Armed protesters asserting their right to bear arms, including a man with a rifle slung over his shoulder, gathered yesterday near a Phoenix convention hall where President Barack Obama spoke, a police spokesman said.
The protesters were taking advantage of an Arizona law that allows people to carry unconcealed guns, Phoenix Police Department spokesman Andy Hill said. Police made no arrests.
The incident marks the third occasion in a week when guns have been linked to an Obama event. On Aug. 11, police arrested a man for having a loaded, unlicensed gun in his car near a New Hampshire school where Obama later held a health-care forum, USA Today reported. In a separate incident, another man outside that event displayed a gun in a holster on his leg, the paper said.
One of the men who was carrying an assault rifle to the event, has now been featured in a YouTube video (h/t TPM) from the group "Freedom's Phoenix" and "4409".
From Freedom's Phoenix website:
We recognize that Freedom was taken from us the moment the ink was drying on the Constitution. Today's governmental structure is imploding under its own weight, and its death rattles aren’t going to be pretty. At Freedom’s Phoenix we observe, comment and try to stay out of the way. We know Freedom will rise from the ashes, and we want to make sure that everyone's Freedom is never signed away again by those who believe they have the power to do so.
Ernest Hancock is the mind behind the "Freedom's Phoenix" website and on Sunday posted the following picture under the caption: "r3VOLutionaries go Head Up with "The Man" Monday Morning here in Phoenix" "We know what we are up against":
Below this picture and the words "We know what we are up against" is this video:
Here is the YouTube video that was posted highlighting the man who brought the assault rifle: