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Old August 23, 2011, 02:51 PM   #38
jgcoastie
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Couple of things to consider here, some of which have been mentioned previously...

- The POTUS could indeed sign an E/O authorizing himself to carry.

- The POTUS could use his/her significant political weight to influence, both openly and behind closed doors, the reversal of draconian gun laws in certain locations of the U.S.

- The POTUS does not need to carry. Yes, there's tons of SS agents around the POTUS at all times... Yes, they are well-armed and even better trained. However, since when does the need to carry determine anything for us?

- Normally, most of us advocate that anyone who wants to carry, should, after obtaining proper training and permits (if permitting is required). Well, the POTUS can create a "permit" for himself via E/O... Therefore, if the POTUS wants to carry, he should.

It would be a real political statement regarding firearms use in the country. Sure, the POTUS doesn't need to... But why shouldn't he/she? The POTUS is just as much a citizen as you or I...
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