Maryland’s Democratic Gov. Wes Moore has out to condemn a man protesting recent gun restrictions which his state has passed. The man, J’den McAdory, has made national headlines for regularly carrying an AR-15 rifle at a school bus stop in Severn, Maryland. Community members say the individual has brought the rifle to drop offs for weeks and many parents are deciding to drive their children to school now. McAdory recently spoke to reporters and said he is protesting gun control laws that Maryland recently passed and it is not his intent to scare parents.
Community Concerned About Man With AR-15 At School Bus Stop
According to CNN:
A spokesperson for Gov. Wes Moore, a Democrat, said the man’s actions scared children and “won’t help make Maryland safe.”
“To stem the tide of gun violence and create safer, stronger communities, we need partnership – not shallow acts of cowardice and intimidation,” press secretary Carter Elliott IV told CNN in an email Monday.
“Scaring our kids and threatening our communities won’t help make Maryland safe,” he continued. “The governor won’t allow these tactics to stop his administration from taking common-sense steps to protect our communities. He condemns this behavior and will keep fighting to build a safer Maryland.”
The man, identified by CNN affiliate WBAL as 20-year-old J’den McAdory, told WBAL that he means no harm and was protesting a new gun control law that restricts where people are able to carry firearms in public. He also said he was trying to deter crime in the area. “I’m not an active shooter. I’m not an active gunman. And, I’m no threat to any children out here,” McAdory told WBAL last week.
Anne Arundel County sent a personal letter to McAdory stating that he was putting children’s lives at risk with his conduct. The local school district has also attempted to adjust bus routes in order to evaade Mr. McAdory.