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Governor Ralph Northam (D-Infanticide/Blackface/KKK) of Virginia, was very worried about the potential for violence on Virginia’s annual Lobby Day. Why, armed extremists were coming in the thousands to engage in violence, even insurrection! There were credible threats! He declared an emergency and declared the Capital Commons off limits to anyone carrying a firearm. There was a massive police presence, barricades, masked State Troopers, the works.
Were Northam not a card-carrying D/S/C he would have known better. All he needed to have done was review the brief history of the Tea Party movement. Their rallies were uniformly peaceful; in fact, they were polite and cheerful. Despite staged provocations by D/S/Cs, including Nancy Pelosi and members of the Congressional Black Caucus, they remained polite and cheerful, their events marked only by their policy of leaving their venues even cleaner and neater than they were before their protests. This is hardly surprising considering they were there to demand politicians actually obey the Constitution, while arguing for limited, rule of law, government. Antifa they were not.
Predictably, to normal Americans, which surely includes gun owners, the pro-liberty rally, despite frigid temperatures, was entirely peaceful.
According to Mary Chastain of Legal Insurrection, some 22,000 people attended, some from as far away as Louisiana, and true to form, they even picked up trash prior to leaving. One of the entirely realistic worries of Normal Americans was that D/S/Cs would try to provoke some kind of violence, which they’d use to demonstrate their propaganda was right. They tried, but it didn’t work out terribly well for them. As the meme goes, D/S/Cs, the Media and Virginia Leftists Hardest Hit!
I post this article under the Second Civil War category because D/S/Cs continually argue that any opposition to their anti-liberty/gun schemes is evidence of extremists trying to provoke a war, which would be futile because the government has far more powerful weapons, including nucs. They are laughably wrong about normal Americans trying to provoke a war, as Monday’s (01-20-20) demonstration so clearly illustrates. They’re also wrong about the futility of resistance, a matter I’ll address on this scruffy little blog tomorrow.
Let’s examine, gentle readers, some scenes/stories from the protest, beginning with PJ Media
An incident occurred at the Richmond rally that has some people wondering if they’ve just discovered one of these opposition plants. The video below shows a thin man wearing army-style clothing and claiming to be a libertarian while encouraging someone who is speaking to ‘start a revolution right now’ and ‘hop that fence and kill that guy.’
The crowd quickly turns on the man making the violent suggestions and starts loudly telling the cameras that ‘he’s stirring stuff up’ and ‘that’s not how we are.
They proved it by not being that way. PJ Media also reported that You Tube removed livestreams of the rally, apparently claiming it violated their standards because in some of the videos, guns were visible. Thanks goodness it’s not possible to so much as see guns anywhere else on the Internet or elsewhere in the media or popular entertainment. Goodness knows to what that might lead.
Gabe Guiterrez of NBC News demonstrates why President Trump’s “Fake News” label is, if anything, much too mild:
Take the link. Those in attendance can clearly be heard reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, which is not quite the same thing as “we will not comply,” though the Pledge is to D/S/Cs as a crucifix to a vampire.
I’m sure you’ve seen, gentle readers, maps like this. As this is written, even more VA counties–virtually all of them, and many cities–have declared themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries. The point being, they will not enforce unconstitutional gun laws. This, of course, enrages D/S/Cs. To make that point even clearer, a number of Virginia Sherifs also attended, and spoke, at the rally.
Cam Edwards of Bearing Arms recently explained that Virginia hasn’t descended into tyranny–not quite yet anyway.
Nothing’s been signed by the governor yet. In fact, nothing has even gotten to his desk at the moment. We’ve had three gun control bills pass out of the Senate, but the House hasn’t even had a single committee hearing on any gun control legislation. In fact, Virginia gun owners are actually having an impact on the debate in the legislature, thanks to the Second Amendment Sanctuary movement that’s swept across the state and has led to tens of thousands of engaged citizens contacting their lawmakers to oppose Ralph Northam’s gun control agenda.
On Northam’s agenda are bills that would ban “assault firearms,” which are any rifle in the AR-15 class, the most popular and widely owned rifles in America. Also contemplated are limiting magazines to 10 rounds, and entirely banning suppressors. Owners of such guns would be allowed to keep them, but only if they register them, registration being absolutely essential to confiscation. Failing to register would leave gun owners with two options: surrender them to law enforcement, or face confiscation and prosecution. Virginia D/S/Cs are also pushing a “Red Flag” law that reportedly has even some Democrats uncomfortable due to a lack of due process. Limiting handgun purchases to one a month is also on the agenda.
Other additionally disastrous potential laws require “universal background checks” that could easily outlaw gifts between family members, or even temporary loans of firearms. Another would essentially abolish preemption laws, allowing cities to write their own gun laws, making it impossible for law-abiding Virginians to know the law from place to place. Also being considered are regulations that would close indoor ranges, restrict the placement of outdoor ranges, ban all non-lead ammunition, and punish gun owners for failing to report a lost or stolen firearm.
In short, the proposed laws are a virtual anti-liberty/gun dream, and an obvious preview of what D/S/Cs intend should they again control the White House and Congress. This is also why any attempt by Mr. Trump to seat another Supreme Court Justice will make the Kavanaugh inquisition look like a church social. What D/S/Cs can’t get in the legislature, they expect to get in the courts regardless of that annoying Constitution.
Scholar Dr. John Lott at Townhall.com explains that also at issue is a law that would greatly restrict or eliminate reciprocity with other states. This would prevent those lawfully licensed to carry concealed handguns in other states from carrying in Virginia:
If state Democrats and Henning get their way, criminals will only need to look for an out of state license plates to know who to attack.
For most of the country, reciprocity is already a fact of life. The average state allows people with concealed handgun permits from 32 other states to travel freely. But the seven “may issue” states and D.C. pull down that average; only one of those seven states, Delaware, recognizes permits from any other state. These “may issue” states only give out permits to people who provide local public officials with a good reason for being able to defend themselves.
There’s no good reason not to issue permits much more generously. Permit holders are extremely law-abiding, losing their licenses for firearm-related violations at rates of thousandths or tens of thousandths of one percentage point.
By all means, take the link and read the rest of Lott’s article. Consider this too from Democrat Delegate Mark Levine:
Virginia Democrat Delegate Mark Levine taunted a Second Amendment-supporting citizen Friday by imagining a scenario in which the U.S. military crushed the citizen in battle. Virginia Democrats are pushing sweeping new gun control measures, including three gun control bills that passed the state Senate this week, while Second Amendment supporters plan to assemble in Richmond for a rally on Monday.
Levine, whose 45th District in northern Virginia encompasses sections of Alexandria, Fairfax County, and Arlington, defended the position he stated on Fox News by arguing that an AR-15 would be no match for the U.S. military.
As one might expect, Ralph Northam has joined Barack Obama as one of America’s most effective gun and accessory salesmen:
Virginia gun sales soared in December as tens of thousands of Virginians stocked up on firearms, ammunition, magazines, and more in the wake of the Democrats’ takeover of the state legislature in the November elections. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports gun sales in the last month of 2019 were the second highest in state history.
While December is always the busiest month for firearms sales, we are truly in the midst of a buying spree of historic proportions. I was speaking to Scott Ayers at Farmville Sporting Goods not long ago and he told me that any AR-15’s he gets in are pretty much sold as soon as he puts them up for sale (with the exception of those chambered in .223, for some reason). The same goes for 20 and 30 round magazines, but what really surprised me was that Ayers says he sold more suppressors in December than in the past five years combined.
One would hope that the rally, and the constant deluge of citizen complaints to legislators would have the desired effect, but as I’ve so often written, D/S/Cs believe as an article of faith their policies cannot possibly be wrong. It remains to be seen whether political reality–the actual will of the people, and the Constitution, will override that virtually unshakable conviction.
It has often been said, and attributed to many, “they that will not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” History unmistakably teaches that none the laws being proposed in Virginia will have any effect on public safety. Many will, rather, endanger the honest and law-abiding. Criminals have the nasty tendency not to obey the law, any law, gun laws included. The law-abiding, as was conclusively demonstrated on 01-20-20, do obey the law, and contrary to the evil attributed to them by D/S/Cs do not want civil war. They very much want to avoid it. They support the rule of law, which also includes the right to keep and bear arms.
However, as I’ve previously noted in this series, attempts by government to deprive Americans of their Second Amendment rights, more than perhaps any other despotism, are virtually certain to provoke a second civil war. If Virginia D/S/Cs don’t back down, the first major step toward hostilities may well be taken. Let us pray they discover a newfound appreciation for the Constitution before that happens.
UPDATE, 01-21-20, 1845 CST: Governor “Coonman” Northam has taken credit for ”de-escalating” the rally:
Despite the peaceful nature of the rally, Governor Ralph Northam tried to take credit for the lack of violence. ‘We are all thankful that today passed without incident,’ Northam said in a statement. ‘The teams successfully de-escalated what could have been a volatile situation. This resulted from weeks of planning and extensive cooperation among state, local, and federal partners in Virginia and beyond.
“The teams?” “De-escalate?” I don’t with to denigrate law enforcement, but the only arrest reported was that of a young women who refused to take off a mask. There was nothing to de-escalate.
The media, of course, persisted in saying the rally was full of “white supremacists.” If so, it was the worst white supremacist rally ever:
I love the “Black Guns Matter” shirt. There’s an American with a sense of humor.
The shuttering of shooting ranges is the most obvious proof that this is not about criminal use of guns. Criminals don’t tend to frequent gun ranges, for any reason. Clearly, they are trying anything they can to make gun owners pariahs.
Stand strong, Virginians. The world is watching.
Mike McDaniel said:
Quite so. This is about hatred of liberty, and a burning desire to harm their political opponents, the better to utterly control them. All free men should fear, and oppose, their political hired hands that want to disarm them.
As I’m sure you’ll bring up tomorrow, the rifle is the queen of weapons. Reasonably trained me with rifles and common explosives, in a large enough force, can overwhelm just about any weapons system given the time.
And as the old military saying goes. “you can bomb it, you can shell it, but you don’t own it until you can stand a 17 year old with a rifle on it”.
Mike McDaniel said:
For whatever reason, the demonstration was peaceful and when their permit time ran out everyone dispersed peacefully. This is a good thing, although I’d not read too much into the idea that these folks “were all just plain swell folks” singing Kumbaya. Not in the numbers that were reported present. Personally, I think everyone was lucky this didn’t get nasty. More like this kind of peaceful demonstration, given the theme of it all, was an exception to strive for in the future, and not the common, run-of-the-mill rule demonstration.
That being said… and again, we should all be thankful it was peaceful… there was a strange imagery of the affair.. your pic illustrates it and I saw it on media video as well. It was a bit more than just plain old law abiding Americans displaying their assault weaponry as a symbolic gesture in support of the Second Amendment. A number of these law abiding folks were dressed literally for combat. I mean.. total assault regalia.. from the camo military dress, ammo/gear harness with modular pouches for multiple magazines, military issue boots, right up to the camo helmet… and let’s make sure the assault rifle is in the front position ready to strike rather than over-the-shoulder standing-down posture. I wouldn’t be surprised if their underwear were authentic GI (or some surplus former Iron Curtain issue). So.. I guess I ask the question… why? If the demonstration was all about supporting the Second, why wear intimidating dress as if for combat assault? Was there some sort of static historical re-enactment display to somehow be fun and educational for the whole family? I am wondering, were some of these law abiding citizens dressed like that in anticipation of something happening?
Honestly, Mike… when I viewed your pic above there and read your caption, I was in the middle of a sip of Diet Coke and nearly spit it out at the screen in suppressing a laugh at the contrast. Somehow if law abiding gun owners are trying to win over the hearts and minds of a doubting public, prancing around carrying your weapon and looking like the 82nd getting ready to board the plane for the Normandy drop. But.. hey.. I’m sure that’s just me. I wasn’t aware that demonstrating peaceful gun ownership meant looking like that.
I’ve heard estimates of 22K, 25K, and upwards of 100K were in Richmond on Monday. If overhead drone videos become available, there are programs that are designed to make relatively accurate estimates of crowd sizes. Besides, do you trust crowd estimates made by those whose bias makes it imperative to minimize those numbers?
The demonstration was peaceful not out of luck but because the participants made damned certain that it was, because they knew that if there were violence it would be reported as the start of WWIII meaning total gun confiscation is needed NOW! The numbers of people helped, kept ANTIFA & Co. quiet or absent (the cowards that they are), also everybody was on the watch for agents provocateurs of which there were a couple, quickly suppressed or shouted down.
A lot of hunters wear camo while hunting. A lot of camo gear is insulated, and it was pretty cold that day in Richmond. If camouflage frightens you, stay away from police, the military, and video games.
And so what if they want to pretend soldier? Should we also ban Renaissance fairs as well because some people go around dressed like oppressive-patriarchal kings and queens and nobles and in some cases wear actual swords and knives and maces that can stab or cut or bash? And while we’re at it ban SF conventions and the aforementioned historical reenactments. Harry Potter too! And don’t forget about the Handmaidens against Trump!
These protesters aren’t trying to win over people like you. You seem to believe that guns are inherently evil and that it we just banned them criminality would also disappear. The protesters were trying to demonstrate to the media, the general public, and most importantly to the lawmakers that their cause and their weapons are widely popular and that they have a right to them enshrined in the state and federal constitutions. Turning millions of ordinary citizens into felons just because some people are scared that their possessions might possibly be misused (while NOT going after the possessors of illegally obtained weapons because that would be dangerous and RACIST) is the kind of tyranny the 2A was written to defend against. Cars, knives, hammers, and baseball bats are also dangerous. Would you like it if they were banned and they came around to confiscate them? And don’t give me the argument that you need to drive to work; you can use public transportation, or bikes, or your feet, to get to work. What? No public transportation? The job too far away? Skype, then!
It would be one thing if Northam & Co actually went after the criminal gangs shooting up the cities and causing the vast majority of the actual deaths attributed to guns (almost all of them hand guns, BTW, not ‘assault’ weapons). Project Exile in Richmond (supported them by Tim Kaine when he was mayor) actually cut down on murders by gun with the harsh penalties handed out to gang members who used guns. That might give the D’s some slight justification for their proposed laws. But they not only aren’t trying to do that but they’re not even pretending to. We already know that LEOs aren’t obligated to put themselves at risk defending ordinary citizens. And they can’t be everywhere. Disarming the law abiding while NOT disarming the lawless is criminally stupid.
If I’m sounding snarky and irritable, it’s because I dislike people who sneer at others just to feel superior, who assume that their viewpoint is the only valid one and everybody who disagrees is evil/stupid/crazy or some combination thereof.
First off.. I am a card-carrying CA Republican (very anti-Trump.. sorry if that makes you further snarky)) and I own guns. Second off, I have also owned businesses in my past and I understand the importance of imagery in advertising and trying to push a cause… or sell a product. Hunting camo gear is a far cry (and far less intimidating) from adults dressing up as soldiers totting guns in a Second Amendment demonstration. If the demonstration wasn’t meant to promote and convince someone, somewhere, to avoid gun control, then what was the reason for all this?
If you prefer to believe that 22k people.. or whatever the number ends up being… all were there being on good behavior and not waiting on a hair-trigger (pun intended) for someone or some group on the sidelines posing an alternative message.. then go for it. I tend to believe it was luck.. given all the numbers.
You are feeling snarky because you feel your gun ownership is being threatened by typed words on a screen?
doug…something the general public needs to get a grip on is that no one really cares, at all, about winning them over, or convincing them we are nice people
So, then, the demonstration was just a self-affirming family outing… for 22,000 people? I suppose that’s ok…. if you want that.
Mike McDaniel said:
I’m sure you realize those carrying rifles were doing so to demonstrate the peaceful carrying of arms is a threat to no one. Any danger is inherent in the person, not the gun. They were, for the most part, also carrying them on single point slings, muzzle down, not slung over a shoulder as a WWII troop might have done. This is so because contemporary slings don’t allow that, and their method of carry was the contemporary standard. Nothing else was implied.
Anyone finding tactical clothing threatening needs to get out a bit more. Variations of such clothing have been very fashionable for decades. Demonstrating peaceful gun ownership means just that. Guns are present, or there is no demonstration of peaceful gun ownership.
Captain Witold Pilecki said:
I understand the position of the hoplophobes…GUNS BAD!
I don’t understand the average gun owner being so frightened of free citizen Patriots having and wearing the same gear and weapons as the militarized gubmint alphabet agencies or law enforcement. Those in unmarked gear are not a problem, the ones in velcro attached insignia that say FBI, SWAT, DHS, DOJ, POLICE are.
Playing games.. “Walter Mitty” military wannabe’s. Thinking that dressing up in military gear and carrying their “law abiding” weaponry makes them some sort of patriot bad-ass. Which, by the way, what makes the gun-totting bunch any more or less a “free Patriot” than any other American? I’ve said this before.. the measure of a patriotic American has little to do with magazine capacity.
Carrying guns and supporting the Second is one thing.. but pretending it all means some sort of “militia-like” defense.. (or call it “defiance”?) rather leaves out those “law-abiding” folks who want to hunt, engage in competition, do the occasional plinking, or otherwise have no interest in prancing around like some GI Joe wannabe.
Mike McDaniel said:
Let us recall anti-liberty/gun advocates argue the Second Amendment applies only to a militia. Very well then. When a militia appears, openly, lawfully and peacefully carrying arms, one can’t have it both ways.
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Leonard Jones said:
Dana Loesch reported that a number of Black Panthers were marching
in solidarity with the pro-2-A crowd.
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Mike McDaniel said:
Dear 357 Magnum:
Thanks for the link!