People showing up with guns at the President's townhall meetings an implied threat?

most definitely

Why is this being allowed?

I don't buy this crap about this being a demonstation of their 2nd amendment rights.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CrtFAUp1h8


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They have the right to do

jazzdrive3's picture

They have the right to do it. So who cares.

It is funny watching the pundits on MSNBC almost wet their panties in fear, however.

The main thing they are ignoring is that there are already tons of people with guns at these events. Secret service, police, etc. Why are they not making such a huff about these people carrying weapons? Why, one of them could go off the cuff at any moment!

What gives them a privilege that a normal citizen does not have?

The real problem they have with these open-carry people is that they aren't state-sanctioned and controlled.

They need to get some perspective.

"To begin with, they might recall the day, back in the 1960s, when a contingent of Black Panthers walked into the California State Legislative chambers with rifles and shotguns – while the legislature was in session – to make a political statement. No shots were fired; no one was injured; but the incident was intended to remind government officials of the purpose of the Second Amendment. Ordinary people – not the state’s police and military – are to have the ultimate power in a free society. It is this reminder – not the gun – that most terrifies members of the media, academia, etc."

"The political scientist who worried that the carrying of guns at such events “creates a chilling effect” on members of the public might ask, if he is sincere, whether armed functionaries of the state might produce the same effect."

Okay, here's a likely scenario

Rajah's picture

Say ten people come to the rally with handguns. Yes, they are not concealed, they've got permits and everything is legal and all fine and dandy. Now naturally the Secret Service is going to be watching these whack jobs, I mean "American Citizens". While they are busy watching these wingnuts, I mean "patriots", they fail to notice another "citizen" carrying a concealed weapon and this individual gets a shot off at the president. We've lost three presidents, a presidential candidate and a civil rights leader due to guns. It's more than clear what these "citizens" are saying when they bring guns to a place where the president is speaking and it has nothing to do with the 2nd amendment.

Six Reasons Why Guns Should Be Banned from These Rallies

Coaster's picture

Assassinated Presidents:

  1. Lincoln
  2. Garfield
  3. McKinley
  4. Kennedy

Presidents Survived Shooting Attempts:

  1. T. Roosevelt
  2. Ford

 

Allowing guns and rifles at presidential rallies defies common sense.

Hey Coaster, you forgot Reagan

Rajah's picture

Yeah, I'm trying to forget him too

I did forget Garfield. Boy, you think I'd remember a cat being president!

What if a thousand people with guns showed up?

Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture

If you really want to communicate your point of view on guns why not do just that and speak up?  Carrying guns to a Presidential event and not saying anything sends a mixed message.  A sign can communicate much more than a silent person with a gun.

{;-) Dan in Miami

They did speak up

Rajah's picture

Who were these people at the Arizona townhall meating?

Rachel Maddow clues us in...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b46ZCMx-RGQ

The right wing is becoming dangerous

Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture

The FBI better infiltrate these violent right wing groups.

{;-) Dan in Miami

This reminds me of an ALL IN THE FAMILY exchange

FearlessFreep's picture

Archie Bunker: "He has a right to that gun!  It's in the First Amendment!"

Meathead: "The First Amendment is free speech."

AB: "Well, when you've got a gun you've got free speech."

 

The Bush administration banned people with t-shirts

Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture

If people showed up at Bush's Presidential functions with sarcastic comments on their t-shirts they were put in fenced in "free speech" pens.

Guns don't kill people, haberdashery does.

{;-) Dan in Miami

 

You think they would allow this when Bush was president?

Rajah's picture

Heck no, he had the Secret Service watching everybody especially if they were carrying  shoes or a sharp pretzel.

Coaster - you forgot Ronald Reagan

Missy-Busty's picture

He was shot by Jodie Foster's Hollywood lib boyfriend. They are very dangerous.

 

Also President Bush the Second dodged a shoe - which can also be very dangerous esp. if it's a stiletto.

Does anyone else think Missy-Busty has a gay porn icon?

Dan_in_Cincinnati's picture

GOP must stand for:  Guys Only Porn

{;-) Dan in Miami

That's why

gamerarocks's picture

it's flat-chested.  Makes no difference then if it's a girl or a guy then.  Flat chested girls (or guys) with long hair give them a Jesus tapping experience.  Oops, did I say that outloud?

Impeach Jim Gibbons!

 

Big talk from a guy who is a fan of movies which feature

Coaster's picture

a giant flying turtle with rockets for legs and two little cute little Asian cub scouts. Winkie

Gamera-san is into

gamerarocks's picture

boyshorts more than boys per se.  At least that's what he told me.  Regardless, as a Republican I can say all kinds of stuff and get away with it, just look around.  :P

Impeach Jim Gibbons!

 

Coaster, where did you get that smiley?

FearlessFreep's picture

A regular =) not good enough for you?

 

What if it were Bush they were threatening?

Rajah's picture

If only it had been a well placed stilleto

gamerarocks's picture

then at least the power behind would have been in the forefront. 

Impeach Jim Gibbons!

 

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