TIME columnist Joe Klein was on CNN Momday night discussing the gun rights activists showing up at Obama events in areas where it is legal to carry to weapon. Klein said: “I’ve been doing this [covering political rallies] for almost 40 years now and I’ve never seen anything like this.”
Klein argued that, just as there are limits to First Amendment protections in order to maintain public safety, there should be limits to Second Amendment rights for the same reasons.
“There should be a Second Amendment equivalent of the First Amendment’s shouting ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater,” he said. “There is a right to bear arms, but there’s also a right to protect the president and a right to sanity. This is clearly getting quite out of hand. In general what we’ve seen in the past month is pretty frightening.”