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Guns Across America rally held in Providence

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Several hundred people rallied outside the statehouse in Providence on Saturday, as part of a nationwide effort, to show opposition to gun control efforts, that are being proposed, in the wake of the Newtown school shooting.

The message at Saturday's Guns Across America rally was clear, any action taken by the government, to limit the ability of Americans to bear arms is unacceptable.

"They're trying to limit that by saying certain types of arms will be banned, whether you ban certain types or arms or ammo, it's still directly against the 2nd Amendment." said Guns Across America Rhode Island organizer, Ed Doyle.

Guns Across America held rallies on Saturday in almost every state capital in the country.

Although the group isn't in favor of increased gun control measures, they do believe things can and should be done, to try and prevent mass shootings like the one in Newtown, Connecticut, from happening.

"We're not saying do nothing we're saying there are things that have to be done, we have to take care of mental illness, we have to be able to recognize it and treat it." said Doyle.

The anti-government attitude displayed at the rally, doesn't sit well with gun control advocates like Teny Gross, who helps run the Institute for the Study & Practice of Nonviolence in Providence.

Gross believes that a serious discussion about how to combat gun violence, is lessened by rallies like the one held on Smith Hill on Saturday, that feature "Don't Tread on Me" flags and signs that reference the holocaust.
"We need to tone down this dialogue between the extremes. That is always a danger to society, a very small extreme, irresponsible group of people, making really huge arguments, that don't sit with reality." said Gross.

Still many at the rally are fearful that any form of gun control or reform that gets passed, will create a slippery slope, that could one day, make the 2nd Amendment, null and void.

"Don't infringe on it, we have a right to those magazine sizes to those types of weapons. If you take those, where does it end?" asked Doyle.

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