Sevierville "Day of Resistance" rally held to support gun owners

Sevierville "Day of Resistance" rally held to support Second Amendment

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By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - As the gun control debate rolls on, it's picking up steam in East Tennessee, as part of a nationwide event called the Day of Resistance.

Hundreds of people attended a rally in Sevierville Saturday morning, showing their support for the right to bear arms, and their opposition to President Obama's call for stricter gun control, including a ban on assault weapons.

The Sevier County event was the largest Day of Resistance rally in Tennessee.

People at the rally fear their Second Amendment rights could eventually be completely taken away.

The event began with everyone in attendance reciting the Second Amendment.

"The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed," they said aloud.

"I believe if our Second Amendment is taken away, all others will follow. The First Amendment. The Tenth Amendment," said Connie Ashford, who came from Greeneville, South Carolina to attend the rally.

They believe the president's gun control plan is violating their rights.

"We are being threatened by the ever encroaching federal government to impose restrictions on our ability to defend ourselves," said Andy Andrew of Concord.

They agree that assault weapons need to stay out of the hands of criminals, but say changing the law hurts lawful gun owners.

"I'm a woman and if I were to be broken into, I wouldn't be able to keep loading my gun to defend myself," said Ashford.

They fear that any change to their right to bear arms could put them in danger, and affect their ability to protect themselves.

"I'd rather have it and not need it, than need it and not have it. It's important to have a weapon in my home without fear of having it taken away," said Steve Osborn, chairman of the Sevier County Tea Party.

Supporters worry if they don't come together and speak out, the current gun control proposal could be only the beginning of the government further restricting rights.

"There's the old adage, give them an inch and they take a mile," said Osborn. "I think it's important for our legislators to see the support for the second amendment in this state so that they see that the people are concerned."

Organizers say because so many people showed up for the event, they plan on hosting another in the near future.

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