Virginia Democrat Governor Northam Doubles Down On Stupid

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USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has issued an Executive Order declaring a state of emergency and banning all firearms and other weapons from the public areas around the Virginia Capitol Building in Richmond, as well as several nearby parking areas.

In the order, the governor recalls the violence that erupted in Charlottesville, Virginia 3 years ago, involving clashes between activists protesting the planned removal of a Confederate monument, and violent leftist, counter-protesters.

The governor claims in the order, that “credible intelligence” indicates that “tens of thousands of advocates plan to converge on Capitol Square,” for events culminating on January 20 (a scheduled rights rally and Lobby Day, organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), which has been held annually, without incident, for almost 2 decades) and that “Available information suggests that a substantial number of these demonstrators are expected to come from outside the Commonwealth, may be armed, and have as their purpose not peaceful assembly but violence, rioting, and insurrection.”

What “available information” Governor? A few Instagram memes from the outskirts of the fringe? Is that what it takes to deny the rights of “tens of thousands,” a suggestion that some people might do something bad?

In Charlottesville, there were two general groups that were both known for engaging in violence, and both had placed the potential for violence between them, squarely out on the public table.

Then Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe’s response to this situation was either incredibly incompetent or maliciously effective. He pulled police back from the conflict zone, then literally pushed the two factions together. Even with that, the resulting violence was isolated and in most cases, relatively minor, until one deranged young man with “white power” ties, accelerated his car into a group of the counter-protesters.

The Upcoming Pro-Rights Lobby Day is totally different.

There is no conflict between warring factions. In this case, the conflict is primarily between supporters of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and the Democrat politician majority in the State Legislature. Neither group, nor the Democrats’ anti-gun supporters, have any sort of history of violence. While there have, no doubt, been some imprudent comments and over-hyped memes thrown out on the interwebs, that sort of chest-thumping is common, and no reflection of events in the real world.

Virginia Citizens Defense Lobby Day

VCDL’s Lobby Day has been an annual event on Martin Luther King Day since 2002. For most, if not all of that time, citizens were able to, not only be legally armed at the rally on the Capitol grounds but to maintain their personal protection sidearms while visiting their elected servants. In all of that nearly 2 decades of rallying and citizen lobbying, there has never been a serious issue involving guns or any sort of violence.

Participation in Lobby Day this year is expected to be much greater than in years past because Democrats in the legislature have introduced and vowed to pass, several draconian gun control measures that many people are very upset about. But they are gathering in Richmond to express their concerns in accordance with the traditions of our republic, not to assault or intimidate anyone with violence. Yes, many will probably be armed. That’s very normal for gun rights advocates. Yes, some militia groups – typically with a mission statement of protecting and defending the U.S. Constitution – are expected to participate.

And yes, even some Antifa and other “left-wing” groups are planning to be there – standing shoulder-to-shoulder with “right-wing” groups, in support of individual rights and opposition to government infringement of those rights.

When faced with violent groups clashing in Charlottesville, Governor McAuliffe pulled police back from the conflict zone and pushed the antagonists together.

Now, when faced with a broad coalition of activists following the rules and gathering to petition their government for a redress of grievances, Governor Northam is pulling out all of the stops, bringing in hundreds of law enforcement personnel, and violating rights by executive fiat.

Just as Governor McAuliffe’s actions can readily be interpreted as facilitating violence that could then be used for political purposes, Governor Northam’s actions appear to be intended to inflame an already heated situation, again for political purposes.

Governor Northam’s actions are patently illegal. Gun Owners of America has joined with the VCDL in filing a lawsuit calling for an immediate injunction against the governor’s unlawful edict, and I think there is potential for criminal charges to be brought against the governor in this case.

The United States was founded on principles of trust and cooperation among disparate individuals. Gun control laws and actions like Northam’s illegal Executive Order are based on fear and mistrust. They are always about what someone fears that someone else might do. Oppressing the rights and liberties of the majority, for fear of what might be done by some small minority, is the definition of tyranny.

If you can make it to Richmond on Monday morning, do it. We don’t need a show of arms to make our point, but we do need a strong show of people. As I said in my previous piece on this subject, the way to win this fight is to overwhelm the opposition with kindness.

Be polite. Be courteous. And most importantly, Be There!

 


Jeff Knox
Jeff Knox

About Jeff Knox:

Jeff Knox is a second-generation political activist and director of The Firearms Coalition. His father Neal Knox led many of the early gun rights battles for your right to keep and bear arms. Read Neal Knox – The Gun Rights War.

The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition has offices in Buckeye, Arizona and Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org.

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Rock
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Rock

Thank the Dems for voting these pieces of SHIT into office. EVERY law abiding citizen is paying for their stupidity now.
One word comes to mind…. RECALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2WarAbnVet
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2WarAbnVet

Only a tyrannical government has any reasons to fear the people.
Northam obviously fears the people.
What conclusion must we draw?

ChiptheBarber
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ChiptheBarber

It’s tough when even OUR side gets it wrong about Charlottesville. The news reports were and still are so skewed any search I can do would be futile, so I’m going to do a dangerous thing and go from my memory. There were THREE not TWO distinct groups of people at Charlottesville that day. The first group was comprised of a couple of totally benevolent heritage associations. It was they who petitioned and received the proper permits for right of assembly to support southern heritage and history in the true context, not the revisionist snowflake version. The second group of… Read more »

191145
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191145

A substantial amount of cash came in from outside the commonwealth to sway the last election !

joefoam
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joefoam

Will the security forces set the opposing factions at each other as they did in Charlottesville rather than keeping them separated? With one entry point to the event it appears they are planning to rather than actually providing a safe environment.

PMinFl
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PMinFl

I’m glad that I decided NOT to attend lobby day rally, it has been taken over by keyboard commandos who (probably) won’t attend also. So many he-men will only stir up the weak willed into violence. Violent actions at the rally will serve to feed the enemy and the MSM. Acting like a juvenile WILL get your rights repealed, think rationally about this. If you attend do so UNarmed because you’re only feeding the beast.

Tionico
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Tionico

shill much? Haven’t you been reading the communicatioins from CVDL and NRA? AvenAntifa are promiting keeping it non-violent.
Maybe you need to reconsider the places you hang out in, both in cybber and meat spaces. EVERYTHING I’ve seen on this event is the direct opposite of what YOU are promiting.
I am glad of one thing… that YOU will not be there.

RJL
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RJL

Northam = Socialist/Communist, United States American Enemy!…

JoeUSooner
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JoeUSooner

While it is undeniably true that “Might does not make Right”… it is also absolutely true and correct that “Might is always required to enforce Right.” And according to the Constitution, WE conservatives do indeed have Right on our side.

JFCrosby
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JFCrosby

Northam is hoping there will be violence so he can demonstrate how much power he thinks he has to silence the law-abiding majority.

jack mac
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jack mac

JF: Not only is Northam and associates hoping for violence, they are assuring that the law-abiding are unarmed. The want-to-be masters public servants need not silence private citizens, just not have to listen to or heed them.

Tionico
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Tionico

and i there IS any serious violence, and the lobby day attendees are injured because they are disarmed, I can imagine (and hope) their actions against da guv will be seriously harsh through the legal processes. He is illegally disarming the attendees. If their being defenseless per his whim results in their harm, HE will be responsible, Of course, his tradgesty wil not be anywhere near to suffer any direct consequences.

Larbow
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Larbow

I just don’t see where being nice at this point is going to have any positive effects for 2A supporters. The time for being nice has already come and gone. I agree with others. Tar and feather these democraps. Send a message to the rest of them.

Mack
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Mack

The days of ‘kindness’ are over.

Direct Action is required, just like in the 1950’s and 1960s.

Nonviolent Direct Action does include street blockades.

A Primer:
“https://www.amazon.com/Direct-Action-Reinvention-American-Radicalism/dp/1784784095”

Ansel Hazen
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Ansel Hazen

Do it all around Northam’s residence. There aren’t enough LEO in Virginia to deal with 5000+ VCDL dressed in Camo.

jack mac
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jack mac

Ansel: All good, but why Camo. We do not need to be easily disguised from other private citizens. Besides, the EOs (enforcement offenders) will be suited in Camo.

Ansel Hazen
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Ansel Hazen

I just said that because I don’t think everyone has time to go get whatever color VCDL was calling for. I pretty much figure if you’re one of “us” camo is in rotation or just coming out of the dryer.

Tionico
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Tionico

what about those of us who do not own camo? Its not like camo helps us be more accurage, or get longer range…..

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Ansel, shockingly, you assume that we all are hunters and/or current or former military? I have never owned any camo clothing nor do I hunt. The VCDL is not calling for anyone to wear any “color”, just dress well. Neither is the VCDL calling to block the streets nor the Governor’s mansion. This is not “civil disobedience”, this is what it has always been, Lobby Day, which the media calls Gun Rights Lobby Day, and a rally after lobbying our legislators.

Heed the Call-up
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Heed the Call-up

Will, I am sure where you live that is something to be proud of. LOL

Buster
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Buster

“overwhelm the opposition with kindness”

Wrong. Mr Nice Guy Knox wants the good patriots of Virginia (and in-fact the entire nation) to coddle evil. When – throughout history – has that approach ever worked?

Evil only understands one thing, and it ain’t dialogue.

jack mac
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jack mac

Buster; We should show that we are kinder than our oppressors. We should speak softly and carry a big stick (firestick). While evil people cannot eliminated, we can stop them from ruling us. Dialogue is not the method to rely on.

JIAZ
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JIAZ

“And yes, even some Antifa and other “left-wing” groups are planning to be there – standing shoulder-to-shoulder with “right-wing” groups, in support of individual rights and opposition to government infringement of those rights.”
Jeff Knox

I seriously doubt they stand for the support of *”individual rights”*. After you’re done rubbing shoulders maybe you can nominate a few for NRA BOD.

Tionico
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Tionico

they want to retain the right to arms, but for a different end than we do. NOT our friends, but perhaps their wanting to carry this same bucket of water, for now we can let them help some.

Arizona
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Arizona

No amount of logical discourse, facts, statistics or even heartfelt pleas will alter the Left’s decision to disarm Americans. Their goal is control- they don’t care about public safety or facts.

The way Americans preserve our rights is through the courts or withdrawing consent to be governed by such corrupt agents.

jack mac
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jack mac

Arizona: Our consent to the courts may have to be withdrawn also.

Quatermain
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Quatermain

Typical mealy mouth milquetoast NRA.