Michigan Gun Owners Truck Vandalized at State Capitol

By Dean WeingartenOpen Carry Michigan Gun Owner Truck Keyed at Capitol

Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona – -(Ammoland.com)- On April 13, 2016, at the Second Amendment March that took place at the state Capitol in Lansing, a vandal took the opportunity to deface the white Chevy Silverado in the picture.  From Michigan Open Carry facebook:

Yesterday at the Second Amendment March, someone took it upon themselves to key and scratch the white Chevy Silverado that was pulling the MGO trailer parked outside the Capitol Building.

This makes us sick! These are the types of people that want to disarm you while pushing their hate and defacing private property. Leaders of organizations like MGO and MOC are volunteer positions that rely on member funds to run. We don’t have millions of dollars sitting in the bank and we certainly don’t have vehicles that are paid for by the organizations. These vehicles are our own. We pay out-of-pocket for a majority of what we have to keep these organizations going.

It’s certainly disheartening to hear about something like this happening simply because of a different belief.

That being said, someone knows who did this! Spread the message far and wide that I personally will be awarding $1,000.00 (out of my own money) for information leading to the conviction of whoever damaged this personal vehicle.

Do you think that someone wont turn you in for $1,000.00?
I don’t think so.

Spread this message as wide as you can please!!

Johnny Roehrig
Vice President
Michigan Open Carry, Inc.

I was sent three pictures detailing the keying.  They are boring, just showing the deep paint gouge, down to the metal in numerous places, from the bed to the front wheelwell of the truck.  We do not know the motive for the keying, but it seems likely that it was an act of political intimidation, meant to chill the exercise of both the First and Second Amendments.

In the comments, several people note that there are numerous surveillence cameras in the area.  From Dave Mckellar:

There are cameras that cover where you parked. FIA MDOt for the video

I would not be surprised if the vandal is identified and caught.  The reward started as a $1,000, but promises of more donations keep adding up.  They totalled over $1,500 and a free repair of the damage in less than a day.

We have seen numerous cases where groups who seek special status have faked vandalism to gain status for their cause.  I do not believe that is what happened here.  A clearer message would have been sent with a scratched “Guns Kill” or something similar.  Finding the actual culprit is important show that this was not a fraud.

One of the reasons that fake crimes work well for “progressive” causes is that the “progressive” media treat them differently than they do vandalism against conservatives, libertarians and Constitutionalists.  Imagine the outrage and national publicity that would have been gained if a vehicle owned by Moms Demanding Action had been keyed.  I suspect that a congressional committee would have been formed to investigate.

I have not seen any indication that the culprit has been found at the Michigan Open Carry site.

©2016 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.
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About Dean Weingarten;

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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Prediction: the Michigan DOT will stonewall you as long as they can and make it as difficult, painful, expensive, and time-consuming as possible to get access to the video. Or it’ll have been mysteriously “lost.” Probably both at once, after they string you along for a year or two and force you to run up five figures in legal bills submitting request after request. Now, speaking hypothetically, if someone had been accused of handing out flyers saying that the government ought to enforce the immigration laws that are already on the books–why, then, by God the surveillance video would be… Read more »


This type of thing is common from the oh so tolerant progressive left. They are tolerant of every perversion known to man, but when it comes to the Constitution and Bill of Rights not so much.


Typical leftist criminal activity designed to intimidate. This leftist criminal activity is never mentioned by the media and sometimes not even pursued by law enforcement. Certainly, the DOJ does not pursue any leftist criminal activity (as they themselves do it).


With all the anti-police rhetoric MGO espouses I’m sure they got a lot of help from the cops.


What are you talking about? Anti-police rhetoric? I live in Michigan, am familiar with MGO and have not heard that they are anti police. Please provide some proof of this so we can see what you are claiming.

Why would any organization that promotes gun ownership, and concealed pistol licensing, be making public anti police statements? That makes absolutely no sense what so ever.


AND I’m sure your mother is ashamed of having raised a totally ignorant moron and idiot.


Reply was to the moron “yoda” .