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Seattle-area gun group sees opportunity in Sandy Hook Massacre anniversary

‘Guns Save Lives Day’ announced to commemorate deaths of 20 children, 6 adults
LEVI PULKKINE, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Updated 7:39 pm, Thursday, October 10, 2013

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  • Carlee Soto reacts as she learns her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, was one of 26 people killed in a shooting at the school in Newtown, Conn. Photo: Jessica Hill

    Carlee Soto reacts as she learns her sister, Victoria Soto, a teacher at the Sandy Hook Elementary School, was one of 26 people killed in a shooting at the school in Newtown, Conn.

    Photo: Jessica Hill

 

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In an attempt to use the Sandy Hook massacre to promote its anti-gun control agenda, a Seattle-area group has announced plans to observe "Guns Save Lives Day" on the anniversary of the Connecticut mass shooting.

Supporters of the event say they'll use the Dec. 14 anniversary of the deaths of 26 people – including 20 children – at a Newtown, Conn., elementary school to protest what they see as unfair attacks on gun ownership.

The event was announced Thursday by The Second Amendment Foundation, based in Bellevue, Wash., and several associated groups. Foundation President Alan Gottlieb said he and others hope to assure the nation they’re working to “thwart government gun-grabbers.” Congress has yet to enacted any of the gun control measures floated following the school shooting.

Larry Ward, founder of co-sponsor DefendGunRights.com, said events will be planned around the country “to counteract what certainly will be a day of activism and misinformation from the gun prohibition lobby.”

“The Founders understood what many modern-day politicians do not: that Americans are safer – from crime and tyranny – when they have the means to defend themselves,” Ward said in a statement.

Gottlieb went on to assert that the Newtown tragedy would not have occurred if some at the school had been armed.

“No one at Newtown should have been a victim,” Gottlieb said, “and no one in the future should be victimized by laws that do not allow people to defend themselves.”

Seattlepi.com reporter Levi Pulkkinen can be reached at 206-448-8348 or levipulkkinen@seattlepi.com. Follow Levi on Twitter at twitter.com/levipulk.