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Commenters sound off on the armed protesters

Ann Gerhart's story today about armed protesters staging a pair of pro-gun rallies in the Virginia suburbs certainly got people talking. The article has received well over 2,500 comments and counting, with dozens of commenters opposing the protesters -- often through insults and mockery -- for each sympathetic comment. We've tried to compile a sampling of the more typical comments.


sbvpav wondered what exactly the activists were protesting:

i'm sorry, what did i miss? what freedoms guaranteed to us as citizens under the bill of rights? the right to own and carry guns? the right to free assembly? the right to petition our government? the right to free speech?

it would seem the very rallies being held today in virginia show just how contradictory at the least this argument is and at the most how paranoid.


Meanwhile, 123Njord offered an answer:

This may come as a surprise to most who post here...most Americans are still bible and gun toting folks like myself who still are still loyal to our families, communities, Republic, Constitution and our Christian heritage...unlike Washington and wall Street who many of us view as enemy, criminal foreign powers...to the point they have lit the fuses of patriotism and rebellion, citizens are now going to defend themselves and seek revenge and nothing that can be posted here or spewed out by the media is going to stop it...what can you do...get a rifle and choose what side you support and let's get to it. Borther against brother... how anyone can support, the side of or defend Wall Street and Washington is beyond my understanding and still claim themselves citizens of our Republic.

ClandestineBlaze wondered where the protesters were during the Bush administration:

I am SO HAPPY that these groups were also out standing up for our rights when the Patriot Act was passed, as well as when it was found that the Government was conducting illegal wiretapping on US Citizens.

Oh, what is that you say? They didn't care because it was a Republican President that they voted for that was doing the trampling on our rights? I'm sorry, I didn't realize we were dealing with a group of armed hypocrites.


jhoward343 was far from alone in speculating that race is motivating many of the protesters:

George Bush and Dick Cheney removed more "individual rights" than has ever been removed by any other administration. And Bush/Cheney routinely ignored many other rights that they didn't outright revoke. I don't remember any of these folks getting upset then. Just like the tea party people protesting their tax levels that Obama lowered for them, but they don't know it.

These people don't care about the facts concerning the issues they are protesting. They really just want to protest a black man in the president's office.

ryanwagner78 didn't see what the big deal is, as long as everyone obeys the law:

why is violence feared and why are people so worried about others expressing their rights. Nothing these individuals are doing is illegal in any form yet some of these responders are treating it as such...odd.

TRACIETHEDOLPHIN, a self-described Obama voter, sides with the protesters:

At this point, to save our democracy, what is needed is a million man second amendment march to Washington, where we the people invite ALL of our 'elected' officials to get out of our houses. When the ordinary mechanisms for creating change have been corrupted by those in power, extraordinary measures are our only recourse. The founding fathers knew this. It is why the gave us the right to get rid of a non representative government, and the reason they gave us the second amendment to get it done

Warro says just wait until the midterms:

There are many Americans who sympathize with a movement that believes government is too big. I suspect that many of you who mock these people -- or at least their symbolic vanguard -- are going to be exceedingly suprised when the votes are counted in November.

PontiusPilot pointed out today's historical significance:

Ah, it's Confederate History Month and Timothy McVeigh Day in Washington.

A true conservative -- William F. Buckley, Jr., for example -- would have never let these animals past the butler's pantry


Finally, RenoBailey asked the important question:

Dozens? And this is a news story?

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Fascists

Posted by: nonneocon | April 19, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

As a pro gun, pro Bill of Rights American I have to say that if kooks like this are going to start walking around in public like this is Afghanistan then it is time for an amendment banning such acts.

Posted by: metroman76 | April 19, 2010 8:33 PM | Report abuse

Armed domestic terrorists on the march.. cut them down where they stand.. no mercy for domestic terrorists!

Posted by: VietVet68 | April 19, 2010 7:28 PM | Report abuse

As a nurse, judging from the pictures I've seen, I'd tell those gun carriers that they have a bigger chance of dying at the hands of a "Big Mac"...!

Posted by: AverageJane | April 19, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

I'd like to see what happened if it weren't some rednecks in hunting outfits and armless shirts carrying guns at Gravelly Point right in the landing path of National airport, but Arab-Americans wearing a kaffiya.

Posted by: cpwdc | April 19, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

----"Gun advocates hold rally in Va.

Participants in Va. make history in the first armed rally held in a national park "----

The above Washington Post article header on its homepage sure does look and sound sympathetic to those right-wing gun nuts.

When will those who run the Washington Post stop dangerously pandering to the extremist right-wing in this country and simply do their job of informing their readers about national and world events?

Posted by: Michael45 | April 19, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Hey single ladies, if you're looking for a mate this beautiful Spring day and you have an IQ above.... well, if you have an IQ, I'd avoid this general area altogether!

Posted by: CAC2 | April 19, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Hey single ladies, if you're looking for a mate this beautiful Spring day and you have an IQ above.... well, if you have an IQ, I'd avoid this general area altogether!

Posted by: CAC2 | April 19, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Nobody is taking away their gun rights. Why are these idiots acting up so? I mean what the HECK is in that tea? And another thing, since the right-wing talking heads have whipped these fools up into such a frenzy, will Beck, Palin, Hannity, Coulter or Limbaugh visit them in jail when they violate the laws they say they love? Have they come to the aid of the weirdo who just got sentenced to 10 years for plotting to kill the president? We all know the answer. They start the ruckus, then pretend they did nothing, while their puppets sweat it out in jail cells. Priceles!

Posted by: born2win | April 19, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

These guys apparently failed to remember (or didn't learn) that we already have a representative government that's changed by elections, not gun fights or threats of gun fights. They are bullies who have no place in this country, as they have no respect for the process. There are plenty of third world countries looking for mercenaries. Our armed forces are waaay too good for the likes of them. Put your guns away, stop yelling, go home and learn our ways.

Posted by: eal1 | April 19, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

They could achieve the same ego boost at
less cost by buying a pair of tight fitting jeans and sticking a brat in the front pocket (this applies to the women suffering from penis envy as well). Come to think of it, they would get the same reaction (chuckles) from the general public as well.

Posted by: thomgr | April 19, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

hoser3 asked: Am I dreaming or was that Sarah Palin flying over the rallies in a chopper?
Yes, hoser3, you were dreaming. Sarah flies on a broom.

Posted by: analyst72 | April 19, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

My biggest questions are:
1) When did carrying guns somehow become the true measure of American patriotism? I went to work today as a white collar individual contributing to the success of my company... that felt just a patriotic as carrying around a weapon and crying that my rights are gone. I'll go home tonight and help my wife make dinner and raise my kids...

2) If these people want to really protest... then stop applying for Medicare or Social Security. Let the free market provide for you... go right on. Oh... sorry, you like those programs? Oh, your company moved and you don't have the education to get a new job? Isn't this the point where all of those liberties you scream about are supposed to save you? How about asking your local wealthy conservative senator or representative for some ideas?

Sorry... you do have the right to protest and this is a singularly great country because of that. However, it's embarrassing to hear people go out and demand that the party who gives lip service to actual policies which might impact regular people come back to power.

Posted by: Rickster623 | April 19, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

These retards are no patriots, they are simply a bunch gun nuts, with less brains than the Crawford Village idiot.

Posted by: analyst72 | April 19, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Am I dreaming or was that Sarah Palin flying over the rallies in a chopper?

Posted by: hoser3 | April 19, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

When you hear of one of the "speakers" talking about going to jail for not buying insurance then you know what these folks are really all about. Fox Flunkies. These folks really seem to take pride in being low information. Perhaps there should be rallies like this every weekend so we can see what we're really up against.

Posted by: hoser3 | April 19, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Fat white guys with guns. Business as usual in the republican-teabagger movement. C'mon, the world is moving on - you know, diversity and such.

Posted by: fortllatikcuf1 | April 19, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

So the only occupied trailers are the meth labs.......

Posted by: bgreen2224 | April 19, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

123njord, I take it you're a repiglicon. So you're not for wall street, big corporations, etc. But yet you vote for people whose entire political careers are devoted to voting against bills that benefit the common man, and supporting legislation that benfits big business. Those repigs are some smart people. 90% of them are voting for a party that will never do one thing that will benefit them. America would be what it once was if it weren't for busybody, misguided, un-Americans I call republicans. You people are one huge horde of mindless sheep and parrots, unable to think for yourselves. Hence the popularity of right wing talk shows. what a bunch of 'rons, keep guzling that kool aid Einsteins.

Posted by: red2million | April 19, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

What? Gun rights advocates protesting against a POTUS who has actually governed during a time of expanded gun rights. Same as the TeaBaggers protesting against high taxes that have actually dropped. Some people need to find some new hobbies, or maybe get laid a little more often. Hard to find a woman though with a scratcy goat covering up that double chin, a 12 pack a day spare tire around yer gut and an AR-15 strapped to your back ain't it Joe-Bob. Well at least you got your hate to keep ya warm.

"You know that happines is a warm, yes it is, GUUUUNNNN!" chorus: "Bang, bang, shoot, shoot."

Posted by: rcupps | April 19, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

To quote Mark Twain, "Never argue with a fool in public. Someone might mistake you for the fool."

Posted by: Fallguy1 | April 19, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

I want my gun/freedom/country/smaller government/etc. Sort of stupid to be protesting about not having guns on taxpayer land that allows guns. That makes so much sense and shows why these people should not be taken seriously and given "ink" by MSM.

Posted by: rlj1 | April 19, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Defend yourself against what may I ask?
Your imaginary enemies? The IRS? Big bad old government trying to take away your freedom to be an ignorant twerp? "Seek revenge" with guns? Are you sane, Sir/Maam?

Burglars/murderers/rapists invading your home. Is that why you have a pistol, shotgun, sub machine gun, assault rifle, etc? FINE. I got no problem with that. IF they're licensed/registered. BUT keep the guns in your bedroom/home.

I do NOT want you walking around the streets with your assault rifle. Is that too much to ask?

By the way, in case you didn't notice, we don't need a militia anymore.

Keep reading your Bible.

Posted by: uncivil | April 19, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Defend yourself against what may I ask?
Your imaginary enemies? The IRS? Big bad old government trying to take away your freedom to be an ignorant twerp? "Seek revenge" with guns? Are you sane, Sir/Maam?

Burglars/murderers/rapists invading your home. Is that why you have a pistol, shotgun, sub machine gun, assault rifle, etc? FINE. I got no problem with that. IF they're licensed/registered. BUT keep the guns in your bedroom/home.

I do NOT want you walking around the streets with your assault rifle. Is that too much to ask?

By the way, in case you didn't notice, we don't need a militia anymore.

Keep reading your bible.

Posted by: uncivil | April 19, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Defend yourself against what may I ask?
Your imaginary enemies? The IRS? Big bad old government trying to take away your freedom to be an ignorant twerp?

Burglars/murderers/rapists invading your home? Is that why you have a pistol, shotgun, sub machine gun hand grenades, etc. Fine. I got no problem with that. BUT keep the guns in your bedroom or whatever. I don't want you walking around with your assault rifle.

Is that too much to ask?

Posted by: uncivil | April 19, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Not to get too personal, but these guys are compensating for other shortcomings. Every single one of them.

Posted by: tradeczar | April 19, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, 123Njord offered an answer:

This may come as a surprise to most who post here...most Americans are still bible and gun toting folks like myself who still are still loyal to our families, communities, Republic, Constitution and our Christian heritage...unlike Washington and wall Street who many of us view as enemy, criminal foreign powers...to the point they have lit the fuses of patriotism and rebellion, citizens are now going to defend themselves and seek revenge and nothing that can be posted here or spewed out by the media is going to stop it...what can you do...get a rifle and choose what side you support and let's get to it. Borther against brother... how anyone can support, the side of or defend Wall Street and Washington is beyond my understanding and still claim themselves citizens of our Republic.

Wow the words of a true first grader oops I denigrade the students

Posted by: lildg54 | April 19, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

alot of change needs to happen I agree but a bunch of idiots with guns together in one place sounds like a recipe for disaster much like one sarah palin

Posted by: lildg54 | April 19, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

Excuse me but what sort of moron holds a protest to show that they can do what they claim they can't do...or something.. Sorry, I don't get it but I will say that as a group they look like they should put their guns down and chase things around instead...they're fat.

Posted by: AHappyWarrior | April 19, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Most of them look like they should be carrying a difribulator in their holsters, instead of a gun...idiots protesting something that they are doing.

Posted by: LABC | April 19, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

Wow, massive numbers...like..twelve of them?

I'm so glad they showed up to protest their newly acquired right to openly carry in National parks.

In other equally important news a small group of kindergartners protested against library fines.

Posted by: JRM2 | April 19, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

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