No. I was at a Ron Paul speech and didn't disarm, so why should I disarm to meet any of the other candidates?
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When we receive a license to carry, we secure not only rights, but responsibilities to the rest of us. We should not do anything to jeopardize or impair that right. When a licensee gets arrested at one of these events, it gives all of us an unjust black eye. To be sure in such a forum today there are going to be plenty of law enforcement officers there to handle any situation, and if a situation should arise, a licensee pulling a gun would clearly make matters worse. This is not a "rights" issue, just a matter of being "reasonable" minded in today's world where there are those who would do harm to those who seek and secure public office.
with all the secret service around another gun in the fray would be more likely to get me shot by the goodguys than allow me to help out.
"An armed society is a polite society" - Robert A. Heinlein
That most responses to this thread are of the "of course I'll disarm" variety. I submit this is the penultimate example of why our nation's politics is so [Edited]. We rail on for pages about stores with "no guns allowed" signs, cheer people for going into such establishments to jerk the employees around to make a point, hand out "No Guns = No Money" cards, etc.
But we will eagerly forfeit our precious Second Amendment rights to be in the same building with a flack who won't remember us the next day. And we sagely justify it be remarking how fast & ruthless the Sercret Service is. Folks, the Gestapo was pretty damn efficient, too!
My point is that all four of the Presidential/VP candidates already work for US! All four currently hold elective office. The Secret Service, at least in theory, also works for us. As I indicated in a previous post, I have no issue with the Service screening people & knowing before the fact if I am armed. But the simple fact that I am armed should not be carte blanche to tag me as a hostile, or bar me from the grounds of the event. This is another example of how we have let the government elevate itself above the "mere citizen", and empower itself to disregard our concerns. Rewarding bad behavior does not lead to improvement. And repeating the same actions over & over while expecting the results to change is idiocy.....
Flip this around the other-way, would you go to meet a candidate that wanted you to disarm first?
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Phil (NRA Member and Vietnam Vet)
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I'd only want to meet Palin. the rest would not get the time of day from me.
The "politicians" I'd like to meet were alive in the 1700's.
Let's Roll - Todd Beamer
I would disarm. As a law abiding citizen, that is what I have to do.
Put it this way. If there are 5,000 people gathering together to meet a presidential cantidate and all 5,000 are armed. What are the odds that one of the 5,000 is a nutcase and likely to cause a problem. I know that most people would be totally harmless carrying a gun to meet Obama but who decides which of those 5,000 is not harmless and how do they do it? If one out of every 10 Americans are in jail that means out of 5,000 there is a good chance of 500 causing problems.
As for me I don't like crowds to start with.
I would not require that the candidate have the Secret Service disarm to meet me. I would expect the same courtesy.
"If we loose Freedom here, there's no place to escape to. This is the Last Place on Earth!" Ronald Reagan
No, I would not go to the meeting whether they let me stay armed or not. I can hear their lies on TV which takes the hassle out of parking.
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Some years ago I left work and to go into town to the hardware store. When I got to the parking lot they were setting up a stage and there was a trailer with Ollie North signs all over it. He was running for something here in Virginia (senate?) When we got out of the car I told my companion we better lock the car this time - there are politicians in the area!
The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that's good.