Gun advocates rally in state capitols for the Second Amendment
By Christen Smith
Americans for America Indiana rally, a gun rights advocate organization, rallied at the Indiana State House on April 14, 2018. Organizers encouraged gun rights supporters to bring their unloaded rifles to the rally. (Photo: Matt Kryger/IndyStar)
Gun advocates across the country rallied at state capitols over the weekend in support of the Second Amendment.
The newly-formed National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans encouraged its member organizations in each state to assemble Saturday afternoon, in part, as a rebuttal to the March for Our Lives rally hosted last month.
“Modern thinkers feel the need to strip away our natural born right to self-protection by limiting the available weapons that are at our disposal,” said the coalition’s Matt Johnson on its website last month. “They blame mental illness without documentation. They blame everything except the sole responsible party, the person involved in the action.”
Advocates in at least 20 states obliged, organizing on the steps of state capitols, some waving “Don’t Tread on Me” flags and others carrying rifles, in what would be dubbed the “Americans for America” rally.
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