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Old 05-02-2020, 06:40 AM
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I am all for owning firearms. When I see people in Michigan demonstrating, which is their right, I am confused why anyone would want to “stand out”. Why not be gray man and attend? I would not want my weapons seen. What am I missing?
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So...who brought an automatic weapon to the protest? I didn't see anything on this.
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So...who brought an automatic weapon to the protest? I didn't see anything on this.
Folks showed up with firearms...one link below.
https://thehill.com/homenews/state-w...-state-capitol
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Maybe the news said it was an "automatic" weapon but I doubt it. Not many folks want to pay the license fee.

But, showing up at demonstrations with guns exposed is just reporter bait to make us look bad. I might carry concealed because it is an angry situation.

My opinion, it wouldn't surprise me if the "reporter" asked his buddy to bring an AR to the party so he could get his picture and call it an "automatic" weapon.
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There is a big difference between semiautomatics and automatic weapons despite what the press would have you believe. What the protestors had were most likely semiautomatic. The only people likely to have “automatic weapons” are the police who were present.

Almost as bad as saying that other made up media term to make guns seem scarier...... “assault weapons”

As far as why??? Do you ask why people voice their opinion practicing the first? It’s their right. Just as carrying guns is their right.

And what you are missing is that there are tons of different worlds out there and thought processes. Yours and mine are not the only ones. They decided that was the best way to help get their message across, it’s as simple as that.
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OP, just people's nature. Some shelter in place, some don't. Some think the dems and China sent us the virus, some think it from nature. All sort of people all sort of ideas. You can't control people unless you are China.
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Sorry, but for this protest and the reason, I think this was exactly the correct measure. Government should be scared to death of their citizens and these protesters made their view of exercising their 1A and 2A rights in an appropriate and peaceful fashion. This had nothing to do about firearms, it was a reminder that the government doesn’t rule by edict and can’t suspend or overrule the Bill of Rights. If the courts won’t protect the rights of the people, the people have a duty, not a given permission, to protest in support of protecting those rights. Elected officials should fear their citizens…if not, the citizens will eventually fear their elected officials…and we see what happens when governments have total power over their people…

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If you hide your guns, better hide your flag next. Hell, why show up at all?

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My opinion, it wouldn't surprise me if the "reporter" asked his buddy to bring an AR to the party so he could get his picture and call it an "automatic" weapon.
I totally agree with you!

I don't put anything past reporters and journalists these days.

They're either overzealous, deceitful or spin doctors for their agendas and/or all of the above

They're like a pack of wolves just waiting for that one little thing they can sink their claws and teeth into, then the rest of them go for what's left
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How did they determine they were automatic? Was the gun fired and/or inspected? Even if it was, people's right 2KBA isn't supposed to be limited to whatever the govt. decides to hand you a permission slip to own. If the militia had showed up at Lexington & Concorde to protest the British attempting to confiscate privately owned cannons, firearms, powder & shot, they would have been arrested and/or shot. Instead they fought off what was back then the greatest power on the planet, kept their arms & brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Problem is now days that most politicians feel they are MORE equal than we peasants, so they get round the clock armed protection & we get to dial 911 & wait. Free men don't ask for permission to defend themselves.
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I am all for owning firearms. When I see people in Michigan demonstrating, which is their right, I am confused why anyone would want to “stand out”. Why not be gray man and attend? I would not want my weapons seen. What am I missing?
Due to poor choice of words, I don't think you will have anyone stay on topic or answer your question and they sure won't like mine. Intimidation. No other reason. Those people don't go to rallies to be gray men, they go to be rambos.
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Apology, I don’t know semi from automatic. I changed the title. A lot of great answers here. Thank you!
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Why bring a gun to a public place?
BECAUSE I CAN!
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Apparently you can't exercise more than 1 of your Constitutional rights at a time. What do you think would've happened to these guys if they hadn't been armed? Same thing with the Bundy ranch stand off.


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Gray man is the opposite of protesting. If you going to protest, the entire point is to stand out, and nothing says your serious better than a gun.
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Apology, I don’t know semi from automatic. I changed the title. A lot of great answers here. Thank you!
Before you bitch about a thing, you should at least learn what that thing is.
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Why pray at a protest? Why speak freely at a protest? Why show up at all without quartering troops in your home first?
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The people in this town better stay armed if they decide to voice their opinion in public.

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Dudes 100% correct
Large numbers of armed citizens = back the **** off
Here it took just a few
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