AR-Wielding Anti-Trump Protester Threatened to Shoot Supporters

The man has been charged with a federal crime. (Photo: Twitter Screenshot)

A man who attended a Black Lives Matter protest in Lubbock, TX, with an AR-15 has been arrested and charged with “making interstate threats.”

Federal officials told local media that Emmanuel Quinones, 25, attended the rally with a loaded Smith & Wesson AR-15 with the intent to shoot “MAGA instigators.”

Video from the incident shows Quinones holding his rifle at the low ready position while protestors yell and record on their phones. Erin Nealy Cox, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas, said the man’s actions caused panic among the protestors, and he allegedly refused a Lubbock police officer’s verbal commands to drop the rifle.

Off-camera, an officer points his handgun at Quinones, which prompts him to drop his rifle. Then, one of the protestors tries to tackle the man, and one of the officers appears to injure himself. At the video’s conclusion, Quinones starts a “hands up, don’t shoot” chant, which is repeated by the crowd.

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Quinones allegedly shouted, “this is a revolution” and “President Trump must die” as he was taken into custody, according to the criminal complaint obtained by local media.

He told police that he attended the protest with his rifle to protect demonstrators from “MAGA instigators,” who he planned to shoot on sight. He claimed the police could not identify these counter-protestors, but that he could.

Reports do not specify the evidence investigators used to bring the charges, but Quinones posted on Facebook on May 28 an image of an AR-15 lower from Palmetto State Armory with the caption, “Gonna get some more of these to off racists and MAGA people.”

“Instead of respecting citizens’ rights to respectfully voice their feelings, this defendant incited panic, putting everyone present – including those he claimed to support – in danger,” said Cox. “We will not tolerate attempts to instill terror or encourage violence at otherwise peaceful protests.”

“The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. In this case, the defendant threatened multiple lives including the President of the United States and that will not be tolerated,” said FBI Dallas Special Agent in Charge Matthew J. DeSarno.

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Openly carrying a firearm is not a crime in Texas, but state law does prohibit displaying a firearm in a public place “in a manner calculated to alarm.”

Quinones is vocal about his anti-Trump sentiments on Facebook and has been posting constantly over the last week.

According to his Facebook profile, Quinones is a graduate student at Texas Tech.

If convicted, he faces up to five years in federal prison.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at

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  • Ghost_001 June 15, 2020, 7:45 pm

    That’s funny, not one time have I ever seen a MAGA counter protestor fighting or getting anywhere near Floyd protestors or the Rioting Floyd Looters.

  • Pat June 15, 2020, 3:40 pm

    This will only end one way. One side is going to have to exterminate the other and I for one ain’t getting in the boxcar. What say the rest of you? Is everyone gonna keep standing around, retreating, redrawing red lines and issuing empty threats till their faces are against the wall with a firing squad to their back before you all decide to lift a finger to fight back? Like it or not, this fight is coming to your neighborhood, your house, your family and you have a choice to make. Surrender and die like a coward, or strap up, and fight. You either live, or join the ranks of warriors in Valhalla. Either is better than option A.

  • etph June 15, 2020, 1:26 pm

    The John Brown Club seems to be a gun group that teaches and supports leftists. You can see small groups of them protecting protestors. Some have distinctive caps. One group of members photographed have bright pink tape as armbands, others have the tape on their backpacks. Another different group in another city or state have bright blue tape. I guess they do this so others can identify them as security and to defuse any potential fear and tension among the protestors.

  • Chien Rouge June 15, 2020, 8:52 am

    A graduate student at Texas Tech, has probably never held a job in his miserable little life. Career student. He’s going to show those Facsists Trump supporters they can’t talk that shit with him around. 😉

  • Jim June 13, 2020, 3:29 am

    Only 5 years? Start at 20 and settle on 10.

  • William Gillard June 12, 2020, 1:41 pm

    This story is bullshit!

  • Ziggy June 12, 2020, 11:40 am

    I suppose I speak from a position of racial, economic and educational privilege but it continues to bother me when people are too ignorant to write a coherent English sentence or too lazy to proofread before posting. Mr. Wilson apparently doesn’t know the difference between an automatic and a semiautomatic rifle. He also does not know or care about the difference between “a” and “and”.

    • Carl F Schnackel June 12, 2020, 12:10 pm

      “Racial, economic and educational privilege”? I’m assuming that you’re Caucasian. I’m not sure what you mean by privilege, since economic and education opportunities are available to all in the US. If you’re talking about the myth of “White Privilege”, a few days ago I had a black police officer tell me that “the only way you would buy into the concept of white privilege is if you inherently feel that white people are somehow better than black people.” After thinking about it, I knew he was right. There is no white privilege unless you somehow feel that white people are better than black people, and then it’s only in your mind — and believing that it exists doesn’t make it any more true than believing in unicorns.

    • Michael R Stuhr June 15, 2020, 10:18 am

      “I suppose I speak from a position of racial, economic and educational privilege”

      Why? What did you ever do to hold back anyone of any color?

      Black people escape poverty and ignorance every day, those that choose to.

      Those that somehow think people like you and I owe them something for our oppression towards them are

      blaming the last thing responsible for their problems.

      Ever oppress anyone? Me either.

      Their own culture and Democrat policies are what has ruined the live of many of them while blaming us.

      How funny, I have never oppressed anyone in my life.

      • Jake June 15, 2020, 11:41 am

        This was obvious sarcasm guys. Lighten up.

  • dave brown June 12, 2020, 11:32 am

    I have been around for 68 years and gunning since before age 12. I keep wondering why the left and right do the BS they do as I am sure the left is just as well-armed as the right. Wouldn’t be nice if we just got along and enjoyed our firearms. As for who this guy was and which side he is really on all I can say in my 50 years of voting I have never trusted A Party Nor Any Form Of Government, but they are a needed Evil just way over-powered than We The People should allow.

    • deanbob June 15, 2020, 7:47 am

      From what you’ve written and the decades of leftist opposition to legal gun ownership, do you believe all of those alleged leftist gun owns are hypocrites?

      • Huapakechi June 15, 2020, 9:14 am

        Hypocrites? Is there any doubt?

      • TrumpIsntPro2A June 15, 2020, 1:47 pm

        Odd that you seem to think it is just “leftists” who pass gun control. Reagan is responsible for setting precedent in places like California. Trump passed the bump stock ban. It is people like you who don’t see that the “radical left” and the “conservative right” are two sides of the same coin. Keep voting republican and see how well that turns out. The difference between the left and right is that those on the left will say they want to take guns away, those on the right wait and do it when no one is looking or when their emotions tell them to do it.
        Please stop biting into the party lines hook line and sinker. Otherwise your going to end up on someone’s string. And once those rights are gone, they will not be coming back.

        • JR Hutto June 17, 2020, 6:27 pm

          Okay, smart ass. You obviously are a bump stock lover. Okay now then, for whom should I vote? Butthole O’Rourke or Groping Joe Biden who want’s to take your AR-14 away leaving you to your double barreled shotgun to shoot dangerously into thin air to scare off would be attackers? Or some third party dipstick who has a less than zero minus 500 percent chance of winning even one state’s Electoral College vote?
          You bump stock, Rambo wannabe people make me sick. If you want a machine gun or a machine-gun wannabe, go join the Army and fire all kinds of belted machine-guns and then clean those greasy suckers up after done. They are area fire weapons, period and have little value in the insurgent anti America war you guys espouse. Me, I’ve had my fill of that over 28 years of service. Machine-guns have a purpose, sure but I not in civilian life unless you think you’re actually going to go to war with America. If you do, I’m sure there’s a designated marksman who will give you a “third eye” from 1.5 miles away before you can get through your first belt of ammo.
          You 2A extremists are some really sick puppies. I fully and completely, unlike you, comprehend the 2A. It provides for INDIVIDUAL men as the militia. It does not pertain to crew served weapons teams.
          Now, you’re only response is to call me a FUDD. Mine is to make the call of those famous lizards in Vietnam for you.
          We’re on the same side dufus. Quit romanticizing it, want a machine-gun, pay the tax and get one. Then what?

        • Kocher December 18, 2020, 6:50 pm

          I agree with that sentiment as evidence by girl Donnie was in an interview after a deranged individual used a sound modulator silencer muffler whatever you wanna call it in when he asked Donnie Donny said well I don’t like him so he’s not all what he says he has all the time again it’s up to the people to make sure that these guys
          “keep what they say and do what they mean” “come on man”
          Do what I say I do what I say I “do what I say come on man”. (Quote by our president elect Biden)

  • Carl F Schnackel June 12, 2020, 11:19 am

    I wonder how he’s going to feel about the “race relations” in prison, where among the inmates it’s all about race. Does he really think that the black groups in prison will accept him just because he chanted a few times at a BLM protest? He’s in for a wake up call.

    • Tom Hart June 12, 2020, 12:27 pm

      Yea, he’s not going to enjoy any “privilege” in the can…

    • Andrew N. June 13, 2020, 1:29 am

      “Wake up call”? More like a “bend over here it comes” call by lots of big black guys with big dicks. If he really thinks the whites will protect him after this, he’s mistaken. I hope his Spanish improves greatly.

      • Jake June 15, 2020, 11:46 am

        There’s an old saying that “a liberal is just a conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet.” My guess in this case is our soon to become conservative grad student will be promoting a book on his transformation on Tucker Carlson after getting mugged and probably buggered by his fellow revolutionaries in the Texas Dept. of Corrections. LOL!

  • DaveGinOly June 12, 2020, 10:50 am

    The protesters were afraid if they started any sh*t that he’d presume they were right-wing “agitators.” (Largely, if not completely, a media myth – no need for them when Antifa and BLM are around. And where were these instigators during early rounds of BLM/Antifa antics? You know, those that occurred during the previous administration.) His presence and threats were preventing them from looting lest they get shot! Left-wing fratricide – imagine how the media would have played that. Suddenly this jerk off would have been a “Trump supporter.”

    • Jake June 15, 2020, 11:52 am

      The press would treat it just like the riots today. Black criminal arrested or shot-RIOTS and Cops at fault. Rioters murder a dozen people, kill and maim cops, burn every Black owned business and we hear ZERO about it. When was the last time you heard about the gunman who shot Congressman Scalise? How about the Muslim terrorists who have been arrested attacking people and stabbing a cop in the neck during these Democrat riots? Crickets from the press and you are a racist if YOU mention it. F then all! They are our enemy.

  • gary holfstra June 12, 2020, 8:37 am

    If you’re a cop nowadays you might want to be in better shape than this guy in Lubbock. Your life may depend on it.

    • FirstStateMark June 12, 2020, 10:13 am

      I agree. Looked to me the officer might be having a heart attack from a little skirmish on the ground.

      • Blasted Cap June 15, 2020, 7:19 am

        Looked like he wrenched his ankle when his foot went off the edge of the sidewalk. The grass area between the sidewalk and curb looks a bit lower.

  • rsmalt June 12, 2020, 8:31 am

    This moron is lucky he didn’t get blown out of his socks.

    He’ll make someone a fine wife, when he hits the federal slam.

  • Dave June 12, 2020, 8:17 am

    I expect folks to have SOME knowledge (even protestors), re: “Mark Wilson”. AR-15s are NOT “automatic weapons”.

    • joefoam June 12, 2020, 9:08 am

      Exactly what I saw. The MSM has everyone programmed to believe that an AR pattern rifle is a machine gun.

      • Rouge1 June 12, 2020, 10:51 am

        The only difference is one hole on each side of the lower and a couple of small parts. They already have pussies like you making exceptions to you constitutional rights and fearing automatic ar 15s and they didn’t even amend the constitution to infringe on your right.

        • Big Al 45 June 12, 2020, 6:51 pm

          Do us all a favor, learn how to be nice, as well as punctuation. And work on your comprehension skills, It’s difficult to ascertain just why you felt the need to call joefoam names, he simply made valid point.
          What the hell is wrong with you?

    • Stuart June 12, 2020, 6:46 pm

      Mark Wilson is just another leftest idiot doing his best to make shit up (“automatic weapon”) as he stumbles through his miserable, self-loathing existence. I’m surprised he has yet to figure out some way to blame Trump for the actions of yet another leftist idiot. As if there actually is some other type of leftest.

    • David Boerboom June 15, 2020, 1:57 pm

      You wouldn’t necessarily know that from 100m away. It’s a generic term. He probably should have just said ‘a rifle’…. Or maybe not said/posted anything at all…. But that was probably the most excitment that protester guy had ever hand. Hence posting it.

  • srsquidizen June 12, 2020, 8:07 am

    The peaceful black demonstrators just want to protest what happened to Floyd. That’s their right. Others just want to get something free by looting. But it’s obvious that some of the most violent and extremely dangerous people involved in the mayhem are WHITE left-wing radicals. These WHITE anarchists don’t really give a damn about black lives. Actually, they want a whole lot more black people to end up getting killed in order to foment the destruction of America and a Marxist revolution.

    • James June 12, 2020, 1:01 pm

      Malcolm X said: “The worst enemy that the Negro have is this white man that runs around here drooling at the mouth professing to love Negros and calling himself a liberal, and it is following these white liberals that has perpetuated problems that Negros have. If the Negro wasn’t taken, tricked or deceived by the white liberal, then Negros would get together and solve our own problems.

      • David Hicks June 12, 2020, 2:04 pm

        Those White Liberals get great satisfaction out of this sort of stuff. They see themselves as “Great Saviors” or some crap. It helps them to feel better than everyone else for their great intelligence and compassion. What a lot of garbage they are. They are an active enemy of the Black Community. Shed yourselves of those types of people and take control back of your Communities.

    • deanbob June 15, 2020, 7:54 am

      These white anarchists (ANTIFA) may have taken a page from Obama’s old friend Bill Ayers of the Weather Underground.

  • triggerpull June 12, 2020, 7:28 am

    Wait–something is not right here–these are clearly BLM protestors and the guy is threatening them. Somebody is lying about what the video shows.

  • Bad Penguin June 12, 2020, 6:00 am

    To bad he dropped the rifle.

    • Ghost June 12, 2020, 7:06 am


  • JM June 9, 2020, 2:44 pm

    I could see him gettin’ a hundred ARs pointed right back at him for that…

  • Bobs your uncle June 7, 2020, 1:22 pm

    Look up Danial Shaver Peoria az to see how its done

    • Blasted Cap June 15, 2020, 7:29 am

      Oh yeah, the guy that got lit up in the hotel. After he didn’t have a weapon or anything else in his hands but his pants. The one where the cop had “you’re fucked” on the inside of his dust cover. That’s the where all the officers are yelling different and contradictory orders at the guy? Which one was supposed to follow and not get shot?
      You’re an asshole.

  • Ricky B. June 6, 2020, 12:41 pm

    Graduate student at Texas Tech, huh…

    “My mama says that stupid is as stupid does.”
    – Forrest Gump

    • Ghost June 12, 2020, 7:09 am

      This is the kind of student our Universities are producing. Too stupid to exist.

      • Ozark Muleskinner June 12, 2020, 8:51 am

        You are exactly correct. Sadly, if ever SHTF, he will be among the first to perish, the end result of an education system run by unions solely for the benefit of corrupt union higher-ups. Ours is a political/economic system tottering on its diseased, corpulent legs.

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