Gun Owners Rally in Hartford in Support of Second Amendment

Several hundred supporters who attended Saturday's pro-gun rally at the Capitol.


Hundreds of gun owners, including some reportedly armed with pistols and rifles, stood outside of the Capitol on Saturday to rally in support of gun rights.

The event, sponsored by Connecticut Citizens Defense League, was one of dozens of rallies held on "Gun Appreciation Day," a nationwide response to calls for tighter gun control.

Saturday's rally in Hartford was attended by Durham residents Stuart Keating (see photos) and Lisa Davenport, and included several speakers.

"This is in response to the attacks and the assault on the Second Amendment. People want to let our voices be heard out here before our rights are robbed from us, so this is entirely appropriate, especially with what we're facing," Scott Wilson, president of the organization, told the crowd according to the Hartford Courant.

Wilson's comments alluded to criticism over the decision to hold the rally just over a month since Adam Lanza killed 26 students and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown. But many at the rally wore ribbons for the victims of the mass shooting, according to WTNH.

Davenport told therepublic.com, "I am the wife of a first responder, and a mother," while carrying a sign that read Mom, wife, patriot, Christian, I own guns.

"Unfortunately gun owners are becoming demonized. We aren't bad, insensitive, radical people.  We're moms, dads, white collar, blue collar, neighbors, and more. It was important for me to illustrate the average American who is a gun owner," she told Patch.

Charles January 21, 2013 at 02:44 PM
more fools carrying the water for the gun lobby. hey Mr. Wilson you're being used. I know Lisa Davenport, I could care less she has a husband who is a first responder. or that she is a Christian, she is no more of a patriot than I am. But I wll tell you this my nephews play with kids near her home and now that I know she has guns, my nephews will stay away from that neighborhood..
Fred January 21, 2013 at 04:11 PM
In March, 2010, Barbara Hamburg, a 41 year old, divorced Caucasian female was found dead in the yard of her rented Middle Beach Rd. home in Madison, where she lived alone (her two kids were in college). The cause of death was multiple sharp and blunt force injuries. On the day that her body was discovered, Ms. Hamburg was scheduled to be in Court in connection with a case she brought against her ex-husband to recover delinquent child support. The Police have characterized her death as a "homicide," but have released few details, and the circumstances surrounding her death remain a mystery, and no one has been charged in the 2 1/2 years since it occurred. Although I don't know enough to make an informed judgement, there is a reasonable possibility that if Ms. Hamburg had had a handgun at the time of her death, she would be alive today. Will the the "sensible" new gun laws that have been proposed would have made Ms. Hamburg, or will they make the next Ms. Hamburg, more safe or less safe?
Fred January 21, 2013 at 04:20 PM
@ Charles Perhaps Ms. Davenport and her husband don't wish for your nephews to be in their neighborhood anyway.
Robert Bracer January 21, 2013 at 07:47 PM
perhaps she had one Fred and you're just another gun nut that wants everyone to be armed?
Die Harder January 21, 2013 at 08:19 PM
@ Robert. Since you didn't answer my question in the other article, maybe you will answer it here. What percentage of gun crimes are committed by people who have legally obtained their permits and pistols?
Fred January 21, 2013 at 08:20 PM
Yes, Robert Bracer, I believe that everyone who wishes to exercise his/her Second Amendment right to own a firearm, and is able to do do safely and lawfully, should be permitted to do so. If that makes me a "gun nut" in your eyes, it's a shame that you are so closed-minded. True, it is unknown whether Ms. Hamburg was armed at the time of her death, although that detail would seemingly have been reported, but wasn't. Whether Ms. Hamburg was armed or otherwise, does anyone believe that in the moments before her death, she wished to be armed? In the years since her death, Ms. Hamburg's friends and family have held a candle light vigil for her on the anniversary of her death. Although I understand the desire for a candle light vigil, the time to act is now, i.e., protest attempts by the State Legislature to disarm the vulnerable, especially women.
Robert Bracer January 22, 2013 at 12:43 AM
OK, so the first 3 that come to mind are Lanza, Holmes and Loughner. Want more?
Die Harder January 22, 2013 at 01:17 AM
Apparently you still dont understand the question...
Daria Novak January 22, 2013 at 02:53 PM
You are correct. Plain and simple, people, not guns kill. People use baseball bats most often to kill. Drugs, drunken drivers, etc. all kill many more than a gun in the hands of a mentally ill individual. Reduce the number of bullets and a person intent on doing harm will simply carry a second weapon.
Daria Novak January 22, 2013 at 03:10 PM
For years I was a volunteer firefighter/EMT in Northern Virginia. In all the years at the department I never saw a case of murder with a gun, but I did see multiple murders using other weapons. We had a mentally ill mother released early from a hospital because it was her "right" despite her extended family's objections (TY - ACLU). She went home, picked a knife, & brutally stabbed her baby and 2 toddlers dozens of times on the staircase as they were trying to escape her. Then she burned down the house to try to hide her crime. No gun was involved. She was mentally ill. Do Not overlook the fact that guns save lives, too. Violent home invasion robberies can be stopped with a well-trained, armed individual. If I was a alone in the dark on the side of the road with a flat tire, I know I would love to have some sort of protection if a stranger stopped to help. If we are going to change something, it should be to give more help to the mentally ill, not to destroy the Constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens. I have not addressed the Constitutional issues here in detail. But there is a clear reason the Framers wanted to insure the citizenry could stand up to a tyrannical government. It is common sense to allow law abiding citizens to protect themselves. It is not common sense for newspapers to print the names & addresses of those whose homes are protected by trained individuals. And, it is not common sense to make falacious arguments against guns or basebal bats.
Fred January 22, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Amen, Daria! This is a women's safety issue, among many other issues, although many women don't appreciate this until they themselves are faced by terrifying and deadly circumstances. Please continue to speak out. We need your voice to be heard.
Daria Novak January 22, 2013 at 06:14 PM
All our voices need to be heard respectfully to help a national discourse on the issue. I plan to continue to speak out and to encourage others to participate and hold rational conservations on the topics of the day. Free speech is part of what makes this country strong and the greatest national ever formed. We are exceptional!


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