Video: People bringing assault rifles to Obama rallies now

posted at 7:51 pm on August 17, 2009 by Allahpundit

And maybe not just people on the anti-Obama side, either. CNN reports seeing at least two AR-15s at today’s event in Arizona, one of which was carried by a guy standing among those waving “Reform Now” signs.

As I’ve said before, it’s a security risk and a de facto provocation to the other side. And having the right to do it is no more of a justification than bringing porn to a meeting with the president would be. Exit question: Why?



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At first I thought it was not such a good thing but today I heard a point made that changed my mind. Not an easy thing to accomplishment as my wife will attest. In an open carry state where open carry is common, the locals didn’t bat an eye; only the interlopers (media and Astroturfs) found it provocative. But in an open carry state like mine, where no one carries open, despite the fact that it’s legal, open carry has become provocative. In short Use It or Loose It!

Pole-Cat on August 18, 2009 at 11:27 PM

And having the right to do it is no more of a justification than bringing porn to a meeting with the president would be.

Unless of course you were talking about “the first Black President”.

Pole-Cat on August 18, 2009 at 11:31 PM

Exit question: Why?

As the guy who wore a gun (in an open carry state) outside the Obama Townhall told Chris Matthews, he did it to show that if you do not exercise your freedoms, you lose them

The Secret Service did not arrest him and he was not beaten up by the crowd, which makes since because he was armed

Perhaps this is the best way to hold Townhall meetings. The sidearm might give SEIU members some pause. Even if the SEIU members were also armed, I assume they would still hesitate to slam an armed senior citizen up against a wall

entagor on August 19, 2009 at 12:25 AM

Maybe this has already been mentioned (can’t wade through 19 pages of comments to check), but I’m really wondering who let this man into the event with an assault rifle and why.

I live in an open carry state and something about this just doesn’t seem right to me.

Why was this man allowed to carry his rifle into the rally? Was the rally held in a public park? Why didn’t the Secret Service confiscate his weapon or turn him away? The man was dressed rather nicely, did someone mistake him for a Secret Service agent?

Obama recently visited my state and I heard that agents were crawling over every inch of the area in advance of the presidential visit, turning over every little leaf and rock. I’m fairly certain they wouldn’t have let me carry an AR-15 into the town hall meeting.

jix on August 19, 2009 at 1:17 AM

Why didn’t the Secret Service confiscate his weapon or turn him away?

jix on August 19, 2009 at 1:17 AM

Um, because he has every right to have that weapon and carry it?

Would you have preferred they rescind his rights?

MadisonConservative on August 19, 2009 at 1:40 AM

Um, because he has every right to have that weapon and carry it?

Would you have preferred they rescind his rights?

MadisonConservative on August 19, 2009 at 1:40 AM

I definitely would not have preferred it if they had rescinded his rights.

Again, maybe this was covered earlier, but I sort of assumed there might be exceptions to the open carry laws that apply to gatherings when the president is present. E.g., although my state is open carry, citizens may not enter City Hall wearing a gun.

I’m not saying that I think it’s right, I’m just wondering.

jix on August 19, 2009 at 3:32 AM

Our tax dollars hard at work training violence from another right wing radical FBI agitator.

A New Jersey blogger facing charges in two states for allegedly making threats against lawmakers and judges was trained by the FBI on how to be deliberately provocative, his attorney said Tuesday.

Hal Turner worked for the FBI from 2002 to 2007 as an “agent provocateur” and was taught by the agency “what he could say that wouldn’t be crossing the line,” defense attorney Michael Orozco said.

“His job was basically to publish information which would cause other parties to act in a manner which would lead to their arrest,” Orozco said.

Prosecutors have acknowledged that Turner was an informant who spied on radical right-wing organizations

maverick muse on August 19, 2009 at 6:18 AM

By the way Allahpundit, AN AR-15 IS NOT AN “ASSAULT RIFLE”! The fact that you labeled it as such demonstrates quite well that you are part of the anti-gun problem.

rspock on August 19, 2009 at 11:45 AM

You know what would be nice? It would be nice if we lived in a country where people don’t piss their pants because they see a weapon. Bravo for these citizens for reminding their neighbors of their rights.

thegreatbeast on August 20, 2009 at 11:36 AM

And not tangential to this discussion, what are the crime stats for AZ? I’ll bet $ to donuts that they are purty good.

thegreatbeast on August 20, 2009 at 11:47 AM

No offense intended, but read the material under discussion. This guy never got near Obama or his mode of transport. He never saw Obama. He couldn’t even deliver the Evil Eye.

thegreatbeast on August 20, 2009 at 11:52 AM

Last comment was directed to jix.

thegreatbeast on August 20, 2009 at 11:53 AM

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