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

H/T Western Journal.

Governor Ralph”Blackface” Northam(Delusional-VA) was hoping for violence so he could say see, “I told you these gun owners were nothing more than a violent bunch of thugs.”

But when the violence did not happen he falsely claims he was the reason nothing happened.

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, Gov. Ralph Northam had the gall to claim credit for the crowd’s good behavior.

And the Second Amendment supporters weren’t letting it go.

In a statement released Monday, Northam specifically cited the work of the Virginia state police, the Capitol Police and the Richmond Police Department for “keeping Virginia safe.”

Ralph Northam

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We are all thankful that today passed without incident. The teams successfully de-escalated what could have been a volatile situation. I will continue to listen to the voices of Virginians, and will do everything in my power to keep our Commonwealth safe. https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/january/headline-851013-en.html 

Statement of Governor Ralph S. Northam on Lobby Day Demonstration

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But nowhere in the statement was a word of thanks to the organizers or demonstrators who peacefully exercised their constitutional rights on Monday.

And even more glaringly, not a mention of Northam’s own rhetoric in the days preceding Monday’s demonstration that fanned fears (and likely hopes) in the mainstream media that the Richmond gatherings would lead to bloodshed.

In fact, on Wednesday, as Fox News reported, Northam had declared a “state of emergency” in advance of the gathering — needlessly adding an element of hysteria he would likely never have injected if the situation had involved, say, a Women’s March.

At a news conference, he warned darkly of “malicious plans” to turn a day of protesting proposed gun control laws into a day of disaster like the 2017 clashes in Charlottesville, Virginia, that led to the death of a young woman.

“This includes out-of-state militia groups and hate groups planning to travel from across the country to disrupt our democratic process with acts of violence,” Northam said, according to Fox. “They’re not coming to peacefully protest. They’re coming to intimidate and cause harm.”

The demonstrators did nothing of the kind, despite the best efforts of Democrats and the mainstream media to portray the gathering as some kind of uber-Klan rally of “white supremacists.”

And while Northam’s statement drew an expected number of fawning responses — clearly from liberals who’d been spooked by his inflammatory rhetoric in the first place — he was met with plenty of well-deserved mockery, too.

This is the governor, remember, who a year ago was on the verge of losing his job over photos from his medical school yearbook in the 1980s that showed a man wearing blackface and another in full Ku Klux Klan regalia.

Ralph Northam

@GovernorVA

We are all thankful that today passed without incident. The teams successfully de-escalated what could have been a volatile situation. I will continue to listen to the voices of Virginians, and will do everything in my power to keep our Commonwealth safe. https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/january/headline-851013-en.html 

Statement of Governor Ralph S. Northam on Lobby Day Demonstration

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Philly-Fan@_PhillyFan

Did they? Seems to me there was nothing to de-escalate from, because the whole thing was completely peaceful, despite your efforts to foment trouble. I’m embarrassed to have lived for 20 years in Virginia, although at the time we didn’t have a blackface-wearing tyrant as governor

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Jessica Fletcher

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You didn’t de-escalate crap. Unlike your ilk, these were responsible gun-owners exercising their right to peacefully protest your attempts to infringe their 2nd Amendment rights.

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KenR@Kenr38641075

You tried to start something and now claim you stopped something! “Here’s your sign”

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Mark Culham 🌐@mdculham

Actually, it was the participants who policed themselves, Governor KKK.

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Janet Harvey@JanetHarvey_

Governor Northam expected there to be violence today and declared a state of emergency, but pro-gun activists showed him a lesson in how to protest peacefully—so he needs to eat his words. Even Virginia sheriffs showed up to the rally to defend 2A, pretty awesome.

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That last one summed it up well.

Northam apparently believed — or wanted the country to believe — that Richmond was in imminent danger of a barbaric horde descending upon it on Monday (maybe he expected the gun rights protesters to behave as abominably as antifa leftists do)

Instead, what the country witnessed on Monday was an American demonstration the Founders would have approved of, including a sheriff who declared that unconstitutional gun control laws would not be enforced in his county.

There was literally one arrest from that throng reported, according to The Washington Post — a woman who did not obey instructions to remove a bandana from her face.

And it wasn’t even clear if she was part of the pro-gun side or a counterprotester.

It was a scene that crushed the liberal narrative about gun rights advocates in the United States, and no doubt dashed the hopes of mainstream media reporters and editors everywhere looking for an illustration of how thuggish conservatives really are.

The reality is, the guiltiest party in inciting potential violence at the Virginia demonstration on Monday was the political party in power in the state’s capital, and the Democratic governor who tried to fan the flames.

Now he has the gall to claim credit?

Mockery is what he deserves, and mockery is what he got.

New Jersey County Declares, Its Support For Second Amendment

H/T Bearing Arms.

We will see more Second Amendment Sanctuary Counties in states like New Jersey that are hostile to the Second Amendment. 

The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement is alive and well, even in the state of New Jersey, where Cape May County freeholders unanimously approved a resolution this week declaring the county a “sanctuary” for gun owners. As NJ.com reports, the move comes just a couple of weeks ahead of a campaign rally for President Donald Trump.

Unlike similar resolutions adopted late last year in West Milford and Sussex Borough, Cape May’s version does not single out for criticism a new state law allows for removing weapons from someone judged a threat to themselves or others.

However, while silent on New Jersey’s so-called red flag law, it condemns an Assembly bill that would require gun owners to obtain at least $50,00 in liability insurance.

Cape May is believed to be the first county in New Jersey to adopt a pro-gun resolution. The wording is similar to resolutions that have been approved by county and local jurisdictions in several other states this year.

NJ.com goes on to say that “nearly half of Virginia’s counties” have declared themselves Second Amendment Sanctuaries, but according to the Virginia Citizens Defense League the current tally is 91 of Virginia’s 95 counties, along with 45 cities and towns in the state.

For now Cape May is the only county in the state to adopt such a resolution, but as the website notes, two towns in the northern part of the state adopted similar language in late 2019. Other counties and townships may soon follow.

Freeholder boards in two other Republican-dominated counties, Salem and Sussex, are considering resolutions.

Salem County Freeholder Director Benjamin H. Laury said a vote is possible at the board’s next meeting.

“We took an oath to uphold the constitution, which includes the Second Amendment,” he said.

While it’s fantastic to see these county freeholders support these resolutions, it would be even better if the county sheriffs and prosecutors get on board as well. Still, this is absolutely a move in the right direction, and I applaud the work of the grassroots in these counties to get the ball rolling.

Nicholas Joseph, a Gloucester County resident, said he co-founded the NJ 2A Sanctuary group Dec. 23 that is seeking support for the pro-gun resolutions throughout the state.

In addition to West Milford and Sussex Borough, Joseph said that resolutions have been adopted by Down Township and Maurice River in Cumberland County, Alloway in Salem County, and Franklin and Hamburg in Sussex County.

I haven’t even seen any news items about the townships that have adopted Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions, and I spend a lot of my time looking for these types of things. This is good stuff, and I hope that Joseph and volunteers are able to grow the movement in the weeks and months ahead.

 

Senator H.L. “Bill” Richardson Political Maverick and GOA Founder Passes Away at 92

H/T AmmoLand.

R.I.P.  Senator H.L. “Bill” Richardson.

Senator H.L. “Bill” Richardson, Political Maverick and GOA Founder, Passes Away at 92
Senator H.L. “Bill” Richardson, Political Maverick and GOA Founder, Passes Away at 92

USA – -(AmmoLand.com)- Senator H. L. “Bill” Richardson, founder of Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners of California, went home to be with the Lord on January 13, 2020. He was 92.

A nationally recognized, twenty-two-year veteran of the California State Senate, Richardson’s extensive career was primarily focused on the preservation and protection of the Second Amendment. An active hunter and outdoorsman, Senator Richardson was vigorously involved on the state and national scene for more than four decades.

Born in Terre Haute, Indiana in 1927, Richardson fell in love with the beauty and grandeur of California following his graduation from the Cornish (Art) Conservatory in Washington. He was elected to the State Senate in 1966 and served for 22 years, during which time he grew concerned with repeated attacks on the 2nd Amendment and made the decision to form Gun Owners of California, a grassroots political action committee.

Gun Owners of America soon followed and Richardson’s keen skill for mobilizing single individuals toward a common goal launched a very effective political movement that continues to this day.

In addition to GOC and GOA, Richardson organized multiple political action committees, including the “Law and Order Campaign Committee” which led the successful charge to defeat Chief Justice Rose Bird and two other liberal members of California’s Supreme Court. Following his retirement from the Legislature in 1988, he primarily devoted his time to GOC and GOA.

Richardson’s legacy, however, extends far beyond the world of politics. He was an extraordinary hunter and dedicated to the conservation of California game. He was a prolific writer, penning fictional and non-fictional books alike. His book “Confrontational Politics #ad” is the quintessential guide to approaching politics from a conservative perspective and is considered a virtual “game plan” for political wins.

He was also an inexhaustible gardener, planting from seeds and harvesting all manner of vegetables, plus tending a vineyard and acres of fruit trees and berry vines which he named for his grandchildren.

Richardson’s family was his greatest legacy; married to his beloved late wife Barbara for 57 years, he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He is survived by his daughter Laurie Paredes, her husband Sam, son Doug Richardson, his wife Karen, and his sister Jane Chastain and husband Tom. Predeceased by daughter Carrie Herbertson, he was beloved by his grandchildren Kristy Paredes Collins, Julie Paredes Benson, Samuel Paredes, Annie Herbertson Hodges, Lisa Herbertson Swartzendruber, Henry Richardson, Kate Richardson, and his 12 great-grandchildren.

A believer in the saving grace of Jesus Christ, he is at peace in his eternal home. Per his request, he will be remembered in a private, family service.

For additional information on the life of H.L. “Bill” Richardson, click here.


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The Climate Is Definitely Changing

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The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals have ruled against a group of brainwashed, snot-nosed climate change children in their effort to sue the Trump administration. The bogus suit sought to force the administration to immediately act on the climate change hoax.

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in California ruled Friday that children do not have standing to sue the Trump administration and the federal government for not adequately addressing climate change.

Climate policy comes under the purview of Congress and the president, not the court system, the U.S. Court of Appeals decided in a split decision. Attorneys for the teenagers can ask the U.S. Supreme Court to allow the trial to continue in Oregon, where it was initially filed.

“The panel reluctantly concluded that the plaintiffs’ case must be made to the political branches or to the electorate at large,” the panel of judges noted.

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British Commonwealth Occupation Forces – Japan

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Participation in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) marked the first time that Australians were involved in the military occupation of a sovereign nation which it had defeated in war. BCOF participation in the allied occupation force was announced on 31 January 1946, though planning and negotiations had been in progress since the end of the war. The main body of Australian troops arrived in Japan on 21 February.

Up to 45,000 Australians served in BCOF, including an infantry contingent of 4,700, base units consisting of 5,300, an air force wing of 2,200 and 130 from the Australian General Hospital. The Australian Navy also had a presence in the region as part of the British Pacific Fleet. For two thirds of the period of occupation the Commonwealth was represented solely by Australians and throughout its existence BCOF was always commanded by an Australian officer.

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Media Reminds Gun Owners What They Really Think Of Us

H/T Bearing Arms.

The drive-by media has been wrong about so much in the past so why wouldn’t they be wrong about gun owners?

The media is not our friend. We all know that, of course, but it’s important to be reminded from time to time just how much they absolutely despise us.

Lobby Day in Richmond is an annual occurrence. It’s a thing that happens regularly anyway. Yet with the push for gun control by Governor Ralph Northam and the clown troop that passes for a legislature calling the shots, gun owners felt obliged to make it a point to be present.

Unfortunately, as science fiction author Larry Niven once wrote, “No cause is so noble that it won’t attract fuggheads.” Ours is certainly not exempt. Some fuggheads have decided to try and attach themselves to our community.

We can say we don’t want them, and we have, but that doesn’t mean they won’t still try and latch on.

It’s a problem any movement is going to have, unfortunately.

The bigger problem, though, is the media latching onto that and making damn sure everyone paints us with the exact same brush.

Let’s start with NBC News’ Ben Collins, for example.

Ahead of Monday’s gun-rights rally in Virginia, NBC News reporter Ben Collins labeled the event a “white nationalist” gathering Sunday, even as he warned against spreading “made-up stuff” on Twitter — prompting scores of critics to point out the apparent irony, and to condemn his network for sanctioning Collins’ checkered reporting on the so-called “dystopia beat.”

“Reporters covering tomorrow’s white nationalist rally in Virginia, I’m absolutely begging you: Verify information before you send it out tomorrow, even if it’s a very sensational rumor you heard from a cop,” Collins wrote in his since-deleted tweet. “Don’t become a hero in neo-Nazi propaganda circles with made-up stuff.”

Defending his post from a torrent of criticism, Collins initially argued that federal law enforcement had arrested six suspected Neo-Nazis in advance of the rally in states including Georgia, Maryland and Delaware, with some of the suspects apparently intending to travel to the Richmond rally.

Collins also remarked that there has been an “enormous amount of 4chan and Qanon chatter,” appropriating intelligence-community lingo to describe online communications from conspiracy groups and troll websites.

After several hours, Collins deleted his original tweet, writing in a seemingly peppy message: “Hi everybody! I’m deleting a tweet so I can be super clear about tomorrow’s rally in Virginia. The Lobby Day protest is and has traditionally been a gun rights rally, but white nationalists, including militant group The Base, have been planning violent action at the event.”

Now, we’ve covered The Base members’ arrests. I’m not going to lie, these people scare the hell out of me and I want nothing to do with them or their warped perception of both race and the world in general.

The same is true of most gun rights advocates, truth be told.

Of course, if it was just Collins, it wouldn’t be that big of a deal. Oh, I’d probably write up a story about it, slap him around for a bit because of it, and then go about my day.

But it’s not. It’s not just one person, but a push by the media in general to paint all of us as having some close ties with white supremacists.

For example, the Daily Mail uses this headline: “Richmond on high alert as white supremacists, a ‘no-compromise’ gun lobby and anti-government groups head to Virginia pro firearms rally – but militia leader insists ‘we aren’t a threat’”

By leading with “white supremacists,” the Mail is able to imply that the lion’s share of attendees are racists. They know a lot of people read and share stories with only a cursory inspection of the post, if that, so why put that in the lead unless you wanted to give that impression?

At least USA Today waited until the first paragraph to paint us all as racist.

Thousands of gun owners, many of them armed and some members of out-of-state militias and hate groups, plan to descend on Richmond on Monday amid a fierce battle over Virginia’s gun laws.

Of course, it’s possible that I’m overly sensitive on this topic. I’m tired of being labeled a racist because I happen to think every American regardless of race has a right to protect themselves.

On the other hand, though, the truth is that we continue to see our numbers listed along with these people as if we’re somehow fellow travelers. We’re not. I absolutely despise everything these people stand for when it comes to race, to say nothing on a whole litany of other issues. I honestly don’t care if they support gun rights, their other views are so abhorrent that I want nothing to do with them.

However, I should note that not all of the media is trying to spin things with their headlines or opening.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch did things a little differently. Their headline reads: “As gun-rights supporters plan peaceful rally in Richmond, state warns extremists could pose threat.”

That’s far more reflective of the reality than what we’ve seen from others in the media.

At the heart of this, though, is the fact that these people hate us. They despise us and they will do whatever they can to make us look bad. They’re the propaganda arm of Brady and Giffords in all but name.

It’s also why it’s imperative that we remember this and take steps not to give them anything they can use against us. Watch your step so that you don’t feed the beast trying to help take our rights away.

VA Democrats Vow To Ignore Voices Of Richmond Ralliers

H/T  Bearing Arms.

Hopefully in 2021 Virginia will get back on the road to sanity and start replacing these DemocRats.

If 20,000+ people show up to tell you what they think, that’s usually a sign you should probably at least consider listening. That’s especially true when they’re calling for you to respect their rights.

That’s about how many people showed up in Richmond, a powerful reminder that Virginians aren’t united behind this anti-gun nonsense.

However, despite the massive numbers that showed up, Democrats in the state have vowed to basically ignore them.

But Democratic lawmakers — including House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw — told AP the rally wouldn’t impact their plans to pass gun-control measures, including universal background checks and a one-handgun-purchase-a-month limit. Democrats say tightening Virginia’s gun laws will make communities safer and help prevent mass shootings like the one last year in Virginia Beach, where a dozen people were killed in a municipal building.

“I was prepared to see a whole lot more people show up than actually did and I think it’s an indication that a lot of this rhetoric is bluster, quite frankly,” said Del. Chris Hurst, a gun-control advocate whose TV journalist girlfriend was killed in an on-air shooting in 2015.

He expected to see more than 20,000 people?

Oh, I doubt that.

What these Democrats are saying is that they don’t actually care about your voice, about your rights. They’re going to trample on them and they really don’t care what you have to say about it.

Luckily, the way Virginia’s elections laws are currently structured puts the House of Delegates up for reelection in 2021. That will be a critical election as it’ll also be a gubernatorial election.

In other words, all it takes is holding ground for a year or two and we can then undo all of this.

However, Democrats are also trying to change a number of laws regarding elections in the state, including extending the governor’s term and eliminating gubernatorial term limits. Those are likely to be hard sells, even with a complete majority by Democrats. Changes like that aren’t likely to play well in the immediate aftermath of a takeover and some lawmakers will likely be hesitant to go down that road.

That means in 2021, Virginia may begin the process of returning to sanity.

If that happens, Democrats will only have themselves to blame. Most of the counties in the state have made their intentions to ignore gun control legislation quite clear, 20,000 Virginians showed up to make their voices heard, and people are sending every signal they can to lawmakers not to infringe on their constitutionally-protected rights. If Democrat continue pushing this, what happens next will be on them.

For gun rights supporters, though, it means it’s time to dig in and get ready for 2021. Organize, rally, and educate. Make sure people understand that gun rights are human rights, that gun control doesn’t work anyway, and it’s time to stop pretending that guns are the problem when the real solutions are still out there.

Do that over the next couple of years and watch the process of flipping back red begin.