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“Assault Weapons” Excite The Media Once Again
Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 21, 2009 | Bob Barr

Posted on 08/26/2009 8:16:40 AM PDT by neverdem

The fact that a very small number of perople attending public gatherings recently have been caught on camera carrying firearms, has driven many in the mainstream media to focus on “assault weapons” being brandished at political events. One man was caught on camera in Phoeniz, Arizona by at least one national cable outlet with an AR-15 rifle slung over his shoulder on a strap. The media immediately — and incorrectly — highlighted this as an “assault rifle” being carried outside a building at which President Barack Obama was speaking.

While the national media may delight in highlighting such incidents, including mis-labeling semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 as “assault weapons,” there in fact is nothing illegal about a person openly carrying a firearm at many such public events in many states, including Arizona and Georgia. If the firearms were fully automatic (as “assault rifles” by definition are), or were being carried by a person already “disabled” under federal law from possessing a firearm, or if there were local or state laws prohibiting such action, then it might warrant a passing reference in the news. But simply carrying a firearm lawfully under federal and state law, should not be newsworthy.

For those worried about the safety of a president if someone carries a firearms outside a venue where he is speaking, they should consider that anyone openly carrying a firearm anywhere remotely near where a president is located, guarantees such a person will be closely watched by the Secret Service and local law enforcement. Moreoever, any place at which a “protected person” such as the president is appearing, is very broadly demarcated by the Secret Service, and carrying a firearm inside such perimeter is a serious violation of federal law.

I’m not sure I understand why a person would openly tote a rifle or sidearm at a political rally of any sort, including one at which a president is speaking; other than to just make a point of some sort. But if the media would simply let it be, and especially if they would stop labelling firearms that are not “assault weapons” as “assault weapons” simply to inflame viewers, we’d all be better off. But somehow I doubt that will happen.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: assaultweapons; banglist
Once open carrying was noted by the media, I didn't notice any more assaults by union thugs.
1 posted on 08/26/2009 8:16:41 AM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

At least, no mention of them, now they have something even bigger to dwell on.


2 posted on 08/26/2009 8:18:08 AM PDT by stuartcr (If we are truly made in the image of God, why do we have faults?)
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To: neverdem

“Once open carrying was noted by the media, I didn’t notice any more assaults by union thugs.”

ACORN/SEIU got the message ;-)


3 posted on 08/26/2009 8:20:40 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (Pray for, and support our troops(heroes) !! And vote out the RINO's!!)
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To: neverdem

If I hit you in the head with a brick, have I not just “assault”ed you with a “weapon”?


4 posted on 08/26/2009 8:21:41 AM PDT by real saxophonist (The fact that you play tuba doesn't make you any less lethal. -USMC bandsman in Iraq)
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To: neverdem

Woot !

Maybe the left will go after our guns again !!

ROFL

Man 2010 is looking better by the day !


5 posted on 08/26/2009 8:23:37 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama lied, the economy died)
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To: neverdem

Well, ya know, assault weapons have been known to jump out of people’s hands and run around shooting.


6 posted on 08/26/2009 8:25:21 AM PDT by DManA
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To: TexasFreeper2009

August 26th, 2009 is starting off pretty well.

Buh Bye, Teddy!


7 posted on 08/26/2009 8:28:39 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: neverdem

Just the way some legal firearms look can get the media all wee-weed up.


8 posted on 08/26/2009 8:28:45 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: neverdem
Bob Barr is a lawyer and should know Georgia law, but here is what my carry permit says:

16-11-127 (GCA 26-2902) Deadly weapons at public gatherings

(a) Except as provided in Code Section 16-11-127.1, a person is guilty of a misdemeanor when he carries to or while at a public gathering any explosive compound, firearm, or knife designed for the purpose of offense and defense.

(b)For the purpose of this Code section, "public gathering" shall include, but shall not be limited to, athletic or sporting events, churches or church functions, political rallies or functions, publicly owned or operated buildings, or establishments at which alcoholic beverages are sold for consumption on the premises.

Nothing in this Code section shall otherwise prohibit the carrying of a firearm in any other public place by a person licensed or permitted to carry such firearm by this part.

(c) None of this applies to law enforcement or other elites.

9 posted on 08/26/2009 8:30:02 AM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Sender
A "weapon" is only "deadly" when it is loaded... remember the 'brick'.. now that is a deadly assault weapon.
10 posted on 08/26/2009 8:33:21 AM PDT by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: neverdem

‘slung over his shoulder on a strap’

I guess saying ‘sling’ after ‘slung’ was a bit too much to strap on.


11 posted on 08/26/2009 8:34:26 AM PDT by Leg Olam (Make yourselves sheep, and the wolves will eat you. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: DManA
Well, ya know, assault weapons have been known to jump out of people’s hands and run around shooting

Mine were raised better than that.

12 posted on 08/26/2009 8:34:56 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: neverdem

“When the people fear their government you have tyranny, when the government fears the people you have liberty.” Thomas Jefferson (I think)


13 posted on 08/26/2009 8:36:25 AM PDT by stockpirate
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To: neverdem

Wasn’t the guy carrying the AR a liberal?


14 posted on 08/26/2009 9:01:25 AM PDT by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: snowrip

Libertarian


15 posted on 08/26/2009 9:03:54 AM PDT by Shooter 2.5 (NRA /Patron - TSRA- IDPA)
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To: neverdem

http://www.assaultweaponwatch.com/

Got to keep an eye on those “Evil” black rifles.... You know that they pick themselves up and fly around killing people and stabbing people with that bayonet. And they target children and minorities first. /sarc


16 posted on 08/26/2009 9:26:19 AM PDT by Thunder90 (Fighting for truth and the American way... http://citizensfortruthandtheamericanway.blogspot.com/)
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To: Puppage
Mine were raised better than that.

Mine too. The misuses and I went to our son's pediatrics appt yesterday. We were given a bunch of things to fill out, including a questionaire filled with nosy questions such as "Are there guns in the household?"

I don't know why this would be an issue, my guns say grace before meals, cover their mouth when they cough, and know that SUVs aren't toys; they are big boy tools that only mommys and daddys use.

Needless to say, I crossed out all of the questions and refused to answer them.... this because the missues said it would be rude of me to write "none of your f'nin business" after the questions.

17 posted on 08/26/2009 9:38:07 AM PDT by Repeat Offender (While the wicked stand confounded, call me with Thy Saints surrounded)
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To: Repeat Offender
this because the missues said it would be rude of me to write "none of your f'nin business" after the questions

Looks like we both married smart women. Although, I kinda like what you wanted to write.

18 posted on 08/26/2009 9:40:47 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: neverdem
Amendment II

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.


19 posted on 08/26/2009 10:03:09 AM PDT by TigersEye (0bama: "I can see Mecca from the WH portico." --- Google - Cloward-Piven Strategy)
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To: Sender

What a crock! You guys aren’t allowed to attend political rallies armed? Was this law written in the Black Panther era, like the law passed in CA after they showed up at the state capitol with rifles strapped on? Regardless it needs correcting.


20 posted on 08/26/2009 10:28:36 AM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: snowrip

Libertarian, and apparently well known in AZ libertarian circles.


21 posted on 08/26/2009 10:29:45 AM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: Repeat Offender
The misuses and I went to our son's pediatrics appt yesterday.

Have you been misusing your wife again? LOL

22 posted on 08/26/2009 10:31:35 AM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: Puppage

I wouldn’t have written it on the paper, but I would have told the receptionist that, in slightly more polite terms, at least initially. If they hear it from enough customers they’ll stop doing it.


23 posted on 08/26/2009 10:33:45 AM PDT by Still Thinking (If ignorance is bliss, liberals must be ecstatic!)
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To: DManA
Well, ya know, assault weapons have been known to jump out of people’s hands and run around shooting.

It's the influence of those evil SUV's that drive around by themselves, running over people don't ya know!

24 posted on 08/26/2009 10:36:45 AM PDT by chainsaw56 (Do you have the right to defend yourself??)
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To: Sender
"Georgia law churches or church functions"

Does this include when a pastor says bring all your guns to church like what happened in Georgia on the 4th of July?

25 posted on 08/26/2009 3:40:55 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Warning: Some words may be misspelled/ You will get over it / Klingon is my 1st language)
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To: guitarplayer1953; Still Thinking
All I know is that this part of the Georgia Code is printed on my carry permit, so I assume that carrying to church or to a political rally would be illegal regardless of what the pastor or candidate says.

But on the bright side, Georgia is a very laid back state when it comes to guns. Anyone who is not a criminal can get a carry permit. Anyone who is not a criminal can buy a machine gun or silencer if they can afford it.

26 posted on 08/26/2009 7:20:15 PM PDT by Sender (It's never too late to be who you could have been.)
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To: Sender
No machine guns or silencers here in Kansas but any law abiding person with an 8hr course can get CCL.
27 posted on 08/26/2009 7:41:47 PM PDT by guitarplayer1953 (Warning: Some words may be misspelled/ You will get over it / Klingon is my 1st language)
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