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1/27/2013 6:01:00 AM
Passion for guns, disdain for D.C. at Kingman rally
Organizer Zanna, others share views during event
JC AMBERLYN/Miner
Scott Breen and his daughter Zoey, 2, (foreground) listen as Patricia K. Koch, holding her dog Max, speaks to the crowd during Friday’s rally. She said that an intruder attempted to break into her home once but left when she warned him that she was armed. Luca Zanna stands to her left in the photo recording the event.
JC AMBERLYN/Miner
Scott Breen and his daughter Zoey, 2, (foreground) listen as Patricia K. Koch, holding her dog Max, speaks to the crowd during Friday’s rally. She said that an intruder attempted to break into her home once but left when she warned him that she was armed. Luca Zanna stands to her left in the photo recording the event.
JC AMBERLYN/Miner
Alyce Hughes, 90, holds a sign offering a different point of view. She favors an assault weapon ban and outlawing high capacity ammunition magazines.
JC AMBERLYN/Miner
Alyce Hughes, 90, holds a sign offering a different point of view. She favors an assault weapon ban and outlawing high capacity ammunition magazines.
Doug McMurdo
dmcmurdo@kdminer.com

Luca Zanna, armed with unbridled passion for his adopted country and a rifle, handed out yellow flowers to a few of the more than 100 people who showed up for a pro-Second Amendment rally Friday in front of the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

They came to share their enthusiasm for gun ownership, God and freedom - and to voice a universal disdain for President Barack Obama, the current political climate in Washington, D.C., and liberals they believe want to confiscate every gun in America.

A motorist would occasionally honk their horn in support as they drove by, including the driver of a school bus.

"The gun is just a tool," Zanna said. "Like a hammer. The flower is a symbol of love and peace, but if you touch my flower the gun might go off."

His message was well received by attendees, most who were armed with a rifle or handgun, or both.

Several participants shared their opinion, with Zanna videotaping the entire event.

Zanna was born in Italy, but has since gained American citizenship. "My dream was to be like one of you guys," he said. "Like your grandfathers who came and rescued my family on the beaches of Anzio (during World War II)."

Several people briefly spoke at the gathering. The theme varied by degrees - the country is halfway to becoming Nazi Germany; if you outlaw guns only outlaws will have guns; God entrusts me not to sell my children into slavery; Obama belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood.

But Patricia Koch shared a more tangible reason for advocating gun ownership. She said about a year ago a man tried to break into her home one night while she was home alone, knitting.

Armed with a handgun, she was able to scare off the intruder.

"I said, you get that door unlocked and you will not walk away. I have a gun aimed right at you." She held her fire and the man fled. She said police pointed out his footprints in her front lawn.

Kevin Jackson was there to support Sheriff Tom Sheahan, who earlier this week told the Kingman Daily Miner he would not enforce gun laws if he considers them unconstitutional.

Keith Nelson said the nation's Declaration of Independence is a document that "declared to the world we would be a free and independent people."

He said the federal government in its current incarnation is this generation's King George.

Another man who didn't give his name reminded those in attendance that brutal world leaders were responsible for more bloodshed in the last century than all other causes.

"The number one cause of death in the 20th century was government killing (its) own people," he said. The man mentioned the genocide committed by dictators and despots like Joseph Stalin, Benito Mussolini, Adolph Hitler and Pol Pot, the man responsible for the deaths of millions of Cambodians in the years following the U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam.

Not everyone was there to support Zanna, Sheahan or, for that matter, unchecked gun rights.

"I may be 90 years old, but I still have my opinion," said Alyce Hughes, who stood in the crowd holding a sign that read, "Harm Reduction equals No Assault Weapons, No High-Capacity Gun Magazines."

Hughes is not a gun owner, but neither does she want all guns banned. Said her daughter, substance abuse counselor Deborah Torres: "Basically, it's please don't kill 26 people in a few minutes."

Citing her occupation, Torres said, "It doesn't take much for anyone to get unhinged."

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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: one more thing .....

"the right of the people to bear arms", not just "possess" arms. That means to bear arms wherever they go. OK now, let all the bedwetters come forth and tell us why "to bear arms" means to "responsibly" keep arms under lock and key in a safe, or anywhere else other than on our person.

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Joe Schmo

There are at least two things that people in this area are completely irrational about: Ownership of guns and animals.

There is a significant portion of the local population that believes neither should be regulated in any way. Nevermind that too many animals are neglected, abused, and left to roam which negatively affects law abiding animal owners and their right to enjoy their own property in peace.

Nevermind that too many people are needlessly killed by guns in their own home by their own negligence, suicide, or through domestic violence. Nevermind that the founding fathers could never have contemplated dozens of people, including young children, would be mowed down on a regular basis by sociopaths who had easy access to weapons of mass destruction.

The idea that the 2nd amendment intended to allow the ownership of every possible weapon by everyone without regulations of any kind is a total farce, but nevertheless is what awful lot of people out there seem to believe.


Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Linda Athens

It's a shame the Miner didn't take a picture of the entire crowd for it seemed more than 120 to me.

And it was a wonderful crowd, peacefully assembled, carrying what they have a right to carry.

Ms. Hughes was certainly not the oldest citizen there. A wonderful man around her age or older also spoke. He, of course, like so many of the speakers, had fought and risked his life for us on foreign soil. He brought me to tears, said he was upset that when he goes to a local county/city meeting, he is frisked and has his lawful weapon taken from him.

He did not fight so our country could end up like this he said and will try it again.

Thanks to all the vets who came, many of whom spoke. We love you and appreciate your great sacrifice in serving in the military - one the sad Commander in Chief is trying to tear apart right now.


Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Too Few Patriots

You know, it was just a handful of revolutionaries that had enough wherewithal to lay it all on the line so we could have the freedoms we enjoy today.

Most others were content to sit on the fence and see which way the breeze would finally blow and then roll with the flow. Sorry to say, but nothing much has changed.

Watering the tree of freedom with the blood of patriots becomes a moot exercise when a fanatic with a hatchet is in the neighborhood.


Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Jimi Lighfoot

I wish the little older lady holding a similar sign against gay marriage a couple of years ago at a gay marriage rally in California had been treated with the same respect. Instead she was pushed down by a huge gay.

These “dangerous” people who “reek of hate” respect the rights of people to disagree because they can back up their argument with facts.

Leftist gun grabbers have to resort to childish name calling and bulling behavior which is the last resort to a lost, illogical argument.


Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: anonymous anonymous

Interesting Mohave county has in excess of 202,000 citizens as of 2011 census, I think 100 is a pretty low turn out, lead by a fellow who claims to love this country, left his home of origin and denigrates this countries system of government! I mean one can disagree about many things but this great nation which I was born in, served in its military might have its faults, but no better country exists that I know of!

Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: The Fox Hound

Thank you Alyce for showing that all old people in Kingman are not hiding in their homes clutching their gun and waiting for the govt to come and get em. You might want to ask yourselfs why is it we all quit carrying guns in the first place.You don't walk around with a hammer on your belt when your not building a house. If you will do a little research you also might find that although our forefathers did carry guns most of them really didn't carry them around on their hip. . They used them as the tools they are ment to be used for. Nobody wants to take your guns Kingman we just want to pass some laws that address the fact that modern war weapons shouldn't be treated like grandpa's 22.
Gee I hope that doesn't make me a commie


Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Wounded Knee

"Wounded Knee was among the first federally backed gun confiscation attempts in United States history. It ended in the senseless murder of 297 people...
The greatest human tragedies on record and the largest loss of innocent human life can be attributed to governments. Whom do governments target? “Scapegoats” and “enemies” within their own borders … but only after they have been disarmed to the point where they are no longer a threat. Ask any Native American, and they will tell you it was inferior technology and lack of arms that contributed to their demise. Ask any Armenian why it was so easy for the Turks to exterminate millions of them, and they will answer “We were disarmed before it happened”. Wounded Knee is the prime example of why the Second Amendment exists, and why we shouldn’t be in such a hurry to surrender our Right to Bear Arms. Without the Second Amendment we have no right to defend ourselves and our families." Joe McDurmon, American Vision


Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: Frank Lee Speaking

Try try again

"Said her daughter, substance abuse counselor Deborah Torres: "Basically, it's please don't kill 26 people in a few minutes."

Sorry Torres. But with a revolver and a box of bullets it is very possible to fire 26 times in "a few minutes". No scary, black military looking non-defined "assault weapon" ever needed.

And lets get real. Someone who is a substance abuse counselor is not a gun expert by any stretch of the imagination.

"Citing her occupation, Torres said, "It doesn't take much for anyone to get unhinged."

Since you think "anyone" can get unhinged does that mean no one should be allowed to own a gun?

Good thing that sort of professional expert opinion will never be enough to deny anyone the right to own a firearm.


Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013
Article comment by: KDM online reader only

"Comment deleted for terms of use violation" for Frank Lee Speaking. Really? Wow, the KDM sure is censoring more reader comments than ever before. Even comments by Linda Athens have not been posted lately. However, I have never seen "Comment deleted for terms of use violation" for Anson's Nephew, even though he uses that as an excuse.
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Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Sie Williams

I'm sorry...100 versus what? One THOUSAND? Simple fact, assault weapons killed 323 people last year, handguns killed over 8000. IF you truly wish to save lives you'd be after handguns, but you're not. You're hypocrits. Stop steppign on the constitution. Stop creating victims. Every gun free zone is a target for murderers.

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Michael Kemberling

It's time that we call the weapon what it is "A SELF PROTECTION RIFE"

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: dv s

Luca, great protest....Thanks...

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Very sad

You lose credibility when you say the President is part of the Muslim brotherhood. His mom named him he didn't have a say. There is no shred of evidence that his is a terrorist. Does anyone think for themselves anymore?

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Dixie Tolentino

Both sides of an issue represented with honesty and dignity. Good for you Kingman.



Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: james Johnson

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Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Edward Tomchin

RE: "They came to share their enthusiasm for gun ownership, God and freedom ..."

I have to ask all these well-armed individuals, just what is it you are afraid of? What are your fears? I am fearful that Obama was right. When people are uninformed and afraid, they turn to their guns and relgion.

Most of you who talk about freedom know little of what freedom is. What freedoms do you seek?

Personally I want the freedom to travel where and when I want. I want the freedom to say what I think. I want the freedom to practice birth control.

The actual fact is, we have more freedoms today than ever before in our history as a nation.


Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Next they'll use IEDs

I knew a couple who had over 10 guns they kept in a cabinet next to their bed. The neighbors had reported thefts and break-ins, so they wanted to make sure they were ready for these crooks --- and give those robbers a real, hard lesson in stealing.

Word got out that the family was VERY well armed, and that crooks better not choose their home.

So when the crooks broke into their home, the first thing they did was shoot the couple while they slept in their beds.

Of all the break-ins that year, they were the only 2 fatalities.

Their plan wasn't such a great idea after all.





Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: David Rogers

They came to share their enthusiasm for gun ownership, God and freedom

The NRA and American Religion the new KKK


Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Gabby B

And of course, the Sheriff wasn't there.... outside of his own building.... was he out chasing bad guys with his deputies.... no.... he's afraid he'll get his clothes wrinkled!

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: wasn't exactly the Storming Of The Bastille, but.....

The best part of the rally was everybody reciting THE LAW - that the right of the people to bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. The Founding Fathers did not define "infringe", but apart from outright bans and seizures, registration, punitive taxation, and Government storage of your guns would certainly have been considered infringement. (and considering all that is at stake, there should have been far more than the 100 - 120 people who showed up)

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Facts, Not Lies

Correction to Unnamed Man - religion is the cause of more deaths.

Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Proud Patriot

So proud to call these people my friends. Tried hard to reschedule our day to make it to this event but just couldn't make it work.

These are classy, respectful, and smart people. The Occupy Wall Street gang could learn a few things from them.


Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Freedom Lover

Notice that Alyce Hughes was treated with respect and allowed her 1st amendment rights to speak at this rally. No one shouted or treated her badly.

Had this been a leftist event like the 'occupy' crowd and Mrs Hughes attempted to express an opposing point of view. She would have been treated very badly.


Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013
Article comment by: Peaceful resident

Thank you Alyce Hughes. Your a breath of fresh air in an area that reeks of hate!


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