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we wrote last week, some of the sturdiest rebukes of protestors who bring guns to Obama rallies have come from right-leaning gun advocates. Today, they reiterate their rejection following news that 12 people--including at least one man wielding a semi-automatic rifle--were spotted carrying arms outside a presidential event in Phoenix. Embedded video from CNN Video Conservatives did not hesitate to point out that the man packing an assault rifle stood closest to pro-reform (i.e. liberal) signs. But their criticism, needless to say, hits most sharply against gun-rights advocates who tend to fall on the right. How have their readers reacted? This exchange between commenters at Confederate Yankee gives a sense of the torn feelings: From RickInTexas: As a gun owner I am in full support of the right to carry. To do so
within a mile of the Presidents travel route or outside any place he is
appearing can only create problems for the rest of us. All that it did
was give the MSM a chance to say "See. We told you the protesters are
kooks." Why have conservative bloggers taken a stand, even at the cost of provoking readers? Some of it seems to be uneasiness that guns in angry crowds could unleash disaster. Generally, however, they believe the taint of irrationality is hurting the gun-rights' cause in the long run.
TailGunner: There should have been two THOUSAND men AND women openly carrying in a responsible manner.
It would have been a bit harder to dismiss them as 'kooks'...
And if a man has a right to openly carry a firearm, I see no reason
to restrict that while he is not in a police station, city hall, or
other traditionally prohibited area.
The Constitution should not be suspended wherever and whenever the President is in the vicinity.
Here are the bloggers' main complaints: Are cracks showing in right-wing support for open-carry gun rights?
That depends on whether more protesters continue to show up packing heat. Gun laws have been on a long swing in favor of advocates, but as Daphne Evitar at the left-leaning Washington Independent Degrades the Quality of Debate, says Uncle Jimbo at BlackFive. "It's not about the right to carry it's about what bringing guns to an
ideas fight says. It says you are a sensationalizing dipshit who craves
attention and doesn't care if you hurt your supposed argument." Disaster Waiting to Happen, says the Confederate Yankee. "As much as I support the open carry
movement in theory, I have a very hard time seeing open carry at a
political event full of people as anything other than a very bad idea.
It is needlessly provocative (and I suspect in many instances,
purposefully so), and potentially dangerous." Rights Come With Responsibilities, says Allahpundit. "As I've said before, it's a security risk
and a de facto provocation to the other side. And having the right to
do it is no more of a justification than bringing porn to a meeting
with the president would be. Exit question: Why?" Guns Don't Belong Everywhere, says Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit. "Assuming that these aren't agents provocateurs but rather militant gun-rights activists trying to counter "denormalization," well, I think this is a bad idea and I'd urge them to reconsider. Barbecue joints are one thing, Presidential appearances another." reminds us, it wasn't always this way. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme was just released from 34 years in prison for pointing an unloaded gun at President Ford:
So when does carrying a loaded weapon to a president's speaking
event become a threat? Does the right
to bear arms at some point give way to the ability of police and Secret
Service to reasonably protect the president?
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