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‘We are not the problem’ Gun owners to rally on Greenfield common

  • Greenfield Town Common. Paul Franz , Paul Franz



Recorder Staff
Thursday, April 05, 2018

GREENFIELD — Though stricter gun control has been a frequent talking point in the state and the country, at least one Greenfield resident is looking to provide the other side of the argument.

A demonstration in support of the Second Amendment and legal gun ownership will be held Saturday on the Greenfield Town Common. According to the organizer, Greenfield resident Robert Emond Jr., the intent of the demonstration is to provide an opposing side to demands for increased gun control in the country.

“Basically, I want to put a positive image of law-abiding gun owners,” Emond said. “We aren’t the problem. We’re not at fault for any of these issues.”

The event is scheduled from 8 to 11 a.m. Emond said he expects there to be demonstrators holding signs and flags, though he doesn’t know how many people will turn out.

No march is planned.

Emond noted that he feels legal gun owners do not typically have positive portrayals, and he hopes the demonstration can change that.

“We don’t want to stir anybody up, just want to put the other side out there. Legal gun owners are not the problem,” he said.

According to Emond, one of the issues is those who illegally possess guns, not the legal gun owner. He also said that, “guns themselves are not dangerous. They aren’t dangerous without an operator.”

Emond said the demonstration can also show how many legal gun owners are in the city, a number that many people may not know.

“We’re just going to be showing support for the Second Amendment and try to get people to understand we are not the problem,” he said.

According to Emond, the event is not being sponsored by any group. He did the planning through Facebook.

He said he asked others on the social media site if there was interest in holding a demonstration after he saw a rally on the common asking for stricter gun control. The response to his post was positive, Emond said.

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