Man Carrying Assault Weapon Attends Obama Protest

Gun-rights advocates are displaying their firearms near the president again, this time with a military-style rifle slung over one man's shoulder in downtown Phoenix.

The man with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle was among about a
dozen people carrying guns outside the convention center where
President Barack Obama spoke Monday.

Other people have been visibly carrying firearms near Obama's
events recently. During a health care town hall in Portsmouth,
N.H., last week, a man stood outside with a pistol strapped to his

Phoenix police say the people with guns, including the man with
the rifle, don't need permits. No crimes were committed, and no one
was arrested.

The man with the rifle told The Arizona Republic he was carrying
the weapon because he could, adding that he still has some freedoms
in Arizona.

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  • by mac n chz Location: currituck on Aug 25, 2009 at 07:58 AM
    to MG: what is your thoughts on what makes someone a crazy person. In my opinion what is crazy to one person is not crazy to another. I think I am a little crazy but I have a concealed weapons permit. OOOOH scary!
  • by gvegas lady Location: greenville on Aug 25, 2009 at 06:36 AM
    someone mentioned guns turning on you and killing you....NEWS's not the guns fault of where it's pointed and how it's used! GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE!!! Wake up AMERICA...we need to stand up for our rights....what so many men and women have died for...OUR FREEDOM AND OUR RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS! This presidency is trying to take that from us!
  • by Gator Location: NC on Aug 25, 2009 at 03:37 AM
    Don't worry MG, that will probably the next thing. Obama's health care plan will make sure that all people that want to own guns will be "crazy". So you can't carry or buy one because you actually want one.
  • by MG Location: Gville on Aug 24, 2009 at 07:42 PM
    Hmmmm...I dont get it why stupid pple do this. I dont care if you are democrat or republican carrying guns you near the president is just plain disrespectful. And also yes do have a right to bear guns but when those guns turn on you, its different. Plus whats funny and really a proof that the whole right of bearing arms is so easy is that when VT happened the guy had gun permits!! WTH! at least make it more difficult for crazy pple to get guns!
  • by nunya Location: plymouth on Aug 24, 2009 at 05:44 PM
    what's wrong with wearing a gun at a public gathering? It is the second amendment , that gives us the right to KEEP AND BEAR ARMS, If he doesn't like it let him go back to his muslim nation andtake everyone that agrees with him along. It was the founding fathers that gave us this right, and now some half cocked , right winged president is trying to take it away, along with his anti-gun friends. I tell you what ,And I speak for most of the hard working, GOD fearing people of this nation when i say that, I WILL KEEP MY GUNS, MY MONEY AND MY FREEDOM , YOU KEEP THE CHANGE!!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 24, 2009 at 01:25 PM
    Trust me all who were carrying exposed guns were being scoped somewhere from a distance by Secret Service. Demondtrate your rights just dont be stupid or pay the consequence.
  • by yo anonymous! on Aug 24, 2009 at 03:47 AM
    i didnt vote, so speak for yourself! ps check out the obama deception, google it, you can watch it online.
  • by Tim Location: Wilmar on Aug 23, 2009 at 06:33 PM
    Snake Oil, we need to leave Lavon alone, that is one miserable individual right now. It has to be a sad state of affairs to learn that your savior is a total joke. Obama makes Jimmy Carter look like Reagan! I bet ole peanut is doing cartwheels in his barn saying to himself; "Finally.....A president that is more worthless....well..than me"
  • by Anonymous on Aug 23, 2009 at 06:29 PM
    Snake Oil, You are probably right. It is sad that our politics has come to this. How stupid we the middle class drones swinging away in the proverbial rock pits must look to their slick hair, shiny shoe types. They make me sick! And WE are stupid!
  • by AL Location: Greene Co on Aug 23, 2009 at 04:04 PM
    He was sending the democraps and anti gun people a message . IT IS OUR RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS!!!!! 2nd Constitutional Amendment guarantee's this! It is gonna be a war against politicians and socialist like it was in the revolutionary war against tyranny when we whipped England's butt! I cannot wait till 2010 when the Dem lose the majority and the Republicans take it all back and we can start living again. GOD HELP US TILL THEN!!!!!

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