Ralliers Push For Gun Rights

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

Lansing -- About 500 people rallied at the State Capitol building in support of gun owners' rights and opposed the push for tougher gun laws.

Many of those there belong to groups like Michigan Open Carry and Michigan Coalition for Responsible Gun Owners. Some carried handguns and rifles with them and held signs that read "hands off my guns."

They began their day by marching to the Capitol.

"I believe the more people that are armed, the better off we are. A lot of people think we're nuts, but you can look around and see that I'm not standing alone today," said Robert Dunning, a retired marine from Fenton.

A much smaller group was also there from Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a group that formed the day after the shooting in Newtown that left 26 people dead.

"We are totally in agreement with the Second Amendment. We understand that people in the United States have a right to have guns. We just don't think they have a right to have any guns," said Linda Brundage, leader of the Michigan Chapter.

They say they're here to fight for banning assault weapons and high capacity magazines and implementing universal background checks.

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  • by Dan Location: DeWitt on Mar 21, 2013 at 03:06 PM
    Hunter, your mistake is believing that the government, and be extension the police and military, have your best interest in mind. Our government has become a power-hungry monster that has ignored the masses and only seeks to consolidate more power. They can only truly exert their will over an unarmed populace. Look into the NDAA and as David said, the massive ammo and fighting vehicle purchases made by DHS... Something doesn't add up. Furthermore, our own government has imprisoned American citizens without cause or trial for years during World War II under the guise of "national security." Don't think for a second that it is out of the realm of ever happening again. THAT is what the Second Amendment attempts to safeguard against.
  • by Hunter Location: Michigan on Mar 21, 2013 at 11:08 AM
    Good points folks, but, I still don't believe anyone should have the right to use weapons like these except in certain places like police or military work. Drivers in professional racing have monster engines with massive potential for horsepower, however they are not street legal. Our rights in this country to do anything we want might be our undoing as a country.
  • by David Location: Charlotte on Mar 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM
    What I would like to know is why the Dep. of Homeland as well as the SSA are buying bills. of rounds of amunition ? And why this is not being reported in the media ?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM
    If they keep outlawing gun types, it's only a matter of time till your Remington 870 is outlawed. The government will just keep taking and taking your rights.
  • by Brad Location: Dansville on Mar 21, 2013 at 07:52 AM
    The only thing we need to do is get rid of this sorry excuse of a government. The only thing this government wants to do is control the people. Look at France there government is scared of its people, the way it should be them idiots at the capitol forget they all work for us the Americn public. Easy fix if I dont do my job I get fired seems pretty simple they dont do there job well allow me to introduce you to MARVIN.
  • by V Location: GL on Mar 20, 2013 at 06:50 PM
    @Hunter: Hunters may not need a 30 round magazine for their AR, but ARs come in many variations and many are very useful and effective for hunting applications. mnay companies make 5-round magazines for ARs. By the way, nobody in the pictures was carrying an AK-47. The guns "real hunters" like yourself that clearly knows so much about and are so quick to demand a ban on are used by virtually all 3-gun competition shooters, many varmint hunters, and yes even those who hunt for larger game(you can buy AR platforms in .308). The military uses this platform because they are extremely reliable weapons, and that is exactly way many hunters choose an AR platform. And for those "real hunters" that say these military style weapons are only good for killing people, I have news for you. That bolt or lever action you use was at one point a military style weapon.
  • by John Location: Lansing on Mar 20, 2013 at 05:52 PM
    I didn’t see any AK-47’s, no assault weapons, that is, automatic weapons at all, as far as that’s concerned. Frankly it looked like a pretty well behaved group. There were plenty of semi-automatic weapons of various configurations, but from all reports there were no shootings, accidental or otherwise; I guess maybe the problem is not the gun after all. To my good friend “Hunter”, please, let’s not use the word NEED. There are plenty of butcher shops so probably people don’t NEED to hunt at all. People don’t NEED a Hummer, BMW, Rolex, you get the picture. Rather, responsible ownership of whatever should be the guiding principle. Personally I am fascinated by the beauty of the engineering and the physics; my gun hasn’t hurt anyone. Indeed, if the accident rate for gun use even came close to that of motor vehicles… well perhaps we’d immune to them as well. I apologize for the lack of the most current data, but according to the 2010 data compiled by the US DOT, vehicle deaths worked out to about one every 15 minutes, injuries, 1 every 14 SECONDS; nothing else comes close and guns are not even in the top ten. Sometimes I wonder if the furor whipped up over guns is to distract the populace from the real problems, such as government corruption and the erosion of personal rights.
  • by Hunter Location: Michigan on Mar 20, 2013 at 02:35 PM
    A responsible gun owner wouldn't carry an AK-47 in front of the State Capital. Real hunters with any skill don't need them either. Come on legislators, ban those guns. Show some leadership or get a new job.
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