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Pro-Gun Supporters Rally at State Capitol
In protest of new gun laws, hundreds of people in Austin flooded to the Texas capitol Saturday afternoon.
Men, women and children of all ages protested their second amendment rights with signs and t-shirts.
Mari Thompson, founder of Second Amendment Sisters Inc., said she feels her rights are under attack.
“Our rights are being infringed, and we will do everything we can to stop them,” Thompson said.
Round Rock resident Alan Brown said he feels the government is treading a thin line by violating his right to bear arms.
“We are free; it’s freedom of gun control,” Brown said. “That's what it's all about, protecting my family and protecting our rights as Americans.”
Gun rights supporter, Robert Rodriguez, said he wants gun laws to stay the same.
“The second amendment has zero to do with hunting, zero to do with sporting, and everything to do with tyrannical governments,” Rodriguez said. “It's all a political show; the [government] will gain nothing.”
The rally comes on the heels of President Obama executive orders to combat gun violence.
Brown said he worries the day is near when the government will take away personal firearms.
“If they take our guns, the bad guys aren't going to give up their guns, so the only people that will be armed is the government and the bad guy,” Brown said.
Efforts may be hard fought and the debate is far from over, but gun supporters in Austin are hopeful their demonstration on the capitol steps will force lawmakers to think twice before changing gun laws.