A strong group of Brownsville residents were one of hundreds of groups nationwide to rally Saturday in support of the Second Amendment.
The aptly named .223 resistance rally gave Second Amendment advocates a chance to publicly express their opinions at Veterans Park.
“The .223 is significant because that is the cartridge that goes in a semi automatic,” Brownsville Tea Party President Terry Frady said.
The rally, named for the .223-caliber ammunition, is a show of support for gun advocates who oppose President Barack Obama’s recent 23 executive orders that would limit high-capacity magazines, ban military-style assault weapons, close background check loopholes, provide schools with safety resources and increase access to mental health services.
“Obama passed 23 executive orders and he doesn’t have the authority to be doing that,” she said, adding that the president is going against the Constitution.
Military-style assault weapons look like assault rifles used by the armed forces but are not fully automatic. An assault rifle will fire as long as the trigger is held down, whereas the trigger on an assault weapon needs to be pulled to fire each bullet.
Frady said people in the Valley and all over the nation need to stand up for their rights, otherwise they’ll lose them.
“We’re losing it because Obama doesn’t think we’re exceptional and we are exceptional,” she said. “It’s not only about carrying guns. It’s about all of our rights.”
Eddie Padron, president of the Brownsville Republican Club, echoed that sentiment.
“We’re here to defend the Second Amendment,” he said, “the right for people to bear arms.”
Padron said the fear is that Obama’s executive orders approach a slippery slope in how much power the government has in changing or manipulating the Constitution.
“It will grow and grow and grow,” he said. “Once it starts, it won’t stop.”
His message is it’s not guns that kill people. He described what he believes is an over-simplified explanation that anti-gun advocates picture when they analyze gun-related crimes.
“If you’re angry at something pick up a gun and go kill people,” he said. “And then it gets glorified with the best medical, psychological treatment — the best lawyers. They get blasted in the media. And it’s not their fault. It’s the gun’s fault.”
Padron said he simply disagrees with the assertion that guns kill people. People will always kill people and have always killed people with or without guns, he said.
At a Glance
Amendment II: A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.