Virginia Declares State of Emergency After Armed Militias Threaten to Storm the Capitol

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    Virginia Declares State of Emergency After Armed Militias Threaten to Storm the Capitol
    The governor said law enforcement had intercepted “extremist rhetoric” similar to the lead-up to Charlottesville days before pro-gun activists are holding a rally.
    by Tess Owen
    Jan 15 2020, 2:47pm
    In response to what he described as “credible intelligence” of threats of violence at an upcoming gun rights rally in Richmond, Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency and will temporarily ban individuals from carrying firearms on Capitol grounds.

    The governor said at a press conference Wednesday that authorities believe “armed militia groups plan to storm the Capitol” during the January 20 rally.

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    He also said that law enforcement had intercepted threats and “extremist rhetoric” similar to what was observed prior to the violent Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville in August 2017. “We will not allow that mayhem and violence to happen here,” he said.

    The decision to ban all weapons, including firearms, won’t sit well with the thousands of gun lovers who are expected to descend on Richmond to participate in what was billed as an open-carry affair and an opportunity to flex their Second Amendment rights.

    “No weapons will be allowed on Capitol grounds,” said Northam, a Democrat. “Everything from sticks and bats to chains and projectiles…. The list also includes firearms. It makes no sense to ban every other weapon but allow firearms when intelligence shows that armed militia groups plan to storm the Capitol.”

    READ: This Conspiracy Theory Is Firing Up Pro-Gun Activists Right Before Their Huge Rally.

    On the Facebook page for the rally, several attendees are already saying they won’t comply and leave their weapons at home — even though Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney has vowed a hard line on rule-breakers. “Violations of the law will not be tolerated,” Stoney said.

    The January 20 event, dubbed “Lobby Day,” was organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-Second Amendment nonprofit, in response to new gun control legislation introduced by the Democrat state Legislature. Northam acknowledged that the organizers had been planning the rally for some time. “I believe them when they say this is a peaceful event -- that’s what democracy is,” said Northam. “Unfortunately, they have unleashed something much larger, something they may not be able to control.”

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    Upwards of 5,000 people say they plan to attend on Facebook. Event organizers have warned the state that as many as 100,000 could show up.

    A website for the rally shows that at least 60 buses are scheduled to transport attendees into Richmond on Monday. There’s also carpools that are being organized. What’s more: armed militia groups are also planning to attend, and some have gone as far to describe the event as a “boogaloo” — a term that the far-right uses to describe a second civil war.

    In addition to banning weapons on Capitol grounds, Northam also said that he’d established a unified command between state police, Capitol police, Richmond police department and first responder teams. This is a critical move — one that’s likely borne out of the lessons learned from the massive law enforcement failures during Unite the Right, which left one dead and dozens injured. Months after that rally, an independent review team released a searing 220-page report analyzing how law enforcement’s disorganization and failure to coordinate across agencies allowed the violent, ugly scenes that unfolded that day.

    Northam says that the state of emergency will be lifted on Tuesday.

    Cover: A view of the Virginia State Capitol, February 9, 2019 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)


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    This Conspiracy Theory Is Firing Up Pro-Gun Activists Right Before Their Huge Rally
    Conspiracy theorists are claiming the United Nations is about to send troops to Virginia. That's obviously not true — but it's gained steam online.
    by Tess Owen
    Jan 14 2020, 2:23pm
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    An OG conspiracy theory about the United Nations’ supposed effort to establish a dystopian “New World Order” has gained steam online and is now galvanizing some pro-gun activists who plan to rally in Richmond, Virginia, at the Capitol next week.

    An image dating back to at least 2016 showing U.N. vehicles being transported on flatbed trucks has been making the rounds on the internet again in recent weeks. People are sharing the photo, saying it was taken late last month on a highway in Virginia. They claim it's more evidence that the U.N. is in cahoots with the Democratic Virginia Legislature on a covert mission to disarm Americans and overthrow the United States with the end goal of establishing a New World Order run by global elites.

    The New World Order theory has been around for decades, but its most recent iteration is rooted in a fake document that started circulating online seven years ago. It purports to be a notice from the U.N. announcing the creation of a “Civilian Weapons Confiscation Study Group,” which would facilitate gun control laws in order to disarm civilians. It plays into simmering paranoia among right-wing militia types, who believe that a second civil war is on the horizon, and that Democrats are seeking a mass gun-grab to render conservatives defenseless.

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    It’s an improbable scenario to say the least, but it's been playing on the imaginations of pro-gun activists in Virginia, thousands of whom will descend on Richmond on January 20 to protest gun control legislation. The rally was organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, a non-profit pro-Second Amendment organization. They’ve told the state that as many as 100,000 people could show up to the open-carry affair — and law enforcement are bracing for the possibility of violence.

    Tensions over gun rights in Virginia have been mounting since a mass shooting left 12 dead in Virginia Beach in May, renewing calls from Democrats for tighter gun control. When Democrats flipped the Legislature and turned it blue in November, pro-gun groups leapt into action. Since then, 100 counties and cities passed resolutions declaring themselves “Second Amendment Sanctuaries,” meaning that they will decide which gun laws to enforce and which to ignore.

    READ: We Spent a Weekend with the Gun-Worshipping Moonie Church That's Trying to Go MAGA.

    In response to the growing Second Amendment sanctuary movement in Virginia, U.S. Rep. Donald McEachin, whose district includes Richmond, ventured that the “governor may have to nationalize the National Guard to enforce the law.”

    “That’s his call, because I don’t know how serious these counties are and how severe the violations of law will be,” McEachin said. “But that’s obviously an option he has.”

    Virginia’s National Guard put out a statement after McEachin’s comments, saying that they “understand and respect the passion people feel for the U.S. Constitution and 2nd Amendment Rights” and “will not speculate about the possible use of the Virginia National Guard.”

    Pro-gun conspiracy theorists believed that Virginia’s National Guard was siding with them and that they wouldn’t comply if Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, called them in to assist. In their view, Northam would be left with no choice but to summon the U.N. — whom they say has secretly been given the authority to build a network of underground bases in the United States.

    A spokesperson for the U.N. says this isn't true.

    “Simply put, the report is false and the U.N. is in no way undertaking any operations of the sort that you describe,” Farhad Aziz Haq said to VICE News in an email. “Photos depicting U.N. vehicles atop flatbed trucks in the U.S. are not uncommon. That’s because such vehicles are transported in the U.S. to places where they can be shipped to U.N. peacekeeping missions, where they are used. There are no U.N. peacekeeping missions in the United States, and the vehicles are not used inside the United States.”

    It seems to have all begun when one Facebook user, who says they’re a resident of Elon, Virginia, shared the image of the U.N. vehicles on flatbed trucks last month with the caption, “Can’t begin to tell you how many of these I passed on 81 near Lexington, VA. Interesting times ahead!” (He’s since deleted the post.) Dave Hodges, who hosts a radio show popular among militia and "patriot" groups, claimed on December 20 that Gov. Northam was planning to use “roadblocks and U.N. troops to seize guns” from civilians.

    “National Guard won’t comply with Virginia gun laws, so in response, Northam gives green light to U.N.,” declared another YouTuber with 60,000 subscribers in a video that has amassed over 100,000 views since it was posted December 29. And one Twitter account, which has been restricted due to “unusual activity,” also shared the image of the U.N. vehicles, which now has over 4,000 retweets. “As predicted!” they wrote. “U.N. vehicles in Virginia to assist with shock-troop gun control! Are you ready! Photo captured yesterday! Foreign troops!”

    And the Facebook page for the Washington chapter of The Three Percenters, a right-wing militia, shared a LinkedIn post advertising a U.N. job opening for a “Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration Officer” with the caption “Boogaloo is near” — a term used by far-right groups to refer to an impending civil war.

    Militia groups like The Three Percenters are expected to join pro-gun activists for the rally in Richmond on Monday.

    Cover: The United Nations logo on the back wall of the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations is seen from the floor May 12, 2006 at the United Nations headquarters in New York. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
     
  2. FaZe Fudd

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    These fucking whack jobs that form “militias” are the absolute epitome of white trash and will hopefully have their guns forcefully confiscated some day.
     
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  4. Wu

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    Virginia is for losers
     
  5. FaZe Fudd

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    nice
     
  6. Houndster

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    I’ve been to Virginia. Coulda been me
     
  7. BellottiBold

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    Guaranteed some of the local GOP are complicit in this bullshit
     
  8. Where Eagles Dare

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    Fucking morons.

    Another sad day for the commonwealth.

    Oh no, guns might be take from someone deemed a danger to society. The horror
     
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    This is what happens when irresponsible political parties embrace wackadoo fringe ideas not based in reality.

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  10. BudKilmer

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    Don’t call them militias.


    Call them domestic terrorists
     
  11. allothersnsused

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    Hey man you misspelled "lovers" just a friendly heads up you might want to edit it, I know typos happen sometimes! Please don't post this PM in the thread, I don't want to get roasted.
     
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  14. PAHokie

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    So glad I muted my 2A loving friend on twitter last night.

    VA is a mess right now with this gun law crap. Living in the “rural” part is real annoying to hear all the dumb takes.
     
  15. Sir Phobos

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    hope they gun down those militias.
     
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    what happened to him?
     
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    Post from a friend of mine on FB.

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    The sheer volume of backwards motherfuckers that are willing to show up to a Second Amendment Sanctuary public hearing is just nuts. The central part of VA is all in on this idea, which does ABSOLUTELY nothing. I'd guess we have the local news on mute more than sound on these days.
     
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    shit was absurd. Those people showed up to council meetings and it wasn’t even on the agenda.
     
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    Update: Now local gun store owners and advocates are bussing people to Richmond on Monday for a protest, with at least two factions appealing to the state supreme court that they be allowed to bring their weapons. As if the firearms were attached to them and they couldn't assemble without them. Now, I own guns and I enjoy shooting and hunting, but there is a certainty that I would actively avoid any gathering of armed people whose stated purpose was disobedience, civil or otherwise. I don't understand how people's brains work.
     
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    signed, Andy Ngo
     
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    Soon it will be see these Nazis are liberals and they hate conservatives and 2A
     
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    remember the CONCRETE MILKSHAKES
     
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    good thread on the groups history thats most highlighted due to the arrests

    also the lack of immigration restrictionists going insane at an undocumented immigrant coming to america to carry out a terrorist attack is telling
     
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    They sacrificed a goat.

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    Imagine if a group of US muslims amassed arsenals, were sacrificing goats and wanting to cause violence to start a race war. It would be blasted all over conservative media and be the lede story for weeks.

    But because they are basically have views a little to the right of the modern day GOP, they are met with kids gloves.
     
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    Remember when serious Conservatives wanted to be able to hit and kill protestors in the street with zero repercussions...
     
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