COPPERAS COVE — More than a dozen Second Amendment rights advocates stood outside the Coryell County annex carrying Battle of Gonzales flags and Revolutionary War banners as similar marches took place at state capitols around the country.
“The only reason I held it today, is because it is national Second Amendment Day and they are doing it at the Capitol,” said organizer Christine Hudgens. “I wanted to say, ‘Hey come out and look at what the typical gun owner looks like.’”
Hudgens said average gun owners are not the people who have been getting national media
attention for mass shootings and other deadly crimes, but rather responsible mothers, fathers, grandfathers and grandmothers.
President Barack Obama’s gun control proposals are an infringement on Second Amendment rights, and restricting the Second Amendment has been the president’s political agenda, said Bruce Raymond, who drove from Killeen to attend the rally.
Obama’s proposed legislation would require universal background checks, ban assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines and take several other measures to tighten gun restrictions.
“(The Second Amendment) doesn’t say what my arms have to look like,” Hudgens said. “One is not any more dangerous than the other. It is the person behind it. ... It is the person, not the equipment.”
Hudgens’ husband, Ronnie Hudgens, said the current laws should be better enforced before making new laws. It is also time that people start being responsible, she said.
There were people who knew that Adam Lanza, 20, was going to snap prior to the Sandy Hook Elementary School incident, said two of the rally attendees. People should have listened to his mother, Nancy Lanza, who Adam Lanza shot and killed before going on the rampage in Newtown, Conn., and it was her responsibility to keep her guns safe, they said.
Raymond said people should not remember the names of the killers, but instead remember the victims.
“You have to change the mindset of people,” Ronnie Hudgens said. “You have to protect yourself. You are your family’s protectors and that is your responsibility.”
Christine Hudgens said infringing on or “whittling away at” the Second Amendment will affect the rest of people’s rights and civil liberties.
“The Second Amendment is our last line of defense against tyranny, domestic and foreign,” Christine Hudgens said. “Once the Second Amendment is gone. There is no more freedom of speech; there is no more freedom of the press if you can’t protect it.”
“It was Jefferson who said, ‘The wonderful thing about the Second Amendment is that you won’t know you need it until they try to take it away.’”