The Oathkeepers’ Stewart Rhodes calls on all patriots to converge on Richmond, VA for a gun rights rally to protest the proposed gun control legislation being pushed by Gov. Ralph Northam and the Democratic controlled state legislature. He writes:
Volunteers needed! We need LEO and military veterans to volunteer to help us on the ground at the ARMED rally in the streets of Richmond, VA on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 (not in Gov. Northam’s absurd disarmed slave pen – out in the streets with the hardcore patriots who will NOT be disarmed).
We put word out to our members on our Facebook page two days ago that we need to be there to do all we can to help prevent this event from going sideways. We are still in need of men to assist. You do NOT have to be an Oath Keepers member to help. Just be a qualified and trained LEO or military veteran who can keep your head and is physically capable of defending others. If you are in driving range of Richmond, VA, please come help.
All that Navy SEAL veteran Matt Bracken has warned about regarding the VCDL organized Lobby Day rally in Richmond is a very real possibility. I am in Richmond as I write this, and I can tell you that after seeing the downtown capitol grounds and nearby narrow streets surrounded by high rise buildings and multi-story, open sided parking garages, Bracken is correct about the dangers.
However, the reality is that there will still be tens of thousands of armed American patriots there on Monday, Jan 20, 2020, in those narrow streets. It is now far too late to prevent that. I do urge you to read Bracken’s analysis so you understand the danger. You can read it here. But I encourage those of you with the proper training and experience to then join us on the ground to do all we can, using our training and experience, to keep things from going FUBAR. It may still go FUBAR despite our best efforts, but duty is ours, results are God’s, so we will be there to try to prevent or mitigate all the worst case scenarios that Bracken outlines – specifically agent provocateurs, false flags, hot-heads going kinetic, or over-reacting rally attendees and overreacting local LEOs.
For us, this comes down to a matter of duty.
The Governor or VA has only made Bracken’s forecast of a FUBAR “buffalo jump” all the more possible/likely by pushing tens of thousands of armed patriots out into the street s of Richmond instead of on the massive green of the capitol grounds. Northam has done this by declaring an emergency and unlawfully decreeing that the capitol grounds are a “gun-free” zone and has ordered the police to set up massive fencing and metal detectors around the green, with anyone who wants to attend VCDL’s rally on Monday forced to go through metal detectors before doing so. Predictably, and understandably, tens of thousand of American patriots will not submit themselves to being disarmed and going through an absurd metal detector and police gauntlet to just stand on some grass and listen to speakers. They are 100% right in their refusal to do so.
Oath Keepers will NOT be entering Northam’s absurd slave pen, and we urge all other patriots to likewise refuse to disarm and go through metal detectors just to attend a “gun rights rally.” A disarmed gun rights rally in VA is an absurdity and an abomination. As Patrick Henry would say, “Forbid it almighty God!” Tens of thousands of American patriots agree, and we will all be outside of Northam’s sheep pen/slave pen in the streets of Richmond, standing in defiance and protest.
But this does mean that instead of all of us standing on the green, we will now be crammed into those narrow streets, surrounded by high rise buildings and multi-story parking garages. And all those gun owners crammed into those narrow streets just makes conflict with Antifa and other leftist agitators, provocateurs/false flag operators all the more likely and makes the plans of any nefarious actors all the easier.
Unfortunately, VCDL has chosen to ask that 10,000 gun owners disarm and go inside Northam’s sheep pen/slave pen, with the rest remaining armed out in the streets. We disagree with this decision. It sends entirely the wrong message. It lets Northam and his fellow-traveler oath breaking domestic enemies of the Constitution in the VA legislature know that they CAN disarm at least some Virginians, because they already did on Jan 20, 2020. And to have members of VCDL be the ones who willingly submit to being disarmed just to listen to some speeches sends a particularly damaging message of a willingness to comply with tyrannical edicts. We respect the past hard work of VCDL, but this is a tragic blunder. It is not too late to change course and we sincerely hope they do.
We are still hopeful that VCDL will listen to us and to their fellow Virginian patriots who are telling them the same thing: leave Northam’s absurd anti-constitution square empty. Set not one patriot foot inside it. Instead, surround it with armed patriots to mock and ridicule it. Bring your speakers out into the streets with the armed free men. Let them stand on a milk crate and yell into a bullhorn if that’s what it takes. Don’t ask armed free men (Virginians!) to disarm and submit to a tyrant’s decree just to listen to some speeches.
Defiance and refusal, not compliance and submission are the proper responses. As the founders said, resistance to tyrants is obedience to God.
But, that needs to be a refusal to enter Northam’s pen. It does NOT need to be some absurd act of storming the gates/fences and attempting to enter the capitol grounds armed. That is precisely what Northam wants you to do. Don’t ‘do it! Read retired SEAL Matt Bracken’s write up again. And then read this. Bracken correctly states the the best course of action is to focus on the already growing resistance at the town and county level, and he urges patriots to gather THERE in defiance. He is 100% correct. Follow the Founding Father’s example by using local resistance, defiance, and nullification as your wisely chosen method. That resistance is already underway with all of the town and county Second Amendment Sanctuary resolutions. build on it. Amplify it. And give it teeth!
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