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Armed citizens protest at Arizona capital, no violence occurs

Posted: February 18, 2013 at 10:15 am   /   by

Scores of protesters showed up at the capital complex in Phoenix on Saturday to express their support for their rights as individuals to possess and carry weapons. Many of them were armed, and yet, lo and behold, no violence occurred. There was no blood in the streets. It was the West, but it wasn’t the Wild West.

The takeaway should be obvious to any with eyes to see. Guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are not the problem.

Their fellow citizens are not threatened by their weapons, because the law-abiding do not turn their weapons on their fellow citizens. Indeed, they use them far more often to thwart crime than to cause trouble.

There are only two categories of people who are threatened by law-abiding citizens with weapons.

1) Criminals

2) Oppressive governments

Only those who seek to harm people, or to control people, have anything to fear from those people being armed.


Kudos to Fox 10 for interviewing decent, smart people at this rally. Far too often, media goes for the fringiest, over-the-top protesters with the outlandish getups. Then, the one with the most incoherent rant caught on camera is the one that makes the evening news. Perhaps no such persons were available at this rally, but whatever the reason, that Fox 10 did not do that this time is to their credit.

Christopher Cook

Christopher Cook

Managing Editor at Western Free Press
Christopher Cook is a writer, editor, and political commentator. He is the president of Castleraine, Inc., a consulting firm providing a diverse array of services to corporate, public policy, and not-for-profit clients.

Ardently devoted to the cause of human freedom, he has worked at the confluence of politics, activism, and public policy for more than a decade. He co-wrote a ten-part series of video shorts on economics, and has film credits as a researcher on 11 political documentaries, including Citizens United's notorious film on Hillary Clinton that became the subject of a landmark Supreme Court decision. He is the founder of several activist endeavors, including (now a part of Western Free Press) and He is currently the managing editor of and principal contributor to
Christopher Cook