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. CF

    Nobody has said they want to take your guns away... these people are kooks.
    How exactly have "they" come after your "freedom, money, kids and property"? Name one instance.
    I was raised in a household with guns, and I know that they have their place. But these folks are fanatical extremists and I feel less safe knowing people of this attitude have their jumpy fingers on the triggers and their sights aimed on everyone who is one of "them."

    April 19, 2010 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  2. Bill NY

    Americans' right to bear arms have never applied to black citizens of this country. Try as I may with no criminal record whatsoever I cannot get a license for a gun. It seems that the only ones with guns are criminals and white people.

    April 19, 2010 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. paranoia overload

    these are some crazy, crazy people. No one in the Obama administration has said anything about "taking away your guns".

    Its as if voices are speaking in their heads that tell them someone is trying to take away their guns. Perhaps someone should if they cannot be sane about it all.

    April 19, 2010 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Who is taking away the 2nd amendment, kids, money, freedom? George Bush and the Republican took away our rights and spied on American citizens. This is a bunch of hype by militant activists that hate the American government. Get a life.

    April 19, 2010 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. David in Houston

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

    What? It isn't falling? Hmm... Well, who's to say it might not fall eventually?

    The sky is falling! The sky is...

    More fear-mongering at it's finest. I think it's time the right-wingers revised their playbook...

    April 19, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  6. Laverne

    These crazy people who keep saying they are at war with the government and Washington bringing their guns because they want to appear scary is just right down unamerican! As soon as the military have to shoot one of these nut cases then everyone will be hollering how mean and wrong our government is for doing such as thing. I say if you don't want trouble leave your guns at home, because first of all nobody is threatening to take your guns or gun rights away. This is just another illusion and lie created by the republican side to instill fear in people. If you hate what America has become so much then LEAVE, I didn't think so, just a lot of mouth about much of nothing. The teabaggers are full of it, the middle class taxes are lower than it has been in years! The teabaggers are people who are required to pay a little more and they are ticked and trying to act as if they are doing this because of the average American, NOPE they are concerned about their taxes, but were not concerned when the middle class bore the tax burden and they were getting tax cuts from the Bush Administration. I smell rotten tea bags!

    April 19, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  7. Ben in Texas

    A subset of the Tea Party, which is a subsidiary of the GOP, which is a division of CorporateAmerica, Inc. Notice that CNN didn't even say how many people were estimated to have attended? That's because most people can count to 15. The photo is designed to make the attendance very obscure so that nobody realizes that this is a gathering that amounts to nothing.

    But let thousands protest the war in cities all over the country, and you'll never see it on CNN. Liberal media? In your dreams, Rush Limbaugh.

    April 19, 2010 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. JonDie

    The next mass murdering Tim McVeigh-like figure seems ready to emerge from the shadows. These domestic terrorists seem ready to violently overthrow our democratic form of government because they can't win at the ballot box.

    April 19, 2010 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  9. 2 much!

    And look at who they are, bunch of white racists pigs!

    April 19, 2010 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Anonymous

    To bad that these people are so brainwashed it is like looking at a national cult with no real leader.They are fish flopping on the sand all trying to get back to the water but having no sense of direction.I have not heard them speak anything that makes them seem as though they can really say why they are so up in arms,but they no the real reason just not saying.

    April 19, 2010 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. hongli

    This is DANGEROUS and RACIST and should be stopped immediately.

    April 19, 2010 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  12. Dave

    Seems Obama was right, they flock to their guns and religion...

    April 19, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  13. BobH

    So you're carrying assault rifles, and saying you're "at war" with the U.S. government, but you're not actually advocating violence?

    You're able to carry firearms and hold your demonstration because President Obama has reversed rules that would have made that illegal, yet his administration is your enemy.

    Many, many screws loose here...

    April 19, 2010 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. hobart

    What part of this do these lunatics not understand? Gun control has NEVER been part of Obama's campaign, nor his agenda. In case you all haven't noticed, liberals also own guns, go hunting and compete in various shooting competitions.

    Yet these neoNazi thugs assert we're coming for their guns when in fact, liberals have them too. Undaunted by this reality, they threaten all of us with their weapons at political rallies, they send death threats via email, fax and voice mail to politicians with whom they disagree. In addition, they vandalize the offices of their political opponents, they publish hit lists on the web, they cut the gas lines to people's homes and commit other acts of domestic terrorism. All the while they keep whining about their freedoms, while using their loathsome bullying and threats to deny the freedom of others. Now they're forming state militias to defend against some paranoid fantasy that the federal government is going to invade them.

    They need to be careful what they wish for, a fully armed citizenry, because when they get it, those who disagree with them may start adopting their tactics.

    April 19, 2010 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  15. go on with your bad self

    What are they complaining about NOW? A bunch of knuckleheads!

    Nobody is trying to take away your guns, calm down ya nut jobs.
    Talk about a waste of time. Go home and pay attention to your wives and family.

    April 19, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Minnesotan

    I must not have kept up with politics over the past 2 years... where is it that their gun rights are being trampled on???

    April 19, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. payback

    ...Those people carrying their weapons around. Are a bunch of fools. Plain and simple. I see no one, Never in any danger of losing their right to bear arms.....Being, former military. I feel, If you don't hunt, Not in the military, and not a member of a police force. You should not, be allowed to own a weapon. PERIOD!!!!!!!!...

    April 19, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  18. Brian

    the current administration has done nothing to infringe on our second amendment rights. Sadly the uninformed minority are allowing themselves to be inflammed by the misinformation that is being spewed in the media.

    April 19, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  19. vet in tx

    Another group of people screwed by the people they follow. Imagine how much was made from "Obama's gonna take ur guns!" fallacy. The price of firearms and ammo went through the roof and the manufacturers are laughing at all of those suckers all the way to the bank!

    Not to mention the ammo tax fallacy that people are also believing.

    Nobody wants your guns, and the "socialist, nazi, boogey-man" doesn't exist!

    Capitalism at it's finest. Idiots are always great for revenue!

    April 19, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  20. Derrick

    I think it's hilarious that these individuals really believe that the government is going to take away their gun rights.

    These people are uneducated at best and are extremely gullible.

    The ONLY thing the government may do is limit certain guns that regular citizens can purchase so that regular citizens don't have the same equipment as the military.

    Anyone who doesn't understands this purpose is completely stupid on all levels.

    April 19, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  21. Texas Doc

    Its like they are overcompensating for something. I like my guns, but I am man enough to leave them at home. What are you scared of guys, or better yet what are you trying to make up for? Great big gun, little bitty (fill in the blank).

    April 19, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  22. Greg, San Francisco, CA

    "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." Sooooo very glad that I live in a country that allows paranoid delusional people to own weapons. Exactly NO ONE has put forth any legislation to remove this dimwits precious penis compensators, but why would a right wing gun nut let anything as simple as factual reality get in the way of their rant.

    April 19, 2010 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  23. Texas Traveler

    Why do these people scare the dickens out of me????

    April 19, 2010 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  24. The Voice

    Just a bunch of ignorant red-necks!!! Nobody is trying to take their stupid guns. Boy are these neo-cons dilussional!

    April 19, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  25. tjaman

    Y'all can legally tote firearms in public gatherings within sight of presidential appearances, and you can legally carry them into national parks. Your gun rights have been expanded under this administration. No one is coming for them. So what the HELL is all this SQUAWKERY?!

    April 19, 2010 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
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