About 1,500 rally in Olympia against gun restrictions
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Tacoma News Tribune via Associated Press
Tim Vinyard, left, and his daughter Molly, 9, hold signs during a pro-gun rally in Olympia on Saturday.

By The Associated Press

OLYMPIA — About 1,500 persons showed up at the Capitol to rally against gun restrictions.

The rally was part of Saturday's nationwide series of pro-firearms events dubbed “Guns Across America.”

Some protesters carried handguns while others strapped rifles and semi-automatic weapons to their backs.

Tim Vinyard and his 9-year-old daughter Molly left Spokane at 5 a.m. to attend. Vinyard told The Olympian newspaper it's important that responsible gun owners are heard.

Molly, meanwhile, held a sign saying, “I trust my teacher to protect me.” Molly said it means she wants her teacher to have a gun in case a bad guy comes in.

Clint Didier, former NFL tight end and GOP political candidate, was among the speakers. He urged the crowd to stock up on food, guns, ammunition, communication devices and medicines.

Last modified: January 19. 2013 7:05PM
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