During the Obama speech with the gun advocate present, I remember the news playing a video over and over with a guy wearing the same weapon with an identical sling harness. I remember thinking the way he was wearing it so tightly secured to his back, it would take 5 minutes to get out of the thing before he could fire it. He struck me as trying to appear intimidating to the media and the general public, but less threatening to the secret service, which seemed to be leaving him alone, but were no doubt keeping him under surveillance. I think he was making the point that the law gave him the right to bear arms, and if he shocked some folks, all the better.
But the thing is, I saw the video maybe 10 times on 24 hour news channels. And it was a white guy, always the same white guy, and usually just a view from the back, but they did interview him face to face, and he was a white guy. Not to say there weren't others wearing guns, and the news did present it as an organized protest, but I was thinking, "Organized protest? It looks like it was just one guy."
Had he been wearing a fast draw holster with the snap loose, or carrying the weapon commando fashion, I would have been concerned. But it seemed like he was making an effort to appear non threatening to law enforcement, if not intimidating to the media.
I never saw the black guy before. Not that it would make any difference. The right to bear arms applies to everyone, and I can respect that, not to say I believe showing up armed to a presidential speech is in good taste. And of course, some media outlets did have to milk the race card and make it seem related to Obama's black heritage. I thought that may have been reaching.