For those who may disagree about ‘open carry’ should read the second amendment of the constitution: “A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed” (“The Constitution of the United States,” Amendment 2).
And “The right of the people to keep and bare arms,” is exercised annually in Lansing, at the city’s Capitol building.
Wednesday, April 26 , nearly 400 activists stood strong behind the 2nd amendment by commemorating together in a peaceful protest amongst citizens and supporters.
“It’s an open carry rally to educate the public on what your rights really are when it comes to fire arms,” said Sheriff Dar Leaf of Barry County.
Leaf attends the rally each year because it’s important to him as a sheriff and citizen in the state of Michigan.
“For me it’s my job, my duty to carry, I’d hate to be caught in a situation where I didn’t have it,” said Leaf.
His brother Michael Leaf strongly believes in his rights as well and wants to bring awareness to the community.
“A lot of flak against the second amendment of the constitution right now and we need to support it because it is a god given right,” says Michael Leaf.
This rally not only helps educate the community, but it also provides gun resources to those seeking gun safety.
Phil Robinson, member of Michigan Liberty Militia is a pro and legal gun activist who explains what they 2nd amendment does for him.
“Basically it protects our rights as Americans, it makes us citizens not subjects to the government,” said Robinson.
They want the community to know that it’s their right to open in carry anywhere in the state of Michigan and that choice does not make them a bad citizen.
Null says, “We’re carrying guns, we everybody assumes were violent but were not, were probably most calmest people anybody’ll ever meet”
The importance of this rally not only informs the public about the 2nd amendment, but it also gives these people a platform a speak out.