Gun Appreciation Day was observed nationally on Saturday, January 19. Gun owners were encouraged to hold rallies, go to gun shows, go to shooting ranges, or participate in other activities in support of lax gun regulation ... er... unfettered gun ownership.
In Phoenix, a motley crew of gun nuts ...er... group of patriots rallied at the state capitol. I can't think of a better place for the rally, since Arizona Republicans are proposing a bill that would make any federal laws aimed at curbing gun violence... er... limiting 2nd Amendment freedoms unenforceable in Arizona.
Here in Tucson, there was no Gun Appreciation Day rally, but KGUN managed to find a few guys on the shooting range.
For me, the biggest news coming out of Gun Appreciation Day are the stories of shootings at gun shows held that day. Five people shot themselves or someone else at three different gun shows (accidently, of course). And they think guns make them safer?
Did Gun Appreciation Day backfire? (Videos after the jump.)