VA state senator claims governor will target veterans at rally

A Virginia state senator has issued a warning to veterans and others attending the protests against sweeping gun control legislation, stating that merely looking threatening could end up in people being labeled “domestic terrorists”- and being treated as such.

Virginia State Senator Amanda Chase of District 11 has warned that Governor and former US Army Medical Corps officer Ralph Northam has declared a “state of emergency” in advance of the pro-2nd Amendment rallies scheduled for this coming week, and plans to utilize the Patriot and National Defense Authorization Acts to label opponents as “domestic terrorists.”

“If people show up wearing any kind of uniform, patch or other symbol on their clothing signifying they belong to a militia and something goes wrong, you could/will be held as a domestic terrorist,” Chase wrote on social media. “If anyone steps out of line, all it takes is one person, it may even be a government plant….if that plant does anything to disrupt the rally, you could/will be arrested as a domestic terrorist.”

Chase went on to claim the people of Virginia who opposed the measures (coming largely from the majority of counties in the state) were being “set up” for drastic moves to justify the heavy-handed enforcement of law and order.

“The Governor, using the media has already set the stage for this to happen.

He has already laid the groundwork to make the entire movement look like insurrection.”

To make matters worse, Chase claims that veterans are already being targeted.

“They are kicking things into high gear,” she wrote. “Military veterans were/are even listed as potential domestic terrorist[s].”

The state senator noted that the opposition “have used the Southern Poverty Law Center over the last 15 years to lay the groundwork.”

“They have gone out of their way since the Obama years to ensure they had us labeled, but it didn’t start with Obama,” she wrote. “It started with the Patriot Act under the Bush administration.”

The Northern Virginia (NOVA) Chapter of the Brady Campaign gun control group recently canceled their rally, which was set for MLK Day, claiming that so-called “gundamentalists” and the “alt-right” are too dangerous to confront.

“In the interest of public safety and to avoid re-traumatizing gun violence victims among us, we have made the difficult decision to cancel the 28th Annual MLK Vigil & Advocacy Day on Monday in Richmond,” the organization wrote.

“The gundamentalists and their vengeful allies in the alt-right pose too great a threat.”

Locals in the capital of Richmond have noticed a significant uptick in paramilitary presence by the Virginia State Police, ranging from Pyrex shields to up-armored Bobcat loaders repurposed to act as mobile gun platforms.

Inquiries sent to the Governor’s office were not immediately returned.

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