The gymnasium at the Baxter Community Center in Grand Rapids started filling up a little before six Monday night. Dinner was provided. Parents and kids loaded up Styrofoam plates, then sat down with their meals at the rows of tables. It was a full house.
As the meal finished, napkins folded on plates, a man in a dark grey suit took hold of the microphone and began his presentation.
In front of him were families. Parents. Children. Young children.
The man talked for a while. Eventually, he got to this:
"They have more power than you do," he said. "They have guns. They have legal authority to kill you."