White House press secretary Robert Gibbs answered questions yesterday about people bringing loaded firearms to protest events attended by President Obama, and Gibbs apparently gave the green light to this crazy practice.
Gibbs said, "There are laws that govern firearms that are done state or locally. Those laws don't change when the president comes to your state or locality."
I personally find it hard to believe that the Secret Service is allowing this. The instructions must be coming for the President himself. Certainly his Executive Privilege could handle something like this.
As for the Secret Service, their response to gun carrying protesters yesterday was also strange: "We're well aware of the subjects that are showing up at these events with firearms," a spokesperson reportedly said. "We work closely with local law enforcement to make sure that their very strict laws on gun permits are administered."
Strict gun laws in Arizona? This is the state where two men openly carried assault rifles at a Presidential event and didn't get detained. It's harder to get a job at a fast food restaurant than it is to get a gun in Arizona.
Gun permits? In most cases, people openly carrying firearms don't need permits, meaning that open gun carriers have no requirement to have their criminal backgrounds checked before they carry and no requirement even to have weapons training.
What's your opinion? What do you think these gun-carrying protesters hope to accomplish? Do they think their protesting is attractive to the fence-sitters and the non-convinced? Or are they more like school children, prohibited from doing something, then learning they can get away with it?
What do you think? Please leave a comment.