PHOENIX, Arizona (CNN) -- A man toting an assault rifle was among a dozen protesters carrying weapons while demonstrating outside President Obama's speech to veterans on Monday, but no laws were broken.
It was the second instance in recent days in which weapons have been seen near presidential events.
I'm sure it doesn't elude anyone's recent memory (save conveniently perhaps, for some humanoids) that such an exhibition performed around the immediate environs of former President Bush or former vice-President Cheney would have had consequences ranging from a free ride in a police car to a federal building...all the way to a one-way trip with lodgings in overseas detention or 'suicide by cop', the primary (but not penultimate) factors in such extremity having to do with skin color and ideology.
This is not cute, or macho. This is not flaunting one's rights at a nemesis who might abscond with them, given an opportunity. These are unveiled threats that are being pushed toward mainstream acceptability, with the potential for a highly unpleasant denouement.
How many more public figures can you afford to lose before you learn, America?