Gun Advocates Fight For Pro-Gun Laws
By Nadia Crow, Reporter
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Those that support pro-gun laws gathered in Green Square Park in Cedar Rapids for Gun Appreciation Day.
"The constitution says the right to bear arms shall not be infringed," gun owner Tom Smith said .
It's a simple view shared by nearly everyone who came out to Gun Appreciation Day.
All were at the park to talk about that amendment and the president's proposals to curb gun laws in the name of safety.
The president announced the proposals earlier this week. They include strengthening background checks and banning military style assault rifles. He also requested that the Center for Disease Control study the best ways to reduce gun violence.
"He's acting more like a dictator, like a king than the president of the people," Smith said.
Smith added that gun owners aren't angry or trigger happy, and they're not to blame for shooting tragedies.
Manchester's Brian Cook isn't a gun owner, but doesn't support gun control either.
"I'm glad to know that they are able to protect themselves and if it comes to it - protect those around them," Cook said.
Cook also said many Americans rush to gun control as a solution, but urges people not to get too overwhelmed and make bad decisions.
"Don't get too excited don't overreact. We have a tendency in this country to overreact, especially when there's a tragedy," Cook said.
Many of the pro-gun advocates said they just came out Saturday to talk about their constitutional rights and what they call a campaign against patriotism fueled by fear.
"To people who are afraid of gun owners: There's nothing to be afraid of," Smith said. "We're on the side of right we're on the side of defense.
Many also picked up pamphlets about safe gun ownership and learned about upcoming Eastern Iowa gun shows.