“While we are grateful for the precautions taken by law enforcement, the governor’s actions will unfortunately impede the ability of the people to exercise not only their Second Amendment rights, but their First Amendment rights as well”, said Minority Leader Todd Gilbert, R-Shenandoah.
So lobbying your legislators requires one to be armed? I did not know that.
I applaud the actions of the governor. Charlottesville turned violent because of all the out of state groups representing Nazis, White Supremacists and other assorted self-styled, armed, militia yahoos that joined the 3 Confederate history buffs marching to save a statue. Shouting anti-Semitic slogans was part of the story, too. (Was Lee an anti-Semite?)
I would like to think that the gun lobby has more brains than those folks. But since the organizer cannot prevent out of state “militias” from coming, who knows what can happen. The threats received have to be taken seriously.
Already the right wing conspiracy mills are working overtime with rumors of cutting power and communications to rural counties over this gun issue. This is an emotion packed event. Allowing weapons to 100,000 demonstrators in a confined space would be stupid.