Bikes Up & Guns Down

Martin Luther King Day Ride out
Chaos in the streets of Miami with #mlkrideout

Martin Luther King is one of the most influential persons in our great country’s history and for the past two years, he has been rolling over in his grave.

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For the second year in a row, Miami and Ft. Lauderdale has seen hundreds of atv and dirt bike riders riding through the streets on MLK Day, creating mayhem by doing stunts, violating traffic laws, riding in the opposite lane of oncoming traffic, riding on the sidewalk, through lawns, and parking lots.

Dubbed #bikesupgunsdown which actually sounds like a great title, but ironic since they have committed thousands of traffic law violations as well as hundreds of criminal traffic infractions. They also have no concept of what passive resistance or non-violent resistance is as preached by Dr. King. I guess I have to chalk this up to a major generation gap even though MLK was before my time.

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Of all the ways I can think of to honor such a great man, #bikesupgunsdown is not one of them. I would also venture to say that riding non-street legal atv’s and dirt bikes doesn’t help either.

Of course, #bikesupgunsdown has aired on all major networks and the media calls them bikers. To be clear, every real biker has been offended by loosely using that term to describe these idiots. They are not bikers by any stretch of the imagination as they don’t even ride motorcycles. The fact is few present had motorcycles and those that were on motorcycles that rode with the same intention as them, shame on you, as you should really know better.

#bikesupgunsdown has done nothing but bring negative attention to the great city of Miami, but also to real bikers like myself and the group I founded M.S.A.R. (Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Riders) that works hard to contribute positively to society and to make our roads safer, not to mention the endless amount of charities that mc’s (motorcycle clubs) riding groups, motorcycle associations and motorcyclists participate in.

#bikesupgunsdown seems to be nothing more than a copycat of the documentary 12 O’clock Boys and by the likes of it, if this isn’t controlled, this will become a nationwide issue on Martin Luther King day and to be honest, Dr. King doesn’t deserve that.

#bikesupgunsdown, you have an opportunity to make a positive difference. You have the opportunity to bring more attention to racial inequality, injustice and gun violence. You also have the opportunity to screw this up and bring nothing but shame to yourselves. You are hitting the proverbial fork in the road and it is up to you which way you go from here, but if you want some unsolicited advice, as my father ingrained in me: “if you are going to do something, make sure you do it right or don’t bother doing it all.”

Take a moment to let that sink in… besides a bad reputation, you are putting yourselves and others at risk, and being the founder and leader of a safety group, that is one thing I would never do to my fellow bikers. Chose wisely, trust me, you won’t regret it. Give honor and respect to a man who lost his life for racial equality.

MLK had a dream and I think we can all agree we should honor that dream. It is the least we can do.

#bikesupgunsdown, anything worth doing, is worth doing right.

MC Atty

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9 thoughts on “Bikes Up & Guns Down

  • January 29, 2016 at 1:44 am
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    No problems with violations of law? Hmmm…. Really?

  • January 29, 2016 at 1:44 am
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    You are wrong. There were injuries/accidents. Plenty of people terrorized when they see that mob coming at them. Not to mention numerous arrests, including for weapons violations like carrying a machine gun and one guy wanted for murder. Don’t know what message you are trying to convey, but to be clear, I think everyone agrees with me this has nothing to do with MLK and Dr. King would not approve of this ride as the way it is being conducted now. If you believe otherwise, then you don’t know your history.

  • January 29, 2016 at 1:42 am
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    Let me know where did I say that, I’m curious.

  • January 27, 2016 at 7:19 am
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    So you’d rather see them shoot eachother? Hmmmm

  • January 27, 2016 at 7:16 am
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    Not one person got hurt lol. So i see no problem here

  • January 23, 2016 at 2:10 pm
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    I would have to agree with you on all points.

  • January 23, 2016 at 2:00 pm
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    As far as your artical, my guess none of the ” riders” can read or will read it. Also, my guess 98 % of them even knew who Rev. King was or what he stood for. They are there just to be jerks because they have nothing in there lives that make them feel like productive humans. My guess is they are assholes everyday of their lives.

  • January 21, 2016 at 4:49 pm
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    Huge problem!

  • January 21, 2016 at 1:25 am
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    Great Article, I would like to add if the Police no do nothing for next Year it will be a big problems,,

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