Residents rally for Second Amendment at Day of Resistance rally Saturday
BY KENDRICK MARSHALL World Staff Writer
Saturday, February 23, 2013
2/23/13 at 4:15 PM
Holding an antique early 20th century rifle at his hip, longtime Tulsa resident Alfred B. West had one singular message to relay to lawmakers he suspects are attempting to infringe on his right to own firearms.
"They ain't going to get my guns," West said. "If (politicians) in Washington D.C. get their way, my gun will be illegal."
The former Iraq War veteran was one of many who expressed similar concerns during the national Day of Resistance rally held at LaFortune Park Saturday afternoon to show their support for the U.S. Constitution and right to bear arms.
An estimated 200 people attended the event held in conjunction with other gatherings across the country to oppose recent gun-control legislation proposals in response to several mass shootings in recent months.
"We're going to be in trouble if (the government) starts repealing the Second Amendment and parts of the Constitution to make them fit laws we want to enact," Vietnam veteran Jim Mixon said.
Jim Miller II, one of the event's organizers, is under the impression there is a growing threat to Americans ability to buy and own firearms based on his observation of statements of government officials following the massacre of 26 students and teachers at school in Newtown, Conn., school and the string of gun-related deaths in Chicago.
"You can hear President Obama speak about placing limitations on the Second Amendment. You hear Congress speaking about placing limits on the Second Amendment," Miller said. "Taking guns away from law-abiding citizens will only exacerbate the problem."
Read more of this story in Sunday's Tulsa World.
Gun enthusiasts Alfred West from Tulsa (center) and Gary Trout (right) from Langley listen during a national Day of Resistance rally to protest gun control at LaFortune Park on Saturday. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World