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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