DENVER – Attendance at Monday’s gun-control rally at the state capitol was a little disappointing, but that may be because it was competing with another firearms-related event.
The “gun violence prevention rally” called “Let Us Live,” sponsored by Together Colorado, drew more than 100 demonstrators at lunch time on a warm, cloudless day, according to the Associated Press.
That’s a pretty weak showing–the Guns Across America rally Jan. 19 brought out about 1,000 fans of the Second Amendment–but even that figure may be a bit on the high side. 9News estimated turnout at Monday’s rally, which featured state Rep. Rhonda Fields (D-Aurora), at “several dozen.”
The real action was 20 miles away at the Chateaux at Fox Meadows event center in Broomfield. An estimated 300 teachers packed into a firearms training class offered by the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners aimed at helping gun owners obtain their concealed-carry permit.
RMGO offered the class free of charge to K-12 teachers in the wake of the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The organization closed registration last week after being inundated with responses.
Several of those posting comments on the RMGO Facebook page were quick to point out the discrepancy in turnout between the two events.
“Looks like more teachers actually showed up here than at the anti-gun event downtown today,” said David W. Smith. “That could say something . . . I’m sure the media will mention.”