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Beto Returns: Failed Candidate Teams with Bloomberg Group in Bid To Turn Texas Blue: Report

Some people never get tired of losing — former Democratic presidential candidate Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke is proof of that. He failed in his bid to unseat Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, before failing to secure the Democratic nomination for president. Now, The Little Engine That Couldn’t is reportedly joining forces with a gun control…

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Peaceful Virginia Gun Rally Prompts GQ Magazine Writer To Label Protesters as ‘Nazis’

An estimated 22,000 Second Amendment advocates rallied on the streets of Richmond, Virginia, and the steps of the state capitol Monday in a powerful demonstration against recently enacted (and potentially forthcoming) gun-control legislation. In the days leading up to the rally, no shortage of hay had been made as Virginia’s newly elected Democratic legislature and…

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Virginia Senate Passes ‘Red Flag’ Law That Helped Trigger Massive Pro-Gun Protest

The so-called “red flag” law that helped draw 22,000 protesters to Virginia’s capital on Monday was approved Wednesday in the state Senate. The bill, which passed in a 21-19 vote, allows firearms to be confiscated from legal gun owners if those individuals have been deemed to be a risk to themselves or others. Law enforcement…

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Virginia Democrats Ignore 20,000-Strong Crowd, Move ‘Red Flag’ Laws Forward

More than 20,000 people marched on Richmond, Virginia, on Monday in a show of unity for Second Amendment rights. The state’s Democratic lawmakers didn’t seem to care, pushing a gun control bill forward only one day after the rally. The Virginia Senate, now dominated by Democrats, moved SB240 forward by giving it preliminary approval Tuesday,…

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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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VA Gov. Northam Takes Credit for ‘De-Escalation’ of Gun Rights Protest After Fears That He Created

He warned about “violent rhetoric.” He declared a “state of emergency.” He said Second Amendment demonstrators were bent on “acts of violence.” But after an estimated 22,000 gun rights advocates gathered outside Virginia’s Capitol on Monday without a hint of the kind of disturbances that have been associated with leftist gatherings throughout the Trump administration,…

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Thousands Peacefully Protest For Gun Rights in Richmond

Tens of thousands gathered in Richmond, Va., on Monday to oppose new gun-control measures being pushed by Democrats in the state legislature.

The event’s peaceful procession marked a stark contrast to mainstream media portrayals of a rally filled with white nationalists and others prepared to do violence. The day’s rally concluded without a single incidence of mayhem or civil unrest.

Music, shared food, and chants of “USA!” made for a festive, fraternal atmosphere as marchers displayed their support for Second Amendment rights in Virginia. The march has been put on annually by the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), a pro-gun-rights group that has been at the center of the controversy around new gun-control legislation. Monday’s protest, however, was by far the largest turnout, as gun-owning Virginians gathered from across the Commonwealth to advocate for their rights.

The culmination of two months of grassroots efforts throughout the state, Monday’s march showcases a gun-rights movement that is still gaining momentum. The massive turnout of constituents could further sway newly elected Democrats from more moderate areas of Virginia against the most aggressive gun-control proposals. A similar march, organized last week by the NRA, also drew thousands—all of whom were on hand to watch as state Senate Democrats dropped their AR-15 confiscation bill and moderated several other gun-control measures in committee.

Philip Van Cleave, president of the VCDL, told the Washington Free Beacon that the rally was meant to send a simple message to lawmakers.

“We want to send a signal to the general assembly to walk away from all this gun control,” Van Cleave said. “Walk away from that. And go do other things.”

Despite predictions to the contrary from many in the mainstream media, displays of violence were wholly absent from Monday’s protest. The generally festive atmosphere belied the fears, promoted by media outlets and Democratic politicians, that the event had been co-opted by violent, white-nationalist extremists. The Free Beacon did not witness any acts of violence or shows of racism while walking through the crowds at the event; instead, attendees were focused entirely on gun-rights advocacy.

Mark, an African-American attendee who declined to provide his last name, drove several hours from Northern Virginia to attend the rally and said he was happy to be at the event and was bothered by the negative media coverage in the lead up to it.

“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 told the Free Beacon. “And I will not allow anyone to push a narrative that there are racist people at these rallies. It’s not true.”

Asked by the Free Beacon what bills on offer in the state legislature they most opposed, attendees most frequently cited a “red flag” law, which permits a judge to order a temporary seizure of a person’s firearms. Many Virginia gun owners are skittish about the bill—one protester worried there was “no co-legislation that would prevent abuse,” while Van Cleave said it violates “half of the Bill of Rights, if not more.”

Attendees did find their gun rights constrained in one way—a Friday evening order from the state supreme court left in place Governor Ralph Northam’s (D.) ban on carrying firearms in the area around the state capitol. The VCDL, which had brought suit to try to enjoin the order, told its supporters over the weekend to abide by Northam’s decision.

“We still will have our day in court to fully debate the governor’s unconstitutional overreach in just a few short weeks,” the group told supporters at the time.

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Dem Operative Shares Tweet Calling Gun-Rights Advocates Terrorists

The Democratic Governors Association’s (DGA) creative director on Monday shared a tweet calling it “terrorism” to legally carry rifles.

Zainab Javed has previously called for guns to be taken away but she took it a step further when she retweeted a left-wing Twitter user saying protesters were engaging in acts of terror by being armed.

“To be clear, this is Terrorism. This isn’t a peaceful protest; they’re amassing this heavily armed for the specific implication that if the Virginia Government doesn’t meet their demands, they will incite violence,” wrote a Twitter user with the handle @PanasonicDX4500.

Javed and the DGA did not respond to requests for comment.

Washington Free Beacon reporter Stephen Gutowski spoke to attendees and reported the rally was free of violence and racist displays, tweeting that it “was focused on gun rights.”

NBC also reported that the rally “was largely peaceful, with no reported violence.”

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Virginia Sheriff Proclaims Proposed Gun Control Laws ‘Will Not Be Enforced’

The Democrats now in charge of making laws in Virginia might want to take a moment to talk to the men and women who enforce them. And if that conversation includes lawmen like Grayson County Sheriff Richard Vaughan, it just might open a few eyes. Vaughan was one of thousands of pro-Second Amendment demonstrators on…

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MSNBC Anchor: White Nationalists ‘Swarming’ VA State Capitol

MSNBC anchor Craig Melvin on Monday claimed white nationalists were among the thousands “swarming” the Virginia capitol building in Richmond.

“Right now thousands of gun rights activists, white nationalists, militia groups—all swarming the Virginia state capitol in Richmond,” Melvin said following a “breaking news” alert.

Melvin’s claim follows NBC reporter Ben Collins labeling the demonstration a “white supremacist rally.” His tweet over the weekend received criticism for lacking evidence.

The rally “is not organized by racists and they won’t be in any way a significant portion of the attendees,” Washington Free Beacon staff writer Stephen Gutowski said.

Collins eventually deleted his tweet and said white nationalists have been “planning violent action at the event.” Despite reports of possible violence, NBC reported that the rally “was largely peaceful, with no reported arrests or violence.”

Gutowski spoke to attendees and reported the rally was free of violence or racist displays, tweeting that the rally “was focused on gun rights.”

A CNN report that also aired Monday appeared to tie the peaceful rally to a murder in Missouri, although producers eventually changed the chyron to reflect the fact that no violent incidents were reported.

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Black Virginia Pro-Gun Protester Crushes Media’s ‘White Supremacist’ Narrative

He took less than two minutes, but one pro-Second Amendment demonstrator in Virginia used the time wisely. In an interview with Breitbart News at Monday’s massive Second Amendment rally in Richmond, Virginia, the demonstrator blew away the mainstream media’s talking points when it comes to gun rights, race and the Democratic Party. And though the…

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Trump Speaks Out on Virginia Gun Rally: Democrats ‘Working Hard To Take Away Your 2nd Amendment Rights’

President Donald Trump said on Monday that Democrats in Virginia are “working hard” to take away residents’ Second Amendment rights as a massive gun rights rally took place in the state capital of Richmond. “The Democrat Party in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia are working hard to take away your 2nd Amendment rights,” Trump tweeted.…

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VA Gun Protesters Kick Off Massive Rally by Making Their Message Crystal Clear – ‘We Will Not Comply!’

Lawmakers better have been listening. Tight security, frenzied media hype and bone-chilling temperatures couldn’t stop thousands of Second Amendment supporters Monday from turning out at Virginia’s Capitol building in Richmond to make their feelings known about gun-grabbing efforts to restrict rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution. And after reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, the demonstrators…

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Trump Levels Bloomberg for Saying Texas Shooting Hero Shouldn’t Have Had a Gun

Sadly, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke didn’t make it to the primary round of the Democratic nomination contest. It’s a shame, if just because I wanted to see how “Hell yes, we’re going to take your AR-15” did once people started to vote. Thankfully, when it comes to gun scolds, the Democrat field has exchanged…

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Woman Abuses Red Flag Law, Lies About Innocent Man To Have His Guns Confiscated

What conservatives warned would happen after the implementation of red flag laws, has happened. A mother whose son was involved in a fatal altercation with a Colorado police officer filed a motion to the have the officer stripped of his right to carry a firearm, lying in her request under the law that went into…

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Virginia Supreme Court Leaves Governor’s Capitol Gun Ban in Place

The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday evening declined to hear a challenge to Democratic governor Ralph Northam’s temporary ban of gun-carry during a pro-gun-rights rally on Monday, leaving the ban in effect.

The high court refused a request by gun-rights groups to overturn a lower court ruling upholding the governor’s emergency order. Northam had banned guns on the Capitol grounds from Friday night through Tuesday, meaning those planning to gather for Monday’s rally will not, unlike previous years, be allowed to carry firearms. The restriction may impact how many people attend the event and divert those who prefer not to be disarmed to other areas around Richmond.

Organizers of the gun-rights rally, which is in opposition to a package of gun-control bills being considered by the Democrat-controlled legislature, are asking attendees not to flout the ban on Monday.

“We ask everyone to follow the temporary Capitol grounds rules,” the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) told supporters in an email on Saturday. “There is NO need for an act of civil disobedience to achieve standing for a court fight. We already have standing.”

VCDL called the Supreme Court’s decision not to review the case “unfortunate” and insisted the governor’s emergency order is still “illegal.” It said however that the right course forward was to comply on Monday and continue to fight the case in court.

“We still will have our day in court to fully debate the governor’s unconstitutional overreach in just a few short weeks,” the group told supporters.

Northam said he was “grateful” the temporary gun ban would stay in effect for Monday. While hundreds of pro-gun events have been carried out peacefully over the past several months across the state of Virginia with tens of thousands attending, Northam argued the existence of threats from groups unaffiliated with the organizers of Monday’s rally were enough to justify the gun ban.

“I am confident that the majority of those attending Monday’s rally will be peaceful,” he said in a statement. “I have full respect for their fundamental American right to voice their opinions. But over the past few days, the news has confirmed that this rally is attracting extreme individuals and groups—including national hate, neo-Nazi, and white supremacist groups—who are threatening violence and looking to advance a violent agenda.”

The legal dispute over the ban centered on language in Virginia’s emergency powers law which prohibits the governor from using those powers to ban gun-carry except in limited circumstances. Plaintiffs argued the governor’s gun ban violates state law, but circuit court judge Joi Taylor upheld the ban on Thursday.

“Because individuals have limited right to bear arms,” she wrote in the ruling, “the Plaintiffs in this case will not suffer an irreparable harm sufficient to justify the injunction sought by the Plaintiffs.”

The Virginia Supreme Court did not weigh in on the merits of the case but instead refused to hear it because of a lack of information.

“Under the circumstances, we are unable to discern whether the circuit court abused its discretion,” the Virginia Supreme Court said in its ruling. “The circuit court decided this case in less than one day, and, accordingly, the record before the Court is scant, there is no transcript or written statement of facts detailing the events of the hearing, and we are unaware of any evidence that was taken.”

VCDL and fellow plaintiff Gun Owners of America plan to continue the case after Monday in hopes of preventing similar emergency gun bans in the future. The gun-rights groups predicted the legal setback will embolden more supporters to show up for the rally.

“Ironically, this outcome will only further embolden Second Amendment supporters to be even louder for their rights,” Erich Pratt, senior vice president of Gun Owners of America, said in a statement. “Gun owners in the Commonwealth will continue to challenge Gov. Northam’s unconstitutional gun control measures at every turn.”

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VA State Senator Goes Public 72 Hours Before Rally: ‘We Are Being Set Up’

A Virginia state senator has sounded a warning bell three days before a massive rally is set to coalesce in the commonwealth’s capital. Conservative Sen. Amanda Chase of District 11 took to Facebook on Friday with a warning for every patriot who plans to attend the pro-Second Amendment rally Monday in Richmond. Her warning came…

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Pentagon Imposes New Restrictions on All Foreign Military Students at American Bases

The Pentagon is imposing new restrictions and controls on all international military students at American bases, including barring them from having privately owned firearms on base, in response to a shooting by a Saudi trainee in December that killed three sailors in Florida. The Justice Department announced this week that the attack at Naval Air…

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