Gun rights advocates gather for Day of Resistance Tulsa, a grassroots campaign opposing new gun laws
5:26 PM, Feb 23, 2013
5:28 PM, Feb 23, 2013
TULSA - Tulsa residents opposed to gun control measures congregated at LaFortune Park to participate in a Day of Resistance rally.
More than 100 residents turned out in south Tulsa for what the rally's spokesman, Jim Miller, called a grassroots effort to voice opposition to local and federal lawmakers about ideas like assault weapons bans and ammunition restrictions.
Miller, who said the rights of Americans have been limited by legislators who've too often used the constitution as a means of interpretation, believes gun control measures will do little to keep guns out of the hands of violent offenders.
"No matter what you call it. If you call it gun violence, knife violence, anything else, all that is is an adjective. Violence is violence. If somebody wants to commit a crime, they're going to do it one way or another. If you take away guns, all you're doing is leaving people defenseless," he said.
That sentiment was echoed by former Tulsa city councilor and current mayoral candidate Bill Christiansen. If enacted, Christiansen fears gun control would punish responsible gun owners.
"The bad guys are going to be the bad guys, and I don't think just because there are bad guys out there that we have to be blanketing the good people, you know, of the United States," he said.
2NEWS reached out to supporters of new gun legislation. No calls were immediately returned.
Day of Resistance rallies are taking place in cities across the U.S. Saturday.