Some good words from Herschel Smith's article at Captain's Journal.
What Richmond Accomplished
Richmond was a morale-booster for patriots. It showed that they can come together on fairly short notice and focus on and achieve unity of action. Whether it did anything to dissuade the communists from pursuing their goals isn’t the point. I couldn’t care any less about that. “Can a leopard change its spots?” What it did do is give patriots the moral high ground.
Do you think it’s impressive to show up at the rally so fat that your tactical vests cannot even contain the fat rolls? Is that the image you want to present, and how intimidating do you think that is? Do you understand the bad optics of that sort of presentation? How useful would it have been to show up with 6% body fat, muscular, fit and trim, wearing kit that becomes you, carrying impressive weaponry (more on that in a moment)?
The most significant and immediate effect of the new communist laws will be on FFLs. Have you purchased all you need to purchase? What about ammunition? What are your plans for going out of state to make your procurement in the future? Have you considered the logistics of this thing? Do you know how to spot a poser who wants to arrest you as your cross the state lines back to Virginia with your ammunition, and how to avoid him? You know that ammunition is next in line if the communists have their way.