In the days leading up to the Second Amendment rally at the Virginia State Capitol, reports from the liberal media would have had you believe Armageddon was well on its way.
#NEW MONTAGE from me showing how @CNN and @MSNBC spent their mornings hyping fears that "white nationalists" and "extremists" would cause "violence" at #VirginiaRally for the #2A like in 2017 at Charlottesville #LobbyDay2020 pic.twitter.com/wR91mMPfmR
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 20, 2020
In spite of anti-gun fearmongering leading up to the big day, the massive demonstration came and went without so much as a fistfight.
According to various reports from media and rally attendees, tens of thousands of gun rights advocates showed up to protest the state’s barrage of unconstitutional gun legislation.
In the days leading up to the rally, there was some talk of violent extremist groups turning the event into another Charlottesville disaster, leading Gov. Ralph Northam to declare a temporary state of emergency, banning all weapons from the grounds of the Capitol.
This is the best view of Capitol Square. 9th, 10th, and Main Streets are also full. Many individuals are not entering the fenced off areas and remaining on the streets so that they may still carry. pic.twitter.com/ybn20i21iG
— Tanner B. Hirschfeld (@Hirschfeld4VA) January 20, 2020
While the epic gathering of firearm owners and enthusiasts was a markedly nonviolent one, local news outlets did report that a young woman was arrested for refusing to remove a bandana from her face and later released.
Attendees at the rally noted the peaceful, brotherly atmosphere among the diverse groups and individuals who all showed up to unite around the common goal of preserving their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
In an obligatory statement following the rally, Gov. Northam said that “thousands of people came to Richmond to make their voices heard. Today showed that when people disagree, they can do so peacefully. The issues before us evoke strong emotions, and progress is often difficult. I will continue to listen to the voices of Virginians, and I will continue to do everything in my power to keep our Commonwealth safe.”
Northam also commended the local and state law enforcement, whose heavy presence was felt all throughout the rally, for their assistance.
“You’re never going to get the criminals to turn in their weapons,” rally attendee Bill Hayden told WTVR. “That’s why we’re here. None of us have committed a crime. Go take care of the criminals. Don’t take the guns from us.”
“It’s a right that’s it. Just like your First Amendment Right, Freedom of Speech, Fourth Amendment Right, Sixth Amendment Right, 14th Amendment Right, which leads back to the Second,” added Mark Cheeseman in the interview. “There’s really no argument. It’s non-negotiable.”
State Senator Amanda Chase, a staunch Second Amendment supporter, was a powerful presence at the rally, meeting with attendees and giving a fiery speech at the event.
While this was a tremendous event and we praise God that so many folks were able to peacefully assemble in defense of liberty, we know this fight is nowhere near over.
Virginia’s leftist legislators have no intention whatsoever of hearing from law-abiding gun owners. Folks like Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, the Fairfax Democrat behind the state’s failed attempt to remove religious exemptions for childhood vaccines back in 2016, met with anti-gun teen activists and assured them that she will “not let [them] down.”
Thank you to the amazing kids from @AMarch4OurLives for coming to Richmond today to advocate for gun violence prevention in Virginia. Your courage is an inspiration to all of us. We will not let you down. pic.twitter.com/SyGuFCetzu
— Eileen Filler-Corn (@EFillerCorn) January 20, 2020
Gun restriction bills aren’t slowing down. So far, the Senate has passed SB 70, which requires a universal background check when people sell firearms; SB 69, which limits handgun purchases to one a month, and SB 35, which allows localities to ban firearms in a public space during a permitted event. SB 240, a red flag bill which would create a process for attorneys and law enforcement to file emergency orders prohibiting a person believed to pose “a substantial risk of injury to himself or others” from purchasing, possessing or transferring a firearm.
Now isn’t the time to rest, folks. Keep the pressure on your legislators to kill these bills. Get involved with Second Amendment advocacy organizations. Make the time for it. We only get to keep our rights as long as we fight for them. Let’s get to work!!
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