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It’s Bring Your Gun To The Obama Townhall Day!

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!

More after the jump.

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.

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13 thoughts on “It’s Bring Your Gun To The Obama Townhall Day!

  1. Scipio Africanus says:

    He’s got a psycho killer Jeffery Dahmer haircut. Oh, and his phones/computer are so tapped for the rest of his life.

  2. ezparz says:

    Stop giving the oppostion PR damnit! The gun is a perfectly publicity stunt. It’s like bringing dead baby posters to a ProChoice rally. It’s gets the liberals all emotional and they lose focus. Stay focused people!

  3. Brandi says:

    This was pretty funny. Chris Matthews is yelling and acting like an attorney on law and order and the supposed loony toon is calm and collected.

  4. Wenzel Dashington says:

    I see this a mile away. Michael Steele is going to be used as the token black in the GOP. Steele gives this kind of guy cover to carry a gun to a meeting with the President.Chris Mattews, it’s time to hang up Hardball. You cannot reason with the crazies.

  5. Rick Beagle says:

    imho this dude has crazy written all over him. as for the person who stated that this guy is a PR stunt, um, I don’t think so. this dude is a walking, breathing terrorist taunting government officials with subtle threats of violence and an obvious means to accomplish said goals.his message wasn’t for the liberals, it was for his nut job brethren and trust me folks, this is going to get ugly. libs protesting on behalf of healthcare, watch yourselves, and for the love of god, keep you kids out of harms way. Peace.Rick Beagle

  6. MsKitty says:

    Can you imagine if the "news" was like this back in the day? We would have been treated to interviews with Squeaky Fromme and John Hinckley. Today’s media is a joke.

  7. Lady M says:

    Chris Mathews is acting like Judge Judy, yelling and everything. But I can’t blame him. I would do the same thing.The guy bringing a gun to the rally… what a dick. Do people even know what socialism actually means anymore?? Everyone’s throwing the term around so loosely that the real meaning has been buried under a bunch of lies and prejudices.

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