OPINION: My experience covering a pro-gun rights march

OPINION: My experience covering a pro-gun rights march

— Pro-gun advocates gather for the annual Second Amendment march on Sept. 23 at the Michigan Capitol. As a woman and a journalist, pro-gun rallies aren’t for me. Last week, a few other members of the State News’ city desk and I made the trip over to Michigan’s Capitol building to cover the annual Second Amendment march taking place on the lawn. It was a jarring experience for a few reasons: the rain was freezing, there were more weapons than I’d ever seen in a public space and it was my first time covering a protest like this. I went in with a decently good idea of what to expect — there’s no shortage of coverage of those who attend these types of events — and with a healthy amount of trepidation. At this point in my life, I’d seen my fair share of videos of reporters being verbally or physically harassed while covering right-wing protests, and it was hard to gauge going in whether or not this would be that type of crowd. We were warned by our editors to err on the side of caution and to leave as soon as we started feeling unsafe, and with that in mind, we covered the event until the rain and our class schedules pushed us out. We never ended up leaving for lack of safety, but the environment was nevertheless not one that felt welcoming to us. We worked our way around the event, asking people questions and listening […]

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