Pro-Second Amendment Rally to Address Sweeping Gun Reform
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Days after President Barack Obama announced his desire to enact sweeping gun reform, Mesa County residents are gathering for a Pro-Second Amendment rally.
The rally will be held on Saturday, Jan. 19 at 12 p.m. outside the Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave., Grand Junction.
"[It's for] peaceful, respectful, citizens who believe in the right to bear weapons," explained Jeff McCloskey, president of Mesa County Patriots.
"I'm calling on Congress to pass some very specific proposals, right away," the president said during his speech on the issue Wednesday.
President Obama plans to curb gun violence with thorough legislation and a plethora of executive actions.
Obama is asking congress to reinstate a ban on some assault weapons and high capacity magazines holding more than 10 rounds.
"If there's even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try," President Obama said.
"The reality is that criminals don't abide by new laws. Infringing the rights of law abiding citizens is not the path that the Republican party is going to support," said Ryan Call, state chairman for the Colorado Republican Committee.
But proponents to the president's proposal argue they're not blocking a citizen's right to bear arms entirely. They just don't see the need for semi-automatic and fully-automatic machines that can cause mass casualties.
Gun advocates' response is that modern society grows increasingly dangerous and citizens should have the right to be prepared for any situation.
"What happens when you're in a situation with multiple intruders or multiple attackers?" asked McCloskey.
At the very least, all sides can agree on the need for a closer look at mental health in America.
President Obama gave Congress recommendations on how to address this issue in his proposal.
"The issue of mental health and access to mental health services is an important part of the solution," added Call.
The proposal also included provisions addressing school safety and mandatory background checks for all gun purchases, including private sales.
Led by Vice President Joe Biden, a task force held 22 meetings in the past three weeks to create the extensive recommendations.