Well, let’s see…
For one thing, I’m seven years “helicopter crash free” today.
For another, I’m damn glad that the media wasn’t able to succeed in making the Richmond protest on the 20th into another Charlottesville.
Great collection of pix from the rally, here.
Congratulations to Phil van Cleave and the Virginia Citizens Defense League, and the many attendees from all over the country who showed the public that law-abiding armed citizens aren’t the ones they have to worry about.
Attendance was huge. One gun guy who was there thought it might have reached 100,000 people in attendance. I heard 50,000 from another observer. The most commonly quoted figure is 22,000. Still tens of thousands of well-behaved, orderly, law abiding Gun People.
The many police present must have felt like The Maytag Repairman, with nothing to do. I’m told a single arrest was made, reportedly a young female Antifa who refused to take off her mask (illegal in public there). Gun people are reporting that for the most part the police were smiling and friendly, and at worst unfailingly polite, with some uniformed deputies actually joining the march with the pro-gun crowd.
I’m sure it didn’t change the mind of Democrat Ralph Northam, the blackface-wearing governor of Virginia, who is leading the charge for a spate of Draconian laws that would criminalize the possession of certain firearms. I thought the best line of the event was from the gun person who characterized it as “Virginians fighting the war of Northam aggression.”
Some on our side feel the open-carried long guns were over the top. (I couldn’t help but notice how many cameras were drawn to the guy carrying the Barrett Light Fifty.)
On the one hand, some pro-gun folks feel it’s antagonistic and belligerent. On the other, it clearly proved that guns plus passionate beliefs don’t equal mayhem when the guns belong to decent people.
Your comments, as always, are invited.