Although the gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia was an overwhelming success, the battle to protect gun rights is far from over. President Donald Trump’s tweets on the Friday before the rally warned of an “attack” on the Second Amendment in the upcoming months.
“Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia. That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away. Republicans will win Virginia in 2020. Thank you Dems!” Trump tweeted.
Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia. That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away. Republicans will win Virginia in 2020. Thank you Dems!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2020
The tweet came right after state legislators voted to prohibit firearms at the state Capitol and Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency to temporarily ban individuals from carrying weapons on capitol grounds.
Northam justified this move on the grounds of a perceived threat from “extremists”. There was fear that the Richmond rally would turn into a repeat of the 2017 Charlottesville protests.
Despite the fear-mongering, the event turned out to be a great success, with 22,000 people in attendance.
However, rallies are not enough to curtail the potential gun grabs from the Left.
Since their electoral successes in 2019, Virginia Democrats are using their newfound majority to impose their will on Virginia gun owners.
Several of the reforms that Democrats want to pass include universal background checks, an assault weapons ban, and a “red flag” gun confiscation order that would give law enforcement the authority to remove guns from individuals who allegedly pose a danger to themselves or others.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Virginia gun owners will have their hands full in the 2020 session of the Virginia General Assembly.