CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (2/6/13) – What began as three friends discussing the aftermath of the Newton, Connecticut school shootings has turned into plans for a large rally for gun owner rights, set to be held this Saturday, February 16th at the Central City Convention Center from 12 to 2 p.m.
Jarrod Douglas, one of the founding members of 2A-squared, told reporters that the event came about after conversations with friends about the current political environment, which they say changed dramatically after the school shooting in December in Connecticut.
Douglas said the rally for awareness and education is being held because of, "what seems to be the possibility of law-abiding gun owners losing their rights. Also during conversations, we found that many do not really know what the 2nd amendment means."
Douglas, along with founding members of 2A-squared Locky Beasley and Jason Edmonds, all of Muhlenberg County, have succeeded in attracting quite a list of speakers for the event.
Douglas says, "We have prepared speakers, Joey Burke, a member of the board of directors for the Kentucky Coalition to Carry Concealed, Randy Adams, "Big Country" outdoor columnist for Surfky.com News Group, and John Larowe, Kentucky NRA field representative. Larowe will not speak but will be on hand to answer questions from participants. Muhlenberg County Sherriff Curtis McGehee will also be there to speak and offer an invocation. So we're excited to have him on board."
Douglas added that the group has received letters indicating field representatives from U.S. Congressman Ed Whitfield's office, and the office of U.S. Senator Rand Paul will also be on hand.
"We're just a group of guys that got together to protect our 2nd Amendment rights and educate others about what the 2nd amendment really is," Douglas said.
The founding members are all from Muhlenberg County, and say they agree on one thing, the right to bear arms as written in the Constitution.
"We feel that current national legislation requires that we get involved and stay involved. We believe that if the 2nd amendment caves in, the rest of the amendments will fall like dominoes. We are not going to scream and yell. That's not what we're about. We want to educate people. The 2nd amendment is not about hunting, it's our last defense against tyranny, put in place by our forefathers. As long as we support that, it won't be taken away. But if the 2nd amendment is taken away, then the freedom of religion and other rights may be taken away as well," Douglas added.
Jason Edmonds reemphasized that the group was formed "after the Newton incident,” noting that "in a lot of conversations, it came out that people didn't know the true intent of the 2nd amendment. It was something we felt needed attention... just educations and awareness of it." Edmond said.
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