William, a protester, carries a sign that reads, "It's time to water the tree of liberty." He's caught the attention of the mainstream media not for exercising his 1st amendment rights, but for exercising his 2nd amendment ones.
You see, in addition to his pithy sign, William is brandishing a hand gun. The non-concealed weapon is resting in a holster on his right leg.
Police were questioned as to why this man is being allowed to carry a weapon in a protest line, just yards from where the president will soon be holding a town hall meeting. The police have said the weapon is registered, it is not concealed, and it is being held on private property where the man has been given permission to be.
Taking a weapon to an event with the U.S. president is not only controversial, it's just plain stupid. Not to mention, the fact that the sign he holds can be taken as a threat to the president as it refers directly to this famous quote by Thomas Jefferson:
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."
Clearly William is within his rights as an American citizen, but one still has to wonder where common sense comes into play.