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Gun rally draws nearly 300 to State House

  • Caleb Spencer, center, of Newmarket, chats with Amanda Grinstead and her daughter Elise, 8 months, at the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. "It's important to be here," said Grinstead who traveled from Richmond with her three children for the event. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    Caleb Spencer, center, of Newmarket, chats with Amanda Grinstead and her daughter Elise, 8 months, at the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. "It's important to be here," said Grinstead who traveled from Richmond with her three children for the event.

    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

  • Rep. Daniel Itse, a Republican from Fremont, center, chats with people before heading on stage to speak at the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. The rally was organized by Rochester 912 Project and the Granite State Patriot groups. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    Rep. Daniel Itse, a Republican from Fremont, center, chats with people before heading on stage to speak at the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. The rally was organized by Rochester 912 Project and the Granite State Patriot groups.

    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

  • Chris Wittmann, of Alton, signs the resolution that participants plan on presenting to Governor Maggie Hassan saying that saying that the government does not have the authority to imporse further gun control at  "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. The rally was organized by Rochester 912 Project and the Granite State Patriot groups. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    Chris Wittmann, of Alton, signs the resolution that participants plan on presenting to Governor Maggie Hassan saying that saying that the government does not have the authority to imporse further gun control at "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. The rally was organized by Rochester 912 Project and the Granite State Patriot groups.

    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

  • Garrett Lear, known as the "Patriot Pastor," films a segment for his website before the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. Lear spoke at the rally. The rally was organized by Rochester 912 Project and the Granite State Patriot groups. <br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    Garrett Lear, known as the "Patriot Pastor," films a segment for his website before the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. Lear spoke at the rally. The rally was organized by Rochester 912 Project and the Granite State Patriot groups.




    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

  • "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013.

    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

  • Bill McFarlin and his chihuahua Echo at the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    Bill McFarlin and his chihuahua Echo at the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013.

    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

  • Nearly 300 people gathered for the "Line in the Granite" rally for the Second Amendment in front of the State House on January 31, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    Nearly 300 people gathered for the "Line in the Granite" rally for the Second Amendment in front of the State House on January 31, 2013.

    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

  • A crowd of around 200 people gathered for the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. The Gadsden flag, like the one Don Levesque of Hampsted is waving in the foreground, was about as ubiquitous as the American flag at the event. The rally was organized by Rochester 912 Project and the Granite State Patriot groups. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

    A crowd of around 200 people gathered for the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. The Gadsden flag, like the one Don Levesque of Hampsted is waving in the foreground, was about as ubiquitous as the American flag at the event. The rally was organized by Rochester 912 Project and the Granite State Patriot groups.

    ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

  • Caleb Spencer, center, of Newmarket, chats with Amanda Grinstead and her daughter Elise, 8 months, at the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. "It's important to be here," said Grinstead who traveled from Richmond with her three children for the event. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff
  • Rep. Daniel Itse, a Republican from Fremont, center, chats with people before heading on stage to speak at the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. The rally was organized by Rochester 912 Project and the Granite State Patriot groups. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff
  • Chris Wittmann, of Alton, signs the resolution that participants plan on presenting to Governor Maggie Hassan saying that saying that the government does not have the authority to imporse further gun control at  "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. The rally was organized by Rochester 912 Project and the Granite State Patriot groups. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff
  • Garrett Lear, known as the "Patriot Pastor," films a segment for his website before the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. Lear spoke at the rally. The rally was organized by Rochester 912 Project and the Granite State Patriot groups. <br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff
  • "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff
  • Bill McFarlin and his chihuahua Echo at the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff
  • Nearly 300 people gathered for the "Line in the Granite" rally for the Second Amendment in front of the State House on January 31, 2013. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff
  • A crowd of around 200 people gathered for the "Line in the Granite" Second Amendment Rally in front of the State House in Concord on January 31, 2013. The Gadsden flag, like the one Don Levesque of Hampsted is waving in the foreground, was about as ubiquitous as the American flag at the event. The rally was organized by Rochester 912 Project and the Granite State Patriot groups. <br/><br/>ANDREA MORALES / Monitor Staff

Caleb Spencer knows people make assumptions when they see his semiautomatic rifle slung across his chest. Those assumptions, he said, are threatening every American’s constitutional right to bear arms.

“I think the perception of gun owners is shown in a negative light,” said Spencer, 35, of Newmarket, at a gun-rights rally outside the State House yesterday. “We are citizens like everyone else. We aren’t big scary people. The Constitution applies to everyone and is non-negotiable.”

Yesterday’s rally drew nearly 300 people, many of whom signed a petition calling on state leaders to reject any efforts by the federal government to restrict their rights to own guns. The signed petitions are headed to the governor’s office and both chambers of the Legislature with a warning that a vote against gun rights could cost them their elected office.

“People talk about a line in the sand,” Jerry DeLemus of Rochester told the crowd. He organized the rally with Jack Kimball, former head of the state Republican party. “A line in the sand is easily moved. The line in New Hampshire needs to be cut in the granite where it will not be moved.”

By the time DeLemus started quoting from the Constitution, the crowd was with him, word for word. “Our right to bear arms shall not be infringed,” they chanted together. That, DeLemus added, means the government cannot restrict the sale of particular guns, large-capacity magazines or certain kinds of ammunition.

DeLemus wanted something else clear too: This right “is not about deer hunting,” he said. “It is about defending the republic from tyranny. We are a republic, not a democracy.”

As he spoke, the crowd waved American flags and pumped homemade signs into the air. “Criminals prefer unarmed victims,” one read. “Dictators prefer unarmed citizens.”

Standing in the back, in sunglasses and a baseball cap, Spencer agreed. He has a ready answer when asked why he needs a semiautomatic rifle, the same kind as one used in the Connecticut shooting.

“I want this rifle,” he said. “I don’t need this rifle anymore than someone needs a car that goes 100 mph.” He uses it for target shooting and home defense, he said.

Jim Whittemore of Pelham arrived at the State House with something less modern: a muzzleloader – with an American flag waving from the barrel. He’s 56 and has never felt his gun rights more threatened than they are now, he said.

“I’ve been a Second Amendment supporter for a long time,” he said. “This country is trying to use (the Connecticut shooting) to ram new laws through, and I think that’s a very dangerous thing. We don’t even know the majority of the facts of what happened (in that shooting) and we are trying to pass new laws.”

Andy, a 25-year-old who didn’t want to give his last name, traveled to Concord from the Lakes Region for yesterday’s rally. He’s served two tours with the Air Force, the last in Afghanistan, with the military police. He had a Smith & Wesson M&P semiautomatic pistol on his hip yesterday.

He usually carries it concealed.

“I think there are a lot of responsible people out there (who carry guns), and a gun can help people,” he said. “I believe that an armed society is a polite society.”

He moved from Connecticut to New Hampshire because he liked the acceptance here of gun ownership. He had a license to carry in Connecticut but found the sight of a gun so upset people, he’d get hassled by the police, he said.

He fears the whole country is headed in that direction since the Connecticut school shooting. “They are targeting the wrong people,” he said of efforts to restrict gun ownership. “They are targeting the people who follow the rules.”

Andy said he supports background checks for anyone buying a gun and would even consider them for private sales, which don’t require a background check in New Hampshire. But neither he nor the others at the State House yesterday were willing to go any further.

“You can’t carry a cop on your hip,” Andy said. “The typical response time (for the police) is five minutes, and that is good.”

It’s just not fast enough, he said.

(Annmarie Timmins can be reached at 369-3323,
atimmins@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @annmarietimmins.)

Anybody walking around with a semi-automatic rifle slung over their shoulder is a wannabe hero, a pretender, and someone whose judgment cannot be trusted; and is therefore dangerous to everyone, not just to criminals. Let me say it one more time -- NOBODY IS TAKING AWAY YOUR GUNS -- just making it harder for criminals and crazies to have access to weapons designed for nothing more than shredding human flesh.

I agree. This picture is a classic case of arrested development--and that's putting it mildly. Slate has a piece today on the NRA's efforts to muzzle pediatricians by preventing them from asking their patients about guns in the home. It also mentions the NRA's making it more difficult for researchers to compile statistics and do research on gun violence. Here's a passage from the Slate article's first paragraph, describing what an assault rifle's bullet can do to a 6 year old's body: " when a high-velocity projectile like a .223-caliber bullet, traveling at approximately 2,000 miles per hour, from an assault weapon like a Bushmaster AR-15, enters her body, all hell breaks loose. If that bullet pierces her chest wall into her heart, it will cause her heart to explode, and if it passes within 3 inches of her aorta, the shockwaves will tear it open. If it slices into her arm, it will shatter her humerus into so many fragments that it will no longer be recognizable as a bone. If it spirals into her brain, the cavity and damage the bullet causes will be so extensive that her head will break apart."

Not to worry of combining the book with any gun, as the book has been taken off the library shelves, re: http://www.stephenking.com/library/bachman_novel/rage.html of I heard on the TV news last week out of Boston of Cannel 5 WCVB that of this connection in ALL the latest shootings that "these people" had this book in their possession; [ or was it "planted" on them by some government agent? ] (;-)

Why no outrage about why the numerous gun control laws are not being enforced? That is obvious when states who have the strictist gun laws often have the highest crime rates. Why doesn't anybody get upset when laws are made to prevent thoorugh background checks? New laws do nothing when the laws that are already there are not enforced. Just makes those who are responsible for enforcing those laws more incometent.

Isn't the sponsor of this bill Sen Shurtleff exempt from it because he is a former US Marshal? So he would not be required to obey the law if it passed. Just saying. It is easy to pass a law that you do not have to follow.

To "Transfer": Read the N.H. Constitution. It gives NH citizens the right to keep and bear arms, and doesn't even mention anything having to belong to a "well regulated militia."

What a bunch of nuts. Nobody's trying to rescind the 2nd amendment; that's never going to happen. Next, anyone that knows anything about how our Constitution works knows that rights are NOT absolute. Even the freedom of speech has limitations on it. We have competing rights and it's the job of the government and judiciary to find the right balance between those competing interests. Next, instituting REASONABLE measures to help prevent/curb gun violence is a responsibility of the government as spelled out in the Preamble of the Constitution: "We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America." Gun control helps insure domestic tranquility and promotes the general welfare.

I don't think they're a bunch of nuts and find your comment offensive. I think they are absolutly right....the government IS trying to use the CT shooting to pass new laws. These people ARE the ones following the rules. Criminals don't follow the rules so why are we wasting our time with this?

Where do you draw the line? There are limits on "free speech". Are there no justifiable limits on the weapons "law-abiding" citizens may own? Assault rifles? Grenade launchers? Stinger missiles? Bazookas? Where does the gun lobby draw the line? Does it even see a line anymore?

"Gun control helps insure domestic tranquility and promotes the general welfare." So would locking everyone up in their homes...maybe we should pass a law to keep everyone off the streets. Then we wouldn't ever have to worry...yes?

This right “is..... about defending the republic". This right needs to be well regulated, especially right now, because a bunch of morons are running around with assault weapons and threatening the republic. Meanwhile the morons with guns don't realize they are being all riled up and duped by the Koch backed NRA leadership into voting for Republican Koch puppets to hand out $billions more in tax cuts to the Kochs. Apparently these fools think democratically elected Republicans and Democrats were not actually democratically elected because, as they say, "We are a republic, not a democracy". Their disrespect for our government of the people, by the people, for the people, could explain why they seem to have no problem with trying to suppress the vote and rig the elections.

Well said!

"By the time DeLemus started quoting from the Constitution, the crowd was with him, word for word. “Our right to bear arms shall not be infringed,” they chanted together." Don't forget about the "well regulated" part in the beginning of that Amendment.

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