Gun-rights gathering attracts hundreds
Marjorie Haun bought a pistol last week. She never wants to use it.
On Saturday, armed with a sign comparing ammunition to contraception — because she believes her decision to own a gun is just as much about women’s rights as birth control — Haun joined hundreds of others in a rally to show support for the Second Amendment and anger toward anyone wanting to infringe on their rights.
Many of the hundreds in attendance at the Day of Resistance at the old Mesa County Courthouse were men. But not all.
“The most precious possession we have is our body,” Haun said. “And this is the best way to defend it. I think it’s just critical that law-abiding citizens maintain the right to bear arms.”
Haun is a single mother with four children, and the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School prompted her to find a way to protect her and her children.
“This isn’t a political party issue,” Haun said. “It’s a unifying issue because it’s such a personal right.”
Haun is hopeful she’ll never use her pistol because “nobody wants that kind of conflict.” She also is hopeful anyone with thoughts of harming her or her family will think twice because she’s armed.
“I think it is a deterrent,” she said.
The decision to hold the Day of Resistance rally Saturday was planned because the date, Feb. 23, or 2/23, corresponds to the commonly used .223-caliber ammunition for rifles.
Before the rally began, volunteers gathered signatures from people who oppose any ban on certain weapons and high-capacity magazines and handed out “assault weapons,” which is what they called pens with “I Support the 2nd Amendment” written on the side.
Grand Junction residents Earl Copeland and Scott “Bubba” Holman talked about the various uses of the .223-caliber ammunition and the guns that hold the type of ammo, including the hunting rifle Copeland had flung over his shoulder.
Like Copeland, and countless others, Holman brought a weapon to Saturday’s rally, but his Beretta 9000 pistol was hidden on his hip beneath his coat.
“I refuse to be a victim,” Holman said.
The men agreed governmental regulation and restriction of the Second Amendment is unconstitutional and warrants protests from the private citizens it was written to protect.
“People think if they take small parts of our rights away they will eventually take all our rights away,” Holman said. “They are going after our Constitution.”