Firearms fans vow to never give up their fight
Hundreds filled the rotunda at the capital in Harrisburg for the “Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms” which was led by state Rep. Daryl Metcalfe, R-12 of Butler County, who was backed by colleagues in the state House and Senate, nationally recognized gun advocates, law enforcement officials and citizens young and old who don’t ever want to lose the right to keep a firearm as guaranteed by the U.S. and commonwealth constitutions.
“We don’t cling to our guns more than our kids, we cling to our guns because of our kids, to defend our kids, their rights, to ensure that they can protect their rights, to defend our grandkids’ rights,” said Metcalf at the rally. “It is important that we cling to our guns, cling to the Second Amendment and hold on to that to pass it on to the next generation so they can pass it on — to defend themselves from tyrants and criminals.”
Following the shooting at a Parkland, Fla., high school on Valentine’s Day, the state Legislature has been trying to reel in access to guns by several pieces of proposed legislation, including a bill by state Sen. Daylin Leach, D-17 of Upper Merion, that would allow courts to confiscate firearms from people who show warning signs of violence.
This and other “red flag” bills that would prohibit procurement of firearms were attacked by Executive Director Emeritus of Gun Owners of America Larry Pratt.
“The only standard that would have to be used in this measure is whether or not the owner represents some danger,” said Pratt. “Well I would imagine everyone in this room could be seen by somebody, especially by liberals, as some danger. I would say that this is the place, the time to contact your legislators and tell them that the so called red flag law that is a gun confiscation law … it doesn’t belong here.”