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 ó the nationís leading gun-control organization ó 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 ďGun Appreciation DayĒ 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 , ďare urging their supporters to line up Ďaround the blockí at gun stores, gun counters, gun shows and gun ranges to protest the Obama administrationís post-Sandy Hook assault on gun rights.Ē