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Many folks on the Right are outraged that people consider some of their behavior at town hall meetings unacceptable. Apparently, carrying racist signs or pictures of President Obama as Hilter are just understandable parts of the debate.

But what’s even more difficult to understand is the relative indifference many people have shown to the protesters brings pistols and semi-automatic weapons to the public events.

David Sirota is not indifferent and in his latest column at Salon suggests that public political events be gun-free zones.

….the gun has been transformed from a sport and self-defense device into a tool of mass bullying. Like the noose in the Jim Crow South, its symbolic message is clear: If you dare engage in the democratic process, you risk bodily harm.

5 Comments

  1. Kimberly

    August 24, 2009 at 7:36 am

    I completely agree, carrying guns to political events should never be allowed. It is definately a bullying tactic and a security risk. Even if the person carrying the gun has no intention of using it, if it has ammunition in it then it wouldn’t be too hard for someone else to grab it and use it. All it takes is one fool with a gun to forget to take out every bullet and either lose control of his/her temper, or someone else to grab that gun, or for the gun to discharge and a bullet is sent through the crowd to strike whomever is unlucky enough to be in its path. Guns are illegal in schools, colleges, hospitals, government buildings, and the majority of all businesses for a reason. Guns at any political event should be outlawed because of the bullying factor and because they are a high security risk.

  2. IBXer

    August 24, 2009 at 10:30 am

    You do know that the guy with the gun you are referring to was African American, right? So far the only person who has been assaulted at a townhall meeting was a black man who was attacked by pro-Obama union thugs. And the supposedly racist poster depicting Obama as the Joker was created by a Palestinian-American supporter of Dennis Kucinich.

    You people are jokes who try to use the race card at every opportunity whether the facts support you or not.

  3. gregflynn

    August 24, 2009 at 11:10 am

    Who are You People, and where is my horse?

    The guy in the picture, in the linked article, William Kostric is caucasian.

  4. IBXer

    August 25, 2009 at 10:53 am

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/08182009/news/nationalnews/protester_busts_out_the_big_gun_for_obam_185147.htm

    African Americans are showing up with guns, too. And they oppose Obama. So trying to say this is a racist thing is retarded.

  5. gregflynn

    August 25, 2009 at 11:59 am