in demeanor from the crowd that attends the summer jazz concerts in the park, below.

  4. Repeal 2nd Amendment Bill

    Even whitey cracker has rights. Go ahead, whitey cracker red neck. Have your party.

    1. johngaltwhereru

      Does anyone think “Repeal…’s” calling people “whitey cracker rednecks” is racist?

          1. The Conn-servative

            I am curious as to why the mods let “Repeal…” still post or at the very least, have let this post go thru. It is amazing in America, that racism exists in the form of a type of road: one way. Filthy hypocrites.

  5. Dave LaPorte

    Once again, liberal under-reporting of a pro-gun event. I was there, and based on my view from the capitol steps, the crowd went from the bottom of the steps up all the way to Bushnell Park and far over to the left and right. A truer estimate is between 2000 and 3000 attendees.

      1. Jimbo

        You’re funny. Not.

        Keep making fun of law abiding citizens in favor of criminals and see how that works out for you.

  6. Ralph

    Does anyone notice that everyone in the pictures looks similar? Do these citizens really believe the 2nd Amendment allows them to carry an assault weapon with at thirty round clip? The Supreme Court way back when determined that some weapons didn’t fit in the 2nd Amendment. If they really believe an Assault Rifle with a big clip is allowed by the 2nd Amendment, what’s to stop them from saying a Rocket Launcher Fits too??? These citizens need to come to grip with reality, the State of Connecticut has the authority under the Constitution to Regulate weapons, it’s pretty cut and dry.

    1. BillboyBaggins

      First of all, Ralphie boy, they are magazines, not clips. Second, they are not assault weapons, they only look like assault weapons; they do not function in full automatic fire, like a true assault weapon does. (I’m a vet and I know what I am talking about)

      Now, try reading the Second Amendment: “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.”

      What part of “shall not be infringed” do you not understand? The phrase, “well regulated” does not mean burdened by regulations, but means coordinated and smoothly functioning.

      Now, read Federalist 29, written by Alexander Hamilton: “ut if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army can never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to them in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their own rights and those of their fellow-citizens. This appears to me the only substitute that can be devised for a standing army, and the best possible security against it, if it should exist.”

      Now, the Connecticut State Constitution, SEC. 15. “Every citizen has a right to bear arms in defense of himself and the state.”

      Though I doubt you have ever heard of the Federalist Papers or have ever read the constitutions, the language is unambiguous.

  7. Michael ldieri

    Dear Sir;

    I write now, theses words, to inform you of my needs. I have so few come to think of it, that I chose rather to tell you what my wants are. Of those I have many. But only one that I want to bring to your attention.

    My one want I would like to share with you is this: a leader for the country in which live.

    I believe you are quite worthy of becoming the leader I so desire. Why I voted for you twice. You are indeed the leader but now I want someone I will follow. There is something to be said about having to be led or wanting to. If there is no where I wish to go then I have no need for someone to show me the way. It does not enter my mind as some random thought. I do not wonder and allow the thought to generate emotion. Thus, no want.

    Want is more than one thought. More than one emotion. And is often confused with need. For so strongly is the need, that it becomes the focus for survival. Survival is the ultimate want, the epitome of desire. The only thoughts that matter focus on that one want/need/desire.

    To lose my life is my survival undone. And “in the end” we face our losing struggle to continue living. I digress.

    If there is somewhere I wish to go and know not the way, having a leader to follow is something to think about. The game of follow the leader comes to mind. For having a leader requires giving another trust. As a child the meaning of the word ‘trust’ was elusive and I often found ‘following’ was best done passively. Wanting to lead was only during the game.

    Now I have little choice for I am in my own mind a leader. I follow my way. But I am no longer passive. I direct from where I am now to somewhere else. Why I vote. You were and remain the choice between others, some quite frankly frighten me, who are not capable of leading. Their life styles, their deeds, the words they say; which almost always contradict what I want to hear.

    But having a leader whom is moving in a direction of my choice, failing successfully, has become tedious. Your second term is proof of something. Okay many things, success being first and foremost. Your failing, in my opinion, is I wonder to where do you lead. I ask you Mr. President, sir, to where do you lead? I wish to follow.

    As a the president do you know? Would you like to? Ask me. I know not the way but the place I see clearly. But only when I close my eyes. I speak the words but do you hear me. The people listen to their cries. I truly believe we will all not agree to even having eternal peace. Among us are those who’s desires and needs and wants are opposite to my own.

    No new laws shall stop them. No dwelling over the past when… Only when there is a direction for the who speak freely to follow, will a leader become evident. You sir. Choose your way. It must be very clear to you. For even I can see it.

    Michael Aldieri

    1. Michael ldieri

      Please forgive what are now claring errors in typos and grammar. Proofreading my own words reveals my scitoma. I often can not see what is right before my eyes. And by choice, subconscious as it might be.

  8. Murphy

    I’m a liberal and a gun owner. If this state makes me a criminal for doing nothing wrong then I will switch parties on that alone.

    Enough is enough. I’ve paid taxes my whole life and supported liberal causes. This is not the party I supported years ago. It has changed. I am not a criminal.

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