Hundreds attend rally for second amendment rights
DECATUR, Ill. (WICS) —
Lawmakers nationwide are calling for stricter gun control, including right here in Illinois.
This comes after a 19-year-old opened fire in a Florida school on February 14th, killing seventeen.
“None of the bills over there that are sitting waiting to be passed are going to stop any gun violence. They’re not going to stop any mass shootings,” said Jim Owens, the organizer of the A2 Rally.
Jim Owens teaches concealed carry classes in Decatur.
He believes everyone should have the right to protect themselves.
This prompted a rally for second amendment rights on Sunday.
“There’s a lot going on with the gun laws in Springfield and we’re out here to say, hey these are good people. These are mothers, fathers, sisters brothers and we’re all out here having a good time. Some of these people are armed and guess what nothing is happening,” said Owens.
Hundreds covered South Franklin Street in Decatur holding signs with why they should be allowed to bare arms.
Stacey Sweeney, her husband and their six kids were at the rally with a purpose.
“We want to make sure our kids have rights when they grow up,” said Sweeney.
Sweeney said with how often deadly massacres occur, it’s vital she has the means to keep her children safe.
“I don’t have the strength a grown man might have. Knowing i have a gun to protect myself if necessary is just very comforting and makes me feel good that I can protect my children,” said Sweeney.
Around 500 people attended the rally.
Organizers of the event said it was a way to peacefully raise awareness on what they believe is the real reason for recent violence which they said is mental health issues.