August 25, 2009

A Gun-toting Protester MSNBC Doesn't Mind

While I still think carrying firearms to political protests is counterproductive, it is interesting to note the media furor over the open display of firearms in recent events has not been matched by the most recent sighting of an armed protester in Mesa, Arizona on Saturday.

See if you can figure out why:

Except for one counterprotester, apparently the only one within shouting distance. The man would only give his first name as he stood alone, wearing a Yankee baseball team shirt, a handgun on his hip, holding a contrary sign.

Josh, who explained he would only give his first name because of the type of work he does, said he was a Democrat among a sea of non-Democrats, touting health care reform, but not reforms over his right to bear arms.

"Part of my passion as a Democrat is the right to bear arms," Josh said.

A veteran, and from a long family history of veterans, the man who was very much alone in the small crowd of protesters said he believed in fighting for the less fortunate.

"I am a firm supporter of health care for every American," he said.

Compared to last week's attempt by MSNBC to brand open carry advocates as violent racists—going so far as to doctor video to agree with their thesis—their treatment of this armed healthcare protester is laudatory.

The conclusion to be drawn from this seems obvious: The media doesn't mind if you carry firearms, as long as you carry their water as well.

(h/t CY reader cousin-merle)

Posted by Confederate Yankee at August 25, 2009 12:11 PM

Why don't they show his sign? It probably had some sort of Nazi metaphor or some weird reference to dipping gonads in others' mouths.

Double plus weird.

Posted by: brando at August 25, 2009 01:59 PM

astroturfing! He's SS ordered there by Obomber.

Posted by: Tom at August 25, 2009 02:02 PM

What's with the sheets of paper on the back of his sign? The sign itself looks like a big piece of card stock, but there are four or five letter-sized sheets of paper on the side towards the camera, apparently with a great deal of text printed on them.

Talking points?

The script he was to follow when interviewed?

Posted by: Rob Crawford at August 25, 2009 10:36 PM

I got no problem with this guy packin. In my world this is the way it should be. He's exercising his god-given right. Oooo . . . that dipping gonads thing makes me feel funny!

Posted by: Nick Reynolds at August 25, 2009 11:02 PM

Health Insurance lobbyists probably paid him to paint swastikas!

Posted by: N. Pelosi at August 25, 2009 11:10 PM


Posted by: John Becker at August 26, 2009 12:43 AM

This being Arizona, probably 1/4th of the rest of the protesters were packing also - concealed.

Posted by: StormChaser at August 26, 2009 02:18 AM

"I am a firm supporter of health care for every American," he said.

Stop drinking the Kool-Aid from the MSM. Every American NOW gets healthcare. ObamaCare wants every illegal alien to get healthcare insurance subsidized by YOU.

As Obama now says, its Healthcare INSURANCE reform, not healthcare reform.

Josh, please inform yourself about ObamaCare as you have informed yourself about the Second Amendment. The comparison to the Second Amendment would be that only government organized groups would be able to have guns. That's Obama's thinking.

Posted by: Jabba The Tutt at August 26, 2009 08:07 AM

If this guy is a 2nd Amm absolutist his days as a Democrat are numbered. And it is no big number.

Posted by: megapotamus at August 26, 2009 08:11 AM