Gun-rights supporters gathered en masse at Virginia's state Capitol in Richmond Monday, and things have been peaceful in the early going. Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency ahead of the march, which is taking place amid a heavy police presence and temperatures in the 20s. "The government doesn't run us, we run the government," participant Kem Regik tells the AP. The 20-year-old private security officer had a white flag emblazoned with an image of a rifle captioned, "Come and take it."
The sentiment reflects the resentment of a push by newly empowered Democrats in the state's legislature to enact gun restrictions, and it's a sentiment backed by President Trump. "The Democrat Party in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia are working hard to take away your 2nd Amendment rights," he tweeted
. "This is just the beginning. Don't let it happen, VOTE REPUBLICAN in 2020!" The governor declared the emergency over fears that out-of-state militia groups would foment the kind of violence that occurred in Charlottesville in 2017, notes USA Today
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