Gun Appreciation Day Gives Pulpit To Gun Owners

By: Dave Byknish Email
By: Dave Byknish Email

Saturday was the first ever Gun Appreciation Day and it was in direct response to President Obama's proposal of 23 executive orders to curb gun violence. Gun owners celebrated the day at Black Widow Firearms in Waynesboro.

Black Widow's owner Scott Mercer doesn't think we need more regulations to stop tragedies like Sandy Hook from happening. He says those looking to cause harm are going to find a way no matter what.

"What really gets me is the fact that, if we create one more law, that's going to solve the problem," he said. "What law does a criminal obey? What law does does someone who is mentally deranged obey?"

Mercer says laws are already in place but need to start being enforced. He feels an extra 23 executive orders, especially one cracking down on assault rifles, aren't really in the best interest of the country.

"If you read the constitution, he has no authority to come into any of the Bill of Rights and try to line out certain parts of it," he said. "As long, as he follows the law, and we go through the proper process, we'll see what comes out on the other side."

Ritchie Ferrier, a loyal Black Widow customer, worries that if the government can say how many rounds he can carry, they can eventually tell him how to do anything else.

"Where does it stop," he asked. "A lot of people who aren't familiar with gun and see guns as something to be afraid of, really don't understand the mind set of a typical gun owner."

Ferrier comes from a hunting family. He's been surrounded by guns all his life. He says up to this point he hasn't needed regulations to convince him killing people is wrong.

"I believe that a dependent people is not a free people," he said. "In order to be independent, you have to take some personal responsibility and personal accountability."

Other people at Black Widow who don't believe in gun control say that there needs to be a culture shift and better parenting to stop future tragedies from happening. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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