FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Firearms were plentiful outside Kentucky's
Capitol as a few hundred rallied in a show of strength meant to
send a message to politicians to protect gun rights.
Many in the crowd of about 300 had weapons at their sides or
strapped across their backs. Self-defense was a common theme during
the Kentucky State Second Amendment March on Saturday.
Rex Bartley, state coordinator for the march, said that bearing
arms is a "God-given right," and said supporters of gun-ownership
rights are the "silent majority."
He said that being armed can make the difference between going
home or to the morgue when being confronted by a criminal.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul told the crowd that
one armed teacher or student might have prevented the shooting
massacre at Virginia Tech.
The march is part of a national grassroots effort leading to a
national march planned next month in Washington, D.C.
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