Pro-gun demonstration set for Virginia capital in wake of Capitol siege
Gun rights activists will converge on the Virginia state capital on Monday for an annual demonstration that falls at an especially tense time this year, after the Jan. 6 siege of the U.S. Capitol and two days before the presidential inauguration.
( 4 images )“Lobby Day” has authorities on alert in Richmond, about 110 miles (175 km) south of Washington, D.C., where Democratic President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in on Wednesday, replacing Republican President Donald Trump.Lobby Day takes place in a highly polarized climate, following a year in which anti-racist and white nationalist demonstrators clashed across the United States, and as strident Trump supporters cling to hope he can remain in power.
Nationwide pro-Trump demonstrations scheduled for Sunday largely fizzled after the FBI issued warnings and several states deployed the National Guard.“We’re showing up to remind them that we’re still here,” a gun rights activist, who identified himself only as Trevor, told Reuters outside the Virginia statehouse on Sunday evening, walking the perimeter to help plan the protest.
Virginians traditionally petition their lawmakers on Lobby Day at the start of the state’s General Assembly session, with the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League taking a leading role in recent years.Other groups including the anti-government “boogaloo” movement will attend Monday, as could liberal demonstrators. Lobby Day always falls on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday honoring the civil rights leader assassinated in 1968. headtopics.com
Boogaloo boys also walked the perimeter of the statehouse on Sunday, striking poses with semiautomatic rifles for photographers.Philip Van Cleave, leader of the defense league, said demonstrators would come from as far away as New York and Texas. The group says it plans to petition state lawmakers to loosen gun curbs, as it has done during many Lobby Days in the past.
“We’ve been doing this for 25 years,” Van Cleve added. “We’ve never had a single problem. No arrests, nothing.”Police estimated last year’s crowd at 22,000.Reporting by Julia Harte, Julio-Cesar Chavez and Ned Parker; Writing by Daniel Trotta; Editing by Clarence FernandezRead more: Reuters Top News »
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Enjoy it while you can J.C. It never ends, does it? Bad idea hopefully they disperse as rapidly as the proud boys did here in Michigan yesterday. When they seen the national guard units in our capital on heightened alert. “Boogaloo boys also walked the perimeter of the statehouse on Sunday, striking poses with semiautomatic rifles for photographers.” Proving once again that they’re mentally teenage boys with more expensive toys.
NRA are by definition a terrorist organisation and have been responsible for every act of terrorism on US soil Hi friends in the US. I and some of my colleagues here in Australia 🇦🇺 are often puzzled why the US obsession with guns ( yes, am aware of the second amendment). Have read the academic articles, etc. But one would think, if school kids aren’t safe,why the need for assault guns?
Hey that’s a great idea.. You can stop now. Everybody saw through the FBI setup and didn’t show up. These idiots are worried about guns when nearly 400k people died of Covid and they can’t even wear a mask. Covid is far more lethal than a gun. Pro gun? Wait there's a protest/demonstration for something they already have,isn't that already in the constitution, why do we have so many ignorance in this country
In case there was any lingering doubt that the 2A crowd are domestic terrorists. It's too bad that pro-2A groups always go for the rabid gun owner response The best way to protect your 2a rights is to demonstrate you are actually a responsible gun owner. The seditious conspiracy & treason plot is ONGOING! Intelligence officials are warning 'inside attack.' Re-administer the oaths of all security personnel at inauguration & vet them. NOW. Please!
Oh great. Sounds like a perfect mix of mob, and 2A. I’m sure they will be respectful, and not do anything totally crazy.