While the United States Senate prepares to initiate the political trial against Donald Trump, and at the beginning of an election year that is expected to be tense, the president again defended the free use of firearms and lashed out at the Democratic opposition.
The president warned that the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States, which endorses the right to carry firearms, "is under a very serious attack" in the state of Virginia, taken a clear position in the middle of a thorny debate in the country .
"Your Second Amendment is under a very serious attack on the Great Community of Virginia," Trump wrote on Twitter this Friday, shortly before the rally for gun rights in Richmond scheduled for Monday, a national holiday by Martin Luther King Jr .RELATED
"That is what happens when you vote for the Democrats, they will take away your weapons," he said. "Republicans will win Virginia in 2020. Thank you Democrats!" He said wryly, referring to that state attached to the capital, now ruled by the opposition.
Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia. That’s what happens when you vote for Democrats, they will take your guns away. Republicans will win Virginia in 2020. Thank you Dems!
– Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 17, 2020
That day is also known as "Lobby Day" in Virginia politics, as advocates of a number of causes use the holiday to address different issues. At the same time, it is traditionally a day in which both the defenders of the free carrying of weapons and those in favor of a stronger control of their use make massive demonstrations.
Thousands of arms rights advocates are scheduled to attend a demonstration organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League on Monday.
Earlier this week, Democratic Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and said he temporarily prohibited people from carrying all kinds of weapons around the Capitol before the demonstration for fear of repeated acts of violence, such as It happened in Charlotte two years ago.
Gun activists said they will defy the order.
A Richmond Circuit Court judge upheld Northam's order, rejecting a lawsuit filed by the Virginia Citizens Defense League, as well as by U.S. gun owners, who were seeking a court order against the ban on the governor.
Meanwhile, FBI agents arrested on Thursday a former Canadian armed forces reservist and two other men linked to a violent white supremacy group, which was believed to be heading to Monday's demonstration.
Amid the controversy, a Virginia official showed his support for the Second Amendment earlier this week by taking an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle to a municipal council meeting, local sources reported on Saturday.
The Councilor of Portsmouth, Nathan Clark, surprised the day that the council should consider converting the town into a "Constitutional City of the Second Amendment", placing it in symbolic opposition to the ongoing arms control efforts in the new controlled state Assembly For the Democrats.
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