Pro-gun and libertarian-leaning “Hawaiian Shirt Enthusiast” activists held an armed “Unity Rally” at the Michigan State Capitol Saturday afternoon.
The group hoped to showcase and clarify their ideology as several men from another Michigan group stand accused of a plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer.
“Heed this warning politicians, magistrates, and officers of the law” one said. “You may get away with your tyranny for a time longer, but the day of reckoning rapidly approaches.”
One speaker early on asked the group to take a knee “for all the people who are languishing in American jails for victimless crimes, for all the people who have been killed in our streets by state agents [cops], by people suffering every day because of the power of governments worldwide.”
The activists had invited members of other groups such as Antifa, BLM, NFAC, Proud Boys and others to show up and dialogue, but ultimately the crowd mostly consisted of militia-adjacent activists.
Two Black Lives Matter activists who were invited to the rally to participate did show up, but felt like the rally’s views “weren’t in alignment with ours,” but they were hoping to change minds.
“I just don’t like the violence behind it or the militia part of it,” one said.
“His name was George Floyd,” said one armed speaker at the rally.
“Her name was Breonna Taylor. His name was Duncan Lemp. His name was Daniel Shaver. And his name was Eric Garner,” he said. “Disproportionate use of force by state entities ended the lives of these and many other people.”
Pro-gun activist Maj Toure of “Black Guns Matter” spoke out as well. He pushed back against the idea that the rally participants are “racist” or “white supremacist.”
“We want freedom, we want peace, we want freedom of opportunity,” Toure said.
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