Three groups are partnering for a call to arms, on the anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. DefendGunRights.com, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and the Second Amendment Foundation have announced plans for a "Guns Save Lives Day" on December 14th.
The group, which has created a website about events being planned in each state, says in a press release that the project is for all freedom loving organizations to be a part of. The group created a petition to counter what is says is “the anticipated push by the gun prohibition lobby to exploit the anniversary of the Newtown tragedy to push their political agenda". The groups say they are hosting the Guns Save Lives Day “because crazy people, criminals and gun control extremists prefer unarmed victims".
Newtown First Selectman Pat Llodra issued a statement in response to the announcement.
“For this group to use our Sandy Hook tragedy as a springboard for political action is disrespectful to our community of Newtown and is of particularly insensitive timing. I respect their right to promote their beliefs regarding guns. I ask that they respect our community and not use us for their purposes. We will not host a political rally of any stripe on that day and we hope that all such inclined persons understand that they and their agenda are not welcome. We ask for privacy and expect that all caring folks, including the media, will accommodate us. Those persons, who choose to not accede to our request to be left alone, [will] show the world their own moral and ethical fiber.”