Rally brings gun rights advocates to Pennsylvania Capitol

Rally brings gun rights advocates to Pennsylvania Capitol

HARRISBURG — A smaller than usual crowd of a few hundred people rallied for gun rights on the steps of Pennsylvania’s Capitol on Tuesday, an annual event that also was attended by a few dozen state lawmakers. The Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms constituted a pep rally, provided an update on the gun lobby’s legislative efforts and opposition, and gave those present an opportunity to target Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and other political opponents. “Gov. Wolf needs to read the Pennsylvania Constitution again,” said state Rep. Stephanie Borowicz, a Clinton County Republican. “Every right that has been given to us hinges on the Second Amendment.” Organizers said rainy weather and the pandemic may have kept down attendance, and there were none of the busloads that have brought much larger crowds in other years. Most of those in the crowd and a majority of state lawmakers did not wear masks. Mark Opdycke, a retired manufacturing worker wearing a red “Make America Great Again” hat, said he drove from his home in Tatamy to show lawmakers that there is support for the Second Amendment. Mr. Opdycke said he keeps guns primarily for “self-defense against an evil government that we haven’t had to use yet.” Rep. Harry Readshaw of Allegheny County, one of the few Democratic lawmakers at the event, urged the crowd not to give up the effort. “You have to be aware of who you’re electing, simply because the newer people don’t seem to understand […]

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