Gun Appreciation Day, 'Chick-fil-A' style

A conservative coalition wants to send a message to President Obama by protesting Washington's talks about gun control.

As the White House begins conversations about gun control this week, a conservative coalition is getting ready to celebrate the country’s first national Gun Appreciation Day (GAD) on Jan. 19, timing it to coincide with President Barack Obama’s second inauguration to send him a message.

Organizers of the appreciation day event hope attendance will rival Chick-fil-A appreciation day in August when thousands flocked to Chick-fil-A restaurants across the country to show support for the fast food chain, whose president Dan Cathy was under fire for opposing same-sex marriage. Cathy told the Baptist Press that his company was "guilty as charged" for backing "the biblical definition of a family." It was later reported that the company had given millions to a series of anti-gay groups.

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“Americans love their guns and their Second Amendment right to bear arms. On Jan. 19, 2013, gun owners and tea party activists across the country will demonstrate their passions…Chick-fil-A style!,” declares a flyer on the GAD website.

Composed of gun rights and conservative groups, the coalition is urging Americans nationwide to show their support for gun ownership by turning out “en masse at gun stores, ranges, and shows from coast to coast.”

“If the American people don’t fight back now, Obama will do [to] the Second Amendment what he has already done to the First  – gut it without a moment’s thought to our basic constitutional rights”, GAD chairman Larry Ward wrote on the website.

GAD is currently comprised of more than 50 organizations, including the Second Amendment Foundation, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Women Warriors PAC, Conservative Action Fund and Political Media, Inc.

Vice President Joe Biden is currently holding talks with the National Rifle Association and other organizations as part of a series of meetings on gun control this week in response to the Sandy Hook massacre in Newton, Conn. last month. Biden said Wednesday that the Obama administration might use executive powers to fulfill some of its goals on gun control.

Supporters of Gun Appreciation Day are being asked to line up “around the block” at gun stores, gun counters, gun shows and gun ranges to protest Washington’s plans. GAD organizers hope to reach 50 million Americans and are asking people to sign a petition against gun control on the organization’s website.

“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,” said Alan Gottlieb, founder of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

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