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As many as 12 people openly carrying guns showed up at President Barack Obama’s speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Phoenix, Arizona, on Monday, adding to concerns about the recent trend of private citizens bringing weapons to presidential appearances.
Those people are “creating an atmosphere that could be dangerous to the president,” a former Secret Service agent told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Monday night.
Joseph Petro, author of Standing Next to History, a memoir of life in the Secret Service, told viewers of The Rachel Maddow Show that these types of incidents we
Originally posted by whaaa
What exactly is the message the people carrying guns to a political rally actually want to send? I know it is lawful.
I also think eventually some nut will pull out his piece and start something and it will escalate until the Secret Service is forced to act.
I am a collector of firearms and I think it is just asking for trouble to carry one where there are some very serious dudes around like the Secret Service. Lawful or not.
If there is an event of gunplay; here's a hint....Remember what happened after Reagan was shot.
Only a complete idiot or a plant would have such disregard for the rest of the gun owners in America.
Originally posted by whaaa
I think it's a message of intimidation. "Don't mess with the 2nd amendment or we will use force"
Originally posted by Credge
I don't see the problem.
(CNN) — He was to demonstrating his right to bear arms — and he wanted you to know it.
Video of the unidentified man toting an assault rifle outside President Barack Obama’s speech to veterans Monday was aired all over the country, causing a buzz about weapons popping up — legally — around recent presidential events.
The protester, who refused to give his name, was interviewed by a man carrying a microphone and said, “I am almost always armed.” Turns out, the interview — done by Libertarian radio talk show host Ernest Hancock — was staged.
“Absolutely,” Hancock told CNN’s Rick Sanchez Tuesday. “You guys are so easy. What we wanted to do was make sure that people around the country knew that law enforcement in Phoenix, Arizona, protects our rights.”
The Phoenix-based host of “Declare Your Independence with Ernest Hancock” identified the bespectacled man with the AR-15 assault rifle as “Chris,” saying he’s known him for two years as part of a younger generation of Libertarians. “We are up against a tyrannical government that will rob the next generation as long as they can get away with it,” Hancock said.
The protester was among a dozen other demonstrators carrying unconcealed guns outside the Obama event. Hancock, who said he was packing a 9-millimeter Beretta pistol, added that Phoenix police had known about the group’s intent to protest while carrying guns. “They are the ones standing a few feet away from us” at Monday’s protest, Hancock said. “Oftentimes, the citizenry are better armed that law enforcement — they need us on their side.”
Arizona law has nothing in the books regulating assault rifles, and only requires permits for carrying concealed weapons. So despite the man’s proximity to the president, there were no charges or arrests to be made, according to Phoenix police.
Asked whether the individuals carrying weapons jeopardized the safety of the president, U.S. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said, “Of course not.”
The individuals could never have gotten in close proximity to the president, regardless of any state laws on openly carrying weapons, Donovan said. A venue is considered a federal site when the Secret Service is protecting the president, and weapons are not allowed on a federal site, he added.
Originally posted by LetTheTruthBeTold
At the same time, nothing has happened so far, so they should stop making a big deal out of it. The media is just contributing attention to it. It's just gonna give more people ideas. Until something bad happens, and then all our rights go bye-bye.
Originally posted by hotrodturbo7
reply to post by iamcamouflage
My stepdad hunted with handguns and bow and arrow most of his life, he never touched a rifle after leaving the military. Handgun hunting is an excellent challenge, you have to be a much better woodsman, like with the bow. The equipment will not cover your shortcomings.
He also concealed carried every day legally, after having his spine and leg broken by some thugs.