Virginia Governor Ralph “Blackface” Northam has called a state of emergency after allegedly receiving “credible intelligence” of threats of violence at an upcoming gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia.
According to Vice, this state of emergency will temporarily ban individuals from carrying firearms on Capitol grounds.
At a press conference on Wednesday, January 15, 2020, Northam said that authorities believe “armed militia groups plan to storm the Capitol” during the rally on January 20.
In response to what he described as “credible intelligence” of threats of violence at an upcoming gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency and will temporarily ban individuals from carrying firearms on Capitol grounds.
Northam also claims that law enforcement had intercepted threats and “extremist rhetoric” similar to what was observed before the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville on August 2017. “We will not allow that mayhem and violence to happen here,” he stated.
“No weapons will be allowed on Capitol grounds,” said Northam. “Everything from sticks and bats to chains and projectiles…. The list also includes firearms. It makes no sense to ban every other weapon but allow firearms when intelligence shows that armed militia groups plan to storm the Capitol.”
On the rally’s Facebook page, several attendees already said they won’t comply and plan on leaving their weapons at home. Nevertheless, Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has planned to crack down on rule-breakers. “Violations of the law will not be tolerated,” Stoney stated.
The event on January 20, better known as “Lobby Day”, was put on by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-Second Amendment nonprofit as a response to the flood of new gun control legislation that Democrats in the Virginia State Legislature are proposing. Northam admitted that the organizers have been planning the rally for some time.
“I believe them when they say this is a peaceful event — that’s what democracy is,” stated Northam. “Unfortunately, they have unleashed something much larger, something they may not be able to control.”
According to the Facebook page, 5,000 people have plans of attending. Event organizers warned the state that as many as 100,000 people could show up.
A website promoting the rally shows that at least 60 buses are scheduled to transport attendees to the state capitol of Richmond on Monday. Carpools are also being organized for the event.
Northam also plans on establishing a unified command between state police, Capitol police, Richmond police department, and first responder teams.
Northam claims that the state of emergency will be lifted on Tuesday.
Ultimately, this decision by Northam is an overreaction. There have been plenty of open carry demonstrations of people peacefully carrying normal firearms across the nation, without any incidents of violence.
Lobby Day in Richmond ultimately functions as an educational event for countless law-abiding gun owners who are worried of the new Democrat majority’s threats of passing unconstitutional gun control legislation.
But for paranoid politicians like Northam, any kind of dissent from the right wing constitutes a potential act of extremism.
Democrats Introduce Expanded Background Check Legislation
Democrats are going to implement a background check which targets “extremism.”
Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy and California Congressman Mike Thompson brought forward legislation on March 2, 2021 that aims to broaden the federal background check system on firearms sales, according to a report by The Hill.
Under The Background Check Expansion Act, gun sales and purchases between all unlicensed sellers and buyers would be subject to a mandatory background check. The background checks would not be applicable for law enforcement officers, lending out firearms for the purpose of hunting, temporary transfers for self-defense, or family members gifting a firearm.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and 43 Senate Democrats have co-sponsored this bill. Thompson, who is the chair of the House Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, reintroduced this legislation in the U.S. House
“For years, the bipartisan House-passed background checks bill languished in the Senate under Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. Now, with Senate Democrats in the Majority, we have the opportunity to act on this overwhelmingly popular, lifesaving legislation to protect American communities,” Schumer declared in a press release.
According to a CBS News report, President Joe Biden has repeatedly called on Congress to pass stiffer gun control laws. This gun control bill will not pass so easily given how it will need 10 Republican senators to vote in favor of it.
Against the backdrop of the January 6 storming of the Capitol, such a background check will likely feature provisions that target so-called “extremists.” The ruling class has routinely lumped average gun owners with domestic extremists and will most certainly use recent events to justify encroachments on people’s right to bear arms.
Biden is a veteran of the gun control movement, as evidenced by his sponsorship of the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990 and the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With Democrats in control of all branches of the federal government, they will certainly move to pass gun control. However, their success is not guaranteed due to moderate Democrats like Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia Joe Manchin not being completely receptive to radical gun control that could alienate them from their more right-wing constituents.
Nevertheless, the Left has shown that it’s willing to act regardless of the political context. Keeping this in mind, gun owners must be ready to beat back any kind of gun control coming from D.C. Such fights will allow the Right to rebuild its forces and make a splash in the 2022 midterms and the 2024 presidential race.
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