Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Man With Gun in Holster Shows Up Outside Obama's Town Hall in NH
... the gun-toting protestor was holding a sign referencing the Jefferson quote: "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants." It's a well known quote from one of the archetypal founding fathers. And in itself it's part of the American heritage, something that echoes with Jefferson's always ambivalent and frequently dilettantish attitude toward political violence. But in the context of these townhall excesses and while carrying a firearm at a presidential event, it's quite a menacing statement, in as much as it is about the need to kill tyrants.
So why didn't they arrest him? Why didn't the Secret Service clobber him? Surely they knew.
Posted by: Jason B | Aug 11, 2009 12:22:50 PM
Maybe New Hampshire's gun laws, like New Mexico's, allow a person to carry a gun openly. Remember, their motto is "Live Free or Die".
Posted by: Michelle Meaders | Aug 11, 2009 12:47:33 PM
I wonder what Bush would have done with an anti-war protestor wearing a gun
Posted by: barb | Aug 11, 2009 12:49:49 PM
At least he wasn't wearing a shoe. I hear those can really fly far.
Posted by: KathyF | Aug 11, 2009 1:00:14 PM
Posted by: barb | Aug 11, 2009 1:38:40 PM
They didn't arrest him because it's not against the law - at least not yet.
Posted by: MC | Aug 11, 2009 2:59:33 PM
He was on private property and not breaking the law. That doesn't make it right. But it is a good example of the insane anger about an African-American president that exists in the right-wing of the GOP.
Posted by: Bad News | Aug 11, 2009 3:14:55 PM
But. He was captured!! (On Camera.)
This is crazy.
Posted by: bg | Aug 11, 2009 3:28:12 PM
LOL, Barb you know what Boo$h would have done, fenced the protesters in a "free speech zone" a mile away from the event and say protesters what protesters.
Posted by: VP | Aug 12, 2009 7:32:28 AM
you better arm yourselves, because if something happens and those people get in charge, you will be sent to a camp. so you better think about it. they would love to take you out. they are hatefull people. you cannot reason with them. force is the only thing they will respond to.
Posted by: george | Aug 12, 2009 7:18:10 PM
Um, NO george, thats one of the reasons we pay taxes, so that the APD, NM State Police and the Federal US Marshals, ATF, FBI can deal with "hatefull people, you cannot reason with."
Posted by: VP | Aug 14, 2009 7:39:06 AM