Va Gov. Declares ‘State of Emergency’ Fearing Civil War, Bans Guns at Capitol
Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va, declared a state of emergency Wednesday claiming that unspecified militias are planning attacks against the capitol. The move imposes a temporary ban on carrying firearms on Capitol grounds. Northam claims this will help them be better prepared for a repeat of Charlottesville.
Northam cited “credible intelligence” from “mainstream channels, both offline and online, such as alternative dark web channels used by violent groups and white nationalists from outside Virginia,” involving “malicious plans” to attack the Capitol.
“This includes out of state militia groups and hate groups planning to travel from across the country to disrupt our democratic process with acts of violence,” Northam said. “They’re not coming to peacefully protest. They’re coming to intimidate and cause harm.”
He also claims the “violent rhetoric” matches the rhetoric seen before and during the Charlottesville incident.
Northam says first responders and police are working diligently to ensure Monday’s pro-second amendment rally is safe. Monday’s rally, titled “Lobby Day,” is organized by Virginia Citizens Defense League, a pro-Second Amendment nonprofit group.
“I believe them when they say this is a peaceful event — that’s what democracy is,” Northam said, according to FoxNews. “Unfortunately, they have unleashed something much larger, something they may not be able to control.”
Northam stuck to the “hate intimidation” rhetoric as he appealed to residents throughout the state.
But there is no proof that Northam’s claims have any basis of truth. In fact, it’s beginning to sound more like a rouse to scare citizens and paint pro-2A citizens as racists and monsters. In fact, Northam’s state of emergency lends more credibility to those who fear red flag laws would be abused by the government. In this case, the government, citing random, unspecified sources, is moving to disarm law-abiding citizens.
Virginia’s government is playing out the exact doomsday fear they claim is an exaggeration.
This is, most likely, an attempt by Northam to create chaos and fear deriving from legal gun owners.
This week, West Virginia offered secession refuge to the over 100 Virginia counties that have declared themselves “second amendment sanctuaries.”
Author: Jim Satney
PrepForThat’s Editor and lead writer for political, survival, and weather categories.