Downplayed by local media today, a group of Kansas City activists with guns conducted a protest march on Prospect and throughout the East Side today.
Thankfully, the efforts were peaceful and the smallish group was monitored by law enforcement.
Interestingly, the Jackson County Sheriff encouraged understanding of the group's motivations in a tweet alerting the gathering that culminated with a speaking engagement in front of East Patrol.
Armed protests have been gaining traction in urban areas across the nation. Whist the motivation of this demonstration wasn't apparent. A similar event organized by activists using the same tags and signage in Flint, Michigan was loud and clear in their message:
"Armed Black March is against terrorism & genocide carried out against people of African descent by fascist, racist, sexist, xenophobes and overall agents of the state"
The newspaper covered the event but downplayed the guns on display. A quote from their gentle coverage:
"The event was promoted as an armed march, and several party members were, though LEADERS said no loaded weapons were allowed. Before the march, Xi said during a Friday press conference, people would be educated on being responsible weapon owners. "Outside East Patrol, march organizers called for the removal of Police Chief Rick Smith and for local control of the police department. He said if local control was taken away because of corruption, it should be returned for the same reason."
Of course we'd like to learn more and at the very least the march seemed welcoming of 2nd Amendment enthusiasts from the public.
Accordingly, we agree that "deeper understanding" isn't a bad thing and it's important to remember that there have been quite a few armed protests in Kansas City in 2020 from "many sides" of the political spectrum.
Today's gathering reminds us that strident local activism doesn't take a break for the holidays and is likely to continue into the new year.
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