‘I think the event is disgusting; It’s a slap in the face to all the children who have died…’
(Brendan Clarey, Liberty Headlines) Over two dozen people protested a class Tuesday that teaches people how to build their own AR-15 semi-automatic rifles.
More than sixty people attended the event taught by Chris Walden, the owner of a gun store, and the event was held in a VFW in Marshall, Mich.
It continued for the third year in a row despite the protestors outside, ABC Radio reports.
The protesters were angry that the class came on the heels of the most recent mass shooting, but those in charge of the course were not bothered by the timing.
“There’s always significant things going on and if we tried to weave that between whatever tragedy and anything else, I’m not sure we’d ever find a good time,” Walden told The Detroit News. “Now’s as good a time as any.”
Many protesters didn’t appreciate Walden’s attitude about it.
One of the protesters, Pam Daume, said that the class was an attack on all the victims of the Parkland, Fla. high school shooting last month that killed 17.
“I think the event is disgusting,” she told local news WWMT. “It’s a slap in the face to all the children who have died.”
Another protester, Jeff Wilson, a professor at Albion College, made his reasons for protesting the class very clear: “AR-15s have been used in the five most deadly shootings in the U.S. in recent history.”
“I recognize they are legal and have the right to do it, it’s just that we have enough weapons,” Wilson told The Detroit News.
Walden said that the mass shooting was terrible, but guns aren’t the problem.
“It’s a horrible event that happened in Florida. We feel really bad about that but the gun did not commit this crime. The individual who was failed by the system committed this crime,” Walden told ABC News.
“It’s an important time to stand up for the Second Amendment which provides the ability for all the other amendments to exist,” he added.