GOP Rep. Phil Gingrey Defends People Packing Guns At Town Halls
In addition to the shouting, screaming and shoving, some right wingers are now bringing loaded guns to town halls on health care (including one fellow who brought a rifle to Obama's town hall).
One of the supporters of the gun nuts is Rep. Phil Gingrey, who previously made headlines when he begged forgiveness from Rush Limbaugh. He went on MSNBC to defend the gun nuts, but couldn't explain what guns have to do with health care.
Asked by Chris Matthews on "Hardball," Georgia Republican Phil Gingrey defended Americans who attend town halls while packing guns. "It just so happens those same people would take that weapon anywhere they go," said Gingrey, "They are permitted to carry a concealed weapon. They have the right to do that."
Matthews interrupted him. “They’re not concealed. … We’re looking at gentlemen here that have guns on them, in their holsters. They’re not concealed. They’re basically displaying their weapons. Armed weaponry at these public meetings. I’m just asking,
why is it going on? …”
Gingrey replied: “Well Chris, they have the right to do that. I have no fear of it. I’ve already had five town hall meetings; I have six more planned. I don’t plan on wearing a bullet- proof vest. In fact, I usually get standing ovations when I come into these meetings …I have no fear.”
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