And the stupidity goes on and on. This man had a pistol on his hip AND an AR-15 (semi-automatic assault rifle) slung over his shoulder, while standing in a protest group against health care reform in Phoenix yesterday. Again, our president was giving another town hall forum, to try and assuage the lies and misinformation floating around.
This man refused to identify himself to reporters (I'm sure he had to, to the Secret Service), but made the claim "In Arizona, I still have some freedoms!" WTF?? My question to him would have been..."in your pea sized brain - what freedoms do you NOT have? What have you lost?" Another example of "the stupid."
Those with "legal" guns could not have gotten into close proximity to the president, regardless of any state laws (openly carrying weapons). When the Secret Service is protecting the president - the venue becomes a federal site, thus weapons not allowed on a federal site. But I question the logic here. Most Secret Service personnel carry handguns - a definite non-match to any assault weapon.
The later reports after this meeting, was that there were at least a dozen armed people in the crowd. Would anyone want to wager there were a helluva lot more than that - that were "concealed?"
Can you imagine - just thinking back a little to 2004 - people were arrested at Bush get-togethers for wearing T-shirts in protest of that dickwad. And armed people cannot be dealt with now. Something is seriously wrong here. Bush protestors were also relegated to "free speech zones", blocks away from venues - to air their grievances.
Before anyone decides to chew my ass out...I was raised shooting guns. I am actually a pretty good shot even. I have no problems with guns in the home for protection or for hunting...but to walk down the street with one strapped on my waist - not hardly!
Have you ever noticed signs similar to this - at grocery stores, schools and other private entities? I have, and wonder why this cannot be enforced at these political venues. Plain and simple...NO GUNS ALLOWED. The only reason to blatantly flaunt these weapons at these "health care forums" is for intimidation purposes ONLY. Allowing this to continue is the height of stupidity and is a ticking bomb, if you will. All it takes is for one whackjob to get pissed and "go postal."
As long as the Boehners, Bachmann's, Palins and Gingrich's of the world keep blasting their lies and misinformation, something bad is going to happen. Yes, I am scared!
And to our President...the Democrats WON the election...the hopes for any bipartisan support has gone to hell, so it's time to use as much Democratic support as can be mustered to get things done. Bush had no problem ramming through legislation when he had the majority - enough of trying to be Mr. nice-Guy! It's not working.
Now for the mundane. It seems that the fashionistas in the political arena want to make something out of the First Lady and being photographed wearing shorts.
Get a grip asswipes...the family took a vacation to Yellowstone Park and other sites...you expected her to dress formally?? Maybe Mamie Eisehower, Nancy Reagan, or Barbara Bush would have worn a dress with matching coat and purse, but Michelle Obama is a younger woman and a good mother and a down to earth individual. Shorts were appropriate for the heat and atmosphere. And puh-leeze media whores...these are NOT short shorts. THESE are short shorts!!