SARASOTA – Julie Brady was living in Los Angeles when she became a Second Amendment suporter.
After four LAPD officers were acquitted for beating motorist Rodney King, “the city exploded,” she said.
Several of her friends were pulled from their cars during the rioting that followed the verdict.
“They were lucky to be alive,” she said.
Brady organized Sarasota’s Day of Resistance rally, held Saturday at the bayfront “to remind people that the Second Amendment is part of the Constitution.” It was one of more than a hundred similar rallies taking place across the country.
“The founders had the foresight to put it in there, and I’m grateful they did,” she said. “The Second Amendment helps us protect ourselves, our families and our freedom.”
More than 50 ardent gun rights supports joined her, carrying American and Gadsden flags, and signs showing their displeasure with President Obama’s gun control initiatives.
Terry Childers and wife Dorothy sat on lawn chairs holding flags, as motorists sped by, honking horns in support.
“It’s one of my rights – one I’d die for,” Terry Childers said.
The signs others carried showed their support:
“Come and take it,” read one, with a picture of an M4 carbine.
“Promises made, promises broken,” said one.
“Defend the Constitution,” said another.
Natalie Wiggins, of Bradenton, brought her dog Heidi.
“Our government is attacking our religions and firearms rights,” she said. “People better wake up.”
Sheila, a nurse who declined to provide her last name, said the rally was “not about Democrats or Republicans.”
“It’s about what kind of a country we’re leaving for our grandchildren,” she said. ”