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SURVEY: Should Protesters Be Allowed Guns?

by Countable | 8.21.17

After the events in Charlottesville, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has decided it “will no longer defend hate groups seeking to march with firearms.” Also, it “will screen clients more closely for the potential of violence at their rallies.” The quotes come from ACLU’s executive director Anthony Romero, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

As the ACLU is supposed to defend civil liberties, some have questioned how the organization can decide not to protect the Second Amendment.

Others, like this op-ed in the Chicago Sun-Times, feel “‘Open carry’ and open debate don’t mix.”

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  • Azrael
    08/21/2017
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    The man picking up a gun is the man out of ideas Peaceful protest No guns needed No guns allowed Public spaces and places have rights too

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  • Steve
    08/21/2017
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    I am a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment. However, protests are supposed to be peaceful and it is not a place for guns. It is up to the police to squash any violence that may erupt. An innocent person could get shot by police if a gun is brandished. Again, guns are not a good idea where there are several hundred people protesting. It's an accident waiting to happen!!!

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  • Tony
    08/21/2017
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    Last protest I attended, the organizers wouldn't even allow wooden sticks for signs. We used pool noodles, and guess what? Nobody complained. It's about free speech, not intimidation.

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  • Alina
    08/21/2017
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    NO GUNS in protest/demonstrations.

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  • debicycles
    08/21/2017
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    Absolutely no guns at protests

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  • Tim
    08/22/2017
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    There is a definitive line between freedom of speech and intimidation. The ONLY reason why anyone would bring any type of weapon (mace, bats, and yes, guns) to a civil gathering is to indimidate the other side. This gives the ACLU the legal grounds for denying those who want representation with the express intent of carrying weapons.

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  • GatewayJohn
    08/21/2017
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    No one should be entitled to carry guns at public events. "Carry and ..." is an aberration created by the NRA.

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  • OlderNWiser
    08/21/2017
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    Never! Guns are for killing not for expressing patriotic dissent. Violence has no place in peaceful protest. Open carry is an idiotic idea that only adds danger where conflict could be resolved.

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  • John
    08/21/2017
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    Totally agree with NO GUNS. We have idiots that are marching on both sides and it would only take one to start a civil war over this crap.

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  • Martha
    08/21/2017
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    Open debate and open carry could be a combustible mixture here, given the ages/maturity levels I saw, and some of the military-grade weaponry on display. No, this would be too easy to escalate into gunfire given the hot tempers around these issues.

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  • Mike
    08/21/2017
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    What is the purpose of bringing guns to a protest? Does it not have a chilling effect on others' rights who hold opposing views? There's a reason Freedom of Speech is the 1st Amendment.

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  • Vanessa
    08/21/2017
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    Wow...Is this a question? Here is a better one, Would a sane law enforcement officer risk their life to try and maintain order, if we allow self proclaimed messengers to carry weapons during heightened times of confrontation with an apposing faction??

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  • Niki
    08/21/2017
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    Absolutely no guns at protests. The presence of weapons immediately removes the protected right to peaceable assembly. Any protest involving weapons needs to be immediately shut down.

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  • Shannon
    08/22/2017
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    If you are carrying a gun, you are saying that you are prepared to kill someone. If you're carrying a gun in a protest, you're saying you are ready to kill anyone who disagrees with you.

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  • Sarah
    08/21/2017
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    More guns are not a solution to a crisis.

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  • Peggy
    08/21/2017
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    No. What you have then is war, not protesting.

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  • Andy1
    08/21/2017
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    The side that needs guns to win the argument is the side that has the weaker position.

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  • Ike
    08/21/2017
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    I can of no legitimate reason why someone attending a protest rally would have a need to be armed.

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  • Christine
    08/21/2017
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    NO guns.

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  • Georene
    08/22/2017
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    Since ancient times, weapons were left outside of the peace circle. Open carry precludes open debate due to an intimidation factor. Instant access to a weapon in a heated discussion is too great a temptation for anyone not skilled in self control. Leave guns, knives, clubs, and torches at home!

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