CNN and MSNBC hurt worse Gun rights rally in Va. capital concludes without reports of violence, injury
Thousands of gun-rights activists rallied peacefully at the Virginia Capitol on Monday under a heavy police presence, protesting plans by the state's Democratic leadership to pass gun-control legislation.One NBC correspondent, Gab Gutierrez, mistook the Pledge of Allegiance for a chant of "We will not comply", not that there's anything wrong with that either.
The size of the rally and the expected participation of white supremacists and fringe militia groups raised fears that the state could see a repeat of the violence that exploded in 2017 in Charlottesville. But the rally concluded uneventfully around noon, and attendees spilled into the streets, chanting and waving signs.
A spokesman for the Capitol police said that as of 11 a.m. there had been no reports of arrests or injuries.
The Richmond protesters, who were mostly white and male, came out in the thousands despite the chilly temperature to send a message to legislators, they said. “The government doesn’t run us, we run the government,” said Kem Regik, a 20-year-old private security officer from northern Virginia who brought a white flag with a picture of a rifle captioned, “Come and take it.”
Northam was a particular focus of the protester's wrath. One poster showed his face superimposed on Adolf Hitler's body.
Many of the protesters wore camouflage. Some waved flags with messages of support for President Donald Trump. Trump, in turn, tweeted support for their goals.
A lot more at Hot Air from John Sexton, More On That Gun Rights Rally In Virginia (Updates)Chants of “we will not comply” from gun rights protesters in Richmond. pic.twitter.com/BjEfniwMKP— Gabe Gutierrez (@gabegutierrez) January 20, 2020
CNN sounds disappointed pic.twitter.com/OWpsCCYR0q— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 20, 2020
Counter protestors have showed up at the Richmond capitol— ELIJAH (@ElijahSchaffer) January 20, 2020
It appears to be @RefuseFascism primarily comprised of Los Angeles chapter members
There were about 9 of them calling for a communist revolution in the streets
Attendees did not harass or assault them
Totally Peaceful pic.twitter.com/i9V64eKlZE
I have yet to see a single white supremacist at the Richmond, VA pro-2A rally.— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 20, 2020
Weird, considering the media claimed they were the organizers of the event?
In fact, the only white supremacist in sight is Ralph Northam on the protester's signs: pic.twitter.com/trSzqVTe1p
FAKE NEWS -> @MSNBC's @CraigMelvin who just claimed that "thousands" of "white nationalists" and "militia groups" are "swarming the state capitol in Richmond" (along with "guns rights activists") #2A #LobbyDay2020 #VirginiaRally pic.twitter.com/9cgymITqe4— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) January 20, 2020