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Group, armed, stand in front of Capitol to "change the narrative"

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Posted at 5:19 AM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 05:19:08-04

LANSING, Mich. — A group of armed individuals stood in front of the Capitol building Wednesday afternoon to make a statement.

They told Fox 47 they are trying to change the narrative, escorting lawmakers like State Representative Sarah Anthony, (D) Lansing, inside of the Capitol.

"We're here because we watched our state representatives who've been elected and elevated to the level to make laws for us feel intimidated by the crowds who were out here, the white supremacy that was out here. So we figured we wanted to do something about that to make them feel safe," said Michael Lynn Jr.

Lynn Jr. also added that the group, who were all African American Lansing citizens, wanted to show a different perspective of what open carry looked like.

This comes in response to protests last week when hundreds of people showed up outside of the State Capitol to protest Gov. Whitmer's efforts to extend the state of emergency. They stood outside for a couple of hours before moving inside of the Capitol building chanting "let us in." Some of them wearing guns inside the legislative chambers.
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