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Guns And Political Rallies Don’t Mix

The Right To Bare Arms

People are being allowed to carry guns, even a military style AR-15 semi-automatic rifle, to the various town hall protests that are popping up all over the country.  Outside the convention center where President Barack Obama was giving a speech some protesters have openly displayed firearms in the crowd.  Advocates for people’s rights to carry arms say that these people are simply exercising their constitutional right to bear arms and their other right to protest.  But it wouldn’t take much imagination to support the theory that this is little more than an awful disaster waiting to happen.  It might be little more than a matter of time.

All of these gun wielding citizens were well within their rights.  No crimes were committed.  At least no crime on any books was broken.  Still, the just because there isn’t a law doesn’t mean people didn’t have to exercise common sense.  There may not be any legal responsibility to keep these guns and rifles out of the area, but what about the personal responsibility factor?

Because some idiots want to flaunt their right to bear arms, somebody else will come along and say that since these people are too irresponsible to exercise some good judgment, maybe we need a law to keep firearms away from these political protest when there is a very good chance that they can become tender boxes of passions that could easily be provoked into something a lot more serious.  Gun wielders everywhere will protest people taking their rights away.  All too often some of us forget that with rights comes responsibility.  It’s not just a one way street that allows us to abuse rights without consequences.

From the moment it became obvious that Mr. Obama was a serious contender for the Democratic Party’s nominee for President, a lot of people were openly hostile against his achievements.  First, it was just people denying that he was a viable candidate because he had no executive experience.  Then, people tried to rally the dominant community against Mr. Obama because he was a Muslim at a Christian church with a pastor that hated white America.  And then, when that didn’t work, people tried to paint Mr. Obama as a racist because he called his grandmother a typical white woman.  People attacked his wife and called Michelle Obama an angry black woman who never had pride in America.  Soon thereafter it morphed into some claim that he wasn’t a United States citizen despite the fact that the state government of Hawaii has confirmed over and over again that Mr. Obama was indeed born there in 1961.  Then, after Mr. Obama won the election, a lot of people rushed to the gun stores as if there was a book signing for a new Harry Potter release.  After the inauguration, people started throwing tea parties in protest to Mr. Obama’s stimulus plan because suddenly they woke up and realized that as American citizens they had to pay taxes as if it never occurred to them before.  And now, we have a debate on healthcare and people now want to show their disgust over the whole matter by brandishing guns along with signs suggesting that some time of altercation is just a moment away.

Taking a gun to a political protest is, in a very absurd way, a political statement.  It is a very loud proclamation of frustration and bitterness and a hint of dangerousness.  But people fail to realize that not putting up with people exercising their right to openly brandish their weapons is also a political statement that should be recognized for its own level of frustration, bitterness, and its own level of dangerousness.  Instead of people content to allow a happy compromise to exist that accepts the fact that people are entitled to bear arms and some of us are in fact legally armed, we have to deal with people who prefer to throw caution to the wind and challenge our arrangement based on civil sensibilities.

People who are willing to push the envelope by taking guns to political rallies already proven to be emotionally provocative are putting us all at risk.  These people forget that we live in a culture that tolerates such mindless regulations as nothing larger than a toothpick can be taken through a metal detector at the airport.  Women were not allowed to take breast milk through a TSA checkpoint lest somehow they’ll use it to pull a MacGyver and convert it into some kind of explosives using their toothpaste and lipstick.  The rest of us might not be inclined to take guns away from the majority of the public in mass, but we certainly will not tolerate everyone bringing their guns down to the city center just to make a political point.

At Republican Party conventions last year, before the election in November, there was a story circulating that some conservative convention goers were openly threatening the man who would become President.  And now we allow some of these same conservatives to tote their guns at these political events.  That’s just plain collective stupidity.  It makes the situation dangerous for everyone involved.  People assigned to keep the peace and our President safe now have another factor to worry about.  And it’s only a matter of time before somebody who really wants to make a name for their self tries something stupid to go out in a blaze of so-called glory.  After all, we all have the right not to exercise good judgment.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 - Posted by | Barack Obama, Life, Politics, Thoughts, Universal Healthcare


  1. Well, I’m a bit torn on this one. While I see the side of the argument that a hothead could possibly do something stupid like try to assassinate our President, or anyone in the crowd as well, I also see the other side.

    I realize this is 2009 and not 1889, however, way back in the old days (even before John Wayne started doing movies on color), at least out west, political gatherings of all types were held in the company of firearm carrying people. Not necessarily to make a political statement, but merely the fact that a lot of people plain and simply carried firearms as a matter of habit. Now, these days, one of the the questions is how many of these people carrying their firearms are doing so to make a political statement, and how many are merely carrying their firearms around as they would any other day.

    You speak of responsibilities coming with rights, and I absolutely agree with you. Since these people have the right to carry openly, they also face the responsibility to keep their weapons slung or holstered. Once the weapon is wielded, especially given the particular event, they have shown a lack of responsibility with firearms, and thusly would lose their right to carry as well, from that point on in their lives. We all would hope in such an event that no harm came to anyone in the process, and that any such offender would face the stiffest of penalties. However, since no crime was committed in such a fashion, I would say that these people exercised both sides of that equation. But that’s just my opinion.

    Now for idiotic attempt at humor:

    “Women were not allowed to take breast milk through a TSA checkpoint lest somehow they’ll use it to pull a MacGyver and convert it into some kind of explosives using their toothpaste and lipstick.”

    All good MacGyver watchers know that it would still require either electrical tape and/or a paper clip to make this happen!!

    Comment by Mike Lovell | Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | Reply

  2. Thanks for the feedback Mike Lovell,

    But I’ve been waiting for you to mess up! According to MacGyver episode #432 you can get the same affect with scotch tape and aluminum foil! Ha!

    When a person starts wielding a weapon it’s far too late for common sense to do any good. Anyone with the audacity to take a loaded weapon to a political rally, especially one where the president is making an appearance, that person is making a seriously provocative statement. We shouldn’t have to wait until the wielding starts before we take action. We don’t allow loaded guns in banks. That’s common sense. It is an environment that simply doesn’t lend itself to such a situation. The same should be said at a political rally.


    PS – Or was that episode #478?

    Comment by brotherpeacemaker | Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. “But I’ve been waiting for you to mess up! According to MacGyver episode #432 you can get the same affect with scotch tape and aluminum foil! Ha!”


    Comment by Mike Lovell | Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | Reply

  4. BrotherP,

    We don’t even let Tylenol in schools let alone guns. Some situations are beyond bringing guns and this is one of them.

    We can’t rely on people to use common sense as just listening to some of these fools we see that common sense isn’t so common anymore.

    This is just a bad situation waiting to happen. They should stop it before it is allowed to explode, literally.


    Comment by theblacksentinel | Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | Reply

  5. I’ve got just a pinch of the conspiracy theorist in me. I’m feeling that these guys are trying to push a war of ideas (if not a full blown race war). I mean, you couldn’t get into a Bush rally just a few short months back if you had on the wrong t-shirt or drove up with the wrong bumper sticker on your car (a clear violation of your FIRST amendment rights) and yet Obama is supposed to just ignore the guy on the 3rd row with a ’30 aught 6′. Can you imagine what would have happened if a black militant showed up at a Bush rally with a sidearm? I know our founding fathers wanted us to have access to firearms so we could feed our families and protect them from the government, but when was the last time anybody saw a five point buck at a rally or heard the president give the order to a Marine sentry to take out some grandma with a “Keep your govermnt hands off My Medicare” sign? They want Obama to complain about this so they can say: “Hey, this negro wants our guns! You gonna stand there and take that? Well if not, you know what the alternative is…get your gun and follow me.”

    Comment by Carlton | Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | Reply

  6. Hey, they didn’t buy all those guns after November 4th 2008 for nothing!

    Comment by RiPPa | Wednesday, August 19, 2009 | Reply

  7. How do we feel about it now, fellas?

    Comment by Cody | Sunday, January 9, 2011 | Reply

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