In the true spirit of non-violent demonstrations espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, this Monday, the holiday in his name, will see what is expected to be a massive, and potentially violent demonstration in Richmond Virginia over gun rights. The chosen day is not a coincidence.
Besides legitimate demonstrators in support of preserving what they consider their rights under the Second Amendment, far right, white nationalist militias and racist groups plan to attend. Among those are groups that call for race wars and intend to use violence at demonstrations such as these to foment those wars.
For those of us not in the know, apparently the term of art is “boogaloo.” Among certain groups this has come to mean a civil war. Some take it further and use it in the context of a race civil war. Increasingly, it is being adopted by gun rights activists, especially by those that believe the government will come to take their guns.
The FBI expressed a “fair sense of worry” over the demonstration and last week arrested members of “The Base” which they described as a “racially motivated violent extremist group.” Nothing says Martin Luther King Day like racist violence.
At issue is the newly elected Virginia legislature and their intent to pass three gun safety laws. The three provide for universal background checks for the purchase of any gun, a limit on purchases to one a month, and the ability for local jurisdictions to temporarily ban guns at public events. There are others under consideration, but they probably will not make it out of committee before the session ends.
Based on law enforcement advice and intelligence, including indications some groups were calling for a boogaloo on Monday, Governor Ralph Northam temporarily banned weapons from the capital grounds until after the demonstration. This in itself was a cause for demonstrations and law suits. The ban was upheld by the Virginia Supreme Court. The city is bracing for a very bad, no good day. Authorities are concerned it could be worse than the demonstrations in Charlottesville a few years ago. Hopefully, with precautions in place, cooler heads will prevail.
In his own low key way, the President of the United States poured fuel on the fire with a tweet yesterday. Instead of cooling tensions, he said,
“Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia. That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away. Republicans will win in 2020, Thank you Dems!”
That tweet will be interpreted as a green light for many of these hateful groups. I hope that I am wrong.
A single failed 2001 shoe bombing attempt on an airliner bound for Detroit.
— We all now take our shoes off before boarding any airliner.
A single failed 2009 underwear bombing attempt on an airliner bound for Detroit.
— We all now have to go through full body scanners before boarding any airliner.
A plot to turn a lap top into a bomb was foiled.
— Laptops were banned on many airline flights.
A legal immigrant kills 8 and injures 12 in New York City.
— Close the borders to immigrants. “Extreme vetting.”
A single terrorist shooter kills 59 and wounds 241 people in Las Vegas.
A single terrorist shooter kills 26 and wounds 20 in Sutherland Springs Texas.
— “It’s not a gun situation.”
378 mass shooting incidents (defined as four or more people shot) in 2017 alone.
“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
In February 2017 the president signed a decree scrapping the regulation aimed at keeping guns out of the hands of severely mentally ill individuals.
Gun homicide rates in the U.S. are 25 times higher than any other high income nation.
Guns kill approximately 1300 children in the U.S. each year.
The Congress refused to pass legislation preventing individuals on the terrorist no fly list from buying guns.
It is not anti-gun to be for gun safety. As the greatest nation on earth we should be able to figure out how to keep our Second Amendment right without giving up our right not to be randomly shot by a disgruntled idiot. It is a national disgrace. It most definitely is not “the cost of freedom.”
I don’t want to hear anymore “thoughtsandprayers.”