After attending the Virginia rally in defense of the Second Amendment, I was surprised to see a lack of press coverage.
While the rally had no effect on the passage of firearms laws by the Democratic-controlled Virginia government, I believe that it should have had more media coverage. Of course, one of the reasons was nothing happened. Twenty- to thirty-thousand people, many of them openly armed, rallied in a two-block area and there was one arrest and no violence.
Very disappointing from a news media perspective. The reason I believe the rally should have had more coverage is that it is an indicator of future actions. As the Virginia state government is busy passing restrictive firearms laws, they are alienating a large part of their population. How that population reacts will have to be seen. The reaction is going to be the important result of the rally. The first American civil war did not start with the bombardment of Fort Sumter. The first civil war started in Missouri and Kansas. It started with John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry. It was a series of events that caused the population of the Southern states to feel they were disenfranchised and had no other choice but to declare themselves an independent country.
I see similar events happening in Virginia where a large group of Virginia's population is feeling disenfranchised and ignored by their elected government. It has only been a little more than a week since the Jan. 20 rally. It is probably too soon for a reaction by the firearm owners in Virginia. Their reaction could set the tone for future events both in Virginia and the nation.
To all the law enforcement personnel at the Virginia rally, I have to give a big job well done. It had to be a very stressful day for them and they handled themselves as true professionals. Their attitude and conduct helped make the rally a success.