LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — Despite the cold and rainy weather, a group of Second Amendment advocates held a rally on the Capitol Lawn.
The event went from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., with participants spending part of the day meeting with lawmakers.
More than 100 people attended the event, listening to speakers under a tent.
The group said in a press release that the purpose of the event is to “hear your elected officials, mingle with other Second Amendment advocates, visit vendor tables, and exercise your right to keep and bear arms.”
Skip Coryell is the head organizer of the march; he’s been organizing it for 11 years, but this year’s event was incredibly different than last.
“…gun owners hold capitol rally advocates speak out against gun control. The problem that I see with rules like that and anti-gun laws passed, the only people that obey that are like me, honest, law-abiding citizens. so we suffer for that, ” said Coryell.
They decided to host the event “to show support for the Second Amendment and allow citizens to meet with their legislators to discuss gun rights issues.”
Armed protesters crowded into the state Capital in April 2020 to rally against COVID-19 restrictions.
Less than a year later, the open-carry ban was put in place
The rally brought out a mix of people from across the political spectrum, a welcome sign for Tom Lambert of Michigan Open Cary Inc.
“Personally, I might not agree with everything with them but when it comes to the second amendment, I’m really happy you’re here. I agree with the second amendment. Let’s stand together on this issue we agree upon.”
At least one participant says he came to argue *against any kind of racist rhetoric.”
“This shouldn’t be about black vs white, this shouldn’t be about Republican vs Democrat, though it always seems to be. this isn’t a left-right issue. This is a national rights issue. Every able-body and even non-able body citizen has the right to self-defense,” said the participant.