Protest against Black Lives Matter sends tourists home


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The actual group Black Lives Matter started in 2014. Many people who are against the movement are AllLivesMatter advocates. This issue is relevant not only in the United States but also around the world.

Kamaria Walton, Lead Beats Editor

Imagine saving up all your money to finally be able to splurge and send yourself and your family members on a relaxing vacation. However, it is soon disturbed by troublesome political messages.

This is exactly what happened to some tourists while visiting a Maine town’s tourism sector to see the political message boldly spread across a sign. The sign read “Black Rifles Matter,” an obvious reference to Black Lives Matter.

The sign’s creator Linc Sample knew exactly what he was doing by making the reference but wanted to make it completely clear that the sign had nothing to do with race. Instead, it was against the assault weapons ban.

“Some of these people have cut their vacation short and left early,” said Thomas Woodin, town manager, according to Fox News.

At Boothbay Harbor, the officials have said that Sample is allowed to keep his sign up due to having the proper permitting, and he is exercising his First Amendment right of free speech.

“People are ignorant. They shouldn’t be putting things out like that,” said Paul Mayor, a visitor, according to Fox News.

Massachusetts currently has a ban on assault weapons as well as other restrictions on certain types of weapons.

“It’s taking a shot obviously at Black Lives Matter,” Mayor said.