August 17, 2009

To protest what?

If it is legal to openly carry an assault weapon in public, then why is it a protest to do so. I see it as a threat, not a protest, to do so in the line of site of the President.

As they say, gun don't kill people, people do. Well, I think some of those people would.


ZIRGAR said...

As for these people taking guns to these Presidential town hall meetings, yes, they have the right to wear their sidearms wherever they choose, and as a gun owner and under the protections of the 2nd Amendment, I can wear my gun wherever I want also, but I have to apply some common sense to the equation at some point along the way as to where I should carry it. I would never wear a gun openly into a crowded situation where there are way too many unknown variables involved, like at these meetings. It's just not worth the risk. I was born and raised with guns and was instructed rigorously on how to handle them and on proper gun etiquette and procedure, so I don't say that as someone who is squeamish about firearms. I just don't trust other people to be as trained and conscientious regarding my weapons. Do I think someone will actually make a grab for my gun? Probably not, but why take the chance? So, I have to question the intent and mentality of someone who openly wears his weapon(s) at a political rally, in a crowd where people's tensions can easily escalate and where someone, as a consequence, could possibly make a grab for one of those conspicuous sidearms. If you want to make a statement about 2nd Amendment rights there are better ways to do it than to be this irresponsible with your weapons. But I think there is more to this than just a matter of the right to bear arms, I mean, when you have many of these guys talking about revolution and carrying signs that say "It's Time To Water The Tree Of Liberty", then I have to say I think what they're really doing is simply putting Mr. Obama on notice. And by being put on notice I mean, "The condition of being formally warned or notified". Warned of what? Well, connect the wingnut dots. I really fear for Mr. Obama's safety and sadly, no one should have to fear for that.

Hathor said...

I would never wear a gun openly into a crowded situation where there are way too many unknown variables involved, like at these meetings.

This reminded me of a news magazine that tested the skills of people in a stressful situation. They recreated a similar situation to Virginia Tech shooting and those that thought they could protect themselves either were shot an killed by the perpetrator or killed innocent victims.

I also think those "protesters" think they would be heroes in their own narrative. Not realizing that the Secret Service is better trained than them.

ThirtyWhat said...

I was just horrified beyond words that people would think it was appropriate to show up at a presidential town hall meeting openly carrying and displaying a firearm.

We aren't debating conceal and carry or other firearm issues ... we're debating HEALTHCARE.

I don't know. I hate to say this ... because it's incindiary to speak these words out loud ... but I think the act of flaunting a firearm like that at an event they KNEW Obama would be attending was meant as intimidation ... it's red meat to the wolves.

I hate to say the "r word" ... but it reeks of racism. We've never had a president hold a rally or town meeting where we allowed people to stand around flashing guns.

Don't get me wrong ... I'm all about gun rights ... and if you have a valid conceal and carry license, you are free to do so. I'm just saying there's a time and a place ... and that was neither.

Hathor said...


Don't hate to say it, because it needs to be said by those who don't own a race card.

ThirtyWhat said...

No, I don't have a race card ... but I'm afraid one of my character flaws (because heaven knows I have quite a few) is that I'm naieve. I've lived my life trying to see the best in people; but, more and more ... I can't help seeing the worst.

During the election, my husband would point out these code words people would use ... things people say that aren't racist in and of themselves ... but they are racist in context.

For example, at some point McCain made comment along the lines of, "We're going to whip him." And sure ... the word "whip" isn't necessarily racist ... but in the context of talking about Obama, wasn't it?

I don't know ... I guess you're right. More people like my husband and I need to speak up because no one can accuse us of playing a race card ... and if bringing a gun to a presidential event wasn't inappropriate, I can't imagine anything what would be.