NEWTOWN, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) — Gun rights groups have moved “Guns Save Lives Day” a day after the anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre following an outcry.
The Second Amendment Foundation originally said in a statement that they were going to hold the event on Dec. 14 to “show America that there is a good side to guns.” But after opposition to holding the event one year to the day 20 school children and six adults were killed, the event will now be held on Dec. 15, Bill of Rights Day.
“In moving the event back one day to Bill of Rights Day we challenge the gun prohibition lobby to drop their plans to further continue their exploitation and politicization of this horrific tragedy,” Alan Gottlieb, president of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizens Committee, said in a press release.
Newtown Action Alliance thanks the Second Amendment Foundation for changing the date.
“We applaud this display of compassion and decency. This is a hopeful sign,” the group said on its Facebook page.
Some Newtown residents were originally disgusted with the gun rights groups plans to hold “Guns Save Lives Day” on the anniversary of the Newtown school shooting.
”As far as I’m concerned, this is nonsense,” Linda Manna told WVIT-TV. “It’s very insensitive.”
Gottlieb 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.”
Adam Lanza gunned down 26 people at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 before taking his own life.