UPDATE: Yesterday, I wrote about a protester that brought an armed weapon to the Townhall Meeting with President Barack Obama in New Hampshire yesterday. Today, I have video of him on Hardball with Chris Matthews discussing why he would bring a loaded gun to a public setting where the President was going to be, given the history of assassinations in the US. Here is the video
Obama is set to arrive at a Townhall Meeting in New Hampshire and there is a man waiting amongst the crowd with a gun strapped to his side…and he’s allowed! He’s holding up a sign that says “It’s Time to Water the Tree of Liberty,” which is in reference to a Thomas Jefferson quote that reads, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Yikes! What is he doing there with a gun?! The saying was apparently also a favorite of Timothy McVeigh Oklahoma bomber. When he was arrested he was wearing a T-Shirt with Abraham Lincoln on the front and a tree dripping with blood in the back.
Anyway, so because his gun is not concealed and he is on private property (a church) that has given permission to do so, he is not breaking any laws. Carrying a weapon out in the open is not illegal in New Hampshire and the chief of police has no objections. NBC is following this closely and suspect that as the time comes for the president to arrive, the guy will be nowhere near the president – but if it’s legal, how can they keep him away? I hope they keep Obama safe and this guy FAR away!
The town hall meeting is in progress and the man with the gun is nowhere near Obama. Thank goodness! In the meantime, maybe they should change that law?? Sheesh!