BELLEVUE, Wash., (CBS Connecticut) – Several gun groups say they are declaring the anniversary of the deadly shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School to be “Guns Save Lives Day.”
The Second Amendment Foundation said in a statement they intend use the commemoration of the murders of 20 school children and six adults to “show America that there is a good side to guns.”
The group is joining with the Citizen’s Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and DefendGunRights.com to hold events highlighting gun ownership rights on December 14th.
Alan Gottlieb, president of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizen’s Committee says the events will counter what he calls misinformation and distortions by groups championing stricter gun control laws.
“No one at Newtown should have been a victim,” Gottlieb added, “and no one in the future should be victimized by laws that do not allow people to defend themselves.”
Larry Ward, founder of DefendGunRights.com, says “We wanted to ensure that the public has the facts on gun rights and understand how many Americans stand with them in defense of Second Amendment rights.”
Gun control advocates call the declaration a blatant attempt to politicize the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
“To hold a gun-glorifying event on December 14th, a day when America will remember the slaughter of 26 innocent Americans, including teachers and first-grade students, can be deemed nothing less than abject evil,” Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America said in a statement.
The mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut was the second worst mass shooting in American history, after the Virginia Tech Massacre.