The exchange drew a crowd of onlookers and reporters, some of whom asked Kilpatrick why he had brought a gun. He said he’s not “paranoid” and doesn’t usually wear one, but he’s “not usually in a place where there are this many people.”
“I don’t want violence. And this is a deterrent,” said Kilpatrick, who stressed that he had no connection to the group that organized the rally and just came to watch.
Kilpatrick and Mason were in full agreement on one point: that division comes from the top down, not the bottom up.
“We’re sitting here arguing about the top guys. We don’t realize they’re all friends,” Mason said. “You think Obama and Trump ain’t sat down and drank a beer?”