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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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Trump on Virginia Gun Grab: ‘It Will Never Happen as Long as I’m Here’

Democrats in Virginia won control of the state Assembly and Senate in the 2019 elections and, in conjunction with the Democrats who control the state’s executive offices, immediately made it abundantly clear that they intended to legislatively impose an assortment of strict gun control measures upon lawful gun-owners in the state. It didn’t take long…

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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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Virginia Dem: Gun-Rights Rally Was ‘Terrorism’

A Virginia Democrat said Tuesday that Second Amendment supporters who protested new gun-control legislation at the Virginia State Capitol had “terrorized Richmond.”

House Delegate Lee Carter, a self-professed democratic socialist, accused participants in Monday’s peaceful protest of menacing lawmakers, saying the thousands of “idiots” who demonstrated would only embolden the Democratic majority on gun control.

“The ‘pro-gun’ people that terrorized Richmond yesterday probably don’t realize that all they did was tag team with fascists, strengthen the liberals’ resolve to pass gun control bills, and force the most gun-friendly Dem (me) to not show up for a day,” Carter said. “Idiots. Absolute idiots.”

Contrary to Carter’s rhetoric, Monday’s rally “concluded without a single incidence of mayhem or civil unrest,” reported Washington Free Beacon staff writer Stephen Gutowski, who interviewed various protesters. Gov. Ralph Northam (D.), who declared a state of emergency leading up to the rally, acknowledged the event was peaceful.

One rally supporter criticized Carter on Twitter for mischaracterizing the protest, saying he had called “a bunch of dudes in masks terrorist [sic] yesterday for…..wearing masks.”

“Nah,” Carter responded, “pretty sure it was the terrorism.”

Carter declined to comment when the Free Beacon asked to clarify what he meant by “terrorism.”

Upon declaring the state of emergency, Northam temporarily banned firearms from capitol grounds. Carter claimed he spent Monday at a safe house after he received death threats on social media in the weeks leading up to the rally.

Monday’s rally was organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-Second Amendment group.

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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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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.”

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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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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While Discussing Peaceful 2A Rally, CNN Keeps Up Chyron About Kansas City Shooting

While reporting a peaceful gun-rights rally in Richmond, Va., on Monday, CNN kept a chyron up about a shooting the night before in Kansas City.

CNN reported on three recent gun-related events: a Monday morning shooting in Honolulu, a Sunday night shooting in Kansas City, and a Monday gun-rights rally in Richmond. As the segment transitioned from the Kansas City shooting to the Richmond protest, the chyron title read “Virginia Gun Fight” with the subtitle “2 Dead, 15 Injured in Kansas City shooting.”

The chyron was up for over a minute into the report about the peaceful gun-rights rally in Virginia before changing to “No incidents at pro gun rally after threats of extremist violence.”

Gun rights activists gathered on Monday morning to protest legislation considered by the Virginia legislature that would require background checks and ban some types of rifles. Virginia governor Ralph Northam (D.) declared a state of emergency ahead of Monday’s rally and temporarily banned firearms from capitol grounds. The Virginia supreme court upheld the ban. Some of the protesters openly carried their firearms outside capitol grounds. The rally ended Monday afternoon without any violent incidents 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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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.