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American Third Position, White Supremacist Group, Removed from ‘Gun Appreciation Day’ Sponsors

A3P Gun Appreciation Day

A white supremacist group has been removed from sponsorship of ‘Gun Appreciation Day’ following the publication of a Media Matters story.

Media Matters for America posted a story on its website about Saturday January 19, ‘Gun Appreciation Day’ (GAD), on which patriotic Americans are urged to visit “gun stores, gun counters, gun shows and gun ranges to protest the Obama administration’s post-Sandy Hook assault on gun rights.”

“If the American people don’t fight back now, Obama will do to the Second Amendment what he has already done to the First– gut it without a moment’s thought to our basic constitutional rights,” GAD chairman Larry Ward wrote.

“Gun Appreciation Day is expected to rival Chick-fil-A Appreciation Day as a statement of protest against government policies,” GAD organizers predict, referring to the nationwide demonstrations in support of the popular chicken restaurant’s support and funding for anti-gay hate groups, some of which advocate the criminalization of homosexuality.

Among the ‘Gun Appreciation Day’ sponsors listed on the event’s site until hours ago was American Third Position (A3P), self-described “white nationalists” whose chairman, William Daniel Johnson, is a prolific anti-Semite. Johnson also believes that only “non-Hispanic whites of the European race” should be allowed to live in the United States.

A3P has been designated a white nationalist hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

After the Media Matters story brought widespread attention to ‘Gun Appreciation Day’s’ embrace of a white supremacist group, the event’s organizers dropped A3P from their list of partners and issued a statement that reads, in part:

“We have removed the group (A3P) and reiterate that this event is not about racial politics, it is about gun politics. We believe in equal rights of ALL Americans in every race, gender, religion location and economic class to keep and bear arms as guaranteed to them in the Bill of Rights.” 

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