Where Was the Violence in Virginia?
(UnitedVoice.com) – A massive Second Amendment gun rally in Virginia’s state capital ended peacefully on Monday. Leading up to the event, liberal politicians and the media warned there could be extremist, right-wing violence similar to what happened in Charlottesville in 2017.
According to the Virginia Division of Capitol Police, approximately 22,000 people peacefully protested the newly elected Democratic majority’s proposed legislation that would make it harder to buy and own firearms, ban assault-style rifles, and turn gun-owning citizens into criminals overnight if they don’t comply with orders to confiscate their guns.
In a show of political theatrics, Virginian Gov. Ralph Northam (D) declared a state of emergency ahead of the pro-gun rally. Northam said he was concerned over fears that extremists and right-wing militia groups may “storm the capital.”
While the governor ought to put protective measures in place to protect the public, one has to wonder if Northam used unnecessary rhetoric and executive authority to keep law-abiding protestors away.
Protests and rallies are held all over the country. How often is there a state of emergency declared for those events?
Virginia has a deep, rich history of gun ownership and is experiencing a clashing of cultures. Northern Virginia, Richmond, and Norfolk have seen strong population growth that heavily favors liberal-leaning Democrats. That growth resulted in Democrats winning the legislature in 2019. The majority outside of the cities have remained deeply red and conservative.
Founding Fathers Warned About Government Prohibition of Guns
The founding fathers protected their liberty from their own oppressive, over-handed government. For decades, England:
- Taxed the colonists unfairly
- Stripped them of their representation in parliament
- Took for itself people’s homes, possessions, and food
- Labeled the colonist’s traitors for asking for their God-given liberties to be restored
Thomas Jefferson said, “The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes…. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.”
Additionally, George Washington said, “When government takes away citizens’ right to bear arms it becomes citizens’ duty to take away government’s right to govern.”
George Mason fought against disarming the people by saying, “To disarm the people…[i]s the most effectual way to enslave them.”
The founding fathers knew the dangers of a growing, powerful, unchecked government. I’m not advocating for anyone to use violence against any of our government institutions. We have a ballot box and should be informed about our history and the issues in order to make a good decision when it comes time to vote.
To ensure our liberties, it’s prudent for voters to use their rights to determine who represents them. Bad things happen when people are not educated, informed, and don’t vote.
One Virginia Socialist Democrat Makes Outrageous Accusations
In a show of political malfeasance, House Delegate Lee Carter (a self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist) said that the proven peaceful protestors “terrorized Richmond,” had “racial implications” and the called protesters “fascists” and “idiots.”
The "pro-gun" people that terrorized Richmond yesterday probably don't realize that all they did was tag team with fascists, strengthen the liberals' resolve to pass gun control bills, and force the most gun-friendly Dem (me) to not show up for a day.
Idiots. Absolute idiots.
— LeeCarter (@carterforva) January 21, 2020
Gun-Rally Goes Off Without a Problem
In spite of the impending doom and unfortunate rhetoric from liberal Democrats and the media, it was a day free of violence. The reality of the situation was in stark contrast to irresponsible claims that the rally would be filled with white nationalists, racists, and others prepared to cause chaos and harm.
Is it possible the presence of so many guns prevented violence?
Instead of disorder, there was order. Music played, people shared food, and chants of “USA!” could be heard throughout the day.
The founding fathers would have been proud of the people that were peacefully protesting before their government. Unlike liberal protests, the Virginian protesters even took the time to clean up after themselves.
Protests are essential to securing our liberties. However, they aren’t the only way to achieve this goal. People have to do more than just protest against policies they don’t align with.
Each of us has a responsibility to inform and educate ourselves, respectfully persuade our family, friends, and neighbors, and exercise our right to vote.
If we don’t, we may someday lose our liberties given to us in the United States Constitution.
By Don Purdum, Freelance Contributor
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