VCDL Autozone Protest a Huge Success


VCDL Autozone Protest Yesterday a Huge Success
VCDL Autozone Protest Yesterday a Huge Success
Virginia Citizens Defense League
Virginia Citizens Defense League

Covington VA –-( Below we have the story on yesterday’s protest at AutoZone in Yorktown written by Amanda Kerr with the Daily Press and also a really great video taken by the Daily Press photographer. Both spent quite a bit of time at the protest.

We had over FORTY gun owners show up to line the sidewalk in front of AutoZone (on a weekday, in the middle of the day). We held signs saying:

AutoZone Fires Heroes!

Berma shave style:

1. Save a Life?
2. AutoZone fires you!

1. Stop a robbery?
2. AutoZone fires you!

I could not believe all the cars and trucks honking their horns and waving enthusiastically as they passed the group! All of us were surprised and elated. People were pulling into the mall to go shake Devin’s hand. A few people passing by stopped to join the protest!

The AutoZone parking lot, for the most part, looked like a ghost town. I wished I had a tumbleweed to toss in their parking lot! 😉

For those of you who couldn’t make this one, you really missed a great event – the public support for a hero was clear and strong.

The Shady Banks Shopping Center, where AutoZone is located, was extremely nice to us and gave us specific permission to park in their parking lot and to marshall there. The Mall did ask us not to protest in the parking lot and we honored that request.

The 7-11 across the street was giving our members FREE coffee! When I learned of that, I walked over to thank them for their support and generosity. They, too, were supporting a hero.

Sheriff Danny Diggs showed up and talked with us for a little while. Standard Operating Procedure: several deputies were stationed in the area during the protest. They were polite and professional and, from their point of view, bored. 😉


Tomorrow we have our protests in Colonial Heights and Hopewell – come out and join us! A reminder alert on the protests with addresses and times will go out later today.

From the Daily Press:[VIDEO, too]

Gun group protests firing of AutoZone employee
By Amanda Kerr, [email protected]
December 13, 2012

YORK — Nearly 40 people gathered outside an AutoZone store on Hampton Highway Thursday to protest the firing of a store employee for using his own handgun to confront a robber.

The protest was organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a nonprofit pro-firearms group. Philip Van Cleave, president of the Defense League, said the group wanted to support former AutoZone employee Devin McClean, who was fired following a robbery at the store on Nov. 16. McClean’s story has gained local and national attention. McClean appeared on “CBS This Morning” on Dec. 8 and a Facebook page calling for the boycott of AutoZone in support of McClean has more than 9,000 likes…. read more

Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right. Visit: