Gun-rights advocates rally in Bakersfield and across country

Gun-rights supporters gather at the Liberty Bell in Bakersfield, Calif. as part of the National Second Amendment rally on April 14, 2018. (KBAK/KBFX photo).

Gun-rights supporters rallied in Bakersfield and across the country Saturday to protect the Second Amendment.

Many fearing the wave of protests pushing for more gun control, in response to the Florida school shooting, is a threat to their right to bear arms.

The rally was organized by the National Constitutional Coalition of Patriotic Americans.

In a letter to participants the founder of NCCPA, David Clayon, wrote, "The second amendment isn't just about guns. It's about supporting the natural rights of self-defense, resistance to oppression and the civic duty to act in defense of our families and our communities."

Clayton wrote, "Modern thinkers feel the need to strip away our natural born right to self-protection by limiting the available weapons that are at our disposal. They blame mental illness without documentation. They blame everything except the sole responsible party, the person involved in the action."

Speakers at the Bakersfield event included Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood and Brandon Martin, a candidate for judge.

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