This one should get the folks with Firearmophobia in an uproar! lol

@ParaTed2k (22980)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
August 18, 2009 12:05am CST
"PHOENIX – About a dozen people carrying guns, including one with a military-style rifle, milled among protesters outside the convention center where President Barack Obama was giving a speech Monday — the latest incident in which protesters have openly displayed firearms near the president. Gun-rights advocates say they're exercising their constitutional right to bear arms and protest, while those who argue for more gun control say it could be a disaster waiting to happen." Let's talk about this like adult human beings, shall we? The police, secret service and every other law enforcement official was completely willing and able to react like an adult human being here. No arrests were made, no one was injured... but the people with guns were watched closely. That is as it should be. What didn't happen? No one paniced, no one had heart attacks, no one freaked out... More importantly, no one was assassinated.. nor were there any threats to such action. What happened? Dozens of law abiding citizens exercised their freedom of speech, 2nd Amendment rights and freedom of assembly. They broke no laws, nor did they advocate the breaking of any. They never once advocatd violence. They never gave any law enforcement official at any level any reason to do anything more than watch over the crowd.. including them. Law enforcement also performed admirably here. I don't doubt for a second that if any of the people with guns gave them reason to respond, they would have quickly and efficiently. I have no doubt that had any of them felt the need to detain, question or arrest any of them, they would have without hesitation. But guess what... they didn't. I applaud the gun owners for exercising their rights; law enforcement for both supporting their rights and being vigilant; and Obama for not ordering some kind of response. I also applaud the people who didn't have guns. I applaud them for also exercising their rights. I applaud them for not demanding "something be done"; and I applaud them for speaking their minds if they didn't like the guns being there. No matter which side you are on, I invite you to write what you think, openly and honestly. If you agree with them, or disagree, say it here. If you think they were just exercising their rights, or if you think they flaunted the law... speak your mind.
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@spalladino (17922)
• United States
19 Aug 09
I couldn't agree with you more, Ted. Had anyone overreacted, I would have been very disappointed. The exercising of our Constitutional rights is always an amazing thing to watch.
@gewcew23 (8011)
• United States
18 Aug 09
Because they are law obeying, and just want the Federal Government to do the same. The Constitution is their law to obey yet they do not. At the same time the Federal government except us to respect the laws they create. Kind of a hypocrisy, I believe at lest.
@GardenGerty (115037)
• United States
18 Aug 09
I think they exercised their rights, and I am with you in applauding the manner in which this situation was handled. It did not have to be turned into a major issue, and it was not. Everyone did their jobs.