Don Hudgins, a 25-year law enforcement veteran currently with the Logan County sheriff's department, spoke about another theme echoed by other speakers and written on rally signs — that a well-armed citizenry is protected from an overreaching federal government.
“Guns are the last line of defense against a government that goes off the rails,” he said. “The Second Amendment isn't about shooting Bambi in the woods, but that is a benefit.”
Ted Travis, a retired Air Force sergeant from Guthrie, said he attended the rally to support gun rights.
“I'm here to send a message that we won't be dictated to by President Obama,” he said. “Gun rights are under attack and it's an ingrained thing the Democrats do.”
Lance Gentry, of Chouteau, brought his 7-year-old son and his wife to the Capitol armed with bright yellow signs.
“We're just law-abiding citizens defending our rights,” he said.
His family held signs that read, “Politicians love disarmed peasants,” and “This is America, land of the free, not Nazi Germany.”
Jacob and Lane Frantz, both from Kellyville, came to the rally to support the Second Amendment, they said.
Jacob, 18, wore an empty gun holster on his belt because he's too young to open carry. The law requires permit holders be at least 21.
“The Second Amendment is clear that as an individual I have the right to keep and bear arms and that shouldn't be infringed,” he said.