Tea Party protesters in New Mexico bring their big guns
The Otero Tea Party Patriots and the newly formed Alamogordo Second Amendment Task Force held an anti-Obama protest rally on Saturday in Alamogordo New Mexico.
Several hundred people, many carrying rifles and handguns, attended the 2-hour event. There were no reported incidents of violence.
Leslie Feilner, who recently moved to Alamogordo from Alaska with her husband, said about the .454 Taurus Casull that she was carrying, "It's a bear gun. We've never had to use it."
Feilner's English Pointer had a 9mm strapped to his side and a sign that read, "Bring it on, Obama." Feilner told reporters, "I'm a Christian and a peace-loving person, but I enjoy the right to buy and carry them."
Ron Browne of Alamogordo, who attended the event, said, "You have the guns. Eventually, you'll have the hate, then someone will actually take it one step further and try to hurt the president." Browne commented further, "Hate has to start somewhere and grow. This is it, right here. You're looking at it."
Jim Kizer, of Alamogordo, carried his .444 Marlin rifle and .41 Smith and Wesson Magnum pistol to the event.
"I don't like what the Democrats are doing to our country," said Kizer. "I'm a Korean vet and I grew up in Alaska during World War II. I've fought Communists all my life, and now our government is being taken over by them. That's why I'm here."
Ron Browne of Alamogordo, who attended the event, said the two groups have a right under the Constitution to freely assemble. But he said the presence of guns looked like the start of homegrown terrorism.
"You have the guns. Eventually, you'll have the hate, then someone will actually take it one step further and try to hurt the president," Browne said. "Hate has to start somewhere and grow. This is it, right here. You're looking at it."
Kizer, the Korean War veteran, said he only wanted to have his voice heard.
"I'm not trying to start a war," he said. "I just want to make a point."