(WASHINGTON) — As Vice President Joe Biden’s working group prepares to deliver gun-control recommendations to the president, a national day to celebrate guns is stirring up controversy.
A coalition of groups will hold a national “Gun Appreciation Day” coinciding with President Obama’s inauguration, on Jan. 19. Conservatives and gun-rights advocates launched their push on Jan. 7, amid broad outcry for added gun-control measures in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn., on Dec. 14.
The gun day isn’t sitting well with gun-control advocates.
The liberal group United for Change USA has launched a petition through MoveOn.org opposing the day of gun celebration. It reads:
Gun groups are planning to have a National Gun Appreciation Day on January 19th, the same weekend that Americans celebrate the life and service of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., an American leader who was assassinated by a rifle’s bullet. This is an outrage and a slap in the face to Americans who value life and freedom!
The petition is to be delivered to National Rifle Association chief Wayne LaPierre. However, the NRA isn’t listed as one of Gun Appreciation Day’s sponsors.
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