POSTED: Saturday, January 19, 2013 - 10:13pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 21, 2013 - 10:37am
AUSTIN, TX — President Obama called for stricter gun laws, and gun owners everywhere are reacting on this gun appreciation day.
People in all professions, of all ages were in Austin today to take a united stand against any idea to restrict the second amendment right to bear arms.
With the Obama administration talking universal background checks for gun owners, banning assault weapons and limiting high capacity magazines, a crowd of proud Texas gun holders exercised their First Amendment rights.
The gun debate is hitting a high point five weeks after a gunman killed 20 children, and 6 teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
"It was important to show that it's not just a handful of nut jobs that are interested in preserving their rights of gun ownership," said David Morris, a Dallas gun owner.
"Teachers should protect their students. that it's not right for them to say that it's not right to protect your students. we are here to educate the minds, why can't we save the minds," said Melissa Stokes, a Fort Hood teacher.
At least one Texas lawmaker in the house has filed a bill that would make enforcement of any federal gun restriction in Texas illegal. And others have authored legislation that will give licensed individuals the right to carry concealed handguns on campuses.