Report: Michigan Has Highest Number Of Armed Protests At State Capitals Across Country

Report: Michigan Has Highest Number Of Armed Protests At State Capitals Across Country

“The crux of this phenomenon and report is simple: when firearms are involved, demonstrations are more dangerous and deadly.” (Shutterstock) August 29, 2021 Michigan has made national news for right-wing armed protests at the state Capitol over COVID-19 health orders, such as the April 30, 2020, demonstration that has been called a ” dress rehearsal ” for the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Now a new study shows the state had 29 armed demonstrations in the last 18 months, ranking fifth in the nation. The report was released Tuesday by the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund and the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED). According to Roudabeh Kishi, ACLED’s director of research and innovation, over 3% of Michigan’s protests are armed, 1% above the national average, which is 2%. Armed demonstrations are almost six times as likely to turn violent compared to unarmed protests. These protests are violent or destructive about 16% of the time, compared to unarmed demonstrations turning destructive less than 3% of the time. “I have remained very vocal about my concerns surrounding open carry at contentious demonstrations — especially at our Capitol,” said Attorney General Dana Nessel, who issued an opinion last year that firearms could be banned from the Michigan Capitol. “This new report shares startling statistics about the increased risk of violence that comes with armed protests, and seeing Michigan among the top states is no badge of honor. My office remains committed to closely monitoring the line […]

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