Fox News host Sean Hannity urged stay-at-home protesters to keep their guns at home.
Aggressive social distancing policies have led to protests throughout the nation, but some of the protesters have started carrying long rifles, leading to tense encounters with law enforcement trying to maintain order and social distance at the protests. During his show on Monday night, Hannity condemned the armed protests.
"I don’t like this part, in Michigan," he said. "I'm the number one supporter on radio and television, that I know, of the First Amendment and the Second Amendment. Now, no one is a bigger defender of the Second Amendment than yours truly. Everyone has the right to protest, protect themselves, and try to get the country open. This, with the militia look here and these long guns. Uh, no."
He continued, "Show of force is dangerous. That’s that puts the police at risk. And, by the way, your message will never be heard, whoever you people are. No one should be attempting to intimidate officials with a show of force. And God forbid something happens, then they are going to go after all of us law-abiding Second Amendment people."
His guest, Dan Bongino, disagreed with the notion that they should not be armed during the protests but agreed that the armed demonstrations could dilute the message of the protesters. He said, "That's the liberal media's efforts more to paint the people there as some kind of, like, crazed bunch of lunatics more than it is the people there actually trying to represent that they have rights too."