A coalition of gun rights supporters and state and federal Republican candidates held a rally in Norwich on Saturday.
The 2nd annual Bring Back America Festival took place in the Town Square East Park, featuring booths, musical entertainment and a number of invited speakers.
Among them, Wendy Long, Republican candidate for U-S Senate from New York who will be opposing Chuck Schumer in the Fall.
Long says people she speaks with are nostalgic for the past.
“They feel like the America they grew up in is slipping away from them. And they wonder what they can do about it. Part of what we can do about it is come together at events like this and celebrate what America is about. It’s about the individual and families and a strong military,” said Long.
Long is calling for a stronger military but an otherwise smaller government.
A lead organizer of the event was SCOPE, the Shooters Committee On Political Education.
A common theme was that 2nd amendment gun rights are under attack in New York and across the country.
“With the SAFE Act that was passed, and should be repealed, just the attack by the media and the progressives. Every time there’s a terrorist attack, the knee-jerk reaction by the progressives is to go after cops and the NRA and our Second Amendment rights as opposed to the terrorists and ISIS,” said Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino.
Astorino ran unsuccessfully for New York Governor in 2014 and is considering a 2018 run.
Other speakers included Congressional candidate Claudia Tenney and State Senator Fred Akshar.