A man was carrying around an assault rifle outside the place where President Obama was speaking in Phoenix, Arizona today. To his credit, and the credit of the dozen or so other people openly carrying firearms outside the event, nothing bad happened.
According to KTAR, “Phoenix police say the people with guns, including a man carrying the assault rifle, didn’t need permits. No crimes were committed, and no one was arrested.”
Could this have occurred at a Bush event in 2002 or 2003? I recall when Bush came to La Crosse, Wisconsin in 2004. The downtown was made into a demilitarized zone, and the stadium where he would be speaking was blockaded by rows of dumpsters and law enforcement. Someone carrying an assault rifle near there likely would have been arrested, as Wisconsin state law does not allow open carry — despite what the A.G. says. Moreover, wherever Bush went, the Constitution was restricted. Remember the designated “free speech zones”? President Obama has not mandated “open carry zones.” How would the NRA respond to that? Not very well, I’d imagine.
Also: It seems our good friend Mr. Illusory Tenant was pondering a very similar thing.