Effort calls for gun-control protest at Capitol
BY USA TODAY
Thursday, January 17, 2013
1/17/13 at 4:34 AM
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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A grass-roots effort is calling on gun rights supporters to gather on state Capitol building grounds nationwide Saturday to protest proposals for more gun-control measures.
The group, called Guns Across America, wants the "peaceful, family-oriented," protests to occur at noon local time, said Eric Reed, the Texas resident who came up with the idea two weeks ago.
"We are hoping law-abiding citizens who value their right to bear arms will get more involved at the local, state and federal levels," he said. "When this most recent push for more gun-control measures started, I thought that law-abiding gun owners need to do something. Then I realized I was part of the problem because I wasn't involved in doing anything to protect the Second Amendment. So I came up with this idea."
As of Wednesday afternoon, the effort's Facebook page listed 46 states that had representatives or associated Facebook pages for the protests. Word of the plans has mostly been spread over social media, Reed said. Local groups will determine the agenda of the gatherings and whether any speakers will be on hand, Reed said.
The nationwide rallies will touch on more than gun rights, said Stephen Burton, who is heading up the Alabama event. "It is about freedom and the rights of the people as established by the Constitution of the United States," he said.
Reed, an airline captain, watched President Obama's address Wednesday, when he unveiled his gun-control platform. The president calls for a reimplementation of the assault weapons ban and the banning of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Obama also wants background checks for all firearms purchases.
Reed said he is opposed to any firearms or magazine bans. Reed said he supports moves that would close any loopholes in the background check process.