“Come And Take It”: Massive Virginia Gun Rights Rally Kicks Off In Richmond

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“Come And Take It”: Massive Virginia Gun Rights Rally Kicks Off In Richmond

Virginia’s annual “Lobby Day” pro-second-amendment demonstration will be noticeably larger this year, thanks to the fact that the Democrats who control Virginia’s governorship and both houses in the General Assembly are plotting sweeping gun control legislation that could include red flag laws and a draconian assault weapons ban. 

As we reported over the weekend, tens of thousands of demonstrators are expected to show up this year, far outnumbering the typical turnout of the annual gathering.

In response, Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency banning guns on capitol grounds and police have scoured the web looking for evidence of violent plots among the many conservative groups who planned to attend, including several armed militia groups. And the FBI made several arrests, as the state does everything in its power to try and prevent another Charlottesville.

"Come And Take It": Massive Virginia Gun Rights Rally Kicks Off In Richmond

Hours before the 11 am rally was set to begin, thousands of demonstrators were already gathering outside the capitol building in Richmond, many wearing camouflage and carrying messages of support for President Trump.

"Come And Take It": Massive Virginia Gun Rights Rally Kicks Off In Richmond

Members of the mainstream press, including the AP, who are covering the rally are already painting it as overwhelmingly white and male, in furtherance of their narrative that the event was organized by and for white supremacists.

"Come And Take It": Massive Virginia Gun Rights Rally Kicks Off In Richmond

Over the weekend, a reporter at NBC News decried the rally as a white supremacist event, before swiftly deleting their tweet, as the Daily Caller reminds us.

"Come And Take It": Massive Virginia Gun Rights Rally Kicks Off In Richmond

Teenage gun control activist David Hogg blasted the “white supremacists and nazis” who showed up to the event.

 

But as they prepared to march, some black Americans who have chosen to participate in the rally have taken umbrage at these unsubstantiated claims of white supremacy.

Though guns have been banned inside the capitol grounds thanks to a state of emergency declared by Gov. Ralph Northam, thousands waiting outside the cordoned-off area are open carrying and hopefully scaring the bejeezus out of any would-be counter protesters.

"Come And Take It": Massive Virginia Gun Rights Rally Kicks Off In Richmond

Even left-wing journalists covering the rally were surprised by the size of the crowd in the hours before the demonstration’s official start.

Though the governor and at least one top Republican asked ‘far-right’ groups (including militias) to stay away from the event, some armed groups paraded up and down outside the capitol.

Indeed, videos of armed groups flooded Twitter, accompanied by Liberal journalists whining about how these white militia men are better armed and therefore more than dangerous than the migrants and asylum seekers crossing the border.

Several pro-2A groups petitioned a judge to try and overturn Northam’s state of emergency banning guns on capitol grounds, but the judge refused, claiming the right to bear arms is “not without restrictions”.

Groups of demonstrators could be heard calling for Northam’s resignation. Some were caught on video chanting “Northam out.”

The arrest of alleged white supremacists planning to participate in the rally has also further inflamed tensions between the state government and pro-carry groups.

Though most of the demonstrators who chose to carry selected commonly used firearms, one man attracted attention and derision after bringing a 50 cal to the protest.

"Come And Take It": Massive Virginia Gun Rights Rally Kicks Off In Richmond

Monday’s rally was organized, as the ‘Lobby Day’ protest is every year, by the Virginia Citizens Defense League. The issue of gun control was a key factor in Virginia’s 2019 statewide elections, and Democrats running in the state attracted considerable support from donors across the country.

But the gun control push has sparked an unprecedented backlash, prompting dozens of municipalities to actively consider “2A sanctuary” legislation that would effectively invalidate state laws.

Kem Regik, a 20-year-old private security officer from northern Virginia, brought a white flag with a picture of a rifle captioned, “Come and take it.”

“I don’t like what the legislature is doing and I’m here to let them know that,” he said.

Jesse Lambert was dressed in mix of colonial era minute-man garb and cargo pants, with an colt rifle strapped across his back. He said he traveled from Louisiana to show opposition to the gun control bills. He said their efforts would unfairly punish law-abiding gun owners, particularly those who own AR-Style rifles.

“These are your average common people carrying firearms that are in common use,” he said.

For anyone who couldn’t make it to the rally, but would still like to experience a taste of what it’s like out there, Ruptly has posted a live feed. Watch below:


Tyler Durden

Mon, 01/20/2020 – 11:05

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