A new twist on the story of the man seen at a recent Obama event carrying an assault rifle -- at the time he insisted that he was simply exercising his Second Amendment rights, but now we learn that:
Chris Broughton, the man who brought an AR-15 rifle and a handgun to an Arizona Obama rally earlier this month, says he "concurs" with his fundamentalist pastor's prayer for President Obama "to die and go to hell."
This so-called man of God, Steven Anderson, isn't advocating violence against the President because he doesn't want him to be a martyr, so he would "like to see him die, like Ted Kennedy, of brain cancer." But what about the gun-toting Broughton?
"I concur, I think we'd be better off if God would send [Obama] where he's going now instead of later. [Obama] is destroying our country."
And when a reporter followed up with, "you're not advocating violence against the president?" Broughton, who has previously said his weapons are for defense, says "I'm not going to answer that question directly."
"I don't care how God does it, I'm not going into further detail than that," Broughton says. "It would be better now than later."
After the Obama event where Broughton was armed with his assault rifle, U.S. Secret Service Spokesman Ed Donovan was:
Asked whether the individuals carrying weapons jeopardized the safety of the president, Donovan said, "Of course not."
One wonders if Donovan was aware that Broughton showed up at the event less than 24 hours after listening to Pastor Anderson's "Why I Hate Barack Obama" sermon, where he prayed for the death of the President.
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