Most of you should be aware Virginia is in crisis. Their government is controlled by Democrats who have been bought by Michael Bloomberg (like Nevada). Odious gun control bills have been proposed and most of the Old Dominion has become a Second Amendment sanctuary. The possibility of violence, or even civil war, breaking out in Virginia is a real possibility. Monday, January 20, 2020, is the Virginia Citizens’ Defense League (VCDL) Lobby Day, a peaceful day that has occurred for years where citizens visit their legislators in support of gun rights.
This year the stakes are very high. Draconian gun control has been proposed, including gun confiscation and registration and even banning “tactical” training. In several fell swoops, Democrats in Virginia want to catch the state up with California and New York. Virginians, many of whom have been Southerners for generations, are rightly upset. Immigration from within the country and foreign immigrants have flipped the state blue with the help of generous infusions of cash.
It would not be wrong to say that Virginia was stolen by the Left. This is not the Democrat party of 50 years ago; it is a party that has been entirely taken over by freedom hating radicals. Virginians (and Americans) hate these changes. Our very way of life is under threat and the most dramatic and galvanizing symbol of that is gun control.
A Bernie Sanders supporter was just caught calling for Trump voters to be put in gulags to be re-educated. Americans don’t want to be forced into camps or dominated by their government. Government in America has historically been a passive-aggressive relationship with the citizenry. We like it that way and value our individual freedoms. It is ingrained in us that we are free people with the ability to violently rebel against and depose tyrants. Hell, that very thing is depicted on Virginia’s state seal.
Gov. Northam and the Virginia government has done some pretty intolerable things before Lobby Day. It is almost a concerted effort to suppress the rights of the gun owners. The ability to peaceably assemble is being restricted.
In the past, activists just showed up and went into the capitol. The process was a lot like going into the courthouse. Now, the activists are being funneled into one entrance, with 17 lines at least, for security screening. The capitol square is fenced off.
It is rumored that the number of pro-gun speakers/lobbyists will be arbitrarily controlled. Some have also stated that equal numbers pro and anti gun will be allowed to assemble. Gun control supporters will be astroturf plants spewing the party line. Since the anti-gun activists are far fewer in number, a matching requirement will have a devastating effect on the pro-gun side. Such a measure to limit or equal-match the sides will drastically artificially reduce the representation of the massive groundswell of pro-gun support.
The Legislature also voted to overturn the longstanding allowance of licensed concealed carry the in capitol. The possibility for violence was claimed as the reason. In reality, it was just an excuse to insult gun owners, give gun owners a defeat, and exercise power. Governor Northam exercised emergency powers to ban firearms from the capitol square (supposedly so guns wouldn’t be brought as symbols to the protest).
Police and federal authorities are treating the whole event as a major riot. Government surveillance aircraft have been seen flying over Richmond. The pieces for riot control have been staged in the area.
Former Navy SEAL and prescient author Matt Bracken (among others) have warned about Lobby Day becoming a large false flag to frame pro-gun activists for violence to further justify gun control. If not that, any violence by police or Leftists could be disastrous.
Bracken made his chops with a book that was eerily similar to the Las Vegas shooting. In his book, an elevated sniper shoots up opening day, leading to mass national gun control. The intent of his work was to make Americans aware of the potential of such a false flag. The Obama administration showed us that it didn’t have the balls or the imagination to do that. Bracken is essentially warning that Lobby Day could be the day of a false flag or an actual incitement that leads to a massacre and broader carnage.
I think Bracken’s fears are a little unjustified at this point because we have not yet reached that level of discourse. The Left is not yet that bold and the Right is not desperate enough to start a rebellion. His fears are real, I just don’t see them yet. Despite the fearmongering by people who have the tinfoil hat on a little too tight, we need to take a step back. Just because an event has the potential to get ugly doesn’t mean it will.
This is where I differ with several patriot bloggers. One who goes by the name Aesop, has turned into an utter asshole over the issue, dispelling all logic with invective and insults. I read his blog partly for the snark, but his fears and the steeping in “the government is going to kill us all” has colored his and others’ thinking.
If we run around afraid the government is going to machine gun us from the roofs, we can accomplish nothing. Imagine not going to Carson City because you’re afraid the capitol police will take you, one by one, into the basement and shoot you. We’re not in that reality yet. When that reality comes, you’ll know.
Under the “advice” of Aesop, Lobby Day shouldn’t happen. I disagree. Lobby Day should happen. Not going would be giving in to the planned and concerted maximum discouragement efforts by the Left. It would let them win their battle to manipulate the democratic process. Rallies and protests in numbers show our size and scares Democrats who are not ready to put those that disagree with them against the wall. We are still in a time when peaceful processes can be used to delay or kill bad legislation. Until that time is up, we need to exhaust those options.
The Continental Congress exhausted every attempt, even after the Revolution began, to get Parliament and King George to relent of their tyranny. Yet men like Aesop are essentially asking people to bury their heads in the sand or start shooting. Meanwhile, Aesop shoots his mouth off from Southern California. By his standards, the time to start shooting in California happened in the 1990s.
Lobby Day should be framed as a strong and final peaceful warning that gun control will not be tolerated. Not showing up shows us as too weak to care. Aesop’s solution is “don’t go, you might die.” Well, sometimes you need a massacre to start a revolution. If such a massacre did occur, the Democrats in Virginia would be doomed, at the ballot box if not the cartridge box. Millions of Americans on the fence would jump down on the side of freedom and guns.
Now as things have progressed, I do see some of the fears of Bracken and Aesop as justified. Their reaction, especially the latter’s, is overblown. If you fear death and danger, you might as well just suffer tyranny and stop bitching about the boot on your neck. Too many of these fears are based in the last big “conservative” rally in Virginia that got ugly.
Rumors have abounded that various radical groups, from Antifa to white supremacists, were sending agent provocateurs to cause trouble. The FBI has even arrested several far-right would-be terrorists. Events like these are magnets for the angry and disaffected. The fear is that this event will become like the events in Charlottesville “Unite the Right rally” which was a rally in opposition to removing the statute of Robert E. Lee.
The Charlottesville rally was in support of the history of treasonous losers, but to many, and perhaps in a larger sense, the removal of Lee and other Confederate heroes is an assault on European American history. These events are less about the original inciting event (the MacGuffin) as they are the deeper social issues. Bundy 2014 was not so much about Mr. Bundy’s cattle as it was a rejection of the Obama administration and encroaching government control.
Recall the Boston Massacre. Though Americans provoked the incident and an enraged private fired on the crowd, uncommanded, the incident fueled rebellion and the events that led to the Revolution. On the surface, Virginia authorities are seeking to keep Lobby Day from being coopted by, frankly, racist idiots who will make it a day of violence.
The fear is not unjustified, but local authorities don’t understand the distinction. First, VCDL has been working very hard to keep this a peaceful event, which appear to be fairly successful. The NRA day last week didn’t devolve into a mess. However, the Left and the government doesn’t understand that the gun control pushback is different from the outrage at the “Unite the Right rally.”
The reasons for Charlottesville were different here. The former was used an excuse to express outrage and even engage in partisan street warfare. Lobby Day is addressing an existential threat—the right to keep and bear arms—that is far more important and potentially life-threatening than the removal of a statue of cultural importance. Whereas Charlottesville was almost an excuse for violence, Lobby Day is being framed as a warning, perhaps the final mass peaceful warning against gun control. Lobby Day has far more consequences than a simple protest in support of Southern heritage.
Northam, the Democrats, and Virginia law enforcement
Virginia authorities ignore the difference at their own peril. Virginia is the heart of the Confederacy. Wrong as they were over slavery, Southerners are rightly proud of their heritage. Their army was well-lead and fought superbly. They stood up for their rights, which would be admirable, if slavery wasn’t at the heart of it. This rebellious attitude is currently expressed by the Rebel flag to celebrate Southerness and the American spirit of independence.
The Left makes a grave mistake confusing the racists with conservatives and centrist proud Americans. Because they are captured by their thought processes and paradigms which their conception of us must conform to, they cannot tell the difference. This attitude has lead them into a trap of proverbially stepping on an angry rattlesnake. In using the same tools to deal with Charlottesville with non-violent, non-radicalized citizens, they are inciting “normies” to become radicalized.
Northam’s rhetoric and actions have played into this. The best course of action would have been to “take no notice of” the citizen lobbyists and their planned protest. Instead, there is a possibility (though not likely) that these actions will backfire and make the day into a Bloody Monday.
Northam has forced activists into a turkey shoot situation. Any attack on defenseless people trying to exercise their right to peaceably assemble and redress the government would be intolerable. If normal people are upset about the things being done now, actual government violence on a peaceful crowd will motivate many. Violence will follow and the situation will spiral downhill.
As ham-handed as authorities’ efforts have been to control the day, I doubt that the “Deep State” or the Left would deliberately engage in false-flag violence because this would inevitably provoke an immediate and violent reprisal from the Right. Self-proclaimed spokespersons for Antifa (a leaderless group) are saying that they are either avoiding the area or planning on attending, peacefully, to support the right to keep and bear arms.
My prediction is that the day will be free of violence. The legislation passed eventually will be fairly tame, but will encourage further passive resistance and political activism on gun owners. Incrementalism will be used, along with every dirty trick in the Left’s playbook, to roll out gun control. At some point, the Democrats will go too far and violence will break out. The only question is how, when, and where. When that occurs, the questions won’t matter any longer.
Clayton E. Cramer
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