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Oklahoma militia group holds gun rally

The Oklahoma Defense Force held a gun rally and also recruited members Friday at Oklahoma's state Capitol.
BY MICHAEL MCNUTT mmcnutt@opubco.com Modified: February 8, 2013 at 9:48 pm •  Published: February 9, 2013
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“I don't believe total gun control is the answer,” he said. “The people in Washington, they're all out of line when they're regulating people.

“What about innocent people that get hit in gunfire?” Cross asked the crowd. “Well, let me ask you a question: What about all the innocent people that are dying on the roads? There's always ... going to be some type of collateral damage.”

Will Hawkins, of Norman, said he is concerned the federal government will try to take away people's rights to own guns. “It's scary where we're going,” he said. “They just keep chipping away at our freedoms, and if we keep allowing that to happen it's not going to go good.”

Several people carried American flags, yellow “Don't Tread on Me” flags or white flags with the words “Come Take It” above an assault rifle.

Brigham French, 11, of Rush Springs, held two signs: “I'm safer because my bad mommy packs heat” and “Sitting duckling in a gun-free zone. Allow my teacher to conceal carry!”

His mother, Lorri French, said it was more important for her son to attend the rally than attend school. “If they start taking away our Second Amendment rights, it's not going to be long before they take away our First, and then it's going to snowball,” she said.

Her husband, Chris French, held a sign that read: “Good enough to carry a 30-round magazine in Iraq but only a 5-round clip in America??? Buffalo chips.” He said he retired from the military two years ago after serving 20 years, including being deployed twice to Iraq.

“We want to have our guns, we should have them,” he said. “It's our right, Second Amendment right. And I'm going to stand up for it.”