Hundreds demonstrate at Rhode Island State House for Second Amendment rights

by G. WAYNE MILLER, Providence Journal  |  published on January 20, 2014

PROVIDENCE — A crowd of hundreds braved a punishing winter wind Sunday to demonstrate on the front steps of the State House in support of Second Amendment rights they assert are threatened by bills the General Assembly will consider this session — and by legislative agendas certain candidates for higher office hope to advance in this election year.

The rally, one of 50 such events planned for every state by Gun Rights Across America, was organized by Ed Doyle, Rhode Island administrator for the national group, who spoke of the “power of the grass-roots American” in his address to the crowd, which stood in crisp January sunshine that did little to mitigate the cold.

“Not the NRA, not special-interest groups and big money like the Bloomberg battalions of traitors to our Constitution — just everyday men, women and children that have had enough of those trying to take away our freedoms and what we hold dear as the United States of America by chipping away at our rights and trying to disarm America, piece by piece,” said Doyle.

Echoing President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, Doyle went on: “One of our greatest presidents once said, ‘Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.’ This is what you can do for your country: Stand up and defend our Second Amendment and the Constitution of the United States of America.”

Said state Rep. Doreen Costa, R-North Kingstown: “You’ve got to start electing people who will do the job for you — who are pro-Second Amendment.”

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