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Fox News host Sean Hannity condemned armed protesters in Michigan, saying their “intimidation” tactics undermine their message and hurt all law-abiding gun owners.
Last week, a group of Michigan residents gathered at the state’s Capitol Building to protest Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s extended lockdown. Some of them carried firearms and wore tactical gear, although the vast majority were unarmed.
Hannity is a vocal proponent of the Second Amendment. However, he said there’s a time and a place for guns. And a peaceful protest of an unconstitutional lockdown is not one of them.
“I don’t like this part, in Michigan,” Hannity said. “I’m the No. 1 supporter in radio and television that I know of of the First Amendment and the Second Amendment. No one is a bigger defender of the Second Amendment than yours truly. Everyone has the right to protest, protect themselves, and try to get the country open.”
Hannity continued: “But this with the militia look and these long guns — uh, no. Show of force is dangerous. That puts our police at risk. No one should be attempting to intimidate officials with a show of force. And God forbid something happens, they’re going to go after all of us law-abiding Second Amendment people.”
Hannity pointed out that he has had a right-to-carry permit in five states “my whole life.” And he doesn’t want that jeopardized.
Hannity said the armed protesters stepped on their own message with their threatening appearance, which makes them look unsympathetic.
“Your message will never be heard,” Hannity scolded. “You don’t need to show force like this! They could do concealed carry if they’re worried about their safety. [But] this is to intimidate.”
“When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny”
Local municipalities have been threatening small business owners like myself with arrests and fines. Who’s intimidating who?
— Bruce Kim (@bruucek) May 5, 2020
Sean Hannity’s guest, Dan Bongino, sided with the protesters. However, Bongino agreed that armed demonstrations could dilute the message because the media will portray law-abiding gun owners as violent lunatics.
And that’s exactly what Governor Whitmer and the mainstream media did. In fact, the race-baiting Whitmer slammed the armed protesters as white supremacists.
“That’s the liberal media’s efforts to paint the people there as some kind of crazed bunch of lunatics more than it is the people there trying to represent that they have rights too,” Bongino remarked.
“They have the right to do it, obviously — carry long guns. The question becomes, ‘Does the message get diluted? It may. People are fed up…because of the Bill of Rights doesn’t take a vacation.”
Hannity interjected: “But you don’t need to do a show of force like this! Nobody’s gonna hear their message, which is to open up safely.”
Bongino replied: “I don’t disagree with you. The liberal media is obviously going to jump all over it. But this is important. The Constitution here is not a suggestion. The Bill of Rights didn’t take a vacation. They’re not on hiatus [during the lockdowns]. These people work for us!”
Dan continued: “Of course the protesters are fed up. They have to feed their kids. They are being put out of business by people acting like despotic tyrants! Of course these people are pissed off! I’m pissed off!”
Hannity said: “I’m never going to take anyone’s rights. But this is a distraction.”
Speaking of intimidation, Governor Whitmer last month sent a nasty, threatening messages to Michigan state representative Karen Whitsett because Whitsett thanked President Trump for saving her life and credited hydroxychloroquine for helping her recover from the coronavirus.
Whitsett, a Democrat, said: “The text messages [from Whitmer] have not been pleasant. But I’m not going to stand by and be quiet, nor will I be silenced by anyone.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 25, 2020
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