Gov. Northam’s ban on guns from Capitol grounds did nothing to slow down the Second Amendment rally that went on in Richmond, VA today!
Over 22,000 gun rights activists surrounded the state’s Capitol building earlier to protest Northam and his far-left new gun control policies that would turn many of them into criminals.
The rally kicked off with protestors singing the Star Spangled Banner:
The crowd was HUGE, and many gatherd outside the Capitol fence to skirt around Gov. Northam's temporary ban on guns.
One man proudly held up a sign that read "I'd rather be an American than a Democrat!"
Despite liberal fears that the rally would be full of violent white supremacists, which drove VA Gov. Ralph Northam to declare a state of emergency, the event was just full of peaceful, proud Americans of all races!
One black gun rights supporter that attended the rally spoke out against this:
Reporters seemed to be surprised at how peaceful the scene was and how nice all the responsible gun owners who showed up were (just compare that to your average liberal or Antifa rally!):
To drive home that point, check out how these gun owners deemed evil by the mass media cleaned up trash after the rally was over:
Alex Jones even showed up to the rally, chanting "The answer to 1984 is 1776!":
While the rally was happening, President Trump declared his support and promised to "NEVER allow our great Second Amendment to go unprotected."
Read Trump's tweet here:
Independent has more to say on the rally and why it was held:
Thousands of guns rights activists descended on Capitol Square in Richmond, Virginia, for a rally after the state Senate passed a series of bills limiting the purchasing of firearms and establishing mandatory background checks.
Gun owners rallied on the streets amid heavy security, with many demonstrators holding weapons, pro-gun rights banners and wearing camouflage clothing. Activists were campaigning for their right to bear arms, which is protected by the Second Amendment of the constitution.
Governor Ralph Northam (D-VA) declared a state of emergency and temporarily banned guns on capitol grounds as the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) held its annual Lobby Day demonstrations on Martin Luther King Jr Day.
The demonstrations come less than a week after the gun control measures were advanced in the state legislature, setting up for a contentious showdown between gun owners attending the rally and counter-protestors calling for common sense reforms in Virginia, known for its lax gun laws.
More than 22,000 armed gun-rights activists peacefully filled the streets around Virginia’s capitol building on Monday to protest gun-control legislation making its way through the newly Democratic-controlled state legislature.
Despite fears that neo-Nazis or other extremists would piggyback on the Richmond rally to stoke unrest like the violence at a 2017 demonstration by white nationalists in Charlottesville that killed a counter-protester, the Capitol Police reported just one arrest, a 21-year-old woman taken into custody for wearing a bandana over her face after twice being warned that masks were not allowed.
Chants of “USA! USA! USA!” and others praising President Donald Trump reverberated as men and women carrying handguns and rifles squeezed into the streets around the Virginia state capitol, standing shoulder-to-shoulder for three blocks in all directions.
There was a heavy security presence after Governor Ralph Northam banned carrying weapons onto the capitol grounds and the FBI earlier last week arrested three alleged neo-Nazis who it said intended to use the event to spark a race war.
But by 1 p.m. ET, nearly all rally-goers had left the area, with volunteers picking up trash left behind. The Capitol Police estimated the crowd at 22,000 people.
Activists at the rally organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League argued that Virginia was trying to infringe on their right to bear arms, which is protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
“What’s going on here, if not stopped, will spread to other states,” said Teri Horne, who had traveled to Virginia from her home in Texas with her Smith & Wesson rifle and .40-caliber handgun. “They will come for our guns in other states if we don’t stop them in Virginia.”
Northam, a Democrat, has vowed to push through new gun control laws and is backing a package of eight bills, including universal background checks, a “red flag” law, a ban on assault-style rifles and a limit of one handgun-a-month purchase. It does not call for confiscating guns currently legally owned.