Recently a picture of an armed man carrying a rocket launcher has been circulating on social media. These pictures were snapped by Travis Long, a photojournalist with The News & Observer. Long said he shot the photos inside a Subway on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh.
In a picture taken by photojournalist Travis Long, a number of anti lockdown protestors were seen carrying a rocket launcher and other weapons of similar nature. Reportedly the members were all from a group Blue Igloo, and they were seen marching on the streets of Raleigh on Saturday (9 May) to protest North Carolina's stay at home order, which was prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.
Long captioned the pictures on Twitter: "A group of about 11 mostly-armed demonstrators protesting the stay at home order marched around downtown Raleigh and ordered sandwiches at a Subway."
The pictures come as North Carolina eased its lockdown measures on Friday (8 May), allowing some businesses and parks to reopen, providing that they follow social distancing guidelines, as well as permitting gatherings of up to 10 people.
Blue Igloo actually described the activity on their page as an "opportunity for First and Second Amendment supporters to get together, meet people with commonalities and get some exercise while we're all wasting away at home".
While the claims are made that the group was on the street to protest the lockdown measures, Blue Igloo has denied these claims.
A group of about 11 mostly-armed demonstrators protesting the stay at home order marched around downtown Raleigh and ordered sandwiches at a Subway. #Covid_19 #ncpol #MealTeamSix pic.twitter.com/XA1BIU7JHH— Travis Long (@vizjourno) May 9, 2020
In an email cited by NBC News, Blue Igloo said: "The walk on Saturday wasn't a protest, it was a gathering to support our God-given freedoms as Americans.
"We headed out for a walk to get some fresh air, sunshine, and some much-needed exercise. We are a peaceful group and wish to keep it that way at all costs. We aren't looking for a fight. We, in fact, want the opposite. We want to put on a smile, shake some hands, and be friendly."
The group added: "An armed society is a polite society."