Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

'We're not bad people,' say open-carry advocates during march through Grand Rapids
Mlive ^ | 3-2-2014 | Garrett Ellison

Posted on 03/02/2014 4:34:45 PM PST by Darren McCarty

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — If you were in the vicinity of Michigan Street and Fuller Avenue NE on Sunday around noon, chances are good you saw lots of people walking down the sidewalk carrying pistols strapped to their hips.

That was the point, say a vocal group of gun owners who marched with openly visible pistols though Northeast Grand Rapids on Sunday, March 2, a year after a man who is now suing the city was detained by police for doing something similar.

“We’re trying to take concealed weapons out of the closet and into the open,” said Ryan Adams, a regional coordinator from Spring Lake for the group Michigan Open Carry, which is at odds with Grand Rapids leaders over the practice.

“We’re trying to desensitize the public, and show them that everyday normal law-abiding people carry guns to protect themselves,” he said. “That’s all it is. Nobody is trying to intimidate anybody or be a bully or be frightening.”

Adams was one of roughly 80 open-carry advocates who marched from Fuller Park to the corner of Lakeside Drive and Michigan Street NE, where Johann Deffert was detained on March 3, 2013, by Grand Rapids police after residents in the area called 911 to report a man walking down the sidewalk with a holstered pistol.

Deffert has filed a federal lawsuit against the city and the officers who stopped him.

(Excerpt) Read more at mlive.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: banglist; grandrapids; michigan
Grand Rapids is (surprisingly to some) one of the most anti-gun areas in Michigan - at least with their government officials.

I don't open carry, but I hope Deffert bankrupts the police department there.

1 posted on 03/02/2014 4:34:45 PM PST by Darren McCarty
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: bang_list

Ping


2 posted on 03/02/2014 4:34:59 PM PST by Darren McCarty (Abortion - legalized murder for convenience)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Darren McCarty

“We’re not bad people and neither were the people standing on Lexington Green or at the bridge in Concorde. However the people that live there now I’m not so sure about.


3 posted on 03/02/2014 4:50:15 PM PST by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Darren McCarty

Safest place in town!


4 posted on 03/02/2014 4:50:37 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Springman; cyclotic; netmilsmom; RatsDawg; PGalt; FreedomHammer; queenkathy; madison10; ...
Open carry Michigan.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

Michigan legislative action thread
5 posted on 03/02/2014 4:50:38 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Darren McCarty

Here is some backstory on it:

MI:Grand Rapids Open Carry Lawsuit Unedited Video: No evidence of “Talking to Nobody”

http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/2014/01/migrand-rapids-open-carry-lawsuit.html


6 posted on 03/02/2014 4:52:41 PM PST by marktwain (The old media must die for the Republic to live. Long live the new media!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: fella

I believe Michigan is the only state that has a gun on the state flag.


7 posted on 03/02/2014 4:52:51 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

Never give up your guns!



Keep Free Republic Alive with YOUR Donations!

Make a difference.

PLEASE Contribute Today!


GIT-R-DONE!

Make Today, Day 61 the day!

5 Words A Former Supreme Court Justice Wants To Add To The Constitution To Destroy Its Meaning

8 posted on 03/02/2014 4:54:28 PM PST by RedMDer (May we always be happy and may our enemies always know it. - Sarah Palin, 10-18-2010)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

Three mottos are shown on the coat of arms: E Pluribus Unum (From many, one), Tuebor (I will defend), and Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice (If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you). These mottos are reflected in the coat of arms pictorially. E Pluribus Unum, also our national motto, aligns with the depiction of the Bald Eagle. Tuebor is represented in the arrows clasped in the eagle's talons and the gun held in the man's left hand. Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam Circumspice is supported by the warmth of the sun, the man's friendly greeting from the peninsula and the olive branches held by the Bald Eagle.

9 posted on 03/02/2014 5:15:40 PM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: shove_it

p.s.

Source: http://www.netstate.com/states/symb/flags/mi_flag.htm


10 posted on 03/02/2014 5:18:31 PM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Darren McCarty

The mayor of this town is an F’n Socialist if not a Commie.


11 posted on 03/02/2014 5:19:58 PM PST by wetgundog (" Extremism in the Defense of Liberty is no Vice")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: shove_it

I’m a little surprised the left hasn’t had the man on the flag disarmed. I have seen descriptions for children that call it a “walking stick”.


12 posted on 03/02/2014 5:21:02 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: cripplecreek

“walking stick”

LOL (while shaking my head).


13 posted on 03/02/2014 5:25:57 PM PST by shove_it (long ago Orwell and Rand warned us of Obama’s America)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: shove_it

That’s what we can tell people who whine about open carry.

Its a walking stick.


14 posted on 03/02/2014 5:28:11 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Darren McCarty

Thanks for the warning.


15 posted on 03/03/2014 12:57:15 AM PST by MarMema ("If Americans really wanted Obamacare, you wouldn't need a law to make them buy it." Ted Cruz)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Darren McCarty

I was there. 70 plus were carrying out of a total of 83.

I showed up with the Flag. I hadn’t been marching in the snow with that large of a group of armed men since back in the USMC.


16 posted on 03/03/2014 8:44:22 PM PST by TomasUSMC (FIGHT LIKE WW2, WIN LIKE WW2. FIGHT LIKE NAM, FINISH LIKE NAM.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson