March 1, 2005, by Donna Montague
I went to the March 1st Rally in Dryden with a lot of apprehension. I felt that the outcome of this rally would set the tone for the remainder of our lives in Dryden. Watching the video brought a flood of feelings back from the experience of having my home raided and my husband in jail for 11 days. The audience was silent throughout the video and through most of Bruceís speech . Bruce commented to the audience as he found this odd . Usually the audiences interact more. I hope my presence and the presence of the kids didnít hold anyone back. I think these people saw what we went through and gained understanding in the need to repeal the firearms act. At the close of Bruceís talk he asked for questions. There were a few questions and strong support was voiced. One individual provided evidence that we will likely be able to use in court.
Bruce did an interview, which CKDR aired clips of, throughout the day prior to the rally. Both the newspaper and radio were present at the rally. I was greatly relieved to see the warmth and encouragement of the 80-90 people who were in attendance. At one point Bruce called the kids and I to the front and introduced us. The audience applauded - - - I didnít know what to do, or say, so we stood there looking uncomfortable. Several people came to the kids and me, shook our hands and praised Bruce to us. Their admiration made me feel very proud of my husband. At the end of the night we received $1,346.79 in donations, and a lot of moral support. One thing to note is that many people at this rally had already generously donated to the fund. We have lived in Dryden since 1991, and I am sure we made a good choice in moving here. May God Bless all our supporters!
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