On Sunday afternoon, a symbolic lynching occurred at a rally by gun rights activists. The protesters hung the effigy of Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear from a tree outside the state capitol building on Memorial Day.
The purpose of the rally was to celebrate the Second Amendment freedoms to bear arms. It turned into a protest against Beshear’s coronavirus-prompted stay-at-home orders, according to this article.
“We believe in the Constitution. We believe in the Second Amendment,” Richard Treitz, moderator of Take Back Kentucky said. “We’re not in favor of these lunatic activities like an effigy and condemn things like banging on the windows of the Governor’s Mansion.”
A protestor in a video said that hanging an effigy was a way for them to peacefully protest. “George Washington hung all kinds of people,” according this article.
Many protestors were armed and they shouted outside the governor’s office to come out and address them but he did not, still according to this article.