It’s not often that opposite sides of the political spectrum are able to join forces, but when it happens, it can mean the beginnings of a vital conversation.
This is especially the case for two of the most unlikely groups to link arms (let alone be in the same room with each other), the Utah Gun Exchange and the March For Our Lives Organization.
When the Utah Gun Exchange heard that the March For Our Lives organization had a “tour scheduling conflict”, they offered to open their doors for the event.
The co-owner of the UGE, Sam Robinson, said in a news release:
“The message we are sending is …. We welcome you to Utah, we understand you have a scheduling conflict, we have a solution for you, and we’d love to engage in dialogue.”
Another co-owner, Brian Melchior, added, “We have been intersecting with the March for our Lives at various places around the Country and now we find ourselves in the perfect position to engage in very productive dialogue. This is a spectacular stage to demonstrate our unity in support of common sense school safety improvement measures. Given the short timing and complicated permit requirements, this option is perfect for the March For Our Lives. We look forward to hosting our friends at the MFOL this coming Saturday.”
Unfortunately, the March For Our Lives organization was under contract with a different venue when they heard of the offer and had to decline.
MFOL posted a press release to Facebook stating: “While we are grateful for the offer, we were already engaged in a contract at the time it was received, and will certainly keep the space in mind for future events of this nature. We look forward to welcoming members of the Utah Gun Exchange to our public event for the opportunity for civil dialogue.”