A little overkill? Anti-lockdown protester armed with a ROCKET LAUNCHER and two pistols in giant holsters becomes an internet hit as he takes time out from North Carolina demonstration to order a Subway
- A group of 11 armed protesters were seen buying sandwiches at a Subway in Raleigh, North Carolina armed with rocket launchers and massive rifles
- The small protest on Saturday, organized by group Blue Igloo, defied lockdown orders the same weekend the state entered Phase one of reopening
- One man wearing an American flag-themed shirt had an AT4 rocket launcher strapped onto his back and pistols held in holsters around his side
- Another protester dressed in army garb covered her face with a scarf while carrying a heavy gun in her arms
- Phase one will allow retail businesses to open at 50 percent capacity, but will restrict restaurants to delivery and take out and keep salons closed
- As of Sunday evening there were 14,764 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 547 fatalities in North Carolina
A group of anti-lockdown protesters armed with rocket launchers and rifles were seen purchasing Subway sandwiches as they demonstrated against North Carolina’s stay-at-home order this weekend.
Shocking images snapped by News & Observer photojournalist Travis Long shows a group of 11 armed protesters taking a break from their walk out to order Subway in Raleigh, with their massive guns slung over their shoulders.
One man was seen with an AT4 rocket launcher strapped onto his back and pistols strapped to his sides in holsters. Another image shows a woman in army garb with her mouth covered carrying a heavy gun in her arms while wearing an army vest.
One man was photographed sitting eating his sandwich with his camouflage print rifle placed next to him. Another man was pictured holding a massive weapon over his shoulder as he takes a selfie.
Photojournalist Travis Long shared the photographs on Twitter on Saturday with the hashtag #MealTeamSix, a play on United States Navy unit SEAL Team Six, showing armed protesters stopping to buy Subway sandwiches
One man was seen with an AT4 rocket launcher strapped onto his back and pistols strapped to his sides in holsters as he ordered a sandwich during the walk out
Long shared the photographs on Twitter on Saturday with the hashtag #MealTeamSix, a play on United States Navy unit SEAL Team Six, where they went viral with over 20,000 likes and 7,000 retweets.
On Saturday a few dozen demonstrators gathered in Raleigh in an effort organized by a group called Blue Igloo, where the armed protesters were seen walking through the desolate downtown area.
‘The walk on Saturday wasn’t a protest, it was a gathering to support our God given freedoms as Americans. We headed out for a walk to get some fresh air, sunshine, and some much needed exercise,’ the group said Sunday to NBC News.
‘We are a peaceful group, and wish to keep it that way at all costs. We aren’t looking for a fight. We in fact, want the opposite. We want to put on a smile, shake hands, and be friendly. An armed society is a police society.’
The group described the walk out on Facebook as an ‘opportunity for First and Second Amendment supporters to get together, meet people with commonalities and get some exercise while we’re all wasting away at home.’
Blue Igloo posted video of the walk on Facebook where members are seen entering the Subway sandwich shop and ordering meals.
‘Do you guys mind of we eat here?’ the person recording the video is heard asking. ‘We don’t want to make it look like we’re threatening or intimidating anyone, which is why I ask.’
One man was photographed sitting down on a bench eating his sandwich defying the state’s rules that do not yet allow for in-person dining – only takeout and delivery options.
There were no arrests at Saturday’s small protest where the demonstrators were tailed by Raleigh and State Capitol Police as they traveled through downtown, many of them ignoring orders to wear masks.
North Carolina is an open-carry state, but is one of at least six states that bans firearms from rallies.
Phase one of reopening North Carolina started on Friday at 5pm and will last through May 22.
Phase one will allow retail businesses to open at 50 percent capacity, limit gatherings to 10 people and outdoors, open up child care centers, but bars and restaurants will be limited to take out only and salons, gyms, and music venues will continue to be closed.
As of Sunday evening there were 14,764 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 547 fatalities.
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