You want dick-waggling? I will give you dick-waggling.
What? I'm just exercising my constitutional right to bear arms. I always carry my assault rifle on my back when I go for a stroll around the neighborhood. Oh, the president's here? I had no idea.
In fairness, this guy wasn't the only openly armed protester strutting and posturing for the cameras; about a dozen of his fellow douchewaffles joined him in milling around with guns on display, batting their eyelashes innocently and wondering what the kerfuffle was about. And, in fairness, since they weren't encroaching on federalized space, Arizona law allows them to be armed to the teeth as long as all the weapons are in plain sight, and these guys were apparently purely interested in the photo op and out-dicking New Hampshire (link courtesy of a commenter at Pam's House Blend).
We were there AGAINST gov't take-over of healthcare,...but also to uphold standards. Arizona simply MUST keep it's place first amongst all others as the "Gun Guy State".
They even let the cops know ahead of time that they were coming, which is a lovely touch.
None of which diminishes the asshole quotient of this display one shred.
Last week it was one guy with a handgun. This week it was twelve guys with guns including one assault rifle. The protests haven't been particularly internally contentious, as far as I can tell, but as more people are emboldened to show up with more and more firepower on display, it isn't much of a stretch to suspect that sooner or later, one of these asshats will get pissed enough at a counterprotester to unholster his sidearm, you know, just to make a point or try to intimidate somebody, and, well, since as William Costric said, who'd be silly enough to carry an unloaded gun, really unfortunate mistakes will be made.
You think Obama's going to steal all your guns, and you're a self-styled uber-patriot. We got it. Leave your gat at home next time, yo.