Michigan county commissioner brandishing a rifle on virtual meeting during the speech about guns and Proud Boys
Grand Traverse County Commissioner Ron Clous decided that the best moment to showcase his hunting rifle would be during an online meeting on the right to carry firearms.
Keli MacIntosh was commenting on Proud Boys and weapons as Clous got up from his chair and appeared in camera with a rifle, which brought a smile to the other meeting participants.
Clous later said he had no problem with Proud Boys or firearms.
“The only thing I know about [the Proud Boys] is when they came and spoke to us … they were probably the most respected folks that got up and talked. They were decent guys and they treated us with respect,” he said.
MacIntosh did not react in any way, but said that it regarded this action as a threat to itself.
“This guy is in the middle of a government meeting brandishing a weapon,” MacIntosh told the Record Eagle. “Why would I not think they were trying to harm me?”
After the incident, residents began signing a petition that said Clous should resign.
“Gun owners are enraged because guns have to be used responsibly and respectfully and not at public meetings,” Traverse City attorney Michael Naughton, who drafted the petition, told the paper. “When someone responds with a firearm, it’s a huge First Amendment issue, not a gun rights issue, not a Second Amendment issue.”