The Hal Blog II

AUGUST 18, 2009 1:37AM

Guns & Rallies-Just Because You Can, Doesn't Mean You Should

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6a00d8342297e353ef00e5539f78808833-800wiIs this a movement brewing or the death-throws of a dying party? I'm not sure. I'm hoping the latter.

It seems gun-rights activists are showing up in droves at Rallies and Town Halls where Obama is speaking. We all know about the guy who showed up with a legal loaded handgun at the New Hampshire Town Hall meeting. He was carrying a large sign which read:

It is time to water the tree of Liberty.

For those who don't already know, that's in reference to a famous Jefferson quote which states in its entirety:

The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants.


Then there was the guy who showed up at that same Town Hall meeting and was arrested for carrying an unlicensed pistol.

More fun.

Well, today, the great state of Arizona flexed its conservative muscles when about a dozen armed folks showed up outside an event in Phoenix where President Obama was speaking. But this time pistols weren't the least of it. One gentleman, inPicture 1addition to the pistol on his hip, was carrying an AR-15 semi-automatic assault rifle strapped to his back. And according to CNN reporter Ed Henry, this guy was one of two spotted carrying an assault rifle.

Now we're really having fun, right?

When asked why he was carrying a semi-automatic assault rifle while walking through a group of people partaking in a pro-Health Care rally outside a place where the President of the United States was speaking, the man answered simply,

"Because I can do it. In Arizona, I still have some freedoms."

And nothing spells true freedom like the ability to blow a man down in his tracks. Or to cause the President to fear that his life may be in danger. Or the lives of peaceful demonstrators at a rally.

No, nothing says freedom like physical intimidation.

Let's hope these folks keep pouring out of the woodwork. Let the nation see what's lurking beneath the rhetoric and ignorance of the Sarah Palins and Rush Limbaughs and Glenn Becks of the world. Bring them out into the light. 

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The most astonishing thing is the hypocrisy of these people. they were, for the most part, supporters of a president whose security ejected people from speeches for having the wrong signs or t-shirts and had demonstrators herded into distant "free speech zones."
They are fucking idiots, period!! This guy will have a satellite trained on his house, and his friends houses for the rest of their lives. I hope the Secret Service pitch a fucking tent across from his stupid ass house. Idiot!!
Though the man's actions may seem extreme, the law enforcement and Secret Service were not really all that concerned. The only people freaking out were memebers of the media and Handgun Control Inc, along with their trained sheep. Though the mere sight of an "assault rifle" may spark fear into the hearts of people who are misinformed about firearms and generally unwilling and unable to defend themselves with these types of tools, the act of carrying one outside and well away from the POTUS does not constitue a significant threat. If people stopped reacting by screaming OMG and pointing, perhaps these folks would stop demonstrating while packing heat, and the sheep could get along just fine with the wolves, with the firearms concealed, where they ought to be.
1BN39FARedLeg, I'm sorry you don't seem to see the inappropriateness of strolling around a rally outside where the president is speaking with a semi-automatic rifle strapped to your back. I, personally, think the mentality of this gentleman and folks like him are worthy of concern. It's a way of thinking that goes beyond, I believe, the public's reaction. Sure, he wants the attention. He wants to make a statement. No matter how you slice it, that statement is scary considering guns have nothing to do with the rally or speech the president was giving. It's less concern that this guy may shoot them on site, and more concern for the mentality of an individual who would make this choice and think it's a good one.
Hal, feeling as if this man's mentality is worthy of concern is a conditioned response as a result of the culture in which you've been raised and/or been immersed in since childhood. Had you been surrounded by God Fearing Republicans, you'd know that to them, Obama represents the worst of the "Red Threat" and that any agenda he pushes forward is an attack on our freedoms. In that context, it makes perfect sense to carry a rifle in protest. It isn't cause for concern, it isn't 'scary', it simply exemplifies the inflated fears of the far right. Personally I'm not worried about Obama taking away my 2A rights in our current political climate, which is probably why I don't strap my Smith and Wesson M&P 15 to health care speeches. The ones that should 'concern' you are those that legitimize this mans fears by demanding his 'fingers be broken' or that he be 'taken down' or 'watched 24/7. The way to dismantle irrational fears is to do it excatly as Obama does, with patience and communication.
I certainly can't, nor would I want to, argue with patience and communication. I agree fully.