Given the recent gun violence and senseless mass shootings — the tragedy at Newtown only the saddest of many — and the outrage that’s sprung up over guns and Second Amendment culture in this country, clearly firearms haven’t been receiving the attention they deserve. What better way to celebrate all the great things guns have done than with their own special day?
That was the rationale behind the first-ever Gun Appreciation Day — holster up, it will take place on Saturday, January 19, 2013.
The website informs those who wish to take part in appreciating all manner of firearms that they can do so by going “to your local gun store, gun range or gun show with your Constitution, American flags and your ‘Hands off my Guns’ sign to send a loud and clear message to Congress and Obama.”
The “About” section of the Facebook page reads:
Americans love their guns and their Second Amendment right to bear arms. On January 19, 2013 gun owners and tea party activists across the country will demonstrate their passions…Chick-fil-A style!
Why not Gangnam Style while we’re at it? But the statement does beg the question: Which is more deadly, guns or Chick-Fil-A?
The Political Media CEO told BuzzFeed this idea his baby: “‘We decided to run with this last week and put together a wide and growing group of conservative organizations, publications and businesses,’ Ward said. The groups involved include the Second Amendment Foundation, the Committee to Draft Judge Andrew Napolitano, and Revolution PAC, a super PAC that supported Ron Paul’s presidential candidacy.”
What’s the only thing über-conservative gun owners appreciate more than a firearm? A good meme, of course! There are plenty to choose from in the gallery on the website or Facebook page. Until those Hallmark fascists decide to recognize this new national holiday and put out some greeting cards, forward these to all your conservative family members in Florida — they’ll love ’em. That is, just as soon as they figure out what a meme is.
For the ladies, we’re handing out tickets to the gun show *flexes anemic biceps*. For the kids, there are pony rides, rousing game of Russian Roulette (with Nerf guns) and contests like “Guess If the Safety’s On.” If you wish to celebrate privately, you can do so by polishing, displaying and admiring your guns, while singing all the traditional gun carols. (Okay, not really.)