Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Gun Ownership

Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Gun Ownership

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It's one event, happening across 49 states at the same time..."high noon."

Trease Fullingim and her family are here from Corpus Christi.

"We all believe, very much, in the Second Ammendment and if you don't come out and use your voice, you have no right to talk," said Fullingim.

The pink sign she holds, gives you an idea why she's come out to rally against gun control.

Fullingim explained, "Several years ago. I was very brutally attacked and raped and beaten and spent some time in the hospital recovering."

She fought so hard, they broke her leg.

"With just fighting I couldn't stop two men," Fullingim added.    

She didn't own a gun in 1993...but she does now.

Fullingim explained, "I don't feel safe without my guns any longer."
    
Trease and everyone else at the rally feel passionately about their guns.

"I feel, as head of the house, I'm responsible for their safety...I believe it's our individual right to be able to protect our families the way we should," said gun owner, Christian Sotelo.  "The Second Ammendment guarantees us the right to bear arms and I believe right now, politicians are trying to strip us of that right."

Sotelo disagrees with President Barack Obama's call to ban ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.

Sotelo said, "How would I be able to defend my family when I have five people coming towards me?"
    
The other two main proposals after the mass killing in Newtown, Connecticut, are; universal background checks on all gun purchases and a ban on assault weapons.

"I want my daughter to be protected in schools.  I believe that guns don't kill people, but people kill people," said Lucia Velasquez.

Not everyone in the crowd disagrees with any and all new gun legislation.

"I'm okay with a criminal background check...it's only gonna stop criminals from having guns," said Keith Puckett.
    
For Trease, though, it's about more than just a constitutional right.

Fullingim said, "I live alone.  I travel, a lot, alone...I need that security to be able to live my life."
    
Her guns give her the confidence to never be a victim again.

Speakers encouraged the people in attendance to get in touch with their county sheriffs and state reps to fight the gun control package.

The event was organized online through social media, and more than 18,000 people confirmed on the National Guns Across America facebook page they'd be rallying Saturday.

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