Port: Left-wing activists at Fargo rally acknowledge the importance of gun rights

Columns Maybe guns — and more specifically respect for, and exercise of, our individual right to buy them and possess them — are an area we can find some agreement? Chaplain Sarah Miller with the Chaplains on Call and Emergency Response Team marches with protesters across First Avenue in downtown Fargo, where the riots occurred on May 30, 2020. C.S. Hagen / The Forum MINOT, N.D. — This last week a couple of hundred left-wing activists took to the streets of Fargo to protest because some anonymous person on the internet suggested they might organize a "White Lives Matter" rally. The left-wingers were out to preempt anything like that, though it’s not clear that any of the "WLM" folks even showed up. However dubious their motivations, there were some interesting things reported about the rally. According to reporter C.S. Hagen , one of the organizers, Jamaal Abegaz, "carried two handguns at his sides." Another organizing activist, Sarah Miller with the group Chaplains on Call and Emergency Response, "came to the Sunday’s rally dressed in a uniform and carrying a handgun," according to Hagen . Let’s consider the implications of these reports. First, let’s be honest that if a group of armed right-wing reactionaries showed in downtown Fargo, in force, motivated to action by a lot of heavy breathing about some obscure internet postings, it’s unlikely they’d be getting credulous, soft-focus coverage from the news media. So much of the implicit bias present from those who bring us the news […]

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