Pennsylvania gun rights activists rally at state Capitol
By Andrew Shepperson
Attendees of the “Make the Second Amendment Great Again” rally watch as speakers urge support for pro-gun legislation. (Photo: AP)
Hundreds of gun rights activists rallied at the Pennsylvania state Capitol on Monday, urging lawmakers to push forward on pro-gun legislation.
The rally, called “Make the Second Amendment Great Again,” attracted gun enthusiasts from all walks of life, including state lawmakers and sheriffs, the Associated Press reported.
Rosco Bickel, a retired machinist, came to the rally with a group of gun owners from Clarion County.
“The right to defend yourself is a God-given right. It is not even given by man,” said Bickel.
Republican House Speaker Mike Turzai spoke to supporters about fending off anti-gun proposals, such as one that would require gun owners to report lost or stolen guns and another that would require background checks for the private sales of long guns.
“Think about all the stuff we have held off, in terms of taking away your rights,” Turzai said.
Shira Goodman, executive director of CeaseFirePA, noted Pennsylvania averages around 1,400 gun deaths a year and said the debate about how to reduce those numbers should continue.
“Where can you carry a gun, who has the right to have a gun, what kind of weapon can you