Nakagiri Wants Gun Rights Emphasized Amid Anti-Asian Violence

Nakagiri Wants Gun Rights Emphasized Amid Anti-Asian Violence

By Jon King / jking@whmi.com The Chairman of the Livingston County Board of Commissioners wants state officials to address the rising violence against Asian-Americans by emphasizing their right to own and use guns. Wes Nakagiri, an American of Japanese descent, issued a press release recently in which he requested the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC) update their publication, “Michigan Resources Toolkit for Asian Families and Communities,” to include information on how to acquire a concealed pistol license (CPL). “With violence on the rise, I am asking Lansing to make it easier for Asian-Americans to protect and defend themselves.” A recent Pew Research Center survey found that "32% of Asian adults say they have feared someone might threaten or physically attack them – a greater share than other racial or ethnic groups." Stop AAPI Hate, an advocacy group that tracks violence against Asian American Pacific Islander communities, says it has received nearly 3,800 complaints of harassment and violence from the beginning of the pandemic in mid-March 2020 through February of this year. The group says the rise in violence is "fueled by racist and xenophobic rhetoric" used by former President Trump and "his administration’s implementation of a number of policies and efforts to target our communities." Nakagiri, an enthusiastic Trump supporter, noted that the Michigan Resources Toolkit for Asian Families and Communities hasn’t been updated since 2016. He says it provides information on how to avoid internet “phishing” scams, how to access Medicare and Medicaid programs, and even […]

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