The gun rally ended without any incident contrary to Governor Ralph Northam’s and media scares of “credible threats.” Most people questioned the credibility of the reports of possible violence during the rally. Despite the heightened state of alertness and the declaration of emergency, thousands of protesters showed up in solidarity.
Speaking to CNN Nick Valencia, one out of state protesters said that many people tried to dissuade him from attending the rally but he ignored their pleas. “People told me don’t come,” the protester said. “This is exactly the fear mongering that the media puts out there.”
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence had tried to scare people by highlighting that the majority of the protesters were from other states. “Important to remember that many of those attending today’s #Richmond2ARally are out of state,” the group posted on Twitter. The group had canceled its rally that was supposed to take place simultaneously with the gun rights rally because of “credible threats” of violence.
An NBC reporter had referred to the rally as a “White nationalist Rally,” a claim that earned him ridicule among the online community.
The militant group Antifa that is responsible for stirring clashes by holding violent counter-demonstrations had indicated that it would stay away during the rally.
By raising the tensions, Gov. Northam and other gun control groups intended to dissuade many protesters from attending the rally. However, thousands of protesters ignored the wolf cries and made it both inside the protest pen as well as outside on the streets.
Some out of state militia members in camouflage openly displayed long guns while others had pistols on their waists. Despite the display of weapons and the enclosure of protesters, there was no incident that resulted in violence.
Most of the protesters displayed placards showing their opposition to the proposed laws. There were no attempts to storm Capitol buildings as the governor had initially warned. The peaceful conclusion of the rally was proof that it was only a scare to discourage people from attending the rally in order to make a political statement.
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