Hundreds of 2nd Amendment defenders rallied on the steps of the Minnesota Capitol on Saturday.
A week to the day that the "March For Our Lives" called for gun control measures on the steps of the Capitol, members of pro-gun groups held their own demonstration at the center of Minnesota political power.
Backed by groups including Minnesota Gun Rights and the North Star Liberty Alliance, the rally attracted more than 1,000 people to St. Paul, some of them openly armed.
The rally was led by Chris Dorr, a former Iowa political operative who is now executive director of the Northfield-based Minnesota Gun Rights, which describes itself as "Minnesota's only No Compromise gun rights organization."
Speaking before the crowd, Dorr said gun owners "are getting trampled on" and "assaulted" by politicians inside the State Capitol.
"Gun owners are not respected, we are under full-blown attack, in this building."
"When they allow hearings on nasty gun control bills," Dorr said, speaking of Republican leaders in the Minnesota House, "that's a great big slap across the face of all you gun owners."
There have been more than dozen gun control and school safety bills submitted in the Capitol in the wake of the school massacre in Parkland, Florida in February, but so far none have been passed.
Two of those bills were proposed with GOP lawmakers alongside Democrats, Sens. Paul Anderson and Scott Jenson.
After referring to pro-gun control DFLers like Sen. Ron Latz and Rep. Linda Slocum as "militants," Dorr referred to Jenson as "Lying Scott Jenson, the Republican traitor," with the crowd booing their agreement in response.
FOX 9 spoke to some of those in attendance, with Fred Guercio saying: “12,000 people in the United States die falling down. About 10,000 kids under the age of 14 die on a bicycle. We have 4,000 people die every year on a bicycle in the United States every year. Life is dangerous. We can’t legislate perfection."
Timothy Roxx, 25, who drove down to St. Paul from Duluth with his wife, told the Pioneer Press: "If we lose our Second Amendment rights, it’s not very long before the rest come dominoing down.
"We all want to protect our kids."