TN Capitol Rallies: 1,000 Pro-Gun, 200 Pro-Life (?)

Carr Addresses Pro-Gun Gathering
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — At least 1,000 people gathered on the Legislative Plaza across from the Capitol building in Nashville to show their support for gun rights.
The “Guns Across America” rallies are being held in state capitols nationwide. Activists have promoted the rallies primarily via social media. They’re being held days after President Barack Obama unveiled a sweeping package of gun-control proposals.
Many who came to the Nashville event carried signs and flags with messages like “Don’t tread on me.” A few also carried guns.
Republican State Rep. Joe Carr of Lascassas told the crowd that “.any assault on the Second Amendment is an attack on any amendment.”
Carr has introduced a bill that would slap federal officials with a misdemeanor charge for enforcing the new proposals.

Note: The Tennessean story has the gun rally crowd at “more than 500.” There’s also this quote from Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Bill Ketron: “I say, ‘No.’ I say, ‘Don’t tread on me.’ “

Anti-abortion Rally Marks Roe v. Wade Anniversary
Approximately 200 people gathered on the steps of the State Capitol to listen to guest speakers and show support for unborn life at the Right to Life Rally hosted by Tennessee Right to Life, reports the Tennessean.

“It was a healthy crowd,” said TRL President Brian Harris. “The Supreme Court certainly didn’t do us any favors making this ruling in the dead of winter, but this crowd shows our commitment (to) take a stand for human life.”
The rally coincides with the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion. Tuesday will mark its 40th anniversary. Clergymen, laymen and children were among those in attendance, many holding signs with various Bible verses and anti-abortion phrases.
Kelly Lang clutched a black sign that read “I Regret My Abortion.” “There is so much pain that comes with it,” she said. “Lots of women don’t realize the emotional pain you carry.”

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