SOUTHAVEN, MS (abc24.com) – Life, liberty and the pursuit of gun ownership; Saturday, January 19, will be Gun Appreciation Day in America. A media consultant came up with the event as a way to protest President Obama’s call for tougher gun laws.
Promoters believe Gun Appreciation Day will rival Chick-Fil-A Day as a form of public protest.
It’s not centralized and there is no money pouring in from the top, just a fervent belief Americans will stand up for their right to bear arms.
Dabbs Gun and Pawn in Southaven has been packed.
“We’ve had record sales.” said Monte Dabbs, the owner of the store.
Most of that is because of tough new gun laws expected from the Obama administration.
“Customers are scared they won’t be able to get their guns,” Monte told abc24.com.
To make sure they can, a gun coalition in Washington is promoting Jan. 19 as Gun Appreciation Day.
“Coming together January 19 to celebrate our liberty,” said organizer Larry Hunter, “and celebrate gun rights which are an essential component of that liberty.”
“I think gun owners are wanting to make a stand,” said Dabbs, “a statement that the second amendment will not be infringed upon.”
Enthusiasts are being encouraged to flock to gun shows, stores and shooting ranges on Saturday to support the second amendment.
“To understand the second amendment,” Hunter told abc24.com, “you have to understand the founders put it there to be the last line of defense against government gone rogue.”
Those who sell guns appreciate the appreciation.
“I think its awesome,” said Dabbs.
Organizers of Gun Appreciation Day hope to reach more than 50 million Americans.
“People are scared of government,” said Hunter, “angry with government. And if they try this grab—it will be a bridge too far.”
Most of the gun shoppers in Southaven agreed.
“I don’t ever intend on using it,” said Sarah Arnold, who was buying a pistol, “but, if I have to—I will.”
Organizers have been accused of trying to upstage the Presidential Inauguration and Dr. Martin Luther King’s birthday.
Hunter called that ridiculous and said he can’t think of anyone more willing to stand in solidarity with their peaceful demonstration than Dr. King.