Like Stephen Colbert and his precious “Sweetness,” some people like to take their guns with them wherever they go. It’s why they have conceal and carry laws in many states — so you and your gun never, ever have to be apart. But some people really like to prove that point that no law shall separate a man from his own private law enforcement system. Like, really, really want to prove a point. Like within several hundred yards of the President of the United States.
You know? Just cause!
From CBS News:
William Kostric took advantage of that law on Tuesday to show up outside President Obama’s Portsmouth, N.H. town hall meeting and hold a sign saying “It Is Time To Water The Tree Of Liberty.” That invokes a phrase from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson: “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”
Portsmouth police spokesman Lt. Frank Warchol told the Boston Globe that because Kostric was on private property — it belongs to a church near the school with the town hall meeting — he would not be arrested. “We can’t do anything about it,” Warchol said. “Obviously he’s on our radar screen at this time.”
Kostric was there around 11 a.m. ET, before Mr. Obama even left the White House en route for the Granite State, and there’s no indication he ever laid eyes on the president. Nevertheless, around that time (11:35 a.m., to be precise) MSNBC’s Carlos Watson called for Kostric to be forcibly disarmed: “I cannot imagine that there aren’t enough lawyers in New Hampshire who can’t file some sort of emergency injunction.” One of his guests added: “Why can’t we get rid of him now?”
New Hampshire state law is pretty clear about protecting its citizens’ rights to carry firearms in public. Carrying a pistol or revolver openly is permitted without a license; carrying a concealed weapon requires a license from the state or local police.
But Kostric couldn’t be disarmed. He had the law on his side (kinda). As Declan McCullagh of CBS pointed out, gun laws are a touch on the complicated, yet opaque side, varying from state-to-state and changing in various ways over the years with the presidential administrations. Still, some wondered, why would you pack your piece to the Obama Townhall?
Kostric basically told Hardball’s Chris Matthews, “Why not?”
From Huffington Post:
The segment grew more and more heated as Matthews repeatedly asked Kostric why he came to the meeting wearing a gun. “Well, why did you bring a gun to a Presidential event today?”
“That’s not even a relevant question,” Kostric said, shrugging. “The question is, why don’t people bear arms these days.”
“Okay, you bought a sign that said ‘The tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants’ and you’re carrying a god damn gun at a Presidential event. I think those things make people wonder what you’re about.”
Kostric for his part, was unrepentant, and maintained that he was there in a totally non-violent capacity. “No one from New Hampshire was alarmed. Maybe some of the people they bussed in from Massachusetts were alarmed. But we’re not really concerned about them.”
I’ll let you fill-in-the-blank on the many things wrong and legally right with this.