“RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT-AP) – Fearing a repeat of the deadly violence that engulfed Charlottesville more than two years ago, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a temporary emergency Wednesday banning all weapons, including guns, from Capitol Square ahead of a massive rally planned next week over gun rights.
The governor, a Democrat, announced the plans at a news conference Wednesday afternoon because of credible threats of potential violence and extremism, one official said.
“Let me be clear. These are considered credible threats by law enforcement agencies,” Gov. Ralph Northam said.
Northam’s announcement comes days after Democratic leaders used a special rules committee to ban guns inside the Capitol and a legislative office building. That ban did not include Capitol grounds, which are under the governor’s control and are where thousands of gun-rights advocates are expected to rally Monday.
Northam decided to ban all guns from the grounds of Capitol Square after receiving reports for weeks about inflammatory online postings by out-of-state pro-gun and militia groups* who are promising to attend Monday’s rally.
“No weapons will be allowed on capitol grounds. This includes everything from sticks and bats to chains and projectiles,” Northam said.
Police are already placing fencing around Capitol grounds and it will close down Friday afternoon at five.
Officials say there will be one way onto Capitol Square Monday morning.
Northam’s declaration will also ban items like helmets and shields, items that some white nationalists carried in Charlottesville. The ban will stay in effect until Tuesday evening."
*Emphasis mine. - A.
Well-played, Team Fucktard.
Shoot yourself in the foot. Check.
While it's in your mouth. Check.
No guns. Check.
No weapons whatsoever. Check.
No protective equipment whatsoever. Check.
So, apparently, all that's missing for this soiree will be the boxcars.
GENIUS planning there.
You set the table, delivered the idiots, spotted the iceberg dead ahead, and ordered flank speed forward.
If anyone knows the actual event planners for this party, would somebody please tell Gilligan and Inspector Clouseau that bringing bail money, IFAK blowout kits, and having a signed will and power of attorney would probably be a good first step for all attendees? Tying a dogtag into each shoelace, and writing your blood type on both forearms with a Sharpie would also be a prudent measure.
O, if only someone had expressed some slight reservations about the wisdom of bringing all your flying monkeys to fornicate with this football.
Now, their only play is to wear your Sunday best, show up peacefully (contrary to all the internet blowhard provocateur chest-thumping), and say "Boo!" to the VA legislators. On a holiday weekend, when they aren't even there. That will sure show them!
And hopefully they're the only ones there, and the police are circumspect, polite, and restrained.
And I want a pony, and world peace, while you're up.
The scripts write themselves, kids.