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by Rob Friesel

At Gawker: Let’s Just Say It: We’re Scared Someone’s Going to Try to Kill Barack Obama – Barack Obama:

Now, this guy is carrying a legal weapon, says NBC News’ Ron Allen. The local chief of police has no objections. Open carriage of licensed handguns is legal in New Hampshire, and the man is standing on the private property of a nearby church (!) that has no problem with an armed man hanging around.

Let’s get one thing straight:  under NH law, the man isn’t doing anything wrong illegal.

But let’s also agree that’s what’s “legal” and what’s “right” aren’t always the same thing.

What blows my mind:  what church is going to have “no problem” with an armed man hanging around openly inciting people to violence?  I may clamor on in my anti-ecclesiastical viewpoints from time to time but…  Even I will say that this is cognitively dissonant.

The one thing I must insist upon:  we cannot let ourselves be intimidated by the folks out there maneuvering these tactics.

About Rob Friesel

Software engineer by day, science fiction writer by night. Author of The PhantomJS Cookbook and a short story in Please Do Not Remove. View all posts by Rob Friesel →

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