Michigan gun enthusiasts protest arrest in Birmingham
Chris Combs, of Troy, left, and Stephanie Locke, of Clawson, cross the street in downtown Birmingham, Mich. while participating in a protest by gun enthusiasts Monday, June 11. The protest is in support of eighteen-year-old Sean Michael Combs, of Troy, who was arrested in Birmingham on April 13 while carrying a rifle. Combs was charged with brandishing a weapon, disturbing the peace, and obstructing a police officer.
From The Detroit News: Birmingham— Gun toting advocates filled the Birmingham commission chambers Monday night, displaying their firearms in holsters and strapped to their backs in protest of charges against a teen they say had the legal right to do the same in public.
Shaun McElroy, left, of Chesterfield, shakes hands with Sean Michael Combs while participating in a protest on Combs behalf in Birmingham, Mich. on Monday, June 11. Combs, of Troy, was arrested in Birmingham on April 13 after strolling the downtown area while carrying a rifle. He was charged with brandishing a weapon, disturbing the peace, and obstructing a police officer.
"It seems like cooler heads should prevail and the charges should fall," said Dave Campbell, a Westland resident involved with AR15.com, a website and resource center for gun supporters. Continue reading this story from the Detroit News here.
So, I was walking in Downtown Rochester (read: white upper class city) yesterday with a client and saw a bumper sticker that proclaimed: Every 13 Seconds someone fires a gun in self defense. Uhm, WHO NEEDS TO FIRE GUNS IN SELF DEFENSE?
Hint: None of these white people protesting in Birmingham. Not that person with that bumpersticker hanging out in Rochester. Not these kids in Clawson, or Troy, or other cushy safe suburbs in the greater Metro Detroit Area.
Have a group of POC do this in Detroit, Pontiac, Dearborn, Southfield. Have any group of POC do this in Troy. Try Birmingham or Chesterfield or Oxford or Bloomfield and what would happen? They would be gunned down.
A POC child carrying a gun around Birmingham would never get a protest like this, or off as easily as that Combs did. Even if there was a protest and it didn’t involve being decked out with weapons? Just wow really I cant.
This photo is white privilege. Ugh.
(article linked by qbutch, thanks)