Gun owners gather outside Roundhouse to support Second Amendment
April 15, 2018 11:03 AM
SANTA FE, N.M. – Within a crowd of proud gun owners outside the New Mexico state capitol Saturday, not all opinions were the same.
James Clayshulte and Jennifer Wertz are both for the Second Amendment, but they have different thoughts on some things that have dominated headlines in recent months.
"As far as bump stocks, I'll give you that one. I don't necessarily…in fact, I wouldn't buy one," Clayshulte said. "I think they'll destroy your gun."
Wertz, meanwhile, said she believes making bump stocks illegal won't make much of a difference.
"As far as taking away things to do to our guns or add to our guns or bump stocks or anything, I don't feel like that's going to save anything or anyone," she said.
But they do share one message.
"Gun owners are not bad. There's a lot of ignorance and a lot of misinformation out there, and we're here to set the record straight," said Robert Overton, a Sons of Liberty Riders NM member.
Organizers say the demonstration held Saturday in Santa Fe – one of a series of similar events across the country – wasn't necessarily a pro-gun rally, but a pro-Second Amendment rally because participants were concerned their rights could be taken away.
"We cannot lose our right to defend ourselves," said Wertz, who shot a man at a gas station where she was working last September after he pointed a gun at her.
"I pulled my gun from my pocket and I cocked it and I shot. I was able to protect myself."
Wertz said she would support extensive background checks, but others disagreed.
"There are several laws in place already," Overton said. "If they don't bring a gun, then they bring a knife. If they don't bring a knife, then they bring a hammer. If they don't bring a hammer, they're going to use a car. These are all tools that can be implemented without background checks, without any type of restriction at all."
The participants – which organizers estimated to be in the hundreds – say they were primarily working to bring attention to a national conversation, while also hoping their rally would show other gun owners in New Mexico that they're not alone.
"We're here to show people that there are people that care," Clayshulte said. "There are people that stand up for it."
Updated: April 15, 2018 11:03 AM
Created: April 14, 2018 09:10 PM
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