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Gun Advocates Rally in Huntington

Hundreds turn out in show of support.

Hundreds of people turned out Saturday in Huntington to support gun rights and to oppose several measures offered by Gov. Cuomo and President Obama.

More than 200 people staged the rally, gathering at each corner of the Route 110 and Jericho Turnpike intersection. They carried signs supporting several causes, from the Second Amendment to opposition to Obamacare, and waved American and Gadsen Don't Tread on Me flags. One man repeatedly shouted about New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who has led the demand for more gun control.  Another demonstrator sought more prayer in schools.

Scores of motorists honked in support as they cleared the busy intersection and won cheers and raised fists in a friendly salute from the demonstrators.

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The demonstration was organized by the Conservative Society for Action and was held on what was billed as the first national Gun Appreciation Day.

Lawrence January 20, 2013 at 02:35 PM
The shooter in Newtown did not use an assault rifle. He had 4 handguns. The rifle was left in his trunk. There are only two types of guns. Automatic and semi-automatic. A five shot revolver is a semi-automatic weapon.
Linda Otta January 20, 2013 at 02:54 PM
I drove by with my Grandchildren and recognized many of the faces as local Huntington residents. Over 10,000 people marched in Albany and there were other marches all over the Nation. 1/2 the Country is scared of guns (irrationally) and the other 1/2 is prepared. I know who I want on my team.
Bill L. January 20, 2013 at 02:59 PM
Forget trying to explain Lawrence. Remember what Emerson said: “Fear always springs from ignorance”
escape January 20, 2013 at 03:27 PM
When Obama gives up his lifetime secret service protection, and pulls his kids from private schools with armed guards and puts them in public schools in "no gun zones" like the rest of us, then I'll gladly listen to what he and his ilk have to say. The leader of the free world, and the rest of the so-called "public servants", can't be hypocrites.
Big_E January 20, 2013 at 03:39 PM
Wrong, Lawrence. "brought three weapons inside Sandy Hook Elementary school on December 14 and left a fourth in his car, police said. Those weapons were a Bushmaster AR-15 rifle and two handguns -- a Glock 10 mm and a Sig Sauer 9 mm. In the car he left a shotgun, about which police have offered no details. Lanza used one of the handguns to take his own life, although police haven't said whether the gun was the Glock or the Sig Sauer." http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/18/us/connecticut-lanza-guns/index.html
Big_E January 20, 2013 at 03:40 PM
SO "escape", you think his children should be vulnerable to kidnapping, so they can try to blackmail our President? Don't think so...
escape January 20, 2013 at 03:48 PM
His kids, Big E, aren't any more precious or important than yours or mine. Guard them, but those guards don't need to be armed, right?
John Dornheim January 20, 2013 at 04:11 PM
This debate highlights why we need to purge guns from our society. There are to many guns in the hands of truly insane people.
Joe L January 20, 2013 at 04:28 PM
Big_E, you are getting your facts from the wrong places. It takes a collective of sources to get the truth, and you clearly don't understand that. I'm not a conspiracy theorist, but the points made in this video are very true and I have looked into some myself, only to confirm the alleged hoax. This was all just one big earthquake in the justice system where there became a "need" for gun control- exactly what the corruption has led to. Watch this, research on your own, come to your conclusion; Otherwise, stop spewing ignorance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d516tIViRLI John, I fully understand where you are coming from with the purge, but that's like trying to completely take cars out of society. When used incorrectly, they are also a deadly weapon. It doesn't take much to drive an SUV through a classroom. Now, the point I'm trying to make is that the sheer amount of cars on the road would make it impossible for the government to get rid of them all without a massive uproar and revolt. Same with guns, there are so many already in circulation that it would be a nightmare to control them- especially since the people you are taking them from will most likely not hesitate to protect their rights if you know what I mean.
Lisa January 20, 2013 at 04:41 PM
I was embarrassed for these individuals yesterday. I saw a women on the corner holding up a poster of an assault rifle and said,"Modern Musket." If this is the new modern, then of course the laws should be amended, to protect ourselves and children from the likes of these people.
Eleanor Cawley January 20, 2013 at 05:32 PM
I cannot understand how this has not gotten down to the smallest kernel. A gun is a gun is a gun. Any gun with any person behind it can kill. Accidents happen we know that. A locked gun cabinet or box may not deter anyone from getting into it. If a gun owner becomes angry enough, think of what can happen. We all have things that really press our buttons and we can act irrationally. It is not justification to shoot a deer. Shoot a camera not a gun. Cameras have rapid fire capabilities too! One thing that solidifies my thinking on this is a conversation with an acquaintance that I had on FB. It was before Sandy Hook. He said that he carries a gun(s) everywhere he goes. He thinks that he can protect himself and others with his gun(s). He brought up a scenario, looking through a store window, see a man and a woman with kids through the window, his assumption-man robbing store threatening woman and kids, he would get his gun and shoot if he needed too! What is wrong with this scenario? I asked him, "What really is the first thing you would reach for your gun or your cell phone?" He replied, "Gun." No matter what I said, he could not wrap his head around the fact that people with guns can kill and make mistakes, wrong assumptions. People do not have to be mentally ill to make a mistake with a gun. We need to remove guns from society. That acquaintance will never come to my home. If I know that someone carries a gun-you are not welcome.
Big_E January 20, 2013 at 05:49 PM
Sorry, I refuse to watch that offensive, "truther" video. And if you think Sandy Hook was a hoax, you should be banned from this site.
A L January 20, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Totally agree AL
Glenn January 20, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Some people just don't get it! It's not about taking all of your guns away it's about removing assault weapons and large ammo clips. Who hunts with a weapon such as this? There's nothing wrong with a background check. If a person is opposed to a background check most likely they need one. Any law that keeps us safe in some way against assault weapons is a good law. The general public shouldn't be better armed than our law enforcement or military. I saw a sign that had a hand gun on it in another protest but the law is not about taking your handgun. Many of these protestors don't get it!
Peter T January 20, 2013 at 07:57 PM
Glenn, as of 1985 civilians can not legally buy an assault weapon. An assault weapon must be "select fire" which means you can either make it fully auto like a machine gun or single shot. What is or was legal to buy is a cosmetically alter semi-auto rifle which means you must pull the trigger every time you fire. These new laws still wouldn't have prevented any of these massacres. A true revamping of our mental health system that is very well thought out would be a good start. We can ban these high volume ammo clips but the bad guys and the mentally deranged won't care about the law. Bottom line is Cuomo and the other emotionally charged politicians have done nothing but criminalize the law abiding and empower the real bad guys.
BK13 January 20, 2013 at 09:10 PM
She was trying to say the modern musket is our current way of protecting ourselves against an oppressive government. Back in the 1770's a musket was how we protected ourselves against the Brits. Today a military coming after us will have weapons way superior to the AR-15.
Huntington resident January 21, 2013 at 01:50 AM
I do not know why these people object to better background checks or feel a need to own a assault weapon. I think the rights of us who do not own guns and the rights of our children come first before these people.
neal hoffman January 21, 2013 at 02:01 AM
There is no other way, take the guns away.
Huntington resident January 21, 2013 at 02:09 AM
First off I think you need to read this go to myth #8 http://voices.yahoo.com/top-eleven-email-hoaxes-legends-myths-as-ranked-343685.html?cat=15 We do not have a problem of not enforcing gun laws , the problem is we do not have enough laws to enforce! People can easily buy a assault weapon with NO background checks at a gun show. Any mentally ill person can. Cuomo did what is right and now we need other states to follow. If they don't then it is a waste. More guns do not make us safe they cause more killings. The NRA is very good at spreading lies . I don't want to live in a city where every person must be armed. If you want to live in such a place move to Hondurus the murder capital of the world! The reason why I don't want guns is because I don't care to have to carry one on me where ever I go and I will have to if everyone else is armed. I think the MENTAL health of these protesters need to be examined , everyone acts as if these people are normal - normal to want a assault weapon ?
E. Throop January 21, 2013 at 03:18 AM
I couldn't disagree more with you. Keeping the citizenry armed is fundamental to a democracy. Remember that Germany in the 1930's was a first-world country, as was Italy, Swenden, France, etc. just as the US was. And yet the citizenry was not in possession of guns. Hitler was the democraticly elected Chancellor of Germany, Franco was an officer in the Spanish Army at a time when Spain was a democracy. These countries were overtaken. The USA has had 200+ years of unbroken democracy. An armed population ensures this continuation.
Chris Jones January 21, 2013 at 03:22 AM
And Neal, how do you propose they take ALL the guns away? Remember: "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns"
Joe L January 21, 2013 at 08:39 AM
"...if you think Sandy Hook was a hoax..." Now where did I state that? A setup is different than a hoax. People DID die in that tragic event, but the circumstances are waaaaay too coincidental for it to be anything less. Regardless, your information is incorrect.
Peter T January 21, 2013 at 12:51 PM
Neal please do your research on what can potentially happen if we took away the guns. Here are some just some countries that took away guns: Russia 1919, German 1933 Hungary 1946, China 1949, North Korea and there are many more. Go find out happened after the people . Also FYI a true assault weapon can not be bought in the US legally since 1985. Please become educated and not indoctrinated about guns.
Scott Brown January 21, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Everyone wants to taken action to reduce gun-related violence. The simple truth is that we have very little good information about about gun violence (the NRA was effective in stopping federally-funded research into gun violence) and the little we do know about gun violence rarely is put to good use. Go ahead and put limits on magazine size. Require background checks for ammunition purchases. Ban "assault rifles." But if you really want to make a difference, study the problem before going off half-cocked.
Molon Labe January 21, 2013 at 05:56 PM
"The strongest reason for people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government" - Thomas Jefferson "A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined; to which end, a well digested plan is requisite: And their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories, as tend to render them independent on others, for essential, particularly for military supplies" - George Washington 1/8/1790 Fact: In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Fact: In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. Fact: Germany established gun control on 3/18/1938 and from 1939 to 1945, a total of 13 million Jews and others who were unable to defend themselves were rounded up and exterminated. If a government does not trust its law abiding citizens to be armed, should the citizens trust the government? Wake up New York before it's too late; history repeats itself, this is what you voted for!
Frank H. January 21, 2013 at 10:37 PM
Why is the NRA so scared of having a study done on gun violence?
John E. January 21, 2013 at 11:20 PM
I bet every one of the lunatics at that protest believes that President Obama is Kenyan, and not a US citizen. Don't waste time arguing with the lunatic fringe on this issue, it only tends to legitimize them.
Peter T January 22, 2013 at 04:34 PM
John E, before you start judging others , start with dealing with your own one sided views. Comments like yours show how people rely on emotions rather than reason. History has shown us when emotion drives an issue without reason it's never good. John open your mind and try to understand these so called lunatics and you might begin to understand. Maybe even agree with them?
Irene Miscione February 23, 2013 at 02:38 PM
As a citizen of this country its my right to have a gun if I want one. It doesn't have to be an assault rifle but something to protect myself and my family. With the amount of increased violence we've seen in these past few years we have more reason than ever to want to protect ourselves. Who will be the next victim? Perhaps any one of our children or grandchildren? Perhaps someone's elderly parents shopping at the local supermarket? I don't believe our freedoms should be taken away. Personally I'd feel a lot safer standing next to a person with a gun then in a group of unarmed people if someone started shooting at us.
John E. March 07, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Nobody's denying you the right to have a gun Irene.

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