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The man with the rifle declined to be identified but told The Arizona Republic that he was carrying the assault weapon because he could. "In Arizona, I still have some freedoms," he said.
Originally posted by alaskan
I'd assume the police/secret service in attendance had handguns and/or rifles too. Why make a big deal out of a citizen doing it?
Originally posted by jkrog08
Because the police aren't likely to try and kill the President, where an unknown citizen might.
Originally posted by Wimbly
Notice the language they use. They claim these guys had "Assault Rifles". How do they know it was an assault rifle? CNN and other left wing media regularly interchange the term Assault Rifle and Assault Weapon. There is a big difference, but both invoke the image of a fully automatic machine gun. An Assault Weapon can be just about any semi automatic gun. Assault Rifles are fully automatic rifles. Just because these guys had rifles, doesn't mean they were fully automatic.
Phoenix police said the gun-toters at Monday's event, including the man carrying an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle slung over his shoulder, didn't need permits. No crimes were committed, and no one was arrested.