Speakers took pains to avoid partisan politicking
Authorities say a Montana man tried to bring four loaded, semi-automatic christian louboutin handguns past a security checkpoint at Sacramento International Airport and was being held without bail Friday.
Harold Waller, 45, was arrested Thursday afternoon after Transportation Security Administration officials found a gun in one of his carry-on bags, said Sacramento County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Ramos.
When TSA screeners conducted a more thorough check, they found Waller was carrying a loaded gun, and had two other semi-automatic weapons packed in his carry-on bags, Ramos said.
After Waller was arrested, deputies searched his car and said they found eight more guns, some of which were loaded.
Those guns were a combination of handguns and what he described as "long guns."
Ramos said a "significant amount" of ammunition was found in the car as well.
Waller, from Circle, Mont., was trying to board a US Airways flight to Phoenix.
He was booked on suspicion of unlawful possession of a loaded firearm, unlawful possession of a concealed firearm, possession of an unauthorized weapon in a public building and possession of a firearm within a sterile area of an airport, Ramos said.
Ramos said he could not say if Waller made any statements during or after his arrest. It was not clear whether Waller had retained an attorney.
Waving flags and singing "God Bless America," a crowd of more than 1,000 people rallied Friday in downtown Omaha against the Obama administration's new federal mandate for health insurance coverage of contraceptives.
The hourlong event was organized and led by Roman Catholic groups and a Catholic radio station outside the Hruska Federal Courthouse.
Omaha Archbishop George J. Lucas, the first of several speakers, voiced U.S. bishops' opposition to the proposed U.S. Department of Health and Human Services rules, and to accommodations being devised for religious liberty interests.
Lucas framed the issue of the day — as did the leaders of the Omaha rally and similar events Friday in more than 100 U.S. cities — as a fight to protect religious freedom and conscience protections from federal Christian Louboutin Pumps government "overreach." The bishops have led opposition to the rule on contraception coverage since President Barack Obama announced it in January as part of preventive care required to be offered by insurance plans under the new health care law.
They say the religious exemption for churches is too narrow. They say an administration compromise for church-affiliated institutions — which would still require the coverage, but by third-party administrators with funding unconnected to the religious institution — would still force employers such as Catholic universities, hospitals and social service agencies to violate church teachings and their consciences.
Lucas called the mandate "unjust and illegal." He said the rules "would force virtually all private health plans nationwide to provide coverage of sterilization and contraception including abortifacient drugs, subject to an exemption for religious employers that is arbitrarily narrow, and to an unspecified and dubious future accommodation for other religious organizations that are denied this exemption."
The archbishop, not normally given to dramatic gestures, responded with a loud "Amen!" and raised a fist in the air.
The Rev. Damien Cook, director of the Omaha Archdiocese's Respect Life Apostolate, estimated the crowd at 1,200. Organizers printed 1,000 programs and ran out as people were still arriving.
The crowd filled the south side of the courthouse plaza. Those at the rally were diverse in age and seemed equally made up of men and women.
They held up signs, distributed by the organizers, that read "Stop the HHS Mandate" and "Religious Freedom for All." A few made their own signs, including one that read "God said go forth and multiply, Obama says divide and conquer." At a designated time, the crowd released red, white and blue balloons into the sunny lunch-hour sky.
Speakers took pains to avoid partisan politicking.
"This is not a Republican issue or a Democratic issue, or a conservative or liberal issue," said Greg Schleppenbach, director of the Nebraska Catholic Bishops' Pastoral Plan for Pro-life Activities. "It's an American issue."
Creighton University pharmacy students Emily Green, 23, and Tiffany Brown, 25, and nurse Therese Ringel, 26, said they attended the rally because they and other health care workers worry what the mandate could lead to — not only for religious institutions, but also for their individual consciences.
"How can Christian Louboutin Paquita 120 Satin Sandals Nude our government, America, land of the free, tell us that we have to disobey our conscience and our faith?" Ringel asked.
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