This morning's Mountain Express reports that a group of 30 armed protesters took to the streets June 20, pushing back against a June 10 editorial in the newspaper, which included the following:
"Society should return to the place where it is unacceptable to show up in a school, theater, park, restaurant or political rally with a gun. Instead of avoidance, those who feel endangered or offended by such displays should be empowered to protest."That prompted the Saturday demonstration, which, according to the Mountain Express, included men, women and some children. One of the protesters held a sign that read, "Honk if you're not a Communist."
Ultimately, the protest ended without incident. The Ketchum Police Department issued a previous news release alerting citizens of the march, saying the demonstration did not require a city permit if the protesters stayed on public property. Police cars were visible during the rally but did not follow the march, according to the Mountain Express.
Meanwhile, the newspaper did not issue an official statement. Its office was closed June 20.