Virginia Lawmaker Has Interesting Way to Deter Violent Protestors — Wants to Show She Will Not Be ‘Intimidated’

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Virginia State Senator Amanda Chase is using her Second Amendment rights to protect herself from potentially dangerous situations.

The state senator recently made the decision to open-carry her firearm after she heard reports of aggressive protesters and experienced how scary it could be firsthand.

“I’ve had people get in my face. I’ve had people come up and try to touch me inappropriately,” Chase told reporters. “I’ve had threats. I’ve had stalkers since I’ve been in the General Assembly.”

Chase has held a concealed carry permit for a while but is now open carrying as a “deterrent” against those that might not mean well.

After another Republican lawmaker was mobbed by immigration activists, Chase decided that she would not take the same chances.

“I am going to continue to represent the issues that are important to my constituents, and I’m not going to be intimidated by people who would try to physically harm me,” said Chase to the Washington Post.

However, some Democratic lawmakers have questioned the decision, and Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw gave her the nickname “Senator Annie Oakley Chase.”

“If she gets in an argument, what’s she gonna [do], pull out a gun and shoot them?” Saslaw said. “I just think it’s absurd.”

Chase claims that the ability to protect herself gives her peace of mind and that she has felt more confident in her surroundings.

“It empowers women,” Chase said.

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Jerry Stibral
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If you carry,
– be prepared to use it if necessary.
– be prepared in your mind in what situations
and ‘How’ you Will Use it.
– just the fact of ‘Open-Carrying’ is the FIRST faze
of ‘Using’ Your Gun;
That is,
“Letting the ‘Potential’ Enemy to Know that
– You areNOT ‘playing around’.
– You Are Serious.
– You Will ‘Protect’ Yourself.

Phyllis Softa
Member

Thank you, Jerry. That was direct & helpful. I agree with open carry is a statement intended to intimidate anyone who wishes you harm AND you need a plan to execute your intimidation if the need arises. Great advice. They might want to start with the premise that the open carrier will have the biggest target on them and how they will address the situation if they are the first one shot.

Mark Swatzki
Member

Bring out the water canons for the protesters

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