You have probably all seen social media blow up over armed protesters inside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, MI. A couple of things you probably don’t know:
1. Open carry of a long gun is completely legal in Michigan, and even in the state Capitol.
2. Although there were many more people desiring to enter the Capitol building, just 300 protesters were ALLOWED TO ENTER BY POLICE.
3. Most of the protesters had their temperatures taken at the door when entering. It was voluntary to do so.
Here is a LOCAL report by WOOD TV8:
… Shortly before 1 p.m., some of the protesters moved from outside where they had gathered for hours to inside the Capitol, chanting “Let us in!” and “Lock her up!” As the protest moved inside, authorities took the temperature of protesters.
“Temperatures are completely voluntary,” one officer informed protesters.
While hundreds of people were in line to go in, fewer than 300 were allowed.
Michigan State Police and Capitol Police blocked protesters from getting inside the chambers, keeping the group inside the rotunda. Some were allowed onto the gallery, looking down at the Senate floor.
The protest had mostly dispersed before 4:30 p.m. While some protesters were armed, overall, the gathering was peaceful. MSP said they arrested only one person: a man who took a flag from the hands of a child.
Do these people look like violent radicals to you? Yet the media has portrayed them as violent armed terrorists in tactical gear who forced their way into the Capitol and threatened the life of the governor.
See what I mean? Does this seem like an exaggeration to you?