The group flooded the front lawn of Grand Haven’s City Hall on the last Friday of the Coast Guard Festival to spread their message and let people know that what they were doing was legal, and that more should be done to protect their constitutional rights.
The group had originally wanted to walk through the carnival in downtown Grand Haven, where thousands of people mingled for evening activities, but word quickly got out to Grand Haven Public Safety Director Jeff Hawke, who called the organizers of the event to express his concerns.
Fortunately, the group of demonstrators had the good sense to listen to Hawke's concerns about the walk through downtown with guns clearly visible. If not, the group might have created a frightening situation for families who gathered downtown.
While that may have been a possibility, the reality is that the two sides were able to come to an agreement to keep their demonstration to the City Hall lawn, and to not startle or cause too much of a stir in the festival crowd.
It is nice to see, in a time when we are so divided on many issues and many things seem to be so unreasonable, that this group was able to come to a reasonable agreement.
Let's hope that other groups and organizations take this example to heart and learn that you can get your message across to the community in a manner that doesn’t obstruct the fun and cause concern for others.
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