Tea Party Rallies for Gun Rights
February 23, 2013
(Photo: Michael Abbott, 47, of Monterey joins a Tea Party rally Feb. 23)
"Honk if you want to keep your 2nd Amendment!" read the sign of a woman holding an American flag on Del Monte Avenue in Monterey this afternoon.
Another sign: "Dictators want you disarmed."
Today is a "Day of Resistance" for Tea Party groups across the country. About 35 people wielding flags and poster boards lined a portion of Del Monte Avenue by the bike path to protest President Barack Obama's push for gun reform.
"We're concerned about regulations that do nothing to help make people safer," said Jackie Dick, organizer of the Central Coast Tea Party Minutemen.
Tea party member Michael Abbott, 47, held a sign that read: "What if slaves had guns."
Having a gun makes you safer, argued Abbott, a former police officer. He said when he was a cop he often filed reports on crimes that police couldn't get to quickly enough.
"If someone is breaking into your house, if you don't have a way to defend yourself you're basically at their mercy," he said.
Women could especially be protected if an aggressor happened to be bigger and stronger, he said.
A firearm is "the great equalizer," Abbott said.