"Guns Save Lives Day" has been moved from its original date of Dec. 14 to Dec. 15 in honor of the one-year anniversary of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary.
Following national criticism and concern, "Guns Save Lives Day" has been moved from its original date of Dec. 14, the anniversary of last year's mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, to Dec. 15 of this year.
Hosted by the Second Amendment Foundation, Guns Save Lives Day is designed to "prevent misguided gun control laws" from taking effect and violating second-amendment rights, according to the Guns Save Lives Day website.
Guns Save Lives Day was originally scheduled for Dec. 14, but people in Newtown and around the country called the move insensitive and urged the Second Amendment Foundation to reschedule.
The group responded by changing the date and updating its website, which now reads:
"Guns Save Lives Day is on December 15, 2013, Bill of Rights Day, the day after the Anniversary of Newtown. We plan to honor these victims by doing everything within our power to prevent misguided gun control laws from leaving Americans defenseless or worse victims."
Founder Alan Gottlieb said the date was changed in an effort to show that the Second Amendment Foundation is not insensitive to the sentiments in Sandy Hook.
Gottlieb said Guns Save Lives Day hopes to inform people about new gun legislation and push for change. He said the observance is not intended to home in on the Dec. 14 tragedy in Newtown.
The Newtown Action Alliance responded to the date change by posting the following message on its Facebook page:
"The organizers of 'Guns Save Lives Day', that they had scheduled for December 14th have just announced that they will now celebrate their contention that more guns will make for a safer society on the 15th....to coincide with the signing of The Bill of Rights, instead of the massacre of 20 children and six educators in an elementary school. We applaud this display of compassion and decency. This is a hopeful sign."
Dec. 14 marks the one-year anniversary of the day 20 children and six educators died at Sandy Hook Elementary School, along with gunman Adam Lanza.
Gottlieb said he is urging other pro-gun organizations that had events planned for Dec. 14 to follow suit and also reschedule to Dec. 15.