April 19th, 2010
02:04 PM ET
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Gun rights advocates rally in Washington, Virginia

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 Gun rights groups gather at Fort Hunt Park for an 'Open Carry Rally' April 19 in Alexandria, Virginia. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)


Washington (CNN) - They're angry at the government and are taking to the Washington area to protest what they see as the trampling of the U.S. Constitution. Their specific fear: Americans' right to bear arms under the Second Amendment will be taken away.

"We're in a war. The other side knows they are at war, because they started it," said Larry Pratt, president of the Gun Owners of America. "They are coming for our freedom, for our money, for our kids, for our property. They are coming for everything because they are a bunch of socialists."

Pratt was one of the speakers at the Second Amendment March in Washington on Monday. The crowd - made up almost entirely of men - used language about war and fighting. But when pressed, they are quick to point out they don't mean actual armed violence.

Pratt said they'll be able to get rid of their opponents and "get some fighters" - election fighters.

"That's why we have some primaries this year, and we need to send them a message that we are coming for the Republican RINOS [Republicans In Name Only], not just the Democrats ... that's the second event in November," he said, referring to midterm elections.

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  1. NotFooledTX

    Ah, am I missing something – some action by the Obama administration to stifle the 2nd ammendment? No. Just more vitriolic paranoia from the sore losers on the right.

    "They are coming for our freedom, for our money, for our kids, for our property. They are coming for everything because they are a bunch of socialists."

    What a load of crap. Another handful of morons with rampant paranoia.

    April 19, 2010 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  2. BudInTexas

    This guy is nuts!

    April 19, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  3. Independent One

    The real names of AlQaida & the Talibans are Radical Repubs

    April 19, 2010 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  4. Barbara Independent in NY

    "We're in a war. The other side knows they are at war, because they started it," said Larry Pratt." Really, at war? I thought that the Iraq war was the only war that we were lied into. My husband is a gun owner and he doesn't feel that his right to bear arms is being threatened. Sounds like the typical Republican strategy when a Democrat is in the White House.

    April 19, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  5. AndyBlue

    The Atlanta area real estate agent organized the rally because he is upset about health-care reform, climate control, bank bailouts, drug laws and what he sees as President Obama's insistence on and the Democratic Congress's capitulation to a "totalitarian socialism" that tramples individual rights.

    So it has nothing really to do with gun laws. Just another Fox watching, Limbaugh listening fool screaming "Socialist" even though the true definition of socialism is lost on these fruitcakes. LOL Just more of the sour grapes bunch of Palin supporters. The only difference is they feel the need to brandish their penis extensions. (weapons)

    Their manhood fades when they lock up their guns. They emascultes themselves.

    Same Obama haters different day. How did they get from their white supremacist rally in california to washington to fast?

    April 19, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  6. Jerri in NM

    These people are really, really scary. Is the date of this thing a coincidence? Nuts.

    April 19, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    WHAT IS WITH THE GUNS????!!

    What is wrong with these people? When the Shrub pooped and stepped all over our civil liberties by tapping into anything he felt like tapping into under the guise of freaking national security, you did'nt hear a peep from these lunatics. If they are sincere in what they are protesting then this definitely a case of closing the barn doors after all the livestock has run out.

    Yet on the other hand it is looking more and more like: If the President looks like us (white) he can screw us all he wants; but the black guy helping us out not gonna happen!

    Lunatics.

    April 19, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  8. Milligee

    Those folks have a lot of time on their hands. I'd love to demonstrate about something but I have to work. And last I heard, no one said they were going to take away their guns. What is that saying again? Empty barrels make the most noise.

    April 19, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  9. gt

    go get em... we need the tea party ,, some one needs to speak for the average american instead of big money groups...

    April 19, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  10. normajean

    A gun has one use and one only, that is to shoot something with, be it animal,tin cans or humans. I ,as an old woman who has seen a lot of government come and go , don't see what these idiots think they're doing.Do they plan on shooting anyone who doesn't agree with them or is this their way of displaying their "manhood" since they can't run around nude.So, they're angry at the government, so what. A lot of us are still furious with the Bush administration for putting us in this mess, but i didn't carry a gun around. Frankly, I don't think most of you could rightly define the word "socialist" anyway, you're too busy "reloading".SINCE WHEN DOES IT TAKE A GUN TO GET PEOPLE TO VOTE?.You're a bunch of old fools.

    April 19, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  11. ray

    where were these rednecks when bush was president?? where were these racists when bush spend the surplus clinton left him?? these people are just angry not anything but angry because we have a blackman as president and they cant stand it or him,

    April 19, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. diridi

    ban these guys...nation is fine...

    April 19, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. Concerned Canadian

    Wow , what a bunch of paranoid , delusional fools. Where was this bunch when Bush was throwing individual rights out of the window? Nothing to do with the President's race, right?? Good luck down there.

    April 19, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. kyle from ohio

    Here we go again with the word They or Them, which is short means anybody that do not agree with me. And yes we the U.S.A. are at war 2 wars to be of fact. And your guns is not a part of the war. Selfist people with selfist motives. Grown up and be Real with your self, what do socialist have to do with your guns.

    April 19, 2010 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  15. Gorbashov - Long Beach, Ca.

    Timothy McVeigh would be proud!

    April 19, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. DAR

    PARANOID MUCH. These people are lunatics. Terrorist and drug cartels are buying their weapons right here in the USA because of groups like the Gun Owners of America do not want any regulations ever.

    Thank you so very much for providing the weapons that terrorist are using against our military personnel in Afghanistan and Iraq. I hope that you are very happy with their blood on your hands.

    April 19, 2010 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  17. Peace

    Is this a show-off rally?or are they going hunting? It seems every American has "CHANGE" of his/her own!

    April 19, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  18. IM

    They are not socialists, they are corporatists.

    April 19, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  19. Josh

    I hope these idiots don't think that they intimidate the American people with their rhetoric about the 2nd amendment. The silent majority of Americans also are for their 2nd amendment rights and are fond of their weapons as well. Our president has supported our rights to bear arms, so what is your frigging problem?

    April 19, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  20. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    These idiots have gun rights, but why not background checks, why should a criminal have a gun, if you want to conceal a weapon it should be registered and you should not be a criminal. Just a bunch of low life Tim McVeigh wanna be's

    April 19, 2010 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  21. Julia - Native American from Idaho

    Cnn won't publish this, but if Tim McVeight were alive to day and out of prison, he would be the next presidenital nominee for the right wing tea baggers.

    April 19, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  22. zayres

    How strange. To be compelled to stand around with your own gun with other folks and their guns. In some field!!! For what??? Nobody is going to take away guns, idiots. Its part of the constitution and it ain’t going anywhere. Just like the fact that America would HAVE to go war if one of you wackjobs try and secede from the union (which I say, pick a state and go).
    File this gang under the “best left confused” folder and call it a day.
    Loser central...

    April 19, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  23. Dan, TX

    Who are these people and why are they so paranoid?

    April 19, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Debbie from AZ

    This Mr. Pratt need to get a hold of himself. He sounds delusional and ultra paranoid. This is a scary situation when so many people are so misinformed. I just don't get it. Do all these people listen exclusively to FOX News?

    April 19, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  25. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    "They are coming for our freedom, for our money, for our kids, for our property. They are coming for everything because they are a bunch of socialists."

    A bunch of republican wingnuts. These 2nd amendment radicals are a bunch of Tim McVeighs.

    April 19, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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