HARTFORD, Conn. (AP/WTNH) - Hundreds of gun rights advocates are gathering at the statehouse in Hartford ahead of a vote in the General Assembly on proposed gun-control legislation.
"What else are they going to come after, besides the second amendment," asked David Vesce, of Enfield.
With sweeping law changes all but a given Wednesday in Connecticut, gun rights advocates are sticking to their guns. An organized convoy of shuttle buses taking dozens, perhaps hundreds, from hunting, fishing and outdoor retailer Cabela's in East Hartford to the Capitol.
"The folks like myself, that actually have read and studied the Constitution, we believe that our rights are given to us by powers outside of man," said Scott Wilson, President of CT Citizens Defense League.
A stance that remains unchanged, even if the change they abhor is inevitable.
"That's why our Constitution has an amendment process to it, so that we can, if the need arises, change, as opposed to legislators acting outside of Constitutional boundaries," said Wilson.
It's not just men but women, and not just women but moms aboard the buses, and they have a few words to say about Newtown.
"I am deeply sorry for their loss and no one, if you haven't gone through it, you can't understand what they're going through," said Jessica Zadrozny, gun rights activist.
The people News 8 met unanimously voicing respect for the heartache in Newtown, but equally insisting respect for the right to bear arms.
"What they're trying to do is against our second amendment rights and our rights to defend ourselves, and engage in shooting sports," said Paul Haynes, of New Hartford.
And steadfast in their conviction that even if Constitutional protocol were being followed, the oncoming changes are no solution.
"It's just putting laws that are just arbitrary, and they're not going to do anything," said Zadrozny.
"So, you don't think that any of these new laws will make your children any safer," asked News 8's Jeff Valin.
"I don't think so, no," Zadrozny replied.
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