Other prominent gun-control advocates also have stepped up their efforts after the Dec. 14 shootings. Michael Bloomberg, the billionaire New York City mayor and co-founder of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, has said he intends to play a more active role in the debate, and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence — the nation’s leading gun-control organization — also has ramped up its efforts.
But gun rights groups are also making their voices heard as the policy debate approaches. A coalition of conservative gun rights groups announced this week that it intends to hold a “Gun Appreciation Day” on Jan. 19, two days before Obama is sworn in for his second term.
The groups, including the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms , “are urging their supporters to line up ‘around the block’ at gun stores, gun counters, gun shows and gun ranges to protest the Obama administration’s post-Sandy Hook assault on gun rights.”
Former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., candidate for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire, holds his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem as he waits to take the stage for his town hall campaign rally with Sen. John McCain at the Pinkerton Academy in Derry, N.H., on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014.