3/16/2013 6:33 PM
by Rebecca Turco
BECKLEY - Hundreds gathered at the Beckley Convention Center on Saturday afternoon for the Freedom Rally for God and Country.
Ronnie and Diana Wood, co-owners of Flat Top Arms in Beckley, said the right to bear arms and freedom of speech is being attacked. They said purpose of the rally is to speak out against this.
"We need to draw a line in the sand and say we're finished," said Diana. "We're not giving up anymore of our freedoms. We want to take back what's been taken from us. And we mean to stand for what our forefathers died for."
John Sigler, a representative for the National Rifle Association, blames the Obama administration for not understanding the definition of freedom. "They don't understand what America is all about," he said. "They've forgotten what America is all about and we're here to remind them."
Sigler said the rally gave people the chance to educate others and "rededicate [themselves] to the cause of freedom and the cause of the Second Amendment."
Some residents said they attended to show strength in numbers. "We care about our rights and our freedoms and we don't want them infringed upon, especially in ways that don't make sense," said Bryan Keiffer of Oak Hill.
Diana Wood said the rally is only the beginning. "We're not going to be silent anymore," she said. "It's time for America to stand up before we lose everything that we value."