Huntsville Immigration Protest disrupted by Gunman

Charlotte A. Clark-Frieson

Huntsville Immigration Protest disrupted by  Gunman

On yesterday, I read with interest, an article that reported on a former  Huntsville School Teacher -- 34-year-old Shane Ryan Sealey -- who was apprehended and taken into custody after pulling out a gun during an Immigration Protest Ralley at Big Spring Park in Huntsville.


The "Families Belong Together Rally" in Huntsville was part of a Nationwide Day Of Action, protesting the Trump Administration's policy of forcibly separating children from their parents and demand that separated families immediately be reunified.

According to the news report, Sealey was counter-protesting during the Huntsville protest and at some point, he was observed pulling out a gun.  He was seen by one of the Rally Organizers, Ava Caldwell.  "He pulled out a gun. I saw him holding it out in front of him. We just started screaming for everybody to drop to the ground," said Caldwell. "We all dropped to the ground crying."  

Police reported that Sealey had come to the rally to counter-protest, and got into a verbal altercation with someone at the protest.

Also, police reported that no shots were fired and no one was hurt; and the protest resumed and continued as planned with no further incident.

Interestingly, under Alabama law, it is illegal to carry a firearm within 1,000 feet of a demonstration. But, notwithstanding the law, it is still my belief that many citizens don't fully understand the implications of their 2nd Amendment right, when proponents of sensible gun legislation push for that, and go to irrational extremes in pushing back.  This is why it is imperative that sensible gun laws be enacted, to protect everyone from the danger of injury or death by someone in possession of a firearm who possess no sense of restraint.

Although -- thanks be to God -- no one was injured or killed during Saturday's incident, the outcome could easily have been tragic. Moreover, even without injury or death, we are still compelled to think about the emotional damage, via the exposure to the extreme mortal fear inflicted upon all those present at this event!!

Folks, we have got to be both reasonable and rational in our views about gun laws. I believe our laws must be designed to bring order to our communities, and place reasonable limits on certain basic rights where citizens might not have the moral conscience, the good sense, or the mental capacity to exercise restraint, self-discipline, or simply use sound judgment in use of a weapon.

That's why I am proud to have been given the designation of "gun-sense" candidate.  Please know that it is not my objective to take away your 2nd Amendment Right.  But, for the safety and security of ALL citizens, we must put in place reasonable limitations on the possession and use of guns.    

To learn more about my position on Gun-Sense Legislation, please review my platform at the following link. When you open the page, please navigate to the section entitled: "Guns."