Heard at rally for 2nd Amendment rights: ‘We aren’t letting our guns go’

Heard at rally for 2nd Amendment rights: 'We aren’t letting our guns go'

Kenya Rodriguez, 17, speaks at a March for Our Rights rally on July 7, 2018. Bree Burkitt, The Republic | azcentral.com (Photo: Bree Burkitt/The Arizona Republic) High school student Kenya Rodriguez said she’s a proud pro-gun conservative, but that doesn’t mean this past year has been easy. The 17-year-old, who describes herself as half African-American and half Mexican-American, said she has been called a "white supremacist" by classmates who have learned she is a supporter of Second Amendment rights and President Donald Trump. Many of her former friends, she said, have rejected her since the student-led gun control movement known as March For Our Lives surged following the February mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida. In response to the movement, Rodriguez was one of a handful of local high school students who organized a rally to defend their Second Amendment rights. Armed attendees clad in red "Make America Great Again" hats gathered at a park across the street from the Capitol in the sweltering Phoenix heat Saturday to promote gun rights. Some carried signs reading "Guns save lives" and flags bearing the words "Come and take it" underneath an image of an assault rifle. Some 40 people were at the park, includingabout five students, as of 11 a.m. The rally was scheduled to last until 2 p.m. Organizers said their constitutional right to bear arms and carry certain types of guns were being threatened by the recent gun-control movement. ‘Our constitutional right’ Attendees gather at the […]

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