Videos and Photos From Gun Rights Rally in Richmond
Thousands of citizens rallied at the state capitol in Richmond, on Monday, to protest proposed gun bans by the Democrat-controlled Virginia legislature.
Live streams and photos of the event were shared on social media, showing the Patriots, some wearing camouflage, waving signs and flags bearing President Trump’s name, “don’t tread on me,” “we will not comply,” and more.
One group reportedly came all the way from New Jersey to join the peaceful demonstration.
CBS reporter Brendan King noted he spotted license plates from Maryland and North Carolina.
My observations: an overwhelming number of people from all over Virginia. Also seeing license plates from MD and NC. People are also generally pleasant and happy despite the cold. @CBS6 #Richmond2ARally pic.twitter.com/Zv47AmKIVA— Brendan King CBS 6 (@ImBrendanKing) January 20, 2020
A photo posted to Twitter showed a long line for a petition to recall Democrat Governor Northam.
Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and banned weapons on Capitol grounds days before the rally, because of reports of “malicious plans” and “threats of armed militia groups” planning to storm the state capitol. Barricades were placed on most roads leading to the Capitol and a fenced was placed around it, marking the areas where citizens carrying guns could not enter.
Police estimated 22,000 attended, and 7,000 were inside the Capitol Square, according to USA Today.
The crowd voiced their disapproval of Virginia’s governor by shouting “Northam out!”
There were thousands of guns at the protest, but not a single shot was fired.
The Second Amendment wasn’t written for hunting.— Jason Lewis (@LewisForMN) January 20, 2020
The Second Amendment wasn’t written for self defense.
The Second Amendment was written to protect Americans from a tyrannical government!
The right to bear arms must be protected! #VirginiaRally #LobbyDay2020 #2ARally https://t.co/tF2qPprxh6
Alex Jones cruised down the streets of Richmond with a megaphone shouting “1776 for all Americans.”
A man held a sign that read, “I’d rather be an American than a Democrat” as protestors sang the Star Spangled Banner.
One woman held a sign that read: Do I Look Like A White Supremacist To You?
The crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance, but MSNBC reporter Gabe Gutierrez caused a Twitterstorm by tweeting a video of the scene with the caption, “Chants of ‘we will not comply’ from gun rights protesters in Richmond.”
Chants of “we will not comply” from gun rights protesters in Richmond. pic.twitter.com/BjEfniwMKP— Gabe Gutierrez (@gabegutierrez) January 20, 2020
After being called out, Gutierrez posted of video of protesters chanting, “we will not comply.”
Earlier posted video of Pledge of Allegiance. For those who’ve asked, here’s the video of “We will not comply.” Taken seconds apart. pic.twitter.com/vl66eQsLIo— Gabe Gutierrez (@gabegutierrez) January 20, 2020
During a live broadcast, a man interrupted reporter Gutierrez by yelling, “You pieces of sh%t. F%4K you!”
Watch: Warning NSFW, graphic language
A man at the Richmond, VA pro-2A rally just jumped into the MSNBC shot screaming "You pieces of s**t! F**k you!"— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 20, 2020
Worth noting: NBC reporter @gabegutierrez literally just spread fake news about protesters citing the pledge of allegiance. pic.twitter.com/mI9tdqlmqB
A truck was spotted driving around the Capitol with a message about Jeffrey Epstein.
Thousands are here and counting - chanting USA USA pic.twitter.com/I31OEZqHmQ— Tess Owen (@misstessowen) January 20, 2020
“After a peaceful pro-2nd amendment rally today, now these good people are staying to clean up the trash in the streets,” posted a Twitter user, along with a video showing a man collecting trash.
After a peaceful pro-2nd amendment rally today, now these good people are staying to clean up the trash in the streets.— ~Marietta (@MariettaDaviz) January 20, 2020
Well Done. 🇺🇲#IStandWithVirginia#VirginiaRally#GunRally pic.twitter.com/xHgn4OJc88