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Guns at Political rallies

Discussion in 'Activism Discussion and Planning' started by Mamertine, Jun 25, 2011.

  1. langenc

    langenc Member

    Jun 22, 2006
    Montmorency Co, MI
    Guns are dangerous-should not take to a rally.??

    What make politicians think someone who carries everywhere and then goes to a rally, church, restaurant that sells booze is suddenly going to start shooting everyone in sight??

    Probably that infrigement was put in to make pistol licensing (another infringement) more palatable to some group!
  2. Jonah71

    Jonah71 Senior Member

    Dec 4, 2009
    Central Missouri near Whiteman A.F.B.
    I carry pretty much everywhere it's legal. But I don't think I'd carry at a political rally. Just too many ways for it to become problematic and for motives to be questioned. I think a person would be asking for trouble doing so. Just having the right to do something doesn't always make it the right thing to do.
  3. Loosedhorse

    Loosedhorse member

    Aug 4, 2008
    eastern Massachusetts
    Given that gun control continues to be a political topic, the OC of a firearm is political speech. If burning the US flag is protected by 1A, so too should OC be protected.

    And, to observe the obvious: unless there are metal detectors and armed guards at the entrance, those "no guns" laws for political rallies don't keep guns out, only OC and legal CC. The Arizona shooter at Rep. Gabrielle Giffords rally would not have been deterred by such a law.
  4. Neverwinter

    Neverwinter Senior Member

    Nov 13, 2008
    No, it isn't there to make pistol licensing more palatable.
    You're misunderstanding the nature of the differences between those cases. The objection to OC in political events like rallies or voting is about the concerns about people being discouraged from participation.

    Except in the cases where OC is highly visible and common, the arguments of intimidation cannot be dismissed offhand. Things are made worse by the people who don't normally OC, but decide to "make a point" at the rally. They're making the opposite point of those who make it a point to carry regularly to show that RKBA can be exercised in a responsible manner.

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