The right to be critical of the government and express political dissent is a fundamental part of the American democracy. Just as fundamental is the right prescribed by the Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms. In recent months, Americans have expressed their dissatisfaction with President Obama’s plans for healthcare reform at town hall meetings throughout the country. Some dissenters, particularly in states that have open carry laws; have gone as far as openly brandishing guns at town halls where President Obama was speaking. In marked contrast to the “free speech zones” former President Bush was known for setting up to keep his dissenters at bay, President Obama has expressed that gun-toting citizens are well within their rights to display their weapons at his political events. However, with a topic as heated and controversial as healthcare reform, this may not be the “change” that President Obama envisioned.
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