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Sunday, January 20, 2013

‘Gun Appreciation Day’ Comes to the State Capitol

By Michael Gambina

Hundreds rallied today outside the State Capitol on “Gun Appreciation Day,” protesting the prospect of new gun-control legislation in Washington and Hartford in response the shooting deaths of 26 children and educators in Newtown. Image
Some signs at today’s Hartford rally. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) photo

“Write your legislators, email them, call them, put the pressure on them,” Robert Crook, a lobbyist for gun owners as director of the Coalition of Connecticut Sportsmen, told the crowd. “Show up at the public hearings. Do the job, and we’ll win.”

A bipartisan legislative task force is holding public hearings beginning Friday.

“This is a warning shot,” was the message on one sign held aloft Saturday. Another said, “Assault is a behavior, not a device.”

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