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Guns Across America: Gun owners push back with national rally

Seeking to demystify gun ownership and gun owners, a series of Guns Across America rallies in most state capitals aims to counter gun control attempts in the wake of the massacre in Newtown.

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As Barack Obama last week amassed his political forces in favor of the first Congressional gun control package in nearly two decades, gun owners too raced into action, quickly organizing and setting into motion national "Guns Across America" rallies on Saturday.

Thousands of Americans indicated they planned to participate in rallies Saturday in nearly every US state capital to wave "Don't tread on me" flags and, they hoped, cement a grassroots gun rights coalition while providing a visual antidote to what they fear is a liberal perception of "gun crazies" in the flyover states.

To that end, some organizers, at least, urged protesters to leave their guns at home, even in states where open carry is allowed.

Former police officer Don Dobyns is organizing a Guns Across America event in Denver, and told the Associated Press that he's expecting at least 1,500 people, but likely more. "Now I don't have a clue [how many people will attend] because this has exploded," he told the wire service.

The Guns Across America Facebook page for Georgia doubled its "likes" every day this week, with the page showing 1,129 likes Saturday morning. That rally was set for 1 p.m. under Georgia's gold dome.

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