Is 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.
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, inaddition 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.