Oct 15, 2013
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‘Guns Save Lives Day’ changed from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15

‘Guns Save Lives Day’ changed from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15

Shannon Hicks—Newtown Bee—The Associated Press

In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, file photo provided by the Newtown Bee, a police officer leads two women and a child from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a gunman opened fire, killing 26 people, including 20 children.

Heeding a public outcry, the organizers for “Guns Save Lives” Day are moving the day from Dec.14 — the anniversary for the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School — to Dec. 15, and asking that gun control advocates join them in refraining from politicizing the anniversary.

A group of gun rights organizations, led by the Washington state-based Second Amendment Foundation, organized the day to promote the importance of gun rights.

Alan Gottlieb, the SAF’s president, said the group originally deliberated between Dec. 14 and Dec. 15, which is Bill of Rights Day.

Gottlieb said they decided to celebrate the day on Dec. 14 to combat the anticipated push for stricter gun control laws in light of the anniversary. When the group announced Dec. 14 as “Guns Save Lives” Day last week they were met with a national wave of outrage from Newtown residents and activists.

Newtown First Selectman Patricia Llodra asked the organizers to pick another day, and the group announced Monday that the day would be moved to Dec. 15. Buzzfeed first reported the change Monday afternoon.

“We will not politicize the day and we hope they will not politicize and push their anti-civil rights agenda on the 14th,” Gottlieb said. “We’re going to show that we are sensitive.”

Gottlieb said he would expect the media to hold stricter gun control activists accountable for not politicizing the day.

Darren Wagner, a Newtown resident whose children attend Newtown High School, said he was happy to hear about the date change and that the day should be about “remembering the victim” not “guns save lives or they take lives.”

“As a father who was lucky enough to have my kids come home, I want for us as a family to have a day of reflection,” Wagner said. “I can’t imagine outside groups coming to town to show off that they can open carry; it was really disheartening to see that this was going to be their tone.”

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‘Guns Save Lives Day’ changed from Dec. 14 to Dec. 15

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