As Vice President Joe Bidenâ€™s working group prepares to deliver gun-control recommendations to the president, a national day to celebrate guns is stirring up controversy.
A coalition of groups will hold a national â€œGun Appreciation Dayâ€ coinciding with President Obamaâ€™s inauguration weekend, on Jan. 19. The mishmash of conservatives and gun-rights advocates launched their push on Jan. 7, amidst the broad outcry for added gun-control measures in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary-school shooting on Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14.
Unsurprisingly, the gun day isnâ€™t sitting too well with gun-control advocates.
The liberal group United for Change USA has launched a petition through MoveOn.org opposing the day of gun celebration. It reads:
Gun groups are planning to have a National Gun Appreciation Day on January 19th, the same weekend that Americans celebrate the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an American leader who was assassinated by a rifleâ€™s bullet. This is an outrage and a slap in the face to Americans who value life and freedom!
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