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MI – GUN RIGHTS – Dems Rip Republicans For Canceling Session During Pro-Gun Rally

Thursday’s legislative session in both chambers was canceled, sparking criticism from some Democrats that it was a precautionary move by GOP leadership to avoid armed visitors entering the state Capitol. Session on Thursday would have coincided with the annual “Second Amendment March” event on the Capitol lawn, hosted by a slew of pro-gun groups. Open carry was encouraged and speakers touted attendees’ rights to bear arms under the Second Amendment. The Second Amendment March was hosted by the “Second Amendment March” Facebook page, Michigan Gun Owners and Michigan Open Carry Inc. More than 1,100 people attended, according to the Facebook event, although more than 4,700 more people were marked as “interested.” Many attendees sported pro-President Donald Trump signs and flags, “Don’t tread on me” flags and anti-Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signs like, “My Governor Is An Idiot.” Members of the Michigan Militia were present, along with members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the Proud Boys, a self-described western chauvinist group. Rhetoric from speakers mostly centered around the importance of preserving the Second Amendment, but regularly ventured into criticism of Whitmer and Democrats in general for supposedly attempting to take away those rights. Different groups organizing efforts to recall Whitmer or restrict her emergency powers had booths set up on the Capitol lawn. The rally drew parallels to anti-Whitmer protests earlier this year over COVID-19 restrictions. In April, armed protesters pressed their way into the Capitol and stood over legislators during session.  [full article]

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