Rifles, camouflage, and tactical gear have become a common sight in the countrywide protests against coronavirus restrictions.
The 2nd Regiment of the California State Militia converged on the west side of the state Capitol protesting against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay at home orders. The militia held a vigil on the sidewalk, face-to-face with California Highway Patrol officers who stayed in guard behind the steel barricades erected to prevent demonstrators from entering the state Capitol.
We the People Militia group in East Texas, stood in defense of Jamie Williams when she reopened her tattoo shop in defiance of the business closedown orders. Armed with AR-15s, walkie-talkie, tactical gear, and dressed in camouflage, the group set up a perimeter in front of Crash-N-Burn Tattoo. They said they would prevent the police from enforcing the closedown orders.
Michigan Home Guard militia stood in defense of a 77-year old barber, Karl Manke, who decided to reopen his Manke’s Barber & Beauty Shop in Owosso. Manke vowed to remain in business until Jesus comes or he goes out in handcuffs. The militia group vowed to stand against the police if they decided to arrest the senior citizen. To avoid confrontation with the militia, the governor threatened to suspend his licenses.
“If she takes my license, it will be the beginning of a police state, or it will be a police state,” Manke said.
The American Patriot Rally in Lansing, Michigan, was the most notable event in which a militia played a vital role in the countrywide protests. The militia members entered into the state Capitol and demanded entry into the floor of the house. The demonstrations prompted Trump’s response, who described the protestors as “very good” people. He also requested Gov. Whitmer to hold negotiations with them to end the protests. Some protestors were carrying placards written, “Trump, lock up the Nazi woman from Michigan.”
Gov. Whiter later proposed banning firearms in the state Capitol saying legislators were forced to wear bulletproof to work because of the armed protests. Michigan has witnessed its lion’s share of the reopen protests involving armed militia. The state closed the Capitol in anticipation of more protests.
In all the protests involving the armed militias, there are no reported incidents. The militias have been successful in providing security as well as acting with restraint. They also ensure the protestors’ First Amendment rights are not infringed by law enforcement.
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