Trump: Second Amendment Under ‘Serious Attack’ in Virginia

President Donald Trump said on Friday that the U.S. Constitution was being attacked in the state of Virginia, where lawmakers have been moving to enact tougher gun laws and arms enthusiasts are planning a rally next week.

“Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia,” Trump wrote in a post on Twitter, referring to the amendment in the Bill of Rights that gives Americans the right to keep and bear firearms.

The Virginia Senate late on Thursday passed bills to require background checks on all firearms sales, limit handgun purchases to one a month, and restore local governments’ right to ban weapons from public buildings and other venues.

Gun-control activists have reported a growing number of online death threats as the lawmakers press on and ahead of a rally by arms enthusiasts on Monday in the state capitol of Richmond that authorities are trying to keep from becoming violent.

Democrats promising stronger gun laws took control of the legislature in Virginia in 2019, putting the state at the center of the contentious American debate around the right to bear arms. Both Virginia houses are expected to pass the new laws.

Supporters say more restrictive laws would help decrease the number of people killed by guns each year. Gun-rights activists assert the constitution guarantees their right to possess any firearm.

Militias, neo-Nazis and other groups have vowed to swarm the capitol. Supporters of the new laws said on Friday that despite a spike in online threats, they will not back down, however.

“These extremists are afraid their guns will be taken away – we’re afraid our children will be taken away,” said Shannon Watts, founder of the Moms Demand Action group that advocates tougher laws. “While the rally has grown in size and grown more extreme, what we will see Monday is a vocal minority.”

Watts said that she and many members of her group and their families had been increasingly threatened online with death and rape, and Virginia members of her organization have had their home addresses and other personal information shared online, which they have reported to police.

“WE’LL NOT BACK DOWN”

Watts said some members of her group – which is part of Everytown, a 4-million-member organization funded by former New York mayor and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg – would be on the ground at the rally. But she said the bulk of their efforts would go to working phone banks and keeping pressure on Virginia legislators to pass the promised gun laws.

“We’ll not be intimidated,” Watts said on a conference call with journalists. “We’ll not back down.”

Philip Van Cleave, leader of the pro-gun Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), organizers of the rally, has rejected calls for violence while openly welcoming militias from across the United States to provide security for his group.

A spokesman for the Capitol Police said the group has worked closely with law enforcement officers on their rally plans. Van Cleave and other members of the group did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

On Thursday, the FBI arrested three members of a small neo-Nazi group who authorities said hoped to ignite a race war through violent acts at Monday’s rally, reminiscent of a 2017 white supremacist rally in nearby Charlottesville.

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam on Wednesday declared a state of emergency banning any weapons around the grounds of the capitol from Friday evening until Tuesday evening.

Northam is pushing a package of eight bills on the issue and the lower house, the House of Delegates, is expected to consider them in a single package, with lawmakers waiting to let the dust settle after Monday’s rally before going forward. The state legislature will be in session through the first week of March.

A lawsuit filed by gun rights groups that requested the ban be knocked down was rejected by the state’s Supreme Court Friday evening.

(Reporting by Brad Brooks in Austin, Texas; Additional reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Howard Goller, Sonya Hepinstall and Daniel Wallis)

Responses

  1. Let me get this straight.

    Are you bozos saying that the elected Virginian politicians should do something that is against the will of the vast majority of the constituents who partly elected them to solve a deadly problem? That sure sounds like what you want them to do, and you certainly don’t have any better ideas about how to decrease the deaths.

    In an October/2019 Virginia poll:
    – 88% of respondents SUPPORTED background checks, including 95% of Democrats and 89% of independents and 81% of REPUBLICANS

    – 82% of respondents SUPPORTED red-flag style laws: 94% of Democrats, 81% of independents and 72% of REPUBLICANS

  2. Refer to Confused James, below.

    1: the poll, which you can find, didn’t have to represent the nation. It only represented Virginians, in Virginia. You know, the state where they want their own representives to do their job of representing them.

    2: no. I made a factual claim, which you COULD have researched yourself and found to be true, and you just automatically disregarded what I said with nothing to back up your countering claim of it being “vitriolic blather”. You can play THAT Monty Python game all day and it won’t get you anywhere. If you want to claim that I ever state something is incorrect, YOU need to be standing on solid ground by basing your claim on fact. As you just demonstrated, you don’t. You quote FOX or Project Veritas or other creepy, unreliable sources who confuse you.

    IJR Down votes: they still confuse you. They are so pointless and awarded by so many confused members that I can only wear them as a badge of honor. Thank you all for all of your support!

    “In clearer terms: YOUR Fascism-based prattle is an example of stupidity in action by indoctrinated pajama boys” Confused James

    This is – again – just weak projection. You have nothing constructive to add, so you accuse me of what you do. The current administration has all of the markers of being fascist, you know that but you support it blindly anyway, therefore I must be the one who is fascist. Every one can see what you, and others here, do. It doesn’t work.

  3. >HE Admits He’s Confused<

    First: A supposed "poll" in Virginia does not reflect the opinion or mood of the entire Nation. So, the numbers are meaningless.

    Second: It's up to YOU to PROVE any and all of your vitriolic blather for which you are "rewarded" so many DOWN votes by the adult, intelligent members here on IJR. In clearer terms: YOUR Fascism-based prattle is an example of stupidity in action by indoctrinated pajama boys

    1. 1: the poll, which you can find, didn’t have to represent the nation. It only represented Virginians, in Virginia. You know, the state where they want their own representives to do their job of representing them.

      2: no. I made a factual claim, which you COULD have researched yourself and found to be true, and you just automatically disregarded what I said with nothing to back up your countering claim of it being “vitriolic blather”. You can play THAT Monty Python game all day and it won’t get you anywhere. If you want to claim that I ever state something is incorrect, YOU need to be standing on solid ground by basing your claim on fact. As you just demonstrated, you don’t. You quote FOX or Project Veritas or other creepy, unreliable sources who confuse you.

      IJR Down votes: they still confuse you. They are so pointless and awarded by so many confused members that I can only wear them as a badge of honor. Thank you all for all of your support!

      “In clearer terms: YOUR Fascism-based prattle is an example of stupidity in action by indoctrinated pajama boys” Confused James

      This is – again – just weak projection. You have nothing constructive to add, so you accuse me of what you do. The current administration has all of the markers of being fascist, you know that but you support it blindly anyway, therefore I must be the one who is fascist. Every one can see what you, and others here, do. It doesn’t work.

  4. “I am attempting to understand the reasoning behind your 2 down votes. Perhaps the IJR readers object to your mention of the online threats or was it you calling them sweethearts? Phyllis

    LOL! Oh, yeah, they REALLY don’t want to be called names around here, but the votes are based more on their own behaviors and desires being called out (and who posted the comment, of course).

  5. >Always Confused<

    IF you'd wake up and pay attention, you'd know instantly that the United States already has "background checks" REQUIRED – at least that's what it was called when I went through a "background check" years ago. STOP allowing your Socialist/Fascist anti-American indoctrination to get in the way of the facts!

    BTW: Who made up those phony percentages for your consumption? ONE State does not reflect the opinion of the other 56 (per Marxist Barry's count) nor of any of the law-abiding gun owners anywhere.

  6. Morons believe anything this guy says. He could claim god told him he was Jesus reincarnated and these idiots would believe it

    1. Go watch Stephen Colbert from a coupla nights ago, when he reacted to the beliefs that Trump was the disciple of God Almighty. It’s PRICELESS!

  7. Online threats of rape and death, doxing people…

    A real bunch of sweethearts.

    1. I am attempting to understand the reasoning behind your 2 down votes. Perhaps the IJR readers object to your mention of the online threats or was it you calling them sweethearts??

  8. if they get away with this, that will be the start of more rights we will lose.

    1. What rights are you anticipating the losing? Your right to shout “States rights”? Trumpism has eliminated all conservative mantras except “cut taxes” and somebody is taking away your guns.

  9. It is our solemn duty to uphold and maintain our freedom and our Constitution by whatever means necessary and that includes war if necessary. The Constitution gives us our rights but are we willing to do whatever is necessary, as our Founding Fathers did, to uphold that document that is the basis for our freedoms and way of life. What do you want for your family, freedom or bondage??? The Second Amendment is the key.

  10. These extremists are afraid their children will be taken away – we’re afraid our guns will be taken away.

    All this when these extremists murder more children in their wombs in Virginia than all children killed by guns throughout the nation in one year.

    That’s an irrational line of thinking. Stop Abortion. It will save more child lives than guns take in a year across the nation.

  11. “ Militias, neo-Nazis and other groups have vowed to swarm the capitol” Reuter’s once again trying to paint all 2A advocates as bad guys. They don’t understand the words “shall not be infringed”.

  12. Why is it always the democrats who threaten the taxpayers and voting public once in office >

  13. When the government fears the people, you have freedom. When the people fear the government, you have tyranny.
    The people of Virginia have the choice to reject or submit to tyranny. Monday will determine which choice they make.

  14. Virginia is an example of a tyrannical, Socialist Government we have been warned about.

    An uprising has begun by the red-blooded AMERICANS. WHEN and WHERE will the Civil War the Fascists are wanting begin – – – and quickly end?

  15. When just the Gov. and the Police and the Military have weapons that’s when you should be afraid. I notice the media labeling people standing up for their rights as extremists.

  16. So essential is the Second Amendment to the defense of liberty that unfortunately, human beings being who and what they are, there are going to be abuses of that right and people do die. But sometimes long term liberty is more important than life itself. How many have given their lives for that principle? It was in Virginia where Patrick Henry said, ” give me liberty or give me death. ”

    The Constitution is a political document as is everything in it. The Second Amendment is the body guard and bulwark against tyranny. Think of that Bernie Bro and all the vile and tyrannical things he said that O’Keefe caught on video. He knows that as long as there’s an armed citizenry, he’d be shot trying to pull off what he envisions. The far left, the Jacobins are deathly afraid of guns in the hands of free men and women and that’s why they want to take them away.

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