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      Gun Appreciation Day lands on the Grand Strand

      President Barack Obama's proposed ban on assault weapons this week is inspiring groups across the nation to speak out against gun control.

      On the Grand Strand, the Carolina Patriots and Myrtle Beach Tea Party members gathered for what's being called Gun Appreciation Day.

      The day was started as a grassroots effort to stop what some believe is an infringement of the U.S. Constitution.

      "The Constitution does not limit in the Second Amendment how many rounds can be in a clip," Carolina Patriots leader Janet Spencer said. "It doesn't address assault weapons. It says we have the right to bear arms to protect ourselves."

      President Obama's proposed ban on assault rifles, magazine clips with more than ten rounds and background checks for everyone buying a gun came after mass shootings in a Aurora, Colorado theater and a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school.

      That's a measure both groups say is unnecessary.

      "They take away your guns they take away your power," Arthur Kinsman said. "The government is supposed to work for us not take aware our freedoms."

      "The main reason we're doing it, we believe in liberty. We believe in the Constitution, and this is a national event that is taking place today."

      The Second Amendment reads, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed."

      The few dozen protestors opposed any change in the law that's already in place.

      "I don't think that's necessary. I think the problem is the whole country is evil. We have so many people out there that have some kind of mental impairment of some sort. We need to help those people," Spencer said.

      "We are guaranteed by our constitution by our amendments that we have the opportunity to defend ourselves," Kinsman said.

      President Obama's proposal must be approved by both the Senate and the House before it can be signed into law.