BOISE -- Hundreds of people showed up for a pro-gun rights rally Saturday at the Idaho Statehouse.

It was one of many rallies planned in almost every state (many of them at the capitol buildings) as a part of Guns Across America. Tony Snesko, along with Russell Thruston, helped organize Boise's rally.

We are celebrating the 2nd amendment, our right to defend and protect ourselves, said Snesko.

Hundreds flocked to the Idaho Capitol Rotunda, with their guns, to make their voices heard on the renewed debate over gun control.

An armed citizenry is necessary for the freedom of a country, said rally-goer Robert Blurton. I'm afraid that the government will be over-reaching, and that's what really all of the gun talk is about. So, I'm basically afraid of the government.

The rallies come after President Obama, spurred by the tragic mass shooting at a Connecticut Elementary School last month, made proposals for sweeping new gun control this week.

Concrete steps we can take right now to keep our children safe, to help prevent mass shootings, said the President in a press conference on Wednesday.

Those proposals include a new ban on sales of assault weapons and magazines of more than ten rounds.

If there's even one life that can be saved, then we've got an obligation to try, said the President.

But those at the Boise rally say they feel their 2nd amendment rights threatened, and that a ban on some guns and ammo, could lead to a ban on all guns and ammo.

I don't believe there's been a time in our nation, where the 2nd amendment has been more threatened than it is right now, said Mike Allton, who came to the rally. If we don't show support as a nation, and as citizens, then that's just going to continue, and our rights will be eroded.

But, organizers believe guns aren't the problem. Rather, Snesko says, guns can be the solution. It's the good guys with the guns that are going to stop the bad guys with the guns.

Those at the rally say they hope seeing people just carrying guns, gets them used to the idea of people having guns without using them for random violence. While those who support the President's proposals say there's no reason to carry an assault rifle at all.

This rally wasn't the only one in Idaho. Another pro-gun rally happened up in Coeur d'Alene. State lawmakers were scheduled to speak at that event.

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