On March 28, 2020, police arrested four men who were protesting outside of an abortion clinic in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The Charlotte-based anti-abortion group Love Life posted a Facebook Live video where a man said, “Hey guys, we’re in Greensboro right now. We were in Charlotte earlier this morning. And we got a report that in Greensboro, the police have pushed against people being out here to pray, even though we’re doing social distancing. So, we just came up here because they basically they ran off the prayer walkers. They ran off the sidewalk counselors. And the abortion center remains open.”
After three minutes, the video depicts an encounter with two Greensboro police officers outside of A Woman’s Choice, the abortion clinic in question, on Randleman Road.
“I’m gonna tell you now: You need to return to your vehicles,” Lieutenant DW Knott said. “You’ve got a choice now to make. You can choose to comply with what I’m telling you, or you’re going to be charged…. Right now, I am giving you a command to leave this location.”
After Knott asked him if he’s going to comply with his order, another protester responded that he is going to stay where he is “pursuant” to the Guilford County shelter order.
“Sir, let me have your ID, please,” Knott instructed, “and I want you to sit on the curb.”
Another protester commented, “I don’t mean any disrespect.”
A second officer remarked, “Well, y’all are disrespecting us by doing this.”
Sitting on the curb, one of the protesters said, “You want to do this. I don’t want to do this. You desire this. You are the one pushing this. I’m saying, ‘Let’s talk about it.’ I’m saying, ‘At least talk to your city council about it, and your lawyer.’ You don’t want to do that.”
One of the men who ended up being arrested is Justin Reeder, the founder of Love Life USA, according a press release NC Values Coalition, a Christian right organization based in Charlotte, sent out. Reeder has been charged with violating the shelter order and resisting, delaying and obstructing a police officer.
Other individuals arrested and charged with violating the shelter order were Jason Oesterreich, Carl Ubinas, and Isaiah Burner, were also charged with resisting, delaying and obstructing a law enforcement officer.
The NC Values Coalition sharply criticized the arrests:
“The North Carolina Values condemns the actions of Greensboro police for arresting Christians who peacefully and legally pray and exercise their religious rights on sidewalk,” said Jim Quick, the state director of grassroots and media. “Not even in communist China would police arrest three men for walking and praying on the street. Even during a fight against a virus, Americans have constitutional rights to pray and exercise religious freedoms.”
White Pill: Montana House Moves Constitutional Carry Bill Forward
Constitutional Carry is one ray of hope for the Right.
On January 20, 2021, the Montana House of Representatives passed Constitutional Carry legislation, HB102.
Weingarten provided some context to the significance of this bill’s progress:
The bill is the accumulation of a decade and a half of struggle against Democrat Governors, who have repeatedly vetoed reform legislation passed with large majorities in the legislature. Numerous sections in the bill show the Montana legislature has learned the lesson from other states as they restore the right to keep and bear arms.
Montana’s Senate is made up of 31 Republicans and 19 Democrats and Governor Greg Gianforte is a Republican, so the passage of this bill augurs well. If passed, HB102 would make Montana the 17th Constitutional Carry state.
Montana is already a very gun-friendly state, and represents a low-hanging fruit for Second Amendment activists to tap into.
Constitutional Carry has been one of the most successful movements on the Right over the past twenty years. It’s easy to complain about the corrupt status quo, but there are still plenty of ways right-wingers can score victories. Constitutional Carry is one of them.
It would behoove the Right to analyze existing trends and build off movements that are already producing results. There’s no need to embark on quixotic campaigns that end up being total fools’ errands. Find what’s already working and run with it.
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