Just a mere few days before what is sure to be a historical event, a state senator in Virginia has triggered a warning bell. The bell is in reference to an upcoming rally planned to locate in the commonwealth’s capital.
Amanda Chase, a conservative Virginia senator for the states 11th District, posted a dire warning to her Facebook page on Friday. The warning was targeted at those patriots that planned to be in attendance at the Monday rally for pro-Second Amendment individuals in Richmond.
Chase's warning came during the week that the Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, put into action an executive order that would ban, temporarily, any firearms within the state's Capitol Square.
In her Facebook post, she warned:
“Sadly, I am posting this, knowing that the Governor of Virginia has declared a State of Emergency in our state. I want you to be aware of how we are being set up.”
She then went on to ask;
“Does the Patriot Act ring a bell? Does the National Defense Authorization Act ring a bell?”
It is Chase's opinion that through the use of these two laws, government officials and law enforcement will be able to relabel activists supporting the Second Amendment as being “domestic terrorists." In specific, she is warning those attendees who plan to show up wearing any type of military fatigues or proudly rocking any kind or form of militia insignia.
Evidence points to the fact that the Governor is putting the media to his use, and has already set the groundwork for the relabeling of activists to take place. Not only is the foundation already firmly laid, but it points solidly toward labeling the entire movement not to be one of peace, but to be an all-out insurrection.
However, keep in mind that not only those wearing fatigues and insignia, or even militia members, have a reason to be of concern and worry. Gun-rights supporters from every walk of life are expected to be in attendance at the rally. Officials have already sent out warnings that there will be very tight security and protocols in place for the event.
The rally is being reportedly organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a focused gun-rights group. The choice of MLK Day as its say of gathering is no mistake. This considered "lobby day" when both groups and residents present their issues to the state legislators and press them to take them on. With the fact that the state's Democrat's are planning to vote on, and expected to pass, a slate of bills aimed at gun control, the rally could not have come at a better time.
Will an idea that is aimed at retaining rights from the Constitution be overshadowed in the end by violence?