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Newtown Shooting Anniversary Named 'Guns Save Lives Day' By Gun Advocacy Groups [UPDATE]

10/11/2013 04:29 pm ET | Updated Oct 14, 2013
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Numerous gun advocacy groups, including the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, have joined together to sponsor "Guns Save Lives Day" on Dec. 14 -- the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn.

Backers of the rally claim that post-Newtown gun control legislation has victimized guns rights advocates.

In an effort to "thwart government gun-grabbers," the organizers of "Guns Save Lives Day" have planned nationwide events to promote gun ownership. They are also featuring an online petition asking for donations and a call to “ARM YOURSELF and help ARM our movement."

Numerous pro-gun rallies -- including an attempt to storm the nation's capital with loaded rifles -- have popped up across the nation in light of recent mass shootings. None had marked the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary on Dec. 14 as a rallying call for gun advocacy until now.

“To hold a gun-glorifying event on Dec. 14, a day when America will remember the slaughter of 26 innocent Americans, including teachers and first-grade students, can be deemed nothing less than abject evil,” said Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America.

UPDATE -- 10/14 5:06 p.m.: "Guns Save Lives Day" has been moved to Dec. 15, one day after the anniversary of the Newtown shooting. Alan Gottlieb of the Second Amendment Foundation said the change is a challenge to “the other side” not to hold pro-gun control on Dec. 14.

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