When you have people carrying a loaded assault rifle to an event with the President of the United States, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that something very bad will happen. And when you have people who are carrying those weapons saying “We will forcefully resist people imposing their will on us through the strength of the majority with a vote,” the odds of something very bad happening go up exponentially.
Think about that: he is saying that there are people who will “forcefully resist” the will of the electorate. Just let that sink in. He’s talking about shooting up people because of the outcome of a legal election. Welcome to Afghanistan.
It’s legal in Arizona to carry these kinds of weapons, and if the Secret Service didn’t swoop in and cart these people off, then far be it from me to second-guess their job. But we need make it clear that carrying a loaded weapon to a discussion about healthcare reform — and with members of Congress cheering them on — is more than just exercising First and Second Amendment rights: it’s a threat, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.