Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Noise at Political Rallies

Robb at Sharp as a Marble gives some good thoughts about the man carrying an AR-style rifle near a location where Obama was going to be speaking.

What I don't understand is why people are in an uproar about people exercising their rights. If no one is breaking a law, what's the big deal? This man posed no threat to anyone; he was responsibly abiding by the law.

Was the man making a statement? Yes! Were people uncomfortable? Yes! A statement is ineffective unless someone gets their mind stretched by it. When 55 million people made the statement in November that they wanted Obama to be the president, I was uncomfortable. It stretched my mind to believe that there were actually enough ignorant/socialist/stupid/racist (voting for someone because they are black is as racist as not voting for someone for the same reason, and a lot of people voted for him because he is black) people to vote him into the White House.

The right to bear arms is protected by the Bill of Rights. The right to be comfortable is not. The right to be unoffended is not. People need to put on their big boy and big girl underwear and grow up. They need to think for themselves. That one might be harder since we have an education system that trains people to do what they're told and not think for themselves, but I'll save that argument for another day.

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