Somebody’s got a strange, no, dangerous sense of humor when it comes to guns. We’re talking about the guy who had folks’ panties here all up in bunches yesterday because he had his semi-automatic assault rifle all locked and loaded outside the Phoenix event that President Obama was speaking at on Monday.
While it appeared at the time to be a random incident, similar to several other gun sightings at health care events, it’s become clear today that this time the gun show was at least partially planned, according to HuffPost report.
The man with the semi-automatic (referred to in interviews as “Chris,” no last name) was spotted at the protest by CNN news cameras, in the middle of a Q&A. Now, his interviewer — Ernest Hancock of conservative talk radio show Declare Your Independence With Ernest Hancock — has gone on CNN and explained to host Rick Sanchez that he and Chris were actually in the middle of a radio broadcast.
Hancock, also packing heat at the rally, had invited Chris to come down the protest with his rifle to be interviewed. The two men had known each other for two years, through their work for presidential hopeful Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas).
During the segment on CNN, Rick Sanchez said, “the more we look into this, the more it appears that it was really planned.” Hancock concurred: “Oh, it’s more planned than you think.” In addition to scheduling the interview, Hancock had also informed the local police force.
As the interview continued, Rick Sanchez loudly exclaimed, “This was a publicity stunt!”
“Oh absolutely,” Hancock responded.
Sanchez pushed on, “isn’t there something terribly disingenuous about putting people on like that? And isn’t there also something a little bit… dangerous about playing these kinda games–”
“Oh, it’s not a game,” Chris interjected.