by Patrick Appel
People should have the right to bear arms. The government should not be in the business of taking law-abiding peoples’ guns away. But is it so much to ask such an affront to liberty that we leave them at home while listening to our politicians give speeches? Unlike gyms or church services or gas stations, these events generally have security on the premises. If a shooter shows up, other guys with guns will be on the scene already. I totally understand having a gun in many, many other scenarios, where you might actually need it to protect yourself. But at a town hall meeting?
I'm with Thoreau on this one. Whether or not one has the right to bear arms at a political event, tactically it's an incredibly idoitic move unless that event is about the right to bear arms. Fans of the second amendment aren't winning any converts.