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William Kostric was just your typical, average, everyday type of guy before he appeared outside one of President Obama's town hall meetings in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, on Tuesday, August 11, 2009. It was during that event that Kostric, an advocate of the Second Amendment, became an overnight media sensation and target for Obama-enamored pro-gun-control people everywhere. What was the cause of all the uproar? Was it the sign Kostric was carrying that read "It Is Time To Water The Tree Of Liberty," which is a take-off on the famous Thomas Jefferson phrase "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants?" No, controversy was caused because he had a pistol strapped to his leg, which is legal under New Hampshire's open-carry law. In an interview with CBS news, Kostric explained that state residents "have a regular open-carry contingent.... We do litter pickups and normal everyday events. People do that with their firearms.... A right not exercised is a right lost."

Anti-gunners in the media did not see it that way. MSNBC's Carlos Watson was shocked about Kostric's action and angrily wondered aloud why Kostric cannot be stripped of his weapon: "I cannot imagine that there aren't enough lawyers in New Hampshire who can't file some sort of emergency injunction." One of his guests quickly added: "Why can't we get rid of him now?"

Fellow MSNBC correspondent Chris Matthews, who is an admitted propagandist for the Obama administration, joined in on the assault. (Matthews claimed that it is his role to make Obama's presidency a success.) Matthews had Kostric on his show and viciously grilled him over his alleged misdeed. "Why did you bring a gun to a meeting with the President of the United States, given the violent history of this country with regard to presidents and assassinations? ... OK, you brought a sign that says, 'The tree of liberty has to be watered with the blood of tyrants,' and you're carrying a godd[***] gun at a presidential event. I think those things make people wonder what you're about." Sadly, Matthews lacks such passion when it comes to questioning our government officials who violate the Constitution on a daily basis. It is apparent that what truly bothers Matthews is when a civilian exercises his legal rights.

And yet another MSNBC correspondent was out for blood on the issue. Ed Schultz, host of the Ed Show, interviewed Ron Paul on the subject and was furious that Congressman Paul would not join in the witch hunt. Schultz argued that it was a foolish stunt to gain attention. Dr. Paul disagreed and explained that open-carry is just the way some people live their lives in states where it's legal.

It is sad that the individuals entrusted with exercising our First Amendment rights of a "free press" show nothing but a complete misunderstanding and revulsion of individuals exercising their Second Amendment fight to "bear arms."

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Title Annotation:EXERCISING THE RIGHT; William Kostric
Author:Krey, Patrick
Publication:The New American
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 14, 2009
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