The protesters came out despite the frigid temperature to send a message to legislators, they said.
“The government doesn’t run us, we run the government,” said Kem Regik, a 20-year-old private security officer from northern Virginia who brought a white flag with a picture of a rifle captioned, “Come and take it.”
Northam was a particular focus of the protesters’ wrath. One poster showed his face superimposed on Adolf Hitler’s body.
But Democratic lawmakers — including House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn and Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw — told AP the rally wouldn’t impact their plans to pass gun-control measures, including universal background checks and a one-handgun-purchase-a-month limit. Democrats say tightening Virginia’s gun laws will make communities safer and help prevent mass shootings like the one last year in Virginia Beach, where a dozen people were killed in a municipal building.
Of course they didn’t listen to their constituents – if they’re so chickenshit that they went into hiding during the rally instead of addressing the crowd, then they’re damned sure not going to change their minds.
Maybe it’s time for a European style protest as many of you have suggested – surround the city with vehicles blocking every freeway, highway and road they can and shutting it down, nothing in and nothing out. Make them change their minds.