Crowds of gun rights activists gathered peacefully in Richmond on Monday to support Second Amendment rights at Virginia’s annual “Lobby Day.”
Virginians converge on the capitol each Lobby Day to petition state legislators on issues of public interest, but the day has been dominated by gun rights activists in recent years. It coincides with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which honors the slain civil rights hero.
This year’s Lobby Day took place in a highly polarized climate, coming shortly after rioters and hundreds of protesters breached the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. The Jan. 6 incident disrupted debates in both the House and Senate as lawmakers were forced to shelter in place or evacuate, and police and security attempted to seize back control.
Some critics have said that President Donald Trump, during a lunchtime Jan. 6 rally near the Capitol, incited violence—despite the president saying that the protesters should protest “peacefully and patriotically.”
Several protesters insisted that they simply wanted to stand up for Second Amendment rights.
Second Amendment advocate Kristina Baker, from Richmond, spoke with NBC 12 Monday at the Virginia State Capitol.
Virginia’s Capitol Square complex is expected to remain closed through Thursday, until after the scheduled inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
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