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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

MSNBC Fixated on Protestors Carrying Firearms

MSNBC points out there were two more citizens carrying firearms outside of an Obama "Townhall."

In a situation similar to last week in Portsmouth, N.H., cameras caught a protester with a pistol holstered to his leg outside of today's event with the president.

Police on the scene were standing right next to the gentleman and were keeping a close eye on him. He's well behind a security barrier outside the convention center in a crowd of protesters.

I'm not sure this helps our cause. I believe a right not exercised is a right denied but these have played right into the hands of people like Paul Helmke:

Bringing loaded firearms to any Presidential event endangers all in attendance. Even though our weak national and state gun laws may allow this dangerous behavior, we should use a little common sense. Individuals carrying loaded weapons at these events require constant attention from police and Secret Service officers, thus stretching their protective efforts even thinner. The possibility that these weapons might be grabbed or stolen or accidentally mishandled increases the risks of serious injury or death to all in attendance.

I know a lot of people that open carry (which is legal in Virginia). It is one of the great things about living in Virginia. In fact, it is the only way gun owners can carry their self defense firearm in Applebees, Olive Garden, and other restaurants that serve alcohol in addition to food.

Having said this, the left and their enablers in the media are already characterizing those protesting against President Obama's policies as an "angry mob." We just need to be careful not to create a caricature for the media to repeatedly regurgitate. I guess it's why I like concealed carry. That way only I know if I am carrying a firearm or not.

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