Government - Virginia Emergency Before Far-Right Rally
The governor of the state of Virginia Ralph Northam is declaring a state of emergency before Monday, when far-right agitators are expected to crash a pro-gun rights rally in the state capital Richmond.
For the first time in more than 20 years, Democrats are in control of Virginia's governor's office and both houses of the state legislature. This momentum came in no small part after the disgust over 2018's "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, when hundreds of nazi scum rioted in the Liberal college town resulting in the murder of counter-protester Heather Heyer by a neo-nazi.
The Democrats are using their trifecta control to push a gun control bill that would require background checks for all gun purchases; restrict handgun purchases to one-per-month; allow cities to ban firearms from specific events and government buildings; and allow police temporarily take guns away from individuals legally considered a risk to themselves or others.
The conservative gun rights group "Virginia Citizens Defense League" called for a protest on Monday's Lobby Day. This group did try to dial back the potential for violence somewhat by urging people to be responsible and leave their guns at home. But thoroughly inaccurate hoaxes about the extent of the gun control bill are racing through the internet like you-know-what through a goose, and it is stirring up all of the wrong element.
Far-right and racist actors from outside the state are reportedly planning to flock to Richmond this weekend, including some of the same racists and low-lifes who organized the earlier melee in Charlottesville. They promoted the event on their social media accounts, and even relished the potential for deadly violence - something the US far-right calls "the boogaloo" - which they hope will somehow spark a right-wing revolution.