For the second time now in two weeks Obama events were attended by citizens carrying weapons. None of those open carrying broke any laws or did anything beyond demonstrated their 2nd amendment rights yet once again it made national news.
Yesterday in Arizona around a dozen protesters showed up carrying weapons including an assault rifle. Here is what CNN wrote about the event:
A man toting an assault rifle was among a dozen protesters carrying weapons while demonstrating outside President Obama's speech to veterans on Monday, but no laws were broken. It was the second instance in recent days in which weapons have been seen near presidential events.
A man is shown legally carrying a rifle at a protest against President Obama on Monday in Phoenix, Arizona.
Video from CNN affiliate KNXV shows the man standing with other protesters, with the rifle slung over his right shoulder, a handgun in a holster on his left hip and a bullet clip in his back pocket.
"I'm exercising my rights as an American in Arizona," the man, who refused to give his name, told KNXV.
Arizona law has nothing in the books regulating assault rifles, and only requires permits for carrying concealed weapons. So despite the man's proximity to the president, there were no charges or arrests to be made.
"I come from another state where 'open carry' is legal, but no one does it, so the police don't really know about it and they harass people, arrest people falsely," the man said. "I think that people need to get out and do it more so that they get kind of conditioned to it."
I hope this trend catches on and I hope peaceful demonstrations such as this help to break this country out of it's conditioned fear of guns.