Citizens Hold Peaceful Pro-Second Amendment Rally
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- President Barack Obama's Extensive Gun Control Proposals to Congress have sparked mixed reaction across the nation.
While some groups are praising the President's attempts, others are holding rallies against firearm restrictions.
Hundreds of people stood together in unison outside the Mesa County Courthouse to stand for their rights to bear arms.
"I like to say I carry this gun, or a gun, because I can't carry a cop," said Clair Swartzentruber, gun owner and supporter.
"We have the right to protect our life, liberty and property. You're not going to protect those things with harsh language," said Patrick Hayes, National Rifle Association instructor.
Two of the recently released gun control proposals that was believed to be sparked by the Connecticut shooting would ban military style assault rifles, and high-capacity magazines carrying more than ten rounds.
"It's important that we don't allow that fear to drive public policy on emotion. We need to make sure that we come up with real solutions, not solutions that further restrict our freedoms as Americans," said Jared Wright, Representative for House District 54.
These proposals, have gotten residents fired up.
"Why would you need more than ten rounds? Let me ask you this, how many guys are attacking you at once, is there one or are there three?" said Hayes.
Concerned citizen say the answer is not to eliminate guns, but to educate residents on firearms, and allow teachers to carry concealed weapons.
"The idea behind the Second Amendment is that the people be armed with firearms equivalent to what the government has, because the purpose of the Second Amendment is to defend ourselves against the tyrannical government," said Hayes.
"Hopefully it never comes to this, but we need to be able to defend ourselves against the tyrannical government; all of our Founding Fathers said that, that was the reason the Second Amendment was put in there," said Swartzentruber.
Folks say they will continue to voice their beliefs.
"The top priority is for citizens to be involved in their government. They need to be contacting their legislatures," said Wright.
"These guns don't hurt people, people hurt people. That's the drive," said Swartzentruber.
Many viewers were wondering if there were any proponents for Obama's plan at the rally and NewsChannel 5 didn't see any.