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Pro-Gun Campaign On Sandy Hook Anniversary
Pro-gun groups in the US have declared that the first anniversary of the shooting in Sandy Hook, where 20 schoolchildren and six adults were killed, should be named "Guns Save Lives Day".
The Second Amendment Foundation said it wants to "show America that there is a good side to guns".
"We are proclaiming Saturday, December 14 as Guns Save Lives Day," said Alan Gottlieb, president of the Second Amendment Foundation and chairman of the Citizens Committee.
The mass shooting by Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut, was the second worst in America's history, after the Virginia Tech massacre.
Gottlieb said: "No one at Newtown should have been a victim and no one in the future should be victimised by laws that do not allow people to defend themselves."
The foundation is joining the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and DefendGunRights.com and other groups to sponsor the day, which will involve nationwide events.
"The event is designed to counteract what certainly will be a day of activism and misinformation from the gun prohibition lobby," noted Larry Ward, founder of DefendGunRights.com.
But gun control advocates have accused the groups of attempting to politicise the tragedy.
And residents of Newtown are opposed to the idea, saying they are still grieving after the shooting.
Linda Manna told NBC Connecticut: "As far as I'm concerned, this is nonsense. It's very insensitive ? very insensitive."
"We need to be left alone on the 14th," Ms Manna said. "We are still a community in the healing process."
President Obama has pushed for tighter gun laws since the massacre but has failed to gain congressional approval for the measures.