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VA-ALERT: VCDL's Historic Lobby Day 2020, Part 6 of 6

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VCDL Lobby Day 2020

This is Part 6 in a 6 part series documenting VCDL's historic Lobby Day 2020, which was held on January 20, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia.  Yes, part 6 is HUGE!  We have never had an event with such a massive amount of coverage.  There is a lot of great material in this section.  Enjoy!

You can read the previous five parts by clicking on the part numbers, below:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5


Part 6. Lobby Day 2020 news articles, photos, videos, and gun-owner comments: wall-to-wall coverage of that historic event!

It was time consuming, but a blast putting this six-part series together!

We'll start first with some memorabilia, then we will view videos, photos, articles, and comments in chronological order, starting in November, 2019 and concluding with post-Lobby Day coverage in February, 2020.

Let's make Lobby Day on January 18, 2021 even bigger!  You can bet HB961, the semi-automatic rifle, standard capacity magazine, and suppressor ban, will be front and center in an effort to strip us of those items before the 2021 elections.


Murray Hill, with Murry Hill Leatherworks, made this beautiful OWB holster to show his support and to commemorate Lobby Day 2020!  He sent it to me in early January.  His company's Facebook page is:

Robert McLaurin, from Louisiana, sent me a t-shirt to commemorate Lobby Day.  What do the numbers mean?  35,000+ attendees, 25 degree temperature, and a 5 degree wind chill!  Robert noted, "that is the coldest this Bayou Boy has ever been without snow and ice present."  He and his crew plan to wear those commemorative shirts on Lobby Day 2021.

Many thanks to Mission First Tactical for donating AR-15 magazines with the VCDL logo.  You can purchase your own by clicking here.

And, filed under "aren't women wonderful?," are some Virginia-shaped VCDL cookies that Teran Harrison made for those riding on her bus on Lobby Day!  After I joked that I didn't get any of those cookies, guess what arrived in the mail a few days later?  In a show of defiance to gun grabbers, Teran's note with the cookies said, "I believe in cookies, and I'm not afraid to use them..."  And I fully believe she means it, too!


Gun owners didn't turnout to vote in statewide elections and disaster followed.

November 10, 2019 - Gun-owners react to Dem-controlled legislature at 45th 'Richmond Gun Show'

November 16, 2019 - Virginia Democrats plan swift gun control. Gun-rights groups promise "a big backlash"

November 17, 2019 - Gov. Ralph Northam confirms Virginia already 'working on' gun confiscation now that Democrats are in control

The Second Amendment Sanctuary movement is starting to take hold.  Carroll, Campbell, and Charlotte Counties have just passed their resolutions.

November 20, 2019 - Isle of Wight eyed as 2nd Amendment Sanctuary

The Roanoke City Democratic Committee sees the start of the Sanctuary wave and tries to rally the troops to stop freedom.

December 2, 2019

By December 3, 2019, over 24 counties had passed Sanctuary resolutions!  Turnouts had been growing as the wave spread.  Here is a video from Virginia Beach when the issue was first brought up in front of the City Council, but not voted on yet.  Over 1,000 people showed up and that soon would be considered a small turnout!

Virginia Beach 2A Sanctuary City Resolution Meeting Dec 3 2019

December 8, 2019 - The Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement Is Sweeping Virginia

VCDL was a presence at this rally:

December 9, 2019 - Second Amendment supporters hold 'God, Family and Guns' rally in Richmond

December 9, 2019 - Patriot Nurse: Virginia Gun Sanctuary Showdown: Words on Paper?

December 10, 2019 - Gov. Ralph Northam: Register Your AR-15 with Government or Hand It Over

December 10, 2019 - Bedford County Second Amendment Sanctuary County Speech

As the number of Sanctuaries continued to skyrocket, with eye-popping crowd sizes in the thousands at local government meetings, the anti-self-defense Democrats decide that confiscating guns was not going to be all that popular right now.  Just a few days earlier, VCDL predicted the Democrats would try to "compromise" and grandfather in existing ARs, standard capacity magazines, and suppressors and that's what they did.  Gun owners didn't fall for that tactic, and crowd sizes at local government Sanctuary meetings got even bigger - over 3,000 people in some cases!

December 11, 2019 - Virginia Democrats Abandon Gun Confiscation As Pro-Freedom Groups Surge In State

December 11, 2019 - A truly awesome speech by a young woman, Yvette Bronx, at a Sanctuary hearing in Spotsylvania County

December 13, 2019 - Virginia Lawmaker Blasts Northam's Hypocrisy Over 2A Sanctuary Threats

December 13, 2019 - Palmetto State Armory announces an AR-15 stripped lower-receiver to commemorate the fight against the proposed ban on semi-automatic rifles in Virginia.  Palmetto contributed a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the "Virginia-15" to VCDL.  With thousands sold, it came out to a nice chunk of change!

December 14, 2019 - Liberty Doll covers the fight in Virginia on her youtube channel

The number of Sanctuaries continued to soar, with their resolutions saying that they won't enforce any unconstitutional gun laws.  Some local sheriff's, such as Culpeper County's Scott Jenkins, said they won't enforce unconstitutional gun laws including any gun bans.  Jenkins went so far as to say he would deputize the gun owners in his county, if he had to, so any such ban wouldn't apply there!  The Democrats panicked.  They hadn't planned on any of this.  They threatened to withhold funds from local governments and even talked publicly about calling out the National Guard to enforce those gun laws!  In return, citizens began to rally around their local government and sheriffs, and militias were preparing to protect their local government!  At this point in time, there were about 80 Sanctuary counties already.

December 16, 2019 - Virginia forms active militia to protect sheriffs, citizens from unconstitutional laws

And some memes were created:

Suggestions for VCDL fight songs came in, including "Don't Try an' Take My Guns Away"

December 16, 2019 - VA Delegate Nick Freitas answers some questions about VCDL LOBBY DAY on youtube

December 17, 2019 - gun channels across the country are covering the situation in Virginia, including this one from Georgia:

December 17, 2019 - Thousands of cops, veterans, supporters pledge to join militia in Virginia to combat unconstitutional laws

On December 17, 2019, Northern Virginia anti-freedom Delegate Dan Helmer had a town hall meeting to push gun control.  So, what happens if you throw a party and only the opposition shows up?  Dan found out.  Peaceful VCDL members flooded the room.  Fearlessly <eye roll> Dan sped through his talk and made a quick exit.

December 18, 2019 - Uprising: 90% of Virginia counties become gun 'sanctuaries,' expanding movement to nine states

December 18, 2019, VCDL's fight song recorded by Kenneth Hall [AUDIO]:

December 18, 2019, Steve Huff of Accuracy X, Inc. spreads the word on his channel about the dangers of the bills being introduced:

Governor TO DISARM Virginia [VIDEO]

December 19, 2019 - WHERE IS THE NRA? VA Second Amendment Sanctuaries [VIDEO]

December 20, 2019 - National Guardsman: "We will not comply" if ordered by Virginia governor to arrest police, confiscate guns

December 21, 2019 -  Second Amendment Sanctuary Push Aims to Defy New Gun Laws

December 24, 2019, NRA believes VCDL's Lobby Day is too late, so they schedule their version a week earlier than VCDL.  VCDL encouraged its members to attend both events, if possible.  Around 2 or 3 thousand attend the NRA's event and about 50,000 attend VCDL's event the following week.

December 24, 2019, VCDL Executive member Ed Levine does an interview with Tim Young on Sirius XM's Patriot Channel on the fight in Virginia [AUDIO]:

December 24, 2019, Guns & Gadgets - Virginia Delegates To Make The Capitol A Gun Free Zone Before The VCDL Lobby Day? [VIDEO]

December 26, 2019 - Police officer to Virginia politicians: We took an oath, and real cops won't confiscate firearms

December 26, 2019 - Virginia Governor Northam Increases Corrections Budget In Anticipation Of Jailing Gun Owners

December 26, 2019 - 2nd Amendment sanctuaries spread; gun control groups warn of consequences

As the gun-control crowd continues to panic at the Second Amendment Sanctuary wave sweeping the state, a VCDL member responds to the threats and attacks in a Letter to the Editor:

December 26, 2019 - Martin: Gun control won't prevent violence

December 27, 2019 - Virginia Sheriff Speaks Out Against Push for Gun Control [VIDEO]

December 27, 2019 - VA-based gun groups take lead against Democrat-backed gun confiscation plans

December 27, 2019 - Virginia gun 'sanctuary' leaders urge resistance to gun laws, compare to American Revolution

December 28, 2019 - Officials who flouted law on immigration, marriage, demand blind obedience to gun grab

December 29, 2019, flyers pushing back against Northam start to appear:

January 3, 2020 - Gun control standoff heats up in Virginia as 'sanctuaries' grow, big votes loom

January 3, 2020 - Bloomberg: We Can't Just Let "Average" Americans Have Guns

Another meme:

January 6, 2020 - Hot Mic Catches Two Virginia Democrats Scheming to Ignore Speeches by 'Mixed Up Little Kid' 'Gun Guys'

January 8, 2020 - 'A well-regulated militia'  How can politicians elected by people deny us our rights?

January 8, 2020, John Fredericks plugs Lobby Day and rally on his radio show [AUDIO]:

January 8, 2020, discussion of various things, including Virginia.  VCDL mentioned around the 12 minute mark.

January 10, 2020, without any form of justification, the Democrats ban guns in the Capitol and General Assembly buildings to discourage gun owners from coming to Lobby Day or meetings at the General Assembly.

Virginia lawmakers vote to ban guns at state Capitol

Since mid-december conspiracy theories abounded about various groups, from ANTIFA to white supremacists, coming to the rally to cause trouble (a Charlottesville 2.0 situation) or for the rally to be used an excuse by the government to violently attack attendees.   None of the predictions of doom and gloom happened.  Richmond was not like Charlottesville, where two groups who hated each other were forced to mix with violence ensuing while the police stood down.  There was no opposition group in Richmond and no hatred present at Lobby Day.  Just good people from all walks of life wanting their voices heard and their rights protected.  The next article encompassed various theories as to why no one should attend Lobby Day, and it did scare away some attendees, unfortunately.


VCDL's membership numbers were soaring, as media coverage nationwide continued.  VCDL tripled in size in 6 weeks!  Some new members were from out-of-state, wanting to support freedom in Virginia.   Here is example of an email VCDL leadership received:


If you guys wonder why someone from Washington state is joining the VCDL, it is because I admired how bravely VCDL is defending the American values and Second Amendments rights in Virginia.  You are setting the bar high for the entire country, based in what I am reading in the news.

I am a proud and grateful American, who was born in Venezuela,  a country which is ruins now,  a byproduct of socialism and gun control.  I am a Software engineer and I believe that by joining I gave a modest contribution to your organization. Unfortunately that is all what I can do now. 

God bless you all and thank you.  Keep up the good work. 

-Luis B

January 10, 2020 - Even cartoons were being written about Lobby Day

January 10, 2020 - 'Second Amendment sanctuary' movement headed for Supreme Court: Laura Ingraham

January 10, 2020 - Virginia Democrats Playing Rope-a-Dope on Gun Confiscation Plan ~ VIDEO

January 10, 2020,  the article, below, originally had me listed as the NRA president (I was barely able to contain myself waiting for my first paycheck to arrive!), but I contacted Newsmax and they correct the story online.

Fears, Rhetoric Rise Ahead of Va. Gun Rally on MLK Day

January 11, 2020 - for those who may have forgotten, there were lots and lots of bad gun-bills that the incredible Lobby Day turnout helped to defeat.  This discusses the severe threat to reciprocity that we ultimately stopped:

Virginia gun proposal puts concealed carry agreements with other states in jeopardy

January 11, 2020 - rumor is started that a law had already been passed to prohibit carry in Richmond.  That was totally impossible, as the session had just started and laws simply cannot be made that fast.  The rumor was certainly from the other side wanting to minimize the Lobby Day turnout.

January 11, 2020, VA Senate Committee Ready For First Gun Control Votes

January 12, 2020 - Blue Ridge Independent Video from the Culpeper 2nd Amendment Rally

January 12, 2020, one of many youtube videos by regular gun owners across the country, spreading the word about Lobby Day:


January 13, 2020, another song sent to us for consideration as a fight song:

Stand Your Ground

January 13, 2020, Liberty Doll discussed some of really bad bills that many gun owners probably forgot about.  She also talks about the open microphone were Senator Dave Marsden and Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn refer to gun owners as "nuts" and "little children" all because gun owners came to have their voices heard at a meeting:

Virginia 2A Update: Gun Range Ban, New AWB, & Hot Mics [VIDEO]

January 13, 2020 - Virginia Rising Against The Advancing Political Sickness

January 13, 2020, thousands of NRA and VCDL members showed up for the first hearing on gun bills in the General Assembly.  Seeing the huge wave of anger by gun owners over Senator Dick Saslaw's gun-confiscation bill, the Democrats rushed to pull that one particular bill.  However, they moved forward with other bad bills.  The NRA handed out nice blue t-shirts and most attendees were also wearing VCDL's GSL stickers.  Magpul contributed 30-round AR magazines, which the NRA also handed out in protest of Delegate Mark Levine's HB961, which was a gun-ban, but with grandfathering:

VA Dems Drop AR-15 Confiscation After 1000s of NRA Members Show

NRA Handing Out 30-Round Mags in VA to Fight Northam Gun Ban

January 13, 2020 - [HUMOR] Because every gun needs a SAFE SPACE

January 14, 2020, a new incoming Prince William Board of Supervisors had vowed to repeal the Constitutional County resolution that the outgoing Board of Supervisor passed in December at the new Board's first meeting.  To keep gun owners from showing up, they moved the meeting from the evening to 2 pm in the middle of a work day.  It didn't work.  Gun owners braved snow and hundreds showed up and over 100 spoke!  That changed everything and the motion was tabled.  Numbers do matter:

In a surprise move, Prince William supervisors table controversial gun resolution

January 14, 2020, Governor Northam has now reached panic mode, as VCDL's Lobby Day looms with a massive crowed expected to attend.  He declares a state of emergency and bans guns on Capitol grounds (illegally) and plans to put up fencing, creating a self-defense-free zone to keep the event as small as he possibly can.  Even law enforcement not working the event would be disarmed!  Looking at current events, it's just fine with Northam and Richmond Mayor Stoney for rioters to burn down buildings, assault and kill people, destroy property, etc.  Only peaceful gun owners are a threat that requires a state of emergency and strong enforcement of the laws:

AP Exclusive: Northam to Ban Guns From Capitol Grounds

WATCH: Northam declares state of emergency ahead of gun rally

January 13, 2020, Larry Nordvig, Powhatan County Board of Supervisors member, put together this excellent video:

Civil War 2 Beginning in Virginia?

January 14, 2020 - Push to ban assault weapons in Virginia meets resistance

January 14, 2020 - Lewis Among Moderate Democrats Not Completely Sold On All Proposed Gun Control Measures

January 16, 2020 - Virginia Second Amendment Movement [VIDEO, MUSIC]

January 16, 2020, radio talk-show host Glenn Beck is one of many giving coverage to the upcoming Lobby Day.  VCDL president is interviewed for one segment.  Virginia Department of General Services is still insisting that VCDL use their underpowered sound system for the rally.  VCDL continues to fight for the right to bring our own PA system, with help of Delegate Dave LaRock.  VCDL files a lawsuit against Northam's illegal gun ban on the Capitol Grounds.

January 16, 2020 - Gun activists challenge gun ban in Capitol Square ahead of rally Monday

January 17, 2020 - FAQs: What you need to know for Va. 'Lobby Day' gun rights rally

January 17, 2020 - Democratic legislators take aim at Virginia gun owners

January 17, 2020, after a Richmond judge denies a stay on the Governor's Capitol grounds gun ban, VCDL appealed to the Virginia Supreme Court, who punted saying they did not get enough information from the lower court to decide if that court erred.  The case is still alive in court as of September 5, 2020 to settle the issue for future events.  The COVID-19 issue has pushed such things to the back burner for the courts.

January 17, 2020 - Sheriff on Virginia Dems' gun control push: 'Never seen something so strongly opposed'

January 17, 2020, the anti-self-defense groups cancelled their rally on the same day as VCDL's Lobby Day for fear, they said.  It was really that they didn't want to show how minuscule their attendance would have been in comparison:

'The fear is the people from outside': Groups canceling trips to the Capitol Monday

One member suggested the song, "Seize the Day" from the Disney musical "The Newsies" for Lobby Day.  It was a good fit, but we didn't use it:

January 17, 2020 - [HUMOR] Governor Northam: 'Virginia Will Be Kept Comfortable While Lawmakers Debate Whether To Kill It'

January 17, 2020 - [MEDIA STIRRING FEAR] Alleged white supremacists arrested ahead of Virginia gun rights rally

January 18, 2020 - Media Portraying Annual VCDL Lobby Day as Violent, Racist Gun Owners Ready to Fight

January 19, 2020, the Sanctuary resolutions have been spreading to other states.  Here is a powerful video of a sheriff's deputy addressing a local government meeting in North Carolina .  It's very powerful speech and got a standing ovation from the people there:

January 19, 2020, rumors were going around that ANTIFA was sending 50 buses to disrupt Lobby Day.  Another rumor said only 7 buses, but ANTIFA would be wearing MAGA hats and NRA garb and would attack other ANTIFA members posing as anti-gun protesters to make it look like the pro-gun said was the aggressor. Someone was sure trying hard to limit the size of Lobby Day!

The FAA issued a Temporary Flight Restriction over the venue.

VCDL had 65 porta-potties installed for Lobby Day and member Lindsay Trittipoe paid for much of that and also 25 gallons of coffee and 40 dozen donuts for the police!

--------------------January 20, 2020 LOBBY DAY ARRIVES!--------------------

The media refused to believe that you could have 50,000 people walking around with guns and not have tons of arrests (low-ball estimate used by media was 22,000 people).  When they couldn't find even one arrest at the rally, they started looking blocks away from the rally and found that a woman wearing a bandanna over her face, which she refused to remove, had been arrested 90 minutes after the rally had ended.  (Looking back now on someone being arrested for refusing to take OFF a mask seems funny.)  Charges against her were later dropped.  The media implied that the woman was somehow a part of the rally to avoid having to say there were no arrests.

LIVE UPDATES: Gun-rights rally organizer: 'This is what happens when you threaten the rights of Americans'

Second Amendment Rally Renews Governor Northam's Blackface, KKK Scandal

House Republican Leader Todd Gilbert Statement on Second Amendment Lobby Day

Email from member Chris O.:

I got home from the rally about an hour ago, and I just wanted to give you my thoughts before it slipped my mind.

I really liked how it was set up, and everyone working was knowledgeable, helpful, and pleasant. All of the other attendees that I met, or bumped into were very pleasant and polite, and I do mean ALL of them. It blew my mind that you had that many people together, and everyone was so NICE! All of the law enforcement personnel were so helpful, professional, and pleasant. I spoke with my state legislators, who were very friendly and eager to listen to my questions and concerns. Then again, they are Republicans. 

This was my first rally with VCDL, but it most certainly will not be my last. Honestly, before this 2A sanctuary movement came about, I had never heard of VCDL. However, I signed up for a membership on Saturday, and plan to continue to follow your exploits, as well as help whenever possible.

Email from member Lou K.:

Because of my wife's recovery from surgery I was not able to join with the Lobby Day troops. I was able, though, to monitor various national media on their reporting of the various activities, and find out how it was being covered out in the hinterland.

A great deal of the coverage was highly positive. Gun owners came across as respectful, well behaved, and competent, despite all the "gloom and doom" predictions from No-No Northam, Herring, and the rest of the "Nay Sayers Chorus"

One media article that caught my eye typified the positive coverage generated. Amazingly enough it was a tale in the Washington Post about a cafeteria owner in Richmond who had been worried at first but stayed open for VCDL members and others. the story read in part;

Skinner had been startled when some customers began showing up Sunday with assault-style rifles across their chests. She had meant to put out a sign asking people to leave guns and placards at the door but hadn't had time. In the end, however, it wasn't necessary. The guns hadn't been an issue.

"Everyone has been beyond pleasant," she said. "In fact, it was kind of fun."

Virginia Second Amendment rally proves the media hate gun owners

Of the 22,000 who attended VA Lobby Day, many armed with assault rifles and handguns, one arrest was made

Virginia's Lobby Day Gun Rights Rally [VIDEO - live-feed WUSA9]

Weapons, flags, no violence: Massive pro-gun rally in Virginia capital

Democrats say rally won't impact their plans for gun control legislation

Email from Norm W.:

I just wanted to thank VCDL and everyone who turned out for Lobby Day. All of you were awesome. You represented us 2nd amendment supporters with grace and heroism. I am disabled and my health didn't allow me to attend, but I was with you in spirit. I was proud of all of you. Thank you very much!

2nd Amendment Lobby Day peaceful as thousands flock Capitol Square area

Virginia gun rally: Thousands converge on Richmond

Thousands at pro-weapon demo in Virginia [German article translated to English.  Notice how the article doesn't mention that Governor Northam and other Democrats DID talk about gun confiscation before Lobby Day.]

Gun-rights rally draws 22,000 to Virginia Capitol; no violence, one arrest reported

Email from Bruce J.:

Thank you for the tireless efforts that you put in on behalf of all us 2A supporters and firearms enthusiasts.  What you're doing is above and beyond the call.  It takes unmitigated gall for the Governor to give credit to his security forces for the lack of violence at today's Lobby Day.  It was completely the good behavior of the people who are trying to protect our rights.

At tense Virginia rally, gun rights activists vow their fight is just getting started [Tense?  Who was tense?   Those attending had a great time!]

Gun rights rally in Richmond ends peacefully; one arrested

An email from Ben W.:

I just wanted to say congratulations on a successful event today! I watched all the local news coverage and I just wanted to say how proud I am of how everyone handled themselves. I could hardly find any negative coverage and it appears that nearly all who attended were above reproach!

22,000 attend Richmond gun-rights rally; one arrest made

'The civil rights march of my life': Thousands of pro-gun protesters, many heavily armed, rally peacefully in Richmond

A timeline of the 2020 gun-rights rally in Richmond [In this article Northam takes credit for " what could have been a volatile situation."  Yeah, in his dreams.  He can't even control a few hundred rioters in Richmond.]

An email from J.R. D.:

I live in WA state and don't remember the exact reason I subscribed to VCDL a while ago but, WOW!!!! 

WA media covered it in the leading day, I was traveling to CA today, so I didn't see the WA coverage.

In CA, which I had very low expectations on coverage, there was what I'd call "positive coverage". I love what y'all have done for the 2nd amendment.

WA news coverage prior made it appear that there would be lots of hate and discontent.

CA news coverage tonight painted a pic of tens of thousands "pro-gun" supporters showed up in Richmond to send a message. A few "counter protesters" also showed up.

Don't stop, FIGHT the good fight, you ARE making a difference across this nation. The fact that there was coverage, in this anti-gun bastion, of the pro-gun support gives hope to many.  

FWIW, the WA media framed (prior to today) the protests as a bunch of neo-nazi, gun toting freaks.

Media Fail: 2nd Amendment Rally Turns Out Peaceful, Patriotic [Last video in this story interviews a lady who owns "Shooters Grill" in Colorado who came out to support the rally.]

Mother of Charlottesville Victim: VA Democrats' Gun Control 'Extreme'

TX Church Hero At Virginia Rally to Oppose AR-15 Ban

Email from Jordan Miles, Board of Supervisors member from Buckingham County:

I'm so proud of you all for such a peaceful event that brought civil dialogue to Richmond and our capitol. 

I'm proud to have been endorsed by you all during my campaign for Board of Supervisors in Buckingham. I am a conservative Democrat who opposes much of these erroneous gun bills as they (legislatures) are not addressing the real issues of substance abuse, opioid addiction, mental illness and health, etc. which is the root of all this. 

I supported our efforts for our second amendment resolution in December. 

I think the Dems are going to have to compromise on much of their strongly worded gun bills from what's I've heard. 

Gov. Ralph Northam Suggests He Saved Virginia from a Volatile Situation

Coverage by Telemundo.  It is in Spanish, but watch the video down in the article.  It shows a much wider arial shot of the crowd:

Tens of Thousands Protest VA's Gun Crackdown [Tucker Carlson - VIDEO]

Watch Live: Pro-2A Americans Come to Virginia to Rally for Gun Rights [7 hours of live coverage!  If you weren't there, you will have been after you watch this ;-) ]

Gabriella Hoffman's VCDL Lobby Day Observations Mentioned on Fox News

Virginia Sheriff on 2nd Amendment and Gun Control [Sheriff Richard Vaughn, Grayson County]

--------------------Post-Rally Coverage--------------------

January 21, 2020 - I Went to Lobby Day. Tens of Thousands of Second Amendment Supporters Weren't the Problem.

January 21, 2020, Delegate Lee Carter tweets that the VCDL rally was terrorism.  So, people peacefully petitioning their government, whether armed or not, is now "terrorism" for Democrats?  This is the same Lee Carter that got pepper sprayed by police while participating in a violent protest in Manassas in May.

Email from Suzanne B.:

Attached are 2 of my favorite photos i took yesterday while attending the Rally in Richmond.  One was Sheriff Jenkins and the other was a veteran who was walking very slowly with his cane. As he stopped often to take a brief rest I was moved by his dedication and determination to speak to lawmakers.  He was in line to go inside of the fence. 

January 21, 2020, The Liberal Media Totally Eats It With Their Fake News Coverage of VA's Pro-Gun Rights Rally [particularly good coverage of Lobby Day]

January 21, 2020, Local gun rally participant: 'For a short period, Richmond was the safest city in Virginia — maybe the nation'

January 21, 2020, some great photos of Lobby Day by Scott Mallonee:

January 21, 2020 - Viginia 2A rally: Assorted pictures from different sources

January 21, 2020 - Va2A NEWS: Jan 20, 2020, VCDL Lobby Day on Capitol Hill in Richmond Virginia 30K+ Peacefully Attend [VIDEO]

Email from Mike Braun, San Antonio, Texas (my old stomping grounds) that has good information on the rally:

I'm still in Richmond and typing on my iPad so bear with me. The rally today was supposed to start at 11 so the VCDL suggested that everyone try to be there NLT 1030. I'm staying about 10 miles north of town and I wanted to get there early so I left the hotel at 0830 to try and beat the crowds. LOL! I was still about a mile north of the parking area when I came to a complete stop on the highway with all the other folks that had the same idea.

Mapquest found a short cut so I took it but by the time I got to the baseball field parking lot it was full and it was only 0850. I parked not too far away and joined the massive crowd walking to the Capital. It was a looong walk 3.5 miles one way. I got to meet and talk to a bunch of great people along the way. They were all very thankful that I had come from Texas to support them. "You don't have to thank me. Your fight is OUR fight!"  If you've seen the pictures on the internet you can see that they kept us in some isolated areas.

You were only allowed to go onto the Capital grounds after you passed through a magnetometer and had whatever bags you were carrying searched. I assure you that the screening was as thorough as any airport I've ever been to including Heathrow. The crowds around the Capitol were huge and the wait to get anywhere was long. If you were carrying you were not allowed on Capitol grounds. I left my firearm at home in San Antonio because I wanted to get onto the grounds where the speakers were.

The rally itself started at 1100 with a multitude of presenters including one from our Great State of Texas. There were loud speakers positioned all over the grounds so those outside the fence could hear all the speakers as well. The presenters were impassioned. I can't begin to tell you how proud I was to be there. The final speaker was Stephen Willeford who took out Devin Patrick Kelley with an AR15 after he murdered 26 church parishioners in Sutherland Springs. The rally ended at 1200 but a lot of people stayed just to connect with one another.

I have never been in a group that big in my life. The streets were packed! Virtually everyone outside the fence was carrying. I saw everything from 22s to a 50 BMG. AR-15s were a dime a dozen. All that being said, I've never been around a nicer group of people! Lot's of "Yes sir, No sir" and "Excuse me." I could only wish that ALL of these people were my next door neighbors. I asked one of the Police Officers if they had had any problems and he said "Not a one. Everybody has been cooperative and polite."

All of the Virginia State Police Officers, the Capitol Police Officers, and Virginia State Troopers were as nice as they could be. I've never felt safer than I felt today being around all those people. Kindred spirits one and all. Texas was well represented. I saw Texas Flags and Texas patches and when our speaker from Texas spoke and said "Who here is from Texas?" There were quite a few shouts that went up. Mine included! ( gotta admit that put a lump in my throat)

I asked several locals "What happened to your state?" The answer was the same "Gerrymandering." Unfortunately they're not very hopeful that they can turn it around. But as one speaker said "Now is not the time to give up! Washington's men were fighting in the ice and snow many in their underwear and many with no shoes or socks. They didn't give up and YOU SHOULDN'T  EITHER!"

A couple of other snippets from the speakers;

"When rulers run amok, no right is safe."

"Today they are coming for your AR15s. Tomorrow it will be your shotguns. Then it will be your freedom of speech and then it will be your children. Because when you attack the rights of gun-owners you attack the safety of the families they are protecting."

"We are Virginia. We will NOT be a Socialist experiment."

"There is a bill being introduced that states if you are shot in a "Gun Free Zone" you will have the right to sue the government."

"When the government tells you that you don't need guns because they are there to protect you, remind them that they were supposed to be protecting Jeffrey Epstein too."

I'm going home tomorrow and I'll try to figure out how to post some of the pictures that I took.

I was proud to be there. I was proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with other Patriots and make a stand.  And I was proud to stand with Virginians whose forefathers stood with OUR forefathers at the Alamo.

These types of rallies need to happen all across our great nation.  Although it occurred under very trying times it sent a very powerful message. 

Email from Patrick W.:

Thank you Virginia,
    One of the best days of my life. Great People, Real Americans, real courage.

From VCDL's Facebook page (notice the hashtag!):

Sherronna Bishop
January 21 at 9:43 AM

Thank you Virginia!! What a great day! God bless you and know COLORADO Patriots stand with you! 
Thank you Steve Huff with Accuracy X for spreading the word! 

VCDL Executive member Leyla Myers sent this to be put in VA-ALERT:

I want to give personal thanks to all attendees in general, for their amazing attitude and good friendly interaction with each of us.  I want to specifically those who took the time to pick up all the trash from the streets! 

As I was giving out GSL stickers, a lot of you said the stickers did not stay on your clothes - most likely because of the cold weather.  You took the long strands of backing paper from me and promised to take care of it.  Some told me they will put the trash in their own backpacks - they were willing to do anything to keep the streets clean. 

And after the event, you took care of all the trash.  I walked the streets at 5:30 p.m. - I saw two extra bags of trash sitting next to city trash cans.  If you live under a rock and did not know about the gathering that took place early that day, you would not know about it anyway - the city center was cleaner than ever.  Even the news reported about you, the volunteer trash pickers!!  

January 21, 2020 - Gun Rights Advocates Pick Up Trash After Protesting Peacefully In Richmond

January 21, 2020 - THE REBELLION EXPLODES: 22,000+ Pro-Gun Activists Flood Virginia's Capital To Push Back On Democrat Extremism

January 21, 2020 - Tic-Tok video of the crowd from the General Assembly building

January 21, 2020, member Paul B. sent me this email:

The high point for me was watching an old black resident slowly push his walker down the sidewalk. It was very cold and windy. One of the pro-gunners took off his gloves and gave them to the old man! It brought tears to my eyes. And they call us racist.

January 21, 2020 - Left-wing media frets endlessly over 'white supremacist' gun rally in Virginia. They must have forgotten to interview these attendees.

January 21, 2020 - member Donald D. sent me this email:

We really need to get the message out that there were more than 29K - 50K people attending the event. According to one of my sources, Senator Chase reported to being informed by VSP that there were over 100K at one point (this includes the crowds on the streets surrounding the Capitol) and also we need to report the thousands who couldn't get onto the shuttle buses.

January 21, 2020 - Virginia 2A Rally Peaceful, Democrats and MSM Disappointed

January 21, 2020, Timothy King send this email:

"After having seen and having been among those ~30,000 people, yesterday, many of whom were armed, without the slightest bit of fear or threat of violence, I must say that I have a great sense of respect and gratitude for VCDL..."

January 21, 2020 - The Media's Shameful Depiction of Pro-Second Amendment Protests in Virginia

January 21, 2020 - Delegate Chris Head says current gun control laws are not the problem [AUDIO]

January 21, 2020 - Feds: White Supremacists Hoped for 'Civil War' After Rally

January 21, 2020 - the Media's Narrative on Virginia's Gun Rally Falls Apart [VIDEO]

January 21, 2020 - Stars & Stripes Coverage of Lobby Day 2020 (The article is on page 5 and appears to have been provided by the Associated Press).

January 21, 2020 - Michigan Gun Rights Protesters Stand "In Solidarity" With Virginians

January 21, 2020 - The Colossal Gun Rally In Richmond Was Co-Opted By Extremists (as one would expect from the Huffington Post, biased "hit-piece" coverage with selective editing of videos to imply no minorities present at the rally).

January 21, 2020, email from Joe Kelenfy:

I live in Gainesville, GA and had the tremendous privilege to attend the rally during Lobby Day. What a wonderful and gratifying experience!

I rode the Leesburg #1 Bus under the supervision of Ray Deskins (bus captain). Organized, thorough and smooth…Mr Deskins had rosters and contact information that he checked off at sign in.

All in all it was a wonderful day that I will remember forever!(I think history will reflect on it kindly as well)

January 21, 2020 - [EXCELLENT - MUST WATCH!] All the Narratives Died in Richmond | Total Success Despite Constant Smearing (Matt Christiansen's YouTube channel)

January 21, 2020 - What Do Black Gun Owners Think About Being Called "White Nationalists" By The Media?

January 21, 2020 - After Senseless Murder Of Goliath, Philistines Call For Ban On Fully Automatic, High-Capacity Slings [HUMOR]

January 21, 2020 - Opinion: Peaceful Protest Shows Wide Support for the Second Amendment

January 21, 2020 - In Virginia, Newly Galvanized Gun Activists Challenge Democratic Gun Restrictions

January 21, 2020, even Dilbert covered the VCDL Lobby Day controversy!

January 22, 2020 - Trump: Ralph Northam Putting Virginia 'in Play' with Gun Control Push

January 22, 2020 - Virginia Aftermath: Is Dem Gun Control Push Political Suicide?

January 22, 2020 - The Virginia Model for a Constitutional Confederation of States

January 22, 2020 - Virginia Is for (Gun) Lovers [excellent, detailed coverage of an attendee who came down from Pennsylvania]

January 23, 2020 - Peaceful Insurgency Tips for Virginian Patriots

January 23, 2020, an email from one of the team members making the VCDL Lobby Day video, Gary O'Brien, to another team member, Matt Gottshalk:

One thing I intend to tell Phil and Jim and others in leadership, is that everywhere I went with that "vcdltv" badge, people were constantly thanking me saying how impressed they were and how we are setting a standard across the country. It was actually interrupting my work at certain points. I mean people would see that badge and just light up......what an amazing compliment to the organization!

I'm still in awe of the amazing things I witnessed on Monday. 

January 23, 2020 - VA Democrat Senator: Pro-2A Rally Doesn't Change Gun Control Mandate

January 23, 2020 - Virginia Gun Companies Worry About Their Future In The State

January 23, 2020 - Richmond Reflections

January 24, 2020 - VA Dems Take Aim At Firearms Preemption Law

January 24, 2020 - Virginia's Lobby Day Was A Massive Success [nice writeup by John Crump.]

January 24, 2020 - Maher: The Media Was 'Disappointed' 'the Civil War Didn't Break out' at VA Gun Rally [even a broken clock is correct twice a day]

January 24, 2020 - 'Deplorable'? Make your case without condemning gun activists

January 25, 2020 - Martin: The stage was set but Northam did not get his riot

January 25, 2020 - White Supremacists? MSM Hypes Fakes News About Virginia Gun Rally [VIDEO]

January 25, 2020, at a town hall Delegate Mark Levine, the patron of the "assault weapon" ban bill HB961, shows that he knows absolutely NOTHING about guns.  The clip of his ignorance is both hilarious and frustrating at the same time.

January 25, 2020 - Virginia started pushing crazy gun laws, so Virginia residents just bought 74,000 more guns.

January 26, 2020 - Virginia House advances gun control measures after protest [Fox News with Senator Amanda Chase]

January 26, 2020 - I went to the pro-gun rally in Virginia. It was not what I expected

January 27, 2020 - Rise to Rebellion

January 27, 2020 - Virginia Gun Control Fight Launches '2A Sanctuary' Tidal Wave

January 27, 2020 - Two Huge Protests Media Won't Cover

January 28, 2020 - Video: Is Gun Ownership a Right?

January 28, 2020 - A New Backlash to Gun Control Begins in Virginia [New Yorker article with many photographs, including coverage of the pre-Lobby Day dinner]

January 28, 2020 - Virginia Rising: My Day At VA Lobby Day

January 28, 2020 - Were White Nationalists Really Planning To Attack The Virginia Gun Rights Rally? According To Police Records, Not Exactly

January 29, 2020 - VA Dem Senator: I'm Not Backing Gun Or Magazine Bans

January 29, 2020, excellent music video "Stand Your Ground" by Chris Cassone.  Dedicated to VCDL and other states.  Footage from Lobby Day as well as an event held by the Connecticut Citizens Defense League (who sent a bus to Lobby Day, BTW):

January 29, 2020 - That Hyperbolic White Nationalist Narrative About VA Gun Rights Rally Just Suffered a Death Blow

January 29, 2020 - Panic over peaceful Virginia gun rights rally shows the bigotry of gun control activists

January 30, 2020 - Video: Virginia Lawmaker Has Zero Understanding of Guns [hillarious video that tears apart Delegate Mark Levine on his ability to utter total nonsense, but to be able to do so with confidence]

January 30, 2020 - SULLUM: Panic about peaceful protest reveals gun controllers' bigotry

February 1, 2020 - The gun rights rally was a call for liberty

February 3, 2020 - How Virginia Became the Front Line in the Fight Over Guns

February 4, 2020 - How Will Virginia's New Gun-control Laws Be Enforced?

February 4, 2020 - The Anatomy of a Smear

February 4, 2020 - VCDL President interview on WMAL [AUDIO]!podcast

February 6, 2020 - Some Rural Virginia Democrats Not On Board With Gov. Northam's Gun-Grabbing Plans

February 7, 2020 - What's Next For The Virginia Sanctuary Movement?

February 7, 2020 - House panel backs assault weapons ban. Then police clear the room.

February 8, 2020 - Virginia is the Next Battleground for the Second Amendment [VIDEO]

February 8, 2020 - gun owners showed up at a presidential-candidate Michael Bloomberg event in Northern Virginia, vastly outnumbering the gun controllers and telling Bloomberg to go back home to New York:

February 11, 2020 - Hundreds of Gun Rights Supporters Spoil Bloomberg Campaign's Arlington, VA Gun Control Rally

February 11, 2020 - Bergen gun shop owner goes viral as face of pro-gun movement after carrying 5-foot rifle

February 11, 2020 - Police in Virginia aren't coming for your guns. They just aren't allowed to tell you that.

February 11, 2020 - Virginia House passes bill heavily regulating assault weapons

February 12, 2020 - Virginia House Passes Far-Reaching Gun Ban; Steep Climb Ahead In Senate As Gov. Northam Waits

February 13, 2020 - Sanctuary counties: Inside America's gun rights resistance

February 13, 2020 - Bloomberg Expecting A Rally Of Support; Gets A Gun Rights Rally Instead

February 14, 2020 - Gun rights advocates urge Lynchburg-area governments to back militias

February 17, 2020 - Virginia Assault Weapons Ban DEAD - For Now!!! [VIDEO]

February 17, 2020 - Senate committee wants further study on Virginia assault weapons ban

February 17, 2020 - Virginia Senate panel puts off assault weapons ban until next year in setback for Northam

February 17, 2020 - Virginia lawmakers reject assault weapons ban

February 17, 2020 - Assault weapons bill dies in Virginia

February 17, 2020 - Virginia assault weapon ban fails after moderate Democrats break with party to reject it

February 17, 2020 - HB961 sent to the crime commission [VIDEO]

February 17, 2020 - Fox News coverage of defeat of HB961

February 18, 2020 - VA House Dems Punish Senator Who Helped Kill Northam Gun Ban Bill

February 19, 2020 - How a Grassroots Effort Shaped a Surprise Win in Virginia for Gun Owners

February 19, 2020 - Virginia's Gun Rights Battle Continues the Second Amendment Sanctuary Movement

February 23, 2020 - Why Northam's assault weapons bill never really had a chance in the Virginia Senate

February 28, 2020 - Gun Owners Cause Peace- the amazing experiment in Richmond, Virginia proves the media wrong.

February 28, 2020 - Gun-Rights Groups Activism in Virginia: NRA, VCDL & GOA

In summary, the Virginia politician response to citizen activism on protecting their right to keep and bear arms:

• Gov. Ralph Northam (D) warned that Second Amendment Sanctuaries will face "consequences" if they refuse to enforce gun control [no such "consequences" have been threatened by the Northam for illegal-alien sanctuaries]

• Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) warned Second Amendment Sanctuary counties and municipalities that new gun controls "will be enforced."  [no such enforcement of laws has been suggested by Herring for illegal-alien sanctuaries]

• Rep. Donald McEachin (D-VA) suggested Northam could use the National guard to force compliance with Democrat gun laws [no such use of the National Guard to enforce the law has been suggested by McEachin for illegal-alien sanctuaries]

• Senator Dave Marsden, and Delegate Eileen Filler-Corn, Speaker-Designate of the Virginia House of Delegates called 2nd Amendment supporters as "crazy", "gun nuts" and "just like little kids" [no such demeaning language has been used to describe illegal aliens by either Marsden or Filler Corn]

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