With the gun control debate continuing on Capitol hill, supporters of the Second Amendment held rallies at state capitols across the nation. One took place Friday morning in Austin. Word about the rallies started circulating earlier this week on message boards and through e-mails. That grassroots effort may have limited the number of people to turn out, but certainly not the passion about this issue.
Like a General preparing for war Baker Hughes Friday morning issued a call to arms.
"We are still under oath to defend the Constitution this is our first priority people we lose this, it's over," said Hughes.
With the State Capitol as his backdrop, Hughes, who is the president of the Texas Patriot Tea Party, lead what was promoted as a Second Amendment support rally.
About 100 people, up to 350 by other accounts closed ranks on the south steps. Some held signs while others waved American flags and defiant banners. There is a real belief among those at the rally that the right to bare arms is under attack.
"I think they're going to make it so difficult for a law abiding citizen to obtain a gun that eventually it is going to be impossible," said Juan Rodriguez a gun rights supporter from San Antonio.
Those attending the rally ran into a road block, the Session is in Recess until Monday, so a lot of the state lawmakers they're hoping to talk with were not there. It wasn't much of a missed opportunity- considering few if any politician under the Texas Capitol dome would ever go on record being against the Second Amendment. The message being sent is mainly intended for Congressional leaders like Democrat Diane Feinstein, who last month proposed a gun ban reboot.
"Since the last Assault Weapons ban expired in 2004, and incidentally in the 10 years it was in place, no one took it to court, more than 350 people have been killed with Assault Weapons," said Congresswoman Feinstein during a late January news Conference.
That solution to gun violence for people like Ann Lindholm misses the mark.
"Guns and ammo they're not the problem, again I refer to abortions, we're killing way more innocent babies with abortions than we are with guns and magazines, that's not the issue the issue is the person behind that weapon," said Lindholm.
Lindholm continued to question priorities, by pointing out the armed troopers who were keeping a close watch on the rally. Protecting the policy makers inside the Capitol she said while school children have nothing that even comes close.
Similar rallies were held at other state capitols. At the state house in Rhode Island the event began just as the east coast blizzard hit. At the Indiana and Oklahoma statehouse rallies some people showed up with guns because those states have open carry laws.