Are you looking forward to ‘Gun Appreciation Day’?

    A coalition of conservative gun enthusaist groups are declaring Jan. 19 “Gun Appreciation Day.” Regardless of your position on the Second Amendment, do you think this appeal is necessary or helpful?

    A coalition of conservative gun enthusaist groups are timing their declaration of “Gun Appreciation Day” for Jan. 19, the day before Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

    They are urging Americans to show support for gun ownership by signing a petition to the U.S. government to stop all efforts to disarm the American people, pushing some talking points on Facebook, and standing in line and waving American flags at their neighorhood gun retailers.

    Regardless of your position on the Second Amendment, do you think this appeal is necessary or helpful? Do you plan on packing up your family to visit your nearest gun store, gun range or gun show, as the letter asks? 

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    Let us know in the comments below.

    A passionate email from Larry Ward, chairman of Gun Appreciation Day, is making the rounds:

    President Barack Obama and his sycophants aren’t pulling any punches while they attack our Second Amendment rights.

    It’s about time we started fighting back and playing for keeps.

    Liberals have cowed down too many of our supposedly conservative leaders. Instead of standing strong for our right to bear arms, they’re giving into the emotional whirlwind of the leftist PR storm for gun control.

    It’s abundantly clear by now that it’s up to We the People to stand up and make our elected officials do their duty, and protect the Constitution.

    That’s why we’ve brought together a broad coalition of grassroots conservative groups who are ready and willing to take on the Obama Machine, go toe-to-toe with establishment “moderates,” and repudiate the lies and misinformation spread by the liberal media.

    It’s not clear what exactly the letter is accusing the president of doing, but one assumes the appeal was sent in anticipation of the legislative proposals that came from the White House today, including a ban on new assault weapons, limits on high-capacity magazines, expanded background checks for gun purchases and tougher laws to crack down on gun trafficking.

    Obama has said that he supports common sense measures that protect Second Amendment rights but prevent people who should not have weapons from obtaining them. has made an effort to separate rhetoric from fact, revealing fabrications and misleading statements on both sides of the nation’s gun debate. The site also contains many articles about guns and gun control.

    The petition is from Lawrence Hunter, chairman of Revolution PAC, whose objective seems to be to draft former New Jersey Superior Court Judge and current Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano into president contention.

    Do you think the White House’s proposals amount to a trampling of the Second Amendment?

    Are you interested in supporting Napolitano’s presidential bid?

    Let us know in the comments below.

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