Category Archives: 2nd Amendment

WATCH: Here’s What Happened at the Richmond Gun-Rights Rally

Despite media predictions of violence from fringe groups, Monday’s gun-rights demonstration in Richmond, Va., saw tens of thousands of attendees peacefully demonstrating for their constitutional rights, Washington Free Beacon staff writer Stephen Gutowski reported.

Demonstrators held signs displaying phrases like, “Gun rights are women’s rights,” “We will not comply,” and “I want gay married couples to be able to protect their marijuana plants with guns.” Gutowski, who was on the scene for his Free Beacon-presented YouTube show Range Time, said he was struck by the size of the rally and noted the absence of violence, white supremacist agitation, or even counter-protesters: “All we had were people from Virginia here to support their right to bear arms.”

Gutowski captured interviews with attendees eager to discuss why they were out on a brisk Monday morning to lobby the Virginia state legislature. One of those attendees was Philip Van Cleave, president of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), the group that organized Monday’s demonstration.

Van Cleave said the VCDL’s goal was to send a signal to the Virginia legislature to “walk away” from the gun issue. Asked which of the gun-control proposals floated by Democrats in the legislature he was most concerned about, Van Cleave pointed to red flag laws and a potential ban on AR-15s.

Another attendee, Mark (who declined to provide his last name), said he was at the rally because gun rights are both a constitutional right and a civil right.

“I love this country. It’s about the Second Amendment, it’s about our ability to defend ourselves and our loved ones. It’s not only a constitutional rights issue but it’s also a civil rights issue,” he told Gutowski.

“For me, as an African American on MLK Day, it’s critically important that we preserve the ability to defend ourselves and our loved ones,” he added.

Gutowski’s experience contrasted strongly with descriptions of the rally by the media and members of the Democratic Party. MSNBC host Craig Melvin said that “thousands of gun-rights activists, white nationalists, militia groups” were “swarming the Virginia state capitol in Richmond.” The creative director for the Democratic Governors Association retweeted a tweet claiming that legally carrying rifles was “terrorism.”

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Joe Biden Endorses Students Smearing Virginia 2A Supporters as ‘White Supremacists’

Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden responded to the diverse thousands of Virginia Second Amendment supporters by endorsing the view of 13 activists labeling Virginia attendees “white supremacists.”

Erickson: I Only Trust Free Beacon Reporting on Firearms

Washington Free Beacon firearms reporter Stephen Gutowski is the most trustworthy source for coverage of the gun debate, radio host Erick Erickson said Monday.

“The only member of the media that I trust on the Second Amendment issue is Stephen Gutowski from the Washington Free Beacon,” Erickson said during his show Atlanta’s Evening News. “The reason I trust Stephen and don’t trust anyone else is because Stephen actually is a Second Amendment supporter who is also an NRA firearms instructor, and that matters because so many people in the media have no idea what a gun even is.”

Later in his show, Erickson criticized mainstream coverage of Monday’s gun-rights rally in Richmond, Va., including an MSNBC anchor labeling it a “white supremacist” event. Erickson contrasted mainstream networks’ coverage with Gutowski’s “reasonable” reporting.

“[Gutowski] is very reasonable, he’s very pro-Second Amendment, and he’s willing to say when the Second Amendment side is doing something they shouldn’t do,” Erickson said. “But he’s also willing to expose the BS of so many people in the media who don’t know what they’re talking about and also the BS a lot of people who claim to support Second Amendment and really want to undermine it.”

Erickson went on to play a soundbite from an interview Gutowski conducted with a Second Amendment supporter at the rally. He also noted attendees’ nonviolent rhetoric.

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2A Activist Calls Out NBC’s Ben Collins for ‘White Nationalist Rally’ Smear: ‘They Want Another Charlottesville’

An attendee of Monday’s Second Amendment rally in Virginia slammed NBC News’s Ben Collins for originally smearing the event as a “white nationalist rally,” blasting those on the left for attempting to paint Trump supporters as “neo-Nazis and white supremacists” and adding that they “want another Charlottesville.”

Watch – 2A Activist: Media Smearing Virginia Protesters as ‘Nothing but White Rednecks’

“Every news piece you’ve seen on this… have brought up the issue of race as though it’s nothing but white rednecks and hillbillies out here who care for the Second Amendment,” said a Second Amendment activist, who was standing outdoors in 26 degrees Fahrenheit temperature Monday morning in Richmond, Virginia, to protest against Governor Ralph Northam and the state Democrats’ push for comprehensive gun control.

Church Shooting Hero Jack Wilson: ‘Without the Second Amendment, You Will Lose All of Your Rights’

Turning Point USA (TPUSA) released a video on Sunday featuring an exclusive interview with Texas church hero as Jack Wilson, who took down an active shooter at the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, on December 29, 2019.