What to make of reports that a dozen people with guns,
including one with an assault rifle, showed up in Phoenix where
President Obama was speaking - about health care, yet. No permits were
needed, we are told, no crimes were committed, no arrests were made.
The rifle-toter said he had brought his semi-automatic to a
presidential speech because, "In Arizona, I still have some freedoms."
Yes, but. The rest of us have freedoms too: Freedom from worrying about
stray bullets, fits of temper, moments of chaos, lunatic rages and
other possible explosions of violence that grow ever more likely with
each insane escalation of the rhetoric, the anger, the fear, and the
"I come from another state where 'open carry' is legal, but no one
does it..." said the man with the rifle, who wasn't identified, in
an interview. "I think that people need to
get out and do it more so that they get kind of conditioned to it."