Give Congresswoman Haley Stevens points for having the cojones to take her anti-gun message into a stronghold of those who support the right to keep and bear arms. But the Michigan Democrat was reportedly less than honest about her agenda when she scheduled yesterday’s event at the Multi Lakes Conservation Association outside of Detroit.
Word got out about the true nature of the town hall, however, and Second Amendment supporters showed up in force. As fox2detroit.com reports . . .
Gun owners showed up to the town hall in droves, spurred on in part by GOP 11th Congressional District Chair Meshawn Maddock.
“Somehow Fems for Dems booked this event using a different name,” Maddock said. “The sweet woman I talked to said that it said Fems for Life on her calendar. We needed to show up here and tell Haley Stevens exactly what we think about her gun violence town hall behind held in a very Republican – this is a Republican stronghold.”
The meeting (with a few Moms Demand Action t-shirts sprinkled in among the audience) featured Rep. Stevens, State House Democratic Leader Christine Greig and State Rep. Robert Wittenberg. Rep. Wittenberg stressed that . . .
“I want people to understand that we are not anti-gun, we are anti-gun violence,” said Wittenberg. “And supporting the Second Amendment and being opposed to gun violence are not mutually exclusive.”
Except — shockingly — that wasn’t really the case . . .
While taking questions from the crowd, the Democratic lawmakers pushed for more gun control measures like Universal Background Checks, a ban on semi-automatic rifles, and implementing red flag laws to take guns away from people who may be a threat to themselves or the public.
The exchange wasn’t exactly civil. Check out the video below in which Congresswoman Stevens shrieks, “The NRA has got to go!” at the largely pro-gun crowd.
This is apparently part of that national conversation on common sense gun safety measures we’re always hearing about.