Apparently, Democrats are fair game:
Southern Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords has a new loyal following — but not the one she probably hoped for when she ran for office in 2006.
Conservative activists, opposed to the Democrats’ health care proposals, are jumping at the chance to confront the second-term Democrat and vent their frustrations.
But for now Giffords is not interested in engaging with people her staff says are using “manipulation” and “racism” to spread their message.
“Yelling and screaming is counterproductive,” she told the Sierra Vista Herald at a Congress on Your Corner event last week. There, one visitor dropped a gun at the meet n’ greet held in a Douglas Safeway, her staff says.
That has aides, who called police to the event, concerned for her safety.
Republicans, not so much:
PATTY HENETZ, Associated Press Writer
Citizens Check Guns for Cheney Talk
SANDY, Utah (AP) -- Bowing to Secret Service requests, Utah Republicans checked their weapons at the door Saturday to listen to Vice President Dick Cheney tout the administration's plans for missile defense and increased military spending.
Two knives, 25 guns and ammunition clips, brought to a state party convention by Utah residents with concealed weapon permits, were stored in lockers outside the hall.
I'm sure you can appreciate the subtle difference in treatment here.