My prayers for Virginia

Virginia State police troopers stand near a security checkpoint before demonstrators enter the capitol grounds ahead of a pro gun rally, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

As more than 100,000 gun owners gather for Lobby Day in Richmond, I pray that it will be a peaceful, nonviolent event.

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. taught us, nonviolence is a way of life for “courageous people.”

These Virginians are not seeking a confrontation. They are trying to preserve their God-given right to self-defense, which is under threat from a tyrannical governor.

I pray that they will remain the focus of the day, not the outside groups of agitators who see the event as a chance to attain publicity.  I pray the media will focus their cameras where they belong — on Virginians actively and peacefully resisting tyranny.

I pray that the Virginia politicians on both sides of the aisle will see what their governor has wrought and realize that his is a path that leads to madness and dissension, and that their governor is about to turn millions of law abiding citizens into felons overnight.

And finally, I pray that the voices of the Virginians who took the time to attend the rally will still be heard, even though they’ve been forced into chain-link enclosures.

You do not have freedom of speech inside a cage.

People line up outside the capitol before a pro gun rally, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)




About Author

Lee Williams can’t remember a time in his life when he wasn’t shooting. Before becoming a journalist, Lee served in the Army and worked as a police officer. He’s earned more than a dozen journalism awards as a reporter, and three medals of valor as a cop. He is an NRA-certified law enforcement firearms instructor, an avid tactical shooter and a training junkie. When he’s not busy as a senior investigative reporter, he is usually shooting his AKs, XDs and CZs. If you don’t run into him at a local gun range, you can reach him at 941.284.8553, by email, or by regular mail to 1777 Main St., Sarasota, FL 34236. You can follow him on Twitter: @HT_GunWriter and on Facebook @The Gun Writer.

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