Organizers of pro-gun rallies lament low turnout

Organizers of pro-gun rallies lament low turnout

CHICAGO – Student-led rallies around the country on Saturday aimed to show support for gun rights, though their effort drew smaller-than-expected crowds in a bid to counter the well-funded and organized youth gun-control lobby that emerged after the massacre in a Florida high school earlier this year. Here in Chicago, people rallied in a corner of Millennium Park. In Los Angeles, protesters yelled "gun rights are human rights" as they marched near Pershing Square. In Washington, an American flag billowed against a backdrop of the Capitol as attendees said guns are being used as scapegoats and that society’s problems run deeper than firearms. Students who say their views have been silenced in recent months as vocal gun-control advocates have been monopolizing attention used the marches as a way to raise awareness of their fears that hasty solutions could lead to an erosion of the Second Amendment. Colin FitzSimmons, 13, of Algonquin, Illinois, spoke at the Chicago rally, sounding alarms that liberal gun-control efforts really want to "to disarm the populace." People held signs reading "we’re not going away" and "take back gun rights." Recommended Video: Now Playing: A national student-led protest calling for stronger gun legislation has attracted thousands in Washington this evening (March 24) – and thousands of others around the world. Over 800 global sister protests were planned around the main event in Washington, which kicked-off at 12pm local time (17:00 CET). Americans in Italy, Denmark, Spain, Ireland and Japan, did not let distance deny them a […]

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.