Protesters against ranges numbered 3 (barley), those in favor of gun ranges 50 plus. Jesse Jackson was a no-show.
By Rick Ector
Despite his personal indiscretions, he somehow felt justified to ask dads during Fathers Day Weekend all across our great nation to adopt his mantra of “Guns Out = Jobs In.”
According to the puzzling logic of Jackson, the local communities where the targeted gun shops operate are stifling the creation of jobs, which if you believe Jackson, is the root cause of urban violence. Somehow, Jackson manages to ignore the fact that these gun ranges employ people, including African Americans like myself, who pay taxes. Also, those very same businesses pay income taxes and collect sales taxes on relatively expensive products.
Further, in an ironic twist Jackson claimed that one of the selected gun ranges – Action Impact of Southfield, Michigan – was selected for a demonstration because of the so-called history of Eight Mile Road being a dividing between the races in the Detroit area.
Jackson may not have been entirely truthful.
The dirty little secret is that there are no operating gun ranges within the geographical borders of Detroit. He obviously chose Action Impact because it is located just outside the city of Detroit border. Thusly, the entire premise of Jackson's anti-gun campaign has been proven to be false. As mentioned earlier, there are no gun shops in Detroit. So, where are the jobs?
Moreover, Jackson's so-called rally at the Action Impact gun range did have an unintended effect. He actually brought the so-called divided people – whites and blacks – together to mount a counter-protest. Jackson's designated minion, the Operation Push Detroit Chairman, and two other people doubling as props were given a most proper reception from about 50 freedom and gun loving folks of all hues.
The aforementioned demonstration did garner interest from the local media. However, when the event unfolded, it was quite evident that Jackson's message was ignored by a community over-run with violent criminals and local law enforcement's ability to keep crime in check. In fact, as of June 10th there have been 152 homicides in the city Detroit alone per DPD's web site. Jackson has lost touch with the community he is trying to lead.
No one in the metro-Detroit area is buying the rhetoric Jackson is selling. Criminals do not buy their firearms from gun ranges. Make no mistake about it, gun ranges are making a lot of money these days by selling their products to law-abiding citizens who have to jump through bureaucratic hoops and governmental obstructions to legally buy handguns: Handgun Purchase Permits or issued Michigan Concealed Pistol Licenses, Basic Pistol Safety Questionnaires, and background checks. Maybe Jackson is looking for a way to cash in on this cash cow created by criminals who in many cases are forcing the hands of good people wishing to not be victims.
Of all the media that covered the story, only one outlet (CBS Detroit), had the integrity to even mention that there was a counter-demonstration that also significantly outnumbered Jackson's three stooges. Furthermore, other mainstream media stations grossly inflated Jackson's camp at a tally of twelve – a far cry from the actual number of three.
Jackson embarrassed himself and his latest so-called movement this past weekend. All it took to make that happen were concerned citizens who support local gun rights groups, such as “Legally Armed In Detroit”and “Michigan Open Carry, Inc.” No longer are citizens content to let out-of-touch and out-of-town race-baiters divide us from each other and our firearms.
Pictures from the rally can be viewed at this link: http://t.co/KbCahrPs
About The Author
Rick Ector is a National Rifle Association credentialed Firearms Trainer, who provides Michigan CCW Class training in Detroit for students at his firearms school – Rick's Firearm Academy of Detroit.
Ector is a recognized expert in firearm safety and has been featured extensively in the national and local media: Associated Press, NRAnews, Gun Digest, The Politics Daily, Fox News Detroit, The Detroit News, WJLB, WGPR and the UrbanShooterPodcast.