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art.obama.gun.poolThe presence of guns has entered the health care debate. This could easily get out of hand. And what’s crazy, is so far, the media is acting like this is OK. How do health care reform and gun rights correlate? This is disturbing in so many ways and shouldn’t just be seen as people exercising their Second Amendment rights. I wish these all these angry folks would own up to what they’re really angry about because it sure isn’t health care.

From the Associated Press:

PHOENIX – About a dozen people carrying guns, including one with a military-style rifle, milled among protesters outside the convention center where President Barack Obama was giving a speech Monday — the latest incident in which protesters have openly displayed firearms near the president.

Gun-rights advocates say they’re exercising their constitutional right to bear arms and protest, while those who argue for more gun control say it could be a disaster waiting to happen.

Phoenix police said the gun-toters at Monday’s event, including the man carrying an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle slung over his shoulder, didn’t need permits. No crimes were committed, and no one was arrested.

The man with the rifle declined to be identified but told The Arizona Republic that he was carrying the assault weapon because he could. “In Arizona, I still have some freedoms,” he said.

Phoenix police Detective J. Oliver, who monitored the man at the downtown protest, said police also wanted to make sure no one decided to harm him.

“Just by his presence and people seeing the rifle and people knowing the president was in town, it sparked a lot of emotions,” Oliver said. “We were keeping peace on both ends.”

Last week, during Obama’s health care town hall in Portsmouth, N.H., a man carrying a sign reading “It is time to water the tree of liberty” stood outside with a pistol strapped to his leg.

“It’s a political statement,” he told The Boston Globe. “If you don’t use your rights, then you lose your rights.”

Police asked the man to move away from school property, but he was not arrested.

Fred Solop, a Northern Arizona University political scientist, said the incidents in New Hampshire and Arizona could signal the beginning of a disturbing trend.

“When you start to bring guns to political rallies, it does layer on another level of concern and significance,” Solop said. “It actually becomes quite scary for many people. It creates a chilling effect in the ability of our society to carry on honest communication.”


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The funeral of the assassinated abortion doctor, George Tiller, took place yesterday in Wichita, Kan. It brought out about 900 people.

Tiller, one of the nation’s few providers of late-term abortions, was killed by a gunshot last Sunday in the foyer of his own church, Reformation Lutheran, while he was serving as an usher and his wife was singing in the choir. Tiller’s clinic in Wichita was among a few in the U.S. performing third-trimester abortions, and that made it a target of regular protests. Most were peaceful, but his clinic was bombed in 1986. Tiller was also shot in both arms in 1993. Topeka Capital-Journal

What stood out to me about Saturday’s funeral was the small group of protestors who stood outside the church.

17 demonstrators showed up from Westboro Baptist Church, known for picketing soldiers’ funerals to present its message that their deaths are God’s punishment for Americans’ tolerance of homosexuality.

They held signs such as “God sent the shooter” and “Abortion is bloody murder.” Topeka Capital-Journal

I can only imagine God up in heaven saying, why are they bringing me into this? Those crazies are not representing me!

As soon as I saw those pictures, I was like, Whaaaat? Really? You’re standing outside this man’s funeral promoting that God is responsible for his death? No matter what side of the abortion issue you fall on, that’s just so wrong.

What type of church would promote those types of teachings? I just don’t understand. How can the members of Westboro feel for the unborn babies but not for a man who was shot down a week ago while attending church?

Today, I saw that the suspect in the assassination made a call warning of more violence.

Scott Roeder called The Associated Press on Sunday from the Sedgwick County jail where he is being held on charges of first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the death of George Tiller.

Roeder told the AP: “I know there are many other similar events planned around the country as long as abortion remains legal.”

He wouldn’t elaborate. Associated Press

So he just wanted to let people know that more domestic terrorism will occur. Wow. I don’t even know what to say about that. Well, yeah, I do. People are so scared of terrorists coming from abroad, that they don’t even see that these homegrown extremists are capable of the same acts.

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