Another Obama Speech, Another Armed Citizen

Man brings assault rifle, pistol to health-care rally
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2009 3:50 PM CDT
Former Arizona Gov. Rose Mofford meets with President Barack Obama talks before the president boarded Air Force One in Phoenix, Monday, Aug. 17, 2009.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – President Obama's appearance at a VFW convention in Phoenix today was marked by yet another appearance of a man with a gun, the Arizona Republic reports. As separate crowds of protesters for and against health care reform rallied outside the Phoenix convention center, a man with an AR-15 rifle and pistol on his hip could be seen milling about with the pro-reform demonstrators. Asked why he was armed, the man responded: “Because I can do it. In Arizona, I still have some freedoms."